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Music on Mondays (4-10-17)—This isn’t what the governmeant

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Currently in my non-classical music collection I have 1,438 hours 18 minutes and 17 seconds of music. I listen to it in chronological order and average about 10 hours a day, which means it takes me just over 143 days to listen to it all. Just after midnight 13 hours ago, I started listening to 1972. Here are the 1972 albums in my collection in the order in which I will sing along:

  1. Bang by Bang
  2. Mother/Bow to the King by Bang
  3. America by America
  4. Loose by Crazy Horse
  5. Baby I’m-A-Want You by Bread
  6. Paul Simon by Paul Simon
  7. Harvest by Neil Young
  8. Rockin’ by The Guess Who
  9. Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac
  10. Joy by Apollo 100
  11. Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull
  12. Machine Head by Deep Purple
  13. On Record by April Wine
  14. Rio Grande Mud by Z Z Top
  15. Mardi Gras by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  16. Demons & Wizards by Uriah Heep
  17. Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
  18. Honky Chateau by Elton John
  19. Blue Oyster Cult by Blue Oyster Cult
  20. Foghat by Foghat
  21. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  22. Living in the Past by Jethro Tull
  23. Toulouse Street by The Doobie Brothers
  24. Eagles by The Eagles
  25. Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd
  26. All Together Now by Argent
  27. Straight Shooter by James Gang
  28. Chicago V by Chicago
  29. Trilogy by Emerson Lake & Palmer
  30. Seven Separate Fools by Three Dog Night
  31. The Slider by T Rex
  32. Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
  33. Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath
  34. Phoenix by Grand Funk
  35. Close to the Edge by Yes
  36. At Crooked Lake by Crazy Horse
  37. Barnstorm by Joe Walsh
  38. Fresh by Raspberries
  39. Loggins & Messina by Loggins & Messina
  40. Guitar Man by Bread
  41. To Whom It May Concern by Bee Gees
  42. Can’t Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan
  43. Homecoming by America
  44. Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues
  45. The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep
  46. They Only Come Out at Night by The Edgar Winter Group
  47. REO-TWO by REO Speedwagon

When I turned 18 on March 11, 1973, 33 of my friends gave me a surprise birthday party. All of them knew that I played the piano and the violin, and sang, and that I loved music, so many of my birthday gifts involved music. Some of them went together to pool their money and buy me albums. Previously all I had were 45 singles. The first three albums in my collection came from this birthday party: Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath, Machine Head by Deep Purple, and Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues. Those three albums were the start of the beginning of the end; I was off to the races collecting albums instead of singles.

So which is my favorite? Whichever one I’m currently listening to.

I do have some many favorite songs, though. Here are just five of them:

“This Isn’t What the Governmeant” by Bread

“Duncan” by Paul Simon

“Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers

“Witchy Woman” by The Eagles

“Abaddon’s Bolero” by Emerson Lake & Palmer

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Music On Mondays — Help Me Through The Night

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I find it funny that all the Republican politicians are anaylzing last Tuesday’s election and trying to figure out why they didn’t win the presidency and the Senate. It’s real easy if you don’t have a sick mind:

Don’t send a bunch of old white men to the media to discuss women’s health, their bodies, and rape. You don’t know, and until you do, you don’t have a right to speak. My wise old grandmother always said, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Hell is not big enough for all the women who were scorned by the Republicans in the election.

Don’t summarily dismiss 47% of Americans. If you do summarily dismiss them, at least don’t tell anyone and certainly don’t call them moochers and freeloaders. Most of that 47% were single women, college students, the poor, the unemployed, and even many veterans from past wars, most of which were started under Republican administrations.

Realize that America is a melting pot, and that melting pot includes people who are not white. Did you see the crowds at Romney’s concession speech versus those at Obama’s victory speech. Romney’s crowd were all old white men with a few white women (subservient to their old white men husbands) thrown in for good measure. Obama’s victory speech had white people, young people, women, African-Americans, Asians, and on and on. Diversity is the winning tactic in America.

Don’t lie. If you’re going to lie about your time in the marathon (Paul Ryan) and how you obtained your “binders full of women” (Romney), what else are you lying about?

Don’t hide. Romney’s dad, George Romney, started the tradition in 1968 of releasing tax returns. Everyone except Mitt Romney has always released ten years. Of course, Romney’s ten years would have shown us what really went on with his employment at Bain Capital. If you’re hiding something now, what will you hide from the American people as President?

In honor of all the Republicans who are arguing with themselves and their closest Republican friends, for today’s Music on Mondays, I present Joe Walsh’s “Help Me Through The Night” from his 1974 album “You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind.”


Somewhere along the way, I found a meaning
Woke up dreaming along the way
Never quite seems the same when you awaken
And making up for the time is such a price to pay
And it takes the dream away
And it just ain’t fair

Help me through the night, mama
Help me to ease the pain
Tell me it’s alright
Help me through the night, once again

That’s the danger in pretending
Trying to defend yourself from someone else’s war
Don’t know what they’re fighting for
And I just don’t care

So help me see the light, mama
Open my eyes again
And tell me it’s alright
Help me through the night, once again

Could you help me?

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