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

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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 (3-6-17)—Angie and Roxanne on wild horses singing do do do da da da

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In today’s world of YouTube, Spotify, etc., I often wonder how musical artists make a living since you no longer have to buy a full album to get just the one song that you like. Just set up a playlist on YouTube or Spotify.

I’m one of those who still buys songs for my collection, although I must admit that it is nice not having to buy a complete album to get just that one song I like. What I do is go to YouTube and listen to the songs on an album and then buy the songs I like. Occasionally, the complete album is less expensive than buying the songs individually so I’ll buy the album and then delete the songs I don’t like.

I listen to my non-classical music collection in chronological order, and during this last pass, I also have been deleting those songs on old albums that I never liked. Here are four songs that I always have hated but I liked the albums so I put up with the songs. No longer. Right here in this blog post will be the last time I ever listen to these four songs.

“Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, 1971
Peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100
Ranked #334 in Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

“Angie” by The Rolling Stones, 1973
Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

“Roxanne” by The Police, 1978
Peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100
Ranked #338 in Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Voted #85 by VH1 on its list of the “100 Greatest Rock Songs.”
Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” by The Police, 1980
Peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100
Featured in the film “The Last American Virgin”
and in the pilot episode of the medical drama “St Elsewhere.”

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Music on Mondays — Brown sugar and rough justice for those honky tonk women

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On this date in 2006, The Rolling Stones performed in concert at the Grand Stage Theatre in Shanghai, China.

It was their first appearance ever in mainland China.

Their playlist for the concert had to be pre-approved by Chinese censorship authorities, and three songs were banned from the performance: Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, and Rough Justice.

Wouldn’t it be great to be a Chinese music censor and sit around all day listening to such bad music?

Just for you today on Music on Mondays, here are those three songs:

“Honky Tonk Women” was released as a single in the United Kingdom on July 4, 1969, and a week later in the United States. It peaked at #1 in the UK and the US.

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“Brown Sugar” was the Stones’s follow-up single to “Honky Tonk Women,” released almost two years later, on April 16, 1971. It hit #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.

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I was not familiar with “Rough Justice,” having lost track of the Rolling Stones in April 1993 when I came to San Diego. Just never hooked up with them again. It was released on August 22, 2005, and hit #25 in the US and #15 in the UK. “Rough Justice” was one of the three songs performed by the Stones at Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan, although the ABC television censors bleeped out the word “cocks” in the broadcast.

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Music on Mondays — #8: She’s a rainbow

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She’s a rainbow


The Beatles are my #1 singing group of all time, so I’ve necessarily not been a big fan of The Rolling Stones. lol

However, once I got to college at Texas A&M University, I was introduced to more music than what the American radio stations presented to me. Now I also have World Music — The Music Journey right here at WordPress to help me expand my tastes in music.

I currently have 53,114 digital music files, exceeded only by my 73,071 photographs.

I started collecting music in 1965 when I got a reel-to-reel tape recorder and recorded music off the radio. For my sixteenth birthday, while all my friends were getting cars, I got a stereo and my first vinyl records: Black Sabbath Vol. 4, The White Album by The Beatles, All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, and Wings Wild Life by Paul McCartney.

I eventually had over 15,000 vinyl records which I sold to a record store in Austin, Texas, in 1993 when I moved to San Diego. That allowed me to start collecting CDs, eventually growing it to over 5,000 CDs, which I stripped and sold in 2007 when I moved yet again. Now I’m just a digital file person. I’ll make CDs for long road trips, or to listen to when I’m gardening or at the beach but that’s it. Once I listen to them, they get thrown away.

One of the groups that I caught up on, beginning in 2007, is The Rolling Stones. My favorite song of theirs is “She’s A Rainbow.” It took me forever to finally find out that this song was by The Rolling Stones, off of their fantastic album (and my favorite of theirs) “Their Satanic Majesties Request.” I have no idea what the lyrics mean; maybe they were just a decade or two ahead of their time in describing today’s young women with all their weird hair colors, jewelry, piercings, tattoos……….


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