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Music on Mondays—He accepted my offer and conditions

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Over on Facebook, people are doing all sorts of things to stay connected but without all the political negativity and dystopian COVID-19 news.

Some of them are posting games requiring someone to tag you so that you can play. Then you have to tag someone else.

I have participated in some of them, but no one has tagged me for the one I really want to participate in: Post ten albums that influenced your life and your music interests, one per day. Just the album covers. Nothing else.

Well screw that.

I want to know what about the album influenced them!

Since I want more than just album covers, and I haven’t been invited to play with them in spite of all my friends knowing how much I am involved in music, well, I’ll play with myself.

Wait.

No.

I’ll play by myself.

Better.

So here they are, with explanatory material.

My wise old grandmother gave me a small, portable reel-to-reel tape recorder for Christmas 1968. That complemented the transister bedside AM/FM radio she had given me for my birthday in March 1968. It was hard for anything to drag me away from my radio and tape recorder, especially after I discovered KLOL FM in Houston. Lots of music, very little talk.

When friends would come over, we’d listen to my recordings. When I turned 18 in March 1973, all of those friends threw me a surprise birthday party. Since my wise old grandmother could not afford to buy me a senior ring, my friends presented me with one at my birthday party. Still have it. Although I wore it until I received my Texas A&M University ring in Fall 1976, it was not my favorite birthday present. Along with everyone contributing to the cost of my senior ring, each friend had bought me an album, so all ten of the albums listed here were given to me at my 18th birthday party, and they really have influenced my listening because some of these—Black Sabbath & Led Zeppelin—I never would have bought on my own.

It’s difficult for me to list albums according to which is my favorite, and after spending thirty minutes trying to do that with these ten, I gave up. Here they are in alphabetical order by title of album.

  1. Abbey Road by The BeatlesAbbey Road by The Beatles—Everyone knew that I was a huge Beatles fan. I knew the words to all their music and you could often find me singing Beatles songs on my walks between classes. “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes The Sun”…. I was in heaven.
  2. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison—This was an expensive triple album given to me by Larry All Things Must Pass by George Harrisonand Sharon. Larry probably was my best friend then and is the one who got me interested in motorcycles. He had a paper route in the rural areas between Corpus Christi and Kingsville. One night I sneaked out my bedroom window and went with Larry on his motorcycle to Corpus Christi to get the papers. I threw papers left and right on the 45 miles home. Since we finished early, we went out to the caliche pits to do donuts on his bike. Caliche is gravel; we hit a soft spot and laid that bike down. My whole right side was bloody and full of gravel. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. Until I got home. I was grounded until high school graduation a few weeks later.
  3. Best of the Beach Boys Vol. III by The Beach BoysBest of the Beach Boys Vol. III by The Beach Boys—The Beach Boys were right up there with The Beatles and The Who as my favorite singers. Every song was singable, and the harmonies were just gorgeous.
  4. Black Sabbath Vol. 4 by Black Sabbath—When I put Black Sabbath Vol. 4 by Black Sabbaththis on my little Sears stereo turntable, I was stunned. My wise old grandmother, on the other hand….. Well, she wasn’t thrilled with The Beatles, so you can imagine what she thought about black satanic death metal music. Steve gave me this album. Steve and I played violin in orchestra. I never would have thought he was into this kind of music, and I never would have thought that he would think that I was into this kind of music. Well, he was, and I was.
  5. Made In Japan by Deep PurpleMade In Japan by Deep Purple—Jaime’s family owned the local lumber store. They lived in a beautiful brick house (brick!), had awesome cars (Jaime had a Pontiac Trans Am) and awesome stereo systems (Jaime loved bass; he probably had the nation’s first boom boom boom bass stereo system in his car). In other words, his family was one of the richest in town, so he could afford to give me this double album all by himself.
  6. Led Zeppelin IV by Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin—This album made me a Zep fan for the ages. Physical Graffiti, however, is my favorite Zep album. This is #2.
  7. Paranoid by Black Sabbath—Ooopsy. Two black satanic death metal music albums. When “Iron Man,” came on, well, my wise old grandmother Paranoid by Black Sabbathcame storming into my room wanting to know what the hell I was listening to. At the time I did not know what black satanic death metal music was, but now I find it funny that she asked what the hell I was listening to. I told her, “I am Iron Man.” She did not think that was funny.
  8. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartneyRam by Paul & Linda McCartney—Paul McCartney was, and still is, my favorite Beatle. This album was released in May 1971 and had “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” on it. This was my favorite solo album by any of The Beatles until Wings released Band on the Run in December 1973.
  9. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles—What I thought then was The Beatles’ greatest album. Every. single. song. was immediately singable since the words were printed on the album cover, the first album in history to print the lyrics to all the songs.
  10. Who's Next? by The WhoWho’s Next? by The Who—I had been a fan of The Who since 1966 when they released “I’m A Boy.” When my birth mom enrolled me in first grade in Utah, in the gender section she checked the female box. I never forgot that, so when “I’m A Boy” was released, I picked right up on those lyrics—I’m a boy, I’m a boy, but my mom won’t admit it. By that time, though, I was living with my wise old grandmother in Kingsville, Texas, the city of my birth. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is on this album and is my favorite song by The Who, although just barely beating out “Love, Reign O’er Me” from Quadrophenia.

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink FloydIn the ensuing three months between my birthday and high school graduation, Jaime, Larry, Richard, and Steve introduced me to more Black Sabbath, more Led Zeppelin, more Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd.

After high school graduation, Jaime, Larry, and I went on a driving tour of every Lower 48 state west of the Mississippi River. Larry had bought himself a 1973 Buick Apollo with savings from his paper route, so we decided to put some miles on it…. as soon as he installed an 8-track tape player in it so we could have some listening music. We took off on June 1 and got back on August 15 after having visited every state, ever national park, every national monument, every national forest, and every city of more than 100,000 population.

And the music! THE MUSIC!

After 10 weeks on the road with no wise old grandmother to supervise my listening interests, I was into all sorts of deviant music.

We were in Yellowstone Park on the Fourth of July when it snowed on us. Throughout our journey, we were just stopping anywhere and setting up camp. We had a tent, but we rarely used it. We went to bed with starry skies and woke up covered in snow. After that, we decided to always set up the tent.

Who Do We Think We Are by Deep PurpleAs we were leaving Yellowstone through Gardiner, Montana, we stopped for gas. The gas station convenience store had a huge selection of 8-track tapes for sale. I bought “Who Do We Think We Are” by Deep Purple. When we got back to Texas, I gave the 8-track to Larry for his collection, providing that he took me to the record store so I could buy the vinyl. He accepted my offer and conditions.

I have a vast music collection of both classical and non-classical music, over 3,132 hours. All of the groups noted above are represented in my collection with their complete discographies.

Music on Mondays (11-27-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1970, part 1

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 53 songs from 1970 on it, 8 by The Beatles, all from Let It Be. I’m pretty sure Let It Be ranks as my #2 Beatles album behind Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Original Beatles songs are not available as videos on YouTube so I cannot provide any links to such videos. I leave it to you to search out Beatles videos or simply put on your own music and start singing! Here are the 8 from 1970:

  1. Two Of Us
  2. Across The Universe
  3. Let It Be
  4. I’ve Got A Feeling
  5. One After 909
  6. The Long & Winding Road
  7. For You Blue
  8. Get Back

Following are the next 23 songs from 1970 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island. With the breakup of The Beatles, this was the year that I started exploring darker, heavier music, much to the chagrin of my wise old grandmother. She understood Let It Be and The Long & Winding Road. Not so much Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

25 Or 6 To 4 by Chicago
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Chicago’s first song to reach the Top 5

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Won the 1971 Grammy for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”

Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
I always wanted to date a Cecilia so I could sing this to her.

Colour My World by Chicago
Released twice, both times as the B side to other singles
Make Me Smile in 1970 and Beginnings in 1971
The first non-classical song that I learned on the piano.
video

Easy Come, Easy Go by Bobby Sherman
#9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

El Condor Pasa (If I Could) by Simon & Garfunkel
#18 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Ma Belle Amie by The Tee Set
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Until I went to YouTube for this blog post,
I had no idea that this was a “Gay Tune.”
Should I turn in my Gay Card?

The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel
#7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
#3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Forty years later I won a music trivia contest by being able
to name this song after just 3 notes.

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Come & Get It by Badfinger
#7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Paul McCartney.

Shilo by Neil Diamond
#24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
My aunt in Los Angeles introduced me to Neil Diamond in 1968.

Hitchin’ A Ride by Vanity Fare
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Add Some Music To Your Day by The Beach Boys
#64 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
One of my favorite songs about music.

Go Back by Crabby Appleton
#36 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Ride Captain Ride by Blues Image
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins
#9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Black Knight by Deep Purple
#66 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Evil Woman by Black Sabbath
#19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Wicked World by Black Sabbath
From their eponymous debut album

Lookin’ Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Who’ll Stop The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Creedence Clearwater Revival
#43  hit on the Billboard Hot 100
The single was 3:50; it’s this 11:11 album version that really turns me on.

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Music on Mondays (11-20-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1969

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 22 songs from 1969 on it, 4 by The Beatles, all from Abbey Road. Original Beatles songs are not available as videos on YouTube so I cannot provide any links to such videos. I leave it to you to search out Beatles videos or simply put on your own music and start singing! Here are the 4 from 1969:

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  4. Here Comes The Sun

Following are the other 18 songs from 1969 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island.

A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Johnny Cash’s only Top 10 hit

And When I Die by Blood, Sweat & Tears
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band
#30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Cotton Fields by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A non-charting single released in 1982

Day Is Done by Peter, Paul & Mary
#21 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Dear Diary by The Moody Blues
From the album On The Threshold Of A Dream

Honky Tonky Women by The Rolling Stones
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Kept Johnny Cash from having a #1 hit

I Can Hear Music by The Beach Boys
#24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
One of my favorite songs by The Beach Boys

In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) by Zager & Evans
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Probably my favorite song from 1969

Laughing by The Guess Who
#10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Lazy Day by The Moody Blues
From the album On The Threshold Of A Dream

Make Your Own Kind Of Music by Mama Cass Elliot
#36 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Marrakesh Express by Crosby Stills & Nash
#28 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Pinball Wizard by The Who
#19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Other than chess and 42, I have never been much of a games person.
I did, however, play a lot of pinball at the Dixie Chicken during my college days at Texas A&M University, 1973-1977.

Sugar, Sugar by The Archies
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
And they weren’t even a real group!

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Probably my favorite song by Neil Diamond

These Eyes by The Guess Who
#6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Their first Top 10 hit in the United States.

Undun by The Guess Who
#22 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

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Music on Mondays (10-24-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1966 (part 1)

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 35 songs from 1966 on it.

Following are the first 15. Hope you find one to enjoy or one that brings back some pleasant memories for you this Monday, October 23.

(Theme From) The Monkees by The Monkees

(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture by Gary Lewis & The Playboys

And Then Along Comes Mary by The Association

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Cher

Day Tripper by The Beatles
Private Video

Daydream by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Sunshine Superman by Donovan

For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield

Georgy Girl by The Seekers

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel

I Am A Rock by Simon & Garfunkel

I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four

I’m A Believer by The Monkees

I’m A Boy by The Who

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Music on Mondays (10-5-15)—Decades of music

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My musical life seems to run by decades, give or take a year or two:

Decade 1—1955-1965: My mom played the piano and organ, and her parents played the flute and violin. My musical life began with me playing the piano and violin.

Here is a video of a young lady playing a Fritz Kreisler (1876-1962) variation of “Tambourin” by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). I include this piece because I won a solo medal for my performance of it in sixth grade Texas violin competition.

Decade 2—1965-1973: I discovered The Beatles, The Who, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys. These were my junior high and high school years, so I had only my allowance with which to buy music. Since there was so much music I wanted, I had to resort to stealing music. Remember that I have freely admitted that I was a juvenile delinquent!

This probably is my most important music decade because of the formative years. I cannot pick a favorite song from this decade although The Beatles definitely are my favorite group. So here’s one of my favorite Beatles songs which I sang to my girlfriend, Lynda, at school on Valentine’s Day in 1973:

Decade 3—1973-1983: My first decade after high school graduation, and I was flush with money, almost all of it being spent on music and music equipment. My college years were spent at Texas A&M University in College Station, and the years after that were spent in Houston. By the time I left Houston in 1983, I had over 5,000 vinyl albums and the best stereo system money could buy.

Following is “Photograph” by Ringo Starr, another song that I sang to the Lynda, this time at Thanksgiving 1973. The Beatles as solo artists were important to me during this decade.

Decade 4—1983-1993: This decade was spent back in College Station and the music collection continued to grow. By this time, though, CDs were in the marketplace, and CD players were in the home and in the car. I did a lot of driving during this decade, so I forsook the home music system in order to have a booming car music system. The vinyl album collection stagnated at about 5,500 but the CD collection grew by leaps and bounds.

The Police probably take top honors for favorite song from this decade with “Every Breath You Take.”

Decade 5—1993-2003: This is my lost music decade. My life pretty much was in limbo and without any direction or will to live, I didn’t see a need for acquiring more music. When I left College Station in 1993 with the intent on suicide in Canada, I left behind a vast vinyl and CD collection, taking only 100 CDs with me to listen to in the car as I drove to Canada. Only about 50 CDs were added to the 100 CDs during this time.

I have been adding music to this decade for the past couple of years so I’m not completely familiar with all it has to offer. Smash Mouth is one of the groups from this decade that I recently discovered. Here is their song, “Walking On The Sun.”

Decade 6—2003-2013: My life took on a new direction and, with that new direction, a new interest in music. Vinyl and CDs were losing favor with the public in preference for digital downloads, which made it very easy to sit at home and buy music. During this time I ripped all the CDs and sold them, so my music now is all digital.

I discovered that Sir Paul McCartney’s son, James, had grown up and was doing a little music here and there. Here is his song, “Angel”:

Decade 7—2013-present: My music collection is divided into classical and non-classical. I bought over 20 hours of non-classical music this weekend so that collection currently stands at 1,707 hours and 48 minutes of music and takes me about 170 days (almost 6 months at 10 hours a day) to listen to it all. I do listen to it all, in chronological order.

I have been following Black Sabbath ever since the beginning back in 1970. They released “13,” their nineteenth studio album, in 2013, their first ever to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Considering that back in the ’70s they were considered anti-religious, anti-Christ, anti-everything, I thought it interesting that one of their singles from “13” is titled “God Is Dead?”. Note the question mark at the end of the title. Here it is:

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Music on Mondays (9-14-15)—Lost in stereo in a nowhere town stuck in suburbia

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True story about “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys: Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote it about a rich girl whom their bandmate Dennis Wilson was dating. Said rich girl would tell her father that she needed to borrow his Thunderbird to go to the library. What she actually was doing was hanging out with Dennis at his apartment. Then the inevitable happened: Daddy found out and took the T-bird away. Ah, yes. Parents. It’s a love/hate relationship when you’re a teenager.

Many decades ago I used to tell my wise old grandmother that I was going to the library to study. We had two libraries within blocks, the Kingsville city library three blocks in one direction and the Texas A&I University library six blocks in the other direction. I was like a kid in a candy store.

Although we were not rich, I confess that I didn’t always go to the library to study when I told my wise old grandmother that I was going to the library to study. Sometimes I would go to my other grandparents’ house (the two families were estranged at the time) or go out with friends whom my wise old grandmother approved of not.

When I did make it to the library, my favorite books were in the reference section, books like the Guinness Book of World Records and the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Yes, I was a nerd….) My favorite book in today’s world is online and is called Wikipedia.

One of the things I like to do whenever I discover a new musical group is go to Wikipedia to read about the group. Even though anyone can edit or add to Wikipedia, there are many volunteers like me who check the edits and additions to ensure that they are legitimate. In many cases, that requires appropriate credit, sourcing, and references. Sure, you’ll occasionally hear about people editing Wikipedia inappropriately, such as recently when edits were revealed to be by the Koch Brothers editing information that portrayed them negatively. Yes, you might get away with your edit for a day or two but ultimately volunteer editors will edit your edit!

New San Diego Central Library on February 2, 2013The cool thing about references is that they can be looked up at your local library (picture►). Within the text of the articles are various links that take you to other articles and sources. So when I find a new group, I’ll see if they have a Wikipedia page. Sometimes they don’t because of the Wikipedia notability guideline which states that the group has to be notable. That guideline prevents daddy from creating a Wikipedia page about his son’s newly formed band. So Stuck In Suburbia will have to get a little more notability before being eligible for a Wikipedia page; I’m rootin’ for them!

You can help them get that notability by following them on Facebook and Twitter, and listening to their new single on YouTube. I believe the single will be available at iTunes but since Apple lost me as a customer back in 1983 (and they’ve done nothing to encourage me to return), I don’t patronize iTunes. Thus, their single is only on my YouTube playlist right now.

After listening to Stuck In Suburbia‘s music last week, I had a lot of fun in Wikipedia reading about All Time Low and The 1975 and then clicking on links to take me to related articles. I also now have a complete collection of music by All Time Low and The 1975.

Following is “Lost In Stereo” by All Time Low. It’s from their 2009 album “Nothing Personal” and is one of my favorites of theirs. Listen to it with headphones to get the full effect of being lost in stereo.

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Music on Mondays—Add some music to your days

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Since Jim and I canceled cable television in October 2013, I have had more time to listen to more music. I seem to get more done each day now, and with that, I’m a much happier person.

I did notice very early on in my life that I’m actually a much happier person when I have music playing. My wise old grandmother couldn’t understand how I could study, and maintain straight A’s, with my little clock radio tuned to KTSA AM out of San Antonio, KLOL FM out of Houston, or the new (1975) KZFM out of Corpus Christi. Those were the three stations that my little transistor clock radio picked up best.

I have music in my collection that can put me in any mood, and bring me out of any mood, too. On the other side of the coin, there simply is too much violence and foul language on television, and I think I’m better off by not subscribing to it.

If you’re having difficulties or need some motivation, try adding some music to your day.

Put on some headphones, turn the volume up, and listen to the words and music from “Add Some Music To Your Day,” by The Beach Boys, from their album “Sunflower,” released in February 1970. There’s not much that can compare to harmonies from The Beach Boys—Hollies, Beatles, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young are the only others that come immediately to mind. Words are below the YouTube video.

The Sunday mornin’ gospel goes good with a song
There’s blues, folk, and country, and rock like a rollin’ stone
The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day

You’ll hear it while you’re walkin’ by a neighbor’s home
You’ll hear it faintly in the distance when you’re on the phone
You’re sittin’ in a dentist chair
And they’ve got music for you there
To add some music to your day

Add some music, music everywhere
Add some, add some, add some, add some music
Your doctor knows it keeps you calm
Your preacher adds it to his psalms
So add some music to your day

Music
When you’re alone
Is like a companion
For your lonely soul

When day is over
I close my tired eyes
Music is in my soul

At a movie you can feel it touching your heart
And on every day of the summertime
You’ll hear children chasing ice cream carts
They’ll play it on your wedding day
There must be ’bout a million ways
To add some music to your day

Add some music to your day

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Music on Mondays—Heavy metal?

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I started collecting music when I was just eleven years old. My very first album was “The Best of The Beach Boys, Volume 3.” It was an album that my older brother left when he moved out. I liked it so much that I bought Volumes 1 and 2. After that I started collecting The Beatles and The Who.

When I turned 18, my friends threw a surprise birthday party for me and albums were the gifts of the day: “Ram” by Paul & Linda McCartney, “Made In Japan” by Deep Purple,” “The White Album” by The Beatles, “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison, and the most unusual of all, “Black Sabbath Vol. 4.” My wise old grandmother wasn’t thrilled with my friends, especially after she listened to Made In Japan and the first side of Black Sabbath Vol. 4. She didn’t even like the name Black Sabbath, and forbade me from getting Black Sabbath Volumes 1, 2, & 3. Of course, there was no Volume 1, 2, or 3, but I soon bought “Black Sabbath, “Paranoid,” and “Master of Reality,” and kept them hidden behind books on my bookshelf. Ultimately she found them but didn’t have time to listen to them right then, so I played one short song for her, which she liked. Here it is, from Master of Reality.

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Whaddaya think? Is that heavy metal, doom metal, satanic metal?

Here are a couple of others from Black Sabbath, not what you would expect:

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Not quite what you were expecting, eh? A softer sound from one of the founders of heavy metal music. Don’t judge a book by its cover………….lol

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Music on Mondays (8-5-13) — I need good music

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My wise old grandmother always told me that music was the international language. She grew up in the days of orchestras and big band music. I think sure she knew exactly what she was walking about, and I imagine what could be accomplished by politicians in countries throughout the world if all of them would negotiate with each other with some calming music playing in the background. That’s definitely not how I imagine their meetings being conducted.

If you’re having a bad time, try adding some music to your day.

The Sunday mornin’ gospel goes good with the soul
There’s blues, folk, and country, and rock like a rollin’ stone
The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day

You’ll hear it while you’re walkin’ by a neighbor’s home
You’ll hear it faintly in the distance when you’re on the phone
You’re sittin’ in a dentist’s chair
And they’ve got music for you there
To add some music to your day

Add some music everywhere
Add some music
Your doctor knows it keeps you calm
Your preacher adds it to his psalms
So add some music to your day

Music
When you’re alone
Is like a companion
For your lonely soul

 When day is over
I close my tired eyes
Music is in my soul

At a movie you can feel it touching your heart
And on every day of the summertime
You’ll hear children chasing ice cream carts
They’ll play it on your wedding day
There must be ’bout a million ways
To add some music to your day

Add some music to your day
Add some music to your day 

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Just make sure it’s not bad music about death, destruction, rape, murder, violence…. Rap and Hip-hop come immediately to mind. Even bad music is part of the international language, and all those negative thoughts and words under the guise of music are sure to add stress and other negativity into your life.

Everyone that I can see is gettin’ right in tow
Changin’ songs to be on the radio
Now there are things that I believe in
I’d never sell my soul
It always feels so good to hear good music

I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music

How can I get back with you if I’m so far from home
In any port or foreign shore alone
So many ways to be betrayed believe me when I say
I think that I would die without good music

I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music
I need good music, I need good music
I know that I would die without good music

And even though you might think it’s funny
I couldn’t care if there ain’t no money
I’m a little mixed up but I’ll be alright
If I can hear a loud guitar all night

 I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music 

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I think someone at some university somewhere should do some detailed research about what kind of music all these killers, rapists, and thugs listen to. What music was blaring from the stereo in Nathan Campbell’s car that he purposefully drove onto the Venice Beach Boardwalk this weekend that killed one and injured eleven? I’d be willing to bet that it wasn’t good music.

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Music on Mondays — The little drummer boy wants it straight, no chaser

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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Merry Christmas Eve to everyone everywhere.

I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite Christmas songs, renditions, and videos for today, starting off with my favorite Christmas song, Little Drummer Boy. My favorite version of Little Drummer Boy is also my favorite Christmas song video, performed by my favorite all-female ensemble, Celtic Woman, accompanied by chorus and, of course, the Little Drummer Boy (who is anything but little):

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Then there’s Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ version of Little Drummer Boy, substantially Joan Jetted up, from their 1981 album I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll:

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One of the more interesting versions of Little Drummer Boy was performed by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Actually titled Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy, the counterpoint was written and performed by David Bowie specifically for Bing Crosby’s 1977 TV special Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas:

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In surfing through the YouTube videos, I found this snare drum performance from Church of Southland in Anaheim, California. I’ve always been infatuated with snare drums and this reaffirms my infatuation. Take five minutes and watch this.

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My all-time music favorite, Sir Paul McCartney, wrote Wonderful Christmastime back in 1979, and it’s become a staple of Christmas radio airplay to this day:

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The first Christmas song I can remember hearing on rock radio was by The Beach Boys, Little Saint Nick, from 1963:

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Lastly, we couldn’t possibly forget The 12 Days of Christmas. Let’s have a little fun with it with Straight No Chaser, a messed-up version as only Straight No Chaser could mess it up:

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If you ever get a chance to see Straight No Chaser in concert, take it. You’ll have a lot of fun and come away absolutely amazed at what they do, how they can take beautiful songs and mess them up beautifully.

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