And Then I Found This

Country Soul

I am loving this song, Let the World Go By, which just happens to be the single off of my cousin Karl Blau’s upcoming album, Country Soul.

Sailing Away

There is so much beauty in the world. I try to remind myself to be open, compassionate, and kind every day. We don’t know anyone else’s story. People are complex and have lived through things we will never understand. It’s important to remember that.

A public piano was installed, and then a homeless man sat down to play.

Music on Monday

Just discovered Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and thought I’d share.

Play Through

K and I were driving to and from Chicago a couple of days ago, listening to music, and singing and dancing in the car.  Yes, we do this, and often.  It makes us laugh.  We have a lot of fun together.  While all of that was going on I noticed certain songs, which made me think of certain albums, that always seem to be my go-tos.  I make a lot of playlists, always have.  Before digital I was burning CDs, before CDs I was making cassette tapes.   Music is a passion of mine and so when I find a great album, one that provides more than just one or two songs I enjoy, I tend to go back to it over and over, mining the good stuff for whatever new playlist I’m working on.

During the drive I started making a list in my head of albums that, in my mind, are complete.  Meaning an album that’s worth a listen from beginning to end, the majority of the songs enjoyable.  To me this is actually a rare thing.  One of the reasons I make playlists is because it’s rare to find an album I want to listen to from beginning to end.  Those albums have to have a variety of sound, the songs have to blend well together, and most of the songs on the album have to be good.

So I started listing some albums in my head and thought it would make an interesting experiment, here on the blog, to see how many I could come up with, and what those would be.  I would imagine the list will change, as I remember more and add them, but for now, today, these are the albums I’ve come up with.  Albums that are worth a listen.  And yes, of course, this is subjective.  And yes, of course, there are a few duds on some of these albums.  But, overall, I like them very much.  Feel free to list any others you enjoy in the comments section, and don’t judge my list.  It’s mine.

Here we go….

Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Daylight Again

Dishwalla – Opaline

Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Michael Tolcher – I Am

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

Indigo Girls – Swamp Ophelia

Karla Bonoff – Restless Nights

Melissa Etheridge – Lucky

Eagles – Hotel California

James Taylor – Greatest Hits 1976

Steve Miller Band -Greatest Hits 1974-1978

REO Speedwagon – hi Infidelity

Boston – Don’t Look Back

Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Toward Ecstacy

Dan Fogelberg – Age of Innocence

Billy Joel – Songs in the Attic

Jon McLaughlin – Indiana

Adele – 21

Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Van Morrison – Moondance

James Morrison – Songs for You, Truths for Me

Bob Seger – Nine Tonight

Three Dog Night – The Best of Three Dog Night

Survivor – Vital Signs

Rob Thomas – …Something to Be

Andrea Bocelli – Romanza

Moulin Rouge – Soundtrack

Eurythmics – Touch

Genesis – Genesis



Hang Massive Plays Once Again

One of my cousins posted a video on Facebook of these guys playing. There’s something completely awesome about it. Soothing, rhythmic, joyous, upbeat, earthy, and tremendous. I had to share. The instrument is called the Hang. Enjoy the music of Hang Massive.

10 Word Review – Sonic Highways (TV Documentary)

sonic highwaysMusic. Cities. Feel. History. Roots. Story. Recording. Interviews. Direction. Yes.