Music To My Ears

I just spent the better part of the last two hours alternating between watching the snow fall out the window over my desk and looking at/listening to best album lists of 2013. I pride myself on being somewhat of a music aficionado (a word I can say and understand, but apparently not spell correctly withoutContinue reading “Music To My Ears”

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Thoughts on The Grammy’s

I, along with nearly everyone else I know, save for those people who were watching the première of Sherlock, watched the Grammy’s last night. I admit, we record it and then start watching about 45 minutes after the start so we can fast forward through stuff we don’t really want to watch. What we like,Continue reading “Thoughts on The Grammy’s”

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Best Finds of 2013

I’ve been reading a lot of best of lists in the last several days, everything from albums of 2013 to recipes involving bacon.  Everyone seems to be making a year end list.  I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon.  So here we go.  This isn’t a top ten or even a list with anyContinue reading “Best Finds of 2013”

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Thankful Everyday – Twenty-Two

22.  I’m thankful for YouTube.  I’m not someone who watches loads of silly videos and in fact I haven’t done that hardly at all.  Mostly I watch, and listen to, music videos, live performances, and such.  Once in a while I use it for movie clips or trailers as well, but mostly it’s all aboutContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – Twenty-Two”

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Even If I Tried – Even If I Wanted To

I just really listened to the lyrics of this song and it made me cry. Crying is not unusual for me, I’m emotional. It’s just that this basic message is one I want to shout from the rooftops — we are all people, all living our lives. So be kind, don’t judge, and love your fellowContinue reading “Even If I Tried – Even If I Wanted To”

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Thankful Everyday – Day Thirteen

13. I’m thankful for the music in my life.  I was fortunate to grow up around people who love, listen to, and play all types of music.  It instilled in me a love for all types of amazing sound.  Nothing fills the soul more than a fantastic piece of music.  My tastes are eclectic andContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – Day Thirteen”

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Put One Foot In Front Of The Other

When I was growing up I watched, like many of us, the holiday film “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”. I was five the first time it aired. It’s amazing how something so simple as a young kid watching a fun holiday movie can stick with a person all these years later, and yet itContinue reading “Put One Foot In Front Of The Other”

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Hallelujah

I love this song and it always seems sort of fitting to play it during the holidays. This is a fantastic 2009 live version with Portland singers Storm Large, Holcombe Waller, and Oregon born Wade Mccollum at one of my favorite Portland venues, the Aladdin Theater. Happy Holidays.

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Pronunciamento

I love words and this is a great one. Pronunciamento. Meaning… pro·nun·ci·a·men·to   [pruh-nuhn-see-uh-men-toh, -shee-uh-] noun, plural pro·nun·ci·a·men·tos. a proclamation; manifesto; edict. I came across this one today as I was looking around the dictionary.  Or more precisely, in this new age, dictionary.com. It’s a wonderful word found in a wonderful place.  Dictionaries are exciting, toContinue reading “Pronunciamento”

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Driving Back From O’Hare

I took Martin to the airport on Monday. It’s a long drive, nearly three hours one way. The drive was uneventful and the weather was gorgeous. On the way home I decided to semi-document the drive. I recently found a case with a bunch of old mix CDs I’d made. We’ve been working our wayContinue reading “Driving Back From O’Hare”

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Fried Egg Sandwiches, Steel Guitar, and Dad

I had a fried egg sandwich the other day. It sounds exactly like what it is… hard fried egg, two pieces of bread, loads of mayo. Yum. I don’t do this often, maybe a couple times a year, but every time I do I think of my dad. He loved them. Forrest Gilfred Parker…. bornContinue reading “Fried Egg Sandwiches, Steel Guitar, and Dad”

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To See or Not to See

This is an amazing story about beauty, perception, art, and what we see, or don’t see, as we go about our daily lives. Do you stop and notice, enjoy, live in the moment with something beautiful or do you walk past without a glance, without a thought for what’s happening right in front of you.Continue reading “To See or Not to See”

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One of My Favorite Local Portland Bands

I was just perusing some stuff and came across this great review of Sneakin’ Out, a local Portland band that happens to be one of my favorite local bands… I would probably put Pink Martini first and these guys second.  This clip is great because you get to hear some of their music, which isContinue reading “One of My Favorite Local Portland Bands”

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The Donnybrook 100… A Response.

I was perusing my Facebook feed today and noticed a repost of an article at The Donnybrook Writing Academy .  You have to check out the article, but the gist is this… they got together as a staff, poured down a few beverages, and came up with a list of 100 songs that should neverContinue reading “The Donnybrook 100… A Response.”

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A Peaceful Moment

This is something I wrote on the plane ride over to the U.K. a couple of weeks ago.  Tried to post it when we landed and couldn’t, then with all the business of getting here and such I forgot about it, until today.  I re-read it, liked it a lot, and so am posting itContinue reading “A Peaceful Moment”

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Tuesday Morning… Well, Not Really. It Was Earlier Today Though

Now that is a long title for a post.  Just had to use it… The Pogues Tuesday Morning is playing right now.  It’s not that fortuitous, I actually looked up songs with Tuesday in the title and liked this one.  That’s what a person does when they have some time on their hands, which IContinue reading “Tuesday Morning… Well, Not Really. It Was Earlier Today Though”

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Alone Again… Naturally

Bah ha ha ha ha!!  I had to do it.  I think, additionally, what I really need to do is find the video of that song.  Used to laugh… used to cry… used to sit around and wonder why… uh, no wait.  That’s something else.  I’m getting my 70’s tunes mixed up.  Alas… being nearlyContinue reading “Alone Again… Naturally”

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23 Movies With Music and 3 Musicals

Music sometimes makes a scene, or a movie for that matter. Here’s a selection of tunes used in films that had an impact on me. By no means a comprehensive list, but a few who sprung to mind when I thought of doing this post. Enjoy and feel free to add your own in theContinue reading “23 Movies With Music and 3 Musicals”

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