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Saturday video break: Hallelujah

I know, this song has been covered forty jillion times. But you know what I’d never heard before now? Leonard Cohen’s original version. Here it is: Different from what you’re used to, right? Here’s a live version that’s a bit more like what you’ve heard before. There was a great article on the interwebs a […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 5

Here’s their list. 1. The Wind Cries Mary – The Bobs (#379, orig. Jimi Hendrix) 2. Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash (#377, orig. Depeche Mode) 3. White Room – The Bobs (#376, orig. Cream) 4. Unchained Melody – U2/The Manhattan Transfer/Elvis Presley (#374, orig. The Righteous Brothers) 5. Highway 61 Revisited – Johnny Winter (#373, […]

Saturday video break: Groove Me

One of the great cover bands of our time, the Blues Brothers: It’s been over 33 years since John Belushi died. Every now and then I wonder what kind of career he would have had if he had managed to tame his demons enough to survive them. He was amazingly talented, but he’d entered that […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 4

Here again is the RS list. 1. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly and the Family Stone (#410) 2. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult (#405) 3. Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) – Aerosmith (#404, orig. The Shangri-Las) 4. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (#403) 5. Summer […]

Saturday video break: Hand In Hand

A couple of underrated songs by iconic 80s acts. First up, Dire Straits: Man, Making Movies is an awesome album. Not a bad song on it, and it starts out with three classics, then keeps it going with this tune. For those of us to remember the concept of a “desert island album”, this would […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 3

Here’s their list. You know the drill. 1. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp (#447) 2. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley (#444) 3. New Year’s Day – U2 (#435) 4. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple (#434) 5. Tumbling Dice – Linda Rondstadt (#433, orig. Rolling Stones) 6. American Idiot – Green Day […]

Saturday video break: A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam

Taking a break from cover songs for a good, patriotic reason today: I’d love to see a modern take on that. Imagine Jay-Z interpreting and re-choreographing Jimmy Cagney’s song and dance above. Or Bruno Mars, or Justin Timberlake, or maybe even Katy Perry, if someone can figure out how to make “a real live niece […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 2

Here’s their list, and here’s mine for this week: 1. How Soon Is Now? – Love Spit Love (#477, orig. The Smiths) 2. Where Did Our Love Go? – Diana Ross and The Supremes (#475) 3. Into the Mystic – Van Morrison (#474) 4. Surrender – Cheap Trick (#471) 5. Rain – Flying Fish Sailors […]

Saturday video break: The Rainbow Connection

Going out of order, inspired by a Facebook post by my friend Andy, here’s a classic song with a particular resonance for this week: From the original “Muppet Movie” of 1979, which I need to find on DVD and make my kids watch. I do have this song in my library, though I don’t have […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Best Songs list, part 1

Awhile back, I did a series of Friday Random Ten posts based on this Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. I had thought it was from 2008, but upon closer inspection it’s actually from 2004, it was just archived at that link in 2008. Recently, I came across this apparently updated list […]

Saturday video break: The Great Gig In The Sky

That Pink Floyd song from Dark Side of the Moon whose name you can never remember: That wasn’t the first video I watched for this. I looked at this one first, by The Australia Pink Floyd Show. It was so faithful to the original it nearly fooled me: Wow. As I recall from the one […]

Friday random ten: Gone too soon, part 5

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four 1. Super Freak – Big Daddy (orig. Rick James, 1948-2004) 2. Just A Little Lovin’ – Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) 3. Suite of Old American Dances – Trinity University Wind Symphony (Dr. Eugene Carinci, 1952-2011) 4. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell […]

Saturday video break: Gotta Serve Somebody

One of the gospel songs of Bob Dylan: Couldn’t find a decent live version of that, sorry. Anyway, because this is a Dylan song there are covers aplenty. The one I have is by blues diva Etta James: I’m convinced. How about you?

Friday random ten: Gone too soon, part 4

May 31 is the anniversary of my grandfather’s death. Charles Kuffner, Sr (I’m Charles III) was only 55 when he died, three months after I was born, and next year is the 50th anniversary of his passing. My father wrote about it the other day on Facebook, and it got me to thinking about it, […]

Saturday video break: Got My Mojo Working

Here’s one of the great voices of American blues, Muddy Waters: As our subtitled narrator notes, Muddy Waters was a huge influence of many other blues artists, as well as on rock musicians. ZZ Top is a prime example of the latter – they tip their hats to the man in their early classic “Jesus […]

Friday random ten: Sum sum summertime

After all the rain we’ve had here, we haven’t had any opportunities yet to complain about the heat. I suspect that’s about to end. 1. All Summer Long – The Beach Boys 2. Cruel Summer – Bananarama 3. Dirty Summer – Mother Falcon 4. In Summer – from “Frozen” 5. Our Last Summer – from […]

Friday random ten: Still randoming

Back to old-school, let-the-iPod-pick-’em randomness this week. 1. Heaven – Geoff Overmyer & Natasha Rusterholz 2. Flupandemic – Flying Fish Sailors 3. The One – The Stabilisers 4. Broken Arrow – Robbie Robertson 5. All At Once – Bonnie Raitt 6. Dirty Summer – Mother Falcon 7. Generational Synthetic – Beach Fossils 8. The Weiner […]

Memorial Day video break: No Forgotten Man

This great song by Solas seems appropriate for today: Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone.

Saturday video break: Good Enough

Here’s Cyndi Lauper with a song from an iconic 80s movie: I suppose technically that’s called “The Goonies R Good Enough”, but it’s in my library simply as “Good Enough”, and that’s good enough for me. Here’s Sarah McLachlin with a song of the same name: With bonus French introduction. Very classy.

Friday random ten: Pseudorandom, anyway

After a long string of theme lists, I thought it would be nice to have a true Random Ten this week. And just to be different, rather than have the iPod pick them, I went to and generated numbers there to select the songs from my master playlist. Here’s what it spun up for […]

Saturday video break: Gold

One from the kids, by Britt Nicole: Chad Orzel recently wrote about how having a six-year-old means he’s fairly up to speed on pop music today. I’m not quite as familiar with the Top 40 list he presented, but I can definitely relate. I’ll put it to you this way: We have the 2015 Radio […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 15

At long last, we bring this series to a close. 1. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Carole King 2. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) – Meat Loaf 3. Young Guns (Go for It!) – Wham! 4. Your Love Is (Love Song With Metaphor) – […]

Saturday video break: God Only Knows

An all-time classic from an iconic band: Remember when James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s idiot Secretary of the Interior, denied the Beach Boys a permit to play a Fourth of July concert on the Washington Mall? He’d never even heard of them. Sometimes it’s useful to remember that today’s craziness didn’t come out of nowhere. For […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 14

On our penultimate list or parentheticals. 1. When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) – Great Big Sea 2. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) – Paul Young 3. Why Do I Need You (When I’ve Got My Hand)? – Feo y Loco 4. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman – The Kinks […]

Saturday video break: God Bless The Child

Possibly Billie Holliday’s best-known song: Yeah, that song has no relevance to today’s society at all. Billie Holliday would have been 100 years old in April. Coverville had a nice tribute to her last week. “God Bless the Child” was also a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears: So the Bible says, and I’ve got […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 13

Lucky thirteen… 1. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox 2. TRACKS (TALL BODIES) – Chelsea Wolfe 3. Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Aretha Franklin 4. Waterfall (Psychedelic Teepee Twelve) – Wendy & Lisa 5. We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37) – Peter Gabriel 6. […]

Saturday video break: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

In a world where music videos had plot lines, there was Cyndi Lauper’s 80s classic: Lauper went on to do several remakes and remixes of this song, which stands up pretty well 30 years later. While this is absolutely Lauper’s song, it was written by Robert Hazard five years before Lauper recorded it. She changed […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 12

Twelve! Twelve lists of song names with parentheses in them! Ah ha ha! 1. Strangest Party (These Are The Times) – INXS 2. Sweet Dreams (Of You) – Patsy Cline 3. (Take A) Beetle To The Badlands – The Slip 4. Take Me (I’m Yours) – Bob deGrande 5. Tell Me (That Our Love’s Still […]

Saturday video break: Gloria

Settle in, kids, this is going to be a long one. We start with the original version of this classic, performed by Them, a “Northern Irih rock band featuring Van Morrison”, who are not to be confused with Them!, a 1954 sci-fi classic featuring giant ants. Anyway, here’s Gloria by Them: I should interject at […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 11

More great parentheticals coming right at you. 1. Remember (Walking In The Sand) – Aerosmith 2. Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Robert Cray 3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Bruce Springsteen 4. S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) – 2 Guys N The Parque 5. Set Me Free (Rosa Lee) – Los Lobos 6. […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 10

Starting to get close to the end. 1. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel 2. (Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads 3. Papa Come Quick (Jody And Chico) – Bonnie Raitt 4. Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley 5. Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord) – from “Godspell” 6. Pride (In The Name […]

Saturday video break: Girl From Ipanema

Easily the most famous bossa nova song ever, and possibly the most recognizable saxophone melody, here’s Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto doing their signature hit, “Girl From Ipanema”: I remember reading a “Peanuts” cartoon from a paperback collection when I was a kid in which Linus said he was the only student […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 9

Ten more parenthetical songs for your Good Friday contemplation. 1. Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas) – Bing Crosby 2. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones 3. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) – Billy Joel 4. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) – U2 5. Money (That’s What I […]

Saturday video break: Georgia On My Mind

Legendary big band drummer Gene Krupa leads his troupe and an unnamed female vocalist in this classic: Of course, the version we all know is by Ray Charles: Some years ago I was visiting a school friend in Atlanta, and she took me to Stone Mountain to see the laser show. This number got a […]