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This category contains all posts about songs, bands, and music in general.

September 12th, 2014 @ 4:08 am
Friday Five: Blondie

Blondie - Heart of GlassIn honor of my wife’s birthday today, the Friday Five list is songs by Blondie. Here are my five favorite:

August 22nd, 2014 @ 5:21 am
Friday Five: Songs About Jane

Songs about Jane

July 11th, 2014 @ 6:34 am
Friday Five: Weird Al

Weird AlMy five favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs:

  1. One More Minute
  2. This Is the Life
  3. Eat It
  4. Cable TV
  5. eBay
June 18th, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
Mr. Chainsaw

I was supposed to run 10.75 miles this morning, but miscalculated where I needed to make a U-turn, so it was actually 11 miles on the nose. It took me almost exactly an hour and forty-five minutes — not bad for a week shy of 41 — and put me over 77 miles for the […]

June 16th, 2014 @ 7:49 am
The lines on the road just looked like dots.

According to my Nike Running iPhone app, I’ve logged over 475 miles on my Nike Free 4.0 sneakers, and it’s time for a new pair. I only ever wear them for running, so that’s actually pretty accurate. I have no idea what the average lifespan is for a pair of sneakers, and I suppose Nike […]

June 13th, 2014 @ 6:32 am
Friday Five: John Williams

My five favorite John Williams film scores:

  1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  3. Superman
  4. Jaws
  5. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
June 11th, 2014 @ 7:27 am
Good Golly Miss Molly

I probably should not have bothered to watch the end of the Spurs @ Heat game last night, but I didn’t want to have missed it in case Miami managed to make a comeback. I still managed to hop out of bed at 5:15AM and lace up. I spent about fifteen minutes stretching and waiting […]

June 9th, 2014 @ 7:44 am
Let’s Pretend We’re in Antarctica

I had a brutal migraine when I went to sleep last night. I managed to make it through Game of Thrones and then conked out, still in pain despite several pharmaceutical attempts to relieve the ice pick in my brain. It was still there when my alarm started ringing at 0600, but I knew it […]

May 30th, 2014 @ 3:25 am
Friday Five: 1958

Here are my favorite songs from 1958:

  1. Twenty-Six Miles (Santa Catalina)Four Preps, The
  2. All I Have to Do Is DreamEverly Brothers, The
  3. Poison IvyCoasters, The
  4. A Wonderful Time Up ThereBoone, Pat
  5. Reuben JamesKingston Trio, The
May 23rd, 2014 @ 6:05 am
Friday Five: Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jenny Edition

GoofyI love you, sis.

  • Jenny Was a Friend of Mine — Killers, The
  • Jenny Wren — McCartney, Paul
  • Jenny — Stellastarr*
  • Cut Me Up Jenny — Taking Back Sunday
  • 867-5309 (Jenny) — Tutone, Tommy
    867-5309/Jenny — Less Than Jake
May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:45 am
Friday Five: The Beach Boys

The Beach BoysMy five favorite Beach Boys songs:

  1. Be True to Your School
  2. Barbara Ann
  3. Surfer Girl
  4. I Get Around
  5. When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:01 am
Running Scared

Today is the birthday of Roy Orbison (1936), born in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee, a mechanic, and Nadine, a nurse. One day, during a songwriting session with his partner Bill Dees, Orbison asked his wife, Claudette Frady Orbison, if she needed any money for her upcoming trip to Nashville. Dees remarked, “Pretty woman never […]

April 18th, 2014 @ 5:26 am
Friday Five: Lennon

John LennonThere are ninety-three tracks from John Lennon’s solo career in my iTunes library. Here are my five favorites:

  1. How Do You Sleep?
  2. God
  3. Watching the Wheels
  4. (Just Like) Starting Over
  5. Tie: Mother
    Tie: Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

The other eighty-seven are pretty awesome, too. You should listen to them all.

March 28th, 2014 @ 6:56 am
Friday Five: Favorite Country Music

This one was tough, but here are my five favorite country songs:

  1. You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’, Darlin’Haggard, Merle
  2. Thank God I’m a Country BoyDenver, John
  3. She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)Reed, Jerry
  4. DallasJackson, Alan
  5. Always On My MindNelson, Willie
February 21st, 2014 @ 5:34 am
Friday Five: Best Pixies

PixiesMy five favorite Pixies songs:

  1. Wave of Mutilation [UK Surf]Pump Up the Volume
  2. Where Is My Mind?Surfer Rosa
  3. GiganticSurfer Rosa
  4. Here Comes Your ManDoolittle
  5. U-MassTrompe le Monde
January 13th, 2014 @ 10:01 am
Live at Folsom Prison

One of my favorite albums — Johnny Cash’s Live at Folsom Prison — was released on this date in 1968. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have […]

January 3rd, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Friday Five: Fave Floyd

The WallIt’s difficult to choose or rank your five favorite songs by an artist that you love so much, but here’s a shot. I have quite a collection of Pink Floyd albums in iTunes, but all five of these are from The Wall.
I can’t tell you how many times as a teenager I laid on my bed, wearing my bright yellow Sony Sports Walkman headphones, and blasting this album into my brain from start to finish.

  1. Young Lust
  2. One of My Turns
  3. Mother
  4. In the Flesh?
  5. The Thin Ice
December 31st, 2013 @ 7:26 am
iTunes Tuesday: My Beatles Smart Playlist

If you include solo albums by John, Paul, and George, and things like Wings and the Plastic Ono Band, I’ve got over five hundred tracks in my iTunes library that I consider the work of The Beatles. I love The White Album indescribably, but even I don’t want to hear Rocky Raccoon ten times in […]

December 25th, 2013 @ 6:15 am
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My wife is pretty awesome. Baby It's Cold Outside – watch more funny videos

December 24th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
iTunes Tuesday: Building a Smart Christmas Playlist

The only really annoying thing about the holidays is that most radio stations play the same ten or so songs over and over and over again. No matter how much you love the song, nobody wants to hear Baby, It’s Cold Outside five times in the same day. You’ve got plenty of Christmas music in […]