Category Archives: Music

Catching Up

Just now getting around to posting my playlists from my long walks.  I’m just going to combine the lists from March 9th and 14th.  On the 14th I only walked 5 miles, hence the shorter playlist.  I did walk my normal 10 miles, but I did it on the 15th because the weather was unbelievably nice and was forecast to drop 30 degrees the next day so I took advantage of it.  The weather on that Saturday was so nice in fact that I was too engrossed in enjoying walking in shorts and a t-shirt to tag any music!

I’ll try to link a YouTube video to the song, if I can’t find one I’ll link a song I like to the artist name.

I do know one thing for certain about the last few weeks though; I still wasn’t fully free, I still had a sliver of hope going that I could at least have my friend back even if we couldn’t be a couple anymore… I admit though that there were still some feelings of anger.

But today I let them go.

March 9th:

March 14th:

That’s it.  There won’t be a playlist from this weekend because I’m rebelling!  That taste of 70F last week spoiled me and this weekend didn’t get over 40F so I didn’t walk a step.  In my defense though I have joined an RKC certified gym and have been working out with the kettlebells three days a week so I feel justified in my choice.  The weekend isn’t a total fitness bust, I’m going to my first Tai Chi session this evening.

February 23rd, 2014

Well, I upped the mileage of my walk a little bit.  Nothing truly significant, about 1.5 miles more, but that equals more songs got put on the playlist this week.

  • For What It’s Worth/Best Of Me – Ryan Bingham
  • Diggin’ Holes – Brent Cobb
  • It’s So Heavy – Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • A Way To Survive and Don’t Touch Me – Jamey Johnson
  • To Beat The Devil and Feeling Mortal – Kris Kristofferson
  • My Father’s Advice and ‘Til I Gain Control Again – Rodney Crowell
  • Sombras – Raul Malo
  • Bread & Water – Ryan Bingham
  • Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday – Warren Haynes
  • Old Strings – Julie Roberts with Vince Gill

New Music 2/22/2014

Quite a bit of new music this week thanks not only to the SiriusXM Outlaw Country channel, but also to Pandora.  It seems the people at Pandora must have tweaked the algorithm they use to match the artists you built a channel around.  I heard some artists I’ve never heard before and it was a really good match for the channel I listen to the most.  So here’s what was purchased this week, I hope you’ll give them a listen and support some of these newer artists who are out there making real music, not cookie cutter Nashville executive formula SHIT;

I mainly bought the Crazy Heart album for the Ryan Bingham songs, but I have to admit that (whether autotuned or not) the Jeff Bridges songs are good and he seems to be heartfelt in his singing.  Of course the album is stacked with brilliant singer/songwriter talent so you really can’t go wrong.

The Julie Roberts album debuted in 2004!  Hard to believe I hadn’t heard of her for 10 years, but thanks to Pandora I randomly heard one song, sampled the album and bought it.  I haven’t listened to anything from her new album but it speaks volumes about her genuineness as a country artist that it is from Sun Records – you won’t see Sun signing some hick-hop, skoal ring slackers singing about their damn trucks.

This weeks new music

One of the other things I do related to music is that when I’m driving anywhere I snap photos of the SiriusXM screen whenever a song I like comes on, then when I get home I buy the song and add it to the iPod.

Everyone knows that the music you relate to has a direct reflection on your psyche and so to further enable anyone who might read this to see what makes me tick I will start posting the songs I purchase based on my SiriusXM listening.

This week I bought the following:

  1. Truck Drivin’ Cat with Nine Wives by Charlie Walker (added to my truck driving songs playlist)
  2. Counterfeiter’s Blues by Corb Lund
  3. Like A Cigarette by Boo Ray
  4. I Always Keep Moving On by Peewee Moore
  5. Mental Revenge by Waylon Jennings
  6. Big Red Sun Blues by Lucinda Williams
  7. Truck Drivin’ Son-Of-A-Gun by Dave Dudley
  8. Red Dirt Roads by Red Dirt Rangers

Must watch video of the week:  Corb Lund “Bible on the Dash”

A note about songs 1 & 7;  Since I now teach truck driving for students seeking their Class-A CDL I have a collection of truck driving songs.   There isn’t really any connection to who I am in most of those other than I spent a stint as a truck driver after I retired from the Navy and I think truck driving songs are cool.

Brief thoughts about what a persons music says about them;  Having such a huge appreciation for music, and in my own mind made a connection to the songs I like to the kind of person I am, I’m going to make a generalization about new “music”.   If a persons taste in music is truly a window to their soul, then it’s no wonder the youth of this country are sick and narcissistic.  What does it say about a person when their choice of music is so disturbed?  Is it any wonder we have societal problems when people are attracted to lyrics about killing cops/women/babies, beating up your girlfriend, etc.?  I’m not talking about any songs about ecstasy or whatever the drug of the day is, because there have been songs glorifying drugs for well over 40 years.  I’m talking about the songs that advocate pure, hateful, violence for violence sake.