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My Desert Island Playlist

I did it everyone! I truly picked my desert island songs. I spent days with this. I disciplined myself to only pick 10 songs. I kinda want everyone to listen to these songs in this exact order. Makes me cry actually. It’s the end of the world. I’ve escaped to an island and could only download 10 songs into my brain. These are the songs:

  1. Dark Star by The Grateful Dead (From the Live/Dead album)
  2. Seasons by Chris Cornell (From the Singles soundtrack)
  3. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd (From Wish You Were Here album)
  4. Right Turn by Alice In Chains (from SAP ep)
  5. A Day In The Life by The Beatles (From Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album)
  6. Starla by The Smashing Pumpkins (From Pisces Iscariot B-Sides album)
  7. Pneuma by Tool (From Fear Inoculum album)
  8. Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed (Title Track)
  9. Into Dust by Mazzy Star (From So Tonight That I Might See album)
  10. Release by Pearl Jam (From Ten album)

These tracks all have special meanings for me. Bands I love and songs I obsess over.

Now I invite you to list your 10 desert island songs below in the comments.

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My Top 10 Albums EVER
1. Pink Floyd….DSOTM
2. Beach Boys….Smile (2011 version)
3. Black Sabbath….Paranoid
4. Smashing Pumpkins….Siamese Dream
5. The Beatles….Revolver
6. Pink Floyd….Wish You Were Here
7. The Beatles….Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
8. David Bowie….The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
9. Pink Floyd….The Wall
10. Depeche Mode….Violator

As of December 31st, 2017 this is my official ten!

I have also extended my top ten list of albums to a top 20!!! Here are 11-20 

11. Beach Boys….Pet Sounds
12.John Lennon….Plastic Ono Band
13.Pearl Jam….Ten
14.Nine Inch Nails….The Downward Spiral
15.Lou Reed….Transformer
16.Velvet Underground….1967 self titled
17.Led Zeppelin….Houses of the Holy
18.Jefferson Airplane….Surrealistic Pillow
19.Creedance Clearwater Revival….Chronicle Vol. 1
20.Tool….Lateralus

Honorable mentions….

My Bloody Valentine….Loveless
Led Zeppelin IV
Radiohead….The Bends

Furthermore…..here are my favorite songs of all time:

 

I used a lot of criteria to develop the list of songs here. I tried to limit the music to a TOP FORTY list. I started with music released in the 1950’s and moved forward in time. The songs are based on number of times listened to them. Over time I forgot the criteria really. But as of now, these are my top forty favorite songs:

IN NO ORDER…..

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My Top Twenty Mood-Boosting Songs #music #down #happy

This became my new “go to” playlist so that the next time I am feeling down I can listen to it on repeat:

  1. Siouxsie and the Banshees Hong Kong Garden
  2. New Order Ceremony
  3. Colin Hay Beautiful World
  4. Velvet Underground Rock and Roll
  5. Blind Melon 3 is a Magic Number
  6. Pink Floyd Astronomy Domine
  7. Beach Boys Heroes and Villians
  8. Tom Petty Free Fallin’
  9. The Beatles Day Tripper
  10. The Black Keys Everlasting Light
  11. Japandroids The House That Heaven Built
  12. The Flaming Lips Do You Realize?
  13. Smashing Pumpkins Siva
  14. Weezer Buddy Holly
  15. The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  16. Kristin Kontrol X-Communicate
  17. The Lively Ones Surf Rider
  18. Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 1-7
  19. Imagine Dragons On Top Of The World
  20. Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The June Road Trip Playlist

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Recently I chatted it up with close friends and relatives. I was thinking of an AWESOME playlist for this lovely month of June. It’s a good time to take a cruise around the block (especially if you’re a teenager), a long drive or a wizard cruise through the local towns (college students know what I’m talking about) and even undertake a voyage or ROAD TRIP!!!! Time to crank the tunes that are custom made for the car, the van, the truck, whatever your vehicle of choice is.

Just anything that rocks and pumps you up man!

I learned that we can agree on a number of things when it comes to these song choices on the road. First you gotta roll down the windows. The tunes should be associated with good memories, perhaps AWESOME memories! It all depends on where you are going. The right song at the right place is key. The music should enhance the trip and the scenery that is already there. You should turn your sad moments into HAPPY ones.

So I took a little poll. I looked over some of my previous mixes and playlists. I filled out a section of a book I have called “MUSIC LISTOGRAPHY” (go check it out) and for the purpose of this blog post, I developed a list of 25 essential songs (in my world) that can get you feeling alive in June. Classic Rock mixed with modern pop/rock/dance sounds!

Here they are (in absolutely no order):

1 Led Zeppelin….Over The Hills And Far Away
2 Pink Floyd…..One Of These Days
3 Grateful Dead…..Truckin
4 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss…..Killing The Blues
5 AC/DC…..Thunderstruck
6 Smashing Pumpkins…..Snail
7 Tool…..Vicarious
8 Mungo Jerry…..In The Summertime
9 Creedance Clearwater Revival…..Commotion
10 Puscifer…..Bohemian Rhapsody (check it out!)
11 Tom Cochrane…..Life Is A Highway
12 Kraftwerk…..Autobahn
13 Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again…..Bob Dylan
14 Lindsey Buckingham…..Holiday Road
15 The Ramones…..Blitzkrieg Bop (I bet you knew I was gonna throw this one in here)
16 Norman Greenbaum…..Spirit In the Sky
17 Aliotta, Haynes, and Jeremiah…..Lake Shore Drive
18 Phantom Planet…..California
19 ZZ Top…..Cheap Sunglasses
20 Night Call…..Kavinsky Feat. Lovefoxxx
21 Phoenix…..1901
22 Cake…..The Distance
23 Qué Onda Guero…..Beck
24 MGMT…..Electric Feel
25 BEASTIE BOYS…..SABOTAGE

ENJOY THE SUMMER EVERYONEPEACE OUT
C-NOTE

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Musicians born in May PLAYLIST

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I was born in May. As you know, I have loved music my entire life. For this quick playlist, I thought it would be interesting to come up with a list of songs by various artists who were also born during this delightful month. Let me get right to it!

1) Bob Seger…..Her Strut
2) Sid Viscious (of the Sex Pistols)…..Pretty Vacant
3) Steve Winwood…..Higher Love
4) Frankie Valli (Four Seasons)…..(Dawn) Go Away
5) Stevie Wonder…..My Cherie Amour
6) Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees…..Cities in Dust

(On a Side note….Siouxsie and I have the same birthday = May 27)

Anyway…..

7) Billy Squier…..The Stroke
8) Bob Dylan…..Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
9) Ritchie Valens…..Donna
10) Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine…..she found now

Well thats it for now…..stay tuned for next week’s playlist. It’ll blow your mind!!!

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May Child “Flower Power” Playlist

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Yep….I drew that.

Isn’t it pretty?

It’s the month of May….and that means it’s time for those flowers to get here. Lots of snow and zero temps this past winter. It was long and cold. Some showers last month, but we could use more. Beginning this month with 85 degrees in Chicago tomorrow and then hopefully NOT dropping down into the 50’s again for awhile. But despite a weather forecast of some rain and dropped temperatures, I am hopeful that it’ll continue to get warmer and those flowers will pop up everywhere.

Here’s a playlist of happy, sunny, earthy, flower-related songs to get you through this glorious month of May!

This isn’t the only playlist I will post this month. My sister and I each celebrate our birthdays this month. So do several friends and family members. It’s the month of the Taurus and Gemini babies!!!

I will devote my next playlist to May birthday tunes…..for now enjoy this one:

1. Scott Mckenzie…..San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)

2. Seal…..Kiss From a Rose

3. Bette Midler…..The Rose

4. Tiny Tim…..Tip Toe Through The Tulips

5. Simon & Garfunkel…..Scarborough Fair

6. Every Rose Has Its Thorn…..Poison

7. Ramblin’ Rose…..Nat King Cole

8. Push th’ Little Daises…..Ween

9. Good Day Sunshine…..The Beatles

10. Hong Kong Garden…..Siouxsie and the Banshees

11. Flower Punk…..Frank Zappa

12. Lotus Flower…..Radiohead

13. Sugar Magnolia…..Grateful Dead

14. Let’s Get Together…..The Youngbloods

15. I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet…..Carol King

16. Where Have All The Flowers Gone…..Peter, Paul & Mary

17. Fat Old Sun…..Pink Floyd

18. In Bloom…..Nirvana

19. Flowers On The Wall…..The Statler Brothers

20. Garden…..Pearl Jam

21. Wildflowers…..Tom Petty

22. I Love the Flower Girl…..The Cowsills

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April Showers Bring My Playlist

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For this month, I was inspired to devote the entire playlist to RAINY DAY related music. In fact the picture posted here is a painting I recently did. A muse came over me and I was compelled to work on this art piece to represent these feelings about this type of music.

I love those rainy Saturdays from my childhood and teenage days. They were wonderful times to play games, watch tv or listen to music while doing homework or trading baseball cards with my friends. What is it about the sound of the splashing water against the house or the crash of thunder and lightning that fascinates me? I really do get so relaxed from such wonders of nature. Not only is there the calm before the storm but there is this sense of beauty that the earth will not let the rain stop coming down until it has refreshed the soil and allow the trees and the birds to have a pleasurable drink.

The music I would listen to taking a drive with my dad to the hardware store or going out to the movie theater with my friends had a soothing effect on me when it rained. I used to stare at the wiper blades and the telephone poles and pretend they were chopping them down. It was the imagination of a child that I once was.

Of course my point here in this post is to share my rainy day playlist because these songs represent those feelings of sitting on a rocking chair enduring late night conversations with my mother. Splashing in the puddles on my paper route while I listened to my walkman is something I treasure.

So I chose songs that have this soothing and melodic sense to them. Memories from my youth but also tracks from films and tunes I would hear in the background at memorial day parties are some of what is represented here. For example the song “No Rain” by Blind Melon reminds me of high school at the sock hops while it stormed outside. “Here Comes The Rain Again” by The Eurythmics tend to bring back the 80’s era sitting in the back seat and being driven to a pediatrician for my usual check up on a cloudy day. Sometimes these tunes just simply are perfect background music during a summer shower.

Finally Jimi Hendrix’s “Rainy Day ,Dream Away” first awakened my sense when I was 18 during my first summer working at the movie theater just before college started as I would blare it in my mom’s minivan driving to work. So why not check out my playlist. Maybe there are some songs not represented here that should be. Anyway here’s the list. GO find these songs and give them a spin.

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Some Punk Junk For Your Listening Pleasure!!!!

830041115What is punk? Why have a playlist about punk music? Well let me tell you. Bands from Europe and the U.S, in the late 60’s and early 70’s created this fast, edgy music. It appealed to teenagers. When you hate your job. Hate society! Drop out of school. Or you HATE your parents because they SUCK! Then punk is what this music provides solace for. They were mostly short 1-2 minute songs, stripped-down guitars and drums, and many times political jams. Punk rock was very much anti-social and rebellious in nature. So this kind of music can provide a great escape and an outlet for hostility.  When I am frustrated I listen to groups like Bad Brains, Black a Flag and Minutemen to get me through the dull and miserable times. It’s wild music man! Mosh pits and crowd surfing were born because of this style.

I put together this punk playlist because i feel it covers a nice collection of these rough and loud guitar-driven songs. Some with screaming vocals. Others contain dialogue about being sent to an institution. Remember that the 80’s became mostly hardcore music but not Heavy Metal. It took PUNK to a new level really. Metal is another story altogether. Punk is really in a “left of the dial” category. Mainstream music generally is NOT punk.  If you want to know more about a particular band. Just ask me and I will point you in the right direction. So check out the playlist and give these tracks a sample. So many bands to choose from….too many songs! These are 25 really good ones!!! Let your ears do the judging. Peace out and “Rise Above!”

1. Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones
2. Kick Out the Jams by MC5
3. Holiday In Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys
4. London Calling from The Clash
5. Search and Destroy from The Stooges
6. Anarchy in the UK presented by The Sex Pistols
7. Where Eagles Dare executed by The Misfits
8. & 9. This Ain’t No Picnic and #1 Hit Song by the Minutemen
10. Straight Edge By Minor Threat
11. & 12. Rise Above & Six Pack by Black Flag
13. & 14. Pay to Cum & At The Movies by Bad Brains
15. Suspect Device by Stiff Little Fingers
16. Punk Rock Girl The Dead Milkmen
17. Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth
18. Celebrated Summer Husker Dü
19. Institutionalized from Suicidal Tendencies
20. Hank’s Little Fingers by Guided By Voices
21. Aurora Borealis. by Meat Puppets
22. We by The Descendants
23. I Will Dare by The Replacements
24. Little Fury Things by Dinosaur Jr
25. That’s When I Reach For My Revolver by Mission of Burma

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Playlist For February

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Or better known as, a mix of songs that represent being in love, out of love or just surrendering to the mood of this month. Valentines Day is certainly a widely celebrated holiday every year with chocolate, roses, wine, movies, kisses and MUSIC! It occurs right in the middle too so this day is surrounded by love and the lack of it. People fall in love and breakup too. Or there are plenty of people (I used to be one of them) who hate this month because greetings cards remind them how much love can stink. But I think in general, its a good month. It can be cold and snowy for sure but it also reminds us that we’re halfway through winter and Spring is just around the corner.

So I have a playlist that depicts many emotions that I display this month. I sympathize for friends, family, my wife and for myself. I feel love and gratitude and that mystery of the tremendous feeling of love that extends way beyond puppy love and crushes. Brotherly love, amazing friendships and being alive. Enough babble. Here it is:

1. Slide by The Goo Goo Dolls
The guitar strumming and romantic lyrics are lively and upbeat. Though it may seem strange that this song’s words are actually about a young couple thinking about an abortion. But it’s still good.

2.Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
this really is a sweet song

3. It’s True That We Love One Another The White Stripes
Here we get a snippet of the relationship between Jack White and his drummer, Meg. The mood of the song is whimsical with Jack, Meg and a British singer named Holly Golightly taking turns with childish punches.

4. Maps Yeah Yeah Years
Highly emotional song from Karen O and the gang

5. Linger The Cranberries
(see a previous “feature review” of this song here at my blog)

6. Sometimes My Bloody Valentine
(a classic song from a stupendous album)

7. Please, Please, Please Let Me The Smiths
Captivating and haunting, this is a classic Smiths track

8. Anyone Else But You The Moldy Peaches
Quirky, cute, simple and romantic, this duet always finds a way into your head. “Anyone Else But You” was also covered by Michael Cera And Ellen Page in the 2007 hit film Juno.

9. Crazy Love Van Morrison
you gotta love Van

10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
perhaps this artists greatest tune ever

11. Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette
While she is usually spitting on men who have damaged her throughout this album, she takes a turn on this song. However, she still manages to say, “It’s all your fault.” Such Classic Alanis.

12. Son Of A Preacher Man Dusty Springfield
I always loved her voice and this song

13. Saw Red Sublime
This song was released in 1994 before Sublime or No Doubt were known by much of anyone outside of the Southern Cal. music scene. Lead singer Brad Nowell dated Gwen Stefani for a time before making this song.

14. I Hate The Way You Love The Kills
Distorted guitar and anti-Valentine’s Day lyrics,
this song is a perfect representation of a typical Kills song.

15. All I Want Is You Barry Louis Polisar
As soon as you get past the cheesiness of this song, featured on the “Juno” soundtrack, you realize it’s just great feel good music. It also kind of makes you want to square dance.

16. My Girl THE TEMPTATIONS
makes me smile and want to dance as well

17. These Arms Of Mine Otis Redding
powerfully moving song

18. Pictures Of You The Cure
this was an intensely fine moment for Robert Smith

19. Everlong Foo Fighters
heart and soul man

20. The Scientist Coldplay
The dense combination of Chris Martin’s voice and simplistic piano tempo makes “The Scientist” one of the band’s greatest ballads and one of the greatest ballads in general, maybe.

peace out c-note

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Playlist for COLD Days

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My songs here represent the feelings I have during this crappy January weather.

Holy Cow has it been cold and really snowy!!! It is a desolate, FREEZING cold and boring month. Kids went back to school, after their long winter break. Some college students didn’t go back until MLK’s Birthday recently. Nothing else really happens unless it snows…..and it certainly has been BELOW FREEZING, snowing and blowing. Then all sorts of outdoor activities pop up. Sledding, Skiing and snowball fights to name a few.

But what about the music? No holidays really. It’s cold and we just want to be warm and comfortable. So I have comprised a list of 20 tracks about winter, the cold, snow and some random ones that just “feel” good this month. Here they are:

1 Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow [Single Version] – Frank Zappa
2 Black Night – The Dodos
3 Sweetness Follows – R.E.M.
4 Aspenglow – John Denver
5 Not Dark Yet – Bob Dylan
6 How to Disappear Completely – Radiohead
7 The Cave – Mumford and Sons
8 White Winter Hymnal 97 – Fleet Foxes
9 Winter – Tori Amos
10 Song For A Winter’s Night – Sarah McLachlan
11 Winter Ghosts – JBM
12 Hidden In Snow – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
13 Winter Time – Steve Miller Band
14 Cold Blows The Wind – Ween
15 Snow & Taxis – Gold Panda
16 Too Many Miracles – Badly Drawn Boy
17 Doughnut for a Snowman – Guided by Voices
18 White As Snow – U2
19 Snowblind – Black Sabbath
20 Steal Softly Through Snow – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

ALWAYS OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS