Friday, December 31, 2010

1230 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - The Sinister Minister

1230 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - The Sinister Minister
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Last night I was up to 2:00 in the morning listening to some Béla Fleck and have had them on the brain most of the morning as well. This is actually one of their more popular tracks which hails from their self-titled debut album.
What I've always loved about the band and their music in particular is that they're always pushing the boundaries of music itself and are not afraid of something different and outside their individual styles.

Hear The Sinister Minister on YouTube.
Watch part one of a live performance of the song on YouTube.
Watch part two of a live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Reise, Reise

My song pick two years ago today: Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind

My song pick three years ago today: Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

1229 Megaherz - Schizophren

1229 Megaherz - Schizophren

I've had this song running through my mind most of the morning and it just feels like an excellent pick for today. This track hails from their '98 Kopfschuss (Headshot) album; even if you only speak English you should easily be able discern the title of the song.

Hear Schizophren on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - Turn It On Again

My song pick two years ago today: Miles Davis - Walkin'

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Cold Wind To Valhalla

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1228 Dizzy Gillespie - One Note Samba

1228 Dizzy Gillespie - One Note Samba
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Felt like listening to some Dizzy Gillespie this morning and this often-covered piece of Bossa Nova Jazz, originally written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, interpreted by the great Jazz maestro seemed appropriate for my mood. Pure musical bliss.

Hear One Note Samba by Dizzy Gillespie on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steely Dan - Josie

My song pick two years ago today: Joni Mitchell - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

My song pick three years ago today: Big Country - In A Big Country

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

1227 Fear Factory - Fear Campaign

1227 Fear Factory - Fear Campaign

Recently I've been getting back into Fear Factory's music and have been especially enjoying their newest album: Mechanize. This track is one of my personal favourites off the album; I absolutely love the heavier edge of their newer sound.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Gunnar Madsen - Surprise!

My song pick two years ago today: Charles Mingus - Tonight At Noon

My song pick three years ago today: Megadeth - Architecture of Aggression

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Monday, December 27, 2010

1226 Oasis - Cast No Shadow

1226 Oasis - Cast No Shadow
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Christmas... over, house guests... gone home = time to finally recuperate from the Holiday! Anyway, Oasis' music seemed excellent for today and getting over all that goes along with this time of year.

Hear Cast No Shadow on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Wanderlust

My song pick two years ago today: Dizzy Gillespie - Salt Peanuts

My song pick three years ago today: Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

1225 Jethro Tull - Stuck in the August Rain

1225 Jethro Tull - Stuck in the August Rain

I've been recovering from the Christmas Holiday today and I feel like making a brief song pick today, so here is one that for some reason was running through my mind this afternoon.
Whilst Roots to Branches is by no means my favourite 'Tull album there were a few tracks on it that liked the first time I heard it; this song one of them. This is quite a beautiful love song that contains a real nice balance of soft intricacy and the heavier rock feel. It is also one of the tracks on the album to feature Steve Bailey, (of Bass Extremes and countless other acts fame), on bass guitar.

Hear Stuck in the August Rain on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Feuer Frei!

My song pick two years ago today: Huey Lewis and the News - Back In Time

My song pick three years ago today: Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

1224 Steeleye Span - Gaudete

1224 Steeleye Span - Gaudete
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Hope everyone out there is having a Merry Christmas.
I had this song in mind for this pick for a bit now; it is actually one of Steeleye Span's bigger hits. This is a Sacred Christmas Carol originally written sometime in the 16th Century that they recorded for their 4th album. The entire piece is sung a cappella in Latin; the vocal harmonies are simply amazing.

Hear a vinyl recording of Gaudete on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '04 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ian Anderson - A Birthday Card At Christmas

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Another Christmas Song

My song pick three years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wish Liszt (Toy Shop Madness)

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Friday, December 24, 2010

1223 Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) - I Believe in Father Christmas

1223 Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) - I Believe in Father Christmas
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Merry Christmas!
I heard this one last night whilst out and about looking at the various Christmas light displays around town and it felt to me like a nice Christmas Eve pick. I really don't know why I haven't chosen this track in one of the previous Christmas seasons since I've been doing this blog; it's one of my favourite Holiday tracks from this last century.
While the song's overall feel is more than a bit jaded concerning the Holiday, for me the song captures many of the emotions that are felt this time of year that are not normally thought of on this otherwise "joyous" occasion.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '94 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You Santa Clause?

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Christmas Song

My song pick three years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

1222 Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful

1222 Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful

I'm picking another Christmas track for the week and this rocked out take on the traditional favourite by Twisted Sister seemed like an excellent choice today. I like how they arranged the piece whilst keeping it's original spirit intact.
It's interesting that this would be the first Twisted Sister track to grace my list, but oh well, I'm pretty sure if I keep this blog going for another 5-10 years there will still be many other great bands that I have missed.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High

My song pick two years ago today: The Kinks - Father Christmas

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1221 Rush - Tears

1221 Rush - Tears

Was planning on picking another seasonal song today, however after I happened to notice the number of the song pick, (1221), Rush's music kept incessantly running through my mind and no other band's music would come to mind. So what the Hell, I'll just pick a song from the 2112 album; it's not like I really need a reason to choose a Rush song anyway, but the pick number gives me a good excuse nevertheless.
Anyway, this was actually one of the first songs that I ever heard off of this album other than the main title track. It is mellower than most of their other material on the album with rather beautiful lyrics.

Hear Tears on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Sylvia - Drifter

My song pick two years ago today: Cheech & Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady

My song pick three years ago today: Supertramp - The Logical Song

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1220 Mykola Leontovych - Shchedryk (The Carol of the Bells)

1220 Mykola Leontovych - Shchedryk (The Carol of the Bells)
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With it being the week of Christmas and all, I figured I should pick a seasonal piece. In actuality The Carol of the Bells, which is considered a Christmas tune, was originally an ancient Ukrainian folk chant that was used to herald in the New Year; in the early 1900's Mykola Leontovych arranged Shchedryk around that chant as the song we know today.
The title: Shchedryk supposedly means "Bountiful" in Ukrainian and is about a swallow flying into a family's house and singing a song of wealth to come with the Spring. Apparently the original chant was performed sometime around April; later the celebration was moved near the New Year and was used for The Feast of Epiphany. The song was later used with new lyrics penned by Peter Wilhousky as the piece: The Carol of the Bells.

Hear Shchedryk conducted by Myron Maksymiw on YouTube.
Watch the Claymation Christmas' Carol of the Bells on YouTube.
There are many more videos with the song available for viewing on YouTube as well.



My song pick a year ago today: Steeleye Span - Edwin

My song pick two years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage - Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells

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Monday, December 20, 2010

1219 Daft Punk - End of Line

1219 Daft Punk - End of Line
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Over the weekend I saw the new film Tron: Legacy at the theatre. I will say in my opinion it was an excellent film, but I am a certified Sci-Fi nut, so maybe my opinion is a bit biased. I really liked how they kept the film in-line with the original, but you didn't have to see the original to get the story, however it would probably help. I love how they kept a lot of the '80s Sci-Fi atmosphere; Daft Punk's soundtrack helped facilitate this quite a bit; this track is one of my favourites from the film.
*Possible Spoiler* When watching the scene which took place in Castor's night club I noticed the two DJs seemed very familiar and I immediately recognized that the two members of Daft Punk: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter where themselves cast in the film. I absolutely loved the way they kept changing the music to match the fight that was going on in the club.

Hear End of Line on YouTube.
Hear an alternate, longer version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Avatar (Savatage) - Rock Me

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - White Witch

My song pick three years ago today: Paul McCartney - Little Willow

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

1218 Nightwish - Wishmaster

1218 Nightwish - Wishmaster

Finally, I'm getting around to today's pick. I heard this track at some point during my day; I thought that I might have already chosen it at some point in the past, but it appears I didn't.
This song is the title track to their Wishmaster album circa '00-'01; it is one of the songs where Tuomas Holopainen referenced material from the Dragonlance and The Lord of the Rings series for subject material. I have always loved the music and arrangements in this song, especially Jukka Nevalainen's drumming.

Hear Wishmaster on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '05 on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Violent Femmes - Color Me Once

My song pick two years ago today: The Who - Eminence Front

My song pick three years ago today: John Fogerty - Almost Saturday Night

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

1217 Boston - A Man I'll Never Be

1217 Boston - A Man I'll Never Be
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I hadn't heard this song in years until yesterday when it started playing in my mind; it's certainly weird when that happens. I guess the label of "power ballad" fits this song quite well, but is still oozing with Tom Scholz's signature hard rock sound.

Hear A Man I'll Never Be on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Blue Collar

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite - Winter

My song pick three years ago today: Band of Horses - The Funeral

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Friday, December 17, 2010

1216 Henry Mancini - A Shot in the Dark

1216 Henry Mancini - A Shot in the Dark

Yesterday I learned that legendary film maker Blake Edwards had passed away, a write-up can be found here. One of the film series that he is probably best know for was The Pink Panther among others. I clearly remember the first time I watched one of the films when I was quite young, I was annoyed when I was told we were watching "The Pink Panther," believing it was the popular cartoon that bears the same name, when it was actually the comedic Peter Sellers detective movies about the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Probably many children over the years had a similar experience. However, I did eventually come to enjoy the series of films as well.
Anyway, Henry Mancini's music is connected with Blake Edward's movies as he was the composer of many of the soundtracks to the films. A Shot in the Dark was the second in The Pink Panther series and the song I am picking today is, of course, the theme song to that film. It's a wonderful mix of Mancini's brand of Jazz with a touch of Musette to give the song a bit of a Parisian feel.

Hear the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Finntroll - Jaktens Tid

My song pick two years ago today: Band of Horses - St. Augustine

My song pick three years ago today: Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

1215 Jack Black and Jason Segel - The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth

1215 Jack Black and Jason Segel - The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
I heard this tune the other day and figured since we are about a week away from Christmas I should add something festive to the list. This is, of course, a cover/remake of the arrangement originally performed by Bing Crosby and David Bowie, which can be found here on YouTube.
I like how their rendition, while doing it with more of a heavier Rock edge, they still kept the overall spirit of the original intact.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: John Denver - Poems, Prayers and Promises

My song pick two years ago today: Crosby, Stills & Nash - Marrakesh - Express

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - We Used To Know

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1214 Jethro Tull - My God

1214 Jethro Tull - My God

I've had this song running through my mind most of last night and this morning, I figured I might as well pick it. This track is one of Ian Anderson's songs about organized religion and man's relationship with God. Actually the entire second side of the Aqualung album contained songs on this theme, which led to some to refer to it as a "concept album."
I have always loved how dynamic this is with them going between Ian's intricate acoustic guitar playing and the raucous sound of the full band.

Hear My God on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '70 with the original lyrics on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Wolfsheim - Once in a Lifetime

My song pick two years ago today: Grand Funk Railroad - I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)

My song pick three years ago today: Pet Shop Boys - So Hard

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1213 Top Gear Band - Red Light Spells Danger

1213 Top Gear Band - Red Light Spells Danger
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I am huge fan of the show Top Gear, not really the new U.S. version, but the original British one. Anyway, I found out about this performance a bit ago and figured it would be a neat addition to my list. From what I understand this performance came from a special episode, which aired in '07 where they kind of paid tribute to recently-canceled iconic Top of the Pops television show. In this part of the episode the three presenters of the show formed a band which included themselves along with Justin Hawkins as lead singer as well as a few others; they performed a cover of Billy Ocean's Red Light Spells Danger. While their performance was not perfect, it was very entertaining and neat to see them in a musical setting.

Watch the live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Azteca - Love is a Stranger

My song pick two years ago today: Danzig - Mother

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Gutter Ballet

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Monday, December 13, 2010

1212 Fear Factory - Replica

1212 Fear Factory - Replica

Recently I was playing one of the old video games I used to play a lot: Test Drive 5, which is an arcade racer on the original PlayStation. Test Drive 5 had a very nice soundtrack that featured music mostly from Industrial Metal bands: Fear Factory, Pitchshifter, Junkie XL, and Gravity Kills to name a few off the top of my head.
Anyway, one of the interesting things about some of the video games from the mid-late '90s was that they would put hidden music videos on the disc with the game. If I remember correctly after I unlocked all that could be unlocked in the game the music video to Fear Factory's song Replica came on and a secret hidden car called "The Fear Factory Wagon" was unlocked as well.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: David Bowie - Changes

My song pick two years ago today: Heart - Black On Black II

My song pick three years ago today: Fontella Bass - Rescue Me

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

1211 David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes

1211 David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
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After pondering which song I should choose today for no apparent reason I started listening to some of David Bowie's music; after hearing it I realized that I've not chosen this song yet. I really like this track's odd imagery and neat narrative along with the mellow New Wave Synthpop feel; a truly awesome track.

Hear Ashes to Ashes on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ian Anderson - In the Moneylender's Temple

My song pick two years ago today: Dobie Grey - Drift Away

My song pick three years ago today: Lobo - Gypsy and the Midnight Ghost

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

1210 Ugly Kid Joe - Mr. Recordman

1210 Ugly Kid Joe - Mr. Recordman

I haven't had this band on my mind in a long, long time; I kind of lost track of them sometime back in the mid 1990s. I decided to look up what happened to them; I found out that they broke up in about '97 after releasing three albums. I knew about the first two albums, but missed out on the third. From what I understand they have supposedly gotten back together just recently, so mayhap we'll have some new material?
Anyway, I've always liked how their music was edgy and at the same time light-hearted and just pure fun. This was one of the tracks off their debut album that I liked quite a bit, it is one of their softer pieces having to do with the relationship between band and a record executive. Musically this song is mostly driven by a catchy and well-defined chord progression/melody.

Hear Mr. Recordman on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed - Something

My song pick two years ago today: Buddy Holly & the Crickets - Well... All Right

My song pick three years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

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Friday, December 10, 2010

1209 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments

1209 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments

Felt like listening to and picking a Roland Kirk track this morning; I had quite a few of his songs in mind, but in the end, for no apparent reason, I went for this track. I am unsure if this was ever recorded in the studio, but for me most any form of Jazz is best heard live anyway.
This is one of the songs which showcases Rahsaan Roland Kirk's flute playing; in my opinion if he's not the best Jazz flautist ever he's right there with whoever is. The most popular piece you hear today featuring his flute playing would have to be Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova, (the theme from the Austin Powers Movies).
Actually he is probably best known for is his saxophone playing, which he would play up to three at the same time. He also played quite a few other instruments of which he was at the master level, usually when someone plays that many instruments they become a "jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none," but that wasn't the case with Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Hear a live recording of Bright Moments on YouTube.
Watch part 1 of the live performance of Bright Moments from Montreux '75 on YouTube.
Watch part 2 of the live performance of Bright Moments from Montreux '75 on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Maddy Prior - The Fabled Hare

My song pick two years ago today: Chuck Berry - Almost Grown

My song pick three years ago today: Gerry Rafferty - Right Down The Line

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

1208 Rush - Red Lenses

1208 Rush - Red Lenses

After a wee bout with insomnia last night I decided to take advantage of it and get some work done, (about the only time I have to do work around the house anymore), and listen to some music with the headphones on. This song, off of their Grace Under Pressure album, was one of the first tracks that came up on my playlist. While not my favourite song off of p/g, I like to listen to it every now and then.

Hear Red Lenses on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Kinks - A Rock & Roll Fantasy

My song pick two years ago today: Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - My Sunday Feeling

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

1207 Hawkwind - High Rise

1207 Hawkwind - High Rise
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I have no idea why, but I'm still listening to a lot of Hawkwind lately; I really felt like picking this awesome track this morning. One of the main reasons I got into Hawkwind was because they wrote a lot of their songs about the stories in science fiction/fantasy novels I like, plus it didn't hurt that their sound at times makes some Progressive Rock seem like Mainstream Pop in comparison.
High Rise comes off of their '79 PXR5 album and was based off the sci-fi novel of the same name written by J.G. Ballard; that same novel also inspired the Doctor Who episode: Paradise Towers.
The story is about a futuristic super building that is a essentially a city unto itself that is supposed to be a self-sufficient utopia that, as with any good sci-fi story, goes awry and becomes a dystopian nightmare.

Here is a neat fan video with the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Joachim Witt - Bataillon 'd Amour

My song pick two years ago today: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio

My song pick three years ago today: Donovan - Sunshine Superman

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

1206 Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over

1206 Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over
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This track has been running through my mind ever since late yesterday when I experienced first-hand the utter lunacy of another person.
This song, while more about the idiots blindly following those in authority, just fits my mood perfectly. What I have always loved about Frank Zappa's songs is that while they are comedic in nature, much of the time there is a sociological/political element and/or a deeper moral to the story. What is actually saddening and scary at the same time is how often he hit the nail right on the head.

Hear Dumb All Over on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Django Reinhardt - I'll See You In My Dreams

My song pick two years ago today: Queen - You're My Best Friend

My song pick three years ago today: The Zombies - She's Not There

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Monday, December 06, 2010

1205 The Steve Miller Band - You Send Me

1205 The Steve Miller Band - You Send Me

I've been thinking about picking this song for a while now and am finally able to get around to picking it this morning. Some might call it blasphemy, but I have always preferred this cover to the original Sam Cooke version; nothing wrong with Sam Cooke's original, but I just like this one a little more. Most likely the main reason I like this cover so much is the nice vocal mix and harmonies.
I recently discovered an interesting little tidbit about this track. In the first verse there are some spoken words saying: "Come on, baby, come on. No. Come on don't be nervous" that have always seemed a bit out of place in the song. From what I've read it is a sample from a Cheech & Chong skit called Championship Wrestling; I have not heard that skit yet, but I certainly will have to look it up.

Hear You Send Me on YouTube.
Watch a live acoustic version of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Frijid Pink - House of the Rising Sun

My song pick two years ago today: Jaco Pastorius - Portrait of Tracy

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Time Stand Still

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

1204 Hawkwind - Spirit of the Age

1204 Hawkwind - Spirit of the Age


I usually don't like picking two song from the same band so close to each other, but I have Hawkwind on the brain again today. This song comes off of their '77 Quark, Strangeness and Charm album and consists of two poems written by poet and frontman at the time Robert Calvert: The Starfarer's Despatch and The Clone's Poem.
The lyrics are pure awesomeness for any Sci-Fi nut. The first half of the song having to do with a spaceman lamenting how his girlfriend's father refused to have her frozen for him and how she would be 60 years of age at that time and would be dead by the time he returned to Earth as well as her android replica starting to act up on him. The other half of the song is basically about a clone who is talking about what is like being a clone and the issues therein.
Anyway, there is some fun Science Fiction craziness for the Sunday and start of another week.

Hear Spirit of the Age on YouTube.
Watch a performance/music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance from a couple of years ago on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stuart Hamm - Flow My Tears

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - I Wish I Had An Angel

My song pick three years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

1203 Jim Reeves - It's Nothin' to Me

1203 Jim Reeves - It's Nothin' to Me

For the last few months or so I've been teaching my Grandmother how to play the bass guitar. She is probably one of the biggest Jim Reeves fans in existence, I was greatly exposed to his music through her whilst I was growing up and has continued throughout my life thus far.
Anyway, this is one of Jim Reeves' songs that she had me learn so I could in turn teach it to her. I've noticed that there are quite a few mixes and versions of this song recorded by Jim Reeves out there, but the version that I'm talking about here in particular is the version off of his Tall Tales and Short Tempers album circa '61.
I have noticed quite a few of his songs are sad ones mostly are about tragedies of varying kinds. The song in particular is quite catchy and is about lust, jealousy, anger, and the tragedies therefrom; you know, that same subject matter some of the best songs in existence came out of.
My one sticking point with this song is that it feels too compacted; it's almost like they were fighting furiously to keep it under 2 and a half minutes in length. In my opinion it would have benefited greatly from even :30 of more music added on, but that's just me. I have noticed that many of the non Jazz songs from the 50's and early 60's that got radio play seemed to hover around that magical 2:30 mark as well = more airtime for advertisers!

Hear a version of It's Nothin' to Me on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Twilight Zone

My song pick two years ago today: The Firm - Radioactive

My song pick three years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Shot in the Dark

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Friday, December 03, 2010

1202 The Coasters - Along Came Jones

1202 The Coasters - Along Came Jones

Was drawing a blank for my song pick this morning and then this rather cute track happened to start playing in my mind. I've never been heavily into silly songs. Don't get me wrong, I love the work of Weird Al, Cheech and Chong, and Dr. Demento, etc... but most of the time after the three or more times of playing it or so, like telling a joke too many times, it can start to become stale. For me, for some reason, The Coasters' silly songs don't seem to get as stale as fast as other comedic songs. I absolutely love how they arranged this song, especially the vocals; a true masterpiece of comedic music.

Hear Along Came Jones on YouTube.
Watch a television performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Grand Funk Railroad - Footstompin' Music

My song pick two years ago today: Petula Clark - Don't Sleep in the Subway

My song pick three years ago today: Band of Horses - Wicked Gil

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

1201 Hawkwind - Sleep of a Thousand Tears

1201 Hawkwind - Sleep of a Thousand Tears

I felt like listening to some Hawkwind this morning, so I put on their The Chronicle of the Black Sword album. This album is, of course, based on the Michael Moorcock book series: Elric of Melniboné with black sword being a reference to Elric's sword: Stormbringer. Actually the band collaborated with Moorcock himself in the creation of the album, which wasn't their first time they worked with the author; I believe that he actually penned the lyrics for this track in particular. He also worked with them on their Sonic Attack and Warrior on the Edge of Time albums; there are probably other instances out there as well. Suffice it to say both Moorcock and Hawkwind were well acquainted.
Anyway, I have always loved bands like Hawkwind that push the definition of music to its limits and how they sing about different subjects that no one else would even think of covering. A lot of the times Hawkwind's music can be somewhat inaccessible to the majority of listeners due to the strangeness therein. Probably most of their material is best suited for the ones of us in the nerdy sci-fi/fantasy crowd and progressive musicians, however they have quite a few songs that are a bit less progressive and more suited to the casual music crowd; this is one of them. While the music and arrangement is fairly straight-forward the song is still rife with all the science fiction/fantasy trimmings you would expect from Hawkwind.

Hear The Demise and Sleep of a Thousand Tears on YouTube. Sleep of a Thousand Tears starts at about the 1:02 mark.



My song pick a year ago today: The Who - Squeeze Box

My song pick a years ago today: Steely Dan - FM (No Static At All)

My song pick two years ago today: The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

1200 Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper

1200 Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper

Having a few milestones today concerning my Song a Day Blog: 1. my 1200th pick, 2. my 600th overall pick on Blogger, 3. I'm starting a new month as well.
For anyone who hasn't followed my blog for more than about a couple of years I used to post this blog on MySpace up until my 600th pick, then I moved it to Blogger; I have since imported all my previous posts from MySpace here. From the looks of it the move from MySpace was an excellent idea and timely seeing as the site has essentially given up to Facebook and its future being as uncertain as it is; I'm just glad I'm not having to deal with those irksome software errors wiping out entire posts anymore.
Anyway, my last pick on MySpace was another Dream Theater track: 6:00; figured I should choose another track from that band to mark my 600th pick on Blogger. This is my favourite track from one of their best albums in my opinion.

Hear Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Refugee

My song pick two years ago today: Yes - Your Move/All Good People

My song pick three years ago today: King Harvest - Dancing in the Moonlight

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

1199 Ozzy Osbourne - Civilize the Universe

1199 Ozzy Osbourne - Civilize the Universe
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For some reason I felt like listening some Ozzy this morning. I noticed that I hadn't chosen a track off of his Black Rain album as of yet, so here is one of my favourites off that album. I really like the extra heavy edge to this album; when it first came out a few years ago it gave a fresh feeling to his already awesome sound. As with most of Ozzy's work Zakk Wylde's guitar playing is still one of the main draws for me.

Here is a fan video with the song on MySpace Video.



My song pick a year ago today: Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - The Eagle and the Hawk

My song pick three years ago today: Three Dog Night - Liar

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Monday, November 29, 2010

1198 Roger Waters - It's a Miracle

1198 Roger Waters - It's a Miracle
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I've been a fan of Pink Floyd for quite a long time now and as an extension of that I am somewhat of a fan of Roger Waters' solo work as well; Amused to Death is my favourite of his solo albums. As with most of his work this is a concept album; the subject matter of this one being about the negative influences of mass media on the world's populace. On the surface this one is a bit of a downer, but the overall message is actually a call to action of sorts and the focusing on the little miracles that happen amongst all of the manufactured evils.
I was very surprised the first time I heard the final verse of this track where he attacked theatre composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber; I knew there had to be a story behind this, so I did a little research. Apparently, Roger Waters claimed that Andrew Lloyd-Webber plagiarized him by stealing a part of the Pink Floyd song Echoes and using it for the intro/hook of his popular song The Phantom of the Opera, which can be found here on YouTube, from the musical of the same name. Echoes can be found here on YouTube, the riff in question can be found at the 4:00 mark. You can make your own judgments about it, although I have to agree with Waters here; if he wasn't plagiarizing it was an extremely odd coincidence. Whatever the case, it's odd that he would resort to calling him out in a song rather than just suing him; from my research on the subject it seems Andrew Lloyd-Webber did not respond in kind.

Hear It's a Miracle on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Eric Idle - F--- Christmas

My song pick two years ago today: Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

My song pick three years ago today: The Kinks - Celluloid Heroes

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

1197 Supertramp - Just a Normal Day

1197 Supertramp - Just a Normal Day
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I have no idea why, but this rather melancholy tune started running through my mind this evening; plus I also felt like a Supertramp song was in order for today's pick.
This song contains a duet between the band's two lead singers at the time: Roger Hodgeson and Rick Davies; it's quite a beautiful song both lyrically and musically.

Watch a fan video with Just a Normal Day on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Northern Kings - Hello

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Fallen On Hard Times

My song pick three years ago today: Mr. Big - Wild World

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

1196 Del Shannon - Runaway

1196 Del Shannon - Runaway


Was up real late last night listening to some music; of course this was one of the songs that happened to come up. I almost always have this one paired with the film American Graffiti in my mind; it was one of the main and more iconic songs off of its soundtrack.

Hear Runaway on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steely Dan - Black Friday

My song pick two years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - I Just Want You

My song pick three years ago today: Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize

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Friday, November 26, 2010

1195 Bob Marley & the Wailers - Jamming

1195 Bob Marley & the Wailers - Jamming
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I felt like listening to some Bob Marley this morning; his music is just so happy and carefree; I absolutely love it. The Exodus album is my personal favourite among his catalogue, there is not one filler track on the disc.

Hear Jamming on YouTube.
Watch a video/live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Crossfire

My song pick two years ago today: 4 Non Blondes - What's Up?

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - ...And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

1194 Kay Kyser And His Orchestra - Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition

1194 Kay Kyser And His Orchestra - Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Happy Thanksgiving all!
I've been trying to think of a good, fitting song for the occasion. This was the first song that I thought of, it got stuck in my mind and would not leave, so I guess it's my pick for today. While being a morale song from World War II, it has a nice fitting feel/subject matter for the day. I cannot remember when I first heard this song, but it was a long time ago. However, more recently our friend, who is a WWII nut, bought a CD with a bunch of the music from The War and played it endlessly for quite a while.
Anyway, have safe journey and traveling mercies for those out and about this Holiday weekend.

Hear Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition on YouTube.




My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish feat. Tapio Wilska - The Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean

My song pick two years go today: Mason Proffit - Two Hangmen

My song pick three years ago today: Frank Zappa - Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

1193 Eric Robertson - "Spooked" on Classics

1193 Eric Robertson - "Spooked" on Classics

I have no idea why I haven't chosen this rather unique track yet; it probably would have been more fitting about a month ago around Halloween.
Anyway, from time to time I have mentioned what you could refer to as and what Max calls "Dad Music" i.e. music that your father played a lot while you were growing up that ended up eventually being part of your musical tastes. My dad has always been fan of instrumental music, this was one of the records that he played countless times over the years.
Piano Hits was one of those albums sold on a late-night infomercial; it features piano maestro Eric Robertson's renditions of movie themes; most of which he did a wonderful job in his interpretations. I believe that my dad originally bought it for his rendition of Vangelis' Chariots of Fire.
Anyway, amongst these movie themes there was one track that was original; "Spooked" on Classics was that track. To adequately describe it: you take a rocked-out classical-influenced instrumental in which it has break sections where they take various themes from famous classical pieces, i.e. Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Mozart's Turkish March then add some haunting sounds like witches cackling and maniacal laughter to finish it off. To say the least there is really no other song that sounds quite like this one.

Hear "Spooked" on Classics on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Antonio Salieri - Requiem in C-Minor (Piccolo Requiem)

My song pick a years ago today: Marmalade - Reflections of My Life

My song pick two years ago today: .38 Special - Same Old Feeling

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

1192 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Four Wheel Drive

1192 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Four Wheel Drive
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After driving on slick and snowy roads the last couple day this track has kept running through my mind. It's a little fun watching the other cars spin out whilst my 4-wheel drive vehicle just takes off like it's on dry pavement. While the subject matter has really nothing to do with driving a four wheel drive vehicle, I love the thumping rhythm in this song featuring C.F. Turner's driving bass; it fits my mood quite well. It's an awesome piece of Canadian Hard Rock.
Anyway, this is the title track off of their '75 album; from what I read about it the entire album was recorded in under a week's time. Apparently their record company wanted capitalize on the success of their previous monster hit album Not Fragile, so they rushed the album out the door. While the album is good, it definitely has a less polished sound to it than their previous two albums. I've only heard two songs off of this album get radio play: She's a Devil and Hey You, with the latter being considered the album's main hit.

Watch a fan video with the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Savatage - When the Crowds are Gone

My song pick two years ago today: Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Guy

My song pick three years ago today: Warren Zevon - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

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Monday, November 22, 2010

1191 The Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues

1191 The Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
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I've been losing myself in The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies album this morning; it's one of their best in my opinion.
Anyway, after playing this one a couple of times I figured it would be an excellent pick for today. The song itself is straight forward in that it is a British Blues but with a touch of Ragtime, which gives it a bit a light-hearted feel. However, Ray Davies' awesome lyrics will always be the main draw for me personally.

Watch a music video clip of the song on YouTube.
Hear a live recording of Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Manhattan Project

My song pick two years ago today: Andy Taylor - When the Rain Comes Down

My song pick three years ago today: Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant Massacree

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

1190 Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

1190 Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart
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Having trouble thinking of a song for my pick today, so I'm picking one I've had in mind for quite a while now. This is one of Yes' biggest hits and one of their most popular songs; even the Prog/Rock haters are able to like it without losing their so called "'cred."
Anyway, while not my favourite Yes track I like it quite a bit; it's a excellent song for today's pick.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '88 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Duran Duran - Serious

My song pick two years ago today: Styx - Crystal Ball

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Tom Sawyer

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

1189 John Denver - In My Life

1189 John Denver - In My Life
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Felt like some John Denver today and felt like picking one of his songs today as well. This is John Denver's cover of a Beatles' classic track. From what I understand he was a Beatles fan in the extreme; he actually covered a few of their other tracks throughout his career. He really did an excellent interpretation in this cover that features only vocals and acoustic guitar.
Sadly, this song is only found on his self-produced '66 album John Denver Sings; probably its existence is only known to John Denver fans due to the rarity of the album.

Hear John Denver's In My Life on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Charlie Daniels Band - Legend of Wooley Swamp

My song pick two years ago today: The Doors - Strange Days

My song pick three years ago today: Argent - Hold Your Head Up

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Friday, November 19, 2010

1188 Styx - Light Up

1188 Styx - Light Up

Didn't really have a song in mind for today; usually I have an idea of what I am planning to pick even if I don't have a song in mind, but not today. However, most of the morning this track has been running through my mind and as fate had it, it was played on the radio this morning as well. I took it as a sign that I should choose it.
This is a very upbeat track; a fitting song for ending a workweek and starting the weekend. While it is a song that has overt drug references, it is written quite well and doesn't detract at all.

Hear Light Up on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Pink Floyd - Waiting for the Worms

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Roll the Bones

My song pick three years ago today: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - A Moment So Close

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

1187 Bass Extremes - Glorious Pastorius

1187 Bass Extremes - Glorious Pastorius


Last night on a whim I started going through a portion of my music collection and transferring some of it to my PlayStation. Anyway, I had totally forgot that I had this album/song; I guess it just got lost in the jumble; I had to listen to this one a few times in a row.
For those who are not acquainted with them, Bass Extremes is a project consisting of two of the greatest electric bassists alive today: Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey. As with a lot of their work this track is quite listenable; one might expect when you bring two master musicians together they would go completely wild, but they made the song quite beautiful and listenable to even a casual listener. This song is, of course, written in honour of the late Jaco Pastorius who was considered arguably to be one of if not best electric bassist of his time. I love how they finish off the song with parts from the songs Birdland and La Bamba.

Hear Glorious Pastorius on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Alexander Courage - Where No Man Has Gone Before (Theme From Star Trek)

My song pick two years ago today: The Temptations - Get Ready

My song pick three years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Not Fragile

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

1186 Forest - Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway

1186 Forest - Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway
In a different mood musically this morning. I had some other songs in mind, but I changed my mind whilst getting ready to post. I decided on adding something Folk/Rock for my pick today. Forest is a rather mellow sounding band; this track in particular is mostly acoustic and in more of the traditional Folk sound/feel.

Hear Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steely Dan - Caves of Altamira

My song pick two years ago today: Free - All Right Now

My song pick three years ago today: The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

1185 UFO - Rock Bottom

1185 UFO - Rock Bottom
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It still amazes me just how many great bands that haven't graced my list yet; even at almost 1200 songs in. I truly cannot believe that it has taken me this long to pick a song from the band UFO, better late than never I guess.

Hear Rock Bottom on YouTube.
Watch a live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Baker St. Muse

My song pick two years ago today: Toto - Hold the Line

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Kissing Willie

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Monday, November 15, 2010

1184 Slaughter - Days Gone By

1184 Slaughter - Days Gone By
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I hadn't heard this song for quite a while until just recently, ever since it has been off and on in my mind. Slaughter must have been influenced by Queen; this track reminds me a lot of their sound in places. If I remember correctly this song was a hit for the band; back in the early '90s Slaughter's music seemed to be everywhere, but then they just all but vanished. From what I understand the band is still active to a point playing a few shows here and there.

Hear Days Gone By on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Johnny Rivers - Poor Side of Town

My song pick two years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Stayed Awake All Night

My song pick three years ago today: David Essex - Rock On

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

1183 Fats Domino - Ain't That a Shame

1183 Fats Domino - Ain't That a Shame

This one has been running through my mind while I've been getting work done over the last couple of days. Fats Domino is one of the most fun artists to sing along with due to his vocal style. It's quite an awesome song with some killer hooks.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: ABBA - I Let the Music Speak

My song pick two years ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - The Big Empty

My song pick three years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Mr. Blue Sky

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

1182 Aerosmith - Amazing

1182 Aerosmith - Amazing
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Tonight whilst coming home my iPod kept favouring Aerosmith on the playlist; this was one of the songs that seemed best for my pick this evening. I can clearly remember when this song was released; I always have had a fondness for it as well as the Get a Grip album.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Banchee - Beautifully Day

My song pick two years ago today: The Cure - Burn

My song pick three years ago today: Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Dynamite Explosion

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Friday, November 12, 2010

1181 Karussell - Tanzen

1181 Karussell - Tanzen

I've had this rather beautiful piece of German Rock running through my mind this morning. The nice upbeat feel to this track is a welcomed contrast with the dreary weather we are experiencing today.

Hear Tanzen on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pearls Before Swine - Tell Me Why

My song pick two years ago today: Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe

My song pick three years ago today: Steve Winwood & Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy

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