Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – August 10 – 16, 2015

I forgot to hit the publish button last night…

August 10th

Miss on her own
Miss almost grown
Miss never let a man help her off her throne

from “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson

One of Kelly’s first hits.  Probably my favorite, with the possible exception of “Because of You”.  I just dig the way she’s singing along then hits the chorus with a huge burst of volume.

August 11th

So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide

from “The River” by Garth Brooks

Some of my favorite lyrics here from one of Garth’s best songs.  Check out a post I wrote that was sort of inspired by some of Garth’s songs:  Carpe Diem…or YOLO for you young’uns


August 12th

Well I can promise you tomorrow
But I can’t buy back yesterday

from “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi

One of Bon Jovi’s many power ballads.  I love singing along to this one and I sound just like Jon when I’m in my car with the sound cranked.  It’s amazing!

August 13th

I’m so in love, so in love with the games that you play
So in love, and nothing can keep me away

from “Keep Coming Back” by Richard Marx

This tune’s about knowing the relationship isn’t good, but not being able to stay away. Can’t toooo many of us relate to that?

August 14th

The old for her the new that made
Me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glade
And shook the golden barley

from “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” by Loreena McKennitt

This is a hauntingly beautiful song of love and death.

This link is to a video showing scenery of Ireland to the audio track of “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”.  Beautiful scenery, of course…tis Ireland, after all:

Carpe Diem…or YOLO for you young’uns

While Garth Brooks is not my favorite country artist, he does have some fantastic songs that speak to the subject of this post.  “The River” is one of those songs:

So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide

These are some of my favorite lyrics of all time and the message is very much the same as one of his other songs that’s a favorite of mine, “Standing Outside the Fire”:  Live Your Life.

Whether you prefer carpe diem or the newer YOLO, follow Nike’s old slogan and “Just Do It”.  Get out and enjoy life.  Don’t hide in the house.  Don’t spend every moment in the at work, banking your leave for a payout when you retire.  You never know when your ticket is going to be pulled or when you’re going to be struck ill.  Tomorrow is promised to no one.  Make the most of your life while you can. 

I’m not saying to quit your job and live life by the seat of your pants, but don’t be afraid to take a chance, to visit places you’ve never been, to spend heavily on a trip to see old friends or take your family somewhere memorable or see a country you’ve always longed to see.

For those of us working class folks, it’s about choosing what’s important.  Do your job, make your money, but remember that you’re working so you can enjoy life.  Spend time with your family and friends.  When you’re old and feeble and can’t travel, it won’t have done you any good to have saved those precious pennies if you have no memories to recall other than how your boss could always count on you being there when he needed you.

Don’t stand outside the fire folks!

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – August 3 – 9, 2015

August 3rd

‘Cause the walls were shaking
The earth was quaking
My mind was aching
And we were making it and you

from “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

This is one of those anomalies…a rock song by AC/DC that became a staple at school dances in the 80s.

August 4th

I realize what life is all about
It’s hanging on when your heart has had enough
It’s giving more when you feel like giving up

from “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride

One of the great songs about reflecting on life when you have a child.  It certainly changes how you see things…your goals and dreams, attitude, and reason for not quitting, for not letting life beat you down.

August 5th

First I want to take some time
I just want to look at you
Girl you are so fine
I can’t believe you’re mine

from “My My My” by Johnny Gill

Johnny Gill’s big slow jam…just the right mix of loving and doting on your special someone.  And “after all this time” I still feel this way about my wife.


August 6th

You say the world has come between us
Our lives have come between us

from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something

Yep…the one hit wonder on the list.  It’s a catch, upbeat sound with a hopeful chorus that runs counter to the breaking up verses.  Can’t blame the singer for trying to hold on…even if it’s a stretch by bringing up a classic film.

August 7th

I’m gonna add some bottom
So that the dancers just won’t hide

from “Dance to the Music” by Sly and The Family Stone

Nothing fancy in the lyrics…it’s more of an intro to the band, but it’s groovy and danceable.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – July 27 – August 2, 2015

July 27th

Baby as our lives unfold
There’s no telling where we’ll go
But as far as I can see, it’ll be you and me

from “Forever Road” by Darius Rucker

Me and my baby against the world.

July 28th

Everybody needs a little place they can hide
Somewhere to call their own
Don’t let nobody inside

from “Shelter Me” by Cinderella

Cinderella transcends “hair band”, especially on this song.  It’s got it all, a great beat, rockin’ bluesy guitars, Tom’s raspy voice, sax solos, and even a Little Richard in the video.  The message in this song is spot on, as well…we all need a little shelter.

July 29th

It ain’t pretty
After the show
It ain’t pretty when the pretty leaves you
With no place to go

from “Pretty Vegas” by INXS

This song fits so perfectly this week since a large group of folks from my high school descended on Vegas this weekend for a reunion…and also because INXS was hugely popular when we were in high school.

July 30th

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can move me
And when I’m feelin’ blue
The guitar’s comin’ through to soothe me

from “Drift Away” by Uncle Kracker

Such a great remake.  I love the way Uncle Kracker brought Dobie Gray in to sing rather than simply covering the song.  Very cool.  I completely relate to these lines.  Good music, good lyrics…they can take you away, refresh you, and bring you back ready to face the day.


July 31st

Captain America’s been torn apart
Now he’s a court jester with a broken heart

from “Paradise City” by Guns ‘N Roses

Amazing that this song released in 1988 and America seems to be worse off now than it was back then.  Were GNR a bit prophetic?  America certainly seems to have more internal, civil strife.  Has America become a joke on the global stage?

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – July 20 – 26, 2015

July 21st

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there

from “The Mummer’s Dance” by Loreena McKennitt

I first heard this song while watching Ever After in the theater with my then soon-to-be wife.  I found Ms. McKennitt’s album, The Book of Secrets, in the Blockbuster Video store while looking for the soundtrack, bought it, and we own many of Loreena McKennitt’s albums.  She’s got a great voice.


July 22nd

Let me hear you tell me you love me
Let me hear you say you`ll never leave me
Ooh, girl, that would make me feel so right

from “Make It Last Forever” by Keith Sweat

The title track from one of the best albums of the 80s, Keith Sweat’s debut, is a cool duet featuring Jacci McGhee.  Like most of Sweat’s songs, the lyrics aren’t complicated.  The songs rely on his smooth voice and great grooves.

July 23rd

See my white light flashing as I split the night
Cause if good’s on the left
Then I’m stickin’ to the right

from “Hells Bells” by AC/DC

While everyone loves the catchy, upbeat songs, I find that I prefer some of Jimmy’s more mellow, thoughtful, and introspective songs.  This one is loosely based on a friend of his named Phil Clark.

Promo video for my favorite TV series, Supernatural, featuring AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.

July 24th

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

from “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot

Video footage of the Edmund Fitzgerald interspersed with clips from news casts and interviews after/about the wreck.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – July 6 – 19, 2015

two weeks worth…and a day late

July 7th

What will I find in this fantasy?
If I go with you now will you set me free?

from “I Surrender (To the Spirit of the Night)” by Samantha Fox

Sure, this is bubble gum pop, but she was hot, the music’s catchy and upbeat, and you can hear her accent when she’s singing.


July 8th

I count the falling tears
They fall before my eyes
Seems like a thousand years
Since we broke the ties

from “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella

This was the first song I heard by Cinderella, one of my favorite hair bands. Tom Keifer’s raspy voice gives such emotion to their bluesy sound. Love it!



July 9th

Time goes by
No time to cry
Life’s you and I
Alive today

from “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

The love song from An Officer and A Gentleman, this song is all about struggling on, persevering, in the face great adversity…in love and life, in general, and is a perfect parallel to the story in the movie. Boiled down, the last two lines above say it all: “Life’s you and I, alive today.”

July 10th

Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder
I’m an over-forty victim of fate

from “A Pirate Looks at 40” by Jimmy Buffett

While everyone loves the catchy, upbeat songs, I find that I prefer some of Jimmy’s more mellow, thoughtful, and introspective songs.  This one is loosely based on a friend of his named Phil Clark.

The video is set to start at the two and a half minute mark where he begins singing.  If you want to hear about Phil Clark, start it from the beginning.

July 13th

And we may have done a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves,
but you outside people best leave us alone.

from “In America” by Charlie Daniels

Written as a reaction to the problems that had been plaguing America throughout the 70’s, especially the late 70’s, Charlie Daniels warned others around the world that the U.S. wasn’t about to fall, and that we’d come together when to get through our problems. This certainly came true after the attacks in 2001. The nation united in seeking justice or revenge or whatever you prefer to call it because the “outside people” forgot to “leave us alone”.

July 14th

I don’t need to a superman
As long as you will always be my biggest fan

from “Heaven” by Warrant

A great rock ballad from another of my favorite hair bands. These lines hold true for everyone who’s been in love and has the support of their loved one.

July 16th

I’ll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold

Need you
Feed you
Even let ya hold the remote control

from “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler

This quirky little tune from The Wedding Singer is a collection of the little things that make relationships work. Relationships aren’t just about buying expensive gifts or taking extravagant trips. They are built on love, caring, and the day to day courtesies and respect. Taking care of each other. Loving each other. Wanting to grow old with each other.

July 17th

I’ve got a job waiting for my graduation
Fifty thou a year buys a lot of beer
Things are going great and they’re only getting better

from “The Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)” by Timbuk 3

I first heard this on the soundtrack to The Allnighter, a late 80’s flick with the scrumptious Susanna Hoffs and Dedee Pfeiffer…not that them being hot has anything to do with the song, but it did make the movie bearable. While the writers of the song intended it to be more of a grim, warning-ish song about the dangers of nuclear war, the popular, radio release version didn’t really come across that way and has been championed as the upbeat, positive outlook song of choice for a lot of people.

Cloud Break 2013 Merlot

Cloud Break 2013 MerlotI am by no means a wine connoisseur or aficionado, but I do know what I like when I taste it, and I like this Merlot.  Cloud Break‘s 2013 has what I describe as a bold, smoky flavor…that I really like.

We picked it up at a Total Wine store for about $10.


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