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 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 – May 18 – 31, 2015

Wrapping up two weeks with this one…


May 18th

There she goes.
No, she don’t know what she’s missing.
Can’t she see I’ll never give up the fight.

from “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” by Nelson

I think everyone has this feeling at least once in their life…the feeling that someone they’re interested in just doesn’t seem to know they’re alive.  The resolve here is important.  Don’t quit. Of course, don’t become a creepy stalker, either.

May 20th

And I didn’t know it could happen to me
But I fell in love in the first degree

from “Love at First Feel” by AC/DC

As I’ve said before: “Love’s a sneaky bastard.”  When you’re sure you’re not looking for it, Whoomp!  There it is!

May 21st

I could make a woman hang on every single stroke
I was an iron man, I had a master plan
But I was alone

from “Alone” by Bee Gees

Call it what you like, Playboy, player, ladies man, womanizer, they’re just terms for someone who’s lonely who’s lonely, yet not alone.

May 26th

It’s all give and take, and you just take
I can’t take it you see

from “I’ve Done Everything For You” by Rick Springfield

It’s a one way love affair.  If you’re always giving and never getting anything back, it’s only a matter of time before it’s over.

May 28th

Here we are
In a room full of strangers
Standing in the dark
Where your eyes couldn’t see me

from “Nights on Broadway” by Bee Gees

Sometimes the best things are right in front of our face.  We just need to open our eyes, to turn on the light, or to have someone give us a nice little nudge to wake us up so we can see it.

May 29th

All along along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

from “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

Sounds like life.  Things are always happening…some good, some not-so-good, and some subtle.

Music Monday – Supernatural

This week’s Music Monday is songs that have been played on the CW show, Supernatural…my favorite show on TV now.  Friends and Miami Vice would be close for all-time favorite…Miami Vice having some great music, as well.  Supernatural is chock full of great classic rock.  Check out some of it below.

Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas
(released 1976; peaked #11 US Hot 100, #5 Canada, #51 UK Singles)

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

If you watch the series, you’ll understand why this song is the perfect, seminal song for this show.  If you haven’t watched this show, you should find season one somewhere and start playing catch up…we’re watching season nine now.
Back in Black by AC/DC
(released 1981; peaked #37 US Hot 100, #51 US Mainstream Rock, #65 Australia, #27 UK Singles)

Yes I’m, let loose
From the noose
That’s kept me hanging around
I keep looking at the sky
‘Cause it’s gettin’ me high
Forget the hearse ’cause I’ll never die
I got nine lives
Cats eyes
Usin’ every one of them and running wild

Another classic tune used beautifully by the writers and sound editors to showcase the classic Impala used on the show.  It’s also a great AC/DC tune.
Renegade by Styx
(released 1979; peaked #16 US Hot 100)
Oh mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law
Lawman has put an end to my running and I’m so far from my home
Oh mama, I can hear your crying you’re so scared and all alone
Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don’t have very long

This was a great episode and the sound editing in the last minutes with Sam and Dean trying to escape while the FBI was entering the building to get them was fantastic.  This is one of my favorite Styx songs.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
(released 1982; peaked #1 US Hot 100, #1 US Mainstream Rock, #27 US Adult Contemporary, #1 Australia, #1 UK Singles)

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry
They stack the odds, still we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive

This is the longer version of the thirty second clip that was actually in an episode.  The show aired this after the end credits.   While Survivor had a number of hits, Eye of the Tiger was certainly their biggest, bolstered by its use as the main theme song for Rocky III.
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