MUSIC

cover of my 2nd album
"I'm singin' for the love of it... have mercy on the man who sings to be adored."--JOSH RITTER

    I like several genres of music, just as I like multiple flavors of pies. My favorite type of music is "singer-songwriter," which is sort of contemporary folk music--less polished and commercial than pop, more lyrical than rock, similar to country but with a wider range of subject matter and again less polished/ commercial.

Listening online:

Other musical links:

    Lyrics to folk and pop songs
    The encyclopedic All Music Guide site
    The number one songs on Billboard's pop chart for any date in history... along with the number ones in Britain
    Or look at the whole U.S. top 40 chart for any week 1955-1999
    A handy classical music reference site
    Interesting local musical venue: CSPS, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids: big name acts in an intimate atmosphere, and an art gallery.
    Local musicians:

My annual list of Ten Notable Albums of 2014 and 2013 and 2012  and 1997 along with Favorite Tracks of 2000-09

Most Played on my iTunes:
  1. "White Winter Hymnal," Fleet Foxes
  2. "Emmylou," First Aid Kit
  3. "One Day Like This," Elbow
  4. "40 Day Dream," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. "The Lion's Roar," First Aid Kit
  6. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye
  7. "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan
  8. "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick," Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  9. "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis," Kirsty MacColl
  10. "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," K.T. Tunstall
  11. "Down Under," Men at Work
  12. "In a Big Country," Big Country
  13. "Home," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  14. "Happy Hour," Housemartins
  15. "Sunday Morning Coming Down," Johnny Cash
  16. "World Shut Your Mouth," Julian Cope
  17. "Bloodbuzz Ohio," The National
  18. "Harvest Moon," Neil Young
  19. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," Proclaimers
  20. "Prince Johnny," St. Vincent
  21. "Good Morning Britain," Aztec Camera
  22. "Dawn Chorus," Beth Orton
  23. "Three Little Birds," Bob Marley & the Wailers
  24. "One Love/People Get Ready," Bob Marley & the Wailers
  25. "Alone Again Or," Calexico
  26. "Viva La Vida," Coldplay
  27. "Long Train Runnin'," Doobie Brothers
  28. "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
  29. "Happy Hour," Housemartins
  30. "Closer to Fine," Indigo Girls
  31. "Lake Marie," John Prine
  32. "Midnight Special," Leadbelly
  33. "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel
  34. "Sean," Proclaimers
  35. "Disco 2000," Pulp
  36. "Steve McQueen," Sheryl Crow
  37. "Sing," Travis

Recently purchased tracks on iTunes:

New CDs in 2015:
New CDs in 2014:

I've Got the Music In Me Dept.:

    I've done some singing myself.  I wrote my first song in 1984, and performed it at the Wesley Foundation in Urbana, Illinois. Since then I have sung publicly in Atwood, Farmington, and Macomb, Illinois; and Cedar Rapids, Marion, Stone City, and Walker, Iowa.  I've recorded two CDs, "Mouth Full of Mustard" (2003) and "Almost Endless Fun" (2008). Both discs are available for the everyday, low-low price of $10.  For "Mouth Full of Mustard," half the proceeds goes to the Friends of Music at Coe.  The discs may be purchased by contacting me (bnesmith@coe.edu).

    VIDEO: "Faithful in the Rain" (videographer: Jane Claspy Nesmith)

    Hey, it's good to be back Home again!

Last update  5/22/15