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

Top 20 Most Played on iTunes:
  1. "One Day Like This," Elbow
  2. "White Winter Hymnal," Fleet Foxes
  3. "Emmylou," First Aid Kit
  4. "The Lion's Roar," First Aid Kit
  5. "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick," Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  6. "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan
  7. "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis," Kirsty MacColl
  8. "Prince Johnny," St. Vincent
  9. "In a Big Country," Big Country
  10. "40 Day Dream," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  11. "Midnight Special," Leadbelly
  12. "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel
  13. "Disco 2000," Pulp
  14. "Good Morning Britain," Aztec Camera
  15. "Three Little Birds," Bob Marley & the Wailers
  16. "Alone Again Or," Calexico
  17. "Long Train Runnin'," Doobie Brothers
  18. "Home," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  19. "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
  20. "Four Strong Winds," Ian and Sylvia

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  1/29/15