"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
Other musical links:
Lyrics to folk
and pop songs
My annual list of Ten Notable Albums of 2014 and 2013 and 2012
along with Favorite Tracks of 2000-09
The encyclopedic All
Music Guide site
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
Interesting local musical venue: CSPS, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar
Rapids: big name acts in an intimate atmosphere, and an art gallery.
Most Played on my iTunes:
- "White Winter Hymnal," Fleet Foxes
- "Emmylou," First Aid Kit
- "One Day Like This," Elbow
- "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," K.T. Tunstall
- "40 Day Dream," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- "The Lion's Roar," First Aid Kit
- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye
- "Bloodbuzz Ohio," The National
- "Dancing in the Dark," Bruce Springsteen
- "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick," Ian Dury and the Blockheads
- "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis,"
- "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd
- "Down Under," Men at Work
- "Prince Johnny," St. Vincent
- "In a Big Country," Big Country
- "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan
- "Long Train Runnin'," Doobie Brothers
- "My Silver Lining," First Aid Kit
- "Happy Hour," Housemartins
- "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Joy Division
- "I'm On My Way," Proclaimers
- "Steve McQueen," Sheryl Crow
Recently purchased tracks on iTunes:
New CDs in 2015:
- "Back in the World," David Gray
- "Budapest," George Ezra
- "City of Dreams," Ben Harper and Ellen Harper
- "Come Healing," Leonard Cohen
- "Down Down the Deep River," Okkervil River
- "Ex's and Oh's," Elle King
- "Eyes of the Muse," King Tuff
- "Ho Hey," Lumineers
- "Hundreds of Ways," Conor Oberst
- "I'm Writing a Novel," Father John Misty
- "Jackie and Wilson," Hozier
- "Joy to You Baby," Josh Ritter
- "Lavender," Ray LaMontagne
- "Little Talks," Of Monsters and Men
- "Man on Fire," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
- "A New Life," Jim James
- "North Side Gal," J.D. MacPherson
- "Northern California Girls," Camper Van Beethoven
- "Out of the Game," Rufus Wainwright
- "The Perfect Life," Moby
- "Same Love," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Mary Lambert
- "Simple Song," Shins
- "Some Nights," Fun.
- "Take a Walk," Passion Pit
- "What Colour Are You," Danny Michel
- "Ya Hey," Vampire Weekend
- "Your Bones," Of Monsters and Men
New CDs in 2014:
- Marc Bolan and T. Rex, "20th Century Boy"
- Brandi Carlile, "The Firewatcher's Daughter"
- Ornette Coleman, "The Shape of Jazz to Come"
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, "Yell Fire!"
- Grateful Dead, "American Beauty"
- Glen Hansard, "Didn't He Ramble"
- Houndmouth, "Little Neon Limelight"
- Orchestra Macaroon, "Breakfast in Balquhidder"
- Jelly Roll Morton, "Library of Congress Recordings (Highlights)"
- R.E.M., "Out of Time"
- Ryley Walker, "Primrose Green"
- Cannonball Adderley, "Somethin' Else"
- Ages and Ages, "Divisionary"
- John Coltrane, "Blue Train"
- Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, "New Ammo"
- Earth Wind and Fire, "Holiday"
- First Aid Kit, "Stay Gold"
- Elton John, assorted hits of the 1970s and 1980s
- Charles Mingus, "Mingus Ah Um"
- Sun Ra, "The Nubians of Plutonia" and "Bad and Beautiful"
- St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
- Bob Seger, "The Distance"
- Tania Elizabeth, "Gods and Omens"
- Temples, "Sun Structures"
- Paul Thorn, "Too Blessed to be Stressed"
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. Never yet in Iowa
City, though. For "Mouth Full
of Mustard," half the proceeds goes to the Friends of
Music at Coe. The discs may be purchased by contacting me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Faithful in the Rain" (videographer: Jane Claspy Nesmith)
Hey, it's good to be back Home
Last update 10/8/15