Music Monday: The Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby and The Range

| August 14, 2017

It is hard not to enjoy the piano playing of Bruce Hornsby or his "best known song" The Way It Is from 1986 which highlights many of the same problem we see today in America: racism, homelessness, and economic struggles.   The Way It Is | Bruce Hornsby – 1986 I can’t help but think […]

Obit: Glen Travis Campbell 1936-2017

| August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell, one of my all time favorite musicians from my earliest memories has passed away. So thankful we still have his mountains of music. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of […]

Music Monday: Want-to-be politician Kid Rock – Born Free

| August 7, 2017

Musician Robert James Richie, better known as Kid Rock, is planning to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan (kidrockforsenate.com) according to a tweet last month and news reports. His music speaks to many who love freedom and America the way many in middle of the country enjoy it. He might just be […]

Music Monday: Pacing the Cage – Bruce Cockburn

| July 24, 2017

Although I’m partial to Jimmy Buffett‘s recording of Bruce Cockburn’s 1996 song Pacing the Cage, it is time to give credit where credit is due … to the multi-decade career of Canadian folk songwriter, performer and activist. He wrote the song in 1996 and recorded it on his album The Charity of Night. Although like […]

Music Monday: Out of the box adding a Brenda song – Freebird

| July 10, 2017

But first — last night was Jimmy Buffett‘s 50th concert in 40 years (I Don’t Know Tour 2017) Cincinnati at Riverbend in front of 20,000 Queen City area Parrotheads … and although I wasn’t there, I enjoyed the live stream on Facebook. Over the decades, Jimmy Buffett has been my unconventional escape side of life as […]

Music Monday: Fire and Rain. James Taylor Live in 1970 ( and it triggered a personal memory and story from 1980!)

| July 3, 2017

When it comes to music, I’ve always been a James Taylor fan and have posted a few times about him. This past weekend I ran across a YouTube clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from a year or so ago that had me laughing (video below). The skit was about James Taylor writing […]

Summer Music Monday with a Jackson Browne Two-fer

| June 26, 2017

As mentioned before, Jackson Browne hold a prominent spot on my Pandora channel list and is my “go-to” click just after the Thumbprint Radio feature. Not a month goes by without me wanting to listen to one of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band original musicians (1966). This week I’m in the mood for a couple […]

Music Monday: Back In The High Life Again by Steve Winwood

| June 19, 2017

With summer almost here, it is time for some warm weather feel good music and one such song is Steve Winwood‘s  Back In The High Life Again song from 1986. I didn’t know it, but James Taylor actually sang harmonizing vocals on this single that went to #1 in Adult Contemporary music and 13 on […]

Music Monday: Wichita Lineman sung by Glen Campbell #vinyl

| June 12, 2017

Music memories only go back so far for me … and likely only two musicians exist as favorites from my pre-teenage days (probably because my mom listened to the radio). One of the two artists is Glen Campbell, the other Roger Miller. One of the songs I remember is “Witchita Lineman,” written by Jimmy Webb, […]

Sad to see such talent pass away- Gregg Allman dead at 69

| May 28, 2017

The news on Saturday was depressing as that it was announced Gregg Allman passed away at 69 … I was just commenting about a few of my Music Monday posts that included Coyotus Maximus (his self-described nickname) and the Allman Brothers Band since our politics did not mesh. A talented and musically influential force not just for […]

Music Monday: The Byrds and Mr Tambourine Man from 1965

| May 22, 2017

“Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me …” was a Folk-Rock or Jangle-Rock song from the 1960s … and there isn’t any mistaking the “jingle jangle” sound. As many have noted over the years, the drug inspired lyrics are part and parcel of the LSD experimental culture in that era. The song Mr. Tambourine Man […]

Music Monday: License to Chill, Carolinas and reminiscing

| May 15, 2017

My friend Jeff and I were reflecting on my bachelor party/camping trip to North and South Carolina in May of 1982 just as a photo appeared of Jimmy Buffett and friends hanging out on Folly Beach, SC. Jeff was sharing a couple of Buffett songs from the License to Chill album while we were reminiscing. […]

Music Monday: Whenever I see your smiling face

| May 8, 2017

Who doesn’t smile when seeing their nine week old granddaughter smiling at you … or the camera? I couldn’t help but share this photo during a FaceTime call with Katelyn. It sure makes me SMILE! And of course it is a Music Monday and a perfect day to post a then and now photo of […]

Mellow Music Monday: Down in Belize with Jerry Jeff Walker

| April 24, 2017

Here’s a MusicMonday tune from a studio recording by Jerry Jeff Walker in 2009 called "Down in Belize" 6th cut of his Moon Child album. He’s an artist from years ago when my listening taste was more country, folk and tropical rock … well perhaps I haven’t really changed? If you don’t recall the long […]

Music Monday: Another year and more Van Morrison

| April 17, 2017

Likely Brown Eyed Girl is one of the all time favorite tunes for more than just my generation … no matter who’s version it is. The original 1967 version is hard to beat since it was written and record by Van Morrison … although I’m quite fond of Jimmy Buffett’s 1983 recording (YouTube) too.   […]

Music Monday: Shambala, 1 of the top 10 Three Dog Night tunes

| April 10, 2017

While listening to background music this past weekend (working on taxes), it became an easy decision post something on music. Next … decide which group and song to include without repeating something mentioned before on My Desultory Blog? How about Three Dog Night??? The rock band was not necessarily in my record (or cassette tape) […]

Music Monday: A lesser heard Israel Kamakawiwoʻole recording

| April 3, 2017

Most recognize the late Hawaii musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole for his famous recording of "Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" medley, but while listening to a few of his "Live" appearances this past weekend, realized I enjoyed his traditional music and a recording of "I’ll Be There" almost as much. Kamakawiwo’ole’s career and story is […]

Music Monday: Rocket Man recorded in the bluegrass sound

| March 27, 2017

What do you get when you mix 1960s space history, some classic 1972 Elton John music and a twist of Bluegrass flair? Rocket Man with banjos and country harmony! Good stuff.

A Music Monday Two-fer – but still out of the 1970s

| March 20, 2017

Interesting photo??? Well musicians can have an unusual beginning and career turns. Before a musical career, John Hall (photo right) was an academically gifted 3-time National Science Foundation summer scholar and University of Notre Dame and Loyola College physics student at the age of 16 and after music, he ran for political office and end […]

Music Monday: Escaping from my 1970s rut with Yo La Tengo

| March 6, 2017

It seems like I’ve been stuck listening to music from the 1970s (and 60s) 90% of the time for quite a while. So in an attempt to move forward and out of my comfort zone a bit, here’s a mellow Indie song from the late 1980s — Yo La Tengo‘s New Wave Hot Dogs album […]

Music Monday: Ketchup, Anticipation and Carly Simon

| February 27, 2017

The Heinz Ketchup commercial from when I was a teen popped in to my head the other day … or at least the Carly Simon music part of it did. According the the Youtube clip (below), it aired in 1979 and I realized that not many born after that time would understand the “anticipation” of […]

Music Monday: Shocker not to have mentioned American Pie yet?

| February 20, 2017

There’s probably not a more iconic early 1970’s American song than Don McLean‘s American Pie … I’m shocked no to have posted about it before? If you were a kid growing up with music coming from a AM transistor radio when the popular song came on, you knew that the next 8 minutes would be […]

Tech gadgets add a new wrinkle to Cat’s in the Cradle message

| February 13, 2017

A lousy, but socially needed, "Music Monday" message: While eating lunch at Wendy’s over the weekend, I notice a father and his young son spending time together for lunch as well. "Nice," I thought … until the all to often happened. The dad’s attention was drawn to his cellphone … to the point he gave […]

Nicki Bluhm and an appropriate song for our political state

| February 8, 2017

Nicki Bluhm continues her image as someone who fit better in the 1960s and 70s (a time before she was born), than someone rising in popularity nowadays. I’ve enjoyed her music, and Van Sessions with The Gramblers, from the beginning and continue to appreciate her talent … and love the sound. This new folk music […]

Remembering a couple musicians and the song Drift Away

| January 30, 2017

While admiring yet another song from the 1970s, I learned that the song writer of "Drift Away" was Mentor Williams, brother of popular song writer, singer, composer and actor Paul Williams. While reading a bit more, I didn’t realize just  how many other artist performed the song … not the least Dobie Gray who made […]

Demographics and Interests of those visiting MyDesultoryBlog

| January 21, 2017

Those who have been blogging for a while learn to monitor their viewership. We’d like to  know what kind of traffic is hitting the servers and often looking at the breakdown as to what generates interest and ad clicks. In the early days, a "hit counter" was sufficient, but as country music artist Loretta Lynn […]

Music Monday and thankful I can still hear things

| January 9, 2017

After an episode with excessive ringing and noise in my good ear last month, reminiscent of when I lost most of the hearing in my right ear, I have appreciated things getting back to “my” normal this month. Admittedly it is frightening to think I might lose what is left of my hearing … even […]

Thumbprint Radio, Pandora and a friendly, but snidely jab

| January 8, 2017

This WAS going to be a positive and upbeat post about enjoying Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio feature … UNTIL a "friendly" text message came in from my Florida (soon to be Savannah, Georgia)  sailing friend Mark telling me he had a cold beer in the fridge waiting for me. How nice to have friends anxious for […]

Music Monday: Starting 2017 with a favorite song by The Carpenters

| January 2, 2017

With all the music posts and comments through the years on MyDesultoryBlog, it is surprising The Carpenters were not mentioned. As a teen in the 1970s, I thought Karen Carpenter’s voice was vocally near perfect (also because a girl I liked listened to them too). Hey, I think even my parents enjoyed the music? I […]

Generator, Curtain, Solar and overheating diesel on Encore

| December 11, 2016

Wrapping up a weekend trip with a few photos tinkering aboard Encore. Some needed cleaning and a few improvements were the items on the agenda. First up, I semi-fitted the new generator cage for the Honda EU2000i. I welded the aluminum up in the summer/fall and hope that once bolted in place it will keep […]

Music: A forgotten (by me) hit from the past – Rock Me Gently

| October 31, 2016

Time for a forgotten classic from my teenage music listening years. Heard this while switching to music in the car this week (burned out on political news) and thought … whatever happened to Andy Kim  or Baron Longfellow… or how about his birth name, Andy Youakim? A lot I didn’t remember… he co-wrote “Sugar, Sugar” […]

A little more music from Gregg Allman please …

| October 14, 2016

In keeping with my monthly habit of sharing music, these last two months I’ve listened to more Allman Brothers Band than usual … although there is at least one song from them in every Pandora set!  Likely the attention was due to Gregg Allman having a "medical scare" and dropping his tour dates at the […]

Hanging on to summer with the band Sugar Ray and Fly

| September 17, 2016

The rock band Sugar Ray was not exactly from my era (founded the year my daughter was born), but that doesn’t mean listening to Fly is not enjoyable or appreciated. I’m trying to hang on to what is left of summer weather  with this song … but not happy about the shorter and shorter days. […]

Relaxing weekend with Mom Howard and music reminiscing

| August 15, 2016

We enjoyed a relatively relaxing weekend marking Brenda’s birthday with her mom and ended up sifting through a few old photos while reminiscing. It was fun looking at cute pics of my wife and her sisters and brother while growing up. I think Mom Howard enjoy it too. I’ll include couple of them above as […]

The Pretender from 1976 by Jackson Browne never gets old

| August 8, 2016

As has become a habit, I’ll continue to highlight a song or two that appeals to me … this time it is another recording from the 70s: The Pretender the title song from the 1976 album with the same name. Likely it has been heard by all who follow popular music and talented songwriters/performers like […]

Who really was paying attention in school way back when?

| July 29, 2016

It has been a while since I’ve seen one of these, but once I figured out what it was, the memory of Jerusalem Elementary School and Mrs. Fell came rushing back. I still remember her taped up wooden paddle as it slammed intimidatingly on the the desks at the front of the class in order […]

Music: Where has all the good harmony gone?

| July 24, 2016

While watching a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young VH1 Legends Documentary (below) from a few years ago on Youtube, I pondered why I gravitate to certain music. I realized it is the harmony that I miss in newer music. Sure it is still around, but it doesn’t resonate with me like many of the old […]

A naval architect and bagpipe accompanied ruckus music

| July 19, 2016

Maybe the term isn’t ruckus, but HARD “rockish” music …  I’m not sure at the moment??? Anyway, one of my Facebook friends Robert Perry, and designer of our first boat Brenich a Baba 30, shared an AC/DC music video probably influenced by his years growing up in Australia? The clip from the Bon Scott years […]

Music: Who was Kent LaVoie? Look at that hair!

| July 9, 2016

While I’m on what has become a habitual weekly music "trip" posting music that goes back a few decades, here one from 1971.  Beside the unique hair style back in the 70’s, his top ten song was a bit on the peculiar side too: "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" by  Kent LaVoie […]

Celebrating Independence Day with a bit of trivia

| July 4, 2016

Most people know that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, which would become our National Anthem, as he watched the shelling of Fort McHenry.  Few people know that his poem had additional verses (link – verses below)… or that the music it was eventually set to is from a 1771 English drinking song […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.