Music Monday: Are you "feeling groovy" this morning?

| October 12, 2020

Some of the best songs of a generation or music decade are the ones that make you feel good … or “groovy.” The 59th Street Bridge Song by folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel from the 1960s was one of those. To be sure, it was a tumultuous decade to be growing up, but it […]

Music Monday: Social unrest and the 1970s song Chevy Van

| September 28, 2020

It’s likely the politics and social unrest from a decade of racial tension, the Vietnam quagmire and the impeachment, then resignation, of disgraced President over his involvement and cover-up in Watergate was as upsetting to Americans in the early 1970s as events are today. As as young student the politics of the day should have […]

Another Jimmy Buffett 2020 stay-at-home video memory

| September 14, 2020

In keeping up with archiving the Jimmy Buffett COVID19 “stay-at-home” series of recording during the summer of 2020, here’s another old one … although to me, I remember it like yesterday. “The Wino and I Know“ was the first song on side B of his 1974 Living and Dying in 3/4 Time album.

Music Monday: I Heard It Through The Grapevine – CCR (1970)

| September 7, 2020

Everybody knows it and everybody has “[I]Heard It Through The Grapevine” (at least the 1968 single version by Marvin Gaye)… but not everybody has listened to the full 11 minutes of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s interpretation from their 1970 album, Cosmo’s Factory. Of course neither were the the first to record the Motown Records song … […]

Music Monday: The Box Tops – The Letter (1967)

| August 31, 2020

Brenda started to sing along to a song that was on in the intro or background of a movie or TV show were were watching a couple weeks ago (don’t recall the show). I looked over and asked, “How do you remember this song … it was before our time?”  She replied that she thought […]

A weekend Brenda birthday photo and Jimmy Buffett video

| August 18, 2020

We are really enjoying the time we have to stay around home this summer amidst Coronavirus concerns … although Brenda has never stopped going to work … she works in an “essential business” — pharmacy.  We certainly enjoyed having Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie to our house for a mini-vacation for several days earlier this […]

Music Monday: The Righteous Brothers – One For The Road

| August 17, 2020

This week’s Music Monday was a bit before my listening time, but since my buddy Mark Jones has been hunting down “vinyl” albums from back in the day to play on his new Crosley record player and sent me a couple of his latest finds. The Righteous Brothers were probably listened to more my my […]

Music Monday: Walk With You – Ringo Starr with Paul McCartney (4: John Paul George Ringo)

| August 10, 2020

The song Walk With You is being included today to highlight Ringo Starr, but who can really separate him (or Paul McCartney for that matter) from The Beatles? Walk With You is a collaboration song released as a single from Ringo Starr’s 2010 studio album. According to Songfacts, it was also used as Starr’s entry […]

Music Monday: Time Passages -Al Stewart (1978)

| July 27, 2020

Once again, I can’t help but to revisit some music of my youth … although it helps when regularly reminded by listening to the  SiriusXM station The Bridge which plays regularly from the patio Echo connected patio speakers. The top ten hit Time Passages recorded by Al Stewart in 1978 played while I was sitting […]

Music Monday: Demonstrating your talent at a public piano

| May 11, 2020

One of posts that once received a lot of traffic on my blog was Jacob Tolliver playing a piano in an Ohio hardware store several years ago. The Facebook embed was taken down, but I reposted the video from YouTube last year. I must not have been the only one who appreciates watching those with […]

Music Monday: Back to the 1970s with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”

| April 27, 2020

After hearing Tiny Dancer by Elton John a couple weeks ago and thinking about my granddaughter Annalyn “prancing and dancing” for us on a recent FaceTime video chat, I noted it as an appropriate Music Monday post. I think the songs of a person’s youth are the ones that form the strongest memory impact for […]

Muzak Monday: The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

| April 6, 2020

Normally this post would be titled “Music Monday,” but since Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme is often played as “elevator music,” I’m changing the subject line to Muzak Monday. The Pink Panther Theme is also a favorite for those who enjoyed Inspector Jacques Clouseau films or just enjoyed listening to fun music played by a […]

The weekend (weekdays) bookshelves and painting project

| March 21, 2020

The painting projects continue without a need to rush or complete anything quickly. Finished the ceiling paint, some patching and trim area and “might” paint the first coat of paint that Brenda has picked on Saturday – “Bermuda Sand” (which is more yellow than the pink sand color that comes to mind – see below). […]

Music Monday: Johnny Rivers and Swayin’ to the Music 1977

| March 16, 2020

Back to the 70s for this week’s music pick… 1977 the year of my high school graduation to be more precise. While trying to sooth my soul last week after the coronavirus news and stock market crash I tried to relax by listening to SiriusXm “The Bridge” and felt my blood pressure drop a little […]

Music Monday: That sorrowful bluegrass sound from Alison Kraus – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Catfish John” for the slew of bad news

| March 9, 2020

There has always been a part of me that enjoyed looking at the night sky … perhaps it is the “want-to-be” sailor in me or just growing up with space exploration? Studying the night sky really was never a passion until Katelyn took an interest in space (Space Camp, NASA Sharp, Astronomy as a hobby) […]

A trip to Florida so that Encore could function on 12 volts again

| January 30, 2020

Encore has battery power again, Alleluia! After fiddling around with dying and dead batteries on the boat for the past year, I finally broke down and yanked out the 3 deep cycle AGM 105 Amp Hour batteries. I did a little rewiring and strapped down 2 new DEKA-made batteries this past weekend ($253 ea). The […]

Music Monday: Green Day and the a US National Park road trip

| January 20, 2020

More than a few of us have contemplated just what it would take to see as many U.S. National Parks in our lifetime (and Canadian National Parks for me). Likely, very few of us will accomplish the lofty ambition, but then as I recently mentioned to my daughter who enjoys tying visits and hikes in […]

Music Monday: A lesson from Warren Zevon, the “Excitable Boy”

| January 6, 2020

Likely most who grew up listening to music in the 1970s remember the late Warren Zevon and his Excitable Boy album. The first song that comes to my mind is Werewolves of London (sharing on this decades first Music Monday post below) … but some may remember Lawyers, Guns and Money as well? I was […]

Ending the Music Monday decade with “I Go Crazy” by Paul Davis

| December 30, 2019

Here’s a #7 hit in 1977 (which has me thinking of American Top 40 and Casey Kasem) way back in the year I graduated high school. The song was “I Go Crazy” song by Paul Davis, who “looks like one of the Allman Brothers” as the late Ricky Nelson comments at the beginning of the […]

Music Monday: We don’t see family often enough as time passes in “the wink of an eye” – Jackson Browne and The Pretender

| December 23, 2019

Pre-posting this Music Monday post a bit early since Brenda’s sister and her family will be visiting on their way to Cleveland from Atlanta. We always look forward to seeing Ann and Gary with their two girls Jessica and Sarah; it give us a chance to catch up on their life (Brenda grills the girls […]

Music Monday: “Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes and the movie An Officer and a Gentleman

| October 28, 2019

In keeping with the vacation post of the last few days, here’s one more leftover that stuck with me: The movie and theme song for, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). The song is Up Where We Belong written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sanite-Marie and Will Jennings and was recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes […]

Music Monday: Remembering Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion 1975

| October 7, 2019

While listening to SiriusXM last week, I heard Aerosmith and Sweet Emotion that triggered high school memories for me (and another 1970 song from Music Monday). I was never an Aerosmith fan or listener of hard rock and roll music, but it was the music of many of my peers and like most transplanted high […]

Tech Friday: Loving the new Amazon Echo Auto in my car

| October 4, 2019

Last week, Amazon authorized my invitation and gave me a promo code for the Echo Auto Alexa device for the car (it was a long wait, but they did discount to $24.99 for invitation holders). For the passed several months I’ve been using an Echo Input (no speaker) in my BMW X5 35d in an […]

Music Monday: Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones 1967

| September 30, 2019

One has to appreciate just how easy it is to get a wide selection of music nowadays, whether it is Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Apple, Amazon or Google Music. All stream great content and wide selections … not to mention the 1000s of streaming radio services. It it a huge change from the era of bootleg […]

Music Monday: If You Love Me Let Me Know – Olivia Newton John

| July 29, 2019

There are few female actress/singers as internationally admired by young and old, male or female than Olivia Newton-John in the 1970s. I don’t think there was anyone on the planet that did not enjoy her acting and music … or if you were a young boy in those day, have a crush on her. She […]

Music Monday: Sheryl Crow and Soak Up The Sun #video

| June 24, 2019

From an elementary school music teacher to international fame and success … Sheryl Crow lives the life most aspiring actors and musicians ambitiously dream to see. Like most Americans who enjoy the “small town girl making it big” story, I love seeing people in this country achieve the American Dream; there is something special about […]

Music Monday: Ventura Highway – the mellow sound of America

| May 27, 2019

When I mention 1970’s music to younger generations, I sense they assume electric guitar oriented rock and roll (which it often is) … but a large percentage of what we listened to was actually “mellow” soft rock (an overused term).  The group America is an excellent example of this “mellow” sound for Music Monday … and […]

Music Monday: Doobie Brothers – China Grove

| May 20, 2019

Whenever I hear the Doobie Brothers, I can’t help but think about being back in high school and listening to my high school pep band at basketball games (while I was behind the basket shooting photos for the paper). Several songs were regularly played as I recall … China Grove, Listen to the Music and […]

Music Monday: Ramblin’ Man by Allman Brothers live in 1972

| May 13, 2019

Having posted songs from the Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman a few times before, it was surprising not to have included a Music Monday “Ramblin’ Man” post? So instead of a vinyl single to mp3 (recorded 1972 – release 1973), how about a live YouTube live video from November of 1972 at Hofstra University […]

Music Monday: The Rascals and “A Beautiful Morning”

| April 15, 2019

Since I drifted to the 1960s for Music Monday last week, why not stay in that decade for one more week? Spring is now definitely here in Ohio and we have had several “beautiful mornings” … even though today is a shockingly cold (37 degrees) “taxday.”  With that introduction, how about “A Beautiful Morning”  written […]

My small town, old friends and Springsteen’s “Glory Days” #TBT

| March 28, 2019

A John Cougar Mellencamp post a couple weeks ago had me remembering “my” small town of Sidney, Ohio and four of my high school friends from the late 1970s, hence the Throwback Thursday #TBT. I mentioned the Mellencamp Music Monday post to my friend Jeff a couple days later and the tie-in with Sidney (see […]

Music Monday: Eric Carmen songs and a memory from Brenda

| March 18, 2019

Here’s an Eric Carmen song (Make Me Lose Control – 1988) for Music Monday with a personal connection based on where we lived in the 1980s. Brenda and I were talking about my blog and the fact that I include music with the occasionally a memory that it triggers. She wondered if I included Eric […]

Music Monday: John Mellencamp songs and my parents

| March 11, 2019

Surprised even myself that I’ve not made a Music Monday post highlighting music from John Cougar Mellencamp since my parents square danced in the 1990s with his mother and father, Marilyn and Richard.

Music Monday: Vahevala from 1971 by Loggins and Messina

| March 4, 2019

It is odd that the band Loggins and Messina has not been highlighted, for either a Music Monday post or with other bands. A quick search did not turn up a mention of Kenny Loggins as a solo artist or even Jim Messina in his previous band. Hm, I’m slipping in having missed including them; […]

Music Monday: Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces

| February 25, 2019

Average White Band performing in 2013 – Wikimedia Highlighting this band seems a bit out of my character for Music Monday (except for being 1970’s music), but hearing “Pick Up The Pieces” by the Average White Band in the car on SiriusXM triggered a good memory. My Ohio Northern University roommate Jerry Moody was a […]

Music Monday: And for something totally different from Annalyn

| January 14, 2019

If there is one thing that will keep me blogging and archiving, it will be my granddaughter Annalyn; I can’t help myself in smiling and grinning when receiving a video of her singing “Baby Shark doo doo doo doo doo” to Bompa (below). Hard to not want to give her a big hug, although our […]

Music Monday: Starting with a change for 2019 – Kenny Chesney

| January 7, 2019

After years of posting what I suspect are now considered “oldies” for Music Monday posts, I’ll at least start 2019 with a change. The Christmas season was a chance to listen to holiday music performed by a variety of different artists, and as I have in the past, enjoyed songs by almost all contemporary country […]

Music Monday: Gordon Lightfoot singing Carefree Highway

| December 10, 2018

Digging back into the archives to unpack a few outdoor Christmas decorations had me remembering my high school friend Charlie and when we were taking the ‘fiberpile’ out sailing in cold weather …when there was still ice on the lake.  Those old days once again reminded me of the music we would listen to on […]

If you enjoy music, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is a great concert

| November 10, 2018

It has been 41 years since Fleetwood Mac released their ginormous selling album called Rumours which was a must have by college students like me in the late 1970s (45 million copies of Rumours has been sold). Brenda and I attended a Rumours of Fleetwood Mac concert marking the 40 years milestone this past week […]

Music Monday: Getting in the mood for a Fleetwood Mac concert

| October 29, 2018

With Rumours of Fleetwood Mac coming to Cincinnati, it is time to get in the mood by adding another one of their live YouTube hits to the blog. One wonders how long music will continue to be available on YouTube, although just as with air-play radio for decades, it is still a way for musicians […]

Music Monday Mellow Morning Twofer: Fogelberg and Stevens

| August 27, 2018

With a bit of rain this past week, it was appropriate to listen to some "mellow music" on The Bridge channel on the SiriusXM iPhone app. Rain you say? Last Thursday was the wettest August day ever and the second wettest day ever for Cincinnati. A whopping 5.02 inches of rain was recorded at the […]

Christmas Music Monday: Merry old semi-nautical carol

| December 25, 2017

While reading about the Winter Solstice, songs we call “carols” were not originally what come to mind today.   I Saw Three Ships (carol – written in 1410) The first songs/carols in Europe were not Christmas Carols, they were pagan songs sung while dancing around stone circles on the shortest day of the year – […]

Music Monday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon

| December 11, 2017

While getting my haircut last week, the conversation of holiday themed entertainment was being discussed. The stylist asked me if I had seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Brenda and I had not, but I know it is something we would enjoy, especially Brenda with her classical violin background. I may check our schedule as they will […]

Music Monday: An old favorite from Gordon Lightfoot

| November 20, 2017

The advantage of Fox Business being on in the background most of my day is that "some" older hosts slip in music during commercial breaks. Varney & Co  played a few seconds of an old favorite, Gordon Lightfoot on his birthday last week; it is hard to believe this Canadian singer-songwriter turned 78 79. Here […]

Music Monday: A Jackson Browne leftover from last week

| November 13, 2017

While posting something newer on last week’s Music Monday blog post, I wanted to include For a Dancer from  Jackson Browne‘s 1974 Late for the Sky album … but it was once again from the 1970s. So this week I’ll post from Browne again, but return to something older. Enjoy.     Jackson Browne | […]

The legendary Fats Domino dies at age 89

| October 25, 2017

Although Fats Domino was before my time, I do know my parents and grandparents played his music … such as “Ain’t That A Shame” and “Blueberry Hill.” He died Tuesday and was 89. Most think of him as a 200 pound 5-feet-5 big smiling  guy with a flattop haircut as seen on his album covers. […]

A new OLD Jimmy Buffett album to be out next month

| October 18, 2017

It looks like “old” Jimmy Buffett fans will be treated to some new OLD music on November 17th? A few years ago, when legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio, there was some cleaning up to do. That is when Jimmy learned that they had found a sizeable collection of 1⁄4-inch tapes that […]

Music Monday: Have I been following and listening this long?

| October 16, 2017

This past week the "Years Ago on this Day" center column of My Desultory Blog I noticed a Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers post from October 2014. The post was their first video after they moved from a "van" (aka: Van Sessions) to a larger bus. It was a fun "from the road" Brewer and […]

Music Monday: Lana White, music with a modern Country feel

| September 4, 2017

A new music/musician discovery for me this past week thanks to social networking. I’m not exactly sure why I first listened to Lana White, but enjoyed the song and the sound … so checked out more. After a brief exchange on Twitter with her self-promoting and including a Spotify link to her albums, I ended […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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.

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 […]

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