Sunday Morning Music

a3Welcome to this weekend’s
edition of Sunday Morning Music mix !!!

I hope you’ve been behaving yourselves…..

Today we’ve got some great
attitudinal/feel-good grooves
that should give ya a real boost —

I know they always do me !!!!!

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Michael Franks —
The Lady Wants To Know

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Al Green —
” Let’s Stay Together ” 

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Guess Who —
” Undun ” 

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Bill LaBounty–
” Dream On ” 

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Robert Cray —
” Phone Booth ” 

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Earth Wind and Fire —
Side By Side

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George Benson —
” This Masquerade” 

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Boz Scaggs —
” Gone Baby Gone

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Classics IV —
Traces

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Bee Gees —
” Nights On Broadway “

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Michael Franks —
Practice Makes Perfect

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Stevie Wonder —
” AS

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Steely Dan —
Royal Scam

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Electric Light Orchestra —
Shine A Little Love ”

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Al Jarreau —
Use Me

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Ive Mendes —
Natural High – Sumo Mix

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Van Morrison —
Some Piece Of Mind

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Isaac Hayes —
Ode To Joy/ Joy

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George Benson
with Little Anthony —
Electric Together

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Manhattan Transfer —
So You Say

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Diana Ross —
Swept Away

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Santana —
“Stormy ”

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I hope you have a groovy rest of the weekend —

Remember,
— sometimes a little bit of Miss-Behavin’
is just what you need, ya know.

So, here she is.

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HOY !!!!!

Sunday Morning Music

a23Hey man,
it’s the weekend
again !!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY !!!!

Alright now–

no more of this
settin’ around stuff
just enjoying the peace
and quiet….

—  get some great music blasting
through those computer speakers !!!!!spikejones

Let’s see if we can get the neighbors to complain !!!

Rolling Stones —
“Start Me Up (Live)

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Real McKenzies —
” Anyone But Else (live)” 

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David Bowie
God Only Knows

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Daniel Boone —
A Beautiful Sunday

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The Pogues —
” Streams Of Whiskey ” 

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Alice Russell and Quantic
with the Combo Barbaro —
Look Around The Corner

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Free —
All Right Now

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Ive Mendes —
Afternoon

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Foghat —
” Slow Ride

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Wes Montgomery —
” Here’s That Rainy Day ” 

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Isley Brothers —
For The Love Of You

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Head East —
Never Been Any Reason

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Joe Walsh —
A Life Of Illusion

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Doors —
Riders On The Storm

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Doc Powell —
” Ellie’s Love Theme ”

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Linda Ronstadt —
Blue Bayou

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Oli Silk —
Bring Back Those Days

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Gallery —
It’s So Nice To Be With You

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Steely Dan —
Blues Beach

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Mercy —
” Love Can Make You Happy “

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Deep Purple —
Highway Star

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Our classic album selections of the week are here:

Tower of Power — “Tower Of Power

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Fleetwood Mac — ” Tusk

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Rare Earth — ” The Best of Rare Earth

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend —

Get out there and shake your maracas !!!!!

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Sunday Morning Music

hHey Oh!!

Welcome to another
Sunday Morning Music post —
where we dig through the
stacks and stacks of dusty wax
to pick out the instances of
creativity, serenity and joy
among the
vast wastelands of
vapid noise
and gross commercialism
characterizing popular music
in general.

(Uh oh–
he’s in one of his moods,
again.)

That notwithstanding,
our music post today
does have a rather fun and whimsical
60’s, 70‘s and 80’s overtone, I guess…

Ok,
so not much 60’s or 80’s, really.

And since I spent an
inordinate amount of time
working on tiny little details of it this week,
it’s really more like a minefield.

As for a theme, well….
Hey, figure it out, pal.

Maybe it’s something
darkly subconscious and Freudian, I dunno.
— uhhh
yeah.

Let’s do this.

We’re gonna keep it coolin’ baby.

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Led Zeppelin —
Whole Lotta Love

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These boys from Boulder, Colorado,
(home of my favorite brewery)
are living proof
that they can make more than good brewski there….

Firefall —
Strange Way

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This song, when stacked next to other songs from 1975,
stands out for it’s beauty, complexity and execution.

And in case you’re wondering,
there were only three of them –
Dan Hamilton,
Joe Frank Carollo,
(thus, no comma between Joe and Frank)
and Tommy Reynolds.

Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds —
Fallin In Love

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Our next selection is performed by a group
who chose their name from the average amount of —
well, let’s just say ‘manly love juice’.
(yes, that’s her, alright)

I wonder if that’s the daily production,
or the party size.

Anyhoo….

The more ethereal sections of this song
never fail to grab my attention….

10 CC —
I’m Not In Love

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Bruce Blackman, and the band called Starbuck
from Atlanta, Georgia,
hit one out of the park with this pretty piece:

Starbuck —
Moonlight Feels Right ”

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This native Texan wrote some great music
for Kenny Rogers and Bobby Gentry —
then got a couple hits of his own,
with
Carolina In The Pines” ,

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and, of course, this one:
Michael Martin Murphey —
Wildfire

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Never heard of the Korgis?
Well, now, that’s a crying shame.

Korgis —
Everybody Gotta Learn Sometime

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Here’s a piece originally written by Neil Young,
and performed by the late
Nicolette Larson —
Lotta Love

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Mick Hucknall is the voice of a British group
called “Simply Red” —

I bet you’ll know it as soon as you hear it.

Simply Red — “ Holding Back The Years

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Harry Chapin didn’t live to see his 40th birthday.
But the music he created in his short life
will be inspiring music lovers for generations to come.

His epitaph (from one of his songs)
seems very appropriate:
Oh if a man tried
To take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man’s life could be worth
I wonder what would happen
To this world

Harry Chapin —
Taxi

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Thought of today as one of the leading creative lights
of the music business in the 1970’s,
here’s Jeff Lynne and ELO :

Electric Light Orchestra —
Telephone Line

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As it still is today,
television programming in the 1970’s was pablum and formulaic.

However, there were some memorable pieces of theme music –
Like this one:

Jose Feliciano —
Chico and The Man

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I appreciate your visit,
and I hope you enjoyed this post !!!

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Our album selections this week are:

John Lennon — ” Double Fantasy “.

George Harrison — ” All Things Must Pass

Paul McCartney — ” McCartney

Ringo Starr — ” Blast From Your Past “

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HOY!

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Oh No-Not More Terrible Album Covers

Yesterday,
I pried you
with liquor –

– – – and now,
well,
I’m ready to make
my move.

Boy Howdy,
am I.

Ok-

so, I’m not 
going to try
and con you into
reading this post
by telling you that
we have some
beautiful peoples
prancing around
naked as jay-birds ,

(–woohoo–)

or a sure-fire method
on how to make
millions of dollars
with which you
could use to
conceivably lavish
your favorite
Müscleheaded
blogger with fancy cars,
expensive clothes,
exotic travel options,
and other pricey
shit that he
really doesn’t need,

but certainly wouldn’t
turn ’em down
if they wuz free —-

Nope.

I’m just going to
be completely honest
with you and tell you
that it’s time once
again for another post
about lousy album covers.

Oh sure,
we’ve done it before.

Like
in:  ” Album Covers
Album Covers
and “Album Covers ” .

But, similar to so many
other cheap contrivances
we use around here to
make our regular
readers miserable,
we find bad album covers
that strike just the
right chord to
match the
frequency of nails
scratching relentlessly
against a virtual
blogging chalkboard
somehow rewarding
in our own sweet,
sadistic way.

Let me tell you —
we have some
major garblefucked
LP covers for you
long-suffering subs
(ahem) errr….
subscribers today.

Hey-
there’s really
no need to go into
detail about things
like how:

somebody who designs
an album cover should
have at least a soupçon
of artistic talent —

— or how a person
appearing on an
album cover should
project the best aspects
of the contents
of said LP
and not own
a smile that
reminds one
of some goober
on the Howdy Doody show..

— or even that a little
background acquired in
Junior High
Graphic Arts class
could go a long way
in improving
these covers.

Naaah —
what’s the point,
right?

They iz
what they iz.

Bad,
worse,
and worser.

Maybe even
worsest,
hell, you
never can tell.

So, as they say
in some parts
of Thailand,
just sit back
and enjoy
the suckage.

( I knew there
was a reason
I was holding
onto that
old garden hose and
those used golf balls. )

Have a little more
Creme Yvette, and
you might even
get to like it.

Just remember
the sacred motto
that we hold
so dear
here at the
ole Müscleheaded Blog-

– that :
“Nothing Exceeds
Like Superfluous Jejunity “.

Umm…
yeah.

No, I don’t have
any idea
what that
means.

Like my old philosophy
professor used to explain
whenever he was asked
about the meaning of life–

” How The Hell
Should I Know? ”

well–

!!!!! HOY !!!!!

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Long Live Southern Rock and Roll

whoThis post is in memory of Gregg Allman, who passed beyond the veil last week.

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Rock and Roll isn’t just melody and rhythm —

—  it’s a musical perspective on the world.

And understanding what the musician was thinking or doing,

…. or at least what the hell he was talking about, when he wrote the piece,

often adds a dimension to the music that I really enjoy.

So, today on the Muscleheaded Blog, we’ll look at some cool facets of Southern Rock and Roll history that you might not know about.

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Nobody plays hard rocking Southern Rock and Roll better than Lynyrd Skynyrd

and they’ve been doing it since 1969.

Did you know how they came up with their rather unusually spelled name, though?

It seems that Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, founding members of a band called “One Percent”, attended Robert E Lee High School in Jacksonville.

aThey were constantly hassled by a Phys Ed teacher there for their long hair….

…. so much so, that Rossington eventually quit school.

That teacher’s name was Leonard Skinner,

….. and the band decided to use a variation of his name as a mocking tribute to their ill-natured coach.

Lynryrd Skynyrd is best known for hits like:
Free Bird” ,
Simple Man“,
and “Sweet Home Alabama“.

The long version of “Free Bird” (10:08) is the Amazon’s most requested Rock and Roll song ever, and they’ve been known to play it for 15 minutes or longer in live performances.

The question “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?” at the beginning of the song was a phrase first uttered by Allen Collins’ fiancé Kathy before their marriage, and added to the words of the song before release.

The song itself is dedicated to the memory of Allman Brothers founder Duane Allman, who died in a tragic motorcycle crash in 1971, at age 24.

They’ve gone on to produce 15 albums — and are still touring —
promoting their latest album “Last of a Dyin’ Breed
( boy, do I know THAT feeling)
….. they were here in Charlotte last year, and they sold out the place.

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Speaking of Charlotte, a local band — from Spartanburg, South Carolina, made it big a couple of decades ago,

……. and are still inspiring Southern Rock fans today, with their impressive musicianship, penetrating lyrics, and distinctive sound.

The Marshall Tucker Band was formed in 1972, and are another example of a band named after a non-band member — in this case, a local blind piano tuner by that name.

marshallA key to their rehearsal space had his name on it, attached by a tag, and during their discussions about choosing a name for the band, they happened to notice it.

It turned out that the piano tuner owned the rehearsal hall, and rented the newly christened Marshall Tucker Band the space for half price after that.

There’s so much to like about Marshall Tucker’s music — where, for instance, other than perhaps Jethro Tull, will you hear a flute being put to such wonderful use?

They use an interesting combination of Blues, Jazz and Rock idioms to create a sound that is both fun and profound.

Among their hits are:
Can’t You See”
Heard It In A Love Song
“Running Like The Wind“,
and “Fire On The Mountain” .

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Like Lynryd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, formed in 1975, also hails from Jacksonville, Florida….

mollyTheir band’s name is drawn from a legend about an 1800’s era New Orleans prostitute who had a very unique way of providing her customers a ‘happy ending’ —

She’d chop their heads off with a hatchet.

The only way she was caught was because her last customer was a city warden who was seen with her, right before she gave him her now famous ‘head job’.

Molly Hatchet’s record covers are famous for featuring Frank Frazetta designs…
on albums like Berserker, Dark Kingdom, and Death Dealer.

They are best known for hits like:
Flirtin’ With Disaster“,
Dreams I’ll Never See“,
and “Gator Country“.

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I dunno know what it is about Jacksonville and great Southern Rock bands……

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Allman Brothers Band originally formed there– as “The Escorts”– in 1961, becoming the ABB in 1969.

Of course, the city has a wonderful musical legacy, from Ray Charles to Shinedown and Limp Bizkit…..

There are more music venues there, large and small, than any other major metropolitan area per capita–

— And, a place to play means a place for talent to grow and be heard.

allmanBut, truthfully, the Allmans are always identified with the state that lies just north of Jacksonville….

—- Georgia —-

because that’s where many of them grew up.

The Allman Brothers Band has been the inspiration for so other Southern Rock bands to follow in their footsteps:

including, .38 Special, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes Band, Great Southern, Rebel Pride, Dixie Witch, Drive By Truckers, Sea Level,  and many more.

One of the most famous pieces of Rock and Roll music ever was created by Allman Brothers founder the late Duane Allman working with Eric Clapton and a band called “Derek and the Dominos” — “Layla“.

Two members of the Allmans actually died in separate motorcycle accidents —
Duane, and bassist Berry Oakley.

Another brother, Gregg, carried on the best traditions of the genre until his death of liver disease at age 69 in May, 2017.

( Butch Trucks, founding member and the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, also died in 2017. )

The Allmans are famous for songs like:
“Midnight Rider”
“Melissa”
“Whippin’ Post”
and “Ramblin’ Man”.

A beautiful instrumental piece, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed“, was written by guitarist Dickie Betts in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia, a favorite band hang out at the time…..

………… and the name of the song was inspired by an existing gravestone there.

That’s the same cemetery in which both Berry Oakley and Duane Allman are now buried.

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I could not do a post on Southern Rock without mentioning my favorite Southern Rock and Roll band, of course…..

Gov’t Mule was founded in 1994, as a ‘side project’ of the Allman Brothers —
with Warren Haynes on guitar and the late Allan Woody on bass.

Mule is the most eclectic Southern Rock band ever — gotmule

and their albums feature guest artists ranging from:
Dr. John,
Cream’s Jack Bruce,
The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea,
Les Claypool of Primus,
Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead,
Dave Matthews,
Chris Squire of Yes,
Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals,
Robby Krieger of the Doors,
Elvis Costello,
Grace Potter of the Nocturnals,
Stevie Winwood of Traffic,
……………… and the list goes on and on.

Warren Haynes is from Asheville, North Carolina, and every year he and Mule hosts the Annual Christmas Jam there, for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity— last year’s Jam was sold out (my ears are still ringing) — and raised a half million dollars for the charity.

The 27th Annual Jam is slated to be held the third weekend of December, 2015.

“Shout!”, their 2013 double album, has an originality and power that makes it a must have — and the songs on the album feature two versions —
— one disc with different guest vocalists, and one with Warren Haynes.

Warren can really play that guitar, man,
and I also like Warren’s vocal work —
but it’s very interesting to hear the other vocalists do their spin on Mule’s music.

In particular, be sure to check out “Stoop So Low” with Dr. John,
or “Funny Little Tragedy” with Elvis Costello.

I love the Mule, and this album especially.

Another, called “Sco-Mule” – released in January 2015, is a recently rediscovered 1999 live recording, with jazz guitarist John Scofield– an all instrumental performance featuring arrangements of jazz standards, along with some rock, soul & funk, as well.

HOY!

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Sunday Morning Music

enlHiya and Welcome.

Thanks for tuning in
to another of our
Sunday Morning Music Posts…..

Let’s see what we can
come up with that will
keep you on the edge
of your seat.

Or your bed.

Or ,
you can stand
if you’d like.

Hey,
kneeling’s cool, too
if you’re into it.

I did too much of that
when I was a kid,
so I’ll just sit quietly,
thank you.

Anyhoo….

With the loss
of Gregg Allman,
I feel the need
to open up
with one of his,
so………..

Gregg Allman
Queen of Hearts

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David Gilmour —
Where We Start

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Chris Cornell —
” Say Hello To Heaven

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Collective Soul —
Where The River Flows

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The Spinners —
Working My Way Back To You

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Blackfield —
Rising Of The Tide

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Paramore —
Told You So “

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Dropkick Murphys
” It’s A Long Way To The Top” 

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Allman Brothers —
” Jessica “

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Gordon Lightfoot —
” The Wherefore And Why

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Joss Stone —
” While You Were Out

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Motorhead —
” When The Sky Comes Looking For You”

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Simply Red —
” Holding Back The Years

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Gregg Allman —
” Multi-Colored Lady ” 

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Michael McDonald —
You Belong To Me

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Real McKenzies —
” The Tempest “

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Steely Dan —
The Caves Of Altamara

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Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes,
and Dave Matthews —
” Sweet Melissa ” 

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!!!!!! HOY !!!!!!!!!

(thanks to Jen for this last image)

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You Go To My Head

A melody can evoke
memories like no other
stimulant of the senses.

That song–

— you know the one–

the one that
you hadn’t heard
in many years ..

and then,
so vaguely
and
hauntingly familiar.

Flashes of faces,
and places.

A smile slips slowly
across your lips.

A warm feeling,
and for just a second,
you’re back there
all over again.

You can’t help
but wonder —

What happened to
that particular
instant in time —

— that very special spot
on the space-time
continuum ?

And just where
in that refrain
were all those
remembrances stored ?

If you had the
old sheet music,
would you find
it encoded
somewhere deep
between the notes,
beats and rests —

– – a mere breath – –
– a whisper –
a 32nd of a 64th ?

Perhaps it was
in the key —
or the harmonics.

Something made that
piece stand out from
among all the
hulabaloo,
dissonance,
claptrap,
and syncopated
pandemonium
of daily life….

What was it —
— that brought back
that time,
and that place.

And oh,
That Face.

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! HOY !