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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Music for a New Jersey Monday

In New Jersey a couple of weeks I got to thinking about a suitable MfM post. A mafia song? Couldn't think of one. Then a Maserati drove by and I knew there could only be one song that would fit such an occasion. Was it coincidence or divine confirmation when the very next day in NYC I saw another Maserati, also with NJ plates? One of my all-time favorite songs from one of my favorite New Jersey artists. I hope you enjoy this Music for a Monday offering.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Music for an ordinary average Labor-Day Monday:

Today's piece is a long time favorite. From the moment I first heard this I loved it. Today we'll get away from "pop" music and listen to a piece from one of America's greatest composers. It seems a fitting tribute this Labor Day week.

As soon as I heard the opening trumpet line I was transported back to the Windsor High School indoor pool where I cajoled my good friend, Carroll, to play this. The trumpet echoed wonderfully and filled the entire room with a glorious sound.

Here's another offering from one of my favorite rock composers...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Music for a Monday: Not Lost

If you think Music for a Monday musta got lost, think again. Driving around the US slowed things down, that's all. Here's a lesson in love coutesy of "Reputa the Buta."

Hailed as "America's answer to the Rolling Stones" after the release of their debut album, these "Bad Boys from Boston" never gained the success of the Rolling Stones but they were arguably the best live band ever. A Boston blues loving DJ, a blues harp player and guitarist grabbed a bass player and drummer and rounded out the team with keys. This intro gives you a glimpse into the energy, creativity and insanity that typified a J. Geils show. So many, many, many great memories.

Enjoy (with apologies to those with sensitive ears)

I have my brother to thank for this little gem. He turned me on to Geils. He bought this epic live album on a trip we took to England and I still remember the stewardess on the flight home commenting to him, "That's a great album." She was right, and so was Tom. High energy, bare bones American R&B on two flimsy pieces of vinyl.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Music for a Monday: Beyond Ecclesiastical Music


Elvis Costello, Mark Twain, King Solomon, and certainly countless others from all cultures do a great job of identifying what is wrong. It seems that a solution is all too rare. How do you get “two little Hitlers” to live together? This song was a huge hit in  the 70’s…

If you remember this song, leave a note about listening to this in the 70’s

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Not quite "Ecclesiastical" but just as problematic...

Another "problem" song, not quite Ecclesiastical

I admit it, Elvis Costello is on my short list of "go-to" music. Elvis has a keen grasp of so much that is wrong in the world. He actually reminds me of Mark Twain. (Interestingly both men are known by their pen names rather than their given names, Declan MacManus and Samuel Clemens) Another similarity is that while both of them have/had a keen sense of the problem, they do/did not see the answer. That saddens me deeply. But I digress....

Here's an astute look into the world of relationships, and probably marriage. All of the problem, none of the solution. How to get two inherently selfish people to live together?

I really love this song. Such a powerful metaphor, if only he had a more powerful solution. What is your solution to the "problem of Hitler"?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Ecclesiastical" Music in the 70's

Ah, I remember it well. A beautiful song that I pretty much hated. It seemed the rest of the world loved this song but I found it soooooooo depressing. Funny that I now resonate so strongly with Ecclesiastes.

For your listening pleasure and metaphysical pondering I offer Kansas' highest charting single from the album "Point of no Return,"

Gotta love those 70's outfits and hairstyles.

While this idea is not taken directly from Ecclesiastes but is more closely aligned with Gen 3:19 (the first book in the Old Testament of the Bible and attributed to Moses) and Psalm 103:14 (a book in the Old Testament, much of which was penned by Solomon's father, King David), the rather depressing nature of the inevitability of death is reminiscent of Solomon's writing in Ecclesiastes. Solomon wasn't the only guy thinking about mortality and meaning. Apparently, the line "all we are is dust in the wind" is found in a Native American poem and certainly, the topic of mortality and "dust" is found in many other writings from various cultures.

Every time I hear this song I am reminded of 3 powerful images:

  • Hearing this on the radio while driving an orange VW Beetle and hating the song
  • Trying to slow dance to this decidedly unromantic tune
  • Kathy Hosfelt loved this song
I am older and wiser now. I always appreciated the musicianship and arrangement of the song. Now I understand more clearly Kerry Livgren's, the man who wrote this song, perspective. Ultimately, life without God is meaningless.  If there is no God we are left with nihilism and vacuous moral relativism.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Music for a Monday: More "Ecclesiastical" Music

Last week we heard "I'd Love to Change the World" and I noted that it has an ecclesiastical bent to it along the lines of the ancient writing of King Solomon. King Solomon is often regarded as the wisest man who ever lived. His musings on life are recorded in three books included in the Old Testament of the Bible: Proverbs, the erotic love poem Song of Solomon, and the aforementioned Ecclesiastes.

Here's another Solomon inspired song from Pete Seeger and released most famously by some notorious 60's stoners, The Byrds. Hope you enjoy this delightfully lo-fi live recording :)