With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

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With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

Most of us millenials (though I’m on the older end of the spectrum) recognize this tune from popular television show “The Wonder Years”.  So while I think of Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper when I hear this song, I also think of how awkward my own childhood moments sometimes were...

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When I’m Down - Chris Cornell

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When I’m Down - Chris Cornell

What can I say? I miss Chris Cornell. I know I’m not alone in that sentiment.  His passing affected me in a way that I never saw coming.  I had no desire to sing or play a guitar for 3 weeks… that’s the tremendous amount of loss that I felt, and that’s how I know his music belongs here.

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That’s Where It’s At - Sam Cooke

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That’s Where It’s At - Sam Cooke

“The Man Who Invented Soul” and “Mr. Soul”… You just can’t have Soul without Sam Cooke!  If you don’t know his music, you’re missing out.  He is a major influence on artists in several genres, and if you listen to him, you’ll know why. 

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That Wasn't Me - Brandi Carlile

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That Wasn't Me - Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile's performance is a powerful contradiction. Her voice is clearly trained with bursts of seemingly uncontrolled raw emotion. Perfect for "That Wasn't Me" which seems to say "#sorrynotsorry" in the most loving way possible. It's an argument that needs no rebuttal.

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Little Miss Sunshine - Caleb Hawley

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Little Miss Sunshine - Caleb Hawley

HIGH SCHOOL. ::cringe:: High School was quite possibly the most uncomfortable time of my life... oh, you too?! When you're a bi-racial kid (Filipino/Caucasian) that looks Latina, but doesn't speak Spanish, you're not Asian enough, White enough, and definitely not Spanish enough to sit at any of those lunch tables...

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