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Sweet Thing – Mick Jagger

16 June 2020

Even though I’m not a great fan of Jagger’s first two solo albums, Wandering Spirit released in the early nineties was a beautiful album…

In Small Things Forgotten – PilGrims In Progress

31 March 2020

Let me take you back in time…to the fall of 2014. I was participating in a BILC language-teaching seminar in Ellwangen, Germany. It was a great experience for me in more ways that one…

Broken Down Cowboy – John Fogerty

3 March 2020

I was trying to describe the complexity of life in an interview a while ago…I didn’t do very well. Truth be told, I’m not even sure why life is so complex. To be fair, I suppose for some it’s more complex than for others. For me it’s always been rather complex…

Someone I Knew – Gordon Haskell

28 January 2020

The concept of happiness, as perceived by the modern western society is simple: You get an education and a great job, after which you marry, buy a house, acquire two cars and have a few kids…

Christmas Is All Around Us – Billy Mack (Love Actually Soundtrack)

18 December 2019

I can see it like yesterday. My mom and dad in the kitchen preparing the Christmas dinner and us kids decorating the tree with grandma. It feels like it was yesterday but in reality, the image I have in my head is from thirty-five years ago. Those were happy times. It’s easy to be a kid, isn’t it? Everything is catered to you. You can just enjoy it all. They’ll tell you when it’s time to eat and when it’s time for presents. You just show up…

In the Dying Day – Apostle

11 December 2019

“In The Dying Day” is a wonderful pop tune by a very gifted British artist Apostle. His brilliant debut single “Dakota Thunder Rising” was featured on Music To Celebrate Life when it came out in January 2017. We also published a rather in-depth interview with him round about that time…

Love Thy Music Curator As Thyself

18 November 2019

Picture this, you are a young aspiring artist and you’ve just gotten your song back from mastering. Now, it’s time to unleash your music to the world so millions can hear it and be dazzled by it. You upload your tune on Spotify and Apple Music through TuneCore, CD Baby or some other aggregator. There’s only one problem. Nobody knows it’s there…

You Get So Alone Sometimes – HOAX

7 November 2019

Loneliness is an interesting thing. Over the years, I’ve come to understand that one can be alone in many different ways and equally, in many different situations. We usually associate loneliness with not having another individual close by physically, interpreting it therefore as isolation. However, the truth of the matter is that you can be surrounded by familiar faces and still feel alone…

I’m Ready – Simone Reyes

30 October 2019

I’m not a big fan of reality shows. I watch them if my kids have them on. Some of them are okay; most are not. I’ve always felt it hard enough to deal with my own reality – dealing with somebody else’s is a daunting thought. However, this is not to say I don’t enjoy other people’s version of reality, especially when it’s served in the form of brilliant lyrics,…

State Of Mind – DANSU

15 October 2019

According to their bio, “DANSU is an indie electro act from Amsterdam, whose neo-pop grooves are undeniably catchy yet refreshingly unpretentious”…

Yellow ­– GAUMAR

7 October 2019

I have believed in the healing powers of music all my life. Ever since I was a kid, music has always chased away all my worries. It just happens. I hear music and I’m transported to a different world, an alternate universe of sorts…

Yes Man – Mahogany Purple

23 September 2019

What happens when a group of guys meet each other in a high school band? Usually, nothing – unless you have a fetish for slightly or considerably out-of-tune tubas and trumpets. Sorry, it’s just the way it is, at least for the most part…

Rebecca’s Curse – DD Allen

27 August 2019

My father once told me to be wary of women. I laughed at him. I remember the day well. We were in his car, eating sandwiches, I was nineteen and helping him out at work. He wanted to show me the ropes of being an entrepreneur. Hence, we hung out together every day for a month. I learned the ropes of being an entrepreneur but didn’t understand a fig about what he was trying to explain about women. I wish I had listened to him more closely…

Sailing – Rod Stewart

17 June 2019

Dear Dad,

You passed away yesterday, on June 16 and left a void that cannot be filled in the hearts of the people you loved. Anyone who knew you will know exactly how incredibly huge this void is for my mom, brother and me. You were everything to us. I know anything I ever did was done to make you proud of me, proud of the fact that I was your son…

Meet Me in Stockholm – Sir Douglas Quintet

12 June 2019

A friend from Detroit wanted to experience Finland and traveled here to visit my ex-wife and I in 1993. We showed her around Helsinki, hitting all the hot sights, mandatory restaurants and clubs. We even took a ferry to Stockholm, Sweden, so she could discover another stunningly beautiful Scandinavian capital…

If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley

5 June 2019

I’m never going to sing another song I don’t believe in. I’m never going to make another picture I don’t believe in.
– Elvis Presley after hearing ”If I Can Dream” for the first time.

Speaking of first times, I remember the first time I saw Elvis on TV. This was in the early 1980s. I must have been no more than ten. It was the day before Christmas and there was a rerun of the King’s ’68 Comeback Special on NBC…

Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Brothers

28 May 2019

Okay, so I have a question for you: Do you enjoy the first signs of spring, when the nature wakes up, flowers and trees blossom and people around you start showing symptoms of spring fever?

I for one love it…

Fab Four And The Russian Pirates Of Sound

18 May 2019

Did you ever visit St. Petersburg in the early nineties?

If you did, my next question to you is: How many pirate CDs/DVDs did you bring home with you?

Quite a few, no doubt. A box set of the sitcom Friends perhaps? Or Sting’s entire catalog? Or maybe you just bought a few famous CDs like The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd and Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen…

And The Cradle Will Rock – Van Halen

16 May 2019

When Van Halen came on the scene, they blew people’s minds. It was the type of music that hadn’t been heard before. I remember my parent’s feeling a bit iffy about the band. My dad especially was concerned when I had the MTV on and was watching the long-haired lead singer jumping around in tights…

Melancholia – The Who

8 May 2019

The world is filled with webpages that’ll teach you how to be happy. Presumably that’s what people want, constant happiness. Lo and behold if you have a negative or deep thought. This has become a crime almost, especially in social media. Our lives must be incredibly cool and blissful all the time…

Lone Bulb – Crooked Cat Adams

24 April 2019

I have a confession to make. Kate Chopin is one of my favorite authors. I remember the first time I read her most critically-acclaimed novel The Awakening.  I’m not a feminist and obviously, not a woman but I nevertheless found the novel touching. For those of you haven’t read it, it’s a story about rebelling against the expectations that society places on us…

Hurt – Johnny Cash

17 April 2019

I remember being in my twenties and not really understanding why people get burned out. It was hard to grasp. I was young, happily married at the time, had no kids and in retrospect, not that many responsibilities. I led the kind of life that would make a great holiday resort for someone needing to recover from a rocky patch. Of course, when you are knee-deep in the Garden of Eden, you rarely realize that this is the case…

Can’t Kick The Habit – Spin Doctors

2 April 2019

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

–      Henry Ford

And yet that’s what most of us do. It’s actually rather crazy. We just keep going. I for one seem to have a master’s degree in that. It doesn’t matter if what I’m doing or who I am with isn’t good for me, I’ll see it through to the bitter end. I call it quits, all torn and broken, only after all other alternatives have been exhausted…

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

26 March 2019

I’m writing this on a plane, flying back home from California. As my fifteen-year old son would put it, it’s a long-ass flight, close to eleven hours, and I’m only three hours into it. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I have plenty of time to write my upcoming post for Celebrate Life. And yeah, you guessed it right, this one is inspired by my trip, during which I drove about 2000 miles ­– a hell of a long way, at least by my standards…

Blue Raven – Gene Clark

19 February 2019

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
― Clive Barker (English writer, film director, and visual artist)…

You Are The One – The Impersonators

12 February 2019

So, it’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s time to reflect on the songs I’ve written in the past. A year ago, I wrote a post on a Carmen Gray track called “Fall In Love.” This year, I’ll take a look at a more recent song, “You Are The One” by my current group The Impersonators. Like “Fall In Love,” this track brings back a lot of memories, fantastic memories in fact…

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

6 February 2019

When I was a kid, quite a lot of people were trying to turn me on to the music of Elton John. They played me the tracks and showed me the photos. I liked the songs; the photos were sometimes a bit over the top, to say the least. One particular one comes to mind with Elton in his feather costume. I remember my dad looking at the picture and saying, “Please don’t ever come home dressed like that.”…

‘Til I Die – The Beach Boys

29 January 2019

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

–    Theodore N. Vail (former president of A T & T)

Very seldom do I run into a quote that’s as true as the one above. In a way, it’s ridiculous how vulnerable we are to our own thoughts. No matter how we slice it, we are at their mercy…

We Are One – In My Coma

22 January 2019

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
–    H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (American author)

Or have they? What if they just suck at reading a map or weren’t paying attention at the intersection?…

Wishing All These Old Things Were New – Merle Haggard

16 January 2019

I was thinking about getting old the other day, how quickly it happens – it creeps up on you when you are not looking, old age. People live longer and stay in a much better shape longer than they did a few decades ago. Still, we all get old and our bodies give out little by little. But the angst of aging does not come from that alone; it’s also that our lives change…

Stuck With You – Huey Lewis And The News

9 January 2019

Happy 2019!

My New Year’s Eve began by listening to an argument at the local mall. I was doing some last minute grocery shopping with my son. While choosing between the many orange juices the store had to offer, we found ourselves standing next to an elderly couple who were going at it full steam…

HEL!INST.PETERSBURG – DJ Hollowbase

18 December 2018

Have any of you ever tasted camel milk? Well, I have, while staying in Morocco a long time ago. 

Not aware of what it does to those unaccustomed to drinking it, I had a hefty dose of this beverage while shopping for a Persian rug in Casablanca. Some Swedish girls who were staying at the same hotel as I was recommended it to me, saying it gave you a bit of a buzz…

North Star – Robb Murphy

11 December 2018

How do you know if you are in a relationship that’s right for you?

What are the indications of that?

How are you supposed to feel when you are with the right person?…

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

5 December 2018

Are you happy?

It’s a question you are supposed to answer with an affirmative. Hence it’s a question I dread hearing. In fact, I always counter that question by asking for a definition of happiness. Usually, people change the subject quickly after that. I know it’s unfair of me but nobody likes wet blankets,..

Melancholy – Sailor

28 November 2018

Dreams are a funny thing. Very few of them actually come true. Yet we keep building new ones daily. We can’t help it, we need them. They are born from all our random feelings and thoughts and seem to appear just in time to heal our wounds of disappointment…

Can’t Be Seen – The Rolling Stones

20 November 2018

Well, office Christmas parties are just round the corner, which means that it’s a good week to talk about affairs. Yes, I know – Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho! But wait, it gets worse. Believe it or not, over here in Scandinavia some employers even send their employees on a two-day Christmas cruise – as if one night wouldn’t be enough to stray from the straight and narrow!..

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Neil Diamond (with Barbara Streisand)

13 November 2018

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
– Mother Teresa, Catholic nun, saint and missionary

While Mother Theresa was most likely talking about issues that are slightly more concrete and far more serious than a broken heart, this wisdom holds true for relationships as well…

The Pimp And The Whore – Thunder

6 November 2018

Whenever I ask someone if they know a British hard-rock band called Thunder, they usually start humming the beginning of AC/DC’s ”Thunderstruck.” This is frustrating for three reasons. Firstly, ”Thunderstruck” is not exactly AC/DC’s finest hour; secondly, comparing AC/DC to Thunder is like comparing construction workers to architects…

Effigy – The Impersonators

30 October 2018

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.
–    H.P. Lovecraft (one of the most significant 20th-century authors in the horror genre)

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the whole concept of it: the scary masks, haunted houses and trick-or-treaters. And then there are all these incredibly cool memories.

Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton

23 October 2018

This week, I want to reveal to you my greatest fear. It’s that something bad will happen to my children. In fact, if I’m honest with you, as far as I’m concerned, no other fear comes even close. The thought of that is unbearable. I don’t know how people who lose their children ever recuperate. I would probably lose my mind…

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

16 October 2018

This week, we will continue with the theme of fear. Last week was about the fear of the dark; this week we will talk about not letting your fears get the better of you. There are instances in life, when we must stand our ground regardless of how scared we are, instances when giving in is far worse that deciding not to back down come what may…

Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden

9 October 2018

It’s about being scared but not really knowing what of. They say that everybody has a secret fear of something, they just don’t always know what it is – until it’s too late.

– Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) on the song “Fear Of The Dark”…

Altamont – The Modern World

2 October 2018

The other day, I was watching a new TV series about separated couples who’ve been unsuccessful in signing the divorce papers. The basic idea of the show was that these individuals, some of them stuck in their own indecision for years, were bought together to work with therapists, social workers and lawyers to put it all to rest….

I Don’t Wanna Know – Julian Lennon

25 September 2018

“If you give your trust to a person who does not deserve it, you actually give him the power to destroy you.”

– Khaled Saad

Do you trust your spouse? Is trust a given? How quickly and easily can it be lost? Can you ever really truly get it back once it’s gone?

The Bar At The End Of The World – Poppet

17 September 2018

I was told a few days ago by a considerably younger person that the world is a wonderful place. No sorry, she said that her world is a wonderful place, which I instantly found both slightly irritating as well as rather amusing…

Green – Mars Motel

11 September 2018

Does it all end when we die? Or do we keep existing at some paranormal level, a level where we can see what’s happening to our loved ones although they cannot see us? Better yet, is it possible to check in on them in person every once in a while, appear to them behind the wall of sleep for instance?…

When The Sun Explodes – The Muted

4 September 2018

Make the most of life ’cause you never know
What’s around the corner, everything could go
A fear, a fear of the unknown
Don’t look behind, don’t think ahead
You never know when it could be said
One day, everything could go away…

The Last American – Ryan Culwell

28 August 2018

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
–    President Ronald Reagan

And yet, talking to those closest to us can sometimes be very arduous, if not downright impossible…

On The Door – Just Like Fruit

22 August 2018

You know sometimes you just make a hasty decision that you come to regret later when choosing songs to include in your blog or playlist. This is what happened to me when a Brighton-based rock’n’roll band Just Like Fruit sent me one of their songs, “On The Door.” I took a quick listen and passed on it but yet, for some strange reason, the song kept playing in my head. Weeks would go by and I’d decide to listen to the track again….

I Don’t Love You – Bullet Lane

14 August 2018

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. I didn’t want to destroy anything or anybody. I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door, without causing any fuss or consequences, and then not stop running until I reached Greenland.

 ― Elizabeth Gilbert

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

31 July 2018

There are so many love songs out there in the cosmos – perhaps a zillion. And the older you get, the less they resonate with you because you know that while falling in love might be fun and easy, staying in love is all about hard work and determination. So as you age, listening to love songs with a straight face becomes a tad difficult, an experience that can be compared to watching movies you adored when you were a teenager – they just don’t seem to work anymore…

Himalaya – Ellipsis

24 July 2018

The most difficult things for a man to do are to climb a wall leaning towards you and to kiss a girl leaning away from you.

 – Marion de Velder (often mistakenly credited to Winston Churchill)

I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

10 July 2018

Sometimes when you are busy living your life a special moment arrives or rather you find yourself in one. It’s there without a warning and as you live through it, you realize that you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. These moments are hard to describe…

Art Of Dying – George Harrison

2 July 2018

Ever had one of those mornings when you are on your way to work and you are tense and stressed? You have so many projects waiting for you that it’s hard to fathom how to get it all done in a timely manner and to top it off, you have one or two people in your life, like most of us, who are being insanely difficult. Sounds familiar?…

The World Stopped Turning – The Oho

26 June 2018

I remember watching a Canadian TV series called Black Harbor about twenty years ago. It’s a show about a couple moving to Nova Scotia from LA with their two children and ultimately getting divorced. In one of the episodes, Nick, the father of the family, says to his kids, upon reminiscing on how he met their mother, that he doesn’t know which hurts more falling in love or falling out of love…

So Alive – Jon Worthy

18 June 2018

Muhammed Ali once stressed the importance of positivity in achieving your goals in life by stating: “I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.”

I admit the ability to stay positive is perhaps one of the most important skills a person can have. However, being continuously happy and satisfied is very difficult, if not impossible. In fact even staying content requires conscious effort, doesn’t it?..

Sleep Tonight – Robb Murphy

18 June 2018

Here’s a line from one of my all-time favorite TV shows:

Good night Seattle. This is Dr. Fraser Crane wishing you all good mental health.

I wonder how many fans of Fraser have truly ever pondered on the significance of that line – after all, we’re talking about a sitcom here and not a documentary on mental illnesses. However, anybody who’s ever been depressed, even for a little while, knows the importance of good mental health. In fact, good mental health is one of the most important things in life and as with health, we should always prioritize it.

Geronimo’s Cadillac – Michael Martin Murphey

11 June 2018

One of the most famous pictures from the American West portrays the Apache warrior Geronimo behind the wheel of an early Cadillac. Most of us have seen this picture countless times in magazine articles, schoolbooks, newspapers and documentaries. There’s something about this image that both shakes you up and moves you at the same time…

From Tin Pan Alley To Spotify: Music And Its Many Formats

10 June 2018

My ten-year-old son asked me the other day which Spotify playlists I listened to when I was a kid. I started laughing and told him that we didn’t have Spotify back then. And since I had just told him a few days before that none of the games he is playing on his iPhone existed when I was younger, he looked at me long and hard and finally asked, “If you didn’t have any of this stuff, what did you guys have on your iPhones then?” I looked at him equally long and finally said, “We didn’t have iPhones.”

Lonely Road – Paul McCartney

30 May 2018

It’s weird how some people are born with powers of persuasion. They can talk you into anything or at the very least, they can change your mind – sometimes without you even noticing it…

A Short Obsession With Time – The People The Poet

22 May 2018

Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.

– Miles Davis

Indeed it is. And we will get to the importance of time in a little bit, while discussing The People The Poet’s excellent new album A Short Obsession With Time, but let’s first take a look at what I’ve written about the two singles preceding the new record:

Clarity – Ellipsis

22 May 2018

Long, long time ago in Mexico, I woke up on a beach in Puerto Vallarta. My head was hurting and I was nauseous. I had gone south of the border to have some fun, to take a break from my complex, draining life but instead, I had taken it upon myself to attempt to drown my sorrows in drink. And just like the old joke goes, the bastards had learned to swim…

Let’s Lie Here For A While – Lynz Crichton

15 May 2018

 There is no cure for love other than marriage.

– Irish proverb

A long time ago in London, as I was walking down King’s Road, I was approached by this lady who said that if I gave her a few minutes of my time, she could open my eyes in the matters of love. She was gorgeous. And no, she was not a streetwalker. Rather, she claimed to be part of a research group and asked me to follow her to this courtyard to fill out a questionnaire. The idea was that she would then create a love profile for me…

Waiting – Tyler Boone

6 May 2018

Growing up, relationships in general made very little sense to me. They were something that adults engaged themselves in, while I was busy getting in trouble at school or teasing my little brother. In my early adulthood, when I knew slightly more about the art of coexisting in close quarters with another person, I looked at relationships from a different point of view. I felt they were very complex and I had a hard time understanding the logic behind most of them…

All It’s Done – Elastic Band

29 April 2018

Do you remember a time when music was interesting, psychedelic and yet, at the same time fun? It’s hard, isn’t it? Perhaps because this marriage of psychedelia and fun is not that common – at least not anymore. You’d have to go back to the music made in the late sixties or early seventies to find a larger pool of it relatively easily. By the way, if you do, check out tracks such as Procol Harum’s “Good Captain Clack” or “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” by the Beatles, as they are fantastic songs and productions. And if you don’t much like the music made in the sixties, don’t worry, there is another way to find out what I am talking about. Just google the Spanish Elastic Band’s fantastic single “All It’s Done” and give it a spin.

Elastic Band’s press release characterizes the group like this:

Their songs are sonic collages that use daring tricks as a means to intertwine decades, genres, trends and frequencies. This is done to reach unexpected musical destinations. With songs that could style-wise be described as leftovers from the 20th century, this duo is attempting to create 21st century pop. Their new album celebrates love, friendship and positive attitude, as reflected by the cover by Camille Perkins.

When The Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin

9 April 2018

The following is a statement issued by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on December 4, 1980 – two months after drummer John Bonham’s death.

We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were… 

Philosopher – Observer Effect

3 April 2018

Truth is…indie bands like us aren’t in it for the money, we just want to know there’s a few people out there nodding their head to our stuff.

The above is a direct quote from the web pages of Observer Effect, a folk-rock group from Brisbane, Australia, who sent me a link to their new single “Philosopher” through Twitter. I clicked on it, had a listen and loved what I was hearing:…

Gold Dust – Ted Russet

26 March 2018

A little more than a decade ago, a self-proclaimed Japanese scientist called Masaru Emoto conducted a series of tests on water. One part of his experiment consisted of placing tap water in a glass and exposing it to different words. To put this in a more simple way: He spoke to a glass of water. After this, Emoto froze the water he’d been conversing with and studied how the water crystals looked…

Coles Corner – Richard Hawley

20 March 2018

Since Frank Sinatra is well-known for mistakenly introducing ”Something” as his favorite Lennon–McCartney composition during his live shows (it’s written by another Beatle, George Harrison), it is therefore only fair that I introduce ”Coles Corner” as my favorite Frank Sinatra tune…

Kids On The Corner – The People The Poet

13 March 2018

When I was about ten or eleven, our family was between houses for a few months. During this time, we lived in an apartment building close to the new neighborhood. I remember that time rather well due to the couple living next door to us. The reason for my vivid recollection of them is that they fought all the time – day in, day out. However, it wasn’t just the screaming and fighting that made them so memorable. It was that they both threw things out the window in the heat of the fight. As a matter of fact, my friends and I used to joke about them. We called the guy “Terminator” and the woman Sarah (as in the movie Terminator)…

Better Man – Robbie Williams

6 March 2018

New Year’s Eve 2000 is burned on my mind for two reasons. Firstly, my brother came to Chicago to celebrate it with me. This resulted in a New Year’s party that neither one of us has any recollection of. It wasn’t exactly like the movie “Hangover” but close enough. Secondly, and more importantly, New Year’s Day 2001 was the first time ever I heard Robbie Williams’ ”Better Man.”

The Modern World – The Modern World

27 February 2018

It’s very hard to explain the eighties to someone who either wasn’t alive then or isn’t old enough to remember it. After all, this was the decade when the computer was named the man of the year by Time Magazine, John Lennon was shot, Pac-Man was released, MTV was launched, Prince Charles married Diana, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded, the Berlin Wall was torn down, the Cold War was slowly coming to an end and most of the music world went crazy with synthesizers and electric drums…

What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? – Echo And The Bunnymen

20 February 2018

“What am I going to do with my life” is a question I’ve asked myself multiple times over the years. The reason for this might be the fact that my life, up until now, has been a bunch of restarts: moving from one country to another, changing jobs, changing careers, getting divorced, getting remarried, having kids, etc. It looks easy enough when you put it in writing but in reality, of course, it’s been anything but. There have been times when I’ve felt that my life is spinning out of control so fast that it would be useless to even try to grab it. Yet, so far, I’ve always managed to bring it all into focus, although sometimes in the nick of time.

Fall In Love – Carmen Gray

13 February 2018

Depending on your time zone, Valentine’s Day is either today or tomorrow. And on days such as Valentine’s Day, you tend to do something special for the people you love. In fact, I am jumping on that bandwagon with this week’s post and will write about a tune that has a special place in my heart, ”Fall In Love” by Carmen Gray, a song that is important to me for two reasons.

Down The Line – True Adventures

7 February 2018

Once a female MP attacked Winston Churchill with a comment, “Sir, if I was your wife, I’d poison your tea.” Winston smiled and immediately shot back, “Madam, if you were my wife, I’d drink it.”…

Bill Randle And The Radio DJs Of The Fifties: Music Bloggers Of A Bygone Era

3 February 2018

Randle is an interesting character from the perspective of this article because his way of working was reminiscent of a modern music blogger. He was the antithesis of the 1950’s screaming radio jock and his style was very down-to-earth and straightforward, focusing on the artists and their music, not on himself…

Waiting On The World To Change – John Mayer

30 January 2018

John Mayer’s “Continuum” album was incredibly popular, won a Grammy and got named the 11th best album of 2006 by the Rolling Stone magazine – and for a good reason. It’s a fantastic album that mixes all its main ingredients well and uses exactly the right measurements:…

Mysteries Of The Heart (Single Mix) – Robb Murphy

23 January 2018

My eldest son sent me a meme the other day. He found it hilarious. It read:

The good news about middle age is that the glass is still half-full… of course, the bad news is that it won’t be long before your teeth are floating in it.

For some strange reason…I didn’t find it equally funny. And to get back to the world in general, I forwarded the meme over to my dad, who sent me a meme back that said, “My kids are annoying, so I drink.”

Shooting Questions At The Messenger – An Interview With Apostle

16 January 2018

Apostle is a new rising talent from London, England, whose debut single “Dakota Thunder Rising” came out right before Christmas. It’s a brilliant pop song with a very thought-provoking and poetic lyric – one of those songs that stay with you even after you’ve taken your headphones off and gone to bed. 

Impressed by the songwriting talent of this young man, I asked for an interview and was granted one. I was excited. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about Apostle and more importantly, spread the word about him and his music. And no, the irony of becoming a messenger of the messenger (the definition of the word “apostle”) did not escape me.

Dakota Thunder Rising – Apostle

16 January 2018

Sometimes a truly great song can save your Saturday. The following is based on a true story.

Imagine this. It’s been snowing for days on end. Every morning before work you shovel snow for an hour and every day after work, you do the same. But it snows all the time, so this becomes labor that has very little effect on how your yard looks or how easy it is to back out of your driveway. This is Finland for you this time of the year – pretty harsh, right?…

Strangers When We Meet – The Smithereens

9 January 2018

A few weeks ago, right before Christmas, I received a text from my uncle telling me that the lead singer and songwriter of the Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, had died. He was only 62. I felt empty. I had just come to accept that Tom Petty was no longer with us. Now, all of a sudden, another hero of mine was gone. Such is life. Nobody lives forever. It’s just that the Smithereens have always been one of my favorite bands. And as you probably already guessed, they are also one of my uncle’s favorite bands. As a matter of fact, it was he who turned me onto them years ago in the late eighties – a day I remember very well….

Where the Dandelions Roar – The People The Poet

2 January 2018

I have six kids (all boys) and even on a good day, going to bed is slightly chaotic. You see here’s the thing, before the kids, I never really understood military. To be more specific, I never understood why drill sergeants yell and threaten the new recruits at boot camp. Why can’t they just speak normally and act normally? Well, the thing is (and if you have more than three kids, you already know this), you will not get anything done like that. I swear this is the God’s honest truth!..

Rain – Uriah Heep

18 December 2017

Those of you who have lived in different parts of the world know that rain is different wherever you are. I remember what it was like in the Ohio Valley: when it rained, it really poured. In Finland, you don’t get rain like that, not even close. Over here, it’s mostly drizzle – at least in comparison. However, the thing that doesn’t change, as per your location, is what happens in our minds when we look out the window on a rainy day…

Waiting For The Sun – The Doors

14 December 2017

The opening lines of this classic Doors track deal with what is perhaps the greatest weakness of man. We are constantly looking for optimal life, something better – our Garden of Eden.

At first flash of Eden
We race down to the sea

Ooh La La – Rod Stewart

14 December 2017

This is an old Faces track, but as good as the original is with Ronnie Lane on vocals, the definitive version of “Ooh La La” is by far the one by Rod Stewart. This revamped version of “Ooh La La” can be found on Rod’s strong “When We Were The New Boys” album from the late 1990s, an album that finds Rod in great shape and form and is consequently filled with excellent songs and vocals. 

Walls – Circus – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

14 December 2017

I remember the first time I heard “Walls.” It was Christmas Eve 1996 and I was on my way to spend Christmas with family when somebody rear ended me at a stoplight that must have been no more than a block away from my aunt’s house. As other drivers were calling their insurance companies and yelling at each other, I crawled back into my car that now looked like somebody had used it to teach parallel parking in a war zone somewhere. 

This Is Your Time – Michael W. Smith

14 December 2017

I must admit, I do not like the concept of Christian rock. In my mind, it’s an oxymoron – there is usually something very unchristian about a rock band hitting the road and going about their business! Given this attitude, perhaps it is only fitting that there is really only one artist from this genre that I listen to and truly admire: Michael W. Smith.

Was There Anything I Could Do? – The Go-Betweens

14 December 2017

Even if they never really got the recognition they deserved, the Australian Go-Betweens are simply one of the best rock groups of all time. As their fans know, they recorded many great songs during their career but the reason why I keep returning  to “Was There Anything I Could Do?” so very often is because it’s not just one their best songs; it’s one of the best pop/rock tracks out there – and what’s more, it’s timeless.