The “Monday mid-afternoon, it’s snowing, I’m tired, and just feel like going to bed” Shuffle Report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Crappy day outside, and I’m not feeling great either. Everyone at home has been sick; now it’s my turn I guess. As I try to think of happier thoughts, here are the tunes that came up in the rotation this aft. Now where did I put those damn Ricola lozenges?

1. Me and You (Against The World)—Joe Jackson (Blaze of Glory) [Great late 80’s effort.]

2. Tangled and Dark—Bonnie Raitt (Luck of The Draw) [Solid track from the same album that gave us ‘Something To Talk About.]

3. Can’t Stop Loving You—Joan Armatrading (What’s Inside) [One of my favourite songwriters.]

4. Riviera Paradise—Stevie Ray Vaughan (The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2) [Love this slow groove instrumental.]

5. Nightrider—Electric Light Orchestra (Face The Music) [Not one of their bigger hits but a great track nonetheless.]

6. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town—Bruce Springsteen [Hey, with the snow that’s falling today, it certainly looks that way. And Bruce’s version of the song is the only one that matters anyway.]

7. You Like Me Too Much—The Beatles (Help!) [Stellar disc start to finish.]

8. Horse With No Name—America (History: America’s Greatest Hits) [70’s AM radio classic.]

9. The Tears of A Clown—Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (The Ultimate Collection) [One of the greatest of the Motown roster of stars.]

10. Kiss—Prince (The Hits 2) [Just a guitar, keyboard and drum machine. Killer.]


The Sunday morning “Get in the car, get out of the car” Shuffle Report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Sunday morning and time for running errands. The title above says it all. Get in the car, drive somewhere, get out of the car, then get back in the car. Repeat ad nauseum. And thus goeth my Sunday morning. I had time to listen to more than 10 songs on the iPod, but these were the first 10 that came up and they seemed to just fit. Don’t know why.

1. Cinema Song–Blue Rodeo (The Days In Between) [Not one of their most memorable albums, but it still has a few choice cuts.]
2. Down To Zero–Joan Armatrading (25th Anniversary Classics) [A classic from one of my favourite singer-songwriters.]
3. Making It Work–Doug & The Slugs (Slugcology 101) [A great party band.]
4. Some Unholy War–Amy Winehouse (Back To Black) [Will she remain a two-album wonder?]
5. Stir It Up–Bob Marley (Legend) [The first compact disc I ever bought. You thought it would be a Springsteen disc, right?]
6. Rudie Can’t Fail–The Clash (London Calling) [A must own.]
7. Bozo Weirdo Wacko Creep–David Baerwald (Here Comes The New Folk Underground) [Another of my favourite singer-songwriters. Highly underrated.]
8. Call Me (Come Back Home)–Al Green (Greatest Hits) [Timeless soul.]
9. Witchy Woman–The Eagles (Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) [One of the first 45’s I ever owned.]
10. I Need More Love–Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Unclassified) [He makes the pedal steel guitar just howl.]

The Morning Commute Shuffle Report


Here just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod on the way into work this morning. Click on the song titles to have a listen:

1. Baba O’Riley—The Who (Live At Royal Albert Hall)
2. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) —R.E.M.—(Reckoning)
3. Take Five—Dave Brubeck Quartet—(Time Out)
4. Stay Up Late—Talking Heads (Little Creatures)
5. Would You Like To Dance—Joan Armatrading (What’s Inside)
6. See You—Foo Fighters (The Colour and The Shape)
7. Blue Café—The Style Council (Cafe Bleu)
8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five—Paul McCartney (Band on The Run)
9. Man Machine—Robbie Williams (The Ego Has Landed)
10. What Love Can Do—Bruce Springsteen (Working On A Dream)

The Lunch Time Shuffle Report


Here just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod around lunch time today (in shuffle mode, of course).

1. Lost In The Flood (Live)—Bruce Springsteen (Live In New York City)

2. Four Little Diamonds—ELO (Best of)

3. You Be My Baby –Ray Charles (The Birth of Soul, Disc 3)

4. Esmeralda Suite—Santa Esmeralda (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood)

5. Weak Woman—Joan Armatrading (Square The Circle)

6. If You Were Only Here Tonight—Los Lobos (The Town And The City)

7. Queen of The Supermarket—Bruce Springsteen (Working On A Dream)*

8. Memory Motel—The Rolling Stones (Black and Blue)

9. Baby, Baby All The Time—Nat King Cole (The Best of the Cole Trio)

10. Birthday—The Beatles (White Album)**

* There aren’t  too many Springsteen songs I don’t like. This is one of them.

**If it’s your birthday today, happy birthday to you. 🙂

Welcome to Side Two

Welcome to Side Two. What’s this all about? Well, it’s basically a place for me to share my thoughts about the music I enjoy. That’s it, pure and simple. Ok wait…maybe not so pure and simple. Let me give you some background. That way you can decide (a) I’ve just wasted two minutes of your time that you’ll never get back or (b) this might be a place worth visiting every now and then.

So here goes: I’ve always enjoyed listening to music. I grew up listening to Top 40 and rock radio. But as I got older, I discovered other artists that while in that same basic vein, wasn’t necessarily the stuff that you’d hear on radio on a regular basis. So while I count Bruce Springsteen, The Who and The Rolling Stones among my faves, I also love John Hiatt, Los Lobos and Joan Armatrading. I love a wide-range of music. Different songs move me in different ways.

I was the kid who always spent his allowance on 45’s and albums; the kid who always played dj at friend’s houses. Movies like “High Fidelity” hold a special place for me, not only because of the music theme, but also because I spent more time than anyone should working in the retail side of that business. And you know the movie Diner? The character played by Daniel Stern who alphabetized his records and who could name the b-sides of singles and the colour of the record labels? That was kinda me. For example, I always thought it was cool when the label on a 45 or album turned out to be something custom instead of just the regular kind, or when the companies updated the labels. It sounds geek-y, I know. But it was always cool to me.

I grew up in Montreal, and have fond memories of looking for 45’s at Woolco near my parents house. Going downtown on a Saturday afternoon, checking out Sam’s and Phantasmagoria to see who had the best price on the latest releases. And how many of us did the Boxing Day thing at Sam’s? You know who you are.

45’s begat albums begat cds. I’m leaving tapes out of the equation because let’s face it, I never purposely went out and bought a new album just on tape (or as we used it say in the warehouse at Sam’s, K7. Say it in French.) Tapes were only good to make a second copy of your album to listen in the car or on your “Walkman”, which when I got my first one in 1981, cost a ridiculous $200, didn’t have a radio, and weighed as much as a Grade 9 science textbook. Maybe, occasionally, you borrowed a friends’ album to make a copy. Not that I ever did that… 🙂

In the end, I still love music. Sure, I’m biased towards certain artists (The Boss, for one). And like many people of a certain age, I still listen to most of the same stuff I did when I was 13. I don’t listen to everything mind you, and there are plenty of artists you’d be surprised to discover aren’t on my ipod, and just as surprised by some that are. But I’m always open to something new. You see, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

So hopefully you’ll get something out of this. I’ll post things about stuff I listen to, talk about concerts, all sorts of fun topics. Maybe I’ll try and do stuff like “my song of the day”, suggest things for you to give a shot, trivia…who knows where this thing will take me.  And comments are welcome and encouraged. Talking about this stuff and sharing is part of the fun. So let’s drop the needle and play.