Wildfires, hurricanes, mass shootings, threats of nuclear war, constant unpleasantness in our government: It’s an understatement to say that sometimes it feels like times are pretty tough.
I was thinking about all this the other day and remembered a song my grandpa used to sing: “Yesterday’s gone Dear Jesus. Tomorrow may never be mine. Teach me today, show me the way, one day at a time.”
Taking things one day at a time feels like a pretty good approach right now. Here’s that same song and some other great gospel numbers to help kick off what I hope is a relaxing weekend for you.
(If you need even more gospel, check out our Easter weekend playlist.)
1. Thank God He Came – Arthur Alelxlander
2. Hallelujah Anyhow – Sonny Treadway
3. Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John) – Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
4. Jesus, Don’t Give Up On Me – Charlie Pride
5. I Saw The Light – Hank Willilams
6. There Is A Fountain – Willie Nelson
7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee – Grant Green
8. Satan’s Gotta Get Along Without Me – Buck Owens
9. It Won’t Be Long – Flatt and Scruggs
10. One Day At A Time – Wanda Jackson
This week was my wedding anniversary, so I’ve got love songs on my mind.
There’s nothing quite like a good love song. When the right combination of lyrics, music and performance come together it can be incredibly moving.
For me, a good love song can be many things: sincere, schmaltzy, funny, up tempo, even instrumental. If it speaks to you, it speaks to you, right?
This week’s songs aren’t necessarily all pieces that would make someone’s ultimate romance Valentine’s Day playlist, but they’re songs that I think evoke a feeling of love in the listener—romantic or otherwise.
1. The Book Of Love – The Magnetic Fields
2. I Say A Little Prayer For You – Aretha Franklin
3. I Only Have Eyes For You – Kevin Morby
4. Baby, You’re My Kind – Blossom Dearie
5. This I Dig Of You – Hank Mobley
6. Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
7. The Weather – Built To Spill
8. La-La Means I Love You – The Delfonics
9. Come Along With Me – Arthur Alexander
10. As Long As The Grass Shall Grow – Johnny Cash
I don’t know about where you live, but summer ended quickly here in the Pacific Northwest. One day it was hot enough that I was running the air conditioner. The next day, it was pouring rain and I had a sweater on.
The change in the weather got me thinking about all the great songs about rain. Literal rain and, of course, rain as a metaphor.
Here are some of my favorites.
1. The Rains Came – Freddy Fender
2. 1,000 Umbrellas – XTC
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine – Sonny Clark
4. Dirty From The Rain – Giant Sand
5. It’s Rainin’ Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
6. Four Days Of Rain – The Flying Burrito Brothers
7. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson
8. Buckets Of Rain – Bob Dylan
9. Rain (Falling From The Skies) – Frank Sinatra
10. When It Rains It Really Pours – Freddy Fender
I started listening to jazz in my 20s. I was in my first job out of college and two of my colleagues who were also obsessed with music started sharing jazz with me. This was long enough ago that the first things they shared were mix tapes.
The style of jazz that I first fell in love with was hard bop. It’s still my favorite style of jazz today.
Here are 10 of my personal favorite hard bop tunes by some of the most important artists of the genre.
1. St. Thomas – Sonny Rollins
2. Killer Joe – Art Farmer and Benny Golson
3. Dat Dere – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
4. This I Dig of You – Hank Mobley
5. Cool Struttin’ – Sonny Clark
6. Song for My Father – Horace Silver Quintet
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8. Work Song – Nat Adderley Quintet
9. Autumn Leaves – Cannonball Adderley
10. Blue Train – John Coltrane
Here are a five reasons that September is the best month of the year:
1. The weather. Still nice enough for barbecues and campouts, but not so hot you have to run the AC all the time.
2. Sports. Pennant races and the start of football.
3. Back to school. I always loved those first few weeks of school the most.
4. The Pendleton Round-Up.
5. Oktoberfest. Despite the name, it’s held in September.
There are also a lot of great songs about September. Here are 10 of them.
1. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
2. September Song – Jeff Lynne
3. September – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
4. September Cones – Robyn Hitchcock
5. September Gurls – Big Star
6. September in the Rain – Dinah Washington
7. September the Ninth – Robert Wyatt
8. September Morn – Neil Diamon
9. September – The Shins
10. September of My Years – Frank Sinatra
The title of this post is no lie. I actually do like beer. But I also really love that song by Tom T. Hall and I wanted to build a playlist around it.
Sit back and raise a cold one—beer or otherwise. Happy listening!
1. I Like Beer – Tom T. Hall
2. Hangin’ Out in Bars – Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen
3. A Drink After Midnight – The Country Side of Harmonica Sam
4. Beer:30 – Johnny Paycheck
5. Beer for My Horses – Willie Nelson
6. One Beer – MF Doom
7. Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer – Buck Owens
8. Beer for Breakfast – The Replacements
9. Smokey Old Bar – Dale Watson
10. There’s a Tear in My Beer – Hank Williams
Here in Oregon, August means it’s time for the state fair.
When I think of music at the fair I think of a couple of very different things—the hair metal and classic rock that the carnival workers always blared from the rides when I was growing up and the country music concerts that happened in the rodeo arena at the small, regional fair where I grew up.
This week I’m going to focus on the latter (there probably won’t ever be a week where I focus on hair metal.)
Here are 10 great country songs from past and present artists that would sound great at any fairgrounds.
1. Lucille – Dale Watson
2. Lookout Heart – The Country Side of Harmonica Sam
3. Big City – Merle Haggard
4. Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight – The Oak Ridge Boys
5. Double or Nothing – Western Centuries
6. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) – Willie Nelson and Ray Price
7. We’re Gonna Dance – Cody Jinks
8. Maybe A Moment – Justin Townes Earle
9. The Cowboy and the Poet (Faster Horses) – Bobby Bare
10. Amarillo By Morning – George Strait