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As I grow older, I am reverting back to my years of listening to music.
 
An alternative Christian band, Indie Recording Artists Fernando Rivera and Tiffany Elaine, "Fern and Tiff", based in North Carolina are on a mission to bring their compelling lyrics and soulful journeys to the music stage.
An alternative Christian band, Indie Recording Artists Fernando Rivera and Tiffany Elaine, "Fern and Tiff", based in North Carolina are on a mission to bring their compelling lyrics and soulful journeys to the music stage.
 
Melodies I Like to Play: "Brothers in Arms"
 
The eclectic playlist of melodies that I am drawn to in inspiration to learn, and play, has just been enriched by one melody from my childhood that concurrently found its place into the collective consciousness of generations, rightly seeking that bittersweet space where happiness lives.
The eclectic playlist of melodies that I am drawn to in inspiration to learn, and play, has just been enriched by one melody from my childhood that concurrently found its place into the collective consciousness of generations, rightly seeking that bittersweet space where happiness lives.
 
People grow old with music, as I have as well; and, on strong occasion, what they learn to love early in life influences what they love as they grow older.
People grow old with music, as I have as well; and, on strong occasion, what they learn to love early in life influences what they love as they grow older.
 
I heard this Johnny Cash rendition of the Nine Inch Nails original from a video years ago, and then again recently was reminded when listening to music while traveling.
I heard this Johnny Cash rendition of the Nine Inch Nails original from a video years ago, and then again recently was reminded when listening to music while traveling.
 
There are so many outstanding songs written over the last seventy years since the advent of hi-fidelity stereophonic equipment's development, which stands to reason, music played well and properly presented sticks perfectly to our better spirits.
There are so many outstanding songs written over the last seventy years since the advent of hi-fidelity stereophonic equipment's development, which stands to reason, music played well and properly presented sticks perfectly to our better spirits.
 
The renovated and recently revived Turnage Theater has fallen on some pretty hard times as of late, and is being forced to shutter its doors.
The renovated and recently revived Turnage Theater has fallen on some pretty hard times as of late, and is being forced to shutter its doors.
 
I recently heard that Neil Diamond is retiring from touring due to a Parkinson's diagnosis.
I recently heard that Neil Diamond is retiring from touring due to a Parkinson's diagnosis.
 
Missy brought the boys to town to play the Turnage Theater and their unique, functioning blend of jazz, rock, country, and bluegrass blew me away.
Missy brought the boys to town to play the Turnage Theater and their unique, functioning blend of jazz, rock, country, and bluegrass blew me away.
 
The Barefoot Movement returned to the region to play Greenville's Concert in the Park, Sunday, July 29, 2012, and it was a rousing success.
The Barefoot Movement returned to the region to play Greenville's Concert in the Park, Sunday, July 29, 2012, and it was a rousing success.
 
My first exposure to Bob Dylan was in 1963
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival released their Cosmo's Factory album in 1970. With all the hard rock and drug culture music on the scene it was nice to get back to some good old rock and roll driving guitar and down home lyrics.
Creedence Clearwater Revival released their Cosmo's Factory album in 1970. With all the hard rock and drug culture music on the scene it was nice to get back to some good old rock and roll driving guitar and down home lyrics.
 
Leo Kottke has been a personal favorite of mine for decades. The baby-faced acoustic guitar picker, who managed to create his own robust expressive style, has grown older as I have, but, he is still the master, maybe better.
Leo Kottke has been a personal favorite of mine for decades. The baby-faced acoustic guitar picker, who managed to create his own robust expressive style, has grown older as I have, but, he is still the master, maybe better.
 
Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Central Park, New York City, Graceland, stan's music,
 
"Mona Lisas and Madhatters", from Elton John's Honky Château, was that special ballad of heart wrenching sincerity, forever etched on the collective soul of generation, which saved a lyrical moment in time, and became a gift to so many.
"Mona Lisas and Madhatters", from Elton John's Honky Château, was that special ballad of heart wrenching sincerity, forever etched on the collective soul of generation, which saved a lyrical moment in time, and became a gift to so many.
 
It's Friday night, I'm out of energy, the funds are tight, and I just want to kick back, and 'keep the home fire burning' with 'The Missus'.
It's Friday night, I'm out of energy, the funds are tight, and I just want to kick back, and 'keep the home fire burning' with 'The Missus'.
 
Some songs are performance songs and some songs are just there for you to cry in you beer songs. Bob Dylan wrote both types during his pre-mailing it in days.
Some songs are performance songs and some songs are just there for you to cry in you beer songs. Bob Dylan wrote both types during his pre-mailing it in days.
 
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits holds a special place in my musical heart for many reasons; not least of which, Dire Straits, led by the Knopfler brothers, came onto the musical scene with their first album, Dire Straits, 1978, at the height of the dreaded Disco craze.
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits holds a special place in my musical heart for many reasons; not least of which, Dire Straits, led by the Knopfler brothers, came onto the musical scene with their first album, Dire Straits, 1978, at the height of the dreaded Disco craze.
 
"Why Does Love Got to be so Sad?" will always be among my favorite rock 'n' roll songs, but only one version of it - the version that appears of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
"Why Does Love Got to be so Sad?" will always be among my favorite rock 'n' roll songs, but only one version of it - the version that appears of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
 
The Turnage Theater celebrated Christmas early: "The Cowboy Way."
The Turnage Theater celebrated Christmas early: "The Cowboy Way."
 
Apparently, one of the best ways to start an argument over music is to discuss the inter-personal relationships of the various members of The Band.
Apparently, one of the best ways to start an argument over music is to discuss the inter-personal relationships of the various members of The Band.
 
I'm sure this is not a first, maybe it is: But when has Bath, NC ever had a musician at the precipice of talent as Missy Raines with her New Hip in tow?
I'm sure this is not a first, maybe it is: But when has Bath, NC ever had a musician at the precipice of talent as Missy Raines with her New Hip in tow?
 
Like many, I first heard this song in 1963 when a popular folk group, Peter Paul and Mary, sang in on their album.
Like many, I first heard this song in 1963 when a popular folk group, Peter Paul and Mary, sang in on their album.
 
Most of us pay no attention to those Warning Signs until it is a bit too late. Then inevitably, we adapt the song as if it was written about us.
Most of us pay no attention to those Warning Signs until it is a bit too late. Then inevitably, we adapt the song as if it was written about us.
 
Some people have a problem with remembering lyrics to simple songs.
Some people have a problem with remembering lyrics to simple songs.
 
Jewel's "Picking Up the Pieces" Tour, showcased March 19, 2016 at Durham's Carolina Theater, is ancillary to her autobiography, "Never Broken", which is at the nexus of her every one woman show; it is her all consuming theme projected well, her life as a poetic masterpiece.
Jewel's "Picking Up the Pieces" Tour, showcased March 19, 2016 at Durham's Carolina Theater, is ancillary to her autobiography, "Never Broken", which is at the nexus of her every one woman show; it is her all consuming theme projected well, her life as a poetic masterpiece.
 
No, today I will endeavor to thank "My Sweet Lord" for art, specifically the art of fine music, and in particular, the Beatles.
No, today I will endeavor to thank "My Sweet Lord" for art, specifically the art of fine music, and in particular, the Beatles.
 
For the few years that the Turnage Theater did operate as an ongoing concern, they did book at least one Christmas show each year. In 2009, they booked, and I did attend "Christmas the Cowboy Way, featuring the Riders in the Sky.
For the few years that the Turnage Theater did operate as an ongoing concern, they did book at least one Christmas show each year. In 2009, they booked, and I did attend "Christmas the Cowboy Way, featuring the Riders in the Sky.
 
Carl Sigman, the lyricist of many of America's most famous love songs, passed from this temporal plane in September of 2000; however, his music lives on, embodied in his beautiful songs of hope and heartbreak.
Carl Sigman, the lyricist of many of America's most famous love songs, passed from this temporal plane in September of 2000; however, his music lives on, embodied in his beautiful songs of hope and heartbreak.
 
Mark Knopfler, and Dire Straits helped steer my love of good music through the stinky stuff that was Disco in the late 1970's and for that I will always be thankful.
Mark Knopfler, and Dire Straits helped steer my love of good music through the stinky stuff that was Disco in the late 1970's and for that I will always be thankful.
 
There are many love songs written over the ages littered along the American musical landscape, but few were ever written with the impact of Brian Wilson's and the Beach Boy's classic, "God Only Knows".
There are many love songs written over the ages littered along the American musical landscape, but few were ever written with the impact of Brian Wilson's and the Beach Boy's classic, "God Only Knows".
 
Van Morrison covered this Tommy Edwards's classic, "All in the Game", on his classic album, Into the Music, released in 1979.
Van Morrison covered this Tommy Edwards's classic, "All in the Game", on his classic album, Into the Music, released in 1979.
 
“Your mission, Stan, should you decide to accept it, is… As usual, should you or any member of your BCN Force be captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Stan.”
“Your mission, Stan, should you decide to accept it, is… As usual, should you or any member of your BCN Force be captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Stan.”
 
Canadian Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot was never a fixture among my favorites, as I consumed volumes of the uniquely eclectic music from the most enlightened periods of any within the realm of the classical creation of music; however, Balladeer Lightfoot did create one song that has stuck with me.
Canadian Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot was never a fixture among my favorites, as I consumed volumes of the uniquely eclectic music from the most enlightened periods of any within the realm of the classical creation of music; however, Balladeer Lightfoot did create one song that has stuck with me.
 
I happened upon an early recording of Iris Dement's "Our Town" from the early 1990's, a song that played a large part in classic TV series Northern Exposure's swan song. That memorable last TV show signing off this beautiful classic really stuck with me.
I happened upon an early recording of Iris Dement's "Our Town" from the early 1990's, a song that played a large part in classic TV series Northern Exposure's swan song. That memorable last TV show signing off this beautiful classic really stuck with me.
 
One of my favorite bands from my era, which produced the best music of the 20th century, is The Band.
One of my favorite bands from my era, which produced the best music of the 20th century, is The Band.
 
I'll start my contribution to this series with one of the most beautiful spiritual songs . A musical version of the Catholic Rosary.
I'll start my contribution to this series with one of the most beautiful spiritual songs . A musical version of the Catholic Rosary.
 
I always like the old tunes of my youth, but I also like to see or hear contemporary musicians singing the old standards
I always like the old tunes of my youth, but I also like to see or hear contemporary musicians singing the old standards
 
Jeff Walker has died October 23, 2020 @ 78 years old
Jeff Walker has died October 23, 2020 @ 78 years old
 
In the Age of Covid, the 2020 CMA awards finally were aired in empty music halls all around Nashville, which much of the music presented, representing this New Country genre served up within these empty spaces, actually deserved.
In the Age of Covid, the 2020 CMA awards finally were aired in empty music halls all around Nashville, which much of the music presented, representing this New Country genre served up within these empty spaces, actually deserved.
 
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