When Cari reads this she is going to have to dig deep into her own UTube source to find out what I was thinking. The week before last I shared with a few a music video by a new version of the Boogie Woogie Twins. I have watched that video at least a dozen times since I shared it, but it got me to thinking about the music I truly love. My wife gave me an IPOD for Christmas about 5 years ago. I painstakingly loaded over 1800 songs from our CD collection. And just as painstakingly I whittled down that list of sounds to approximately 1250 songs. Over time I have made a few dozen purchases. So I am now well over 1300 songs.
I am going to list the 20 most played songs on my IPod, and then I am going to talk about some of my favorites, and give a little personal history. (Like you didn’t think personal history would come into play) If I considered a song to be among my all-time favorites it will be in bold. Here goes; 1) Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers, 2) Next Contestant by Nickelback 3) Boom Boom by The Animals 4) Animals by Nickelback 5) For What it’s Worth by The Buffalo Springfield6) Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrd’s 7) Changes the Locks by Lucinda Williams 8) Call Me the Breeze by Lynyrd Skynrd 9) Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers 10) Thunder Struck by AC/DC 11) Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch 12) Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy by Big and Rich, 13) Follow you Home by Nickelback 14) Hoochie Coochie Man by Eric Clapton 15) Good Time Gone by Nickelback 16) Country Song by Seether 17) Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode 18) Lowlife by Theory of a Deadman 19) Time of the Season by The Zombies and 20) Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill. Some of the songs that didn’t make the top 20 played but should have are: Southern Cross but Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Crossroads by Clapton, The Dope Show by Marilyn Manson, Steam by Peter Gabriel. Hell I need to be careful or I will list all 1300 songs on my IPod. This list by no means represents my favorites. But on my IPod, I have a playlist called “Walking Music” which when I was going the respiratory therapy came in real handy. Then center pumped o u t some rather sedate music, which I couldn’t use to motivate myself. I created this list to get me going, to fire up my motor, and it worked. I could do 40 mins on the treadmill at 2 miles an hour listening to this music. When my treadmill time and distance were thru, I shifted to one of the different “Blues” lists to listen to while doing the weight training. The point is every time I went to PT this Walking Music would play and then selections from other lists.
When I was doing the PT’s I didn’t mind sharing my music. With the music blasting in my ears and head, my heart racing, my BP okay, my O2 sinking, and my heart rate on a roller coaster, the music work for me, yes I knew there was some overflow from my headset, but again, I didn’t mind sharing my music, but alas, apparently my taste in music might have offended some of the others, so I had to tune it down Damn it!! Which I did, and that is the end of that story, though I was asked time and again why (at my age) did I liked that music, the simple answer was because it worked. It helped me put forth the effort necessary to get the most from the PT’s. Besides I love music especially LOUD music.
I want to spend a few words talking about my favorite song. If you had asked me two years ago to name my favorite song it would have been impossible. My love for music spans fifty plus years and at any given point I would have had a favorite. So when I was asked that question I gave a short list of 2 or 3 songs depending on my mood. But now I have a favorite song, and I know it will stand the test of time. It is Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill, if you haven’t heard it (and are interested) it just type it in the search box on your internet home page, it will take you to many an opportunity to hear it. The first time I heard this song was at my Mom’s funeral, it is such a sad, and joyful, and passionate, sorrowful song and every time I listen to it I cry and smile at the same time. Because it is now playing I have to take a break.
Back, with Go Rest High On The Mountain is top of the list; I have a ton of songs that would be tied for 2nd place depending on when you asked me. On my list of most played you will find several of them and I will add a few to this paragraph. So here goes Superstition by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Crossroads by Clapton, With Arms Wide Open by Creed, Tattoo by Van Halen, A Warrior’s Call by Volbeat, In your Eyes by Peter Gabriel, Tobacco Road by The Nashville Teens, Beer for my Horses and How Do You Like Me Now by Toby Keith, this list could go on and on but I am going to stop and list some Bands and Artists (not already listed) that are important to me: Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Matchbox Twenty, Buddy Guy, BB King, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Kinks, Disturbed, Evans Blue, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Brooks and Dunn, Neil Young by himself, Travis Tritt, Cream, Linkin Park, Melissa Etheridge, Marilyn Manson, Nickelback, Kid Rock, Genesis, Garth Brooks, lord have mercy I am suffering from SOB just writing this list, needless to say it’s an even longer list. It is a quite diverse list of the music. There is only period of music that I am hard pressed to say I have a favorite from, and that’s the Disco era. The worst (saddest) part of it is I had the white platform shoes, the wide white belt and 2 polyester leisure suits (lime green and day glow orange). And I actually went in public dressed like that. Thank God there is no photographic evidence of this. I know I couldn’t live it down.
I have a short story to share and a comment, then the abuse of your senses is over for today. When I was a kid I wanted to be a ROCK & ROLL hero, I could not play an instrument and I could only carry a tune in a basket. So I figured the closest I could get would be to manage a band (Cari cover your eyes) cause they got laid too. Me and a friend spent 100 of hours and I mean 1000’s listening to albums from the Who, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other big bands of our time, and painstakingly copying down the lyrics of every song on every album we could get our hands on so we could provide this wealth of knowledge to a local band we were trying to hook up as their manager. Back in the old days, they didn’t put the lyrics on the album jacket, you had to buy it, so we thought we were doing someone a big favor, well, we didn’t know how to manage poop, and we knew even less about the music industry, and less on what bands wanted in the way of a manager. Every band we approached 1 had a manager, and 2 had already paid for the lyrics and sheet music to the songs they needed. My career as a band manager came to a screaming halt before it even got off the ground, but I did meet some cute girls. So it wasn’t a total failure. I had become friends with a band member, and because of that friendship, I did get to hang around with the band and that was my hall pass. LOL LOL.
This is wordy enough I hope you enjoyed the trip thru my head regarding my likes of music. BTW my vehicle has XM radio, I listen to Octane, and the Blues Channel 99 percent of the time when driving about by myself. When the wife is in the car, for some strange reason we listen to whatever she wants. LMAO but as soon as she is out of the car, the volume goes back to 7 or 8 and I turn on the music I want LOL.
Oh Lord, I almost forgot the comment I was going to make, I know you just said “damn it he remembered”. I am the self-proclaimed world’s best air guitarist. The key is the self-proclaimed part here LOL. I will make another comment, I still can’t carry a tune without a bucket, but when I am sitting in my house with no one here, I sing every song that plays, I rock and roll, I have all the rock star moves, and it gives me great pleasure to strut my stuff, just thank God there are no witnesses. Take care, Bill
Folks please take care, if you have any questions comments or thoughts regarding my choices in music I would love it is you shared them. Also if you choose to respond please include one or two of your favorite songs, I promise I will go check them out. Please take care, Bill.