“Bennie and The Jets” – Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (1974)

Nov 30
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POD got a little heavy yesterday due to the news of the day. That was a bit of an aberration for this blog as the majority of the posts are atopical (made up word substituting an “o” for a “y” and describing a desire to steer clear of topical subjects).

Today, it’s back to whatever it is that moves me, what I hear in a commercial, on my Discman on my 2 ½ mile walk home, hold music, a band that I am going to see sometime soon, or basically what is known as my internal shuffle.

“Bennie and The Jets” is a novella in the form of a mainstream pop song by one of the greatest pop artists of all time. As you can imagine there are a ridiculous number of video options on YouTube. I especially like this one as it captures John in 1976 which was at the height of his initial rise to super stardom. Still relatively young, and without all of those extra pounds that father time puts on so many of us, he looks a bit like Richie Cunningham.

Oh but they’re weird and they’re wonderful
Oh Bennie she’s really keen
She’s got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets



“Fly on The Windscreen” – Depeche Mode – “Black Celebration” (1986)

Nov 29
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It’s been a heinously violent day in Western Washington. Maybe I should have picked something soothing or I could have avoided the ugly news that has been on my TV all day. After all, death isn’t “everywhere” but there is enough of it and right in the seams of the fabric of society to make it hard to ignore.

Death is everywhere
There are flies on the windscreen
For a start
Reminding us
We could be torn apart


“Weather With You” – Crowded House – “Woodface” (1991)

Nov 28
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Now it’s the same room but everything’s different

Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you
Everywhere you go you always take the weather

Well yes I do, thank you very much. I just got done vacationing in perpetually 80 degree weather and am back to the seasonal mid-40’s of Seattle. The two places have provided variety of weather conditions over the last 48 hours. Hawaii required no more that a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, but watch out for a full on dump of a shower at a moment’s notice. Seattle today, was bright and sunny but crisp and cold.

A mixed bag, I say. A glass half full if you want it to be. Neil Finn and his mates from Crowded House are letting you make the call. If the sporadic, pounding rain of Hilo, and relative chilliness of Seattle are what you want to focus on, so be it. If warm and easy in the 50th state, and blue sky and a blinding, late fall sun in Seattle elevated your mood, that works too. If I was a weather man, there would be no such thing as “Partly Cloudy.” “Partly Sunny” just seems like it would draw better ratings.


“Surf Was America” – Weezer – “Weezer” (1994)

Nov 15
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A no brainer considering the fact that I flew to Hawaii this morning, and the race has been put on hold for a couple of weeks.

I’m goin’ surfin’ cuz I don’t like your face.
I’m bailin’ out because I hate the race
Of rats that run, round and round, in a maze.
I’m goin’ surfin’, I’m goin’ surfin’.

Let’s Go:


“One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”- Joe Tex – “Animalization” (1966)

Nov 13
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The quiz master at my Wednesday night pub trivia is this funny concoction of a bloke. He’s a 50-something Englishman who physically a bit resembles Jerry Springer, disheveled, always a couple of pints into the night, sportin’ Chuck Taylors, maybe more old surfer dude than Springer, funny, disorganized, and off key.

Most weeks, he belts out a couple lines from a song or two with the first one to yell the answer getting a promo t-shirt from Grey Goose or some other booze maker. He almost always does songs by British artists. I nailed both songs one night about a month ago as I was able to pick out through his cockney garble, Squeeze, and Kate Bush. Last night I got shut out. One of the bands was T. Rex.

Speaking of garble, all of that had nothing to do with today’s song except for the Rex to Tex rhyme.

On a side note, I’m going to Hawaii tomorrow. I am abiding by my self proclaimed duty to post a song a day but as I have a feeling that plate lunches, naps on the beach, and cocktails may be more readily available than lap tops and connectivity, things might get kind of spotty. I should be able to get up a post a day but the accompanying tortured text which I call commentary could be sparse or non-existent.



“Crown of Love” – Arcade Fire – “The Funeral” (2004)

Nov 13
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I don’t imagine that a lot of people would include “The Funeral” as the perfect soundtrack to jump start a work out. For me, for some reason, this is on my short list for a grueling session at the gym. I like my music a little slowed down, fairly brooding, somber is fine with me, but I usually up the tempo and energy when it’s time to sweat. Green Day usually works, Metallica, various hip hop, EWF, and Muse are on the gym short list. Why Arcade Fire?

Arcade Fire’s more built for the end of the day or late at night when you are wondering why you didn’t do more with your day. Oh well, I’ll keep listening as I claim Arcade Fire as one of my top ten favorite music artists.

if you still want me, please forgive me, the crown of love is not upon me.
if you still want me, please forgive me, because the spark is not within me.


“Hold The Line” – Toto – “Toto” (1978)

Nov 11
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This was the break out hit from Toto which went on to enjoyed tons of chart success through the 1970’s and 80’s. The piano riff is the song’s, and maybe band’s, signature. Toto wasn’t always my cup of team growing up because they had that kind of refined studio sound that was a little lacking in the raw energy that I most enjoy in music.

Here’s what keyboard player David Paich had to say about the writing of the song:

“It started out with the piano riff that is in the intro. I started playing this riff and I just couldn’t stop playing it. I played it for days, and I started singing, “Hold the line, love isn’t always on time.” It was a phrase that just came into my head. . . . it was a blessing. (The words) came to me in the night, and then I went to the verse. I wrote it in 2 hours. Sometimes songs come quickly like that, and sometimes I spend 2 years trying to finish a song.”
I found this cool video of the band performing the song at one of the Night of The Proms concerts in Europe.



“Help I’m Alive” – Metric – “Fantasies” (2009)

Nov 10
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On December 15th, I get my second chance this year to see Metric live when they will appear on The End’s Deck The Hall Ball line up.

If you’re still alive
My regrets are few
If my life is mine
What shouldn’t I do?
I get wherever I’m going
I get whatever I need
While my blood’s still flowing
And my heart still beats…
Beating like a hammer
Beating like a hammer

I love the acoustic version with Emily Haines on piano and James Shaw on guitar.


“Thank God I’m A Country Boy” – John Denver – “Back Home Again” (1975)

Nov 9
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Slim Shady’s got nothing on John Denver who has some nice rapping skills. The filthy, fresh, fence mendin’ country flow lives on in big league ball parks and NHL rinks across North America. The Baltimore Orioles have been playing the song during the 7th inning stretch for about 30 years. I always thought this was slightly out of place as it seems like Texas or KC would be a more likely home for this down home ditty to be the signature ball park theme. My team, the Calgary Flames also plays this song with regularity and that is a good home for it as that is a serious cow town.

“Life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle”


“Badfish” – Sublime – “40oz. to Freedom” (1992)

Nov 8
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Sublime’s hey day was short lived as a result of lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell’s death from a heroin dose in 1996. Nowell’s death came before the band’s third studio album which was almost not released as the surviving band members tried to deal with the aftermath. By most accounts, Nowell was an addict who for the most part was unable to free himself from grip of his vices. Witty, cutting, dark, and poetic; Sublime pulled no punches and stuck to their roots.