“Son’s Gonna Rise” – Citizen Cope – “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings” (2004)

Mar 31
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My man, Clarence Greenwood will be hittin’ Seattle for a trifect at The Showbox Market starting on Thursday night. I can’t wait. I’ll be following that up with Muse and Silver Sun Pickups on Friday but tomorrow’s show is the one that I’m really looking forward to. Cool venue, and a real dude playing from the heart. Perfect!!!

Well a son’s gonna rise in a mile
In a mile
You’ll be feeling fine
In a mile you will see
After me
You’ll be out of the dark, yeah
You’ll get your shot

– DAVE

“Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl – The Spinners – “Working My Way Back to You” (1980)

Mar 30
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This week’s theme on American Idol is R & B. I took a look at the list of 120 songs that the contestants are allowed to choose from and found it to be pretty good, and about what I expected. If I was in charge of the list, I would have added in a little Lauryn Hill (“Tell Him”), Donny Hathaway (“A Song for You”), Etta James (“At Last”) Terrence Trent D’Arby (“Sign Your Name”), and Maxwell (“Pretty Wings”). And of course, I would have doubled up on The Spinners. Back in the day when we would buy 45’s, The Spinners pocketed a fair chunk of my allowance money. When I listen to songs like this it really makes me want to go out and buy a record player and a bunch of vinyl.

When I started this blog last August, I was pretty sure that the only people that would read on a regular basis were my wife and my brother. Trudy would faithfully read and listen every night and say with varying degrees of conviction “that’s a good one… you’re so funny… I didn’t know you like that, but…. yeah, it’s really good.” I knew that my bro would keep reading because he’s as much or more of a music lover as I am.

I read my stats religiously for about a month and would get be crazy happy when the number of hits would be five more than average, and on the verge of dumping the whole thing in the recycle bin when the numbers waned for a day or two. After a month, I got into a groove and just started posting songs and focusing on enjoying the music and writing about it, even if I was the only one listening. And then about two months ago, I took another look at my stats and was amazed at how much traffic has picked up.

The current numbers tell me that there are a bunch of people who I don’t even know who are taking a peek once in awhile. For those of you who are personal friends and take a few minutes out of your day to read what I have to say, thanks a lot, I really appreciate it. To those of you who are complete strangers, I hope that you’ve found a song that I’ve put up, or something that I’ve had to say, that was entertaining or enlightening.

Besides the music, the point of Play On Daily is to have something positive to read (I like to reiterate that I’m a music fan, not a critic). There are a million sites on the internet where you can go and feast upon the feeding frenzy of negativity, belittlement, and smearing. The forums attached to all of that hater penned vitriol are filled with vast hordes of bitter, cynical people with nothing better to do than spew poisonous words. Do I troll on occasion? Absolutely, but I leave it where I found it, don’t add to it, move on.

My mission here is to point out what I like and I’ve stuck to that plan with, I’m guessing, 95% of my words pointing out what’s good and worth listening to. Hopefully you’ll keep visiting my blog. I’ll keep posting cool new stuff, timeless oldies, irrelevant, fun in-between stuff, and maybe even convince you that you kind of like something that you didn’t think was your cup of tea.
Thanks,

DAVE

“Jesus Built My Hotrod” – Ministry – “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs” (1992)

Mar 29
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Danger ahead!!! Ministry is fast approaching and there is absolutely no chance that they are slowing down for anything or anybody. I wonder if there’s a section on the census that asks which song was on the car stereo the last time that a cop pulled you over, or should I say, attempted to pull you over.

– DAVE

“Symphony # 40 in G Minor, KV 550” (1788) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mar 28
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I like to listen to classical music when I am in creative mode, or attempting to get in to that mindset. I spent a rainy afternoon brainstorming my next endeavor or two (that’s my problem, I can never stay focused on one thing, just do one thing at a time, not two, not two plus a blog post, not two plus worry about my brackets, just do one thing at a time).

Totally unrelated to this post, and further evidence of my self-diagnosed ADD, an old high school buddy who is a Face Book friend said that he was going to spend his rainy Sunday hanging out in the man cave. In that man cave he was going to work on his bike, drink coffee, (I’m not making up this part) pay a couple of bills, and do some laundry. What the fudge buckets? You mean to tell me that this guy went to Best Buy looking for 65 inches of HD goodness, and came home with a new coffee maker, washer and dryer? Maybe he’ll get all crazy today, switch out the decaf and throw a pair of his red panties in with his white shirts.

The clips below contain all four movements from the “Great G Minor Symphony.” Enjoy and be creative, lazy, sleepy, warm, or playful. Just don’t do laundry.

– DAVE

“I’m On A Boat” – The Lonely Island featuring T-Pain – “Incredibad” ( 2009)

Mar 27
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My stated goal when I started this blog was to post a song a day for at least 56 days in a row (I made it through 87 consecutive days) although I was really hoping to make it to 2,131 days which was the other end of the stated range (see About).

The unstated goal was to wade into the shallow end of this whole blogging thing and write about something that I’m passionate about, music. Lots of music. All kinds or maybe different kinds. I’ll point out some useless trivia. I’ll add a clip of a B side. Tell some stories about where I was when I first heard that one song, or what I listened to as a kid. I’ll post some songs by bands that people don’t know or care about (We Were Promised Jetpacks). I’ll give the legends their rightful days (Patsy Cline, Presley, Costello, Stones). I’ll talk about what’s new.

What I won’t do? Be much of a critic. I think that I’ve really only criticized about three, maybe four times. A couple of times were for things related to American Idol, not the contestants but the judges and songs that are allowed to be sung. Another criticism, wasn’t really music criticism since the person involved, who has a $ sign in her self-parodying name (is she related to “Weird” Al), isn’t really making music rather she is doing some weird interpretive thing that could be titled “22 Year Old After Closing Time, Nine Captain and Cokes To The Wind.”

So here is the state of my blog today. I still haven’t donated 24 hours to Bob Dylan, Bing Crosby, Marvin Gaye, or Neil Young. I only have one post for Nirvana, U2, PE, and Rush. And as of today, I have two Lonely Island posts, and “Passsss the Guacamoooooooleee” T-Pain has been tuned in. Randomness is so much fun.

– DAVE

“Woo Hoo” – 5.6.7.8’s – “Bomb The Rocks – Early Days Singles” (2003)

Mar 24
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Spring has sprung in Seattle, Washington. The highest temperature in the history of man… make that the history of weathermen, was reached today in The Emerald City. Now that we have the unofficial beginning of spring under our belts under along with the official beginning which was four days ago, the only thing certain is that winter will get up off of the mat just before the ten count, and blow a few lackluster, cold bursts of nastiness in our face.

Sing it loud, if you can figure out the words.

– DAVE

“Thunder Road” – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – “Born to Run” (1975)

Mar 23
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This evening while listening to KEXP, I heard part of a fascinating interview with vocalist Reda Allali of Moroccan pop band Hoba Hoba Spirit. Instead of spending too much time paraphrasing, I’m hoping that the station will post a clip of the interview on their website which I will then add to a post in this blog.

Some of the themes and ideas that Allali touched on included: pop music’s place in the Muslim world, festivals in Morocco, the American image of Casalanca as seen through a Hollywood movie, western rock and rap influences on his band’s music, and common lyrical content in western songs referring to specific places and things as opposed to the Moroccan norm of escapism and the abstract.

Allali spoke of The Boss in a reverential tone, so in lieu of the clip of the interview, I present to you, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

And in the lonely cool before dawn
You hear their engines roaring on
But when you get to the porch they’re gone
On the wind so Mary climb in
It’s town full of losers
And I’m pulling out of here to win

– DAVE

“Ghetto Rock” – Mos Def – “The New Danger” (2004)

Mar 22
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The one and only element that makes hip hop unlistenable to me is the gratuitous product plug. I don’t want to hear about the crew poppin’ bottles of Cristal, rollin’ in the Benz, flashin’ the Rolex, or doin’ shots of Patron. However, if somebody wants to shed the pretense and work all of that top shelf booze into a song called something like “I’m A Douche Bag and I Know It”; at least I’ll give them an “A” for honesty.

This Mos Def track, like most of his music, is not about the high life. Brooklyn’s own likes to keep things simple, tough, and raw. Musically, Mos Def albums are always interesting. Lots of funk, a decent amount of rock (nice sharp guitar riff in this tune), jazz, and R & B provide nice backgrounds for Mos Def to lay down his flow. Def is a little too angry and left leaning for anyone who never strays any farther than a B-side away from Jiggy but he sounds real to me, so I’ll listen.

There’s an interesting set of collaborators on this album. Shuggie Otis, who wrote the song “Strawberry Letter 23” back in the day for The Brothers Johnson, plays guitar, and Tony! Toni! Toné! lead vocalist Raphael Saadiq provided some guitar and bass work.

– DAVE

“Watching The Wheels” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono – “Double Fantasy” (1980)

Mar 21
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This is the third and final single from this album and was released posthumously after Lennon was gunned down in front of his apartment building in December of 1980. The album was recorded after Lennon had taken an extended absence of about five years following the birth of his son, Sean.

The film footage and still photos in this well made clip show the wide range of faces and phases in Lennon’s life. I see an artist, band mate, activist, husband, father, icon, fashion statement, Buddhist, new world, independent minded creator of music, poetry, and peace unlike any that has come before or after him.

John Winston Ono Lennon’s contributions to the popular culture of his generation and many more to come are almost unrivaled.

People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball

– DAVE

“I Want to Take You Higher” – Sly and The Family Stone – Stand (1969)

Mar 20
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It’s a pretty simple, straight forward message on this, the first day of spring.

Boom shaka-laka-laka Boom shaka-laka-laka

– DAVE