Painted Dreams Inside My Head

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

John Denver – Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)

Maybe Tim was inspired by my Jakob Dylan share last week (or maybe my share this week), but here’s some more country folk rock for you.

This is Denver’s fourth album. Early on in his career, he used other writers, and did covers. Here you get some Beatles, solo McCartney and James Taylor covers. Continue reading

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Sentimental Slaves on Broken Knees

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Zedd – True Colors (2015)

Tim went to LoveLoud (a benefit concert for LGBTQ+ youth organized by the frontman of Imagine Dragons) last week and discovered Zedd.

This is EDM, which we haven’t had a lot of, and that means lots of bass and a decent groove. This is his second album, and Tim thinks the better of the two he has out. But like most DJs do, he has collaborated a ton with other artists on their projects. Continue reading

It’s So Hard to Keep This Smile From My Face

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

It was a state holiday on Tuesday, so chances are nobody’s worked much this week. And probably nobody’s going to listen to my suggestions anyway. I have a plan for August, but this week, enjoy something simple.

I’m sharing a couple songs which I was introduced to via the 1992 Reservoir Dogs soundtrack. If you look up the soundtrack on Spotify or something, you’ll notice it’s 16 tracks long, but half of those are dialogue. So that leaves 8 actual songs, the best of which is a cover:

Blue Swede’s cover of Jonathan King’s cover of B.J. Thomas’s Hooked on a Feeling (1974)

It’s actually a cover of a cover, and each time the song improves on the original (which was already a fine song). Most people now know it from Guardians of the Galaxy. Continue reading

And Still I’m Listening In to that Old Long-Distance Call

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I’m calling July a wash. I shared an album this week, but only expect anyone to listen to the single I highlighted. There’s a state holiday next Tuesday, which means nobody’s working Monday. So I’ll probably share a single or two next week. I have a handful of albums I want to share, but I keep having to do work and stuff. I don’t get around to sharing until later in the week (and I don’t feel like that’s enough time to digest an album). So I’m giving up on July. In the meantime …

Peter Bradley Adams – Leavetaking (2008)

My wife introduced me to this guy because of a cover he did as part of a collaboration. He’s been making music since 2001, and putting out albums since 2005. This is his third album. It’s a melancholy folky pop rock album. The best song on the album is the last, Song for Viola. Now I’m not sure if viola refers to a person or if it’s just a spot on name – literally a song written for the named instrument.

If you only listen to one song, make it that one:

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It’s Changing Every Day

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I feel like the theme for the summer has been singles. In the last three weeks (14 work days because of the 4th of July), I’ve only worked 8 days. And a couple of those were half days. Assuming everyone else’s summer is just as crazy as my own, I’ve just been trying to keep it simple. This week is no different, although I have my next few albums all planned out.

But first! Tim actually shared something (it’s been a while)!

Rush – Fly by Night (1975)

Tim really likes Rush because he feels like everything they make is polished. He also really likes the way Alex Lifeson makes his guitar growl on By-Tor and The Snow Dog. Actually, he said it “is pretty sick.” Continue reading

It May Seem Like a Stretch

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Summer is crazy, and I’m not even in school anymore. There was a holiday, so you get a single video!

Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights (2015)

I know I’ve shared a couple songs of theirs before, but Postmodern Jukebox does all kinds of jazzy covers of non-jazzy tunes. Here’s their version of Such Great Heights. I like the original, the Iron & Wine cover, and the Streetlight Manifesto cover. All for different reasons. But this is my favorite. Continue reading

Just for One Day

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

cdatsg hCaptain Dipper and the Strawberry Girl’s cover of David Bowie’s Heroes (2016)

I went camping for a few days this week, so I just shared a single music video. I love the original, but I love this cover even more. Continue reading