We’ve Wandered Many Weary Foot Since Auld Lang Syne

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

dp4CvrThe December People – A Classic Rock Christmas (2015)

Going with the Frankincense tune from last week, Spencer shared a whole album of prog/Christmas tune mash-ups. Continue reading

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Santa Ain’t No Chump

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I’m having a really hard time coming up with a Christmas album to share. I’ve thought of a single mash-up tune, but I think I’m going to save that for next week. The closest thing to a wintry album I want to share is the soundtrack to World of WarCraft: Wrath of the Lich King. But that’s 2.5 hours long, and while there is some great stuff on there, I totally understand that score-type soundtracks aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. Not that I won’t share some in the future, but I think I am out of favorite vigigame soundtracks of reasonable length.

So, I’m moving forward with something not thematic in any way. Unless you consider that throughout this whole game, I’m trying to share music that has influenced me as a musician, then it’s totally thematic. But first, here’s what my friends shared:

Spencer’s mix

Here is a nine song playlist Spencer put together last year of some of his favorite, less-heard Christmas songs. He said, “you probably don’t think of them when you think of Christmas music. That’s the point of the mix. And all of these make me smile.” So…

 

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Not So Daisy Picture Perfect Anymore

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Bon Jovi – Lost Highway (2007)

Tim shared another Bon Jovi album. Some people might be annoyed that I’ve shared quite a bit of ska or video game music, but at least I’m not sharing the same three artists. The only times I’ve repeated an artist is because nobody reviewed them the last time, so I tried again. If a band drastically switched genres, I wouldn’t be so annoyed. But the game is more about giving others something that you like to listen to while they work, and not necessarily about always coming up with something new every week. So while it’s a little lazy, it’s not really that big of a deal. I just have to vent for a paragraph. On to the review. Continue reading

You Ask and They Don’t Know

And now for something a little different.

Last week, my friend Jer posted this to his Facebook timeline:

Sharing music is fun. If you “like” this post, I’ll assign you a letter of the alphabet which you will use to pick an artist to post on your timeline along with this text.

Because [one of Jer’s friends who I don’t know and I’ve elected to keep anonymous] gave me the letter ‘E’ enjoy some classic Eric Johnson.

And then he posted a YouTube video of Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover. I’d offer up a review of that song, but I already did that whole album not that long ago.

I’m always on the hunt for music to listen to, so of course I liked his post. He gave me the letter “L” and I posted a live medley from Leo Kottke:

 

But only because I couldn’t decide which Lynyrd Skynyrd song to share. In turn, two people liked my post. To one of the best drummers (especially jazz) I’ve ever played with I gave the letter “O.” As of this publishing he has yet to post an artist. And to my wife I gave the letter “A.” And she shared David Archuleta.

 

Which I would have filed under “D,” although I understand where she’s coming from. Whatever, not a big deal.

Even though there are five other people playing this weekly round robin music sharing game I usually post, I still find myself with a dearth of more or less new music to listen to throughout my days at work. So even though I’m starting to get a little sick of Christmas music (I prefer to spread mine out throughout the year), I decided to listen to (and review) the whole performance. Continue reading

Now Every Tender Failure Seems to Overthrow Old Dreams

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Piglet – Lava Land (2005)

This week Spencer shared some instrumental math rock. You can find the whole six song EP on their bandcamp site here. Continue reading