About pls

I am a musician and outdoorsman.

The World Will be as One

For a couple of years 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.

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

I wasn’t really planning this. Since nobody else shared anything the week I shared a solo George album, I just started listening to a bunch of their solo stuff. And since nobody shared anything last week either, I just kept listening to ex-Beatle solo albums. Continue reading

You’re Not Coming Back Anymore

For a couple of years 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.

Ringo Starr – Ringo (1973)

Like last week, I’m sharing an album from an ex-Beatle. Last week’s George Harrison album had a song where Ringo and Paul joined George to do a song commemorating the (then) recently deceased John. This album, however, is the closest we ever got to an actual Beatles reunion until the Anthology albums in the mid-’90s. Continue reading

The One Who Imagined it All

For a couple of years 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.

George Harrison – Somewhere in England (1981)

Much like before they broke up, after The Beatles broke up, George and Ringo never seem to get the attention they deserve. John got the most coverage. Paul still has a decent career, but I like George’s solo material the most. Continue reading

We Belong to the Sky

For a couple of years 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.

Elytra – Embers and Stardust (2016)

This is something I’ve had on my list to listen to for 6+ months. This is a band my boss discovered (actually, I think the guitarist from this band played in a band with my boss). Continue reading

I Hope You Find Yourself

For a couple of years 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.

Alpha Male Tea Party – Health (2017)

A couple of weeks ago, AMTP released a new album. So we’re going back to them. As Spencer weaves us through the prog & math rock world, I find little snippets that relate these bands to one another. AMTP themselves said they were influenced by bands like Deftones and Three Trapped Tigers. Now that I’ve heard Three Trapped Tigers, I hear the evolution. Continue reading

Take Off Your Shoes Babe, it’s Time for Dancin’

For a couple of years 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.

Queen – Innuendo (1991)

This is it. On Thursday, Tim went to Denver to see Queen + Adam Lambert live. And to close out his month of listening to Queen albums before the show, Tim shared the last Queen album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime.

I know what you’re saying: “But we haven’t done Hot Space or Flash Gordon or The Cosmos Rocks.” I know. don’t tell Tim. I think Hot Space was an oversight, and I bet we’ll get there eventually. Although I think Flash Gordon may have been intentional and may not make it into this game. The Cosmos Rocks isn’t a “real” Queen album, so who knows. Continue reading

On Songwriting

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I was talking to one of my guitar-playing coworkers about music and he asked me about how I find inspiration to write. I told him it’s both way easier than he might think, and also much harder than he might think.

Partly, it just takes time. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying that he never failed when perfecting the lightbulb; he learned things that didn’t work. Continue reading