Now I Find I’m All Inclined to Keep My Mind

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.

KTiThe Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train (1963)

As I was looking at my list of albums to share, I saw this and could have sworn I had already shared it. The piano player from the band I’ve been playing in for the past three or so years suggested this to me almost a year ago. He’s an MD, but he also plays jazz piano and he says this is one of his favorite albums. Continue reading

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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

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

We are Master’s of Our Fate

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.

Two weeks ago, as way of introduction to Regina Spektor, I suggested my friends check out her cover of a John Lennon song. In that same vein, I present to you three of my favorite Beatles covers – and one remix. For your convenience, I’m sharing YouTube videos of all of these so you don’t have to look them up yourselves.

But first! David, one of my current coworkers, shared something with me.

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me soundtrack (2017)

This is a two-person musical. She’s a musician who writes scores, including for video game designers who want everything to sound like John Williams. He’s an Antarctic explorer who’s recruiting people for an expedition … in 1914. And they meet on a dating site for people who don’t have many options left: Cupid’s Last Chance. The story is driven by the non-love-love story between the two characters. Continue reading

Each Year We are Here Waiting

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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996)

I can’t believe we’ve made it through this many Christmases without sharing Trans-Siberian Orchestra. At first I had a hard time deciding which album to share, but thought better of it and decided to share the one with the song most people know them for (although I highly recommend pretty much all their other stuff).

This is a Christmas rock opera, although it’s somewhat harder to follow than, say, Beethoven’s Last Night. But it’s their first album (in this configuration – this is technically a side project from a band I’ve never listened to), and really the point is to give us an excuse to listen to some prog rock arrangements of some familiar Christmas classics. There are some originals thrown in as well, and they’re pretty good, too.

There are also some bonus tracks. Although my edition of the album doesn’t have them, I’m going to look them up now.

BONUS!

I’m pretty sure I was the only one in our group working the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but just in case, I shared a single to help everyone get in the mood:

Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 2011 cover of What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

This is an old Jazz standard, probably most famously done by Ella Fitzgerald, but tons of others have done it, including bands we’ve already shared (although I don’t remember this song being shared before): The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Donny Osmond, Bette Midler, Chicago, and The Head and the Heart. It’s sweet, it’s simple and it’s something to throw on a playlist with Auld Lang Syne and The Parting Glass. Enjoy:

If any of my friends have anything to say about this Christmas album or New Year’s single, I’ll post their reviews here. Feel free to leave your own thoughts, or music suggestions, down in the comments section.