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.

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Soar Like a Bird with His Heart Full of Song

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.

Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor (1971)

As Tim prepare’s for the Billy Joel concert this weekend, he shared Joel’s first album.

I’ve listened to a lot of Billy Joel, but I don’t think I’ve ever listened to this album before. Apparently there was a mixing/mastering mistake that made his voice sound a little higher and Billy Joel hates it. Continue reading

Door to a Secret World

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 then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Roger Taylor – Strange Frontier (1984)

Here is the second solo album from Queen drummer Roger Taylor. There’s a little Queen in there (to be expected) and some just ’80s goodness (also, to be expected), but it’s mostly just solid, straight up rock and roll. Continue reading

As Good as Gold

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 then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I was going to suggest a different band this week, but Spencer thought it might be nice to do a Tom Petty tribute week. So that’s what we did.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Nobody’s Children (1995/2015)

Here’s their latest release, although it’s not their latest studio album. It’s disc six (tracks 81-92) from their Playback box set released in 1995, and re-released digitally in 2015. Or maybe the first of the six was released in 1995 and it took 20 years to release the final one. I’m not sure. Still, it’s part of a compilation. Continue reading

Always on the Run from Who We Are

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 then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Big Something – Tumbleweed (2017)

Spencer is on a new album kick. These guys remind me of a Dispatch/Nine Inch Nails/Rush mashup with some sweet, sweet synth licks. It had tons of energy. Continue reading

Video Game Music

The album I shared with my friends last week kind of introduced this documentary, but just in case you didn’t read that: A long, long time ago, one of my old coworkers shared this documentary about video game music with me. I don’t think it’s any secret that I enjoy good video game music. It’s not just games I love, I have music from games I’ve never played just because I heard it and thought it was cool. Continue reading

We May Now Enjoy the Dreams We Shared So Long Ago

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.

Chicago – II (1970)

As a follow-up to The Transit Authority, Spencer is making his way through Chicago’s catalog. Also, I often forget how much Terry Kath’s voice reminds me of Jimi Hendrix‘s, but better. Continue reading