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


He Played One Just for Free

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.

Let me give you a short version of my reviews: the music’s good, but I’m not a huge fan of the vocals. That pretty sums up every album shared with me this week.

Eric Johnson – Ah Via Musicom (1990)

Scott keeps sharing single songs (in this case, Cliffs of Dover), and there’s nothing wrong with that. But due to a desire to block out some coworkers listen to more good stuff and expand my musical horizons, I listened to the whole album those singles come from. And that means I reviewed them, too. Continue reading