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

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Gotta Keep on Rockin’

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.

This week, however, after a month of listening solo, Tim returns to the game.

Foreigner – 4 (1981)

I’ve had this complicated relationship with Foreigner. I used to just be a radio fan of theirs. In high school, my girlfriend at the time gave me their greatest hits for my birthday. And then we broke up. So I can’t listen to Foreigner without remembering her.

She also gave me The Darkness’ first CD and introduced me to Guster and Dream Theater, but for some reason the nostalgia isn’t as strong (to the point I often forget she introduced me to Guster – and probably other bands as well) with those. Continue reading

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

Unraveled Words like Moths upon Old Scarves

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.

Last week, we just listened to one album (because we tried doing this as a podcast). But for that week, we each suggested something and as a group decided what we were going to listen to. That left some albums un-heard. So I decided to take up Spencer’s suggestion as something to listen to this week.

Panic! at the Disco – Pretty. Odd. (2008)

Panic! at the Disco is a band that has been at the edge of my radar for longer than I’d care to admit. I have played in two different bands who, before I joined, opened for Panic when they were still just a hot local band in Vegas and recommended them to me – I even met them once. And I have a friend who when to school with Brendon Urie and would tell me to check out Panic when they were just starting to make a name for themselves.

But I never did until now. Maybe it’s because the vocals just seem kind of generic pop punk rock. Maybe because they were getting popular I didn’t want to seem like I was just jumping on the latest bandwagon. Continue reading

Don’t Let Them Applaude

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.

Jefferson Starship – Red Octopus (1975)

Tim was going to share Queen’s The Works, but after realizing he shared that album last November, he went with Jefferson Starship. They’re a classic rock radio staple, but I’ve never really taken a dive into their catalog. Continue reading