News flash: Aaron Copland is pretty good. 🎵

🎵 Hard (2022) by Tove Styrke

Pop that brings you back. Gated drums on the intro track make you think Phil Collins is involved. “Start Walking” and “Show Me Love” also slap. h/t @zioibi

Friday. Jack White. 🎵

Victor Wooten is amazing and this is amazing. I should have taken about five pages of notes on this interview.


Listening to vinyl again for the first time in a while. Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 is good for workin’. 🎵

Shawn shared this with me today. It’s amazing.

🎵 Nine Lives (2022) by Kendra Morris

Been a long time since Morris released an album and I’m excited!

🎵 Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, the Four Seasons (2014)

Vivaldi had never been my thing. Then I was going through old emails and was reminded that a friend had told me, “Yes, but this is different.” It’s so good.

richter vivaldi four seasons

🎵 Candid (2020) by Whitney

A lovely cover album for a Friday afternoon.

🎵 An Evening with Silk Sonic (2021) by Silk Sonic

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, and Silk Sonic – seems like a perfect start to a Friday.

🎵 What Kinda Music (2020) by Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes

Was listening to this on repeat today.

🎵 I Don’t Live Here Anymore (2021) by The War on Drugs

🎵 The Dream (2022) by alt-J

It’s finally out. Let’s see how it sounds…

I’m starting to build up a list of my favorite albums as well as tracking those albums that I spend significant time with each year going forward. Thanks to Shawn for some styling help!

(Working with text boxes in blogging software does get a bit tedious and makes me revisit my decision to go with hosted versus self-generated.)


🎵 Obviously by Lake Street Dive (2021)

I’ve listened to this 4 or 5 times in the past week. It makes your toes tap! I’d actually say the first 9 songs are near perfect – the last 2 songs kind of take out the steam for me. Maybe that’s intended!

🎵 Brothertiger Plays Tears For Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair (2017)

A friend turned me on to this one. As a Tears for Fears fan, I think Brothertiger does some nice work here.

It’™s been a long time
We shouldn’t have left you
Without a dope beat to step to 🎵

The girls’ band trip was wisely postponed this summer. Thankfully neither of them are seniors and have some school to go…hopefully next year’s trip goes off without a hitch.

Here’s a throwback to @jthess2 and my band trip to Pasadena in 1993. It was enjoyable. No, I don’t have any close up pictures of us or others. You wouldn’t want to see the hairstyles and complexions anyway.

Jesse’s taking me to a concert for which I bought tickets for a year ago for my birthday. She can almost pronounce his name and might know the band he once led. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE FUN!!

`Tis the season.