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Mixed Tape Monday: Freedom or Free

Welcome to another installment of Mixed Tape Monday and Happy Holidays to all of you celebrating our independence on this nationally recognized holiday.  I hope this blog finds most, if not all, of you away from your offices and with friends and loved ones or at least people you kind of like. 

So, my topic for today is, apropos with the feelings of many celebrating this past weekend and today, Freedom or Free!

Song:              Freedom

Artist:              Amos Lee

Album:            Supply and Demand

Song:              Freedom’s Road

Artist:              John Mellencamp

Album:            Freedom’s Road

Song:              Free Coffee

Artist:              Ben Folds

Album:            Way Too Normal

Song:              Freedom Fighter

Artist:              Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Album:            Riviera

Song:              O Freedom

Artist:              Billy Bragg

Album:            Mr. Love & Justice

Song:              Freedom Hangs Like Heaven

Artist:              Iron & Wine

Album:            Woman King

Song:              Set Your Free

Artist:              The Black Keys

Album:            Thickfreakness

Song:              I Shall Be Free

Artist:              Bob Dylan

Album:            The Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan

Song:              The Running Free

Artist:              Coheed & Cambria

Album:            Good Apollo I’m Burning Vol. 2 No World for Tomorrow

Song:              One Road for Freedom

Artist:              Ben Harper

Album:            Fight For Your Mind

Song:              Rockin’ In the Free World

Artist:              Neil Young

Album:            Freedom

Song:              Free To Decide

Artist:              The Cranberries

Album:            To the Faithful Departed

Song:              Free

Artist:              Donavon Frankenreiter

Album:            Donavon Frankenreiter

Song:              Chimes of Freedom

Artist:              Bruce Springsteen (this is a cover of a Dylan song)

Album:            Songs & Artists that Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11

Song:              Free Radicals

Artist:              The Flaming Lips

Album:            At War with the Mystics

Song:              Free At Last

Artist:              G Love & Special Sauce

Album:            The Electric Mile

Song:              Free To Run

Artist:              Gomez

Album:            Bring It On

Song:              Feel Free

Artist:              Jay Farrar

Album:            Sebastopol

Song:              Freedom Time

Artist:              Lauren Hill

Album:            MTV Unplugged 2.0

Song:              Free Me

Artist:              Foo Fighters

Album:            In Your Honor

Great music awaits!


Mixed Tape Monday: Sounds of Summer

Welcome to another installment of Mixed Tape Monday.  School is out, pools and water parks are full, and my grass is dying.  It can only mean one thing, SUMMER is here. 

I believe that we all have some form of Pavlovian response to songs and that they are etched in our brain based on times and circumstance.  The following songs are one’s that take me back to the halcyon days of my youth and summers spent with varied and sundry people and places.

 Today’s topic is Songs That Remind Me of Summer. 

Song:              Boys of Summer

Artist:              Don Henley

Album:            Building the Perfect Beast

Song:              Chattahoochee

Artist:              Alan Jackson

Album:            A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little About Love)

Song:              Wasting Time

Artist:              Animal Liberation Orchestra 

Album:            Fly Between Falls

Song:              Margaritaville

Artist:              Jimmy Buffet

Album:            Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude

Song:              Cannonball

Artist:              The Breeders

Album:            Last Splash

Song:              Wicked Game

Artist:              Chris Isaak

Album:            Heart Shaped World

Song:              Under The Milky Way

Artist:              The Church

Album:            Starfish

Song:              Mr. Jones

Artist:              Counting Crows

Album:            August and Everything After

Song:              Linger

Artist:              The Cranberries

Album:            Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We

Song:              Breaking the Girl

Artist:              Red Hot Chili Peppers

Album:            Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic

Song:              Ants Marching

Artist:              The Dave Matthews Band

Album:            Under the Table and Dreaming

Song:              Hey Jealousy

Artist:              Gin Blossoms

Album:            New Miserable Experience

Song:              Epic

Artist:              Faith No More

Album:            The Real Thing

Song:              Listen Like Thieves

Artist:              INXS

Album:            Listen Like Thieves

Song:              The Pretender

Artist:              Jackson Browne

Album:            The Pretender

Song:              Been Caught Stealing

Artist:              Jane’s Addiction

Album:            Ritual De Lo Habitual

Song:              In Your Eyes

Artist:              Peter Gabriel

Album:            So

Song:              River of Deceit

Artist:              Mad Season

Album:            Above

Song:              Smells Like Teen Spirit

Artist:              Nirvana

Album:            Nevermind

Song:              So Fresh So CLean

Artist:              Outkast

Album:            Stankonia

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Counting Crows!

I’ve always liked the Counting Crows and fondly recall the release of their debut album “August and Everything After”.  This was due, in large part, to the timing of the release which was late in my college career and I associate the album with the freedom and liberating experiences as a student of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  To be fair, I was pretty liberated before this time but at this point, I was in my own apartment and had cultivated a wide circle of friends to share the experience with.  And yet, I digress.

August and Everything After” was released late in 1993 and the band toured relentlessly in 1993 and 1994.  They toured with The Cranberries, Bob Dylan, Cracker, Los, Lobos, Midnight Oil, and The Rolling Stones to name a few.  The surprise success of their first single, “Mr. Jones”, an ironic tail of struggling musicians who dream of becoming a star, propelled them to stardom and made their debut the fastest selling album since Nirvana’s “Nevermind”. 

The sudden and staggering success took a toll on the band and caused lead singer Adam Duritz to have a nervous breakdown.  It also halted their touring as they only played two gigs in 1995.  This allowed Duritz to write their sophomore album “Recovering the Satellites” which was released in October of 1996.  The sound was a little heavier and lyrically dealt with the trappings of stardom and the ability or lack thereof, to acclimate.  Their touring resumed and they released “Across a Wire: Live in New York” which was a double live album that captured their acoustic VH1 Storyteller concert on one disc and disc two was a bit of a an electric set recorded for MTV’s Live from the 10 Spot.

Over the course of years, the band has had a variety of  musicians that have come and gone.  While their sound has stayed relatively close to its origin, in large part, due to the emotional connectivity of Duritz’s passionate vocals, there has been some variation of songs that have been done both electrically and acoustically.

Counting Crows Discography:

  • August and Everything After
  • Recovering the Satellites
  • Across a Wire: Live in New York
  • This Desert Life
  • Hard Candy
  • New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall
  • Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings

Top 5 Counting Crows’ Songs

  1. Anna Begins (August and Everything After)
  2. Colorblind (This Dessert Life)
  3. Miller’s Angels (Recovering the Satellites)
  4. Holiday In Spain (Hard Candy)
  5. Omaha (August and Everything After)

Personally, I’ve always been drawn to the emotionally tortured vocals of Adam Duritz.  Lyrically I find him to be beautifully expressive while, on their latest album in particular, at times a bit self absorbed.  Lately, I’m more inclined to listen to their live music as it seems riskier in the respect that they alter the arrangements and can do multiple interpretations of a song in either acoustic or electrical instrumentation.

Their music has appeared in several movies, which include: Clueless, Rounders, Cruel Intentions, Mr. Deeds, Two Weeks Notice, and most notably, Shrek 2.  As well as television shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Scrubs, Party of Five, Felicity, E.R., One Tree Hill, and Brothers and Sisters.

I’m a fan and I know that nostalgia plays a factor in that but I also think that musically, they have found a way to stay somewhat relevant.  I don’t think there music necessarily paved the way for bands or pioneered a sound, but I also think that they don’t suck. 

Check out the Counting Crows at www.countingcrows.com.

Counting Crows music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.countingcrows.com.

Great music awaits!