My Song of the Day for Today

The Esplanade Riel in Winnipeg, Canada, just before daybreak;
walking to work, I stopped and stood atop a picnic table to get
the right angle. Photo taken on an empty stomach, before caffeine,
with an iPhone 6s, on October 7, 2015, 6:56 am. © Steve West


I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive.

Brooke Hampton, writer

Welcome…

… and thanks for stopping by. I sure hope you’ll stay here for a while and listen to some music with me.

I decided to start off the year 2020 by sharing a song each day, from my music collection or new music I’ve discovered. This sharing began with some posts on Facebook, and then I thought setting up this virtual listening space was the next logical step, as not everyone is into the “book of faces.” (Full disclosure: I also wanted to learn how to use WordPress!)

A lot of my time is spent listening to music and learning about the songs and bands, though I haven’t yet taken the jump to actually learning to play music, like my boys.

I can’t share physical albums with you virtually, but I’ve come up with my own “liner notes” of a sort, as that’s how I recall listening parties from my own past: holding the LP, reading the cover and sometimes, if lucky to have a really chatty artist, the inside fold or sleeve notes, taking it all in while hearing the new sounds. However, my notes are often as much about memories the songs evoke as they are about the songs themselves. I don’t identify the people in those memories, unless they are performers or others who have put their names out there.

And, here’s a plug for the artists… many of us know that streaming services pay artists very little money, so it is really important for us music lovers to support musicians’ incomes so that they can continue making their art for our sustainment and enjoyment. Go and buy their records from them at shows, from their websites, Bandcamp pages, the iTunes Store or other places where we pay so that musicians get some cash for their efforts. Buying gets money to musicians, unlike streaming which pays only fractions of a cent per play. Would any of us want to work for that kind of money?

In July 2020, after one of my brothers suggested he’d love to see me feature classical music a little more, I decided to institute “Classical Sundays.” (I realized afterward, I did that rather unceremoniously, so, yeah…) Since then I’ve posted a classical music piece every week, with the exception of the seven-day stretch in which I featured the entire album of Arcade Fire’s, The Suburbs, as a kind of experiment to keep things interesting.

After a break in the summer of 2021, I moved to posting on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

In November 2021, I finally made the move to join a streaming service, Apple Music, once I determined it could co-exist with my owned music library. I already feel the subscription has expanded my exposure to music, and am still committed to buying pieces of music that I enjoy.

Anyway, while you’re here, scroll down this page to see my recent posts. And please check out my Index of Songs / Search page, to find your favourite artist! (If searching for a topic or name that’s more than one word, sometimes better results will come if you type the search terms with quote marks, like “Brian Eno” if, for example, you’re looking for something by him.)

Maybe through my sharing of these songs and pieces, you’ll discover some music that’s new and enjoyable for you, and adds something to your life, too. I do hope so. It’s my wish that you’ll enjoy these songs as much as I do.

Thanks again for stopping in, and I hope you enjoy your stay…

Steve

PS: If this were one of my 1970s listening parties in my parents’ living room, I’d of course take requests! (My sweety has made a few already!) Let me know about a song you’d like to see here: scroll up to the Contact menu, or leave a comment in one of the daily posts. If the song is in my collection and I can think of something to say about it, I’ll post it. And if I don’t yet own it, I’ll check it out and you may just see it here…

PPS: On every post, I link to an official YouTube video or audio, or SoundCloud file of the song that I’ve chosen for that day from my music collection. I try to find official releases out of respect for the artists’ ownership of the music, but if I cannot find an official version of a song I’m determined to feature, I’ll use another. I again say: if you like the song, please support the artist who created it. Thank you.

PPPS: My site is on a hiatus effective April 30, 2022. Please feel welcome to browse through my 625 posts, via the Index of Songs/Search page. I’ll be in touch again soon.

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