My Song of the Day for Today

The Esplanade Riel in Winnipeg, Canada, just before daybreak;
walking to work, stopped and standing atop a picnic table
to get the right angle. Taken on an empty stomach with an
iPhone 6s, on October 7, 2015, 6:56 am. Photo © 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 2020 by sharing a song from my music collection, each day. This sharing began with some posts on Facebook, but then I thought setting up this virtual listening space was the next logical step, as I know 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 haven’t yet taken the jump to actually learning to play music, like my boys. Maybe by my sharing of these songs, you’ll discover some music that’s new and enjoyable for you, and adds something to your life, too. I do hope so.

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 nowadays, they make very little money from streaming services, 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, their Bandcamp pages, or iTunes or other places where we pay so that musicians get some cash for their efforts.

It’s my wish that you’ll enjoy these songs as much as I do.

Thanks again for stopping in,

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 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.

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