Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

One night around 20 years ago, after I came home late from work, my sweety greeted me, saying, “Come here… you’d GOT to hear this song!” She’d videotaped a musical performance on a late-night TV talk show and it would the first time I would ever hear Nanci Griffith. The memory is a bit foggy,Continue reading “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”

Girl from the North Country

Yesterday, I was browsing around YouTube looking for an official video or audio for a Johnny Cash song from his “American IV” album when I came upon a duet he did with Bob Dylan on Dylan’s song, “Girl from the North Country Fair.” Like Zucchero and Paul Young singing “Senza una Donna” (please see postContinue reading “Girl from the North Country”

On My Way Back Home

(Warning: lyrics contain a cuss word.) Today’s song, by the American indie rock group, Band of Horses, is on my biggest iTunes playlist, “Bday party playlist.” I set it up many years ago to play during parties, and it’s my go-to when I want a somewhat random set of music on “shuffle” at home orContinue reading “On My Way Back Home”

Mirrorball

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Aside from the oppressive commercialization of the occasion, I hope you are feeling loved today, whether it’s romantic, simple companionship or the just knowing you’re supported by friends.  I shared the story for today’s song, ‘Mirrorball,’ back when I featured another Elbow song on January 18, 2020 (‘This Blue World’), soContinue reading “Mirrorball”

Touched by the Sun

The haul of CDs I scored from Columbia House (please see my February 4, 2020 post on ‘Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór’), many years ago, included Carly Simon’s ‘Letters Never Sent.’  I remember Simon’s early hit, Anticipation’ (1971), which was used by Heinz for a commercial demonstrating how slowly their ketchup poured because it was soContinue reading “Touched by the Sun”

Senza una Donna

I first heard Paul Young in 1985 when his song ‘I Was In Chains’ from the album ‘The Secret of Association’ was being played on CBC FM’s late-night radio; I think it was Night Lines, though it could have been Brave New Waves that year. I think it’s probably on one of those cassettes IContinue reading “Senza una Donna”

This Guy's in Love with You

Okay, so technically this is a repeat artist — and really, that would have to happen at some point; I only have so many records, CDs, and MP3s. Herb Alpert and His Tijuana Brass appeared here on January 17, 2020 (‘A Taste of Honey’) as an instrumental act, but today he’s the singer on aContinue reading “This Guy's in Love with You”

Everything_Now (continued) / Everything Now

One of our boys introduced me to Arcade Fire when, on a visit here, he bought their first full-length album, ‘Funeral,’ not long after it was released, and played it at our home. (They named the album in recognition of the fact several band members had deaths in their families around the time it wasContinue reading “Everything_Now (continued) / Everything Now”

Factory

Hearing this song reminds me of riding home in the car on a mini road trip when one of our boys drove my sweety and me to an extended family dinner outside Winnipeg. While I like driving, I enjoyed being in the back seat that night after a long walk in the afternoon and thenContinue reading “Factory”

Age of Steam

From 1979 to 1999 (with a few years out of the paid workforce to stay at home full-time caring for my sons from 1993 to 1996), I worked at a railway. I was mostly in office work, then management, but in the late 90s when I returned, administrative positions were disappearing to cutbacks, and IContinue reading “Age of Steam”