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Buried in the Basement

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dylan with dylan freakSo, who’s that you got locked up in your basement now, eh?

I’m finally getting around to this Christmas present from SuziQ — Bob Dylan and The Band: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. If I wasn’t listening to this gem within minutes of receiving it, that’s only because I’ve needed to clear up some space on my iPad, which is becoming my iGadget devoted mostly to iTunes and iBooks. But now watch for this collection of tunes to start showing up on my Twitter feed.

And curiously, no more than a day or two before I received this CD collection, quite by accident — hunting for a particular Dylan quote I had in mind, not even thinking about The Basement Tapes — I stumbled across The Basement Tapes Wiki (Beta). Which if nothing else I’ll be linking to as I continue to update this post during the course of listening to this new CD collection in my Dylan library.

Thank you, SuziQ!!

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11 January 2015 at 12:04 am

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Turning Lights Back On

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ingrid michaelsonPressure-washing the rust from these halls has been one task to be done for aftermath. Replacing burned-out bulbs and turning all the lights back on will be another.

Like, getting the music libraries on my iMachines back up and singing. Shifting laptops, strange things going on in my iTunes software, several reinstallations on the iMachines and general confusion following my shenanigans have left my playlists in shambles, in many cases with very little of my original stash left on hand. During clutter control this past week, I did locate back-up of some of the old stuff on a dusty flash drive, and will be refreshing all that soon. But also have been picking up a few new CDs.

For one, Ingrid Michaelson‘s Lights Out. Tracks added to my iPod’s Music —

  1. Home [4:24]
  2. Girls Chase Boys [3:41]
  3. Wonderful Unknown [5:01]
  4. You Got Me [3:13]
  5. Warpath [2:27]
  6. Handsome Hands [3:36]
  7. Time Machine [3:32]
  8. One Night Town [3:14]
  9. Open Hands [4:06]
  10. Ready To Lose [3:33]
  11. Stick [3:35]
  12. Afterlife [4:04]
  13. Over You [4:43]
  14. Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now [5:17]

And all my online track listings have gone belly-up. Mainly because I made the gross mistake of trusting them to Google – really really bad choice. But it’s a good example of where cross-device online public access to my content is useful to me. So although I’m rebuilding my track listings under my offline system, one of these days I’ll turn the lights back on for my combined listings.

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24 July 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Newly Old Tunes

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Since B&N had it on sale, I’ve added Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs to my iPod tunes collection. After 45-50 years (as in, since back before lethal injection was preferred over hanging), I still remember many of the words to these songs, from the vinyl version I grew up on —

  1. Big Iron [3:55]
  2. A Hundred And Sixty Acres [1:40]
  3. They’re Hanging Me Tonight [3:04]
  4. Cool Water [3:09]
  5. Billy The Kid [2:19]
  6. Utah Carol [3:13]
  7. The Strawberry Roan [3:23]
  8. The Master’s Call [3:05]
  9. Running Gun [2:10]
  10. El Paso [4:19]
  11. In The Valley [1:48]
  12. The Little Green Valley [2:26]
  13. The Hanging Tree [2:50]
  14. Saddle Tramp [2:03]
  15. El Paso (full-length version) [4:38]
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26 May 2012 at 12:02 pm

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After the Last Waltz

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Huge holes remain in what I would consider a basic collection of tracks for my iPod and iPhone, and I know I’ll never possess the extraordinary collection a colleague of mine once had. Even so, no better time than today for filling one of those holes, in memory of Levon Helm, who died today.

So my collection now has Dirt Farmer

  1. False Hearted Lover Blues
  2. Poor Old Dirt Farmer
  3. The Mountain
  4. Little Birds
  5. The Girl Left Behind
  6. Calvary
  7. Anna Lee
  8. Got Me a Woman
  9. A Train Robbery
  10. Single Girl, Married Girl
  11. Blind Child
  12. Feelin’ Good
  13. Wide River To Cross

“He shall be Levon.”

(Mark this as my 4th purchase from iTunes, after finding their download price sufficiently below B&N’s price, even with my B&N 10% discount on top of a special 15% discount B&N coupon.)

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19 April 2012 at 9:43 pm

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My First iTunes Purchases

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I’m like the boy last left standing on the boat dock after every other kid has jumped into the water, unsure whether it’ll be too cold for me or what else might be swimming below the surface or whether I’ll stay afloat or any other excuse I can come up with. More than six months after they went ahead and got me an iPod for my birthday when I was in no position to return it, and more than three months after I grudgingly went ahead and switched to an iPhone as long as Suzi was getting one too, until now I’d avoided actually purchasing any music on iTunes.

And as long as there is a Half Price Books anywhere near me, I may not have purchased my last CD. But Suzi’s right, that I don’t really listen to CDs anymore, rather only burn them to any of the last CD-equipped computers we have left, then sync them to the iDevices. I’d felt the CDs to provide me better assurance that if anything went wrong, like how my Zen vision:m quit working, I’d still always have the CD to burn again; but now I’ve lost upwards of 20% of my CD stockpile somewhere in the clutter, so that’s no excuse anymore.

So, my first iTunes purchase: Ingrid Michaelson, singing her The Way I Am. Like how I can remember nearly fifty years later the first time I ever heard Dylan, I won’t ever forget the first time I heard this song sung, and it plays often in my head, always bringing me a warm smile. So it makes for a solid first dip in the iTunes swimming hole.

And then if it were not going to be my first iTunes singles purchase, then my first iTunes album purchase could be none other than Dennis Brain doing the 2nd horn concerto composed by Ricard Strauss. Of course, picking up the 1st horn concerto and the Hindemith for the ride. My all-time favorite music of all – even including anything Dylan – is Strauss’ 2nd horn concerto, and nobody – not even Tuckwell – will ever come even remotely close to comparing to Brain. If ever I want to try to explain what I look for in music, all I need do is key up a few particular measures early on in that 2nd horn concerto and have Brain play side by side to Tuckwell; and like comparing a French chardonney to a Californian chardonney, my tastes in music become very obvious.

Not yet but soon will be my third iTunes purchase, a single: Space Oddity, by David Bowie. Because some 12-14 years ago, even before we had smart phones or PIMs or even mp3 files or the like, I used to have a clock radio that played Space Oddity (from a CD long ago lost) to as the alarm that would wake me every morning. After that, we’ll be needing to set a ration level for me, else I’m very likely to spend our entire tax refund and more stuffing my iDevices with all the Beethoven and Philip Glass and Keith Jarrett and AWOL Dylan and on and on, hours and hours of listening pleasure. There, that’s one last advantage CDs had over iTunes: although I tested the boundaries of our CD storage areas, at least there was a bit of a restriction on how much how quickly I could reasonably accumulate; whereas since iTunes takes up no more space than what my computer’s hard drive can stomach, I could too easily crave years’ worth of music at a moment’s notice.

What were your first iTunes purchases, and why? (I won’t put that in terms of “what would be,” since I’m sure I must be the last kid on the block to be in on this game.)

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16 April 2012 at 1:46 pm

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Shuffle #4

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After syncing the Cohen 2008 concert CD added to my collection this week, we’re now shuffling out of 4377 tracks –

1 – Rollin’ and Tumblin’. Bob Dylan. Modern Times. [6:01/6:01] Good one to queue up next bout of insomnia.
2 – Barrytown. Steely Dan. Pretzel Logic. [3:22/9:23] Doing things strange.
3 – Sinner’s Prayer. Ray Charles & B.B. King. Genius Loves Company. [4:25/13:48] I could do with more of B.B. on the Zen.
4 – Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat) Bob Dylan. Street Legal. [6:16/20:04] Mediocre.
5 – Charmaine. Jim Reeves. The Unforgettable Jim Reeves. [2:11/22:15] When blue birds are mating?
6 – Villanelle for Our Time. Leonard Cohen. Dear Heather. [5:56/28:11] Lennie recites a villanelle!!
7 – Houston. (unidentified artist and album) [2:57/31:08] A country & western number, from one of the mp3 files Jim sent me, I think. “Here I am in Houston, and I’m one day closer to you.”
8 – Meeting Across the River. Bruce Springsteen. Born to Run. [3:19/34:27] Pure gold from the Boss! One of the best I’ve ever heard for rhyming and keeping form in something that still sounds like it came straight off the street!
9 – Island Girl. Elton John. Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (Disc 1). [3:44/38:11] Not one of my faves from Elton.
10 – Most Anything You Want. Iron Butterfly. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. [3:42/41:53] One of those never-heard pieces from the flip side.
11 – Sing Another Song Boys. Leonard Cohen. Songs of Love and Hate. [6:15/48:08] “They’ll never, they’ll never ever reach the moon, at least not the one that they’re after.”
12 – Love’s Recovery. Indigo Girls. Artist’s Choice: Sarah McLachlan. [4:22/52:30]
13 – Stories of the Street. Leonard Cohen. The Songs of Leonard Cohen. [4:35/57:05] Curious! – without hitting any of the tracks from the new Lennie concert CD, the Zen still seems to sense that this shuffle belongs to the man born with the gift of a golden voice!
14 – Stagger Lee. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Murder Ballads. [5:15/1:02:20] Let’s just say this one won’t go out to the pool CD player, unless we wish to be exiled from the neighborhood.
15 – 17 Year Locust. Rob Zombie. Educated Horses. [4:06/1:06:26] We’re in that segment of the shuffle, one would gather.
16 – Are You Ready? The Fairfield Four. Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. [2:36/1:09:02] LOL! The previous two tracks in this shuffle had me thinking that I needed maybe George Beverly Shea or one of the praise songs to queue up, to wash my head out. This about does the job.
17 – The Girl from Ipanema. Astrud Gilberto. Classics in the Key of G. [4:03/1:13:05] Still steering clear of the Cave/Zombie mudhole.
18 – Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Jim Reeves. Golden Hits. [1:29/1:14:34] He keeps forgetting. . .
19 – To the Sons of Man. Killswitch Engage. Alive of Just Breathing. [2:02/1:16:36] Headfirst back into the mudhole. This one will be one of the first to disappear when I get short of space.
20 – From Me to You. The Beatles. 1. [1:56/1:18:32] We’ve had several that were under 2 minutes this shuffle.
21 – Thoughtless Kind. John Cale. Fragments of a Rainy Season. [2:40/1:21:12] So if you get tired of the friends you made?
22 – Love Touch. Rod Stewart. Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart, Vol. 2. [4:03/1:25:15] Is this Rod’s first appearance in the shuffles?
23 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Elton John & Kiki Dee. Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (Disc 2). [4:28/1:29:43]
24 – Parlami d’ Amore &etc. The Three Tenors. Best of the Three Tenors. [2:51/1:32:34] Can one get much farther from track #19 of this shuffle? Not just in style, but in quality, in ability, in reality even?
25 – I’m So Blue. Veggie Tales. [3:28/1:36:02] Ditto, although perhaps not at the same hoity toity level as the tenors.
26 – Stairway to Heaven on Glass Harmonica. Peter Bennett. [1:42/1:37:44] Another sub-2min track. We;re headed for a record low with this shuffle’s duration.
27 – Mary Was Pretty. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2) [2:04/1:39:46] And another relatively short one. They needed to know more women? Nah, Joanie would’ve thrown a fit.
28 – Angie. The Rolling Stones. Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993. [4:32/1:44:18]
29 – The Island. Barbra Streisand. A Love Like Ours. [4:37/1:48:55] Absent a miracle, we won’t break the 2-hour threshold for this shuffle….
30 – Flute 1. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Indian Classical Maestros Vol.1. [26:50/2:15:45] …And we get our miracle in the form of one of my Indian music CDs! This shuffle had been aiming for a record low below 1:59, then shot to a record high past 2:11!!

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29 August 2009 at 7:08 pm

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Zen Shuffle 3

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Shuffle 30 out of 4340 tracks, including 3 episodes of The Writer’s Almanac synced over this past week –
1 – I Can’t Keep from Crying, Sometimes. The Blues Project. Anthology (Disc 2). [4:27] Good Al Kooper to start this shuffle, but one I’ve rarely heard played.
2 – Colorado Trail. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2). [2:50/7:17] Not one of the ones on any of the several KT records I had during my childhood, so this one is relatively unknown to me. This shuffle starts with two of my fave groups, but with rare numbers from them.
3 – Spirit on the Water. Bob Dylan. Modern Times. [7:42/14:59] We continue the draft touch of this shuffle: core in terms of singer or group, but with the song itself one of the lesser heard numbers.
4 – All the Way. Brian McKnight (with Kenny G). Paradise. [4:18/19:17] Still not yet touching a number that would be in the top thousand if I ranked them all precisely, although it does still belong on my device.
5 – 4th of July, Adbury Park (Sandy). Bruce Springsteen. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. [5:36/24:53] Ah, there we go, at least into my top 500, maybe even top 250. This is one I enjoy dancing to, singing to, great great Bruce.
6 – Romeo and Juliet. Dire Straits. Alchemy. [8:17/33:10] Another in my top 500! And we’re going to easily break the 2-hour ceiling on this shuffle if we keep pulling down these longer numbers. Not that I mind.
7 – Black Sunshine. Iggy Pop (with Rob Zombie). Past, Present & Future ` “` (Disc 1). [4:49/37:59] Back down to the lower quadrant: still belongs on the Zen, but ain’t up near the top.
8 – Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine. Bob Dylan. Biograph (Disc 1). [3:29/41:28] Two from Bob out of the first 8? That’s my Zen!
9 – Crow Jane. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Murder Ballads. [4:14/45:42]
10 – Elegy. Michael Maxwell. Elegance of Pachelbel. [7:15/52:57] Here’s an inversion!–a fave number by an artist I’d never even be able to pick out of a multiple choice police line-up!! This is my top fave from this CD we’ve listened to hundreds of times both awake and asleep.
11 – The Pretender. Jackson Browne. The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne. [5:51/58:48] Used to be the theme song for the sitcom of my life.
12 – Cocks ‘n’ Asses. Nick Cave. B-Sides & Rarities (Disc 1). [5:43/1:04:31] What and what? Let’s just say we won’t be queueing this one up on our poolside CD player. Meanwhile, we’ve crossed the 1-hour mark in record time; I need to pause here and recharge the Zen battery.

And will take the opportunity to sync 10 additional tracks: a few more episodes of The Writer’s Almanac, along with some recent episodes of Wait Wait. So when I pick it back up, the final 18 will be shuffled up out of 4350 tracks –
13 – Don’t Cry Blue. Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards. [2:44/1:07:15] Good song (although not my fave) from a great CD. (Dont you cry either, Cuddles.)
14 – Natasha. Rufus Wainwright. Want One. [3:28/1:10:43] Relaxing, maybe. But I never have gotten all that much into Wainwright, so this one might even rank in the lowest several hundred.
15 – Henry Lee. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Murder Ballads. [3:58/1:14:41] Not one of my top faves from Nick Cave, but shows how little emotion I feel toward Wainwright’s to call this one at least a thousand higher than that one stood. And as for randomization?-Note this is the second from Cave’s Murder Ballads CD.
16 – High Water. Bob Dylan. The Bootleg Series, Vol.8: Tell Tale Signs (Disc 1). [6:46/1:21:27] Still plugging away quite steadily toward a new record for shuffle duration.
17 – I’m a Changed Man. Otis Redding. Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology (Disc 2). [2:22/1:23:49] Cutting down the average track time for this shuffle set, but not a bad track for rounding out the diversity.
18 – Easy Does It. Al Kooper. Easy Does It. [5:28/1:29:17] Belt it on out, Al! Blast from my 12th grade past! And “when I grew a little older….”
19 – How Beautiful are the Feet of Them. London Philharmonic Choir. Handel’s Messiah (Disc 2). [3:07/1:32:24] Another good one for rounding out the shuffle set’s diversity.
20 – By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Glen Campbell. The Very Best of Glen Campbell. [2:47/1:35:11] Ah yes, reaching back even further into high school day memories!
21 – On Again, Off Again. Sean Lennon. Friendly Fire. [3:18/1:38:29] Another mild diversity-widening track – as with Wainwright, I’ve never quite clicked with John’s kid the way I have done with Bob’s.
22 – I Shall Be Released. Bob Dylan. The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3. [2:10/1:40:39] My Zen has this mis-labeled (as is the case on several dozen scattered tracks, the source of the problem unknown) – the track being played is from the same CD, but is Santa Fé.
23 – She Belongs To Me. North Country. North Country: Pickin’ Bob Dylan. [3:26/1:44:05] And I don’t even know what they’re trying to pick here, but it sure doesn’t sound like She Belongs To Me. I suppose maybe it is, but . . .
24 – The Writer’s Almanac for 8/19/2009. [5:16/1:49:21] Ah cute! Only this past week did I begin downloading podcasts of The Writer’s Almanac, and already it’s creeping into my shuffles.
25 – O Caritas. Cat Stevens. Catch Bull at Four. [3:42/1:53:03] He should make sure to sing this one at any current concerts, especially if they ever let him set foot in the U.S. again.
26 – All Heaven Declares. Jack Hayford. Men in Worship. [2:28/1:55:31] Another good diversity-widening track.
27 – Coast of California. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2). [2:38/1:58:09] Now creeping toward that 2-hour mark.
28 – Across the Universe. The Beatles. Let It Be…Naked (Disc 1). [3:38/2:01:47] Finally passing the 2-hour threshold. We were originally stretching for a record on this shuffle, but then slowed down. We had reached the 2-hour mark on the 27th track for shuffle set #2 last week.
29 – People Ain’t No Good. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The Boatman’s Call. [5:41/2:06:28] Nick gets the prize this shuffle, claiming three of the thirty slots.
30 – Don’t Fence Me In. Mitch Miller. Sing Along with Mitch. [2:05/2:08:33] And we come in slightly more than three minutes under last week’s duration record. Even so, a familiar one to close out this shuffle, fitting nicely with earlier selections from The Kingston Trio and Glen Campbell.

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23 August 2009 at 8:01 am

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Sunday Shuffle 2

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30 Shuffle 2: 30 “random” selections from 4332 tracks on my Zen Vision:M –
1 – Have a Talk with God. Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life (Disc 1). [2:42]
2 – Parker’s Band. Steely Dan. Pretzel Logic. [2:45/5:27]
3 – Too Much of Nothing. Bob Dylan. The Basement Tapes (Disc 2) [3:03/8:30] This shuffle has started out just a step or two off the beaten track – not all that unusual to my main tastes, but not the most commonly heard of tunes.
4 – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You. Bob Dylan. Nashville Skyline. [3:23/11:53] Ah, that’s a little closer to center. I sing along on this one, even think of scooting it back to replay it again before shuffling along.
5 – Alone. Kenny G. Breathless. [5:28/17:21]
6 – All I Taste Today is What’s Her Name. From Autumn to Ashes. The Fiction We Live. [3:41/21:02] Odd bit of shuffle, this one is so far.
7 – Worried Life Blues. John Cephas. Homemade. [3:18/24:20] And the oddness continues. All these do belong on my Zen, but they do a job at showing off some of the odd corners I listen to.
8 – Slow Train. Bob Dylan. Slow Train Coming. [5:58/30:18] Even when it does try to get to the center of the room, it’s somewhat off in another building altogether. Again, belongs; but again, not one you’d see listed among the most common to come to mind during any typical stray open moment.
9 – Spirit on the Water. Bob Dylan. Modern Times. [7:42/38:00] The shuffle maintains its rep.
10 – For Lovin’ Me / Did She Mention My Name. [3:29/41:29] A week of traffic since track 29 on the first shuffle, but this still comes soon enough to lend more emphasis to the off-beaten-track feel of the rest of the rest of this shuffle.
11 – Dink’s Song (Minneapolis Hotel Version). Bob Dylan. No Direction Home. [5:02/46:31] And speaking of mixing the norm (doesn’t get any more so than for another Bob to come up) with the unusal (this is as much so as if it were brand new).
12 – Nobody Does It Better. Carly Simon. Reflections: Carly Simon’s Greatest Hits. [3:44/50:15] Makes one feel sad for the rest.
13 – Pressing On. Chicago Mass Choir. Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. [6:07/56:22] Ditto the mixture of norm with abnorm.
14 – Tempus Vernum. Enya. A Day Without Rain. [2:24/58:46]
15 – Bridge Over Troubled Water. Johnny Cash. [3:55/1:02:41] LOL, it really doesn’t mix up much better than this classic cover!
16 – I Shall Be Released. Bob Dylan. The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 (Disc 2). [3:56/1:06:37] The parenthetical in the CD title says it well: although this particular song is one of my Dylan faves, this shuffle can’t even manage to key up the usual version.
17 – Bunch of Lonesome Heroes. Leonard Cohen. Songs From a Room. [3:12/1:09:49] But for me, this is dead center: from the first Lennie album I had, sung for the crickets even.
18 – Lonesome Suzie. The Band. Music from Big Pink. [4:04/1:13:53] Coincidence of this shuffle: two songs in a row about the lonesome ones.
19 – Blue Boy. Jim Reeves. The Unforgettable Jim Reeves. [2:12/1:16:05] And we can call this a moderate extension of that coincidence: Jim doesn’t sing “lonesome,” but he does sing of being “lonely” and the song does fit well enough with the previous two to give us a shuffle trifecta.
20 – Moments to Remember. Barry Manilow. The Greatest Songs of the Fifties. [3:34/1:19:39] How to wreck to beautiful classic: it’s “we’ll,” Barry.
21 – Beethoven. [7:06/1:26:45] Identified on the Zen as “track 4,” one of many tracks I’ve not got clearly enough marked to know for sure exactly which Beethoven this is.
22 – Sonata for Flute & Piano: Cantilena. Poulenc: Chamber Music. [4:10/1:36:55] Sweetly melancholic.
23 – All Things New Again. The Wallflowers. Rebel, Sweetheart. [3:44/1:40:39]
24 – Barges. Ralph McTell. From Clare to Here: The Songs of Ralph McTell. [4:03/1:44:42] One of Ralph’s best.
25 – This Dream of You. Bob Dylan. Together Through Life. [5:54/1:50:36] From his most recent CD!
26 – Ballad of Ira Hayes. Peter Lafarge. [3:26/1:54:02] And sorely regretting not having Dylan’s cover of this on my Zen.
27 – Racing in the Streets. Bruce Springsteen. Darkness on the Edge of Town. [6:54/2:00:56] Yes, and it’s about time: the Boss finally puts in an appearance on the shuffles.
28 – The Mountains of Mourne. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2) [2:51/2:03:47] Not one of the Kingston Trio tunes I recall from my childhood.
29 – You’ve Got a Friend. James Taylor. The Best of James Taylor. [4:29/2:08:16]
30 – If We Try. Don McLean. American Pie & Other Hits. [3:32/2:11:46]

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16 August 2009 at 9:06 am

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Sync – Michael Jackson: Number Ones

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Picked up at Kroger today for $9.99, today we synced up Michael Jackson’s Number Ones

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit) [3:56]
  2. Rock With You (Single Version) [3:40]
  3. Billie Jean (Single Version) [4:53]
  4. Beat It (Single Version) [4:18]
  5. Thriller (2003 Edit) [5:11]
  6. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You [4:11]
  7. Bad [4:06]
  8. Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit) [4:17]
  9. The Way You Make Me Feel [4:56]
  10. Man In The Mirror (2003 Edit) [5:04]
  11. Dirty Diana [4:40]
  12. Black Or White (Single Version) [3:18]
  13. You Are Not Alone (Radio Edit) [4:34]
  14. Earth Song (Radio Edit) [5:01]
  15. You Rock My World (Radio Edit) [4:25]
  16. Break Of Dawn [5:29]
  17. One More Chance [3:49]
  18. Ben (2003 Live Edit) 2:58]

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9 August 2009 at 2:52 pm

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Sunday Shuffle 1

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Shuffle 30 [4314] –
1 – The Ground Folds. Senses Fail. From the Depths of Dreams. (4:30) [3497] Can’t recall ever hearing this, but finding it worth returning to for more of a listen.
2 – Like a Rolling Stone. Bob Dylan. Before the Flood (Disc 2). (7:10/11:40) [2001] From the concert series during which I attended the one Dylan concert I’ve been to. Almost the entire final minute of this track is simply applause.
3 – Yodeling Veteranarian of the Alps (Track 5). Veggie Tales. (4:17/15:57) Every shuffle 30 does benefit from at least one Veggie Tale smile.
4 – Watermark. Enya. Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya. (2:26/18:23) [4056] Relaxing instrumental, one of my personal faves of Enya.
5 – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry. Al Kooper. Super Session. (3:30/21:53) [1776] I’ll always prefer Dylan’s own H61R version, but his session pianoman doesn’t do it any injustice on this version with Steven Stills helping to push it through.
6 – Concerto No. 2 in G Minor/G-Moll “Summer.” Salzburguer Kammerorcherter – Dir. Alexander von Pitamic. The Four Seasons. (5:39/27:32) [705] If we’re going to have one of the four seasons keyed up for this morning’s shuffle 30, of course it would have to be summer.
* 7 – Tombstone Blues. Tim O’Brien. Red on Blonde. (3:42/31:14) [3762] From a great album consisting entirely of Dylan covers by O’Brien. Cute: three of the past 6 songs in this shuffle have been versions of songs from my favorite album of all time, Highway 61 Revisited, but without actually playing H61R itself!
8 – Harvester of Hearts. Rufus Wainwright. Want One. (3:35/34:49) [1314]
9 – Million Miles. Bob Dylan. Million Miles Recordings 1997-1999. (4:40/39:29) [2244] And a million miles away from H61R, too.
10 – With God on Our Side. Manfred Mann. A Tribute to Bob Dylan (Vol. 1). (4:25/43:54) [4192] Pretty standard shuffle so far: out of 10 songs, 2 Dylans and 3 Dylan covers. Background music on this version feels somewhat mindless (the singing too, in places), as though perhaps not grasping the point of the song.
11 – On That Day. Leonard Cohen. Dear Heather. (2:06/46:00) [2506] Lennie does a 9/11 tribute song!
12 – Won’t Last Long. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Echo. (4:22/50:22) [4205] Mediocre, Tom, and it lasted a minute or two longer than it really deserved.
13 – Angel Below. UnderOath. The Changing of the Times. (3:27/53:49) [278] Yes, even with all the Dylan & friends, a good shuffle is bound to come around to one of these frequently enough to stake its own claim to sound time.
* 14 – Toe Hold. Al Kooper. I Stand Alone. (3:53/57:32) [3757] Al Kooper grabs second asterisk for the shuffle by pulling in his second slot.
15 – Passages. Kenny G. The Moment. (5:57/1:03:29) [2611] Kenny closes out this shuffle’s first hour of play.
16 – What’s Good. Lou Reed. Magic and Loss. (3:22/1:06:51) And here the shuffle took itself a battery recharge break.
17 – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. North Country. North Country: Pickin’ on Bob Dylan. (4:12/1:11:03) [1896] Yet another Dylan cover, apparently this shuffle’s theme.
18 – Tom Dooley. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 1). (3:03/1:14:06) [3760] Recalling one of the first records I had, reaching back about 45 years into my early childhood.
19 – Daydream. John Denver. Greatest Hits. (2:54/1:17:00) [777]
20 – Wake Me, Shake Me. The Blues Project. Anthology (Disc 2). (5:20/1:22:20) [4033] Of course, this gets recognized as Al Kooper’s 3rd slot grabbed in this shuffle. Go Al!
21 – Moonlight at Cove Castle. Mannheim Steamroller. Romantic Melodies. (3:19/1:25:39) [2277] A rarity: MS playing something other than Christmas music!
22 – Take This Waltz. Leonard Cohen. More Best of Leonard Cohen. (5:58/1:31:37) [3342]
23 – The Ballad of John and Yoko. The Beatles. 1967-1970 (Disc 2). (2:59/1:34:36) [3418]
24 – Les Soirées de Nazelles, for piano, No. 1-4 complete: Le coeur sur la main. Olivier Cazal. Poulenc: Piano Music, Vol. 2. (2:25/1:37:01) [1947]
25 – Here Comes the Sun. The Beatles. Abbey Road. (3:05/1:40:06) [1376] As this came up in this morning’s shuffle, the sun here was disappearing behind approaching thunderclouds…and here came the son, Kelly.
26 – The Sign of Love. Mannheim Steamroller. Romantic Melodies. (3:58/1:44:04) [3607] This shuffle set’s best illustration of my suspicions that my Zen’s shuffle mode is not entirely random.
27 – My Back Pages. Bob Dylan. Another Side of Bob Dylan. (4:22/1:48:26) [2327] As if sensing that the easy listening category might be gaining the upper hand in the shuffle, along comes a Dylan classic.
28 – Just One More Day. Otis Redding. Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology (Disc 1). (3:30/1:51:56) [1870]
* 29 – For Lovin’ Me / Did She Mention My Name. Gordon Lightfoot. Gord’s Gold. (3:29/1:55:25) [1093] This gets its aserisk for an odd coincidence: out of the 30 in this shuffle set, this is the 2nd (after the John Denver song) to echo the three CDs that happen to currently sit in our pool CD player.
30 – Tombstone Blues. Tim O’Brien. Red on Blonde. (3:42/1:59:07) [3762] How’s that for pseudo-shuffle: repeating the 7th selection of this same shuffle set. Yes, even with complete randomness, there is a chance that a number could be repeated even back-to-back. Even so, things like this seem to happen more often than I would expect. Oh well, if we were going to repeat anything, Tombstone Blues ain’t a bad one to do it on.

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9 August 2009 at 11:00 am

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Zen Tracks [33] Kingston Trio: Scotch and Soda

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Zen Vision MScotch and SodaKingston TrioBest of the Kingston Trio
[2:15] * * * *

About 10 years old when I first heard this beautifully lyrical folk tune and having no exposure to any popular music beyond the small collection of Kingston Trio vinyl allowed in our seclusive home, I’ve had this one going through my head off and on for 45 years now, so it’s got itself a solid track on my Zen Vision:M. Playing it again today on Bob Shane‘s 75th birthday.

Took the Internet to introduce me to the magic trick by the same name, although there’s no connection as far as I can hear. Still can’t say how my strict parents allowed me to go around chirping about scotch and dry martini and gin and feeling high and all, but this record never saw the same treatment that Baez got over We Shall Overcome.

All I need is one of your smiles, sunshine of your eyes
Oh me oh my do I feel higher than a kite can fly
Give me lovin’, baby I feel high.

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1 February 2009 at 2:42 pm

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Zen Tracks [32] Dylan: Talkin’ New York

Zen Vision MTalkin’ New YorkBob DylanBob Dylan
[3:19] * * *

Nobody at the Greyhound Station to greet him, no ticket stub preserved, so the exact date remains a question mark. But near today 47 years ago, Robert Allen Zimmerman first set foot in Manhattan and headed down to Greenwich Village to make a name for himself. Or songs for us. Or a friend or two. Or somethin’ worthy of New York.

A lot of people don’t have much food on their table,
But they got a lot of forks n’ knives,
And they gotta cut somethin’.

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24 January 2009 at 11:12 am

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Zen Tracks [31] Frank Sinatra: Someone to Watch Over Me

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Zen Vision MSomeone to Watch Over MeFrank SinatraSinatra 80th: All the Best
[2:56] * * *

OK, despite the album title, this one isn’t Frank at his very best. Nor is it anywhere near the best rendition of this beautiful old classic.

But for how I do love hearing Frank’s voice, and for how much I do love this song, I’ll give it at least three stars on my Zen Vision:M and cue it up to honor the anniversary of Frank’s birth.

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12 December 2008 at 2:02 am

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Zen Tracks [30] Handel: Amen

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Zen Vision MAmenGeorge Frederick Handel, performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Philharmonic Choir – The Messiah
[4:20] * * * * *

Putting up the foyer Christmas tree takes up a huge chunk of my day after Thanksgiving. And I like to spend the first hour plus of that time with Handel’s Messiah supplying background music, volume jacked up to the max on my Zen Vision:M.

And yes, technically this finale isn’t from the Christmas portion; but it was still always my favorite in Messiah sing-alongs that did the whole thing beginning to end, and for the one time that excerpts were sung by a church for which I once sang both bass and tenor parts. Get this one anywhere even remotely near where Handel meant it to go, and singing along sends your spirit soaring higher than the angel atop our foyer tree.

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Zen Tracks [29] Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant Massacree

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Zen Vision MAlice’s Restaurant MassacreeArlo GuthrieAlice’s Restaurant
[18:36] * * * * *

I’ve been listenin’ to this song now for forty Thanksgivings. I could listen to it for another forty Thanksgivings. I’m not proud… or tired.

So we’ll wait till it comes around again on my Zen Vision:M, and this time with four part harmony and feeling.

We’re just waitin’ for it to come around on my zen, is what we’re doing.

All right now.

Da da da da da da da dum
At Alice’s Restaurant

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27 November 2008 at 2:02 am

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Zen Tracks [28] Neil Young: A Man Needs a Maid

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Zen Vision MA Man Needs a MaidNeil YoungHarvest
[4:05] * * * *

I know, to Neil this may have simply been a love song to Carrie Snodgress, while to many a deaf feminist – more than one of whom has crossed my path through the years (some of those even willing to freely admit that they themselves needed and wanted a maid, just not willing to accept that a man might do so) – it’s merely sexist tripe. Me, I’ve had my own private obsession with this song from the very first time I heard it through the noise at one of Mickey & Bret’s parties.

To give a love,
you gotta live a love.
To live a love,
you gotta be “part of”

Start just from that odd little interlude, skip to the much more famous beginning of the next song on the Harvest album, and take it from there. I don’t care if Neil Young consciously planned it all out. It all fits whether or not. (Yes, even “Alabama,” notwithstanding all the crap that song’s gotten too.) And not in any way that ought be seen as offensive.

Happy birthday, Neil. You’ve got my Zen Vision:M tonight.

When will I see you again?

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12 November 2008 at 6:53 pm

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Zen Tracks [27] Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream

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Zen Vision MBob Dylan’s 115th DreamBob DylanBringing It All Back Home
[6:32] * * * *

I went to sing this yesterday and found I was getting too rusty on the words, of all things forgetting where it went after leaving without the hat. So it being the Columbus Day holiday, this jumps right in line on my Zen Vision:M.

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13 October 2008 at 9:53 am

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