Songful Sundays: 11-20-16 Gratitude

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Songful Sundays: 11-20-16 Gratitude

This week’s Songful Sundays theme is gratitude: : a feeling of appreciation or thanks.  A theme chosen because Thanksgiving is Thursday and it seems appropriate.  Please give this playlist a listen and enjoy several songs that literally say “thank you”.

Ben Arnold – “Thankful”
Dido – “Thank You”
Val Emmich – “All I Ever Wanted from You”
Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Give Thanks & Praises”
The Avett Brothers – “Nothing Short of Thankful”
Boyz II Men – “Thank You”
Wilco – “The Thanks I Get”
Paul McCartney – “Appreciate”
Ella Fitzgerald – “Thanks For The Memory”
Natalie Cole – “Be Thankful”
My Morning Jacket – “Thank You Too!”
Andrew Gold – “Thank You For Being A Friend”

Have a song of gratitude to add?  Please comment with your suggestion.


Lyric For Lyric: Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul

Mondo Cozmo - Plastic Soul

Mondo Cozmo – “Plastic Soul”
Didn’t I see you fighting in the war
Back in nineteen forty two
Every time I shape shift into form
I’m standing there right next to you
I keep searching all these dying stars
Just to get a glimpse of you
And all I have to do to drift away
Is close my eyes and think of you

Whenever I think of her (x5)

Didn’t I see you tearing down the wall
Back in nineteen eighty nine
Didn’t you feel my hand against your heart
When I told you you were always mine

The best days of all my lives were spent dreaming of the afterlife (x3)

Whenever I think of her (x5)

The idea behind the song: “you know my wife and I always joked about if we would meet up like in the next life. If we’d keep meeting up. I just thought that was a cool way to think about things.” – Mondo Cozmo. Wow, cool indeed and it makes for a truly phenomenal song.  This song is so good it haunts me.  Especially the line “the best days of all my lives were spent dreaming of the afterlife.”  That was stuck in my head and part of the reason why I decided to post the lyrics for “Plastic Soul”.

[GREAT NEWS] Mondo Cozmo will be at Boot & Saddle on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Tickets go on sale this Friday (11/18) at 12PM EST.  I’ll see you there!

Did I mishear any lyrics? Please comment with corrections.


Songful Sundays: 11-13-16 The Sound Of Solace

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Songful Sundays
is a Spotify playlist with a new theme each week featuring an array of genres and songs (new and past faves).  This is a new take on music curation for me although trying to focus on a theme might make it a little easier to update each week.

11-13-16 The Sound Of Solace
I wanted to start this series off with a playlist of bright, shiny tunes but solace prevailed.  Comfort, support and relief are encoded in these songs whether it’s lyrical or musical.  Maybe hope and solace go together because this playlist gives me that feeling too.  Give it a listen—you be the judge.

Hold On To Me – Mondo Cozmo
The Light – The Album Leaf
Yeshe & Horus – Hezekiah Jones
Heartless – Adrien Reju
Call It Off – Val Emmich
Ulysses – Son Of Dov
Safe & Sound – Chris Kasper
Thinks Are Gonna Be Ok – Illinois
I Belong – Mason Porter
Forgive and Forget – Andrew Lipke
God Only Wants You – Ours
One Heart – Ben Arnold
Better Days – Amos Lee
Better – The Good Names Are Taken
My Mind Was A Fog…My Heart Became A Bomb – Hammock

Is there a song that embodies the feeling a solace?  Comment with your answer.


Live Review: Archawah at Kung Fu Necktie (10/21/16)


Since Friday night’s setting upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie felt like a house party that is how Archawah decided to approach their performance.  They played a set filled with energy, great music and entertaining banter.  Archawah delivered a performance fit for any house party and or any good time.

Earlier in the night Thee Idea Men, The Ohio Weather Band, and Anjuli Josephine performed on the upstairs stage at Kung Fu Necktie.  Each act did their best to perform as if the small crowd that gathered in this tiny venue were all that mattered.  I think they all accomplished that.

Archawah @ KFN 10-21-16


Live Review: Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Val Emmich & The Veeries

Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Seeing Val Emmich & The Veeries again clearly made my Saturday.  Val Emmich is an extremely talented singer-songwriter and The Veeries are an exceptional band.  I won’t bore you with my words I just hope that these photos and videos give an idea of the caliber of awesomeness that was displayed at this show.

VIDEO: Val Emmich & The Veeries “Wooly Mammoths” at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)
VIDEO: Val Emmich & The Veeries “Just To Feel Alive Again” at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors opened the show performing as a three-piece band instead of their usual five-piece band arrangement.  Christina Alessi provides the vocals on Emmich’s “Hey Hey Hey”.  A song that Val Emmich & The Veeries performed during their set in the audience unplugged with Christina Alessi.  An absolutely beautiful moment.

Val Emmich & The Veeries 09-17-16

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