1111–Make a Wish

For my kids, any time they see 11:11 on a digital clock face, they say “11:11–make a wish!” When setting up my post for today, I noticed that I’ve now had 1,111 total page views, so I decided to make some wishes concerning this blog. I don’t believe I can share the specifics of the wishes if I want them to come true, but with the wishes topic being the blog, it’s probably pretty easy to guess their general direction. (And let’s just say I’d like to be making the 11,111 views wish sooner than later).

I have finally decided to catch back up, so this entry is going to be for the last several weeks, as well as 5 Red Sox victories (which will not catch me up with them, but will get me closer seeing that they’ve kindly decided to win only one game in the last week). There will be less total commentary, but you will see that I’m now over 2,000 songs and have crossed into the ‘D’ entries. (I apologize for hitting so many songs at once, but I figure it’s the only way to get back on track and on time, particularly with how little blogging I’ve done the last week, first from excitement that my job hunt may have finally ended, and then my sadness that the job hunt has to continue, and there doesn’t seem to be anything imminent).

August 4-23, 2012

Multiple gym visits plus 5 2+ mile walks to commemorate Red Sox victories 44 through 48 of the 2012 season

  • Crazy For You–Madonna
  • Crazy For You–Madonna
  • Crazy In Love–Beyonce
  • Crazy Life–Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love–Queen
  • Crazy Love, Vol. II–Paul Simon
  • Crazy Man Michael–Fairport Convention
  • Crazy Ones–John Mellencamp
  • Cream–Prince
  • Creatures of Love–Talking Heads
  • The Creep–Lonely Island
  • Creeping Death–Metallica
  • Creeping Out Sara–NOFX
  • Creeque Alley–The Mamas and the Papas
  • Cremation–Lou Reed
  • Crescent Moon–Cowboy Junkies
  • Cressida–Richard Thompson
  • Crime of the Century–Supertramp
  • Crimes of Paris–Elvis Costello
  • Crimes of Paris [Electric Edition]–Elvis Costello
  • Criminal–Disturbed
  • Crimson and Clover–Joan Jett
  • Crocodile Rock–Elton John
  • Cropduster–Pearl Jam
  • Cross Bones Style–Cat Power
  • Cross My Fingers–John Hiatt
  • Cross The Border–Icehouse
  • Cross-Eyed Mary–Jethro Tull
  • Crosseyed And Painless–Talking Heads
  • Crosseyed And Painless–Talking Heads
  • Crosseyed And Painless–Talking Heads
  • Crossroads–Cream
  • Cruella De Vil–Los Lobos
  • Cruella DeVille–The Replacements
  • Cruisin’ in the ATL (Interlude)–Outkast
  • Crumbs From Your Table–U2
  • Crunchy Granola Suite [Live]–Neil Diamond
  • Crush–Glee Cast
  • Crushcrushcrush–Paramore
  • Cry Baby Cry–The Beatles
  • Cry Freedom–Dave Mathews Band
  • Cry If You Want–The Who
  • Cry on My Shoulder–Bonnie Raitt
  • Cry To Me–Solomon Burke
  • Cry, Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys)–Gerard McMann
  • Crying–TV on the Radio
  • Crying in the Chapel–Elvis Costello
  • The Crying Scene–Aztec Camera
  • Crying, My Little One…–Natalie Merchant
  • Crystal–Fleetwood Mac
  • Crystal Ball–Styx
  • The Crystal Ship–The Doors
  • Cup of Coffee–Garbage
  • Cupid–Sam Cooke
  • Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America (Radio Edit)–Gym Class Heroes
  • Curiosity–k.d. lang
  • The Curse–Disturbed
  • Curtain Calls–Old 97’s
  • Cut Flowers–The Smithereens
  • Cut My Hair–The Who
  • Cuts Like a Knife–Bryan Adams
  • The Cutter–Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Cutting Corners–Transit
  • Cuyahoga–R.E.M.
  • Cuyahoga–R.E.M.
  • Cyclone–Baby Bash featuring T-Pain
  • Cyclops Rock–They Might Be Giants
  • D & W–They Might Be Giants
  • D Is for Drums–They Might Be Giants
  • D-7 [Live]–Nirvana
  • D.F. [Interlude]–Outkast
  • Dad’s Gonna Kill Me–Richard Thompson
  • Daddy Can I Turn This?–Elvis Costello
  • Daddy Come Home–Tom Tom Club
  • Daddy Go Down–David Byrne
  • Daddy Learned To Fly–Drive-By Truckers
  • Daddy Needs A Drink–Drive-By Truckers
  • Daffodil Lament–The Cranberries
  • Daft Punk Is Playing At My House–LCD Soundsystem
  • Daktari–10,000 Maniacs
  • Damaged By Love–Tom Petty
  • Damaged Goods–Fastball
  • Damnit–Blink-182
  • Damnit–Blink-182
  • Damnit Janet–The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Damn Girl–Justin Timberlake
  • Damn Girl–The All-American Rejects
  • Damn Good Times–They Might Be Giants
  • Damn It, Janet–Glee
  • Damnation’s Cellar–Elvis Costello
  • Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)–All Time Low
  • Dance–Soul II Soul
  • Dance Hall Drug–Boys Like Girls
  • Dance Inside–The All-American Rejects
  • Dance of the Dream Man–Angelo Badalamenti
  • Dance of the Reeds–Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy–Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Dance On Vasoline–David Byrne
  • Dance This Mess Around–The B-52’s
  • Dance With Me–Drew Seeley featuring Belinda
  • Dance With the Devil–Breaking Benjamin
  • Dance, Dance–Fall Out Boy
  • Dance, Dance–Fall Out Boy
  • Dance, Dance [live]–Fall Out Boy
  • Dance, Dance, Dance–The Beach Boys
  • Dance, Dance, Dance–The Steve Miller Band
  • Dancing Bear–The Mamas and The Papas
  • The Dancing Bear–Natalie Merchant
  • Dancing Choose–TV on the Radio
  • Dancing For Rain–Rise Against
  • Dancing in the Dark–Bruce Springsteen
  • Dancing in the Street–Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
  • Dancing Queen–ABBA
  • Dancing Queen–ABBA
  • Dancing Queen–Glee Cast
  • Dancing Through Life–Wicked Cast
  • Dancing With Myself–Billy Idol
  • Dancing With Myself–Glee Cast
  • Dangerous–The Who
  • Dangerous Games–The Byrds
  • Dangerous Politics–WWE
  • The Dangling Conversation–Simon & Garfunkel
  • The Dangling Conversation–Simon & Garfunkel
  • Dani California–The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Daniel–Elton John
  • Danny Says–Foo Fighters
  • Dare You To Move–Switchfoot
  • Dark Hand Over My Heart–Richard Thompson
  • The Dark I Know Well–Spring Awakening Cast
  • The Dark Of the Sun–Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Dark Side (Undertaker)–WWE
  • Dark Sneak Love Action–Tom Tom Club
  • Dark Street–Fastball
  • Dark Was The Night–Kronos Quartet
  • The Darkest Side (Remix)–WWE
  • Darkness–Peter Gabriel
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town–Bruce Springsteen
  • Darkness Surrounding–Avenged Sevenfold
  • Darlin–Avril Lavigne
  • Darlington County–Bruce Springsteen
  • Date To Church–The Replacements
  • Daughter–Pearl Jam
  • Daughters–The Story So Far
  • Daughters of Sorrow–The New Pornographers
  • Dave’s Possessed Hair/It’s What We’re All About–Sum 41
  • David Watts–Ray Davies
  • Dawn of the Dreads–Arrested Development
  • Dawn’s Ballet–Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast
  • Dawn’s Lament–Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast
  • The Day–They Might Be Giants
  • The Day I Tried To Live–Soundgarden
  • A Day in the Life–The Beatles
  • The Day That Love Come To Play–They Might Be Giants
  • The Day The Niggaz Took Over–Dr Dre featuring  RBX, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz

Well, that is a *lot* of songs–and there’s no way I’ll be able to provide my usual (arguable) high-quality analysis per number that I usually give, so let’s hit some high (and low) points. “Crazy For You” is one of my favorite Madonna songs for a couple of reasons–first of all, I fully admit to being a sap for the slow numbers, second, it’s part of the soundtrack of a great movie, and finally, it was a big slow-dance song during high-school dances back in the day. I finish up the “Crazy…” section of my list with diverse superstar artists including Beyonce, Queen, John Mellencamp, and Paul Simon. When writing the artist for “Crazy Man Michael”, I initially assumed it was Richard Thompson thanks to the album cover, but it was actually a track from Thompson’s early band Fairport Convention–that’s the nice thing about a boxed set; you get the full spectrum of an artist’s career.

I always have had a bit of a soft spot for the Joan Jett version of “Crimson and Clover” as I won the 45 of the song at a Bar Mitzvah I attended in 8th grade. I wasn’t into music yet (that would come a year later), but I was excited to play it and “Juke Box Hero” but had to wait until I could get to the record store as my mother’s record player did not have an adapter for 45’s. So I think I had to wait until the following weekend until we could get to the Strawberries at the mall to listen to my new music. The John Hiatt song is just one of many from the awesome Perfectly Good Guitar album, a decade-plus staple on my “Desert Island Discs” list. As I have shared before, the Icehouse album Man of Colors is also on that list, which led me to purchase another selection from the group, Great Southern Land, which contains “Cross the Border”, but I did not connect with that album as much.

One effective test of a good song is how much you can tolerate consecutive listens, and three “Crosseyed and Painless” copies worked just fine for me. (Full disclosure, one was from the Stop Making Sense soundtrack, so there was some variety.) But I can honestly proclaim that I would have enjoyed a few more listens. “Cuyahoga” works with two listens for me as well. By the way, I can’t be the only person stunned that the Replacements covered a Disney song, right? I can always count on They Might Be Giants to open a letter with something from their ABCs album, but here the hit double duty, as their “Cyclops Rock” got to close ‘C’ before we started on the ‘D’ songs.  Another funny double-up happened when the Drive-By Truckers hit consecutive “Daddy…” songs as apparently he “…Learned to Fly” and “…Needs a Drink” (hopefully in that order as I assume drunk flying is just as bad as drunk driving.

I’d like to call attention to “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” by LCD Soundsystem. When it first came out, I was drawn to the song through a pair of unusual methods, with one (OC soundtracks) being a bit more unusual than the other (a video-game soundtrack, specifically an SSX game for my PSP). I will admit loving the song has yet to inspire me to purchase more LCD Soundsystem, although I did enjoy the song and video for their “Drunk Girls” song. I had another one of those grammar choices splitting to versions of a song when the Glee folks broke from the soundtrack of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and turned Damn it into two words. I’d tend to side with the original source material, but I will say that every time I type
“Damnit” as one word, I get the annoying red squiggle underline indicating a misspelling.

It’s always fun to see how quickly a new acquisition shows up in this alphabetical endeavor. My oldest daughter recently purchased the Once More With Feeling soundtrack from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and two days later I get a pair of “Dawn…” songs from the release. The irony is that she’s my least favorite character from the show. The “Day…” song that must be mentioned is the amazing “Day in the Life” by the Beatles. I’m happy that iTunes has the rights to the Beatles catalogue because otherwise I’d be afraid that Billy Crystal’s joke about kids not knowing who the Beatles are will come true. (It probably does have a kernel of truth these days–after all, the Beatles have not released music in 40+ years and two of them are no longer with us.) The last song and artist was a bit problematic for me. I love the album “The Chronic”, and I of course want to faithfully record the song and artist, but one of the words on each side is a bit problematic to type (I think it’s fairly obvious which word I mean.) But type it I did, but just don’t ask me to say it.

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Cherubs, Chess, and Chewing Gum (maybe Cherry flavored!)

Eighth straight day visiting the gym, but for the first time in a week, it was a solo trip, as my kids were both working. As I was working out, I remember thinking, “this is great–I wonder how many consecutive days I can visit the gym?” In literature, that would be foreshadowing. In a character study, that would be hubris. In real life, that would be my car’s alternator conking out the next afternoon and the repair shop not being able to get a new one until Thursday, so we’d go more than 48 hours (including the 4th of July holiday) without a car. So the streak ended the very next day, as it’s hard to get to the gym without a vehicle. Now that’s not to say I didn’t get exercise over the three-day gymless span–Tuesday I walked home from the gym and then walked another mile, Wednesday my wife and I walked to the grocery store to get some needed staples, including milk, and Thursday I walked to pick up the car. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to music during the walks, so after Monday’s list, the next list came on Friday.

Monday, July 2, 2012

3 miles on the elliptical machine plus upper-arm weight work

  • Cheeseburger in Paradise–Jimmy Buffett
  • Cheetah Sisters–The Cheetah Girls
  • Cheetah Sisters (Barcelona Mix)–The Cheetah Girls
  • Chelsea Hotel–Lloyd Cole
  • Chelsea Hotel No. 2–Leonard Cohen
  • Cherish–Madonna
  • Cherish the Moment–The Cheetah Girls
  • Cherry Bomb–John Mellancamp
  • Cherry Bomb–Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)–Garbage
  • Cherry Red–John Hiatt
  • Cherry Tree–10,000 Maniacs
  • Cherry, Cherry-Neil Diamond
  • Cherub Rock–Smashing Pumpkins
  • Chess Piece Face–They Might Be Giants
  • Chewing Gum–Elvis Costello

I was never a big Jimmy Buffett fan for the longest time (I’m still not a big fan, but I’ve mellowed enough to occasionally enjoy a track or two from the man), and my parrot-head enmity began in college, where several big Buffett fans treated the rest of our dorm to constant loud playings of the man’s music, with “Cheeseburger in Paradise” being a particular offender. But I can say that I enjoyed hearing that song more than the three Cheetah Girls numbers that were part of today’s mix. “Wait a minute Dean,” you’re probably saying right now. “How can that be true? After all, you saw the Cheetah Girls in concert!” First of all, how did you know that? Second, it was an event for my daughters, who were like 12 and 10 at the time. Finally, it was Cheetah Girls lite, as that Raven Simone wasn’t even with them. (I won the tickets on Optimum Online and took my daughters to the show).

A Leonard Cohen original song and cover followed, and it was a song and its sequel. That let to a Madonna hit, and then two different songs with the title “Cherry Bomb”. I’m far more familiar with the John Mellancamp version and after hearing both, it is still my favorite of the two. We own a Joan Jett greatest hits collection, and I don’t know much of her music besides her big hits, but the Greatest Hits collection is more than enough for me (perhaps .75 on the Simple Minds Scale). The Cherry festival continues with Garbage and John Hiatt, followed by 10,000 Maniacs and Neil Diamond. The 10,000 Maniacs song is the one with the least to do with cherries, it’s one of the group’s many “message” songs, this one about illiteracy. Luckily it doesn’t get lost in a sea of messages, as the previous and following songs are more standard musical fare–love songs. Please don’t think I’m saying those songs are lesser because they don’t have a strong moral. In fact, I may actually prefer those two, particularly the John Hiatt song.

The last three songs on the list deviate from the “Cherry…” theme and instead cover three objects that don’t often get their due in pop songs–cherubs, chess, and chewing gum. The Smashing Pumpkins hit the first topic, and of course when cherubs grow into fully-formed angels, they appear all over pop songs. I do own one song from the original Chess soundtrack, but we’ll get to that later. (Plus Chess records was a label from the early days of rock.) But this They Might Be Giants song has nothing to do with either; it’s just a clever (if unfortunate) way to describe someone’s looks from their first album. My last song comes from Elvis Costello and was from the first album of his that I ever purchased, Spike.

 

Weekend Worrier

The weekend’s theme was twofold. First it was father-son gym time as on both days my son went to the gym with me. Ironically, the Saturday visit was a shorter one (less than 45 minutes), and it was conceived of to “beat the heat”, as my son wanted to get in an air-conditioned area for some time before he had to go to work, and my gym has excellent AC. The other piece was this weekend saw the calendar turn from June to July and my next-job anxiety increase accordingly. While I do understand the need to be patient and that things will happen in their own time, but I can’t help but wish things would speed up a bit–I don’t do well with uncertainty.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

2 miles on the elliptical machine at the gym

  • Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants–Jimmy Buffett
  • Chapter 13–+44
  • Chapter Four–Avenged Sevenfold
  • Charge of the Batmobile–Danny Elfman
  • Charlie–Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Charlie, The Methadone Man–Fastball
  • Chase The Fire–The Fixx

I tend to not listen to much Jimmy Buffett in English, so putting a song title in French, and completely out of my area of knowledge and understanding, really ups the degree of difficulty. Through Google and consultation with my daughter, I think the title of the song is “Song for the Children”, but don’t hold me to that please. Through the magic of Apple’s alphabetizing, this is one of the few places where chapter 13 will come before chapter four. If ranking those two chapters by artist, I’d probably split my vote in two, with +44 being a preferred choice during normal listening situations, but Avenged Sevenfold receiving the nod when working out, particularly when going for some intensity to my cardio.

Danny Elfman’s Batman score was perfect for the film (I know, duh! that’s what he’s supposed to do when scoring the film, but his style of music and Tim Burton’s filmmaking vision is such a natural pairing) and I still enjoy listening to the soundtrack from time to time, even if Nolan’s Batman has surpassed Burton’s in just about every way possible. The Red Hot Chili Peppers tell us about “Charlie”, but I’m pretty sure that Fastball had another “Charlie” in mind, which is why they provided such a helpful qualifier, “…The Methadone Man”.  This short visit to the gym ended with a nice live track from the Fixx–not one of their big hits, but still a fun song anyway.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

3 miles on the elliptical machine at the gym

  • The Chase, Part 2–A Tribe Called Quest
  • Chasing Cars–Snow Patrol
  • Chasm–Flyleaf
  • Chavito Ardiente–WWE
  • Cheap Day Return–Jethro Tull
  • Cheap Sunglasses–ZZ Top
  • Cheap Sunglasses [live]–ZZ Top
  • Cheatin’–Gin Blossoms
  • Check It Out–John Mellencamp
  • Check On It–Beyonce & Slim Thug
  • Check Yes Juliet–We The Kings
  • Check Yes Juliet–We The Kings
  • Check Your Time–Westbound Train
  • Checkout Time in Vegas–Drive-By Truckers

Strong start to the Sunday workout with a bit of A Tribe Called Quest. I only have one of their albums, Midnight Marauders, an oversight I need to correct. However, if I’m going to buy another 90s rap album, I will be getting De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising first. It’s frustrating that it’s not available on iTunes and I will have to get it through a used CD store to add it to my collection. The next song is a more modern number, the big Snow Patrol pop hit, “Chasing Cars”. As I’ve mentioned before, Flyleaf is a band that my kids like more than me, but like A7X, their tracks can be pretty invigorating when working out. The WWE song was the theme music for Chavo Guerrero; I think he would be better off with Jethro Tull in that role.

I only own one ZZ Top album–a greatest hits compilation, but that one collection produced two different versions of their classic “Cheap Sunglasses” (studio and live). I expect that more with dance/pop acts who fill an album with remixes of existing songs, but getting the same song (or variations thereof) twice by a classic rock act seems rare. Not that I mind that much–as ZZ Top songs go, “Cheap Sunglasses” is one of their better numbers. Speaking of better numbers, I love “Cheatin’ “, the final track from the Gin Blossoms’ New Miserable Experience. The entire album is outstanding and the country-flavored “Cheatin’ ” is a nice bow on the package. The lyrics like “You can’t call it cheatin’ if she reminds me of you” are a wee bit cynical, but that’s rock music, right? Rock with a tiny country edge continued on my list with John Hoosier Mellancamp’s “Check It Out”, a song that also continued the theme of cynicism as well as the theme of great songs.

A pair of pop hits cover the next three songs on my list, starting with the first Beyonce appearance. I’ve got to believe that no matter where your musical tastes lie, you have to enjoy the works of Ms. Beyonce Knowles. Her songs are so entertaining–earworms if you will. “Check Yes Juliet” also had a great hook and was worth hearing more than once, which worked out well for me as we own two copies of the song, obtaining it once when it was the iTunes Free Song of the Week and getting a second version when we got the entire album. I’m not sure who added the Westbound Train number to the family collection, but it fulfills the occasional need for Ska music. I do know the Drive-By Truckers came from me, and it helps fulfill my constant need for awesome music.

 

Settling in for the Long Haul

It’s good to be back–particularly after seeing some real-life feedback on facebook that at least a few people are reading this. That unfortunately derails my plans to just use good old lorem ipsum text on days I want to mail it in–I couldn’t possibly let down my multitudinous loyal readers, could I? Plus, just as the daily exercise is important for my body, the daily writing is key to my mind.

March 20, 2012

1-mile neighborhood walk

  • Afternoons and Coffeespoons–Crash Test Dummies
  • Again–Flyleaf
  • Again Tonight–John Mellencamp
  • Against All Odds–Phil Collins
  • Against the Wind–Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • Against The Wind (Live)–Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Remember that brief period between record 45’s/cass-singles and the ability to buy individual songs on iTunes, when if you liked a song, you bought the entire CD? (Yes, there were some CD singles, but I never really got into those unless it was a single plus 3 other songs not available on the actual album, like special live versions or covers of other groups’ work.) I don’t know about you, but for me, that led to some questionable album purchases, with God Shuffled His Feet being People’s Exhibit A. I enjoyed “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” so I bought the Crash Test Dummies album, and the fact that I also enjoyed “Afternoons and Coffeespoons” made me think I’d like the entire album.  But I’ve almost owned it for 20 years, and if you came into my house right now and offered me $10,000 to name a third song off the CD, you wouldn’t be leaving any money in my position (unless you really wanted to!)

Flyleaf is another group that I learned of thanks to Rock Band. All three of my kids have several of the Memento Mori songs on their playlists. John Mellencamp should have a special place in my wife’s heart, as like him, she’s a native Hoosier. But I’m the one that brought the John Cougar or John Cougar Mellencamp or finally, John Mellencamp into the relationship. She doesn’t mind her fellow Hoosier as much as she minds Phil Collins (my wife is a bit of a music snob). “Against All Odds” is my favorite Phil Collins song, even though it doesn’t have a cool apocryphal urban legend like “In the Air Tonight,” but maybe, as a homework assignment, readers could make one up.

I actually only own one Bob Seger album, the live Nine Tonight release, but I also got a studio recording of “Against the Wind” thanks to the Forrest Gump soundtrack. I remember thinking that “Running on Empty” was the better song during Forrest’s cross-country jogs, but it wasn’t on the soundtrack; luckily my local library had several Jackson Browne CDs.

3.10 miles on the elliptical plus upper body weight work at the gym

  • Age of Consent–New Order
  • Age of Consent–New Order
  • Ageless Beauty–Stars
  • Ain’t Good Enough For You–Bruce Springsteen
  • Ain’t Got You–Bruce Springsteen
  • Ain’t Got You–Gary Lucas’ Gods and Monsters
  • Ain’t It The Life–Foo Fighters
  • Ain’t No Crime–Billy Joel
  • Ain’t No Cure for Love–Aaron Neville
  • Ain’t No End–The Jayhawks
  • Ain’t No Make Believe–Stonefree Experience
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough–Play
  • Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me–Axel
  • Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me–WWE
  • Ain’t No Sunshine–Paul McCartney

I feel bad that we have two copies of “Age of Consent.” My kids and I are the big purchasers of iTunes songs, and are far more likely to receive and use iTunes gift cards, than my wife. Every once in awhile she gets a hankering to get a song, and she once got “Age of Consent” by borrowing some of my store credit. Two weeks later I ended up buying a New Order CD, so I feel like I invalidated her purchase.

I loved the show The OC. I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and most of all, the music. The soundtracks introduced me to a number of artists that I enjoy to this day. One of which is Stars, who’s “Your Ex-Lover is Dead” is one of my favorite tracks from the show. I’ve enjoyed their other albums as well, and “Ageless Beauty” is a great song by them.

It feels like Bruce Springsteen has been a dominant presence so far, which does make sense as we have 12 of his albums, as well as the tribute album Light of Day, which absolutely falls into the great compilation category I mentioned yesterday. A mark of a great compilation is when you consider whether a new interpretation of a song is actually superior to the original recording, and there’s a few candidates on Light of Day, at least in my opinion. (I don’t think “Ain’t Got You” falls into this category, but I’ll mention the ones that do when I get to them.) Another compilation song shows up later on this group, as “Ain’t No Cure For Love” is from one of two Leonard Cohen tribute collections we own–ironically, the most famous Cohen cover, the Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” is not on either, as those versions come from John Cale and Bono.

A Bill Simmons column a few years back asked the question “What acts will eventually be big enough to perform at halftime of future Super Bowls?” I don’t remember if the Foo Fighters were an answer, but I think they should be. They have such a deep and memorable catalogue of hits that they seem like a no-brainer. While looking up who has performed at halftime of previous Super Bowls, I was surprised to see that Billy Joel has not done it.

Adam Corolla introduced me to the Jayhawks and now I’m a big fan. Their song “Blue” was featured in the movie “The Hammer” (which both my wife and I enjoyed), and I liked it so much, I bought it on iTunes. It led to me sampling other songs of theirs, and I keep adding to my Jayhawks collection. Play was a group my daughters loved in their pre-teen days.

Three of the last five songs are WWE themes for Superstars no longer with WWE (like me) John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin. I never understood the John Morrison theme. Clearly he was supposed to be giving off a  Jim Morrison (of the Doors) vibe, but the theme music sounds more like a Jimi Hendrix knockoff. The final song of the day came from the Paul McCartney Unplugged CD, which was a limited run, with each CD having a unique number on the back. I always thought that was cool, but it was then released wider later, which made it feel a little less special.