Summer Time Music Blossoms

Discover and let us be grateful for musicians who make us happy they are gifted gardeners who create a treasure to make our souls blossom like sunshine

Buddy Holly – Your The One (1958)
Picked up this as a 7 inch single in a record shop bargain bin on one of my Saturday Afternoon trawls for music around Dublin’s music shops in the early 70’s’ I grew up emotionally crippled by Buddy’s tragic departure in a touring plane crash in a frozen landscape in 1959 and I have always listened to his music with the thought not very far from my mind that life is fragile.
Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line (1978)

None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.
I think of Eugene O Neills words when I think about Gerry Rafferty a beautiful songwriter who wrote upbeat groovy tunes. Like many of my favourite artists he was a perfectionist socially awkward who had been disillusioned by the music business and its pernicious grip on your spirit after legal battles during his Stealers Wheel phase. Gerry wanted to let his melodic music do the talking and was a reclusive addictive figure trying to find a balance between his personal and public life.
Humble Pie Say No More (1973)

Eat It was a double LP from Humble Pie which covered the many sides of the band’s talent and in particular Steve Marriott. From the live high energy cover of Honky Tonk Woman and the superb studio version of Ike and Tina’s Black Coffee to this gentle acoustic gem which has stayed with me ever since as one of my favourite love songs.
“Cause if you’re the sea then I’m your rock
And if I’m a key then you’re my lock
Well if you’re a foot then I’m your sock, so wear me well”
Otis Rush – Homework (1962)

Had the pleasure of meeting Otis at a guitar workshop at the Temple Bar Blues Festival in Dublin in the mid 90’s.Very friendly he generously shared the secrets of his style which led the way for electric blues guitarists since his records appeared in the late 50’s. Left handed guitar player who like Albert King and Ed Deane make magic on the fretboard in the most mysterious ways to us RH enthusiasts.
Andrew Gold – Never Let Her Slip Away

Such a talented musician whose presence always added so much class to the collaborations I came across particularly his work with Linda Ronstadt. Andrew always reminds me of his mother Marni Nixon who was the uncredited voice in popular terms behind some of the great Hollywood musicals My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend hitting all the high notes for Marilyn Monroe. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. 
Status QuoIn My Chair (1970)

Came across a motivational term many years ago KISS an abbreviation for Keep It Short & Simple which describes perfectly the crowd pleasing hard blues rock boogie sound of Status Quo. The studio single version of In My Chair was one of the first additions to my own record collection back in 1970 having been blown aways by the previous release Down The Dustpipe. I loved the early 70’s sound of Status Quo and the live ambiance on this record captures the heads down hair swinging groove.
Rodriguez – I Wonder  (1970)

www.rodriguez-music.com
Good friend in work Liam Boylan gave me the Searching For Sugar Man DVD which exceeded all expectations in that I had never heard of Rodriguez prior and left me further intrigued and  amazed at the spontaneous beauty of his songs and life story. A Detroit singer songwriter who recorded 2 LP’s in the early 70’s and then disappeared with rumours that he had committed suicide at a gig. Belatedly his music connected with the resistance movement in South Africa and he found success in the late 90’s and has been enjoying great success on the back of the Academy Award winning film about his life story.
Japan – I Second That Emotion
This is a  Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Motown classic being interpreted in the early 80’s by British New Wave Romantics Japan who incorporated Glam and Ambient ideas into their image and sound. When I hear the song it reminds me of a Prince’s Trust Concert on the tele in the early 80’s featuring Pete Townshend playing Slit Skirts with Japan bassist Mick Karn R.I.P. on stage by his side.
Sweet Cecilia La Vie C’est Une Bataille (Life is a Battle)  (2015) www.sweetceciliagirls.com
Met this wonderful band at the New Orleans Jazz Festival a super confident rousing Louisiana family band with dynamic harmonies and energy bouncing around the stage. St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and it’s also the name of their hometown and they left me with one of my favourite live music memories of my trip to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. There is a mesmerising almost spiritual atmosphere in the air around these two sisters Laura and Maegan and their cousin Callie singing and playing their hearts out with clear eyed honesty and good time cajun country rock rhythms. 
“Life is a battle that’s what my grandpa said
Life is full of scratches it’s what you make of it”   
Lil’ Ed & The Blues ImperialsI Love My Baby (2002)

Lil’ Ed Williams is a smiling flamboyant high energy torch bearer for Chicago Blues driven along by the classic Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James and his uncle JB Hutto’s  bottleneck razor sharp stomping slide style. A fantastic live band who hit the stage with their three decades of road tested electrifying good time joyful fun boogie behind them they never fail to satisfy. I have been in an elated audience in Lucerne and New Orleans when this tour de force hits the stage and goes full throttle through a performance. One of my favourite live music experiences. 
Moskus – Tandem Med Sankt Peter     www.moskustrio.no
Chris Issak – Wicked Game
Rhiannon GiddensShe’s Got You
One of my favourite musicians to see live who consistently takes my breath away with her passion and natural charisma. Rhiannon brings history to life on stage and in her story telling song craft with a rootsy integrity and honesty in her convictions  that resonates within the most intimate reaches of the audience’s heart. A magnificent voice that shakes your foundations as she takes you on a modern soul,gospel,jazz faithful to the old time and fearless to the new time trad interpretation of the music of resistance that is blended to perfection for the mission at hand. She’s Got You is a classic Patsy Cline Country & Western standard written by Hank Cochran in the early 60’s getting a makeover that brought the song to life for me. Always makes time to meet the audience after her shows with a big heart and a smile that lights up life Rhiannon appears to be relentlessly touring and picking up awards and praise all over the globe but when it’s time to go home  it is to Limerick she lays her hat and we are blessed to have such a compassionate talent in the neighbourhood.
Al Berard – Ten Years Gone     www.alberard.com
Dean Martin – Gentle On My Mind
Brad Vickers And His Vestapolitans – Raisin’ Praise www.bradvickers.com
Gregory Issacs – House Of The Rising Sun
Sonny Condell – Down In The City
Sam Philips – Lying
Fanny – Summer Song     www.fannyrocks.com/
Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
Sonny Landreth – Walking Blues     www.sonnylandreth.com/
Elvis Presley – Steamroller Blues (Live Aloha From Hawaii)

White man’s blues parody classic written by James Taylor and made famous by The King himself. This is the sound of rural backwaters rhythm’s meeting the bright lights and getting a big city sound with the great
Leftover Salmon – Two Highways     www.leftoversalmon.com/
JR Walker & The All Stars – Cleo’s Mood
Los Lonely Boys – Hollywood
Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
Peter Novelli –
Bourban Street Blue (2015)
www.peternovelli.com
Walked into a brightly lit bar on Bourban Street when my ears picked up his exciting guitar sound on my rambles. Peter is a really nice guy who guided me towards some great shows on my trip to New Orleans. Peter is a highly respected, storytelling songwriter and local hero who loves to play and lend his expertise to other cohorts on the New Orleans scene with his production and fretboard expertise.
Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
The Who – Drowned     www.thewho.com/classic-quadrophenia
Gary Bartz NTU Troop – Celestial Blues
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Don’t Cry No Tears
Gov’t Mule – Hard To Handle
The Beatles – Hello Goodbye
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – It’s Only Love
AC/DC – Playball

 

The Triumph Of Enthusiasm

Enjoying in gratitude the minutes of someone’s creative talent is to embrace a triumph of enthusiasm that lifts mind body and soul. 

Little Richard – “Jenny, Jenny” (1957)
Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus –  Quick Joey Small (1968)
Jackson Browne – The Birds Of St Marks (1967 & 2014) Standing In The Breach
Olivia Trummer – Sharing My Heart (2014) www.oliviatrummer.de Fly Now
Leo Sayer – The Show Must Go On (1973)
Brewer & Shipley – Seems Like A Long Time  (1970) Tarkio Album
Flamin Groovies – Walking The Dog ( 1970 & 1995) Flamingo  Album
The Who – I Don’t Even Know Myself (1971) B Side Won’t Get Fooled Again
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Pt 4 Psalm (1965) A Love Supreme Album
Spirit – Dark Eyed Woman (1969) Clear Album
B.B. King – Roll, Roll, Roll (1991) There Is Always One More Time
Dan Fogleberg – Sutter’s Mill (1985) High Country Snows
The Harvest Ministers – I Got To Lie Down (1993) You Can See Everything From Here
Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (1955)
Bobby Bloom – Montego Bay (1970)
Bill Evans –  You Must Believe In Spring (1977)
Leonard Cohen – Hey,That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (1967 & 2009) Live In London
Tyrone Davis – If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time (1970)
James Wheeler – Who Loves Ya Baby (feat Billy Flynn on Slide 1999) Can’t Take It CD
Joe Lacky Gallagher – Musical Priest / Jenny’s Chickens / O Rourke’s Reels (1948)
The Untouchables – Tighten Up (1968) boss reggae Vol. 6 classics
The Trammps – Hold Back The Night (1975) Single
The Bee Gee’s – Lonely Days (1970) 2 Years On Album
The Small Faces – Afterglow Of Your Love (1969)
The Everly Brothers – When Will I Be Loved (1960)
Chuck Prophet – The Left Hand And The Right Hand (2012) Temple Beautiful Album
Lucky Peterson – What Have I Done Wrong (2014) feat Tamara 
AC/DC
– Rock The Blues Away (2014) Rock Or Bust

Romance Classic Rock Theme

LONG MAY THE ROMANCE OF MUSIC OPEN A WINDOW TO OUR HEARTS AS WE PURSUE THE PEAK EXPERIENCES OF LIFE 

The Love Affair – Everlasting Love 
Thin Lizzy – Freedom  
Rod Stewart – Los Paraguayos  
Toots And The Maytals – Funky Kingston 
Van Morrison – Wild Night 
Van Morrison – Like A Cannonball Straight To You
Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home 
AC/DC – School Days 
David Bowie – The Jean Genie 
Ozzy Osbourne  – Goodbye To Romance 
Pete Townshend – North Country Girl 
Supertramp – Summer Romance 
Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding 
John Lee Hooker – Tupelo 
Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
Kris McKay – A Good Heart (Road House Soundtrack)
Vinegar Joe – Angel (Elkie Brooks)
Grainne Brookfield – Jump Jive / Caledonia
Marmalade – Radancer 
Arctic Monkeys –  A Certain Romance 

The Poetical Love Of Music Like Romance  Is Understanding That The Unnecessary Pleasure It Confers Never Ends

Nature To Love Something

It Is A Beautiful Necessity Of Our Nature To Love Something

Bachman Turner Overdrive – Away From Home
13th Floor Elevators – Your Gonna Miss Me
AC/DC – Can I Sit Next To You Girl
Velvet Underground – Rock N Roll
Bread – Down On My Knees
Earth Wind & Fire – Power
Thin Lizzy – Cowboy Song (John Peel Session)
Huey Lewis & The News – Heart Of Rock N Roll
The Weeks – Brother In The Night
Declan O Rourke – No Brakes (www.declanorourke.com)
The Ramones – Substitute (feat Pete Townshend)

More Birthdays Live Longer

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. Seek your happiness and inward peace from things that cannot be taken away from you

Thin Lizzy – Old Flame
Status Quo – Don’t Waste My Time
Billy Jo & Norah – Long Time Gone
Paul Rogers – Born Under A Bad Sign
Rory Gallagher & Taste – I’m Moving On
Elmore James – I Believe
Boz Scaggs – Don’t Cry No More
Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo – Glory Glory
Cash Box Kings – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born To Move
Gregory Issacs – Get Ready
Pete Townshend – North Country Girl
Pat Farrell – Zip And Hip
Rosanne Cash – Hold On
The Outsiders – Time Won’t Let Me
David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
Average White Band – You Got It
Gary Moore – Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
AC /DC – Up To My Neck In You

Comes From The Heart

What Comes From The Heart Goes To The Heart

*The music show (MP3 file) for this playlist has been archived and is available upon request.

The Boomtown Rats – Neon Heart
The Yardbirds – A Certain Girl
AC/DC – Night Of The Long Knives
McGuinness Flint – When I’m Dead And Gone
Sheryl Crow – Members Only
Vintage Trouble – Nancy Lee www.vintagetrouble.com
Santana – Everything’s Coming Our Way
The Beatles – I Feel Fine
The Rolling Stones – Live With Me
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
Pink Floyd – Keep Talking
The Who – Substitute (BBC Sessions)
The Ramones – Baby I Love You

Intro Tune: Take It Off The Top – Dixie Dregs
Outro Tune: Je’taine.
Background Link Tunes: Groovin – Booker T & MGS

A Chocolate Balanced Hand

A Balanced Diet Is Chocolate In Both Hands.

*The music show (MP3 file) for this playlist has been archived and is available upon request.

The Moody Blues – The Story In Your Eyes
Eric Clapton – Let It Rain
Sonny Moorman – Sonny’s Blues (Live)
The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
Ashton Gardiner & Dyke – Resurrection Shuffle
The Whiskey Limbs – Dead Man’s Dream
Van Morrison – Bulbs
Tinsley Ellis – I Take What I Want
Queen – Hammer To Fall
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Till It Shines
AC/DC – High Voltage (Live)
The Who – The Kids Are Alright
Intro Tune – Take It Off The Top – Dixie Dregs
Outro Tune:     Je T’aime
Background Link Tunes-  Samba Pa Ti – Santana

Something For Someone Somewhere

We Can’t Do Everything For Everyone Everywhere But We Can Do Something For Someone Somewhere

*The music show (MP3 file) for this playlist has been archived and is available upon request.

Rory Gallagher – Messin’ With The Kid (Live)
Lou Reed – Vicious
Bon Jovi – Who Say’s You Can’t Go Home
Kate Bush – The Man With The Child In His Eyes
Fats Domino – I Want To Walk You Home
Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
The Who – Good Lovin   (BBC Session)
Graham Parker & The Rumour – White Honey
Cage The Elephant – No Rest For The Wicked
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Saturday Night Special (Live) 
Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
AC/DC – Touch Too Much

Intro Tune: Take It Off The Top – Dixie Dregs
Outro Tune: Je T’aime
Background Link Tunes: Samba Pa Ti  &  Je T’aime

Horse Sense Betting People

Horse Sense Is What Keeps Horses From Betting On What People Will Do.

*The music show (MP3 file) for this playlist has been archived and is available upon request.

Led Zeppelin – Living Loving Maid
The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
Radiohead – The Bends
The Police – Synchronicity 11
Andrew Gold – How Can This Be Love
AC/DC – Sin City (Live In Dublin)
Stepaside – Get Out Of Dubin
The Who – Man With Money
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Albert King – Cold Women With Warm Hearts
The Doobie Brothers – China Grove
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
Sweet – Blockbuster

Intro Tune: Take It Off The Top – Dixie Dregs
Outro Tune: Je’t’aime
Background Link Tunes: Je’t’aime  & Sparks – The Who

Welcome Things Never Been

Welcome Things That Have Never Been And May All Your Troubles  Last As Long As Your New Year Resolutions.

*The music show (MP3 file) for this playlist has been archived and is available upon request.

The Stunning – Brewing Up A Storm
Stevie (Ray)Vaughan –They Call Me Guitar Hurricane
AC/DC – What Do You Do For Money Honey
Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
Doll By Doll – Main Travelled Roads
Rainbow – Stargazer
Thin Lizzy – Dear Miss Lonely Hearts (Live @ RDS)
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make
Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
Gallagher & Lyle – Every Little Teardrop
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Sweet Little Hitch Hiker
The Who – Behind Blue Eyes

Intro Tune: Take It Off The Top – Dixie Dregs
Outro Tune: Je’t’aime
Background Link Tunes: Je’t’aime