100 awesome songs in no particular order…what are yours?

Posted onOctober 10, 2014
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joeystar1Songs I enjoy listening to and some have the reasons why…Notice, there’s very little metal in the list…links are to stories and highlighted song links are the YouTube videos. Tidbits everywhere! Enjoy 🙂

  1. Blinded by the light… Manfred Mann..I can listen to this over and over..never gets old..the keys hypnotize me…
  2. Aint Gonna eat out my Heart Anymore…Angel..song says it all ..one of my personal favorites from my young teenage years.
  3. Dreams..Fleetwood Mac Rumors album…I remember playing on a pinball machine on our back porch on second street listening to this one..
  4. King of the Night time world….KISS personal favorite…I wanted to be one ( a king of the night time world)
  5. Surrender…Cheap Trick…Live Version..”Entire Album” has to be in the top five even though these are not listed like that……
  6. Edmund FitzGerald…Gordon Lightfoot, every time I hear this I remember Paul Moore playing the cassette at work, so I think of him when I hear it..
  7. Afternoon Delight..Star Land Vocal Band..I remember sitting on the back of my cousin’s car in Florida listening to this as a storm was out over the ocean 1976?..
  8. Run and Hide…BlackFoot..great song..Thanks Paul for turning me on to them..
  9. Levon…Elton John…I feel like Levon sometimes “As Levon Slowly dies”..story of my life..
  10. You light up my Life..Debbie Boone..Great song, great lyrics..”So many Nights, I sit by the window”. I grabbed the movie clip YouTube video instead of the lyrics one since I saw the movie when it came out. I know Didi Con isn’t singing ok..
  11. The Rose..Better Milder….great story in a song..deep, deep lyrics. I also grabbed the movie clip from “The Rose” instead of the lyrics video…
  12. The Killing of Georgie…Rod Stewart great sad song based on a true story..
  13. Fathom 309…Red Sovine..never ever will get old..love that sad story..”Have a cup on ole Joe”. Red Sovine was a genius to have music put the stories..I would add…Giddy up go and Teddy Bear..Flowers for mamma…
  14. Ode to Billie Joe….Bobby Gentry….good coming of age song…great movie..starring Robbie Benson, too bad he jumped of the bridge in the movie cause he was molested..
  15. East Bound and Down…Jerry Reed..”Entire Album” The whole sound track is great and a great movie..”I only take my hat off for one thing”..I went to the movie theater and watched this movie 6 times when it came out! It ran forever and the VCR wasn’t born yet to the general public so what do you do? You go see it again….and again!
  16. How you Gonna See Me Know..Alice Cooper…”Entire Album” I can relate to the complete album but this song is special, I remember playing it in White Rose and slow dancing with my wife ..
  17. Rock N Roll Children…Dio..I was one.still am..just older..
  18. Me and Johnny…. Rick Springfield ..reminds me of my childhood buddy David Lutz..”Someday we’re gonna shine”….
  19. In the Year 2525 Zager & evans…kooky cool song. Love the Spanish horns and feel to it!
  20. Rocky ..Austin Roberts…great sad song….soo believable..
  21. Run Joey Run…..David Geddes…another great cheesy song I cant get enough of..
  22. Billie Don’t be a Hero…Bo Donaldson ..love this song….
  23. Total Eclipse of the Heart..Bonnie Tyler….Sort of my wife Denise and my theme song..
  24. Time for me fly…Reo Speedwagon…
  25. Aint Even Done with the Night…John Melloncamp..what a great dance song even though I cant dance..
  26. Young Turks…Rod Stewart..I felt like this when I was younger and we were just starting out…
  27. Do You think I am Sexy? Rod Stewart…
  28. Momma Tried..Merle Haggard….great song. Reminds me of Sundays when mom would clean the house…she would put on this album among many and listen and clean…Love the guitar work…folks this is real country not like the country crap out today…
  29. Alone Again Naturally …Gilbert O’Sullivan
  30. Joey…..Concrete Blondes….Inspiration for Joey Star…There were a few 90’s songs that didn’t suck. This being one of them.
  31. 2112 / Overture – The Temples Of Syrinx….RUSH…Side “A” of the album 2112 only…Side “B” is ok only
  32. Taxi…..Harry Chapin..Great song about a missed love…….He was a genius…the song “sequel” to it is great too. The link has both songs! Enjoy ..man it’s good stuff.
  33. Suicide is Painless…..Theme Song for M.A.S.H. I only like the song with the lyrics…very deep and dear to me….It’s hard to imagine like a 12 year old kid wrote those words of wisdom..
  34. Born to Run….Bruce Springsteen…I love this song..I can feel the power of the motorcycles..We gotta get out while were young`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run…
  35. Goodbye Girl…David Gates…Who else has seen Kramer vs Kramer?
  36. Pressure…Billy Joel…story of mine and everyone else’s life..Mtv ruled for a while..
  37. Fast Car….Tracy Chapman…..a sad song about hope but in the end it remains the same..lost..We all wanna get out but mostly end up doing what our parents did..
  38. I walk the Line….Johnny cash..one of the first albums I remember listening to..
  39. The Best of Times….Styx…
  40. MR. Roboto…….Styx…
  41. Leader of The Band…..Dan Fogelberg…good song…deep meaning…
  42. Same Old Lang Syne…..Dan Fogelberg….true story..great song. Never grow tired of listening to it..I can imagine every line in the song…He had the gift of making you feel every line as if he was writing your story…
  43. Big John…Jimmy Dean….love this song since I was kid..notice I love story tellers?? Anyone remember Big John beans?
  44. At Seventeen….Janis Ian….for some reason I really like this song, maybe cause I feel like the ugly duckling too…
  45. I’m Sorry…..John Denver…..Another great story teller…Love this song….”Its cold here in the city”…I used to listen to this on my “Show and tell” record player. It was attached to the Robinson Crusoe slides.
  46. Kings and Queens…..Aerosmith…..”Long ago in days I’m told”….Would make a good after school special movie. Anyone remember that series?
  47. Goodbye to Romance…Ozzy/Randy Rhoades….The guitar work…and lyrics…what a beautiful combination and sad song..It turned the rock world upside down.
  48. Thunderbird..Quiet Riot….Well written song. Written about randy leaving for Ozzy’s band. So much emotion from one friend to another.
  49. Easy…..The Commodores…..awesome song. The intro on piano, how it “hops”..awesome 70’s vibe to it. Nobody, NOBODY writes like this anymore. The bass line..whew!
  50. Hold the Line..Toto…I remember skating to this song…
  51. Smoke of a Distant Fire…Sanford Townsend Band….I remember listening to this on my little transmitter radio at night lying in bed…
  52. What You Gonna Do? Pablo Cruise..remember listening to it in bed at night too..
  53. Ebony Eyes….Bob Welch….wasn’t the video played every Friday night on Night Trax or Friday Night Video?
  54. Thunder Island Jay Ferguson…great song..From the opening guitar riff I was hooked!
  55. Show Must go On…QUEEN..my motto….Gonna have to go with the greatest rock voice of all time. Freddie Mercury was GENIUS.
  56. Spread your Wings….QUEEN..When I was in the scouts and was painting the solar system on a 4×8 sheet of plywood,,I listened to this song over and over..I feel like Sammy most of them time..I should be just sweeping up the Emerald bar…L
  57. I stole Your Love…..KISS..love the live “Studio” version off of ALIVE II where the chorus echoes “How does it feel to find out your failing your test????” I wore this album out and still feel like a kid when I play it! All I had was the gatefold back then to stare at!
  58. Convoy….C.W. McCall….Reminds me of “Little Trucker”…I used to talk on the cb and I remember standing out in front of our house and talking to the truckers going by on a walkie talkie..KADJ0472 the little gopher, we’re clear!
  59. Three times a Lady…The Commodores…I would love to slow dance to this one again. It has probably been played at most wedding receptions!
  60. Puff The Magic Dragon….Peter Paul and Mary…..Reminds me of being a kid,,never wanting to grow up. Why did little Jackie paper grow up?
  61. Cold as Ice…Foreigner…I really love the intro piano notes..like they are being pounded out..great well written song..when it was released I recorded it on a shoebox tape recorder and would play it over and over and write down the lyrics..lol…
  62. Hazard…Richard Marx…. Another great song with a story…it’s a reoccurring theme of mine..
  63. Winter time…Steve Miller….remember hearing this on 8 track…love the sound effects of wind blowing, haunting acoustic guitar..
  64. I’m Not In Love….10CC…love the voices in the song..never gets old..”Big boys don’t cry”…
  65. Don’t Cry Out loud…Melissa Manchester….…”baby cried the day the circus came to town, cause she didn’t want parades just passing by her, so she painted on a smile and took up with some clown..”..powerful words…
  66. Third Time Lucky…..Foghat…….I can relate to this song..
  67. Shapes of things to Come…Nazareth….The end of the world…great song..(I know the Yardbirds wrote it). I saw Nazareth in Evansville Indiana!
  68. Grave Robber….Petra….love this song…inspirational…
  69. Against the Wind…Bob Seger….what an awesome song…also can add…”Roll Me away”. “I too am lost and I feel double crossed and I am sick of what’s wrong and what’s right”
  70. Hungry Heart…Bruce Springsteen…..cool song about mid life crisis….so many people do this…”I got a wife and kid in Baltimore Jack, I went out for a ride and I never went back”, how many ppl actual do this?..
  71. Age of Aquarius….The Fifth Dimension….Love this hippie song. Wish it was true…
  72. Mr. BoJangles….Nitty Gritty Dirt band…….Always reminds me of Jumbo..I remember one year when the carnival was in the lot across from Second and green street where the little coffee place is now, and Jumbo was dancing for tips..
  73. If…Bread……great song..soo sad..
  74. Without you”..Harry Nilsson….
  75. Brandy….Looking Glass…..good sad love song
  76. 50 ways to leave your lover..Paul Simon…The snare intro…whew!
  77. It never rains in California….Albert Hammond…
  78. Please Come to Boston…Dave Loggins..
  79. Under Pressure….QUEEN/David Bowie…perfect song…”Its the terror of knowing what this world is about..watching some good friends, scream let me out”…
  80. Band on the Run..Paul McCarthney & Wings. Better than the Beatles..
  81. Time in a Bottle..Jim Croce….well written song .love that descending acoustic line..great singer/songwriter,,tragic short life..
  82. I’ll Have to say I love you in a song..Jim Croce….better than the one above by a few songs..
  83. Wasted days and wasted nights…..Freddie Fender..I remember going to the Pine Room restaurant with my mom and they had those table juke boxes..I played this song over and over..
  84. Mandy….Barry Manilow……great song..”you gave and you gave without taking..I have never experienced that…
  85. Wildfire…Michael Martin Murphy ….great song..good story teller.
  86. I’m not Lisa…..Jesse Colter….love the single piano notes…sad coming of age song..
  87. Telephone Lines…E.L.O….love the vocals…like he is speaking through a phone…very smart..
  88. Le Freak…..Chic…love the disco era..great song to skate too even though I cant really skate well…Great guitar riff!
  89. Sad eyes…Robert John…good song to slow dance too a long time ago..
  90. Logical Song….Supertramp…
  91. My Life….Billy Joel…song says it all..
  92. Lady…The Little River Band…I remember slow dancing to this one in junior high 8th grade but don’t remember her name..she must of not been important..….
  93. I’d really love to see you tonight….England Dan & John Ford Coley…great song..can almost see the stars and feel the warm wind..love how the high hats open up during the intro..its all in the details!
  94. Sultans of swing…Dire straits….perfect story and guitar playing…
  95. Every time I think of you..The Babys…great song..Saw them open for Alice Cooper..great music…
  96. Cool Change…Little River Band….wonderful song..
  97. Sounds of Silence …Simon and Garfunkel….”Hello darkness, my old friend”..we know each other very well…
  98. two out of three aint bad….Meatloaf….good song…great lyrics..sad though
  99. Vincent…Don Mclean….studying art in jr high and high school, I can appreciate depression and the close walk with life and death.
  100. On With The Show…Motley Crue…great well written song..very sad..Perfect blend of guitar, raw emotions and guts. I wish Motley Crue had of stayed this way…:(

And a bonus one…Damn, David Bowie wrote some great songs…But “Is there life on Mars” It’s on Amerika’s tortured brow, That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow, Now the workers have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again. Deep Deep Deep

there you have it…your turn …..send us yours to chuck@kickacts.com and we’ll put them up…

chuck

If 70’s mom’s had blogs!

Posted onMarch 26, 2014
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This is totally great stuff and well written. I wanted to copy and paste a paragraph but they have it protected so I can’t but go here and enjoy the flashback if you grew up in the 70’s! So many product references!

 

http://widelawns.blogspot.com/2014/03/if-70s-moms-had-blogs.html

Remember station wagon road trips??

http://widelawns.blogspot.com/2014/03/70s-mom-goes-on-roadtrip.html

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Sunday mornings…

Posted onNovember 15, 2009
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[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]Well, it’s another Sunday morning. Just me sitting here thinking. I have two things to go over that tie together so hang in there with me, ok? Growing up I remember my Mom, every Sunday like clock work would put on a stack of country records on the record player and thoroughly clean the house. Not that the house was ever messy. When we were  little kids she had those “runners” that everyone used to had to have going through the house. If you are unfamiliar with “runners”, good for you since they had little hard plastic spikes that held them down to the carpet and if you ran your foot up underneath one of them it hurt like hell. But basically they where plastic strips that covered high traffic areas of the house to save the wear and tear on the carpet. We lived in a shotgun house on Second street (531 to be exact) and back to my story, our Mom would clean on Sundays’. She too, I am sure like every other adult had furniture no one was allowed to sit on either. She also had hand towels in the bathroom that were just for “show”. We couldn’t touch them either. Later on in life she had an expensive couch that her brother had given her that sat in the main living room. We weren’t allowed to sit on it either though we did we she wasn’t looking but I will get back to the couch in a few. So here I am as an adult. Mom is long gone to her reward and it’s Sunday. What am I thinking about?What she used to do. It was so important for her to have the house spotless. I tend to listen to old traditional country music like she did on Sundays and reminisce. I don’t miss a lot things growing up, well some I do some I don’t but I won’t go in to that now. And well, I also tend to way over think some things but I was just reflecting that all that hard work she put into the house and how she wanted it spotless and we couldn’t touch certain things like couches and hand towels and what happened in the end? The house is gone… Long gone too..Torn down to make a few more parking spaces for the Holy Name church. I stopped by the day a guy was stripping out the white brick fire place in the dining room as the house was being slowly dismantled and my memories were being taken away from me. We never used the fireplace but we had a warm morning gas heater in front of it. I used to run in there in the morning to keep my feet warm. I also hung out there after  a long day of playing in the snow. I would pull up a chair and put my feet on the top of the heater to get warm. It’s all gone now though. The heater, the pear tree and Her relentless Sundays’ spent fighting dirt and for what? A few days ago, I found a log book at work. It was from around 1999. It was for a small treatment plant in Pleasant view subdivision we had to take care of since the original owners had turned it over to us.We have to keep a diligent daily log of work in detail. This log book was from 1999 to around 2001 when the plant was closed and bull dozed over. .. I looked through it. I hadn’t seen it since it was “written”. I saw where I had kept details of what happened on a daily basis. How operations went, who was there, whether it was raining or not. Things like that. Every day was noted with the time, my name, lab results, plant conditions etc. And for what? The book is now irreverent like most things we as adults do. My mom dedicating her Sundays’ to house cleaning. Me keeping records in a log book that no one will ever look at. The plant is long gone the State is no longer interested in the records but I did it diligently too. Just like Mom did when she housed cleaned. The log book will eventually find its way into a trash can to buried in heaps of garbage like a lot of deligent things we do. It’s busy work. But it’s work. My mom never built any monuments, Her cleaning house has left me with fond memories. A house filled with music. Sure, we clean here too and keep it clean. But in the big picture. One day the house will be torn down and we will be long gone too. What did we leave behind? A worthless log book with old dates and tests results in it or did we contribute to the bigger picture? Mom never knew that her sundays would become my Sundays. even if that white couch her brother gave her that we couldn’t sit on eventually burnt up in the house fire…