Back To School Playlist

Where in the world did Thursday go?

First, thanks to all for your kind words about the site’s new look. I wish I could take credit for the pic, but alas, I cannot. This is from a template in the WordPress directory (info is at the bottom of this page).

Second, thanks also for your heartfelt words about my sister. Both she and my mother are models of what it means to fight this ugly disease with a positive and determined manner. They have both triumphed in the past, and I have no doubt that my sister will pull through once again.

Ok. One of my things to do before school begins is create my opening week playlist. Here’s the final list of songs that made the cut from an original 24. I’ll list the songs that didn’t make it farther below.

  1. The Music Never Stopped (Grateful Dead, 4/30/77, Palladium, NYC)
  2. Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
  3. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan)
  4. Ain’t That A Shame (Cheap Trick, Live at Budokan)
  5. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
  6. Compared To What (Les McCann & Eddie Harris)
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles, White Album)
  8. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues, long version)
  9. Black Rock (O.A.R., Live, Any Time Now)
  10. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
  11. Magic Bus (The Who, Live At Leeds)
  12. Sugar Magnolia (Grateful Dead, 6/9/77, Winterland Arena, San Francisco)

There’s been much thought put behind the order of these songs. I would call all of these driving, motivating songs in one way or another, and the significance of each is very strong. At this point in my life, I’ve got to keep the music driving me through some emotional times and keep my mind and my heart focused on exactly what I need to do: Teach and Write.
And…Here are the ones that didn’t make the cut (but would make it a great 2-cd set, I think):

  1. Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
  2. Tomorrow Never Comes (Beatles, Revolver)
  3. Unbelievable (EMF)
  4. Zoo Station (U2)
  5. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
  6. Melting (Tristan Prettyman)
  7. Positively 4th Street (Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, and Bill Vitt)
  8. Dear Prudence (Jerry Garcia, After Midnight bonus cd, 2/28/80, Kean College)
  9. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  10. Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen)
  11. Make Me Smile (Chicago, lp version)
  12. Walkin’ Blues (Eric Clapton, Unplugged)

If you are interested in me burning a cd for you, just let me know. I’ll be glad to send one in the mail to the first 13 requests….

Enjoy the Friday, everyone!

3 thoughts on “Back To School Playlist

  1. that first set includes some STRONG songs! Wanna make me a copy of The White Album? My CD of it died 😦

    Cheap Trick, Live at Budokan…wow! Loved THAT!


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