Fast Car (live acoustic cover feat. @MarySpender)

Sultans of Swing (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli feat. @MarySpender)

Smells Like Teen Spirit on Kurt Cobain’s 1953 Martin D-18 “Grandpa” with @maryspender

LOVE me some Mary Spender!!!

Start me up

I used to start my day every morning by saying ‘Alexa, start my day’ and I’d get a mix of the latest national, state and local news and I’d listen in the background while I’d drink my coffee and wake up. Last week I changed that habit and instead I now say ‘Alexa, shuffle the ‘Start me up’ playlist on everywhere’ and my entire apartment is filled with my favorite upbeat music. I start my day singing and dancing and I continue to listen while I walk a couple of miles, stretch and meditate and my life is better as a result. Here’s my list in case you’d like to use it — I think my taste in music’s pretty good thanks to decades of listening to 93XRT in Chicago and I think that with the help of Spotify I’m a pretty good curator. If you think you can do better do it! The question is what can you do to get your day off to a better start?

Surrender: An Evening with Bono in Conversation with Jon Meacham

This should be good! Bono interviewed by Jon Meacham? Count me in…



What a sweet love song!

“Of all the dreams I’m chasing there’s only one I choose. Everything is pointless without you.”

Lewis Capaldi, Pointless

Surrender to the greatness that is Bono

Bono sure seems to have a lot of haters but I’m not one of them. Lately, I’ve been listening to his audiobook Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story and I think it’s a masterpiece. Bono has a reputation for being a little full of himself, but I challenge anyone to maintain that opinion after reading/listening to this book!

I recommend the audio version. Hear Bono read the book in his own voice. This morning I pulled two great quotes out of Chapter 22 where Bono talks in part about bandmate Adam Clayton’s battle with alcohol. Here they are:

Here’s the Spotify playlist of all 40 songs referenced in the book:

Extended interview: U2’s Bono and wife Ali Hewson

Story behind the Greatest Classic Rock One Hit Wonder of The 1970s

The professor of rock talks about one of my all time favorite songs: Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum.

That time when George Harrison and Paul Simon did a duet on SNL

Get the backstory here:

Yer Blues – Remastered 2009

Wingspan; Paul and Linda McCartney Documentary

As a lover of the Beatles and Wings, I don’t think Linda ever got enough credit for dragging Paul out of the gutter and getting him back on his feet.

When The Beatles broke up, Paul was depressed. For the past decade, his life had revolved around the band, and suddenly he found himself with nothing to do. He didn’t feel like writing music on his own, and he credits Linda for helping him get out of that dark spot. He said recently in an interview with Apple Music that he doesn’t want to imagine what would have happened if he hadn’t had her by his side to help him get over it. He got back to writing, made two amazing records, and then formed the band Wings with her. The song Maybe I’m Amazed on his debut album McCartney is dedicated to her, and it’s about how much he loves her and how grateful he is to her.

I love this documentary because it tells the story of Linda from the perspective of her daughter, documentarian Mary McCartney and her husband, legendary musician Sir Paul and the conversation between them is priceless!

One of the best commercial series ever made; every performance of every artist of every piece of music every recorded

In my mostly humble opinion, this series of commercials by George Parker is one of the best ever made. My personal favorite starts at about 1:10 minutes: “Our jukebox has every performance of every artist of every piece of music every recorded”. Effing brilliant! George recounts “Bob Metcalfe who invented the LAN at Xerox Parc, then went on to found 3Com, said it was the best explanation of what broadband can do that he had ever seen.”

20 years later, here’s an example: 120 different versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ in one place: Spotify. 200 years ago you had to be the Emperor of the Austro/Hungarian Empire to listen to Mozart on demand. Now, we’re all kings and queens of our playlists on the internet. “And I think to myself what a wonderful world!”

This Cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” will Give You Chills

Source: This Cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” will Give You Chills.

Christine McVie bonuses…

What Makes This Song Great? Fleetwood Mac and Christine McVie via @rickbeato

Rick Beato just updated and reposted his ‘what makes this song great’ featuring Christine McVie on Go Your Own Way. If you’ve never heard him deconstruct a song this is a good one to start with. Rumours is one of only 5 ‘double diamond’ albums (20 million copies sold) in the world and this song is one of the reasons why. Enjoy…

Elton John, Paul McCartney Talk ‘Sacred’ Abbey Road Studios in Documentary Trailer

“It felt natural to explore the wealth of stories, and unearth so many unheard gems that I had not known about,” director Mary McCartney tells Rolling Stone about the new Disney+ film: Elton John, Paul McCartney Talk ‘Sacred’ Abbey Road Studios in Documentary Trailer

Watch 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

In a tumultuous era, 1971 was a year of musical innovation and rebirth fueled by the political and cultural upheaval of the time. Go to the source: Watch 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything | Apple TV+

Apple trailer…
Similar opinion…

Here’s the Spotify playlist:

Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough dies, aged 72

The Ulsterman also played with Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, as well as Marianne Faithfull and Donovan. Source: Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough dies, aged 72. You can see Henry at work in this rough recording of the Wings song that was banned in the UK.

Angels Cry: A Tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School

I don’t understand why this song didn’t go viral…

Top 10 Beatles Riffs Ranked via @rickbeato

Main music man Rick Beato ranks the top 10 Beatles riffs. Do you think he got it right?

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