Listening to music can help the soul

More tunes needed.

That was “No Time” by The Guess Who.

Here’s one I’ve liked since it came out:

That was “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage The Elephant.

Here’s one that’s been playing regularly in my playlist in recent years:

That was “Teardrop” by Massive Attack. Not sure about most of its lyrics and not feeling like looking it up tonight. “Teardrops on fire…” I clearly catch though, but just the sound of the music’s been nice, soothing.

Switching gears, here’s Janis Joplin’s “Ball and Chain” (live performance from 1967):

Haven’t heard that one in a while.

Here’s one of my all-time favorite songs:

That was Dobie Gray with “Drift Away.” Beautiful, timeless song and performance. Really speaks to my soul.

Here’s another that regularly comes up in my playlist rotations in recent years, Rich Amerson “This May Be Your Last Time”:

Yep. Hypocrites. Including myself. And really none of us can guess how long we got left in this existence. Such is life. I’m not pious, obviously, but I have attracted toward negro spirituals over the years. Just gravitated that way. Soul food. And stopping to listen to songs like that is about as close as I come to meditating.

Now, here’s one I’ve listened to occasionally over the years, “I Sang Dixie” by Dwight Yoakam:

Kind of an emotional tune for me. And that was a good live performance he put on there. Pity that when he visited our city he complained about those of us who stood on the bridge a ways away and tried to see and listen to what we could. Messed with my impression of that man, seeing as how he’s been profiting so well already. Plus, if we paid for entry into that outdoor concert area, we couldn’t smoke since that’s no longer tolerated at such events.

Here’s one I like to keep in the regular rotation in recent years too, “Black Mattie” by Robert Belfour:

Has definitely sunk in over time.

Another oldie and goodie, “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon:

One I’ve listened to periodically since teenagehood, “Stupid Girl” by Garbage:


Never tire of watching this live performance by Mary J. Blige of “Family Affair”:

That is one fine-lookin’ woman, most especially in that particular performance. Been a fan of that song for a long time and still keep on listening to it pretty regularly.

One I listen to occasionally, Nina Simone’s “Go To Hell”:

Another oldie and goodie I never tire of, “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin:

One I’ve been returning to regularly over the years, Rhino Bucket’s “Ride With Yourself”:

Here’s another that stays in my regular rotation, R.L. Burnside’s “Bad Luck City”:

Unique song…


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, featuring Stevie Nicks, performing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”:

Right. Done with dragging a heart around and having mine dragged around as well. Got it. There now.

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