Super early Sunday morning tunes in January 2014

A few songs I appreciate and consider timeless:

That was Ram Jam with their song “Black Betty.”

Here’s Ten Years After with “I’d Love to Change the World”:

Powerfully impacting. Deeply adore that song. The chorus struck as so resigned but true…

Next up is Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”:

Love that song. Forever and always.

Another one I appreciate is Atlanta Rhythm Section’s “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight”:

That one’s heavy, and remains relevant. Some nights that’s just how you have to look at it.

Here’s Bill Withers performing “Ain’t No Sunshine”:

That one has always touched me…

Next up is “Take Me to the River” by the Talking Heads:

That’s another favorite I never tire of. Soul music, through and through. Love that video accompanying it too!

Tom Petty is the man:

That was his hit “Won’t Back Down.” Saw him in concert back in 2005 and was in complete awe. The man produced so many good songs — his creativity is timeless.

Another undeniably timeless song, George Harrison performing “Here Comes the Sun”:

That beautiful one I need to listen to pretty regularly. Just necessary.

Another gorgeous tune from the Beatles, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”:

That one cuts at my core. But I don’t know what to do. What is an effective response at this point besides treating people fairly as you can and loving those closest to you in the best way you’re able? Life is fucking hard on many levels, no doubt. We take our breaks where able. Even in America where we have the privilege of living like sloths while watching the wheels turn ’round. It’s tough figuring out what effective action is and where improvements can be made.

Here’s one I might’ve posted before, but it runs through my mind frequently:

[The live performance, in Colorado I believe, was removed from Youtube due to some stupid copyright violation, so I’ve updated the post with the recorded version. straight_face ] That was the Avett Brothers performing their song “Shame.” Feels terribly relevant to me at least. Runs through my mind at random intervals. Maybe it resonates with we who’ve really been in the wrong and recognize it for what it is and are trying to make changes. For the record, I never claimed to belong among the ‘good guys’. Doesn’t always wind up shaking out the way we once intended, then we wake up one day and really have to examine ourselves in the mirror and see what toll bullshit has had on us and how we’ve paid it forward unconsciously or subconsciously to those we love who never deserved to be hurt by our recklessness.

But it can be awfully hard taking a big bite of that humble pie.

A good song to also hold close is “Love Invincible” by Michael Franti & Spearhead:

Passed that one on to my companion’s son. With any luck it will embed in his psyche as well. Such a beautiful song.

Another beauty that I never seem to get enough of is George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”:

Another song I personally consider timeless is “Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac:

…Shadow of a woman

oooh, black widow,

…shadow, she’s a dragon…

I dig it on a visceral level.

Another important song for me is David Allan Coe’s “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)”:

It poses a question I have to ask myself periodically so as to check my behavior and priorities. Because if I truly feel so deeply my actions need to coordinate and further my heart’s objectives. But some lessons are learned through trial and error — such is human folly. That’s the way life goes — figured out over time. Nobody understands much starting out and we step in however many potholes along our journeys. We make mistakes that hopefully we learn from eventually, once better priorities settle into sharper focus.

Men like to take note of the benefits afforded women, but with it can come a lot of baggage. Such is modern life. Everything’s in flux, including each and every one of us inside. It cannot be helped, though this makes the learning curve that much steeper. Men suffer their share as well, and it divvies up as it does for individuals.

A song still very much relevant, Jonathan Edwards’ “Sunshine (Go Away Today)”:

One of my favorite songs of all time since I was little bitty, Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”:

A lot of truth in that little diddy. Probably seems goofy to say, but I suppose it depends on how one reads between the lines. And some games we’re better at playing than others.

Here’s “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx:

That one runs through my mind randomly and regularly. Got embedded.

One of the top timeless songs, “Amazing Grace” here performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama:

Their album version is even more beautiful.

Another timeless classic, Roy Orbison and K.D. Lang’s duet of “Crying”:

Don’t know what to think of that video though. ha

An amazing performance by K.D. Lang of her version of “Hallelujah”:

Love that song by pretty much anyone who’s ever sang it. For the record though, it deserves to be stated that out of the lesbians who could be classified as “masculine” or “butch,” K.D. Lang ranks high among those I’ve been attracted to.

Moving on to more timeless treasures, Pink Floyd’s “Learning to Fly”:

Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
Fatal attraction is holding me fast,
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Can’t keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted Just an earth-bound misfit, I

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone

The soul intention is learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
God keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I…


Another timeless wonder, Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage/Eclipse”:

One last song for the morning, “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash: