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America was different then. I sit back in the red cloth and fake leather seat of the silver 1975 Pontiac Astre, strap on the belt, sigh, and turn the key. More

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So, being a safety professional involves lots of paperwork.* A truly insomnia-curing amount of paperwork, actually. All of my safety jobs involve lots of taking information, analyzing it, and turning it into something worthwhile. This requires some music to keep me going, along with generous application of caffeine. Not just any music – music with […]

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If you’re a Bob Dylan fan of any period, I HIGHLY recommend his new album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways, a thoughtful, beautiful, down and dirty record. Was listening to it tonight, and this bit from “Mother of Muses” jumped out at me…like a timely….jumping out thing: Mother of Muses sing for my heartSing of a […]

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June 24, 2020 would have been my mother’s 92nd birthday. She died in September 2014, at the age of 86 after a long struggle with the effects of fronto-temporal dementia. Her death was, in the eyes of her children and others who loved her, a release and a blessing. And for her, peace at last.

She’d fallen away from the faith of her childhood decades before, and her children wished only a celebration of her life, and to say farewell to Mum with words and music that she’d have enjoyed. (I’ve often thought that, in an earlier time, Mum might have lived as a wise woman, or a white witch, in a pretty little cottage in the middle of the forest primeval. She’d have liked that, I think.)

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June 25 I almost entitled this “Music that Makes Me Me Me,” but it’s five days after Father’s Day and my dad joke permit has expired. More

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Yo! I’m Tim Rockwell and I wanted to say hi to everyone! If anyone ever wants to get down and talk music or collab here are some samples! More

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Once cell phones began to move beyond merely being able to place calls and became able to store more and more data, we began to see the rise of ringtones. Beyond the novelty ringers, now everyone could have a ringtone for different callers.

My first phone allowed custom rings, but you had to program in each note. This was difficult for someone who is close to tone-deaf. I eventually got a better flip phone that had a decent system for downloading low-quality ringtones, but the selection was very limited. Once I got my first smartphone (a Palm Pre +) I could really innovate. All of my most common callers would get their own ringtone. It took some work because, by default, my phone was unable to play them at sufficient volume. I had to boost the volume with audio editing software, which hurt the dynamic range and sound quality, but they were loud enough to get my attention. Some uploading later, I had an ample array of ringtones.

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Driving around with the volume up and windows down is requisite every summer. Preferably on a wide, open road headed to the canyon, lake, mountains, anywhere except home. Ok, sometimes in town. Here are some of my favorites to listen to.

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A questionnaire of sorts. Your favorite way to drink coffee, beans, pre-ground or instant, and brewing method. And, your favorite coffee songs. Me: Always iced, either immersion cold brew, or the “Dutch” coffee extreme slow cold drip that is popular in Korea. I don’t have a really picky palate, but I like whole beans, either […]

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I’m in my dotage now, so old and out of touch that young people look right through me, an invisible man. But there was a time when I was opaque. That was in the 1950s and I was a teenager in Compton, CA, about the same time that teenagers were being invented.

I did my part toward that invention. I put a lot of pomade on my hair and wore a ducktail for a while, and I used teenage slang; words like “made in the shade” (doing well), “going Hollywood” (wearing sunglasses), and “bitchin’” (something that’s good).

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The idea just hit me. Let’s see what y’all come up with. Here’s three off the top of my head. (I’m invoking the “Dylan exclusion” for myself.) “I’ve got a page one story buried in my yard” – “Medicine Show” by The Dream Syndicate More

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There are plenty of songs from the late 1960s to early 1970s about urban unrest that turned to looting and street violence. There are lots of songs about fire. That is not this list. This list is about beauty and human excellence. Here’s we get a break in the storm clouds and a clean shot […]

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Ron DeSantis dropped facts and logic all over reporters, and suggested they were indulging “black helicopter” level conspiracy theories and so credulous as to be motivated buyers for a bridge in Brooklyn. That called to mind a few songs on this Wednesday. Ron DeSantis was talking with reporters as he hosted Vice President Pence.  More

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The past week ended, and the new week started with birds singing and more sightings of beauty and beast-mode. Thursday, May 14, 2020, Maria Bartiromo got an extended interview with President Trump on the White House grounds. She asked 44 questions in a 55 minute interview and got answers to every question, from coronavirus to […]

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In which your humble correspondent breaks out the disco ball, and then things take a strange turn. The Bee Gees were an Australian trio of brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They could actually carry a tune and sing in three part harmony without computer assistance. Their signature falsetto lead was quite distinctive. One of […]

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Catching reports of protests here on Ricochet* and from a scan of YouTube, whilst stewing over Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey, who is no Noem, songs started popping up out of my memory. Here are a few protest songs that are relevant once more: Let’s go back to Roy Rogers in 1944 for “Don’t Fence Me […]

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Earlier in the week, I shared “Classy Music from a Garden.” The wind kicked up, so we get a view out into Xuefei Yang’s garden from a sunlit room with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in a vase, and some light music from Andrew Lloyd Webber: More

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As we enter the Easter season, after the long Lenten season, and as spring brings some promise of brighter days ahead, how about another play list? We earlier celebrated spring flowers, in song. Here are a few tunes about April, or rain, or spring. April showers may bring flowers, depending on your latitude and attitude. […]

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