Tag Archives: Merle Haggard

Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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Merle Haggard: From Graceland to the Promised Land

Haggard’s tender tribute to Elvis. I suppose I shouldn’t be amazed how much Elvis’ biographical details (his Mama, his age when he died, his Mama’s death-date, Elvis’ death-date, what all of that might mean) were absorbed into the culture by … Continue reading

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Sick-Bed iPod Shuffle

I had surgery on Saturday. My mother’s been here helping me. Hopefully my health problem is now solved. Fingers crossed, y’all, I’ve been living with this horrible situation since 2013. And I already had surgery for it in 2010. It … Continue reading

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Spring iPod Shuffle

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these iPod Shuffle lists. I find them fun and strangely relaxing to put together. It’s therapeutic to submit to the random-ness of the Shuffle. I’ve been on the move the last … Continue reading

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Solstice iPod Shuffle and Some Personal Snapshots

— Part of managing my mental health is managing sleep. I had a rough winter in that regard and have been working hard to course-correct. I bought a sleep mask at Bed Bath & Beyond which has really helped. I … Continue reading

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Busy Week Shuffle

It’s been a busy week. Family stuff, work stuff, projects long-term and short. I am working hard to keep the stability going, in the midst of so much flux and change. So far so good. Here are the tracks that … Continue reading

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iPod Shuffle

Busy times, man. Struggling for balance with all of it. Thank goodness for my white board. Gigs, new and old, things coming in, things I need to follow up on. It’s all good! Here’s the music that was blasting into … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Week Shuffle

“Save the Last Dance” – The Troggs. Lester Banks’ massive essay on The Troggs has almost more relevance now than it did when it was first published … it’s still a throw-down against mediocrity and playing it safe. Here The … Continue reading

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Weekend Shuffle

“Heroin” – The Velvet Underground & Nico. From the “banana album”, which scared the shit out of me when I first heard it as a teenager (long after the band’s heyday). It still scares me. But I love the sound. … Continue reading

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Weekend Shuffle

“I’d Give Up All My Sins and Serve the Lord” – Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers. So smooth, so powerful. “Good Golly Miss Molly” – Jerry Lee Lewis. Love the saxophone. Sexy. And of course the piano. He’s nuts. … Continue reading

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