Category Archives: Music

What I’m Into Right Now – May 2018

How is it already time for another one of these? Feels like it was just last week that I did April’s round-up of things I’m into… and now here it’s time to share what has my attention as we enter May.

What I’m Into Right Now – May 2018

Girl Going Nowhere – I’m a big fan of this debut album from Ashley McBryde. It’s a great one from start to finish. You can read more about it in my review here.

Adobe Sessions – This Cody Jinks album is a few years old but it’s a great one. For anyone complaining about “pop country” I would recommend checking out this album. It’s been on repeat in my headphones as I’ve been doing yard work. Can’t wait to see him do some of these songs in concert later this month.

Sneaky Pete – I’ve already worked my way through season 1 of this Amazon Prime Exclusive show and just started season 2. This show features identity theft, interesting family dynamics, and some mystery. You can read the Amazon description here.

Spending time outside – Finally, the weather has turned and it’s been nice to be outside. I’ve enjoyed doing some Spring yard work, getting our garden ready to plant… and GRILLING!

YouTube Comedy Clips – Part of my job requires me to do a little data entry each day. It’s not difficult but requires concentration. I usually like to listen to something while working on it and recently I started listening to comedians on YouTube. Mitch Hedberg, Steven Wright, and Demetri Martin are some of my favorites.

What are you into right now?

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Twelve Albums That Mean Something To Me

Awhile back I got tagged on Facebook with something that was making the rounds. It was a ten day, ten album challenge… where you share the albums that “really made an impact and that you still listen to, even if only now and again. Post the cover, no need to explain.”

Knowing myself I knew that coming up with my list of albums and then remembering to share them one at a time over ten days would be tricky. I’d probably forget around day five or six and might not even finish.

I decided there was something I could do, though. I could share them all in one blog post. And as long as I was breaking the rules I figured I’d break another one. Instead of ten albums, I’m sharing twelve.

Look’em over and see if any of my favorites would also make your list.

What are some of your favorite albums?

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Memory Monday – The Steve Miller Band

Lately, I’ve been enjoying a new podcast from a blogger friend of mine from Canada. His name is Stacey and you can check out his blog site… and his podcast, Stacey Robinsmith Is A Dad In The Burbs.

In episode 8 he spends a few minutes talking about the Steve Miller Band concert that he went to recently.  Hearing his account brought back my own Steve Miller Band concert experience.

It was April of 1996. My wife, who was my fiancee at the time, and I had really good seats to see The Steve Miller Band at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. Back then, it was the go-to venue for all the best concerts.

The show started off really slow. We didn’t recognize any of the songs. Then Steve mentioned that they were taking some time to play some of their new tunes. The crowd wasn’t rude… but they really weren’t that receptive either. They wanted to hear the hits.

By the time they broke for an intermission, my wife and I were really bored and hoping the 2nd part of the show would be better. I figured it had to be because we were more than an hour in and had yet to hear any of the songs that put them on the rock n’ roll map.

Being in a college town, there were several Iowa State college students sitting right in front of us. They were just as bored as we were. “This sucks, man. We should leave and hit up some parties,” said one of them. His buddies agreed and they were gone.

What they didn’t know is that they left minutes before The Steve Miller Band took the stage for a second set that was basically a live version of their greatest hits. The Joker, Jungle Love, Space Cowboy… they didn’t leave a single hit out.

The crowd, that was sleepy in the first half, was up, dancing in the aisles, and singing along.

On the drive home, my wife and I both remarked how disappointed those college kids would be if they knew what they missed out on.

Have you ever been to a concert that started out slow but finished strong?

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