On my iPod - Artists Beginning With "S"

Styx - "Renegade" - how many songs do you recall that actually use the line "the jig is up?"  When I played sports in high school, this song is one of my all-time favorite "get pumped up" songs.  Sadly...I have nothing to get "pumped up for" anymore...

Sting - "Love is the Seventh Wave" - I loved the police when I was growing up...and Sting was one of the few performers that got even better when he went solo.  Besides that...I dig the name...Sting...how very cool to have one name (like Cher and Bono).

Steve Martin - "Dentist" - from the musical, Little Shop of Horrors.  One of my favorite dentist "clips" from a movie..."there he is boys...the leader of the plaque."

Steve Camp - "Abandoned to God" - one of my favorite Christian albums of all time.  He is anti-music establishment, plays small venues, and writes great music!

Sergio Mendes - "The Fool on the Hill" - more cheesy sixties music!

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

Stranger Than Fiction

I know this should go under a long list of theMT recommendations, but I had to pull this movie out by itself.  This is easily my favorite movie of the year and I am probably going to end up making it one i own.  it's the type of movie that requires multiple watchings to refine what it is you like about it (not like the matrix, which was just flat confusing...). 

The concept in this movie is brilliant, the cast is fantastic, and the acting was smashing.  This movie opens doors for conversation on the discussion of free will.  I don't want to spoil anything for you, because I think this movie should just be enjoyed.  But, speaking in vague terms, who is in control of your life?  Is it you or do you have someone else authoring your life?  Is there a supreme author in all of our lives?  Do you have a role in deciding each and every page of the book and how the chapter turns and twists, or are you written in and out of scenes at the will of the writer?

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

On my iPod - Artists Beginning with "G"

This grouping shows a true eclectic mixture from my iPod.

Glenn Miller - "In the Mood" - I have the entire collection, but this is the classic piece from his orchestra that best symbolizes the music from the WWII era.  I can remember hearing this every morning on the AM radio in the kitchen (KLIV - "The Music of Your Life" in San Jose, Ca) as I ate my breakfast and got ready for school.

Garrison Keillor - not music, but if you haven't signed up for the "Lake Wobegon podcast" you don't know what you are missing.  A Prairie Home Companion is one of my favorite radio shows and the highlight is the news from Lake Wobegon where "the women are strong, the men are good looking and all the children are above average."

Guns n' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle" - so there are some things from college I cannot shake. actually I keep this song for waking up the house, pushing me that extra bit when running, or just keeping people on their toes who think they know me...

Gypsy Kings - "Bambaleo" - summertime, the back porch, and fuzz buzzes...did I mention it was almost time for peaches again?

Gene Autry - "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - minimum playtime...one time per year...but classic

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

On my iPod - Artists beginning with "A"

Hey...i finally splurged and bought a new iPod.  My best friend Eric bought me a nano a few years ago (nice friend huh?).  Well, last night in Costco I decided to get the full size iPod, so I could have all my music...all the time...  Here are the samplings from the "A" artists...

Astrud Gilberto
(with Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz) - "The Girl from Ipanema" - I can remember listening to this song regularly when I worked at Wine Wizards in Stockton with Byron.  Great memories of good wine, great bread and a ton of fun in the first year of marriage.
Al Jolson - "The Spaniard that Blighted my Life" - old 30's/40's comedy cd i own.  really funny duo song with bing crosby.
Apologetix - "Baa! We're lambs" - this group is the Weird Al Yankovic of Christian music.  This song is a parody of the Beach Boy's "Barbara Ann."  If you want a good giggle, go to their site for free downloads.  These guys are pretty good.
Alan Jackson - "It's Five o'clock Somewhere" - great tune...and often played on the back porch!

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

On my iPod - Artists Beginning with "H"

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - A Taste of Honey - Whenever I hear this song I picture my dad's old hi-fi set up in the family room playing vinyl records.  This song and Spanish Flea (theme to "The Dating Game") are pure 60's fun.

Hank Williams, Sr. - I Saw the Light- I downloaded this song off iTunes because I remember watching Johnny Cash sing it in an episode of Columbo...but there is no recording of Cash singing it...drats!  Hank's version is not too bad!

Hootie and the Blowfish- Only Wanna Be With You- A few years ago I won some tickets at Rotary to hear Hootie in Downtown Modesto.  kenj and heather ended up going and enjoying a fun summer concert.  His music always reminds me of college life.

Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line - you might remember it from the end of the movie "Beetlejuice."  Great little Caribbean tune that gets the mangokids jumping and dancing when we do the dishes at night.

Quietly making noise,
Fletch