Friday, January 30, 2009

Almost Done With January Friday Random Ten

The other day, my stepdaughter made the astute observation that January is both the longest and shortest month. Since it's usually the coldest month of the year and has 31 days, it seems the longest. Yet, you turn around and it's February all of a sudden.

School has started again, and I've been picking up extra shifts at work, so the posts have been scarce lately. I've got a couple I'm working on, including one about a delightful time the Yen clan had having dinner with the Bubses.

1. Let Him Run Wild- The Beach Boys
2. Wouldn't It Be Good?- Nik Kershaw
3. American Garage- Pat Metheny Group
4. Washington Square- The Village Stompers
5. Ain't Talkin'- Bob Dylan
6. Come Running- Van Morrison
7. Phenomenal Cat- The Kinks
8. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?- Bruce Springsteen
9. Younger Girl- The Lovin' Spoonful
10. Everything That Touches You- The Asssociation

1. I know a lot of folks don't think the Beach Boys are real hip, but I love them. I think that Brian Wilson was an American songwriting genius.
2. A little 80's nugget.
3. This is the title track of the one and only jazz record I own. Bonus that there's a picture of Airstreams on the cover.
4. This Greenwich Village-based group had a number of instrumental hits in the sixties.
5. From the Modern Times album.
6. From Morrison's great Moondance record.
7, The Kinks at their quirkiest on the The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.
8. Springsteen's first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, had a lot of critics predicting he'd be the next Dylan. Ha!
9. Man, John Sebastian was a great songwriter, wasn't he?
10. The first record I ever owned was a "Best of the Association" record, a gift from my grandmother.


SkylersDad said...

#3 was my introduction to jazz by my friend Doug. Great stuff!

dmarks said...

2. "Wouldn't It Be Good" is great, but Kershaw's "The Riddle" is one of my all-time favorite songs.

SamuraiFrog said...

"Let Him Run Wild" is a really good song. It's almost a drop in the bucket to what Brian Wilson was capable of, but it's just so... right.

I love the Kinks. That's one of my fave albums.