• Playlists

    The Chill Pill Playlist…

    When I was a teen, “take a chill pill” was a common lexicon. Circa 1992, if someone said this to you, a) they were probably annoyed and/or aggravated with you, and b) you probably needed to mellow out. As an adult, I recognize more than ever that sometimes we need to take a chill pill. Sometimes we need to just check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.. We need to relax, close our eyes, and listen to some mellow music. I can’t help you with the relax and close your eyes part – that’s on you. I can, however, help you with the mellow music! This playlist – if you haven’t…

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    Punk Rawk Covers!

    Yesterday, I gave you an essay about Punk Covers. I talked about how the genre of punk rock (or rawk, if you prefer), lends itself to the concept of a cover. I gave several examples of punk rawk covers as well! It only feels natural to take those examples, and give you, my readers, a punk rawk covers playlist.  This playlist will, of course, include the songs I mention in yesterdays article. This article will also explore other punk covers as well. Songs that follow the points I made yesterday, but for one reason or another, were not mentioned in the article even so. For the second time in a…

  • Musical criticism and commentary

    Punk covers and why they rock.

    A couple years ago, I started to explore an interesting sub-genre – the punk cover.  The rules of the sub-genre are quite simple – it’s got to be a song, any song, covered by a punk band.  The sub-genre has a massive amount of songs. Some punk artists will do entire albums of nothing but punk covers! While the internet has certainly spread a good amount of light on the sub-genre, this is hardly a new phenomenon. MxPx did an entire “On the Cover” album in the mid 90s. Of course, Dead Kennedys did a couple amazing covers in the 80s – but we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Sure,…

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    Songs about dreams and rainbows.

    Last week, I published an article exploring the song “Rainbow Connection.” I mention many songs about dreams and rainbows, so today, I thought everyone would love a companion playlist. I include several of these song in last week’s article, but there are so many more songs that fit into this category. So – this playlist includes other songs that talk about “dreams and rainbows.” I include songs about chasing dreams, as I feel that still fits with the milieu of the song “Rainbow Connection.” Put on your dreaming hats people. This playlist will hopefully inspire you and make you think of a better world. Love your neighbor and love yourself.…

  • Musical criticism and commentary

    Someday we’ll find it – the Rainbow Connection

    There’s one song that makes me cry every time I hear it – Rainbow Connection. Yes, yes, a song made to pretty much sell movie tickets and further the Muppet franchise makes me sob – pretty much as soon as the lyric “Someday we’ll find it” plays. This actuality used to embarrass me, but recently, I’ve made peace with this personal fact. Rainbow Connection tells us we need to keep in touch with our imagination; the song encourages us to never give up on our dreams. As someone who dreams, I have to respect this message. I also must point out that, considering I was 4 years old when “The…