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“Making Soup With Mom”

SoupHere’s another great mix of nostalgic songs, courtesy of The Lost Art Of The Mixtape.
Meet me In The Morning – Bob Dylan
Hello Old Friends – Eric Clapton
Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Rings – Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon
Wondering Where The Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn
It’s All Right – Traveling Wilburys
Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
Storms – Railroad Earth
Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby
If I Am A Stranger – Ryan Adams
Albuquerque – Neil Young
Down In A Hole – Alice In Chains
Raindance – Railroad Earth
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
The Old Man & The Land – Railroad Earth
Harder Now That It’s Over – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals



Space (and beyond)

Picture6‘nother great mix here. Check it out..

Beam Me Up – Spock & Capt. Kirk
Space – Grateful Dead
Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato
Mountains Of The Moon – Grateful Dead
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Under The Milkyway – The Church
Man On The Moon – R.E.M.
The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
Walking On The Moon – The Police
Moondance – Van Morrison
Venus – Shocking Blue
Mr. Spaceman – The Byrds
Rocket Man – Elton John
St. Judy’s Comet – Paul Simon
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
Late For Supper – Jerry Garcia
Dark Star – Grateful Dead
Big Black Furry Creature From Mars – Phish feat. Giant Country Horns
Infrared Roses – Grateful Dead
Close Encounters Space – Grateful Dead
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
Brain Damage – Bim Skala Bim
Eclipse – Pink Floyd


Happy Birthday — Van Morrison

van-morrisonVan the man turns 64 today. Please raise your goblet, pilsner glass or vat of spirits to the heavens in honor of George Ivan from Belfast. You may know him as a Van, regardless, lift a snifter and quaff mass quantities of the bubbly and whatever else whets your whistle to celebrate the light Van’s shown on us.

“Sweet Thing”

Van and Jim

georgerodriguez2Here’s a cool shot of two Morrisons with their respective bands, Them and The Doors. This shot was taken in the summer of ’66 at The Whiskey A-G0-Go in L.A. The Doors joined Them for an encore of Them’s classic “Gloria”. At this point, The Doors were the house band at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go, making $200 a week. Them was the hot band out of Belfast and on the rise. Van’s stage presence had quite the impact on the elder Morrison, Jim, as explained by John Densmore in his autobiography, Riders On The Storm.

“Jim Morrison learned quickly from his near namesake’s stagecraft, his apparent recklessness, his air of subdued menace, the way he would improvise poetry to a rock beat, even his habit of crouching down by the bass drum during instrumental breaks.” On the final night, the two Morrisons and the two bands jammed together on “Gloria”.


Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time has gone and compiled a list for all of us telling us who are the top artists of all time. I’m glad they tell me how to think sometimes, because I sometimes forget that I can do it on my own. Trey Anastasio writes about Zappa, Warren Haynes writes about the Grateful Dead and Van Morrison on Ray Charles. (Taken from 2005)