Challenges in Life

I thought that I would test out playing music in the background that I think is appropriate to words I post, so I posted to AudioBlogger and played 2 minutes worth of the theme to Rocky, but it doesn’t seem to want to allow text and the audio in the same post. I suspect that the way to get around that would be to post the audio and then write whatever I wanted in the comments.

Not a huge deal, but I thought that it might be kind of fun to share my thoughts and the music that accompanies them. Here is my iTunes library. It is incomplete, I own about 400 CDs, countless tapes and a ton of albums:

Name Artist

Fanfare For The Common Man

Aaron Copland

Dancing Queen




The Lonesome Kicker

Adam Sandler

Dream On


Remember When

Alan Jackson

City Of New Orleans

Arlo Guthrie

Never My Love

The Association

Turn Up the Radio


Rock Lobster

The B-52’s

Stayin’ Alive

Bee Gees

I Go To Extremes

Billy Joel

Human Behaviour


The Mighty Quinn (Quinn, the Eskimo)

Bob Dylan

Do You Wanna Hold Me?

Bow Wow Wow

Growin’ Up

Bruce Springsteen

My Love Will Not Let You Down

Bruce Springsteen

My City Of Ruin [Live]

Bruce Springsteen

Hungry Heart

Bruce Springsteen

Ain’t Got You

Bruce Springsteen

Tougher Then The Rest

Bruce Springsteen

All That Heaven Will Allow

Bruce Springsteen

Tunnel Of Love

Bruce Springsteen

O Fortuna [Carmina Burana]

Carl Orff

Let the River Run

Carly Simon

Danny Boy

The Celtic Tenors


Cheap Trick

I Will Find You (From “The Last of the Mohicans”)




Keep Hope Alive

The Crystal Method

(Rock) Superstar

Cypress Hill

The Dragon’s Breath

David Arkenstone

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Deep Blue Something

Black Celebration

Depeche Mode


Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Viva Las Vegas

Elvis Presley

Without Me


May This Be Love

Emmylou Harris

At Last (Single)

Etta James


Faith Hill

O-o-h Child

The Five Stairsteps

Do you Realize

The Flaming Lips

It Was A Very Good Year

Frank Sinatra

My Way

Frank Sinatra

Two Tribes (Carnage Mix Version)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood


Gipsy Kings

Rhinestone Cowboy

Glen Campbell

If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Gordon Lightfoot


Gordon Lightfoot

Welcome to the Jungle

Guns N’ Roses

The Planets, Op. 32: Mars, The Bringer Of War

Gustav Holst

Infernal Dance [The Firebird]

Igor Stravinsky

The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden

Run to the Hills

Iron Maiden

Head On

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Hearts On Fire

John Cafferty

Take Me Home, Country Roads

John Denver

Boom Boom

John Lee Hooker

St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)

John Parr

Flower of Magherally

John Whelan and Friends

Ring Of Fire

Johnny Cash


Johnny Cash

Conviction Of The Heart

Kenny Loggins

I’m Alright

Kenny Loggins

Can We Fix It?

Kevin Browne & Paul Joyce


Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Our House


It Must Be Love


What’s Going On

Marvin Gaye

Maniac (DJ Promo Only Version)

Michael Sembello

Bhangra Fever

MIDIval PunditZ

King Arthur and the “Old Woman”: A Lesson in Anarcho-Syndicated Commune Living

Monty Python

Girls, Girls, Girls

Mötley Crüe

Dr. Feelgood

Mötley Crüe

Home Sweet Home

Mötley Crüe

Just Can’t Last

Natalie Merchant


Neil Diamond

Hot In Herre


Pink Moon

Nick Drake

Love Train

The O’Jays


Ofra Haza

You Can Leave Your Hat On

Original Soundtrack

Try a Little Tenderness

Otis Redding

Youth of The Nation


Come Talk to Me

Peter Gabriel

Secret World

Peter Gabriel

Don’t Give Up

Peter Gabriel

Mercy Street

Peter Gabriel

1812 Overture, Op. 49 (Conclusion)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand

Primitive Radio Gods

History Repeating

Propellerheads & Miss Shirley Bassey

A Song For You

Ray Charles

It Should Have Been Me

Ray Charles

Italian and Jewish

Ray Romano

No Easy Way Out

Robert Tepper

Gonna Fly Now

The Rocky Orchestra

Mary Mary



Sarah McLachlan

Sweet Surrender

Sarah McLachlan


Sarah McLachlan


Sarah Mclachlan

Closing Time


Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Simple Minds

Fire on Babylon

Sinéad O’Connor

Cities in Dust (Single)

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Arabian Knights

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Face To Face (Soundtrack Version)

Siouxsie and The Banshees

I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow

The Soggy Bottom Boys

It’s Been Awhile


I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying


Sour Girl

Stone Temple Pilots

Mr. Roboto


Eye Of The Tiger


Tom’s Diner

Suzanne Vega & D.N.A.

All the Things She Said


Europa and the Pirate Twins

Thomas Dolby

I Love This Bar

Toby Keith

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)

Toby Keith

Calling All Angels


Walk On [Live]


Where The Streets Have No Name


I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For


Running To Stand Still


Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)




Bittersweet Symphony

The Verve

Training Montage

Vince DiCola

6th Avenue Heartache

The Wallflowers

Love Reign O’er Me

The Who

Living In The Promise Land

Willie Nelson

Kingdom Come

World Party

Los Angeles


Obviously this is not a complete list, there are lots of other songs/artists/albums that are very meaningful to me. The list above contains a collection of tunes that I enjoy for various reasons. I am in the process of dropping in songs from my collection so that I can enjoy MP3 versions of all of my music, but it is quite a task and the kids seem to need my attention. 😉

Anyway, the point of this post changed and I lost my muse. I’ll have to come back to it later. Drats. Besides it is time for the midnight feeding. Tomorrow morning will be tough. Oh well.

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  1. Jack's Shack August 3, 2004 at 8:13 pm

    I have been listening to X for years. Not too many people outside of LA seem to know about them now. Secret World is very cool. I have some old Genesis with Peter still at the helm, but I do prefer his solo stuff.

    And Bruce, well I can’t think of a time in which I haven’t enjoyed listening to him. He is really in tune with so many life experiences.

  2. Marty August 3, 2004 at 7:12 pm

    Jack – We have a lot in common when it comes to music. You are a bit more of a romantic than I, though. My favorite song these days is Secret World by Peter Gabriel. I’m also huge Bruce fan. I’ve seen him live 8 times. And I thought I was the only person in the world who still likes X.

  3. Jack's Shack August 3, 2004 at 7:06 pm

    I am listening to Ray right now.

  4. Stacey August 2, 2004 at 2:44 pm

    How sad that we recently lost him (Ray Charles). What a legend he was.

  5. Jack's Shack August 2, 2004 at 2:35 pm

    Ray Charles put on a great show. I saw him 5 times and never felt robbed or cheated as I have at the concerts of some other performers.

    High energy and great music just made it great.

  6. Stacey August 2, 2004 at 1:45 pm

    Not bad, Jack. I LOVE all of the Springsteen songs (but where’s Born to Run)? Ray Charles is just great and A Song for You for has always been one of my favorites. Johnny Cash is one of my favorites. I always liked that Arlo Guthrie song about New Orleans, too. America is ok (Neil Diamond), but he has so many better songs like:

    Cherry, Cherry
    Forever in Blue Jeans
    If You Know What I Mean
    Brother Love’s Travelin Salvation Show
    Hooked on the Memory of You

    I also like the Breakfast at Tiffany’s song.

  7. Anonymous August 2, 2004 at 12:47 pm

    From the list you posted, I like 11 of those songs.
    I have a variety of CD’s as well. Some of my favs are Abba, Billy Joel, Chicago , Olivia Newton John, BeeGee’s, Anything name a few.

    When I’m on the computer, I log onto to Live365 and listen to the 70’s tunes. I have it running in the background as I surf the web. Really makes it enjoyable, and those tunes transport me back to a wonderful time in my life !

    Jeanne 🙂

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