The Greatest Hits of Music Monday+ One Writing Tip

It is time for another edition of the Greatest Hits of Music Monday. Music is a constant presence in my life and were a genie to grant me 7 wishes two of mine would be for musical talent. In more specific terms I would gladly love the ability to sing and to play many instruments.

As always you are encouraged to play along in the comments by sharing your favorites. Alternatively you can sign up for my fan page and join the discussion there. Don’t forget it is International Talk Like A Pirate Today.

  1. New York’s Not My Home– Jim Croce
  2. Photographs And Memories- Jim Croce
  3. These Dreams– Jim Croce
  4. Father & Son– Cat Stevens (his politics drive me crazy, but I love some of his old stuff.)
  5. Tea for The Tillerman- Cat Stevens
  6. The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald– Gordon Lightfoot
  7. Sundown– Gordon Lightfoot
  8. Hurt– Johnny Cash
  9. Help Me– Johnny Cash
  10. Ring of Fire– Johnny Cash
  11. Hero Of The Day– Metallica
  12. No Leaf Clover– Metallica
  13. Unforgiven– Metallica
  14. El Dorado– Iron Maiden
  15. The Number of The Beast– Iron Maiden
  16. Let It Be– The Beatles
  17. Eleanor Rigby– The Beatles
  18. Norwegian Wood– The Beatles
  19. Picture– Kid Rock w/Sheryl Crow
  20. Rockstar– Nickelback (video cracks me up)
  21. All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down– Hank Williams Jr.
  22. Old Love– Eric Clapton
  23. Crossroad– Robert Johnson
  24. Forever Young– Gregorian
  25. May It Be- Enya

And now for your writing tip. Just write and stop worrying about whether you are eloquent, profound or insightful. Just put pen to paper and good things will happen.

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  1. DaddybyDefault September 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I plugged Maybelline into pandora and I’ve been hooked on that station lately. Chuck Berry, fats domino, bill haley, elvis. I haven’t listened to that stuff in so long, It’s great to hear it all again. I sound like an old fart, because that music was all before my time, but that’s the stuff my dad listened to and I got hooked on it from an early age.

    I play guitar, when I have the time, and like the classic rock like the who, led zep, jam band stuff like allman bros, and disco biscuits, and instrumental oldies like ventures, dick dale, and of course early rock hits from beatles, pink floyd, etc.

    Can’t stand jazz, i just don’t hear it, never have. I guess I’m just unrefined like that.

    • TheJackB September 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      @DaddybyDefault Chuck Berry played at my high school. It was a few years before I got there but I remember hearing about it. I listen to all of the artists and bands you named. If you sift through my posts you’ll often find references, links and videos.

      Jazz can be an acquired taste, some of it quite good and others…not so much.

      • DaddybyDefault September 22, 2011 at 2:30 am

        @TheJackB very cool, he’s probably very good in concert. One of my friends was a jazz radio dj and he lent me some discs awhile back but I couldn’t get into it, and I pretty much like everything. I played the sax as a kid, but only because there were too many drummers in the band. Maybe it’s an adult aversion thing, who knows. Oh well.

  2. Leon September 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    G’Day Jack,

    No Armstrong, no Ellington, no Hawkins, no Hines: no Billie,, no Ella, no Sarah, no Carmen: no Oscar, no Wynton, no Herbie: there’s not even Miles or Leadbelly!

    Why is it that so many Americans totally ignore the only art form created entirely within it’s own boundaries?

    Ah Well… gustibus non disputandum est. Someone has to raise the cultural tone.

    Swing on all you cats,


    • TheJackB September 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      @Leon Who says that I ignore it? That was just a snapshot of what I happened to listen to that day. Besides, anyone who listens to Robert Johnson is likely going to be a fan of many of the artists you listed.

  3. AdrienneSmith September 20, 2011 at 8:37 am

    That is one of the talents I wish I had too Jack. To be a singer and if I could I would sing the blues. I love love love the blues but grew up on so many different types of music. Use to listen to Cat Stevens all the time but way back when Journey tug at me a lot. OMG I love their music and still do. Let’s see, then there was Boston, AC/DC (yeah I know), Aerosmith, of course the Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn (I LOVE Stevie), heck there are so many. If I had to name my all time favorite, I couldn’t. As for the writing, you know I’m going to write how I feel and to heck with everyone else. I’m a take it or leave it kind of girl myself. Thank goodness I haven’t had to many that have run the other direction. So far they have tolerated me even through my rants! 🙂 Love this list Jack, some really great choices!

  4. BruceSallan September 20, 2011 at 6:29 am


  5. Julie September 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

    You have a little bit of cowboy in you, huh? Jim Croce makes me cry. I hate that he wrote everything in a night and then died. I always listen to Ring of Fire in conjunction with Folsom Prison Blues and Ghostriders in the Sky. Along this line, Willie Nelson’s Redheaded Stranger and Waylon Jennings’ Rainy Day Woman.

    Oddly, woke up the other morning and started writing fiction out of nowhere. Haven’t done that since 5th grade. Most unexpected.

    • TheJackB September 20, 2011 at 5:53 am

      @Julie | A Clear Sign It all depends on your definition of cowboy, but some would say that I have a lot in me. Johnny Cash is one of my all time favorites. All three of the songs you mentioned have special meaning to me. I like Waylon and Willie too.

      Have fun with the fiction, I am biased but that is so much fun to write.

  6. Craig McBreen September 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Hey Jack, I have zero musical talent, but certainly love listening. I’m still using that ancient Pandora technology 🙂

    Man, Jim Croce really brings the childhood memories back. Hurt – Johnny Cash (can’t hear that one enough)! It’s tuff to find a Beatles song I don’t like, but I especially like to play “Abbey Road” or “Revolver” all the way through. Iron Maiden makes me think of some really stupid sh*t I did in high school. And, I wish, wish I had the talent of Robert Johnson or Eric Clapton.

    And, thanks for the writing tip, I needed that!

    FYI, my current Pandora channels: The Church, Queens of the Stone Age, The Clash, ELO, Outkast, Fatboy Slim, Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Ween, Ulrich Schnauss, Pink Floyd and The White Stripes and Johnny Cash. For now at least.

    My question to you. How much vinyl do you own?

    • TheJackB September 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      @Craig McBreen Hey Craig. I have used Pandora once or twice, never did get into it. Have to say that I like your channels- there is a lot on there that I can listen to. Not familiar with it all, but always willing to give music a try.

      Iron Maiden used to be my favorite above all others. Been a long time since those days but I still enjoy it.

      I have about 60 or so albums and a ton of 45s.

  7. Joanne Cipressi September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Love that writing tip. For me, that is how I write, then I go and clean it up afterwards. Regarding those songs…I love Hurt. Picture is one of my favorites. I seen Kid Rock in concert and when he was singing that song, there was a helicopter that flew over us. It dropped off Sheryl Crow! She came out and began singing her part. It was such a surprise to all of us. Loved it! 🙂

    • TheJackB September 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      @Joanne Cipressi It is really easy to over think things and get caught in a place where you are paralyzed because the words aren’t “enough” for you. It is easier and more efficient to write and edit afterwards.

      That Kid Rock concert sounds like it was pretty cool. Johnny’s rendition of Hurt is awesome, I like it better than the NIN version.

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