digitizing a music collection 10+ years in hiding... don't know what we'll find. some will be amazing, some will make us cringe, but all will be entertaining.

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Etta James, These Foolish Things: Only Time Will Tell

Cigarette ashes
his empty glass
they seem to tell me
it’s over at last
his parting kiss
brought tears to my eyes
was it goodnight
or was it goodbye?
and only time, time will tell…

Wrinkled up sofa
scuff marks on the floor
shows where he was sitting
he was sitting a moment ago
he’s never left
this early before
is this a sign
he’ll be back no more?
and only time, time will tell…

I could listen to Etta’s voice forever.

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Massive Attack’s mellow trip-hop sound was always the pill for a melancholy day.

Massive Attack, Mezzanine: Inertia Creeps

Recollect me darling raise me to your lips
Two undernourished egos four rotating hips
Hold on to me tightly I’m a sliding scale
Can’t endure then you can inhale
Clearly
Out of body experience interferes
And dreams of flying I fit nearly
Surrounds me though I get lonely
Slowly

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Lionel Hampton: Mostly Blues

From the liner notes:

It would be a mistake to relegate Lionel Hampton to the past. By continually surrounding himself with younger musicians, this hip octogenarian refuses to be labeled a relic. These sessions, recorded almost 60 years after Hamp’s debut on records, are a perfect case in point. His stellar accompanists provide a fascinating contemporary backdrop for Hampton’s ever-stimulating solo flights.

The title track, “Mostly Blues,” is a blues both in structure and feeling, with guitarist Beck showing he has plenty of the latter. His opening choruses are the musical embodiment of soul. Scott is up next and makes the most of his one chorus; his rumbling bass notes are reminiscent of the late Eddie Costa. Hamp preaches the blues gospel, while Beck and Scott interject the musical “amens” wherever appropriate.

Hamp was considered a vibraphone virtuoso. Steve and I love jazz, so there will undoubtedly be a few more of these popping up on the infinite playlist.

Song featured: Mostly Blues (title track)

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The Counting Crows - Across A Wire: Live In New York City (2 Disc set)

There was a time when I really liked the Counting Crows. Listening to this set now, I’m not so sure. I definitely like a few songs… seems like they’re the ones where Adam Duritz doesn’t hit the high notes so much.

Steve definitely does not like The Counting Crows. In his words: “I’m not a fan of this, but it’s tolerable. I’m not praying for death or anything, but this guy’s voice grates on me. He has a very whiny sound.” Ah well… it was a time. I uploaded my favorite song from disc one.

Have You Seen Me Lately?

I was out on the radio starting to change
Somewhere out in America, it’s starting to rain
Could you tell me the things you remember about me
And have you seen me lately?
I remember me
And all the little things that make up a memory
Like she said she loved to watch me sleep
Like she said:
"It’s the breathing, it’s the breathing in and out and in and…"
Have you seen me lately?
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The O'Jays Greatest Hits

The O’Jays Greatest Hits

I don’t know if this was originally Steve’s CD or mine. I do know that growing up, the O’Jays were part of my parent’s soundtrack, which means they quickly became comfort music.

Love Train

People all over the world
Join hands
Start a love train, love train
The next stop that we make will be soon
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don’t you know that it’s time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through

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