I played 7 songs which resonate with me on the deepest level or just simply stick in my head and I can't get them out on "The List" December 17th...my birthday!¬† It was totally self indulgent and a treat to hear!¬† So hear are my selections and a brief explanation why I chose each song;
Radio Free Europe by REM-I was early in my radio career and working in Boulder at KADE, a small and very cool AM station with a loyal following.¬† I used to cheat and play Radio Free Europe more than I should have because I simply couldn't get the song out my mind.¬† Even though, until I read the liner notes, I had no idea what Michael Stipe was saying.¬† It was the sound of the song and the promise of the band from Athens Georgia that caught my attention.¬† When I listen to this day, memories of my early days in radio and my first few years of marriage wash over me.¬† It's a good feeling.
Brilliant Disguise by Bruce Springsteen-When this song came out I was still deciding whether or not I was going to go all in with Bruce.¬† When he dropped his guard on the¬†Tunnel of Love¬†album and looked inward to ponder a love gone wrong, he gave us all a very personal look at his life and times as a husband, rock star, and cultural icon in the 80's.¬† It was an unselfish, revealing and healing gesture.
Bad by U2 (live)-It's all about memory connections for me.¬† Bad (live) off the Wide Awake in America EP by U2 reminds me of my first big radio job.¬† I was doing mid-days on 106.7 KAZY in my hometown of Denver.¬† Friends from Cheery Creek, and South Junior High and Greenwood Elementary School would find me on the radio and call to renew friendships.¬† For some reason, this song brings out those memories.¬† I don't know why, but I don't care!¬† For that reason and the mad skills of U2 live...it is one of my all time favorite songs.
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John-Elton is the first artist I ever latched on to as a favorite.¬† When his albums came out, every six months or so during his prime, I would have to have them on the first day.¬† I head out on my Schwinn 5 speed with the ram handlebars and ride down to Budget tapes and Records on Colfax in Aurora and pick up the album.¬† I couldn't wait to get home, pop open a cold one (Pepsi), and listen along while I read the liner notes.¬† When I first heard Mona Lisas, I was lost inside my Koss Headphones listening to Elton's pure vocals and the amazing "self harmonizing" he pulled off.¬† It is his best work and my all time favorite song...period!
Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones-I like it!¬† Plain and simple.¬† The single from the double album Exile on Mainstreet is the Stones at their best.¬† Not a note is out of place.
A Man I'll Never Be by Boston-An album cut from Boston's historical first album.¬† It's the soaring nature of both Brad Delp's vocals and Tom's sonic guitar meeting in perfect precision that makes the song for me.¬† These past few years, since the suicide of Brad Delp, the singer‚Äôs tale of failing to meet expectations, personal and external, and the inherent sadness truly resonate.¬† Having spent an hour speaking with Brad at Red Rocks about a decade ago and finding him to be the most genuine and warm "rocker" I have ever encountered, I am saddened by the loss of a man I could have been friends with.
Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox-Strings, Annie‚Äôs voice, a 19th century vibe...it all works for me in a way that few songs do.¬† At this time of year, for some reason, I think old time English Christmas in my imaginary Castle in Kent.¬† It is nice to dream!
So that's it, that's the list for December 17th.¬† Friday night I'll be rockin around the Menorah with some of our greatest Jewish rock stars in celebration of the last night of Hanukah.