The Daily Soundtrack, a Last Hurrah

Well, this wasn’t really received as well as I’d hoped, and as with many recurring features it’s already seeming more like work than it should. I love music and would be willing to discuss it with you any time, but I think this will be the last playlist. Unless you want me to keep posting them, in which case just let me know in the comments. Thanks!

  1. The Eagles – Take It To The Limit
  2. Pink Floyd – One Of These Days
  3. The Shins – Girl Inform Me
  4. Phish – Reba
  5. Blues Traveler – Crystal Flame
  6. R.E.M. – Finest Worksong
  7. The Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
  8. Young The Giant – My Body
  9. Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
  10. The Smiths – I Know It’s Over
  11. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
  12. A Tribe Called Quest – Rock Rock Y’all
  13. Billy Bragg w/Wilco – California Stars
  14. Breathe – Hands To Heaven
  15. Coldplay – The Scientist
  16. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
  17. Ben Harper – Gold To Me

Free Verse Friday 11.21.14

Thin wire forms, blasted apart by grinding horns, bit by bit, byte by byte. Progressive precision, torrentially assertive. Creeping, lifting, happily engineering the most uncomfortable connections.  An icon besmirched, scandalized, immortalized in latex.

Traveling o’er rooftops systematically merging with motorcycles, engines gunning, he dances a jig. The gossiping, whispering tell-tale signs of hens, clucking and strutting their awkwardness, grudgingly relenting to an unwelcome touch on the shoulder.

The bleating of farm animals and heady stink of the barnyard, you can’t drive it away with simple clamps wearing gloves. Brushed by industrial transmission, rocketed to heights hoisted heavily Heavenward.

He dies.

The Daily Soundtrack November 20, 2014

Today’s playlist didn’t get deleted so I’m able to share it with you. Thanks for listening and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!

  1. Blues Traveler – The Best Part
  2. Two Gallants – Winter’s Youth
  3. R.E.M. – Welcome To The Occupation
  4. The Decemberists – January Hymn
  5. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  6. Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You
  7. Phish – Train Song
  8. The Roots – Web
  9. Wolfmother – Witchcraft
  10. U2 – New Year’s Day
  11. Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
  12. Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going
  13. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
  14. The Sundays – Summertime
  15. Cage The Elephant – It’s Just Forever

WWW Wednesdays: November 19, 2014

Another fun, weekly prompt from Should Be Reading. Follow along through the link or click the image.

To play, simply answer the following 3 questions in your post and be sure to add a link in the comments over at the original page.

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 I’m currently reading and just about to finish The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson. Pick it up and get to know the Fangs, you’ll enjoy the ride.

 I just finished The Long War, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, the second book in the “Long Earth” series. If you’re familiar with Pratchett’s “Discworld” series you’ll recognize a few of his nuances, but this is something completely different. You don’t need to know anything about his other work to enjoy it but read The Long Earth first.

 Next up will be Happy Hour in Hell, by Tad Williams, the second Bobby Dollar book. It’s got everything you’d expect in a book set in the underworld, plus some characters you wouldn’t. Dollar being one of them. Buckle up, because Bobby doesn’t really use the brakes. Again, I’d suggest reading the previous book before jumping into this one. Not for the faint of heart, just sayin’.

Daily Soundtrack November 18, 2014

the_eagle___pink_floydThe jukebox seemed to be feeling mostly mellow today, and I can see after only three installments that it’s time to add or maybe even change the records in there. You might already be getting tired of the same artists over and over again. Maybe you like them as much as I do so it’s not an issue. Guess we’ll find out.

  1. Pink Floyd – Hey You
  2. Coldplay – Yellow
  3. Phish – Billy Breathes
  4. Beastie Boys – Posse in Effect
  5. The Shins – New Slang
  6. Beck – Devil’s Haircut
  7. Blues Traveller – Alone
  8. The Smiths – Reel Around The Fountain
  9. R.E.M. – The Flowers Of Guatemala
  10. Tim Easton – Burgundy Red
  11. Pistol Annies – I Feel A Sin Comin’ On
  12. Van Morrison – Crazy Love
  13. White Stripes – Icky Thump
  14. Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
  15. Electric Light Orchestra – Do Ya

Teaser Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014

This is a fun, weekly prompt that I lucked onto some time ago and I’m trying to be more consistent in my posting so I wanted to include it again, and hopefully will continue to do so moving forward. You can click the image above to get to the original site or use the following link:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m currently reading The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. This excerpt is from page 120:

“Okay,” Mr. Fang said, sweeping the tray off the table, dumping it into the trash. “This little experiment is over. Let’s go home.”

The Family Fang



The Daily Soundtrack November 17, 2014

It’s Monday, again, as time move inexorably forward, and this new Feature returns (I don’t blog much on weekends.) Hope you enjoy the playlist.

  1. Phish – Character Zero
  2. Jason Nevins Feat. Greg Nice – Candyman (Original Mix)
  3. The Smiths – Back To The Old House
  4. Two Gallants – Sunday Souvenirs
  5. Pink Floyd – Dogs of War
  6. The Shins – Caring is Creepy
  7. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  8. Alien Ant Farm – Courage
  9. AC/DC – Back In Black
  10. R.E.M. – So. Central Rain
  11. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
  12. Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  13. Tim Easton – Poor, Poor LA
  14. Scorpions – No One Like You
  15. Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel
  16. The Samples – Feel Us Shaking
  17. The Police – Message In A Bottle
  18. Vampire Weekend – Finger Back

The Daily Soundtrack November 14, 2014

Toying with the idea of yet another recurring post, this time musically inclined. I listen to music while I’m working and this is the playlist for today:

  1. Tim Easton – Get Some Lonesome
  2. Snow Patrol – Hands Open
  3. Toad the Wet Sprocket – All I Want
  4. Crowded House – Something So Strong
  5. Eagles of Death Metal – Cherry Cola
  6. Phish – Birds of a Feather
  7. Collective Soul – Heavy
  8. The Strokes – Juicebox
  9. Depeche Mode – I Want You Now
  10. Coldplay – In My Place
  11. Two Gallants – Song of Songs
  12. Young The Giant – Apartment
  13. R.E.M. – What If We Give It Away?
  14. Van Halen – Panama

How many songs should a good playlist have? 15? 20? Fewer?

Free Verse Friday

Abrasive, cut like a diamond, flexing muscles imprinted like a brand on beef cattle

Stuffed like a sausage in its casing, linked to all the others, lined up for the slaughter

Cold, hard cash, frozen like tundra, judge, jury and executioner, you own your bliss

Your soul heavy, dark beams of light falling like Autumn leaves, the theater of your mind cold, all your heat dispersed in sheets

Sipping from the juice box, seal broken, excuses fabricated under the influence of electric pharmaceuticals

A national crisis, corporate controlled distribution of razor blades to slash brake lines

Listening to the clipping of fingernails, waiting for each successive CLICK to echo through my head, bile rising in my throat

Nothing works, the process grinds to a halt, anger bubbles, ripples to hold more guacamole dredged from the bottom of your alloy lined raincoat pockets

Mistakes made, ghosts in the snow, records spinning, give away all the sounds

Hollow eyes, pretending colors are following your written rhymes, trying to show signs of industry

Information sewn into the splitting sofa cushions, a sectional moving like a race car driver

Flames blooming after a laser precision strike, glowing like morning, time seems to stop, apartment walls giant and cavernous