Happiness Playlist #2 – Tracks from Prine, Clark, Chapin, Rush and Goodman! I’m Happy!

So this morning, as I looked at the books lying around I say that Your Playlist Can Change Your Life and I decided to Heads & Talescreate another playlist to make me happy! So I went to Spotify and created one featuring five artists who are at the center of my love for folk music: John Prine, Tom Rush, Guy Clark, Harry Chapin and Steve Goodman. I picked a few of my all-time favorites from each of them and went merrily on my way to Target to pick up some things!! Here’ s the playlist…..

Somebody Else’s Troubles” – Steve Goodman – he’s right many times the troubles of others don’t really bother us!

“Please Don’t Bury Me” – John Prine – Always good for a smile…

“Everybody” – John Prine – another Prine song, from his second album that always makes me laugh!

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A Friday Morning iPod Playlist – Americana with some Prog in the mix!

So today I had to run an errand that involved about 45 minutes of travel time. I was going to listen to one of the newdrum hat buddha albums on the iPhone. Then I thought no, I’ll take the iPod, and listen to some tracks that I haven’t heard for a while! I ended up with a 10 track playlist that included some prog rock, folk, Americana and blues. Here’s the playlist

1. “Numb” – Evergrey - Torn – a little progressive rock from Sweden to kick off the morning – while I was looking for this track at Spotify I saw a band on the list of related artists name Edguy – checking their latest out now!! Good Stuff!

2. “Merlin’s Lament” – Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerDrum Hat Buddha – I really like Dave Carter, what a shame that he left us so soon!

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Another Slow Run, that may not be a bad thing! Soundtrack from John Hiatt!

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I ran last night and it was another struggle, not as bad as it has been, but still it was not an easy run, I had picked run (Harper Loop) that was a fairly tough run. One long straight uphill run (Faunce to Fairview), then a downhill, a second uphill and then a longer downhill and finally a last 1.5  mile home.  While I am not where I want to be the splits were not too bad.

Mile –  Pace Min/Mile

1      10:05
2      11:14 (uphill)
3      10:50 (down then up and down)
4     11:33  yep – struggling at the end!!
4.27   11:05

Total 4.27  - 10:56

So I’m not where I want to be I want to train but 9:30 and 10 minute per mile pace and run a 5K between 8:30 and 9 min/mile pace, we’ll see. Anyway, tonight at Runner’s World I read this post that even my snail’s pace (to me) is doing good!!

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A Good Run, with a different type of playlist, leads to the Phillip Sayce Group!

So after a fine Father’s Day breakfast yesterday, thank you everyone for the presents, this little one went off with his Dad and Mom to his first Phillies game!

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Unfortunately the little guy didn’t get to see a Phillies win on his first time out to the park, but I’m sure he had a great time!! Wonder I have had his bottle before the third inning was over! (It’s a Karn family rule – no eating until after the third inning is over!)

After leaving our breakfast party, my wife and I did some shopping, actually she did some shopping while I browsed through both the Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill and in Moorestown. Then we came home and after a light lunch followed by a power nap I was able to go for a run, wow, the first time this year that I was able to make myself run, three times in one week!! Not wanting to overdo it too much I kept the distance at four miles, the same as the other two days this week. Since the day had gotten sunnier and warmer as the day progressed, I decided on a course that would be shaded for a large part of the course, which meant that I would be going up Pancoast Ave. again!!. So off I went tunes playing, what tunes, we’ll get to in a minute, first mile 10:01- ok – second uphill – :10:58 – still not bad, 3rd mile now going downhill, 10:58 and last mile 11:43. Now the other day I ran without the heart monitor, yesterday I had it on and my pulse was fairly high over the last two miles, so I kept slowing down to help it drop a little or at least not keep climbing and overall, I achieved that goal at the cost of my pace…..but at least last night I didn’t feel totally wiped out and today I feel pretty good!! Hopefully, the temps won’t be too bad tomorrow late in the afternoon so I can keep this little streak going!!

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Life’s Soundtrack – Another Good Run this time with Lisa Mann’s New Album – Move On (video)

So back on September 4th of last year I ran the same course that I ran tonight. Back then I was coming off a couple of months of inactivity (June and July too hot!) and starting to get back into shape. On that night I there was improvement, as I ran the third and fourth miles faster than I had run them. Now tonight while I’ve run a few times in April – January, February and March were too snowy and cold for me to run much – my old body likes the fair weather! Anyway tonight is like the fourth run in April and my first four-miler and while I thought I struggled my overall time was faster than it was back in September and both my third and fourth miles were faster!! So how come?? I think that the answer may lie in the amount of yoga that I have done over the winter this year!! Overall, my weight is lower than it was and I feel better!!

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Life’s Soundtrack – The Children of Tom Paxton and Jerry Jeff Walker in Song!

I’ve written before that I’ve been listening to the music of both Tom Paxton and Jerry Jeff Walker. During that time my four children have grown, two are now married with one presenting us with a new grandson, and another is going to give us another grandchild in September. I’ve also listened to Tom Paxton’s two daughters, Jennifer and Kate and Jerry Jeff”s children Django and Jessie, grow up in song. Boy I feel old!

Jennifer's RabbitThe playlist that closes this post starts with the first of these troubadours songs to their children that I heard, Tom Paxton’s song “Jennifer’s Rabbit”. I don’t think I’ve ever met a Jennifer without this song popping into my head! A few years after that song was penned Tom had to write another for his daughter Kate! Kate was a little more rambunctious her song “Katy” than Jennifer. I’ve included the girl’s performance of the song “Fred” on the playlist! The final song from Tom “Jennifer and Kate” is his song to his grown daughters from his 2008 album Comedians and Angels. which was recorded 35 years after the girl’s first performance!

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An Eclectic Morning PLaylist ends with Paul Thorn’s “Honky Tonk Neanderthal”! (Video)

Bela FleckSo the iPod was set on shuffle this morning as I set out to work on a stairway hall that I am getting se to paint and this is the resultant playlist – I think this playlist should be in the dictionary beside the word eclectic. What do you think?

1 Pineapple Heart – Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

2. Blue Drops of Rain – Corey Stevens

3. Six Feet Under the Ground - Michael Cleveland

So in in the first three songs there’s one jazz banjo Virtuoso, one great blues guitarist, and a bluegrass fiddle virtuoso in Michael Cleveland a good start in mixing it up!

4 Mango Story – David Wilcox

5. Lydia – Dave Fields

6. Wind Me Up – The Contribution

In these next three we hear a funny story from David Wilcox’s East Nashville Hardware album, a blues tune from Fields and tune from the Jam Band The Contribution

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Life’s Soundtrack – A Not Good Day Brings Thoughts of “Send a Boat” and “I’m Busted”

Chris KnightOk so it’s not exactly Noah’s flood, but when I went to the basement this morning to exercise I discovered that the hot water heater had sprung a leak! Which means moving boxes vacuuming up water,separating damaged from on damaged junk, and now I’m waiting on a friend to come look at it, to see what I need to do!

So as sit and wait for what I am sure will be bad news, I think I’ll listen to a little Chris Knight and the song that comes to mind ……”Send a Boat”

ray CharlesOk so now he’s come and gone and given me the bad news that it’s going to cost a lot more than I thought…..now the song that comes to mind…….Ray Charles “I’m Busted”!!!

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Life’s Soundtracks – And She Said Gold from Sweden’s Enbound leads me to a good run!

Well if you told me when I was in the fist half-mile of my run tonight that I would end up running faster and farther than I did on Tuesday night I ay you are nuts!! Obviously I did not feel real spry at the beginning of the run! Part of the reason for that it was a lot colder than i thought it was and I always have trouble breathing when the air is cold. But I had put on an album by what I thought was a progressive rock band Enbound and their 2011 release And She Said Gold and it sounded pretty good, so I tuned in and trudged on!! I clocked in at the first mile point at in 10:16 not bad.So I said let’s just keep moving listening to those guitars. keys and vocals that I could understand!! I asked my self over the course of the next mile, “how was I do” and the answer came back ok!! I really didn’t check my time at any other points. I just kept looking down at my pace and was constantly happily surprised that the pace was for the majority of the time hovering around that 10:30 minute per mile pace!! When I crossed the point where i started and had stopped on Monday night I was almost 2 minutes faster than Monday!! So I kept going and ended up running a full 3 miles compared to 2.8 miles on Monday and the final time was 31:30 for the three miles which coverts to a 10:30 minute per mile pace. I was very pleasantly surprised by both the run and the music! Now like I said the soundtrack for the run was And She Said Gold from Enbound. SAnds she said goldince I knew nothing about the band other than they have a great guitar player and vocalist, I went to their Facebook where I found that they are from Sweden!! I went to ProgArchives and found nothing!! Then I googled the Enbound and found them listed on several metal sites. They label their music on their Facebook page as Hard Rock/Melodic Metal. And when I went to a forum where they discuss what groups they put on the Prog Archives site I read that they liked their music but that tended more to metal than prog. I guess I agree but I thought there were several tempo changes within songs and between songs that they would make it to the Prog Archives!! Anyway the band hails from Boras, Sweden a town of about 66,000 people located in the southwest quadrant of the country. Enbound was formed in 2006 by Mike Cameron Force. His intention was to create something special with Enbound, and Enboundnot just be a normal rock/metal band. The pieces of the band came together over the next several years. bass player Swede was added to the line-up, as well as the extremely talented [then 17, now 20] year old guitar virtuoso Marvin Flowberg. In 2009 the band found their singer in Lee Hunter [Lars Säfsund] who is most famous for his work in the band Work of Art as well as performing in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, in the TV program “Singing Bee” on Swedish television and performing with Biondo in the Rumanian Eurovision song contest 2008. So in 2011 the albumAnd She Said Gold mastered by Björn Engelmann [Rammstein, Primal Fear, Sonata Arctica] was released. Ok so now my mind has given up on me ans all I’ll say is that in my opinion this is a great album. Full of hard charging metal that will rock you.. with some terrific guitar by Flowberg and then there are some slow ballads and throughout the whole album, Hunter’s vocals are perfect for band!! So as I say check them out!! Here’s the “official” video for the opening track “Combined The Souls”

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2013 Blues from Down Under – Kara Grainger – “Fire on the Bayou”

kARA gRAINGERSo this afternoon’s soundtrack will be the new album from Kara Grainger Shiver & Sigh. Here’s some background from Amazon.com

Australia native, now Los Angeles based, Kara Grainger first picked up the guitar at age 12. She started performing in the late ’90s as lead vocalist and guitarist with the successful Sydney-based blues outfit, Papa Lips. With her brother, acclaimed harmonica player Mitch Grainger, Kara and Papa Lips enjoyed a quintessentially Australian experience. Fuelled by national ABC Radio play for their two albums, “Harmony” and “High Time Now,” the band toured up and down the sun drenched beach towns of Australia’s east coast in an old Tarago van. They blew away audiences, soaked up the outdoor lifestyle, and notched up experience at all the significant blues and folk festivals along the way. In 2006, Kara signed to Australia’s Craving Records as a solo artist who encouraged her to go to the United States to record the album. In 2008 she moved to Los Angeles, but continued to split her time between LA and Australia. Her debut CD, 2008′s “Grand and Green River” received first prize in the IAP awards in Austin, Texas and also was in the top 40 Americana charts for over 34 weeks. In 2011, she released “LA Blues” Read More.

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