Life’s Soundtracks

A Folk Soundtrack Kicks off My Friday!

A Good Mix of Folk Music Brightens My Morning Commute!

So this morning I decided that today would be Folk Friday. I made the soundtrack for my morning commute a mix of songs from the tracks that are in the folk genre in my music library. Through the years folk music and musicians have been a big part of the music that I listen to. Music from people like Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, John Prine and Steve Goodman makes up a large portion of my music library.

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A Jazz Soundtrack For My AM Commute!

A Jazz Mix from My iPod becomes my morning soundtrack!

This morning I decided that the soundtrack for my morning commute to Paulsboro to babysit my grandson Oliver was going to be a random mix of jazz tracks from my iPod! Here’s the mix…..

  1. “Watch What Happens” – Wes Montgomery – A Day in the Life This album along with the two others Road Song and Down Here on the Ground, that Wes recorded on A&M records were my introduction to the incredible guitar of Wes Montgomery! While they  may not be his hottest jazz recordings, I have since heard many of those, they did showcase his talents playing many songs that I knew!!
  2. “Willow We for Me” – Ben Webster – Jazz ‘Round Midnight – Okay, so one of my favorite Wes albums was Wilow We for Me and on this track saxophonist Ben Webster does a good job with the tune.
  3. “Mellow Soul” – Tony Monaco – Fiery Blues – Tony is one of those jazz musicians I discovered by checking the birthdays at All About Jazz. When I check the birthdays I always check out the Hammond B3 players and Tony is a great organist!!
  4. “Sippiin’ at Bells” Chet Baker – Straight from the Heart-The Great Last Concert, Vol 2 – Chet Baker’s trumpet is one of the few that I can sometimes recognize. I haven’t listen to this final concert from Baker but after listening to this track I think I have to revisit the album!
  5. “Portrait” – Avishai CohenTriveni III – speaking of trumpets… this album is a great one! I really haven’t listened to it that much recently but back when I discovered it I did!! I need to return to it!!
  6. “I Surrender, Dear” – Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners – I should have recognized Monk’s piano but alas I didn’t so I had to look and see whose great piano I was listening to!!
  7. “Sam Sack” – Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery – Bags Meets Wes – I confess since I have many vibraphonist’s albums on my iPod I did have to sneak a peek to see what song this was too. I heard the vibes but no guitar when I looked!
  8. “Closing Credits” – Jason Marasalis Vibes Quartet – A World of Mallets – speaking of vibes here’s a realy good album from the youngest member of the Marsalis family. Jason started out as a drummer but has since switched to vibes. The songs on this album are all pretty unique and well also good!!

So there is my morning soundtrack it started my day just right!! Earlier this morning I did check to jazz birthdays and the two that caught my attention were trumpeter Donald Byrd and blues harmonica player Junior Wells. Maybe I’ll have to create a Spotify playlist featuring the music of both of those guys to become the soundtrack of the drive home tonight!!

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Americana Music Starts My Friday!

Americana Music Dominates Friday’s Morning Commute Soundtrack

This week has been an Americana music week! The three albums that have gotten a lot of play this week were The Mulligan Brothers’ Via Portland which was the soundtrack of a run earlier this week and then Wednesday’s soundtracks to and from Paulsboro to babysit Oliver were, first Pacific Surf Line by GospelbeacH, and second, Trout Steak Revival’s Brighter Every Day. I will be writing about each of them sometime over the weekend!

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Jazz Soundtrack for a Busy Highway!!

November 11, 2015 Soundtrack a Random Mix of Jazz from My iPod!

So this morning on the drive to Paulsboro, I decided that the soundtrack would be a random mix of jazz from my iPod. Typically, when I get done I write down the tracks that I listened to so that I can post them later on a post like this, duh!! Anyway, when I got to Andrew’s to babysit Oliver, I didn’t get to write down the songs before I gave the iPod to Oliver to carry around. Hey, it’s less breakable than the iPhone! By the time I looked at the iPod again the random list was gone.

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An Am Walk with Oliver and the Music of Eldad Tarmu!

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Eldad Tarmu – Vibraphone – Born August 26, 1960 in California

Today we are babysitting our grandson, Oliver and so far so good. He has been in a good mood, ate his breakfast and we just went for a long walk at the end of which he fell asleep!! This morning, I decided that I was going to listen to some music when we went on our walk and for the soundtrack I thought about making it some jazz, possibly someone new whose birthday is today!! Many times when I review the jazz birthdays I look for musicians who play an instrument that I love and today the instrument that was prevalent was the vibraphone with three musician’s sharing today as the day of their birth. The first was Eldad Tarmu, then Patricia Franceschy and finally Peter Appleyard. I chose to listen to Eldad Tarmu. When I went to Spotify to check out Eldad’s music the first album that popped up was Songs for the Queen of Bohemia. Okay. I said to myself, I  have listened to this album before and liked it. When I went to Eldad’s website I immediately remembered the picture of him. I thought maybe I have previously written a post about him, so I searched my posts and with no results! I guess he is one of the many musicians, I have listened to and never written about! So let’s do it now……First some background from his website biography……

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The Dirty Truth – Joanne Shaw Taylor

The Dirty Truth from Joanne Shaw Taylor rocked my morning commute to Paulsboro!

On Thursday I babysat Oliver, In anticipation of the long day that lay ahead of me, I decided that some rocking blues would make a nice soundtrack for the commute. Through the years I’ve never had to worry about a commute to work. My workplace was a whole 4 minutes away from our house, 3 if you hit the lights! Any commuting I did was from the office to wherever I was digging a hole or delineating a wetland. Most of our work was in Burlington County, but occasionally those commutes were as far north as Lafayette, NJ in Sussex County or Cape May, so I’ve pretty much covered the state, not that there’s a lot to cover!

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

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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

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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.

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

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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!)

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

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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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