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New Music from Old Favorite – John Gorka – Bright Side of Down! (Video)

Bright Side of Down

Red House Records released John Gorka’s debut album I Know in 1987. In 1989 he left the small iJohn Gorkandependent label for Will Ackerman’s Windham Hill label . Also in that year, Windham Hill released a compilation CD titled Legacy: A Collection of New Folk. The first time I heard the John Gorka track “i Saw a Stranger with Your Hair” on that album, I became a John Gorka fan! That album also introduced Pierce Pettis, Cliff Eberhardt, David Massengill and Bill Morrissey to me – Thank You Will Ackerman!! Now flash-forward twenty-five years and we’re all a little grayer, a few have left us (I still miss Bill Morrissey) and John Gorka is still writing great songs!! His new release Bright Side of Down has been in my Folk rotation for the last week or so and I think it’s going to stay there for a while!!

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New Music from Old Favorite – John Gorka – Bright Side of Down! (Video)

Bright Side of Down

Red House Records released John Gorka’s debut album I Know in 1987. In 1989 he left the small iJohn Gorkandependent label for Will Ackerman’s Windham Hill label . Also in that year, Windham Hill released a compilation CD titled Legacy: A Collection of New Folk. The first time I heard the John Gorka track “i Saw a Stranger with Your Hair” on that album, I became a John Gorka fan! That album also introduced Pierce Pettis, Cliff Eberhardt, David Massengill and Bill Morrissey to me – Thank You Will Ackerman!! Now flash-forward twenty-five years and we’re all a little grayer, a few have left us (I still miss Bill Morrissey) and John Gorka is still writing great songs!! His new release Bright Side of Down has been in my Folk rotation for the last week or so and I think it’s going to stay there for a while!!

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Life’s Soundtrack – A strong 10K training run with new music from Chris Knight!

So today I wanted to up the mileage on my long run for the week, I decided that would go 6 miles. I didn’t want any hills so I made a new course around Riverside and Delran. I wanted it to be 6 miles but when I got to the 6 mile mark, I still needed to go a little way to get back home, and the course actually measured (by Runners World mapping) 6.2 miles, which was good because then it was a 10K! I took off with the idea that it was going to be a slow steady run and that’s what it turned out to be the total time was 61:34 which breaks down to a 9:54 pace. I’m happy with the pace and the fact that my max heart rate was around 150! Throughout most of the run my heart rate was 148 or lower! Maybe it was the music!

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Folk Monday – Jack Williams – The High Road Home

So several years ago I made one of my best purchases in the budget bin of my favorite used CD store, when I picked up Jack William’s album Across the Winterline. I had never heard of Jack before but I bought it and one listen and I was a fan and have been ever since! Jack is a great guitarist and songwriter. He’s one of those artist who create a great “sense of place” in their music and Jack’s music drips of his beloved south! From his website this quote echoes my sentiments about Jack’s music:

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