Inside Zach’s iPod and Mind, Vol. 1

musings 250_edited-1My wife has told me many times that I have the most varied tastes in music and it is true.  From country to rock and from vocalists to pop; my tunes also cover many years.  My iPod contains 3,874 songs as I write this musing.

While trying to come up with an idea for a musing last week, I had a crazy, random thought – why not write about some songs on my iPod.  I could write about the artist, what I associate the song with, whether I like it or not, and why I have it.  Here are the rules I came up with:

  • iPod is set to shuffle all songs.
  • I will write about the first five songs that play.
  • I am not allowed to skip a song, unless it has previously played.

So here you go, your first peek inside my iPod and my brain:

  • Calling Dr. Love (Hayseed Dixie) – Yes, you read that right.  The song is from a KISS tribute album (Kiss My Grass) by Hayseed Dixie.  The album includes KISS songs played in bluegrass fashion by some great Nashville bluegrass musicians.  I discovered this on a syndicated radio show – Rick & Bubba out of Birmingham.  Small world is that I later discovered that their “manager” that went with the band on the shows was none other than friend and Mr. Music Row – Billy Block.
  • Take Another Picture (Quarterflash) – Title track from their second album.  I have been a Q’flash fan since their blockbuster debut album.  I got to see them a couple of times at Opryland theme park and once at the Volunteer Jam.  Ironically, in the early days of Internet and e-mail, I found Marv Ross’s e-mail and he & I have carried on correspondence through the years.  Current information, including new albums can be found at   A cool tidbit regarding this song – when the band would do this song, they would have Polaroid cameras (Google it) and snap pictures of the audience and give them out.
  • I Go Crazy (Paul Davis) – Yes, I purchased a Greatest Hits album by Paul Davis.  While I knew a couple of his Top 40 hits, I really didn’t appreciate Paul’s talent until I got to see him in a songwriters’ round several years ago.  The line-up included Paul, Skip Ewing, Paul Overstreet, and the great Mac McAnally – some serious Music City heavyweights.  Paul had basically become a recluse and rarely performed, so this was a treat.  I later stumbled upon a Yahoo group dedicated to Paul and realized how lucky I was to have seen him live.  Sadly, he died about a few years ago.
  • Fast Company (Eagles) – From the Long Road Out of Eden double CD.  Honestly, this is probably the second time I have listened to this song.  If I wasn’t typing, I would have hit “next” already.  Reaching for the button now…..
  • Planets of the Universe (Stevie Nicks) – From the Trouble in Shangri-La album (2001); however, this cut is playing from the Crystal Visions (Best of Stevie Nicks) album.  I have been a huge Stevie fan for years.  As I listen to this song, I am remembering seeing Stevie at the old Starwood Amphitheatre.  My wife & I wound up on the third row and got to stand up at the edge of the stage.  Probably up there in the top ten concert experiences.  Stevie could sing the phone book & I would probably buy it.

Please stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop and then exit quickly to your right.  Please be sure to let us know what you thought of your ride and come back soon.

Until the next ride through my iPod


About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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