Inside Zach’s iPod – Vol. 4 (and Maybe the Last)

music musings, beaverdamusa.comPlease – stop your crying.  I know this Musing’s title sent you into an emotional come-apart, but you will survive and make it to tomorrow.

Why possibly the last?  Well, we combined my old PC and my wife’s PC onto a new PC at home.  First, Apple doesn’t make it easier to transfer songs on an iPod to a new computer if you don’t use the cloud.  Ironically, my wife was paranoid about losing the pictures and I was worried about what else – the music.  Now the new combined iTunes library has over 5,000 songs.  I am still having trouble synching the new library with my old iPod, so I think I am going to have to reset the iPod to make it synch – thus the possibility of this being the last blog with the current iPod.  So, if you are still with me, I will hit “shuffle” one last time and write about the first five songs that pop up –

zach's ipodSomeday I Will – Jimmy Buffett – This newer Buffett song is from the Far Side of the World album.  Anytime I hit shuffle, chances are there will be a Buffett song in the first 10 songs because I have so many of his songs.  This song is about setting your mind on doing something and taking that first step.    Someday I will exercise…..  Well, that could be a long way off.

Hear About It Later – Van Halen – This deep cut on the under-appreciated Fair Warning is a classic.  From Michael Anthony’s great backing vocals to Alex’s cowbell in the middle of the song, this is truly a great song to crank up, roll the window down, and cruise.

Rhiannon (Piano Version) – Stevie Nicks – This different take on the Fleetwood Mac classic is basically an “unplugged” version with a piano as the primary instrument.  Stevie could sing the white pages or the Marshall Andy Waffle House jingle (old school Knoxville peeps know) and I would think it was great.  She is definitely one of rock’s royalty.

End of the Innocence – Don Henley – From his monster album of the same title, this is a favorite Henley song of mine.  Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, this album received a lot of airplay in my apartment.  Henley has one of those distinct voices that you recognize right off the bat.  Like everyone else, he has a “country” album coming out this month (September).  Of course, the Eagles’ music would definitely be country in today’s world.  I remember seeing Henley at Starwood around that time and appreciated his devotion to his roots – on any Eagles’ song, he would play the drums.

Born to Fly – Runaway Home – As I briefly mentioned a couple of blogs back, Runaway Home is a local band from Kingston Springs, where I live.  This particular cut is from their sophomore album There’s A Paradise.  Like most of their songs, the harmonies and violin sounds are out front .  You should check this band out online and snag their CD.

Well, even if I get the iPod reformatted and synched, I wonder if there is room for the additional songs added to my library?  Maybe the next version will be from my iTunes vs. the iPod.

Until next time –

Zach

A Kingston Springs Weekend

music musings, beaverdamusa.comIf you read my last musing, you know that I have an affinity for the town where I live – Kingston Springs, TN.  A couple of weeks ago, I had what I considered to be a Kingston Springs weekend. That weekend is proof why Kingston Springs is special.

It started on Friday night by going to the local bar called the Fillin’ Station which is home of cold beer, great music, and the best damn patty melt that I’ve ever tasted.  On a side note, the Filling Station (http://fillinstation.net/) is owned by a super nice guy, who is one of the best harmonica players around and you can hear him on War’s Low Rider.  Anyway, we went to the Fillin’ Station to see local favorites – Runaway Home.

Runaway Home (http://whw.runawayhomemusic.com/) has just released their sophomore album – There’s A Paradise.  All three members of RH can stand on their own musically, but when they are put together – it sounds great!  The original lineup of the band was formed at the Filln’ Station, so every time RH plays there, it is like a homecoming.  You should go out and get their newest release – you won’t be disappointed.  While there, we saw neighbors and friends.

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Music writer Peter Cooper moderates a discussion about the Kingston Springs Suite.

Saturday proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime event for this Kingston Springs resident.  If you read my latest blog, you read about the Kingston Springs Suite and its history.  Well, we attended a panel discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame about the Suite.  Its members included a close friend of Vince Matthews, a guitar player from the Suite, a Nashville songwriter historian, and the co-writer of the Suite and friend – Jim Casey.  For 90 minutes, Peter Cooper (former music writer for the Tennessean) moderated a discussion about the Suite.  Stories were told, songs were played, and memories were stirred about the special time the late 60’s and early 70’s were in Kingston Springs.  The entire discussion can be found at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/newsandupdates/posts/god-save-kingston-springs-cash-kris-cowboy-shel-and-the-great-train-wreck .  If you have the time, you should watch this.

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Panel discussion on the Kingston Springs Suite at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Sunday dawned as usual with church in the little white church (Kingston Springs UMC) on Main Street in Kingston Springs.  As church, the Town of Kingston Springs hosted a reception, if you will, at the local community building in the park for Jim Casey and friends.  It was an afternoon of sharing stories and tunes with the very people who lived in Kingston Springs during the time of the Suite.  In true Southern hospitality style, folks brought food to be shared along with the stories.

As the weekend came to a close, I reflected on how lucky I was to live in Kingston Springs.  As I have listened to the Suite and its references to life in the Springs, I realize that the life described in the Suite still exists today.  Its spirit exists in place like the Fillin’ Station where folks gather and listen to music and share friendships.  I really do love my town.

Zach, musing in da Springs.

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