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329: “One On One” by Hall & Oates

from shirt.woot.comEvery being with the ability to be bored also knows that the best way to be, while living,  is to be lost in the moment. That is, to be so absorbed in whatever you are doing that you lose sense of time, and become “one” with the moment. Note that you can’t analyze whether you’re actually in the moment while you’re in the moment, or that will pull you out of the moment, like someone shouting “purple cow!” in your face right as you start to sneeze.

Then there are those beings with the ability to be bored, the ability to understand that the best way to be, while living, is to be lost in the moment, and the critical thinking to seek to understand what else one might do with this pesky self-awareness business that usually just keeps getting in the way of the good times.

And then there are beings who use their conscious choices to lead to deeply meditative trance states, during which they get on the Internet and introduce totally slamming musical selections with vaguely existential ramblings in an attempt to share a fleeting but meaningful connection with a few friends and family… mostly random strangers.

So, here is “One On One,” a classic hit from Hall & Oates that I took for granted as I played Moon Patrol while couples were roller skating to it in its heyday. Darryl Hall had some pipes I didn’t truly appreciate. If you listen, you’ll notice he shows off his falsetto/manvoice transitions like a damn peacock strutting his vocal chords and/or tail in this song. And Oates totes his mustache throughout the whole song, like an inverted peacock tail (to run with the theme), using his virulent keratin production as a clear sign of health and fertility to 80’s babes who might have needed porking.

Enjoi.

Song: One On One
Artist: Hall & Oates
Album: H2O
Label: RCA
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify | Rdio | YouTube

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206: “So You Want It To Rain” by Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack

I forgot your name.Speaking of your mom, why not get your face rocked by this song?

Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack kicked it like stinky cheese down your boulevard, on Welcome (2001).

Solid, inspired, and funky… like your mom on a steamy, summer night.

Enjoy the tribute.

Song: So You Want It To Rain
Artist: Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack
Album: Welcome
Label:  RCA Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

74: “Where Flamingos Fly” by Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

Not just any old white dude in a suit with a beard at a piano.This album is only available by import (and insanely expensive!), but the song is hypnotizing, so I thought I’d share.  Ran Blake is an American pianist and composer.  Way back in 1961, he and vocalist Jeanne Lee created a riveting album called The Newest Sound Around.  Ran is still kickin’ but Jeanne left us back in 2000.

Here’s a little taste.  Enjoy.

Song: Where Flamingos Fly
Artist: Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake
Album: The Newest Sound Around
Label: RCA/Victor
Buy from: Amazon

41: “Three More Days” by Ray LaMontagne

Laugh, bitch.Ray LaMontagne is a singer/songwriter from Nebraska whose story is as intriguing as his raspy voice.

According to Wikipedia, his musician father abandoned his family while Ray was young, and he avoided music most of his life for this reason.

He left home young and worked 65 hours a week in a shoe factory (I’m not making it up, still from Wikipedia), and one morning when awakened for his first shift by a Stephen Stills song, “Treetop Flyer,” he decided to become a singer/songwriter.  He started touring in 1999.

I love stories about lives changing for the better in a single moment.

Thank-you, radio, for playing that song right then, and laying it just right in Ray LaMontagne’s ear holes.  Thank-you, Ray, for hearing whatever it was you heard.

“Three More Days” is probably Ray’s most upbeat, rocking tune.  Most of his songs are pensive, soulful, and unhurried.  He seems to long for a simpler time, and sometimes his voice can take you there.

Enjoy this live version from BBC.

Song: Three More Days
Artist: Ray LaMontagne
Album: Till The Sun Turns Black
Label: RCA Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

Now listen to the song that inspired Ray, “Treetop Flyer.”