The ball game

I’ve made it clear how much music really takes things to another level for me.

I’m not sure how i missed this song the first 2 times I watched this movie. My only guess is that the first two times were just so overwhelmingly emotional heavy that I was just exhausted at the end of the movie to notice the awesome message coming at me at the end.

tonight was the third time and by the end of the movie my family was all down for the night. The baby was sleeping in her crib. The boy was done fighting the sand man and was dreaming for sure. My wife had kissed me good night and so I was left with absolutely no distractions to enjoy or bare the weight of the hate coming Jackie’s way.

At the end of it all it began to play and I thought it was “take me out to the ball game” with the organ going and all. What struck me as odd was that after looking the song up on iTunes and youtube I realized that the lyrics are actually pretty religious. Something I’m not and have had to defend for various reasons. Never the less I enjoyed the peace the song brought and wonder if it was just the style or her (Sister Winona Carr) voice.

Ultimately I decided it doesn’t really matter what I think and that you all should help me decide. Now take a listen and let me know what you think.


Even your breathing is a bit of a tune


I thought the only way to write a post on how I feel about Music is while listening to some of my favorite tunes.

So queue the Spotify and off we go. I think the best way to describe what I listen to is everything. Yet I see how it’s impossible to really make any type of argument for what that means. I guess there’s some genre I prefer over the other but as I look through my feed. I can’t really get a great feel for it because I think it’s only in the order in which I’ve added music.

I switch over to iTunes. I figure any music there I’ve gone out of my way to purchase so if I did at one point it must have meant something right. Each song just had to. See for me it’s like a moment in time frozen in a picture. That is what music does for me. It transports me back to either the first time or another memorable time I heard that specific song.

I have to add that I listen to soo much music. As you know I run. I run a lot (incidentally today is day 60 of my #runstreak I thought 12 miles was a good way to mark that milestone) and unless I’m running with a partner or an official race I’m running with music in my ear. I also listened to music back in 2003 when traveling across the desert in Iraq. It was early March but even Christmas music made the cut. Sinatra was also a staple. I can’t even begin to explain how much music has been there all the years in between.

Often times I hit shuffle on my iTunes and I know it’s not the most popular music but like mentioned before it takes me back. Any specific song take you back? Or what times in your life absolutely require music?

Here are the first 3 songs to play tonight when shuffle is hit:

Right off the bat iTunes know I need to here some Sinatra to relax after a long day. “The way you look tonight” I thought after 12 miles the only way to make it a better Sunday was to take the family to six flags. I’m sure that’s another 5 miles of hiking(walking) around the park. Worst of all after almost two months of no rain in SoCal we get our first rain of the year. Yes I know some will argue we need it but did it have to happen today. So Frank takes me back to a much calmer time in my life when I thought grown ups had there lives figured out and a drink was not self medicating. I also love this song because it was in one of the very first RomComs I watched with the wife “My Best Friends Wedding”.

Next song comes on and I hear the words “I give her all my love, that’s all I do” Yes The Beatles. I don’t think there’s anyone out there with internet access to read this that hasn’t heard of The Beatles and I’ll go further to say that everyone also has a favorite Beatles song they love. I suppose with the younger generation they may just not know who they’re listening too. Like my generation loving the them song to Married w/ Children and not realizing they were listening to Ol’ Blue Eyes(Sinatra).

Third and last(just because I could keep going on and on about this and these post I imagine shouldn’t get too crazy. The Carpenters “They long to be, Close to you”. This you might think is an old addition to my list but first I’m not THAT old. Secondly I heart it on an episode of “How’s of Lies” The version on the show was done in a very thoughful way and nothing like the version I now listen to regularly but nevertheless it led me to the Carpenters. Surely I had been missing out but no more.

Now the music will play on but in just about 13 minutes my mood has completely changed and well. What else in your life can you say does that for you. I can’t right now but maybe I can update this post soon w/ links to the youtube videos of these specific songs. I want to know how many other folks like these? If you haven’t read the about page yet how old do you think I am?


I only wish I would have thought of #Reverb13 Day 4.

Is there one moment you wish you could do over? What have you lost, what are you grieving? Did you discover a favorite song or artist in 2013?

I’ll start off by saying that I absolutely love this project, Reverb that is. On a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to get down on yourself and lose sight of what’s important. What having to reflect on the year that’s ending does, is really bring to the surface not only the negative things that sometimes get etched deeper but all the good things about the year. That has been the case for the last few years that I’ve taken part of reverb/reflect/resound.

I could pick a handful of days that I’d like to redo, but only to relive the many great days I had this year. I haven’t really let any days get away from me as far as needing to do things differently. This again fills me with happiness at the realization of what a great year I’ve had. What a great year we’ve had. I can’t say that I’ve lost anything other than weight, I’m not grieving that. Very different from last year, when asked to look back, it was not life that stood out but death and choices I made surrounding that death.

On to happy thoughts : Music is always a big part of my day. I run just about every day but Friday and, other than official races when taking in the crowd is best, I always listen to music. I’m a sucker for Sinatra and the rest of the rest of the Ratpack. Ella and Otis regularly calm my breathing when on the road. Their songbooks are so vast that it hardly ever leaves an opening for new material. Thanks to the likes of Spotify and just recently iTunes radio I’ll hear a new song every once in a while. Enter Dave Moisan one song I recommend you listen too is Mexico. It came to mind with this post because he’s basically singing about hind sight. Yes the song is about 2 years old but hey I just discovered it in 2013.