* There is a Mexican border town surrounding El Paso, TX that is the subject of this 1989 track from The Doobie Brothers. Perhaps it was a cool place to visit back then...but allow me to share my personal story from my one and only visit there in 2012. Name the song if you can.
*I'll play a track that was written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen for Steely Dan in 1973. A cover of the track was made and released 40 years later by this great artist who has collaborated with Fagen on numerous occasions. Name the artist and extra credit for the track name.
*The Everly Brothers were the 'cat's pajamas' back in the 60's. Songs like All I Have To Do Is Dream, Cathy's Clown, Bye Bye Love and Wake Up Little Suzie made staked them to incredible fame. But they did a track in 1965 that you may not know, unless you were a fan of country rock band, Poco, who covered it in 1982. We'll play the Poco version. This is a tough one, and kudos to you if you can name the track...
*In the mid-50's, when this exceptional artist was only 7 years old, his Father was called away for military service, which had been deferred earlier for Medical School. At the conclusion of his Father's service, Dad volunteered for a mission setting up bases in Antarctica. Dad just found it extremely difficult to transition back to domestic life and in 1972, divorce came to the family of the artist. The artist's Father, became the subject (2 years after the divorce) of the track we'll play today. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors vs Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
1. South of the Border 2. Pearl of the Quarter by Boz Skaggs 3. The Price of Love 4. James Taylor, Walking Man
Listeners picked Steppenwolf with 53% of the votes
* Speaking of traveling...this artist took a train ride from Casablanca in 1966 to this destination and wrote this song about the sights, sounds and vibes that he encountered along the way. The artist left a famous band in 1968, but before he did...he offered this song to his band mates. The tune was rejected as 'not being commercial enough' by his old band...but got recorded by his new band shortly after he joined them. Name the artist, his old band, the new band and the song. (A 4 parter!)
*These two artists both shared a love of country music and an admiration for one of country music's guitar masters, Chet Atkins. In fact they first met each other appearing on a Chet Atkins TV special in 1987. 19 years later, they finally collaborated on an album. We'll go to the 1st single released from the album. Name the artists
*Elton John was vacationing in Africa in early 2010 and listening to music on his iPod, when he was struck by a track from an early artist that influenced him. He'd not heard anything about or even heard his name mentioned in years. Elton decided to go on a mission that ended up with a new collaboration album. Name the artist with whom Elton John collaborated. A beautiful story revealed...if you don't already know it...
*This song from The Band tells a disjointed story about a mountain man and a girl named Bessie. We hear about a trip to the horse races, listening to Spike Jones (sound effect music comedy at it's best from back in the day) and what really made the man happiest...'when she dips her doughnut in my tea'... Name the song
Battle Of The Bands!
Hey You by Pink Floyd vs The Song is Over by The Who
1. Graham Nash, The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marrakesh Express 2. Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris, This Is Us 3. Leon Russell 4. Up On Cripple Creek
Listeners picked The Who with 53% of the votes
* We'll dip into one of this artist's most successful albums. The artist has long been involved with the environmental movement doing concerts to support Forest , Oil, Mining and Water production since the mid-70's. Her tour bus runs on biofuel. Another passion is supporting the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, started to provide health benefits and royalty reform for the pioneer generation of R & B artists. Name the artist...
*This artist released numerous singles from an album that sold over 11 Million copies in the early 70's. The song bemoans the fact that she and the man she loves can't be together and more than hinted that people, in general, were becoming more disconnected from each other. Rather timeless lyrics I suppose. This album was generally noted for ushering in the 'singer/songwriter' genre. Name the artist, the album and extra credit for the song...
*This album debuted at #1 in the U.S. in 2007 after a last minute rule change by Billboard, that effectively blocked Britney Spears highly anticipated 'Blackout' album from topping the chart. But this album won the band 2 Grammy Awards and became the band's 6th #1 album. Selling well over 3 Million copies in the U.S. alone that year...it was the highest selling album of that year....Name the band and the album...
*This track from Pink Floyd was largely considered by many to be about drugs, but Roger Waters, who wrote the lyrics debunked that immediately. The lyrics are about what he felt like as a child when he was sick with a fever.
And it is a feeling that he periodically got as an adult. David Gilmour states that the song can be divided into two sections...dark and light...we'll explore that a little later today. Name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
These Eyes by The Guess Who vs Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by The Hollies
1. Bonnie Raitt 2. Carole King, Tapestry, So Far Away
3. The Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden 4. Comfortably Numb
Listeners picked The Hollies a single vote continuing our string of one vote contests
BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals July 2020 Issue
“THE GREATEST MUSIC OF OUR LIFETIMES” is our slogan that is backed by science. Studies show that music can be a particularly effective cue for bringing one back to sights and sounds of events from across our life spans. These have been labeled MEAMS, Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories.
The link between cues and associated memory have been demonstrated in several controlled settings with a variety of participants. Favorite songs are typically listened to much more frequently over one’s lifetime than films or books.
Our preferred music is rooted in adolescence and early adulthood. Research revealed songs released when the participant was 10 to 30 years old are preferred, better recognized and elicit heightened emotional responses compared to songs from other periods. There is also a bump in ages 40 to 50 years old. For example, if you are 70 years old today then the music from 1960 to 1980 would be called your favorites. There might also be some favorites from 1990 to 2000.
The average study participant listened to music 30 min to 1 hour per half day. The number of MEAMS reported was positively associated with the volume of music listening in total. MEAMS can be effectively evoked most often in situations where your attention is not explicitly focused on music. Most MEAMS were experienced during background listening. They can occur while driving/traveling, doing housework, at work, relaxing, socializing, etc. MEAMS were reported as involuntary rather than deliberately retrieved. Another finding I found interesting was that there was no significant difference in the occurrence of MEAMS between musicians and non-musicians since I fall in the latter group.
Older adults reported more positive emotions in response to their MEAMS as expected. They also reported having more vivid memories. MEAMS are a relatively common everyday experience which serve to transport us back to life events that are often highly vivid, positive and social in nature. MEAMS have a role in maintaining one’s life narrative and evolving sense of self. This might also explain why people tend to reject the music of younger generations due to the lack of MEAMS experienced by them.
Personally, I have been constructing a timeline of significant events during my life as defined by me. I have then noted what songs bring the sharpest recall of each of these events. The process is not this clean because sometimes the music suggests the events and other times the events might lead me to the selection of the music.
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* This Motown artist had a defining hit in her career with this track in 1964 The song has been covered by many, but her track was re-issued in 1972 with another round of renewed interest. One interesting cover was done in the movie, Sister Act. Name the artist and song...
*Bob Seger's friend, Glenn Frey assisted with an idea for a song that ended up with a guitar joining in on what was previously a piano solo. And, the two of them collaborated on the background vocals. Seger won the 1980 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or a Group with Vocal Grammy Award for this song. Name the track...
*This artist wrote his best-known song in 1959 with his friend, Margaret Cobb. He performed it often, but did not record it until 1963. Delbert McClinton played harmonica on the track. During one live performance that also included a little-known (at the time) band, The Beatles, John Lennon was so impressed with the harmonica intro, he asked McClinton how to play it. A harmonica passage on The Beatles' Love Me Do' ensued. But name the song written in 1959 and the artist if you can...
*This band started the decade of the 80's on a low note with a poorly received album, but made a bit of a comeback with their next album a year later. But their next studio album, their 5th, was a monster success, spawning no less than 5 Top 40 singles. Anymore and I might just give it away...who is the group and what was their 1984 album...
Battle Of The Bands!
I Heard It Trough The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye vs I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
1. My Guy, Mary Wells 2. Against The Wind
3. Hey Baby, Bruce Channel 4. The Cars Heartbeat City
Listeners picked James Brown a single vote