A Routine And Musical Story

Well, it was déjà vu all over again yesterday morning, seeing that I did the things that I do just about every morning. First, the preliminaries: I woke up. Amen to that! Then I headed to the bathroom to take care of urgent business, upon the conclusion of which I threw on some clothes.

At that point the morning routine began: I entered the kitchen to pour myself some freshly-brewed coffee (it was waiting for me because I’d loaded the coffee maker before I went to bed, setting its timer to begin the brewing process at 6:30 AM). With a cup of java in hand I walked into the living room and sat my bony ass upon one of my closest friends, the sofa. Next, I opened my laptop computer and brought to its screen BrainBashers, a site containing sudoku and other puzzles. Still only half awake, I had a go at two sudokus. Then I went back into the kitchen to swallow my daily regimen of assorted pills. Finally, I ate breakfast.

Yup, the same pattern morning after morning after morning. Holy crap, I’m a boring, regimented f*cker, aren’t I? Don’t answer that! Here’s the thing, though: I’m okay with the routine, as two of its components (coffee-drinking and sudoku-attempting) relax and comfort me. They don’t give me anything resembling major charges, for sure, but relaxation and comfort count for something.

On the other hand, there’s nothing about my late night routine that comforts me, let alone rings my chimes. This is what it entails: I put ground coffee and H2O in the coffee maker and set its timer for a 6:30 AM start. My wife Sandy places medicinal eyedrops in my eyes, to ward off glaucoma. Then, in the bathroom, I spend ten minutes cleaning my teeth and gums fastidiously, to ward off periodontal disease.

Yup, the same pattern night after night after night. Holy crap, I’m a boring, regimented f*cker, aren’t I? Don’t answer that!

Fortunately, that’s not the whole picture. Yes, hum-drum routines partially rule me, as is true for just about everyone, I think. But this aged boy, who has more wrinkles on his face than are found in a pound of prunes, hasn’t forgotten how to put some spice in his life. And television and music are two of the main outlets that I turn to when I need doses of spice. I wrote about TV recently, so the only thing I’ll say about that subject now is that my latest obsession is Borgen, a taut and fascinating political drama series from Denmark. Netflix carries it.

Okay, then. It’s time to devote a few words to my main passion, music.

For about 50 years I’ve been a music junkie. One of my aims during that time has been to discover music that is new to me. These days, an assortment of terrestrial and satellite radio channels help me in that quest. On them, I continuously hear great tunes from the past and present, many of which I never heard before. The following three, along with several others, stood out for me during 2020 and were released that year too: Lilacs, by Waxahatchee (that’s the alias that Katie Crutchfield uses for her musical projects); And It’s Still Alright, by Nathaniel Rateliff; Cold, by Chris Stapleton.

Some lowdown on the artists: Waxahatchee, Rateliff and Stapleton established solid musical careers in the  2000s. That’s especially true for Stapleton, who has become a huge star. Millions of country, rock and pop music fans are into him. Rateliff, several notches below Stapleton on the success ladder, attracted loads of followers this century with his rocking rhythm and blues band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, which is on hiatus (Rateliff currently is doing his thing without the band). And Waxahatchee, a darling of the indie rock world, probably would like to break through to a wider audience, and probably isn’t holding her breath waiting for that to happen.

The songs appear on the artists’ latest albums. The lyrics of each are contemplative and piercing. Sonically, the recordings mesmerize me. I become putty in their hands, all too glad to have them take me to places deep inside myself. Is Cold my favorite of the three? Sometimes I think it is, so commanding is Stapleton’s voice. But when I give Lilacs or And It’s Still Alright an additional listen, I’m not so sure. I can make a case for each of them as being the best new song that I heard in 2020.

That’s enough commentary. Here comes the music. As I often mention, please don’t be shy about adding your thoughts. Gracias. Till next time!

138 thoughts on “A Routine And Musical Story

    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:07 pm

      Borgen was last produced in 2013 or so. But it’s scheduled to have another run next year. I’m not sure how many people from the original cast will be there.

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  1. andrewcferguson January 19, 2021 / 2:02 am

    Only had time for a quick listen before I start work, but good stuff, Neil. I probably like the Nathaniel Ratcliff track best of all, but they’re all in my good zone. Thanks for picking them out!

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  2. Victoria Ray NB January 19, 2021 / 4:34 am

    mmm, I have to say, its very “calming” music 🙂 with your routine-loving-character you may need an out of routine-boom-of-music 🙂 but whatever works…🙃🕺 and Love Cold-song – great 💙

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:10 pm

      Hi. I’m a big fan of loud, raucous rock and roll too. That style is among my very favorites. Thanks a lot for stopping by. See ya!

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  3. Platypus Man January 19, 2021 / 7:06 am

    These singers were all new to me. Enjoyed all three tracks, but for me Chris Stapleton is the best.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:12 pm

      Hi. I’m amazed by how many terrific songs I hear each week. Many of them are recent recordings, and many go back decades.

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  4. J. Kelland Perry January 19, 2021 / 8:30 am

    Lovely selections, Neil! And how do you make your mundane morning routine sound so amusing? 😉

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  5. swabby429 January 19, 2021 / 8:46 am

    There is such a bounty of new music that I feel frustrated that I’ll never be able to listen to most of what is released each year. By the way, Stapleton gets my vote.

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  6. greenpete58 January 19, 2021 / 10:06 am

    I’m not much for newer music – the best of it merely sounds like retread – but I like the Rateliff song. I also like the fact that Stapleton dispenses with a video, since I usually find them distracting. As for the tattooed lady trying to dance in that low-budget video…no comment!

    And like you, Neil, coffee is an imperative in the morning. My accompaniment is usually “Leave it to Beaver.” Long live Eddie Haskell.

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      • greenpete58 January 20, 2021 / 10:03 am

        I used to watch it on the classic TV cable network MeTV. But we just got rid of cable (saving $100 a month) so now I get it on the internet streaming services Pluto or Peacock. BTW, Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell, died just last year.

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  7. Rhonda January 19, 2021 / 10:13 am

    Great songs, aren’t they? I’ve really been into playing with Spotify these days. I plug in an artist I like (recently, Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, and Avett Brothers) and it comes up with a playlist of those artists and ones that are similar to them. Such a great way to find great new-to-me tunes!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:21 pm

      Hi Rhonda. I used to sort of be able to keep up with new music, but I ran out of gas in that regard maybe 20 or more years ago. But I still hear quite a few new recordings. By the way, I bet you’ll like an obscure band called Hank Dogs. You probably can find them on Spotify.

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  8. Laurie Graves January 19, 2021 / 10:16 am

    I feel exactly the same about music as you do. Even though I came of age during the 1970s when there was some terrific music, I don’t want to stay stuck in that era. I want to listen to new music. I am familiar with Rateliff and Stapleton and like them both very much. I had never heard of Waxahatchee and think she’s fantastic. Thanks so very much for sharing! Hope we get more suggestions for movies, TV, music, books, whatever.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:23 pm

      Hey, Laurie. This is a golden time for music and the arts, because of the internet. So much creativity is only a click or two away! (Well, it would be a lot more golden if the pandemic would end.)

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  9. Paula B January 19, 2021 / 12:00 pm

    Well, you did it again. Rateliff goes into my playlist!

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  10. SandyL January 19, 2021 / 12:48 pm

    A fine selection Neil. You’ve introduced me to two new artists who I’ll explore further. I’m already a Nathaniel Rateliff fan – who can forget the hand stomping beat of S.O.B. “It’s still alright” is a departure and is a somber reflection on his recent divorce & death of a close friend.

    I appreciate your choice of music and now I’m inspired to share a song or two 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:26 pm

      You know, two years ago I tried to go to see him at a big venue in Philly. He and his band were opening for Robert Plant. The bus that would have taken me to the venue never showed up, so I missed that show.

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  11. D. Wallace Peach January 19, 2021 / 1:04 pm

    Yeah, the routines… my have become a bit entrenched since (covid) life has become a little monotonized. Great music. I was going to try to pick a favorite, but ended up being unable to choose between them. I think we like the same type of music. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:28 pm

      The pandemic has gotten lots of people semi-stuck in routines, I think. Maybe the vaccines will do a great job in easing or ending the pandemic. They better!

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      • D. Wallace Peach January 19, 2021 / 5:48 pm

        I’m sure it will. I’m forcing myself to be patient. I have high hopes that things are going to start improving quickly now.

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  12. Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter January 19, 2021 / 1:38 pm

    I listened to them all and would go for Cold too. At the moment we are immersed in Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s winter music festival. It’s online this year which means we can watch something EVERY night. Wow!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:29 pm

      Celtic Connections is a heck of a great thing. Hopefully you’ll be able to attend their concerts in person next year.

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  13. JOYCE HAMILTON January 19, 2021 / 1:47 pm

    Always like to hear your music choices. I only know the music of Stapleton. Enjoy listening to mew music.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:32 pm

      Hi Joyce. Yeah, so much new music is released every day. The amounts are pretty staggering.

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  14. Robert Parker January 19, 2021 / 1:50 pm

    Good picks, Neil! Great start for the new year. Have you been listening to Philly’s own War on Drugs? Not new, they’ve been around ten years or more, but some excellent songs. I’ll check out Borgen when I have Netflix again, I cycle back and forth from Prime every six months or so.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:34 pm

      Afternoon, Robert. Right, I’m fairly familiar with WOD. They have a pretty classic, guitar-driven sound. I’d like to see them in concert some day.

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  15. Paddy Tobin January 19, 2021 / 2:10 pm

    Good Morning, Neil, from another of the older generation, another of routine living governed these days by the weather and the virus. You will know that I don’t have an ear for music, never had and hardly going to develop one now. However, I have listened just now to Nathaniel Rateliff above. I was immediately struck by his accent which was very different to my Irish ears. I was also struck by how sad he sounded. Poor man! I didn’t listen for very long before falling back into my own routine.

    Tea, rather than coffee, would be the more normal drink here in Ireland but Mary’s grandaunt returned in her retirement to live close to Mary’s home and introduced Mary to the joys of percolated coffee among several other American tastes she had acquired while in New York. Since we married it has also been my routine drink. We have at least one thing to thank America for!

    Be good, take care and keep to the routine!

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  16. cincinnatibabyhead January 19, 2021 / 2:42 pm

    Good stuff fella. I still like discovering new tunes and talent. You turned me onto Waxahatchie before. That song cooks. I feel good vibe. I like the John Ford shot in the video. I kept wanting her to get outside. And she did. She felt my vibe. So cool when us young guys can still be moved by things.
    After i cough my guts out for 10 minutes when I first get up, I light up a new Churchill and I’m good to go.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:38 pm

      CB, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: You rock! (But maybe a Churchill in the morning isn’t the world’s best idea).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead January 19, 2021 / 6:24 pm

        Feelings mutual fella.
        My doc said the same thing about the Churchills. I said “That’s just your opinion man”. (My kids have been saying that line to me for a long time).

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  17. talebender January 19, 2021 / 2:50 pm

    ‘But it’s still alright…’ sums up these times perfectly for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Steve Higgins January 19, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    Nice musical selection, especially the first two, not so keen on the Chris Stapleton one but what the heck, we’ve all got our own musical tastes, thanks for introducing me to something new.
    All the best, Steve

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:41 pm

      Evening, Steve. Thanks for stopping by. In a little while I’ll be flipping on various radio channels and keeping my ears open for songs that are new to me.

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  19. K E Garland January 19, 2021 / 2:56 pm

    Routine is the name of the game Neil. I was able to listen to one of these songs, the first one. I like it.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:45 pm

      Hi Kathy. Yeah, keeping things interesting is a bit of a challenge these days. It will be great when safely going to restaurants, concerts, movies, etc. will be part of our lives once again.

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  20. carolinehelbig January 19, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    Your latest TV obsession is an awesome one. I loved the Borgen series (though what’s with all the different accents on the dubbing?). Thanks for introducing me to these tunes. Cold is great and definitely my favourite!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 4:49 pm

      Hey there. You know, my wife and I watch foreign shows on Netflix using subtitles rather than dubbing. If you want to do that, you can change the Netflix settings. It’s maybe not obvious how to do it, but a google search probably would explain it pretty well.

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  21. workinacresnothours January 19, 2021 / 4:44 pm

    Oh the humdrum of routine but that’s probably why your still waking up every morning, lol. Sorry I have a warped sense of humour.
    Love the music, I have a challenge(disability) with my memory, Have never been able to match music to artist, if someone mentions a singer I have to have them sing a song a bonus for me as I love the panic on their faces as I have asked them to sing out loud, lol. So I can listen & listen have no idea the name of singers but I still rock on. Thankyou for sharing your music I cannot wait to sing along whilst working on the land. Have a rockin on rest of the week.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 5:07 pm

      Hey there. You know, you have a very original style of writing. You say a lot in a personal, offbeat way. I like it!

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  22. Helen Devries January 19, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    Borgen is brilliant. so pleased to learn that another series is on the way.
    Those beginning and end of day routines are what keeps us going…some stability which can be counted upon.
    I enjoyed the three items of music…I’m missing music at the moment as I need to be quiet while Leo is resting, and if i have earphones in I won’t hear him if he calls, but as he was out in the garden I was able to enjioy these.

    Let’s see what the new government brings….if they would rein in the Fed I’d be happy but can’t see it happening.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Helen. We’ll have a year or more to wait until Borgen returns. Tonight my wife and I probably will start watching the series called Lupin, on Netflix. It’s gotten good reviews.

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  23. sniderjerry January 19, 2021 / 8:17 pm

    Hey there Neil, As my old friend Plato said, “Music and rhythm find their way to the secret places of the soul.” I’m pretty sure Plato never had a TV so no contest on that one. Have a great day and rock on. Thanks for another entertaining essay. Jerry

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  24. Jacqui Murray January 19, 2021 / 9:21 pm

    I agreed and giggled and nodded again a bunch of times during your post. Love the slow morning start. Yep to the pre-glaucoma eye drops (but mine are twice a day, two different times–does that mean I’m losing the battle and you’re winning?). Love the music to calm me the F*** down!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 19, 2021 / 10:26 pm

      Hi. It’s almost time for my wife to squeeze the Travatan eyedrops into my eyes. Is Travatan the medication you use?

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      • Jacqui Murray January 20, 2021 / 6:19 pm

        I use Zioptan once a day and Alphagen twice a day. They seem to be keeping the pressure down. Red eyes but little other side affects. How about Travatan?

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  25. Becky Ross Michael January 19, 2021 / 10:56 pm

    Love your musical choices, Neil. Chris Stapleton was the only one I had previously known of. So I learned something new today!

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  26. viewfromoverthehill January 19, 2021 / 11:45 pm

    My dear Neil: You don’t know what OLD is and you don’t know about how much time REALLY old bodies demand. Eyes? I get eye injections (yes, right in the eye) for bleeding. I have AMD, my vision sucks, but there is an upside. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see any wrinkles!
    Since I’m a good kid, I won’t bore you with the regime these old bones require at bedtime. Chuckle.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 20, 2021 / 7:20 am

      Hi Muriel. You’ve got a great attitude towards people and towards life. It keeps you young in spirit, and that’s extremely important.

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  27. Crystal Byers January 20, 2021 / 9:01 am

    My musical tastes always seem to align with yours, Neil, regardless of decade. Waxahatchee, new for me. ❤️ Chris Stapleton drew me in extra.

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  28. tylerus January 20, 2021 / 11:48 am

    You make every day “mundane” tasks / routines sound . . . charming. Like the music picks, too.

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  29. snakesinthegrass2014 January 20, 2021 / 3:34 pm

    Damn. Every time I wanted to answer, I was told I couldn’t! 😉 Except for the sudoko, our routines are strangely familiar. But familiar is also comforting in some ways. Love the Chris Stapleton! – Marty

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 20, 2021 / 5:19 pm

      Hi, Marty. Yeah, routines are pretty unavoidable, I suppose. Just about everybody has a daily routine or two or more, no matter what stage of life they are in.

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  30. selizabryangmailcom January 20, 2021 / 4:34 pm

    Loved the haunting nature of It’s Still All Right and the bluesy pain of Cold.
    And one can NEVER spend enough time in the bathroom taking care of one’s teeth. What’s ten minutes every day compared to thousands and thousands of dollars, not to mention a bucketful of pain, otherwise?

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 20, 2021 / 5:23 pm

      Hi. Yeah, I learned my listen in the 1990s in re dental hygiene: Back then, my gums and teeth were in very bad shape, because I had been neglecting them for years.. As a result, I had extensive gum/bone surgery done. It wasn’t fun.

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  31. selizabryangmailcom January 20, 2021 / 6:08 pm

    Oh, so you’ve already visited that Village of Pain. Yeah, that’s good motivation to never return.
    If it makes you feel any better, my dad’s a dentist, and I still managed to get a tooth pulled just recently! I’m gonna blame COVID, ’cause the pain started right after lockdown…so by the time I got there, it had to go! But still…….. my brother and I had great dental care growing up, and still, when one doesn’t jump on things immediately, that’s all she wrote.

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  32. JT Twissel January 20, 2021 / 6:31 pm

    OMG – that first video was filmed in the place where my son got married. An abandoned factory in Hudson New York. Brought back some memories. Thanks!

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  33. Cindy January 20, 2021 / 11:37 pm

    When WHYY radio does their fundraising drives, which seem to be on every other week now, I switch to WXPN, which plays a good mix of old and new music. Despite the overall horridness of last year, 2020 seems to me to have been a quite decent year for music! I’ve heard on XPN two of the three songs you chose, and like all of them, especially Cold. Two other lyrically simpler but very catchy tunes are Ray La Montagne’s Strong Enough and Devon Gilfillian’s The Good Life. I may just have to revise my opinion about the comparative lack of quality in music made after 1990!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 21, 2021 / 7:37 am

      Hi. Thanks for adding your insights. I agree that a lot of good stuff came out in 2020. Here are two other songs from 2020 that I liked a lot: Private Lives, by Low Cut Connie. Only Children, by Jason Isbell and his band.

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  34. Kim Bultman January 21, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    Hi, Neil! Your musical selections were new to me too, but very enjoyable. Thank you! I also liked your thoughts on routines and prunes. 🙂 As an “old-er” musician I rather abhor being boxed in by the same ol’, same ol’ (other than necessary daily practice and applying wrinkle cream), but sticking with the familiar, or at least the tried and true, has its merits. You’re not regimented — just comfortable with what works for you. I agree about the timer on the coffee makers, too.

    If you’re looking for some music outside of the box, a few years ago I was introduced to Italian guitarist Dario Pinelli’s incredible playing through a friend/fledgling blogger whom I met on Ree Drummond’s (The Pioneer Woman) offshoot website: “Tasty Kitchen.”. You never know where cooking or music will lead you! My friend penned the lyrics in one of their earliest collaborations and I still love watching and listening to “A Summer’s Dream” — dreaming about summers to come. Let’s hope 2021’s is a lil’ less routine! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mi79xtyJV4 ~ along with a unique cover of Back in Black:
    :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXid2xDn-w4 ~ plus a slow dance song for your and your wife who is so faithful about administering your eyedrops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLgRsTNmyzw 🙂 Enjoy!

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    • Kim Bultman January 21, 2021 / 2:12 pm

      P.S. My friend Li’a (and Dario) obviously “moved on” before the last video, but such is life. Make yours FUN!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 21, 2021 / 3:02 pm

      Many thanks, Kim, for all of your thoughts and for the info. I’d never heard of Dario before. I especially like his group’s version of Back In Black.

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      • Kim Bultman January 21, 2021 / 3:26 pm

        Neil, I didn’t realize how many videos Dario put out since then but, apparently, he’s gone on to some success understandably so. Hope you look up some of his other work. What a tremendous guitarist! I’m glad you enjoyed Back In Black… long live ol’ Rock ‘n’ Rollers! The funniest story I have from my bass guitar playin’ days (back when I joined a garage band in the late 90’s) was a gig at a bar where the patrons evidently treasured “the classics.” We never played “Free Bird” for so long! They loved us after after that and thankfully I didn’t feel like I was gonna get mugged or beat up in the parking lot, LOL!

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          • Kim Bultman January 21, 2021 / 4:03 pm

            Yup, we played that one too, minus my keyboards. It was difficult trying to play bass guitar and keyboards simultaneously, but our drummer was a tremendously talented vocalist who could sing and play at the same time, more than I could! (Prom theme, anyone?) It’s been totally FUN exchanging musical thoughts and recolletions w/you this afternoon, but I need to sign off now. Parting songs? Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” and Lynyrd Syknyds’ “Sweet Home, Alabama” and “Simple Man.” Also “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. That always got ’em on the dance floor! Good times, good music, and GREAT memories! We have a lot in common. 🙂

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  35. Alyson January 21, 2021 / 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the heads up about these artists. Only knew of Chris Stapleton, so will give the others a whirl. As for Borgen, we’ve just found it on Netflix so are going to start working our way through it. Looks interesting. Thank goodness for recommendations from fellow bloggers – Cuts right to the chase!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 21, 2021 / 5:16 pm

      Hey, Alyson. My wife and I have enjoyed Borgen a lot. I found myself having to concentrate a lot on many episodes, trying to remember who’s who, and trying to keep up with the wheelings and dealings going on.

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  36. annieasksyou January 21, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    I haven’t listened to the songs yet, but when I saw you mention Borgen, I had to write ( before I forget?)! I’ve been meaning to recommend it to you because we are enjoying it so much! Fascinating: story, writing, acting. I was reading an article about the scramble in Germany to determine Merkel’s successor, and I realized how realistic Borgen is.
    So I’m glad to hear that you, your wife, and your best friend (I have a similar fondness for our sofa) are or have enjoyed Borgen as well.

    In English or with subtitles?

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  37. johnlmalone January 21, 2021 / 8:10 pm

    like the music, Neil ; we don’t get much country on radio stations here; it’s about time it got incorporated in the mainstream again 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 21, 2021 / 10:40 pm

      I like quite a lot of music that, here in the USA, they call “roots” or “Americana”. It incorporates aspects of folk and/or blues and/or country. Rateliff and Stapleton fall into that category.

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  38. Americaoncoffee January 22, 2021 / 1:38 am

    A nice wake up journey Neil! 2 videos are not showing. The first one really got my blood going.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 22, 2021 / 9:06 am

      Hi , AOC. Sometimes YouTube doesn’t allow videos to play in certain geographical areas, I think. I don’t know why they do this. Thanks for stopping by. Appreciated, as always.

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  39. Carolina Vann January 22, 2021 / 7:41 am

    Sudoku rules as my top brain exercise… Thanks for the link… At our age, routines are a necessary evil…. My music ranges from classical to jazz to New Age (because I can’t hum along) to Trance and Dance beats. Steely Dan sets me off… Throw in some creative show tunes.
    Chis Stapleton’s voice has qualities similar to Ceelo Green (of all people), “You make me crazy…”.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 22, 2021 / 9:09 am

      Morning, Vann. Yeah, you’re right about routines. As for Stapleton and Green, they should record an album together!

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  40. Basia Korzeniowska January 22, 2021 / 8:00 am

    Commiserations on the routines. But as you say, they nurture us and comfort us. I too start the day with coffee and sudoku, and only then can I wallow in the bath and and plan the rest of my day.Fascinating choice of music too!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 22, 2021 / 9:13 am

      Greetings, Basia. It would be fascinating to know how many people start the day with coffee and sudoku. I’m going to take a wild guess and say thirty million. What’s your guess?

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  41. Joe January 22, 2021 / 7:51 pm

    Hey Neil, Sorry I have been such a stranger. It hasn’t been the best year to be a travel blogger. Thanks for the new tunes. It is a very enjoyable mix. You sure are a snazzy regimented f*cker.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 22, 2021 / 9:58 pm

      Hi, Joe. I’m very glad to hear from you. If lots of people get vaccinated, I guess that travelling, and many other activities, will be far safer than they are now. Take care. I hope that you’ll be back on the road soon. See ya!

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  42. stargazer January 23, 2021 / 11:24 am

    I think it’s quite useful to have a routine in the morning, where most of us are still half asleep. If we have to come up with new things to do or think too much about every step, we would never be ready in time for work. Glad you have been enjoying Borgen, I have been meaning to watch it for a while.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 23, 2021 / 1:16 pm

      Hey there. Thanks for adding your thoughts. I agree with what you say about morning routines. They ease us into the day.

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  43. bluebrightly January 23, 2021 / 5:28 pm

    Ha ha, those rituals have their place. I cherish my morning ritual, I do. Thanks for the music, it suits the day – pretty easy, feels good. I listened to all three…enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 23, 2021 / 8:08 pm

      Hey there. Thanks for stopping by. I guess that most people have rituals of one sort or another. It’s pretty difficult not to.

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  44. Mary Rowen January 23, 2021 / 11:47 pm

    Good songs! Thanks for sharing. The only one I’d heard before is the Waxahatchee one, but now I like them all.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 24, 2021 / 7:03 am

      There’s so much good music out there! Hi, Mary. Thanks for visiting. I appreciate it a lot.

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  45. candidkay January 25, 2021 / 12:56 pm

    Fellow fan of Nathaniel and his band here:). I run to the SOB song. And that whole coffeemaker on a timer thing–sounds lovely. But then I’d need to commit to getting up at the same time each day–a ROUTINE:). And unlike you, I’m not always the best at those. If only we could combine our strengths, we’d have a pretty darn near functioning human, right?

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 25, 2021 / 5:01 pm

      After reading your comments, I can see where I might do well to shake things up and not follow the same pattern each morning. I might work on that. But coffee-drinking will be part of my day no matter what. Gotta have coffee.

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      • candidkay January 25, 2021 / 5:44 pm

        I get it! I don’t even need the caffeine. But I love the smell of the coffee, the heft of the mug in my hand, the steam rising from it. It’s a ritual.

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  46. Jeff the Chef January 27, 2021 / 10:43 am

    All of this music is new to me. I liked the three songs in increasing order. I wouldn’t pass on the Waxahatchee, but I wouldn’t seek it out, either. The Rateliff is really interesting. However, I’ll definitely be streaming some Stapleton. I really like that a lot. I admire your desire to seek out new music.

    Regarding the routine, it does suck, I know. There’s something in me that wants routine, but there’s also something in me that can’t abide it. So, I at least try to seek out as much variation as I can. And sometimes, I just say fuckit to the coffee, and shower with caffeinated soap.

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  47. Fictionophile January 29, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    Thanks so much for this post Neil. I can relate with just about everything you said. I find as we age that there is real comfort to be had in routine and I’m not ashamed of admitting it. For that reason I think that lockdown and this horrible pandemic is less daunting to us folks of a certain age. It is still dreadful, but we don’t have so many of the inherent worries that the younger crowd have. (work, child-care, etc.)
    I too have always been a music lover and I’ve found it has gotten me through many of life’s more unpleasant episodes.
    Recently, I can’t get enough of this song. I like this version even better than the original Waterboys version. Hope you like it:

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger January 29, 2021 / 3:10 pm

      Greetings, Lynne. Thanks for sending the Fiona video. Great song. Somewhat coincidentally, I heard the original version on the radio a few day ago.

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