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Song #13: “Tux On”

Whatever kind of music we listened to in high school and during our formative years, that’s usually the kind of music we listen to for the rest of our lives. Even if it’s crap. I’m doing my best to avoid posting those songs, the ones I’m embarrassed to say may have left an impression on me at some point in my life. I haven’t and won’t post any songs by

Song #12: “Tin Pan Alley”

My father had a few blues records around the house, stuff like B.B. King (who I love), but nothing that made me want to dive deep into the blues to figure out what was so great about it. I give it up to Stevie Ray Vaughan for hooking me into the blues like nobody else. And my brother. He played a tape in the car one day that had “Tin

Song #11: “The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp”

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass is another vinyl box set belonging to my father that was never played in the house. I was about 13 years old when I dug it out and listened to it about a hundred times. I listened to all The Beatles records, too, but for some reason songs like The Art of Dying, Run of the Mill, I Dig Love, Apple Scruffs and this

Song #10: “Basin Street Blues”

I saw a 3-record anthology called Commodore Jazz Classics banging around our house for years. It was never played. The vinyl records were shiny and new. I gave them a whirl sometime in high school and thought how different my childhood would have been if I’d grown up listening to jazz. “Basin Street Blues” performed by Eddie Condon and His Band has been on my playlist ever since. I eventually

Song #9: “Stack O’ Lee Blues”

My brother got a double album anthology for Xmas once called The Story of the Blues. (The same Xmas I got a Lonnie Mack album — WTF?) The first track is an early 1900s recording of some African tribesmen chatting through rhythms that become the foundation of the blues. The second or third track on the album is a 1928 recording of Mississippi John Hurt’s “Stack O’Lee Blues.” I’ve always