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I get aura migraines. A fact of my life for more than thirty years. The tiniest dot of light that grows into a wild snake, gradually engulfing the whole of my vision. A beautiful menacing messenger commanding me to slow down, better yet, STOP, get to a dark place and observe. My latest got me thinking of how it resembles Acoma pottery, delicately bending lines of turquoise and white, rust and black. Beautiful really, despite what it really means.

Not only am I temporarily blinded, but pain is imminent. I have been warned. What better way to ride the wave than by getting lost in music, as singing is one of the best avenues I know to forgetting pain. And since I mentioned a 70s Playlist a while back, here goes, complete with a disco interlude!

This is a L O N G list, and equally notable for what isn’t here. Every time I thought I had it, I remembered something else. I think there’s got to be a part two.

Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band

That’s the Way – Led Zeppelin

Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – Traffic

Angel from Montgomery – Bonnie Raitt

Southbound – The Allman Brothers

L.A. Woman – The Doors (one of my top karaoke songs!)

Bitch – The Rolling Stones

Hello It’s Me – Todd Rundgren

Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger

Love Reign O’er Me – The Who

Low Down – Boz Skaggs

Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens

Saturday in the Park – Chicago

Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash

Easy – The Commodores

Take it Easy – The Eagles

Come Down in Time – Elton John

Fernando – ABBA

Night Fever – The Bee Gees

Heroes – David Bowie

A Song for You – Leon Russell

Old Man – Neil Young

Time Has Told Me – Nick Drake

American Girl – Tom Petty

Sweet Thing – Van Morrison

Every Kinda People – Robert Palmer

Sara Smile – Hall & Oates

Poetry Man – Phoebe Snow

Us & Them – Pink Floyd

It’ll Take a Long Time – Sandy Denney

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What a perfect summer day sounds like…

“Transform” –   T.J. Rehmi

“Morning Has Broken” – Cat Stevens

“Easy” – The Commodores

“Rough Rock & Pinon” –  Zachary J. Mechlem

“Lost in My Mind” –  The Head and The Heart

“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” – Richard Thompson (the awesome inspiration)

“American Girl” – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

“Tempted” – Squeeze

“In a Big Country” – Big Country

“I Feel for You” – Chaka Khan

“Boogie on Reggae Woman” – Stevie Wonder

“Places to Go” – 50 Cent

“Make Some Noise” – Beastie Boys

“Tunic” – Sonic Youth

“Ceremony” – New Order (thinking of you, Bridget and Jessica!)

“Praise You” – Fat Boy Slim

“Waltz for Koop” – Koop

“Sail to the Moon” – Radiohead

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Just Be

I know, I know, another playlist so soon?  What can I say?  The cold, wintry weather has me daydreaming of summer, the languorous hours spent on an impossibly hot day, every moment measured and blissfully sweet.

“Beauty and the East” – Bombay Dub Orchestra

“From the Same Hill” – Brian Eno

“Where is My Love” – Cat Power

“Alone Together” – Chet Baker

“Berceuse in D Flat, Op. 57” – Chopin

“True Love Waits” – Christopher O’Reilly

“Appalachian Spring – Very Slowly” – Bernstein conducts Copland

“The Rain Song” – Led Zeppelin

“Pass in Time” – Beth Orton

“The Big Ship” – Brian Eno

“Thai Lullaby” – Stewart Matthewman (Twin Falls Idaho)

“Smile” –  Telepopmusik

“Promenade” – U2

“Water From a Vine Leaf” – William Orbit

“Passion” – Peter Gabriel

“Shepland Pony” – Roberto Linderez (My friend!  Have a listen here)

“By This River” – Brian Eno

“Sentimental Walk” – Philip Aaberg  (Diva)

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Happy New Year, gentle readers!  I hope you had marvelous holidays.  Ours were fun, sometimes raucous, and blissfully peaceful – that’s life for you.

One of our ever-so-generous and much appreciated presents was a gift certificate from my parents for Amazon (Thanks again!), and we spent more than half of it buying up songs for the I-Pod: click, click, boom!  In honor of that, here’s a playlist with a wild assortment of the old and new to start the year off with an optimistic shake and shimmy, just the way I like it.

Also, just in case you’re not a local, the bridge is the St. John’s in North Portland.  It is not an overstatement to say that it is my favorite bridge in the world. Sure, there are others that are more marvelous, spanning greater lengths and heights, but none of them give me the sensation of seeing this bridge.  I can remember the first time, sitting so stately and serene to the north on Highway 30.  I gasped at the exquisite color and the fantastically Gothic arches, just wanting to hover, hummingbird-like and admire its beauty.

Back to the music – it might just make you gasp, too.

“Well You Needn’t” –  Chet Baker

“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + the Machine

“God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys

“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” – The Rolling Stones

“London Calling” – The Clash (also one of the greatest album covers ever)

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon

“Riga Girls” –  The Weepies

“Up on Cripple Creek” – The Band

“Let ‘Em In” – Wings

“Them There Eyes” – Billie Holiday

“Fidelity” – Regina Spektor

“Stay by Me” – Annie Lennox

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult (Oh yes I did!)

“Star Eyes” – Charlie Parker

“In Between Days” – The Cure

“A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash

“Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey

“Move” – Bireli Lagrene

“What Is and What Should Be” – Led Zeppelin

“Les Portes du Souvenir” – Les Nubians

“Expectations” – Belle & Sebastian

“L.A.Woman” – The Doors

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