Friday, July 13, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - 1000 Words Mix



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All of this happened a long time ago when the world was a very different place. Of course, none of us knew that at the time.
(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)



It is always fun when talented friends share a bill. Last night, it was Chris Moyse (with Sean Quinn and Erin Nelson in his band), Andrew Adkins, and Smoking Flowers. A fun night of music.

Also, may I just say, I could live with seeing various incarnations of the Collins family every week or so. Last week, it was Justin and the Cosmics, a couple of weeks before that it was Smoking Flowers, and them Smoking Flowers again. Looking forward to the next one.


A friend of mine once described E2TG as wildly inclusive. I like that description. If I hear music that moves me in some way, I want to write about it without concern for what "kind" of music it is. I have nothing but respect for more sharply focused music sites - whether that focus be genre-specific or geographic or whatever.  It's just not what I want to do. The plain fact is that there is way more awesome music than I could ever cover. I know that because I often "discover" a band/artist that I think is awesome - and then discover that they have been awesome for years.

From day one of E2TG, I knew I could not be a comprehensive source of everything worthwhile that is new. The fact is - even with the wildly diverse song selections I present - it is amazing how connections keep happening all the time.

Onward!  We have another diverse selection of music from all over the world today.  Let' shuffle!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Hills of Tennessee Mix



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All of this happened a long time ago when the world was a very different place. Of course, none of us knew that at the time.
(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)







Well, here we are. It's Thursday.  Time keeps ticking. The world is a mess, and it's not in my kiss. 

I'm a bit short of time - so let's jump right in to our Trending Thursday Shuffle!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Cure for Myopia Mix



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All of this happened a long time ago when the world was a very different place. Of course, none of us knew that at the time.
(From The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres) Available at Amazon.com (Kindle edition also available)



This is the first "Wild Wednesday" shuffle since May 30!  So, a reminder - "Wild Wednesday" simply means we shuffle up all the songs on my phone. In addition to the "New Music" playlist, my phone also contains a variety of other songs  - songs that were once in a "New Music" playlist, songs from the E2TG archives (i.e. songs by long-time E2TG  faves) and other random songs from other sources... (classic, rare, and sometimes weird tracks).    If you think of a Venn diagram.  Songs on my phone memory is a big circle and the "New Music" playlist is a smaller circle completely contained in the bigger circle.

Now that I have over-explained - lets' get right to the shuffle.   Time is short - so I will keep my comments to a minimum.  Let's go!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - You Got This Mix




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The Drift - the debut novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres is available now!



I've been a bit slow about adding new music to my playlist.  Still toying with the idea of creating a couple of different "new music" playlists with a slightly different bent - one for Trending Tuesday and Thursday and a different one for Featured Friday.  We'll see...

Meanwhile, we are into the second half of 2018 and I have a ton of music already loaded into my "New Music" playlist - so let's shuffle!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Can't Complain Mix



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The early evening is almost as perfect as the day was. It’s a good walk to
Antonio’s. We’re walking in a loose pack. Zü is not with any one of us, but she
is not exactly avoiding us either. It’s hard to explain, but it is impossible to
misinterpret. Richard is telling me about a football game, and as usual, I’m
struggling to connect myself to the conversation. Apparently, he got into a game
on the main quad. Richard is saying something about catching a pass or
something, and I try to react with the proper amount of enthusiasm. A car is
driving slowly down the road and weaving slightly. A dog is howling on an
adjacent street, and someone somewhere is blowing their car horn. All of a
sudden, somebody grabs my arm.
“We’re here.”
From The Drift.  Available now!  Via Amazon





I'm glad that I decided to make Monday's at E2TG Music City Monday.  It, at least, gives me one thing to look forward to about the start of another week.  Our Music City Monday Playlist on Spotify contains over 1,000 songs from Nashville and former Nashville based artists from the past and the present.  It is an eclectic mix that I think provides a good cross-section of some of the awesome music that was and is being made in Nashville - Music City USA.

Let's shuffle - shall we!?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Rodeo Performer Mix



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“Do you want to do something?” Richard asks me as we walk out of the
cafeteria into the declining day.
“What do you have in mind?”
“Nothing, really. I just don’t want this moment to end.”
“Me either. But, moments always end. The important thing is to find
more moments. That’s one of the most important things I’ve learned.”







To be honest, I don't know a whole lot about what live music is like in other cities... just what I have heard. I know that Nashville is a great city for lovers of live music - of all variety.  I know that musicians don't generally make as much (or often very much) money here as they do in other cities. The number of live music events going on every single night is staggering, and there are always difficult/impossible choices to be made. As a music fan, you sometimes have to make really difficult decisions about what shows to see or if you need to make a much needed night off from going out.

All of that to say, I made my way to The 5 Spot last night for the release show of Justin and the Cosmics PERF record. The album was recorded at Ardent Studio in Memphis.  It was a wonderful night of weirdness and music and mayhem. So many memorable moments. From the emcee Square Bill "singing" Prince covers to Scott Collins guitars. Guests like Chris Crofton - in from Los Angeles and riffing on "New Nashville", Thayer Sarrano was captivating, Kim Collins did a intense a cappella song that ended with her being carried from the stage, The Smoking Flowers did an old song by Justin Collins, Robyn Hitchcock with a band that included Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Leaves) (who produced PERF - by the way) did a short set that included some Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and a Soft Boys song written by Hitchcock, Ben Burr read some awesome poetry.  But the clear stars of the show were Justin Collins and his band The Cosmics who played a long set of songs from the album, classics from their back catalog, and some choice (and rare for them) covers - including "Police on my Back".  It was the most fun I've had since the last time I saw Justin and the Cosmics play.

Tonight, I am looking forward to Chuck Prophet at The Basement East.


Meanwhile, the humidity is now falling from the sky in copious amounts, and we have our "Featured Friday" shuffle. Let's go.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - A Multitude of Nostrils Mix




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THE DRIFT (A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres - creator of E2TG) is available now!)



Well, we are back after a mid-week Fourth of July holiday. It has been insanely hot around here (and other places I know). If you have to be out: stay hydrated, find shade, and be careful.

With the holiday, we are back with another "Trending" shuffle - this for a Thursday.  We have a couple of first listens and some other goodies... let's shuffle!