I am more convinced than ever that I did not delete my playlist (as mentioned Friday) through some incredibly bone-headed clumsy ass maneuver. No, it appears that my phone is possessed. My cell phone contract ended in November, and my now two year old phone has developed a mind of it's own. It has begun initiating screen touch activities all on it's own... typing (and sending) gibberish text messages, taking pictures, opening applications, etc. I think it knows that it's days are numbered.
So, until I get a new phone, any activity which comes from me should be suspect. Including this post... am I writing this or is my phone writing this?
Dan Coyle talks about the untimely death of his father and expounds on a philosophy that I really needed to hear.
"The Moment I Tell You Goodbye" by David Olney from Dutchman's Curve
One of my highlights of December so far has been Saturday nights Tom Waits tribute at The 5 Spot in East Nashville. I had such a blast and heard a slew of awesome artists offering their take on the music of the distinctly American genius, Mr. Waits. One of the highlights of the night was an awesome performance by David Olney. As luck would have it, it was my second chance to see Mr. Olney that week.
"Am I Still the One for You?" by Ike Reilly from Am I Still the One for You?
The title track from this mega release/E.P. Noisetrade thing... Have I mentioned how much I am digging this music?
"Drink Slinger" by Zachariah Red from This Town E.P.
I am extremely proud to call Zach a friend and extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to see and hear him several times in the last couple of months. He has new music coming soon - here's to the new year! Since I couldn't find a Youtube video - have a listen to "Drink Slinger".
"Christmas for You and Me" by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors from Another Neighborly Christmas
I think this officially counts as the first Christmas song of the season on E2TG (with the exception of some songs that crept into the shuffle at odd times). A cheer-filled song from a great Nashville band.
"Aunt Lou" by Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik from Punishing the Myth
Grant Peeples paints a devastatingly beautiful portrait in the course of an approximately three minute song.
"Bummer 1 Hit Single" by Darrin Bradbury from When a Car Becomes a House
"This songs a bummer, let's talk about summer..." If you don't know Darrin Bradbury, than Darrin Bradbury knows you... or something like that. "I'm just the middle man, between gravity and the rope."
"Goin' to Acapulco" by Bob Dylan and the Band from The Basement Tapes
We go from DB to BD. Everyone is talking about The Basement Tapes this days - for some mighty good reasons... I think it's a testament to Mr. Zimmerman's songwriting skills that I really dig so many covers of his - including the version of this song by Jim James and Calexico. The original isn't half bad either... *deliberate understatement implied...
"Live My Life" by Stacy Mitchhart from Live My Life
We close things out with some genuine local Nashville blues, and the title track from the excellent recent Stacy Mitchhart album.