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Hey all, I am short on time so my comments will be brief. But, I am unveiling a new feature today. Theme Thursday. Each Thursday I will shuffle songs especially selected for a theme which will change monthly. I am not going to reveal the theme and I do need to say that in some cases the content of the songs fits the theme and sometimes it is just the title phrase which may or may not be interpreted as intended in the song. I don't know how else to explain that. Basically, in some cases, I selected the song for the theme based solely upon a possible interpretation of the title (which may or may not be the intended interpretation). In any event, if you figure out the theme - please know that any songs inclusion does not imply the artists intent or agreement with my theme topic). Whew! It will all be clear as we go on, or it will not.
"Smoke and Mirrors" by And the Echo
First up, Oxford, Mississippi's And the Echo with a track from their self-titled EP. It's all just smoke and mirrors.
"Ugly" by Violent Femmes
How about this bonus track from the classic self-titled debut by Violent Femmes. There is a lot of ugliness all around. And beauty, too. Don't forget.
"Find 'Em Fool 'Em Forget 'Em" by Anderson East
Next up, a track from Anderson East off his album Delilah which came out in 2015. Anderson East is from Alabama. Some people seem to take this advice to heart. Don't.
"End of the World" by Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
How about this one from this all-star two-state blues band... apocalyptic themes seem to be making come back...
"Safe Haven" by Quinn Harley
Next up, Quinn Harley from her excellent EP By the Pines. A lovely song about something every much needed in this world.
"Looking for Shelter" by Good Old War
Philadelphia indie rock band Good Old War with a live version of a track off of their 2008 album Only Way to Be Alone. Seems like this is a common activity... all too common on so many different levels.
"Straight to Hell" by Drivin' N' Cryin' with Edwin McCain and Audley Freed
Another live cut. This is a Drivin' N' Cryin' song originally on Mystery Road. This one is taken from a Warren Haynes benefit show a few years back and features Edwin McCain and guitar phenom and Nashvillian Audley Freed. I hear this is where we might be headed.
"Until the End of the World" by U2
We close with more end of the world stuff from U2 who were recently announced as headliners at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest.