Monday’s Music Moves Me: Spotify Randomness

When I first deal with Spotify, I couldn’t stand it. The more I use it, the better I like it. Funny how that works sometimes. Anyway, I decided to choose a random song, in this case Pablo Cruise’s “Love Will Find A Way,” and let Spotify build a playlist around it. Realizing that Spotify demands that you be a subscriber to listen to one of their playlists, I then built a YouTube playlist with the ten songs in it. Hope you like it!

  1. Pablo Cruise, “Love Will Find A Way” I never realized these guys were from San Francisco. Anyway, they released 8 studio albums and had 5 singles that reached the Top 25. This came out in 1978 and reached #6 in the US, #5 in Canada, and #8 in Australia.
  2. America, “You Can Do Magic” Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley formed America in London while their fathers were stationed there by the US Air Force. They were a big commercial success in the early and mid ’70’s, before Dan Peek left the group in 1977. This was their one successful single after then, released in 1982; it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the AC chart. Bunnell and Beckley now ply their trade on ’70’s cruises, while Peek died in 2011.
  3. Steely Dan, “Hey Nineteen” From their 1980 album Gaucho, this reached #10 in the US and #5 in Canada. Dennis Fagen and Walter Becker then took a 20-year hiatus.
  4. Ambrosia, “Biggest Part Of Me” This Southern California band formed in 1970 and had five Top 40 singles between 1975 and 1980, with “How Much I Feel” and this song reaching the Top 5.
  5. The Cars, “My Best Friend’s Girl” The Cars emerged from the late ’70’s “new wave,” and while they didn’t have much chart success, their music was a staple of the FM dial. This is from their eponymous 1978 debut and reached #35 that year.
  6. Robbie Dupree, “Hot Rod Hearts” This was the follow-up single to “Steal Away” in 1980. It reached #15 and earned him a Grammy nomination in 1981 for Best New Artist, which he lost to Christopher Cross. He’s making the rounds with other “yacht rock” acts, including the 2013 “Sail Rock” tour with Cross and others, and the 2018 “Rock The Yacht” cruise with John Ford Coley.
  7. Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Interesting that this song made it to this list, as it’s older than nearly all the other songs, having appeared on Chicago’s debut album in 1969, but that’s OK. This is the full album track, complete with a couple of minutes of free-form piano at the beginning.
  8. Loggins & Messina, “House At Pooh Corner” From their 1971 album Sittin’ In, so named because it started out as a Kenny Loggins album, but Jim Messina, who was producing it, joined Kenny on several of the tracks, and before they knew what was happening Loggins & Messina was born.
  9. The Doobie Brothers, “Minute By Minute” In 1975, when Steely Dan decided to focus on studio work, Michael McDonald and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter joined the Doobies, who had lost guitarist and lead singer Tom Johnston, and transformed the band’s sound. This was the title track from their 1978 album, the second single from the album, which reached #14.
  10. Pablo Cruise, “Whatcha Gonna Do?” And we come full circle with this, from 1977, their first single from the 1977 album A Place In The Sun. It reached #6 in the US and #1 in Canada.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 26, 2019.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

30 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Spotify Randomness

  1. John,

    It’s been a pleasure having you for this month’s honorary co-host. You’ve done a great job with your themes and your off week playlist are always a stellar collection of mewsic. I enjoyed your Spotify suggested set this morning while I doing some internet research. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

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  2. I really enjoyed this. It is a classic example of songs I know but did not know the title of. The only song new to me was ”Hot Rod Hearts”. Lots of fun to explore, John.

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    1. Like I said, I didn’t like it at all at first, but it’s gotten better. I think they changed the user interface so it made more sense, and the playlists work well. I have a premium subscription, and this is the first time with one of these music services that I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.

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  3. Fun set! I hadn’t listened to Pablo Cruise in such a long time! And now that YouTube knows… hahaha! I love the spin you put on the ‘Roulette’ game by using Spotify. Love it!

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  4. John, how in the world did you get so smart in the subject of music. I’ve loved music all my life I guess it’s because my mother loved it so much, but she also loved to dance guess that’s where I got it from. The only thing is is that my problem is retaining that knowledge that it teaches. Yeah, that’s my problem retaining what I have learned. So sad, isn’t it? Oh well, keep trying as they say. Now back to you my friend I was so happy to hear that you were our Honorary Conductor. Your songs every week are super, but for your tunes are not only superb, but they’re too cool! The information that you put out there is like they’re a long lost friend. Just awesome. Anyway my friend I truly hope you sign up again soon. I’ve been thinking of letting the Honorary Conductor pick whether or not they would like an extra week for a theme like giving them one of the weeks that’s a freebie… whatcha think??? Anyway, love your tunes as always and thank you so much for signing up for this month. Oh, listen you have chosen Steely Dan… woo hoo vacation time. We always play his CD when we go on vacation. Woo Hoo Traveling Music. Put your head back and just listen… am I right??? Superb traveling music!!! hehehe~ THANKS JOHN!

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    1. It’s more a case of knowing where to look stuff up. I pick up a lot from Wikipedia and Allmusic, and occasionally from Discogs. Einstein said that if something was written down, he didn’t need to know it.

      I think everybody likes the freebie weeks, and I’d be loath to effectively take one away for another theme week unless I knew it was OK with everyone else. Maybe you could poll everyone and see how they feel about it. Just a suggestion…

      If you like Steely Dan, try Donald Fagen. He’s one of the two masterminds behind the band (the other, Walter Becker, passed away a couple of years ago) and his solo work is a lot like the band (maybe because he wrote a lot of the band’s songs). I like them because, while they’re a rock band, they throw a lot of jazz harmony in, which gives the music a sophisticated edge, and the lyrics are always interesting.

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  5. I have never subscribed to any streaming service – well that isn’t totally true but I don’t use them. not sure why. Spotify put together a nice play list for you; I knew al the songs but “House on Pooh Corner” (I couple I didn’t recognize until the music started to play) and it seems strange that suddenly I’m running into 70’s music almost everywhere I go. It’s nice getting reacquainted. My husband had a Pablo Cruise album (meaning “an LP”) I can’t remember which one but it seemed to have most all of their hits – and now you tell me they put out eight albums. It may have been “Worlds Away” and you would think I would recognize cover art but I don’t. Anyway, thank you for the nostalgia. I enjoyed your stint as honorary conductor, by the way.

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  6. Whoa! They got Chicago in there for you. If I remember you really like them. Someone on the Video Music Awards said to boycott Spotify but I’ve never been on there anyway.
    I’ll a little worried that I’m going to run out of YouTube playlists and I don’t want to delete any since then people will get the dreamed 401 message.

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    1. At this point, if someone on the VMA’s says to boycott something, I don’t.

      Didn’t realize there was a limit on the number of playlists you can have on YouTube. I’ll have to figure out something to do about that…

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  7. I thought I was the only one who wasn’t a Spotify fan. I’ve used (free) spotify for about 6 months and stopped because I got frustrated with it. I didn’t like the selection it kept giving me, and after listening to music I didn’t particularly want to listen to I gave up.

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    1. The trick with the selection of music it gives you is to hit the “not” button (the circle with the line through it) whenever it comes up with a song (or an artist) you don’t like. Unfortunately, you don’t get that option everywhere, only on the playlists that Spotify builds for you. The lack of documentation is one of the biggest downsides to it…

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  8. It was an honor having you as August’s honorary co-host. I truly enjoyed your themes, and love your freebie picks – thanks for the introduction to many great tunes! Hope you’re having an amazing weekend!

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