Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Or Less Random

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I started out with one idea, which went nowhere, then thought of doing the “Wheel of Fortune” thing, and found myself changing my mind on so many songs that I decided to go in that direction. Here are ten totally unrelated songs that I just felt like playing.

  1. Bruce Blackman, “Doing Nothing”: Bruce was the lead singer for and co-founder of the band Starbuck, best known for the song “Moonlight Feels Right.” Bruce has been solo for a while and does some really great stuff. His first solo album was Moonlight Feels Right 2014, where he reprises that hit and presents us with music that puts the yacht into yacht rock. This is a song from that album.
  2. Steely Dan, “Do It Again”: From Steely Dan’s first album, Can’t Buy A Thrill, this was the first song to chart, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and warping my 16-year-old brain to something more than The Beatles.
  3. Gerry Rafferty, “Right Down The Line”: The sometimes-forgotten follow-up to “Baker Street,” this is the second single from his 1978 album City To City. It reached #12 on the Hot 100 but #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and as I had just graduated from college and to the Adult Contemporary chart, this became part of the fabric of my life. (I know, “whatever…”)
  4. Al Stewart, “Time Passages”: Title track from Al’s 1978 album, which came out two years after Al’s Year Of The Cat, the title track of which was Al’s biggest hit. This was co-written by smooth jazz guitarist Peter White, which I didn’t know until this evening. This reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  5. Maria Muldaur, “Midnight At The Oasis”: A sassy, sensuous song of desert delight, this features a guitar solo by Amos Garrett that had me saying, “yeah, I wanna play like that.” It reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1974, and was the #13 song for that year.
  6. Tommy James & The Shondells, “Crystal Blue Persuasion”: Tommy and crew are from Niles, Michigan, and were always popular in the Chicago market. This came out in June 1969 and reached #2 nationally and #1 on the WLS Silber Dollar Survey.
  7. The Rascals, “Groovin'”: Written by band members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, this debuted in April 1967 and was the title track to their yet-to-be released third album. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1967, and an instrumental by Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra became the theme song for WGN’s Sunday Matinee, which featured “Sherlock Holmes” and “Charlie Chan” movies during the baseball offseason.
  8. The Association, “Everything That Touches You”: I was going to use The Association’s “Along Comes Mary,” then I saw this and liked it better. From their 1968 album Birthday, this reached #10 on the Hot 100.
  9. Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense and Peppermints”: Title track from their 1967 album. This reached #1 on the Hot 100 and is probably the only song they’re known for, although they had a second song, 1968’s “Tomorrow,” reach #23, so they’re not really a one-hit wonder.
  10. The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me”: Released in 1966, this song reached #5 on the Hot 100 in April of that year. The Outsiders were a garage rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, who had three other songs reach the Top 40 that year, but none after that.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 10, 2020.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Or Less Random

    1. Starbuck was either a yacht rock or sunshine pop band, depending on who you ask, and Bruce Blackman has kept the sound alive even after the death of co-founder Bo Wagner. They were unique…


  1. Dude, you have totally rocked the house! Loving all your choices as ususal! You are definitely Mr. Music himself. Ahhh Steely Dan a favorite of mine. We grab those CD’s as our travel music on VACATION! Hmmmm Seems to me I remember that word from somewhere! 😦 We haven’t been on vacation in a couple of years, but Steely Dan definitely takes me there! Thank you my friend, thank you!!! Gerry Rafferty, “Right Down The Line more travel music. I use to have to drive to Chicago downtown every day when I worked for a law firm & walking back & forth from there to the courthouse to file lawsuits, workers comp. etc. the old ear buds helped me along the entire day. Definitely a tune I loved. I had my own tapes to that I put together & ahhhh “Midnite at the Oasis… send your camel to bed… my favorite line”, haha… slip off to a sand dune & kick up a little dust… oh yeah! Woo Hoo Dance with me my friend… I’ll be your belly dancer & you can be my shiek! hahaha don’t you love it. They just don’t make them the way they use to, right? Ahhh Crystal Blue Persuasion – another favorite! There’s nothing like the old songs don’t you agree!?! Ahhh Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon was our picnic song to say the least.. the kids and I would dance around like flower children… hahaha! I tried to get Sundays off from my many jobs & the kids & I would picnic every Sunday or as many as I got off. It was so much fun.. my kids loved music as much as I do. Incense & Peppermints another song that let the head bounce for sure & last, but not least “Time won’t let me alone”. TIME WON’T LET ME AAAAAAAALOOOOOOONE! hehehe! That’s okay John I’m done. hahaha Have a great safe, bee boppin’ week! HUGS THANKS FOR THE GREAT TUNES! Be safe & just because others aren’t wearing masks doesn’t mean you don’t have too! I wear mine for sure!


    1. Mary and I don’t do the vacation thing anymore. We (or rather I) drove to Chicago once a year when Mary owned her parents’ old building. We sold it, took what we wanted, and haven’t looked back.

      Where was your office? I worked for Harris Bank at their operation center at Monroe and Franklin.


  2. John,

    WOW, I love your random song choicest! I listened to it while I made blog rounds. While visiting Eugi’s I felt inspired to scribble down a little poetic verse using her word prompt which I hope to put up on my poetry page soon. Thanks for helping to stoke my creative urge with your fabulous playlist. Stay safe and be well, my friend!


    1. I was especially happy the way this playlist turned out. By now I’ve built about 200 playlists over the 8+ years I’ve been doing this. I wonder how many dead songs there are (songs that were taken off YouTube but are still in my playlists)?


  3. Nice songs to bring on the week. “Right Down the Line” is a good one. I don’t like “Year of the Cat” but “Time Passages” is okay. “Crystal Blue Persuasion” came out as I was graduating 8th grade so it was particularly meaningful. I was going from a Catholic grammar school to a public high school. People were definitely changing!


  4. Love the random ways you went . I love Incense and Peppermints but never knew who did it. I love Groovin as well plus songs here that I know but didn’t know the title so these were great to listen to.


    1. You always hear “Baker Street” (for good reason: it’s an excellent tune and the saxophone riff is iconic), but rarely hear “Right Down The Line,” so I wanted to give it a chance.


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