Fruitcake and Cookies – The Messiah Will Come Again

John Reed
May 10, 2014
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Hey. I'm sorry that it's been awhile, for those who care. Things are busy here this time of year. Since it's been such a long time I've decided to write about two songs in this post. I've been meaning to write about the first one, a classic song called "Fruitcake and Cookies" by Sweet Trip, for at least... Read more »

Sweet Lei Mokihana

John Reed
April 27, 2014
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Hey. My song today is a Hawaiian hit from approximately 1973 called "Sweet Lei Mokihana" performed by Hui Ohana (which means, "Family Group"). Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJH7ImmP-A I don't really know anything about this song. I know that it was composed by George Manoa Huddy, and this particular versi... Read more »

The Seventh Wave – Sailing Away

John Reed
April 20, 2014
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Hey. Here's "The Seventh Wave" from synth/sound effect-making pro Suzanne Ciani's debut album Seven Waves. It's pretty nice. Listen below and read the Ciani biography in the "About" section (and ignore the fact that it says "Deep in the Sea" - that's not what the song is actually called. The uploader h... Read more »

That Summer Feeling

John Reed
April 14, 2014
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Hey. Here's a brilliant song called "That Summer Feeling" by Modern Lovers founder and lead singer Jonathan Richman. It's from his 1992 album I, Jonathan. Listen to it below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQv8gfJjAVI Modern Lovers fans will be well acquainted with Richman's wonderfully honest an... Read more »

Foreigner Suite

John Reed
April 6, 2014
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Hey. I hope everyone had a solid spring break. Today, I'm posting one of my all-time favorites: "Foreigner Suite" by Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam aka Yusuf aka the Roadsinger. Check out the song in its entirety below:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8PeZ3A2oKc My mom first introduced this song to me when I was in middle... Read more »

Águas de Março (Waters of March)

John Reed
March 14, 2014
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Hey. I'm done with midterms. It's officially spring break. I hope everyone has a great one and here's a song to kick it off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qle1OrunKnE It's called "Águas de Março" and it's performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina. Cheers, -DJYT Tom Job... Read more »

Stay Another Day

John Reed
March 7, 2014
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Hey. My song today is so emotional that I might not even be able to make it through this post without having to walk the streets in solitude in order to calm down. My hands quiver on the keyboard as I struggle to find the words to describe it. The song is called "Stay Another Day" by East 17. I am going... Read more »

Atmadja Duma Strachilu

John Reed
March 3, 2014
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Hey. I came across this gem about a year ago during the summer. The song is called "Atmadja Duma Strachilu", sung by a women's choir called Le Mystère des voix Bulgares, or, The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices. This choir has apparently won a Grammy and been nominated for another. According to my... Read more »

La Pluie / Rain

John Reed
February 24, 2014
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Hey. It rained today for the first time in awhile, so here are two songs about rain. The first is a lushly orchestrated, atmospheric track from Frenchman Jean-Jacques Goldman (a family favorite!) called "La Pluie". Though I took six years of French, I won't lie and say I can really understand any of... Read more »

Smokey Roads

John Reed
February 20, 2014
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Hey. My song today comes from Tommy James and the Shondells classic album Crimson and Clover. The song is called "Smokey Roads".  Check it out below (sorry for the poor quality rip): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07y8Xk7eQVM&list=PLF5ED06CCC4D4EC8D&index=31 I think this song is a real gem. From the introductory reversed lyrics to the first several hits on the sn... Read more »

State of the Union

John Reed
February 16, 2014
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Hey. I've been busy reading hundreds of pages for my classes so I'm going to keep it short (for the sake of getting to bed relatively on time). Today, I've been listening to a cool ditty written and sung by Destroyer called "State of the Union". It comes from his strongest album, City of Daughters, released... Read more »

Take Off Your Cool

John Reed
February 11, 2014
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Hey. My song today is a sweet little ballad called "Take Off Your Cool", performed by Outkast's Andre Three-Stacks and the lovely, ultra-chill jazzpop vocalist Norah Jones. It's simple, yet arrestingly elegant and speaks to an issue that many people may struggle with at the beginning of a relationship... Read more »