Category Archives: Music

Deep Purple

This song was in my head, and it was really hard to find.  There’s a rock group named “Deep Purple,” and this song has been covered dozens of times since it was written in 1933.  That resulted in a lot of red herrings popping up in my search results. This version, by siblings Nino Tempo …

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Everybody terrified, it don’t seem fair…

The tempo to this song is really slow for rock and roll, but it just powers forward like a bulldozer. Full lyrics HERE.

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Full of Meanness

Of The Empire by Mary Oliver We will be known as a culture that feared death and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity for the few and cared little for the penury of the many. We will be known as a culture that taught and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke little if …

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A White Dove

When I was a kid, listening to this song on a mono AM radio with a half-inch speaker pressed tightly to my ear, I thought this was a song about a white horse– but it turns out he wasn’t saying “Palomino Blanca.” Full lyrics HERE.

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Anthem

My favorite line isn’t the one you probably think it is.  It’s, “Ring the bells that still can ring.” Full lyrics HERE.

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Ha’ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana

This song is absolutely beautiful and completely ridiculous. Full lyrics HERE.

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That’s Life

Frank Sinatra heard O.C. Smith’s version of That’s Life on his car radio, and was so impressed he tracked down the publisher to record his own version. His version is very different.  Smith’s version is mellower, more bluesy, while Sinatra’s is more motivational-speakerish. The final line fits seamlessly in Smith’s version, but is a little …

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Ecstatic Phil

In my personal life I’m very reserved, very cool, very laid back– but the people I admire most are not.

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Now Is The Time To Come Out Of The Water

There aren’t enough songs about evolution.

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Der Mussolini

There is something absolutely mesmerizing about their dancing.  I especially like the parts that aren’t synchronous. Lyrics HERE, including the English translation, but they don’t really matter.

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Life is beautiful, life is wonderous…

This’ll cheer you up. Full lyrics HERE.

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’til you find the window

Full lyrics HERE. I like loving songs that aren’t necessarily love songs.

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