Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head: 8/2/17

8/2/17: The Temptations “Ball of Confusion”  Bev and I went to see “Motown: The Musical” last night at the Durham Performing Arts Center. What a great show! If you’re a fan of Motown music, it’s a must-see. It’s all about the story of Berry Gordy Jr. and how he started Motown Records back in 1959 as Tamla. In the years that followed, his company was incorporated as Motown, and made all the music history we’ve come to know and love! Under the direction of Gordy, there was a whole lot of money and music made at Hitsville USA. Musicians...

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The Music in My Head: 8/1/17

8/1/17: The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield started out in LA with a 5-man group called The Paramours. They were both singers, and their voices were different enough to make for some great harmonies. It was Bill that had that deep, rich baritone while Bobby hit the high notes, and the two friends eventually struck out on their own after The Paramours didn’t hit it big. Where exactly “The Righteous Brothers” came from is part of American music myth, but according to the brothers themselves, the name came from crowd interactions in...

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The Music in My Head – 7/31/17

7/31/17: Boston “Smokin'”   This morning, I had some Boston music playing in my head. Not “More Than a Feeling,” which is admittedly often the case, but one of their other tunes. I’ll get there in a moment, but let’s talk about Boston first. Boston was and is a rock n’ roll band out of… guess where? Boston! They rocked pretty hard in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and helped make hard rock with a little bit of prog-rock edge into a genre that could achieve mainstream success. They’re still out there performing today, but the current lineup...

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The Music in My Head – 7/28/17

7/28/17: The Knack “My Sharona”  This one’s gonna be fun! It’s been in my head since last night and I can’t get it out, so I’m sharing it with you. It’s a great rock n’ roll tune by a group called “The Knack,” and they never fully escaped it’s legacy. Too bad, because “The Knack” was pretty great, and their hit “My Sharona” was a lot of fun! The lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the band was a guy named Doug Fieger. Back in 1979, when he was 25 years old, he met a younger woman. The song,...

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The Music in My Head – 7/27/17

7/27/17: Sheryl Crow “Soak Up The Sun” Last night, my wife Beverly and I were headed out to a restaurant for dinner. She had a CD in her car, and a Sheryl Crow song came on. I hadn’t heard it in a long time, but there was a while when you couldn’t turn on your radio without hearing “Soak Up the Sun.” It only took about thirty seconds for all the words to come back to me, and I was singing along. You know, Sheryl Crow was an elementary school teacher in St. Louis. Apparently, she loved the job,...

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The Music in My Head – 7/26/17

7/26/17: The Rascals “A Girl Like You” Some people call it “blue-eyed soul,” but I just call it the music of The Rascals! I was hearing The Rascals in my head first thing this morning, which means the day got off to a great start. The band began as The Young Rascals, but eventually dropped the “Young” part, like we all have to do eventually. These guys came out of Jersey, and for about a half-dozen years in the ’60s, they could do no wrong. They had nine Top 20 hit records, and a whole lot of other good...

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The Music in My Head – 7/25/17

7/25/17: John Lennon “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” “Just who do you think you are? A superstar? Well, right you are!” I’ve been known to say that a few times myself, but I definitely wasn’t the first to say it. That would be John Lennon, of course! Other than “Imagine,” it’s my favorite song that John did after the breakup of The Beatles. “Instant Karma’s gonna get ya / gonna knock you right in the head / better recognize your brother / pretty soon you’re gonna be dead” Ain’t that the truth? Lennon was sometimes called “the sarcastic...

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The Music in My Head – 7/24/17

7/24/17: Led Zeppelin “When the Levee Breaks”   I spent a lot of time yesterday waiting for it to start raining. The wind picked up, you could heard thunder in the distance, you could even smell it in the air. When we finally  got that rain, I was hoping that it wouldn’t result in a bunch of flooding in our community. I started thinking about how we don’t have serious flooding too often, and how we’ve never experienced flooding on the magnitude that is often experienced by the good folks of New Orleans. I remember the disastrous flooding the Gulf...

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The Music in My Head – 7/21/17

7/21/17: Dr. John “Right Place, Wrong Time” For some reason last night, I was thinking about New Orleans, and how I would like to go there again. What a great place! A town full of history, where there’s always something going on. Sure enough, I work up this morning with the Big Easy on my mind… and, of course, when you think about New Orleans it’s only natural for music to come to mind. That place is all about music! It’s likely for great music to break out at any moment, especially in the French Quarter, and it might...

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The Music in My Head – 7/20/17

7/20/17: Martha & The Vandellas “Heat Wave”  Before I went to bed last night, I looked at the forecast for the next couple days. Temperatures are supposed to get up around 100 degrees, and I was thinking about how that’s too hot for me! So, it was only natural that there was a heat wave on my mind this morning! “Heat Wave,” by Martha & The Vandellas, is one of my favorite songs by that Motown group with an amazing string of hits from the early ‘60s through the ‘70s. Songs like “Dancing in the Streets” and “My Baby...

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