Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 4/6/18

4/6/18: The Animals “Don’t Bring Me Down” I’ve got a little piece of the British Invasion rocking in my head today! Eric Burdon and The Animals were part of that swarm of big-ticket artists from across the pond, but they were different from a lot of those groups. The Animals stood in contrast to the clean-cut Beatles and the rock n’ Rolling Stones. They were darker, gritter, and far more heavy into the blues side of things. Burdon’s voice was deeper, too… and carried the band through their start in the early ’60s to their big break in ’64...

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The Music in My Head – 4/5/18

4/5/18: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”  Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the dark day when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis. Dr. King was a powerful force for good. He believed in the world-changing power of non-violent protest and civil disobedience, and helped to change our nation for the better. He was charismatic, eloquent and thoughtful. His expertly-crafted speeches are still studied by academics and aspiring leaders across the globe, though his physical voice was silenced on April 4, 1968. Half a century later, the struggle still continues — and his ideals...

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The Music in My Head – 4/4/18

4/4/18: Little Feat “Fat Man In The Bathtub” I’ve got an old favorite in my head today, and it’s from one of the best live albums of all time! I’m talkin’ ‘bout Little Feat, of course! With Lowell George at the helm back in the day, the group got their start in in LA back in 1969. The incredibly talented singer/songwriter/guitar player founded the band alongside his friend, the keyboardist Bill Payne. From the very beginning, the music of Little Feat was tough to categorize. Listen to them, and you’ll hear elements of soul and jazz, of county and...

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The Music in My Head – 4/3/18

4/3/18: Cream “I Feel Free”  Cream may have been the first “supergroup” to define the term as we know it today. They were the first collection of established musicians who got together outside of their own bands in order to create new music, and experienced incredible success doing so. Of course, between Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker… how could that not happen? When those three got together, it was magic. Bruce was the bass player, Baker was the drummer and of course Clapton was on lead guitar. Bruce and Clapton both provided vocals, though mostly Bruce, and...

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The Music in My Head – 4/2/18

4/2/18: The Mamas & The Papas “Monday Monday” Today’s song really needs no explanation. I woke up this morning, and the first thought that crossed my mind was “Oh, no. It’s Monday.” Right away, I started to hear The Mamas & The Papas, and their classic song “Monday Monday!” Now I can’t get it out of my head! Come to think of it, though, it’s the perfect song to be thinking of right now – especially since I found it fairly difficult to roll out of bed this morning. I’m sure a lot of folks who experienced the same...

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The Music in My Head – 3/30/18

3/30/18: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This”  I have this weird story that goes along with the song in my head today. First things first, though… I swear, when I went to bed last night, I didn’t know that today was going to be MC Hammer’s birthday! For real! Sometime, in the middle of the night, I remember dreaming about MC Hammer. He was wearing those big ol’ ballon-type parachute pants – the Hammer Pants – that we always wore, and he was dancing around and singing the song you probably know: “U Can’t Touch This.” There was other...

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The Music in My Head – 3/29/18

3/29/18: George Harrison “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” Today’s music is from George Harrison, the “Quiet Beatle.” Though he was the Fab Four’s lead guitarist, he was often a bit in the background of the band. I mean, can you blame him? If you’re part of the biggest band in the world and you’ve got two dominant personalities and prolific songwriters out front singing lead… it would probably be nice to be in the background sometimes. Paul and John were the creative powerhouses behind a lot of the Beatles’ biggest hits, but George’s contributions were also...

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The Music in My Head – 3/28/18

3/28/18: James Brown “Living In America”  He was the Godfather of Soul, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business! He was the one, the only, THE James Brown! Even though he left this world over a decade ago, his influence on our music and culture is still incredibly strong. As many artists do, Brown started his career as a gospel singer, but that didn’t last long. Once he caught a taste of the funk, he didn’t look back. As far as I’m concerned, the funk started with him! He was an amazing singer, a soulful songwriter, an incredible dancer,...

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The Music in My Head – 3/27/18

3/27/18: Carole King “It’s Too Late”  Carole King is one of the greatest songwriters out there, with a career that goes all the way back to the mid-’50s. She’s written so many popular songs, and a lot of those were with her longtime writing partner (and husband, for a while!) Gerry Goffin. There are so many artists who owe so much to Carole King, the groundwork she laid, and the inspiration she cultivated! Aretha Franklin had a big hit with “A Natural Woman.” The Shirelles had “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Little Eva was King’s teenage housekeeper at one...

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The Music in My Head – 3/26/18

3/26/18: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Find The Cost of Freedom” Things have been weighing heavily on my mind, lately. A lot of it mostly related to the most recent school shooting that made national news, the one down at Parkland Douglas High School in Florida. I think the way those students, and students across the country, have responded is remarkable. Hats off to them, and I couldn’t be more proud of these young people who are taking up the cause. Of course, this includes the students in our local community who participated in an organized walkout, and have...

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