Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 4/26/17

4/26/17: Willie Nelson “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” Today’s edition is a little different, because Willie Nelson is a little different. Come on, now. Who doesn’t love Ol’ Willie? I’m not really an avid fan of country music, at least a lot of it, but Willie Nelson transcends genre. The guy’s a great songwriter, a phenomenal singer, a gifted guitar player, a troubadour of our times, an actor, activist, and collaborator with so many other musicians and artists. It seems that everyone he meets loves and respects the hell out of him. He started “Farm Aid,” for...

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The Music in My Head – 4/25/17

4/25/17: Rufus “Tell Me Something Good” Just after I shut off my alarm this morning, I was lying in bed with “Tell Me Something Good” playing in my head. Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan. Khan went on to do some great things after her time with Rufus, going so far as to be known as the “Queen of Funk.” But “Tell Me Something Good” was a bonafide hit, hitting number three on the Billboard charts. It makes sense, for a Grammy-winning performance of a song written by the one and only Stevie Wonder. Rufus went on to have several hit records...

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The Music in My Head – 4/24/17

4/24/17: Crosby, Stills and Nash – “Almost Cut My Hair” “Almost Cut My Hair” was playing in my head first thing this morning, and I just had to share it with you. If you grew up in my generation, you know what that song represents. Many of the young people in this country were “fighting the power,” so to speak. Questioning authority, pushing back against politicians and policies that didn’t represent their interests, defying authority figures and generally rejecting the status quo as set by the generation their parents were a part of. Many, of course, grew their hair longer. In...

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The Music in My Head – 4/21/17

4/21/17: The Main Ingredient “I Don’t Want to Be Lonely”  A sad song is in my head today, and it started last night when I heard that Cuba Gooding, Sr. was found dead in his car out in Los Angeles. Cuba was 72m and is survived by his son, Cuba Gooding, Jr – you know, the “show me the money!” guy in “Jerry McGuire.” Cuba Gooding, Sr. was the lead singer for a group called “The Main Ingredient” back in the 70s. The group had a tremendous hit record called “Everybody Plays the Fool” that went all the way...

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The Music in My Head: 4/20/17

4/20/17: Don McLean “American Pie” In 1971, Don McLean wrote and recorded a song called “American Pie.”  It’s amazing, iconic, and more than a little mysterious. The tune has been analyzed and scrutinized in every facet, from lyrics to composition, by just about every so-called music expert in the world. Fans have tried to figure out what it all meant too, and McLean remained quiet on the subject for most of his career, preferring to let his music speak for itself. Obviously, it was at the very least partially inspired by the deaths of early rock n’ roll starts...

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The Music in My Head – 4/19/17

4/19/17: Motherlode “When I Die” Today, it’s one of those one-hit-wonders that’s rattling around in my head. “Motherlode” was a group that came out of Canada, had one hit record, and then I never heard anything about them… ever again. It was late 1969, and this band out of Ontario hit it big with a song called “When I Die.” I thought it was great! Good vocals, good instrumentation, the whole deal. They were never able to scale that mountain again, though. I remember how much radio play it got all those years ago, long before I came to...

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The Music in My Head – 4/18/17

4/18/17: Cream “I Feel Free”  Click to Listen! I was thinking about Cream yesterday, and how great those guys were for the brief time they were together. Of course, there are plenty of songs folks remember them for. “Sunshine of Your Love” is almost always playing somewhere, “Crossroads” remains a classic Clapton cover, and the iconic wah-wah found in so much of Cream’s music is on full display in “White Room.” What I was thinking about today was “I Feel Free,” and after listening to the song, watching the video and talking about it on Facebook, I just can’t...

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The Music in My Head – 4/17/17

4/17/17: The Ronettes  “Be My Baby“ I know exactly how this great song by The Ronettes got into my head this morning.  Yesterday, we were flipping around the TV channels and came across this great documentary on the creation of “Pet Sounds,” the wonderful, groundbreaking album from Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys.  It’s one of the Best of all time.  Anyway, Brian Wilson is an absolute musical genius.  He heard music in his head that no one else could hear!  Anyway, he became enamored with Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound.”  That was Spector’s invention, incorporating a whole studio of talented...

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The Music in My Head – 4/14/17

4/14/17: Jackie DeShannon “What the World Needs Now is Love” Not much of an explanation needed today. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, thinking about all the hate in this country and all over the world. We seem to be headed in the wrong direction, in so many ways, as a people. Back in the mid-60s, Jackie DeShannon recorded a song that pleas for love, compassion and understanding. The situations we’re seeing almost every day now are just as serious as the goings-on then, potentially even more so. The words of this song still apply, and I think they...

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The Music in My Head – 4/13/17

4/13/17: Jackson Browne “The Load Out/Stay” We’ve talked about this one before, but it just keeps coming back. I can’t hear one without the other, and I’ve listened to “Running on Empty” more times than I care to count since late ’77 when it came out. Written and performed as a tribute to all the fans who came to his shows, “The Load Out/Stay” is mostly for the roadies, the unsung heroes of tours across miles of land and for millions of people. Loading and unloading the equipment off trucks, hauling heavy amps and lights, setting up stages, tearing...

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