Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 9/25/17

9/25/17: The Doobie Brothers “Rockin’ Down the Highway” I woke up this morning to the sound of the Doobie Brothers! It wasn’t the Michael McDonald version of the band, though… it was with Tom Johnston singing lead. The band came out of San Jose, California back in 1969, and gave us some great rock and roll music with Johnston singing into the mic. He had a voice that could cut clean through any kind of instrumentation, coming through loud and clear. Songs like “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” and “Jesus is Just All Right” have stuck in a...

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The Music in My Head – 9/22/17

9/22/17: Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science” Every time somebody says the word “science” to me, I just want to yell it right back. “SCIENCE!” It’s an automatic response, and I’m sorry… I just can’t help it. The old days of MTV and the video for “She Blinded Me With Science” is just hardwired right in there. I was watching CNN last night, and during hurricane coverage a meteorologist was talking about the science of climate change. “SCIENCE!” I just couldn’t help it. As a side note about SCIENCE, climate change is very much a real thing. Mr....

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The Music in My Head – 9/21/17

9/21/17: Sly & The Family Stone “You Can Make It If You Try” Music is a powerful force. It can lift you up when you’re feeling blue, give you confidence when you’re not so sure. It can bring back memories, good and bad. Sometimes, music can inspire you to do good things in your life, and that’s the way I’ve always felt about the music of Sly & The Family Stone! Sylvester Stewart and his band of brothers and sisters came out of San Francisco in 1966. Sylvester, or Sly, always had something positive to contribute, and the sound...

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The Music in My Head – 9/20/17

9/20/17: Don McLean “American Pie” It’s come back around, like all great things eventually do. It’s Don McLean, cutting his own slice of “American Pie” with a song that’s going to outlive all of us. It’s an iconic tune, and it’s been covered and re-interpreted more times than I think anyone cares to count. Plus, everyone wants to automatically ascribe some deep, philosophical meaning to the lyrics. They’re certainly the sort that lend well to interpretation, but I think sometimes that gets a little overblown. Isn’t the interpretation itself kind of the point? McLean remained silent on the subject...

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The Music in My Head – 9/19/17

9/19/17: Strawberry Alarm Clock “Incense & Peppermints” How this song got into my head I’m not quite sure… unless it’s because my wife and I were talking last night about one of her best friends, whose favorite song is “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock. Which is probably exactly how it got in my head, come to think of it! This song was a hit records back in ’67, and even though Strawberry Alarm Clock had three other songs that hit the charts, this one is still the tune nearly everybody knows them by. Wherever you put SAC...

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The Music in My Head – 9/18/17

9/18/17: The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again” This morning, it’s Roger Daltry and The Who that I can’t get out of my head! Somehow, it was specifically Daltrey’s scream in “Won’t Be Fooled Again,” one the best screams in rock n’ roll, that startled me into starting the day! The Who, of course, is one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. They were a quintessential part of the British Invasion, that well-documented influx of British music into American culture that brought so many great artists to light and helped to create so many more across...

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The Music in My Head – 9/15/17

9/15/17: Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” Robert Palmer was an Englishman with an excellent ear for music and an impeccable sense of style. He had it all: soulful vocals, a swaggering style matching the rock and roll scene, the skill and talent needed to flit between genres, blending them together to create a unique sound. Robert Palmer was it, and he found success to match. He was a solo act as well as a member of bands like The Power Station and Vinegar Joe, and earned a whole slew of awards over the course of his career, including two...

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The Music in My Head – 9/14/17

9/14/17: The Box Tops “The Letter” I had the Box Tops in my head this morning, specifically the voice of Alex Chilton. That deep, raspy singing voice of his is instantly recognizable to anyone who heard any of the hits the Box Tops had in the late ‘60s. Songs like “Neon Rainbow,” “Cry Like a Baby,” and “Soul Deep” (that last one is my personal favorite) were hugely popular back in the day, and you still hear them around every now and again. The group started out as The Devilles, and they recruited their future lead singer when he...

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The Music in My Head – 9/13/17

9/13/17: Robert Plant & Alison Kraus “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)” Talk about getting out of your comfort zone! Robert Plant and Alison Kraus both decided to do a little something different back in 2007 when they released “Raising Sand” together. Obviously, they’re both extraordinary musicians in their own right, with Plant being frontman of the legendary Led Zeppelin and pursuing a number of musical projects after Zeppelin ended and Kraus is an amazing and respected bluegrass and country artist with 26 Grammys to her credit. Robert Plant’s is known for his vocal range, specifically moving into the...

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The Music in My Head – 9/12/17

9/12/17: Santana (ft. Everlast) “Put Your Lights On”  The music in my head today will really brighten up your day! Carlos Santana teamed up with Everlast for the Grammy-winning song “Put Your Lights On,” and I just can’t get it out of my head! Erik Francis Schrody is the man behind Everlast, though some people know him as Whitey Ford. That was the name of his first solo album, and it seemed to stick. He’s the same guy who spent some time as the frontman for House of Pain… the group you probably know from the beginning of every...

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