Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 6/22/18

6/22/18: Jackson Browne “Boulevard”  Jackson Browne! He’s incredibly talented, a quintessential Californian singer/songwriter, and he’s given us so much good music over the years. I’ve been hearing one of his songs in my head for so long now that it almost like I’m having a conversation with him. Which isn’t all that hard, considering that Browne is known for his exceptional songwriting skill and terrific lyrics. The man knows how to tell a story! Jackson Browne has a great body of work, starting with his self-titled debut album way back in 1972 all the way to today. In the...

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The Music in My Head – 6/21/18

6/21/18: War “Summer”  Even though it’s felt like it for a while with all the hot weather we’ve been having, today is actually the first official day of summer. This is one of the longest days of the year, and I got to thinking about summertime music last night. Some songs just seem perfect for a sunny summer day. I came up with a whole list of ‘em, but one ended up sticking with me through the night and popped into my head when I started the day early this morning. It was a smooth, happy tune from “War!”...

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The Music in My Head – 6/20/18

6/20/18: John Mellencamp “Jack & Diane” Johnny Cougar. John Cougar. John Cougar Mellencamp. Years ago, when this heartland musician kept changing his name, I remember saying on the radio one day, “Make up your mind!” I mean, it’s hard to keep up with the music you’re putting out if it’s always under a different name, right? Well, he finally did! He settled on John Mellencamp, and later even said that he hated the whole “Cougar” thing. Apparently the record company talked him into that because they thought it would make him more memorable. In the end, it was his...

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The Music in My Head – 6/19/18

6/19/18: 4 Non Blondes “What’s Up?”  4 Non Blondes came out of San Francisco, California, back in the early ‘90s. This was a group that didn’t stay together long, but they had one really memorable song in 1993. “What’s Up” is the name of that song, and I suspect that it would have been called “What’s Going On” if that title hadn’t already been taken by a very famous Marvin Gaye tune of the same name. The story of 4 Non Blondes is more or less the story of a talented woman by the name of Linda Perry. She...

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The Music in My Head – 6/18/18

6/18/18: Storyville “A Good Day for The Blues”  I’m really happy to share this one with you today, because I want everybody to know about a great band called “Storyville.” Specifically, I want you to know about one of the best vocalists on the planet: a guy by the name of Malford Milligan. If we were in Texas, virtually every music fan in the vicinity would be well acquainted with Malford Milligan. He’s an absolute legend in Austin, which is well-known as one of the music capitals of the country, and Milligan is an eight-time award winner as “Best...

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The Music in My Head – 6/15/17

6/15/18: James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” I hadn’t heard the music in my head today in quite some time. Or thought about it, to be honest. But back in 2004, you couldn’t help but think about it! It was everywhere! Coming out of car radios, restaurant speakers, packed on playlists, the works. James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” was a song you just couldn’t get away from – even if you tried. Which was fine by me! I actually liked the song quite a bit. Well, I did. Until I heard it about a million times, and got a little burned out...

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The Music in My Head – 6/14/18

6/14/18: Eddy Grant “Electric Avenue”  I’ve always thought “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant was a happy song. I mean, it certainly sounds like it! I had never paid any particular attention to the words before, but when I woke with hearing it this morning I decided it was finally time to look up the lyrics. You know, just to be able to sing along and maybe even see what some of the words might mean. But, boy… this song is actually anything but happy! First of all, Eddy Grant is a British-Guyanese musician who’s gotten pretty famous from just...

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The Music in My Head – 6/13/18

6/13/18: The Isley Brothers “Summer Breeze”  The Isley Brothers started out as a vocal trio way back in 1954 – over 60 years ago! They were really brothers, too! Originally from Cincinatti, Ohio, the band grew as younger members of the family were added, and they became a full-fledged band. Eventually, these guys ended up being one of the longest-running, most influential acts in all of music history! Like all things, the band started small, but things really took off for the Isleys when they moved to New York City. The Isley Brothers’ first single came out in 1959,...

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The Music in My Head – 6/12/18

6/12/18: The Byrds “My Back Pages”  Byrds were singing this mornig — yes, Byrds, not birds — in my head. These Byrds didn’t fly without a little help, because I’m talking about the Californian rock band that was enormously popular back in the ’60s! The Byrds sounded different from anything we’d heard before, and for a short while there they were right up there in the rarefied air occupied by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and even The Beach Boys when it came to popularity. Suffice to say, these guys ushered in a whole new trend in music —...

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The Music in My Head – 6/11/18

6/11/18: Michael Jackson “Black or White”  Michael Jackson was singing — and dancing — in my head today! “Black or White” has always been one of my favorites from him, for a whole bunch of reasons. It’s got some wide-ranging musical influences on display, and what you end up with is a fusion of dance music, hip hop and rock n’ roll that ends up being an anthem about diversity and racial harmony as only the King of Pop could deliver it! I guess that pulling people together, working as one to overcome the divides we’ve created between ourselves,...

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