Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head: 7/3/18

7/3/18: Lee Greenwood “God Bless The USA” Here we are, ready for July 4th, and tomorrow, we’ll get together and celebrate our country. I don’t know how patriotic you’re feeling these days with all that’s going on in the world, but Lee Greenwood came up with a real winner when he wrote and recorded “God Bless The U.S.A.” It tugs at the heartstrings for just about everybody, and it’s become Greenwood’s signature song. He’s a country singer, and he’s had some other hits, but none with the impact and staying power of this one! When it was first released...

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The Music in My Head: 7/2/18

7/2/18: Barry White “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby”   There’s not a lot of great music that came out of the Disco Era. Just my opinion, of course. Some of the artists and songs I like, but not too many. One artist I always enjoyed, though, was BARRY WHITE. In the late 70’s, it was always fun (for me, at least) to hear what he came out with next. Barry’s incredibly deep and expressive speaking voice was usually featured at the beginning of each song, and that’s the part I liked most of all. Who...

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The Music in My Head: 6/25 – 6/29

6/25/18: The Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” I awoke this morning to the sound of the alarm clock. I hit the snooze button, and immediately Keith Richard’s guitar kicked in with the opening riff of a Stones song. Right away, I knew I was listening to “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” which is one of the great tunes from the Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers!” Read more.   6/26/18: The Marmalade “Reflections of My Life”  This tune can be a bit of a downer if you let it be, but that’s part of the territory when you’re listening to...

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The Music in My Head: 6/29/18

6/29/18: Keb Mo “Better Man” This is a heavy one today.  We live in a time when people are slamming each other constantly.  Simply put, a lot of folks just aren’t very nice. This seems to be the opposite of “a kinder, gentler America.”  I don’t know about you, but that really bothers me.  We seem to be getting farther and farther apart every single day.  It’s reached the point where it’s really difficult to agree to disagree; it’s become necessary to hate people who have different feelings than your own.  Seems that way to me, and it’s sad,...

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The Music in My Head: 6/28/18

6/28/18: The Jeff Healey Band “Angel Eyes”   Please read this whole column and watch the video all the way to the end.  This particular artist deserves all the props we can give him.  Somebody mentioned the movie, “Road House,” the other day.  It came out in 1989, and it starred Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliot.  That’s all it took to put this song in my head, and it’s been there, off and on, for the last few days.  It’s called “Angel Eyes” and it’s by the Jeff Healey Band.  He performed the song (and others, too) in that...

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The Music in My Head: 6/27/18

6/27/18: Phil Collins “I Don’t Care Anymore” I never have spent a whole lot of time thinking about Phil Collins.  He’s a very successful English artist, of course, from the time he was the drummer and lead singer for Genesis, to his amazing solo career.  In fact, if you take all the hit records he’s had as a solo artist, those he had with Genesis, and the ones that were collaborations with other musicians, he had more Top 40 U.S. singles than anyone else in the 1980’s.  He’s had 7 songs go all the way to #1 here in...

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The Music in My Head: 6/26/18

6/26/18: The Marmalade “Reflections of My Life”  An absolute masterpiece of a song is stuck in my head today. It’s “The Marmalade” with “Reflections of My Life!” This tune can be a bit of a downer if you let it be, but that’s part of the territory when you’re listening to songs that make you think back through different stages of your life. Walking down memory lane, you remember people you’ve known and loved, you think about things you did and all the things you haven’t done… it’s a personal experience. But that’s life, isn’t it? In “Reflections of...

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The Music in My Head – 6/25/18

6/25/18: The Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'” I awoke this morning to the sound of the alarm clock. I hit the snooze button, and immediately Keith Richard’s guitar kicked in with the opening riff of a Stones song. Right away, I knew I was listening to “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” which is one of the great tunes from the Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers!” It’s one of those songs that incorporates elements of rock and blues and jazz, and it sounds like the guys were just having fun playing it! It’s definitely Keith with the opening licks,...

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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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