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Beauty All Around Me – Concrete, Glass, & Garden



Morning Song – Lido Shuffle

Back in the day, young folks didn’t have casinos dotting the countryside and hit movies like Rounders to teach us the ways of degenerate gamblers. We had to rely on the vagaries of AM Top 40 radio for songs like Boz Scaggs’ “Lido Shuffle”.



Beauty All Around Me – Rabbit in a City Park


Morning Song – Walking With The Duke

When you’re strolling down the street with nobility, you can’t be sloppy.

You’ve got to be restrained-yet-stylish, polite-yet-confident, formal-yet-relaxed…actually, rather than trying to learn from words, why don’t you just listen to The Mar-Keys’ “Walking With The Duke”?

Any questions now?

(I thought not.)

Morning Song – Mary Don’t You Weep

It is the prerogative of royalty to take their time.

The Swan Silvertones recorded perhaps the most influential pre-Aretha version of “Mary Don’t You Weep” in under three minutes.

On the live version of “Mary Don’t You Weep” captured on her best-selling (and genre-redefining) Amazing Grace album, after 3 1/2 minutes Aretha is just warmed up enough to be getting to the sermon*. And when Aretha’s testifying, there’s no reason to be worried about what time it is.

*That’s right. Pop songs have bridges. Gospel songs—if the singer is gifted and inspired enough—have sermons that effortlessly connect with and illuminate the music around them.


Morning Song – Dolphin Dance

If Herbie Hancock says this is what dolphins dance to, who am I to disagree?



Beauty All Around Me – Sweet Williams By A City Sidewalk