This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Theme for 2022 is My Vinyl Record Collection. This will be about the music I still have on my shelf. Be sure to check the links for samples of the albums and music I'll be talking about. There will be a lot of interesting music ahead for your listening enjoyment.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Now It's Over--At Least This Battle Is Over ( #BOTB Results )

      Another Battle bites the dust.  Now that it's over we can find out which song won in the Battle of the "It's Over" songs.  And then it will really be over.  At least for now....

Battle of the Bands Results


         This Results post is going up a bit earlier than I originally said it would.  After all, I see the other results posts going up so I might as well do mine now too.  

          My recent Battle was a three-way same title different songs match between three different groups.  With the same title of "It's Over" we had the groups Badfinger, Electric Light Orchestra, and Level 42 presenting similarly themed but rather different sounding songs.  

          My original intent was that I would be voting for Badfinger, a long time favorite group of mine.  When I decided to go with a song titled "It's Over" the first one that came into my mind was Badfinger's song.  This Battle was framed around that song which I assumed would be my pick.  So I went to YouTube to see what other songs had that title since I didn't expect any cover versions of the Badfinger song.

           First I found ELO's hit "It's Over" and figured that since it was a good song that was probably more known to most people that would be a good one to go up against Badfinger.  After all, both groups have a Beatle influenced sound that would make a good match.  I like ELO quite a bit--the strings, big orchestral arrangements, and a flashy pop sound with classical overtones--a package that seems to be in my area of musical preferences.  However, I can't say that ELO is among my favorite groups.  I appreciate what they do, but there is something about them that doesn't quite ring true with me--like it's all a musical gimmick.  That being said you can probably discern that ELO was not going to be my pick in this round and so it was still Badfinger.

        But then at the last moment, I saw the song by Level 42.  I had forgotten this one.  I went through a phase of listening to a lot of Level 42 back in the late eighties and always liked the cool jazzy feel of their music.  They are an outstanding pop/rock group with a style that I enjoy.  Over all I'd still place Badfinger as more of a favorite group of mine, but I've been listening to them far longer than Level 42.

       At this point I started listening repeatedly to all selections--they are all good to my ears.  Despite my preference of the group Badfinger I'll have to say that "It's Over" is not my favorite song by them. It's an excellent song and I love the slide guitar in it, but still it's not as strong of a song as most of their material.  So as I listened to the songs I started putting the Level 42 song on play more than the other two.  Then Level 42's song started playing in my head.  Damn! It's a good song!

         In the final analysis I decided that my favorite of the three songs is Level 42's "It's Over".  This is a group I should go back to refresh my memory. If you've not listened to their music I highly recommend going back to check it out.

         The end result was pretty even, but ELO was the decided favorite as you can see in the results below.


Final Vote Tally

Badfinger                            3 votes

Electric Light Orchestra    6 votes

Level 42                               3 votes

Next Battle on Wednesday June 1st

         Is it really going to be June already!  Summer will be here before we know it.  No more Battles for me in May.  I'm resting...

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

It's All Good! ( #IWSG & #AtoZChallenge Reflections )

       Gonna keep this brief as I have no complaints about writing, blogging, or whatever.  Except this thing about dirty dishes.  Every time we eat a meal we end up with dirty dishes.  But I digress.  This is about writing and blogging...

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group--a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life. For a complete list of participants visit Alex's Blog

The co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!

May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

   The Good, the Bad, and Everything in Between

        Most of the time I tend to be a pretty even keeled sort of guy.  If my writerly highs and lows were a roller coaster then it would be a kiddie coaster or maybe more like the miniature train ride that goes in circles.  As I wend my cycles around my writerly life I usually have a nice relaxing ride.  Life things are my biggest obstacles that create frustration, but it's those things that give me some of my highest highs and happiest moments.  The writing is just something for me to do like any other hobby that people might have.

        Not much that I can gage my writing experience against.  Not since my college days when writing was attached to deadlines and grades.  If writing were my sole source of income then I might get stressed, anxious, and even depressed.  And in that scenario, selling my work would be the highlight.  But since that's not happening, writing doesn't impact my life much more than collecting things, listening to music, or watching television does.  Writing is something to keep me busy and entertained.  Not much super good or bad to report.  I'm just between.  Between the lines you might say.  Now make a deadline demand on me and then ask me again.  Maybe I'll have something different to say about it then, but otherwise all is well in my world of writing.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Reflections

Reflections 2022 #atozchallenge

        Several years ago when I was taking blogging a bit more seriously I'd have a schedule set up that would be somewhat demanding on my life of retirement.  The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge put some bigger demands on me.  Then I decided to stop worrying about the blogging and just enjoy it without feeling the need to let the blogging run me.  The Challenge of 2022 was a breeze compared to the previous years.  In fact every year seems to have gotten easier.

         Much of the relief has come from having one of the best blogging teams anyone could ask for.  This super team helped to make things run so smoothly with a high degree of professionalism that I didn't have to worry about whether the Challenge would go as it should.  It did and I was very pleased.

         My deep gratitude goes to our Team Captain J Lenni Dorner who was there to keep the machine finely tuned and organized.  Also Jayden R Vincente for setting up and managing the spreadsheets that helped bloggers find each other and whatever else those sheets help do.  Our newest addition Anjela Curtis did a wonderful job replacing our longtime graphics guy, the late Jeremy Hawkins, with her artistic abilities that gave us all the wonderful badges and other artwork that graced the A to Z Blog as well as so many blogs of participants.  Also with their great creative input, technical knowledge, and willingness to keep things moving through April are our long time team members John Holton and Zalka Csenge Virág.   

        Finally there were all of those great bloggers who were there on a daily basis with some of the most interesting and entertaining posts of any Challenge year.   Thanks to all of you who managed to keep up with their own posts while making rounds to visit the rest of us.  Without you participants there would be no Challenge--or at least not that much of a Challenge.  Thank you every one of you!

        As far as I'm concerned, 2022 was a great year for this blog Challenge.  I did all of my posts ahead of time and that really let up on the stress factor for me.  And I had a lot of visitors who left good comments and inspired me to keep wanting to blog.

         You know something?   I liked this year's Challenge so much that I think I want to do it again next year.  That's the way it should be.

          What about writing or blogging stresses you out the most?  Did you enjoy the Challenge this year?  Do you want to do it again?


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Sunday, May 1, 2022

>> It's Over ( #BOTB )


      It's over!  Another Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is now behind us.  It was a good one and I'll have more to say in an upcoming A to Z Reflections post.  My Challenge theme was all about music and though the Challenge may be over, the music is not.  Now get ready:  Everybody's singing "It's over!"   Turn up the volume and sing along, dance along, groove along, or just join in to enjoy this musical celebration...

Battle of the Bands

        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.

Badfinger   "It's Over"  (1971)

Electric Light Orchestra   "It's Over"  (1978)

Level 42    "It's Over"   (1987)

Time to Vote!
         Which of these songs do you enjoy the most?   I hope you'll at least give the versions a listen to discern your favorite.   
 Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.

Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands


'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 

Winner of this Battle Announced on Monday May 9th
          There's an Insecure Writer's Support Group post that will be coming up on this Wednesday May 4th as well as an A to Z Reflections post.  Yeah, I'll be combining these since there's so much going on this coming week.  And they'll be related so might as well combine the posts.  But do come back on May 9th to see who came out on top in the current Battle of the Bands.


Saturday, April 30, 2022

ZOUNDS! We've Reached the End! ( #AtoZChallenge )

       Zounds!  Here we are at the end of another great Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and I'll count my 13th effort an absolute success.  There was a lot of work, but well worth it rediscovering some of the great music that I have collected over the years.  So let's get on with the often dreaded letter Z.

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter     Not much to see for the letter Z, but more than one might have expected.  Never got rid of any Z albums, but I never had many to begin with.  What I had, I kept. Here are my Z's...

Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

Zoo (1969)  This album stood out and announced itself to me from some forgotten cut-out bin.  Big black letters on a bright orange background with the simple proclamation "ZOO".  And it was less than a dollar so why not?  Then there is the violin player in the band.  If you've been reading my posts you know what that means, but just in case I'll mention that I play violin so I'm always interested in any album featuring a violinist.  The rocked out electric violin is just one bonus feature of this little known (in the U.S.A.) French group.  They've got a big brassy horn section as well as a powerhouse rock singer who is a match for a singer like David Clayton Thomas of Blood Sweat & Tears.  The album rocks with tasty jazz overtones and the songs are downright funky good.  You won't see this album many places, but you will find it in my collection.

The Zombies   "Odyssey & Oracle" (1968)  Wrapping up my theme of "My Vinyl Collection" it seems appropriate to close with one of the best rock albums of any of the British Invasion groups of the sixties.  This album is a musical fireworks display of eclectic pop rock psychedelic fusion.  Lovely songs that evoke memory of  a sweet past and a hopeful future are found throughout this album.  Then there's that great Zombies hit "Time of the Season".   If you're looking for rock music with melody, heart, and intellect then look no further than this one.  Since I was a Zombies fan from the beginning, this album was a delightful find in one of my cut-out bin explorations.  I  would have bought it at full price, but the bargain was a pleasant bonus.  If you've never heard this album and love music of all kinds, do yourself a favor and give it a listen.  Maybe you'll end up loving it as much as I do.

          And so my A to Z Challenge series closes for another April.  These are posts that I'll return to frequently just to click on the great music links.  It was fun for me to go back to listen to these albums. I hope you enjoyed this journey as much as I enjoyed compiling it.  I'll have to admit that I have a darn good collection of music on vinyl.  Maybe I'll eventually have to dig into the treasure troves of my cassette and CD collections which are far bigger than my vinyl collection.  Whoa!  Talk about epic!  That might be overwhelming.  But it might be well worth the effort.  What do you think?

       Did you know any of the Z albums?   Do you listen much to groups from countries other than your own?    What are some Z artists that you can name?

Friday, April 29, 2022

Yowzah! We've Almost Reached the End! ( #AtoZChallenge )

 Yowzah!  We've almost reached the end of another A to Z.  These last two posts will be short ones.   So let's get started.

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter       Never had many albums under Y.   The only one I've gotten rid of is one by Steve Young and that was a pretty good one that maybe I should have kept.  You can probably guess which Y artist I did keep and I kept several of his albums.

Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

Neil Young takes up a lot of space in my music collection.  Pictured are the vinyl Young albums that I still have.  Most of my Neil Young albums are found in my CDs and cassettes.
Rather than provide a bunch of links (most of you likely know his music and either like it or not) I'll offer the rarer selection of Time Fades Away (1973), a live album that Young himself disliked and allowed to go out of issue until it was put in a 2020 box set.  It's one of my favorite Neil Young albums.

        Are you a fan of the music of Neil Young?   Have Young's outspoken views recently affected your opinion of him?    Are there any Y albums that you would add to this list?

Thursday, April 28, 2022

X--The Scourge of the A to Z ( #AtoZChallenge )

 X is often the scourge of the A to Z Challenge and X was particularly difficult for me in finding albums to match.  That's when I have to be creative.  I don't think I did too badly.

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter      Gone are my albums by groups starting with the letter X.  Gone because I never had any.  But I had these...

Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

Okay, had to get creative with X as usual.  Why these two albums?  They each have ten songs which in Roman numerals is X.   Works for me.  What are the albums?  Read on...

Celebrate the Son:  A Collection of Contemporary Songs from the Heartland Family of Artists  (1984)   This is a label sampler album that includes songs like "Love Lifted Me" by Cindy Richardson and "Shout It Out" by Prodigal.  This is an album I bought at a large discount book store on Kingston Pike in West Knoxville TN.  I bought a bunch of albums that day and mentions of some of them appear throughout this series.

Tropical Palmeras de Tampico  (@1975?)  contains 10 (or X) songs like Los Mandados for example.  This is a tropical style dance music from Mexico.  I bought this album in a record store in Ciudad Acuna Mexico in 1976 at the same time I bought a copy of a War album (see the W post).  It must have been relatively inexpensive since at that time I was watching my pennies.  I seem to recall that they were playing this album loudly in the store while I was looking at albums.  I must have been kind of moved by the music.

OXO  (1983) could have gone under O, but look at all those X's on the cover.  I'm not real sure where I bought this album, but most likely I got it in the late eighties.  I probably got it at a discount bookstore like I mentioned above.  I was buying a lot of things at those bookstores back then.  Seems like there were several in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. This is a pretty good album although I haven't listened to it enough for it to really sink in.  But I used to see the "Whirly Girl" video on MTV a lot and grew to like that song.  The video was pretty cool too.

        Anything in this post you recognize?   Is the X post usually a difficult one for you?   Besides the group X are there any X artists you actually come up with? 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Where Will This Post Take Us? ( #AtoZChallenge )


Where will this post take us?  Down memory lane for me and maybe down "what the heck is this music?" for others   Whatever, wherever, or whoever--this music is pretty good in my estimation.  But what do you think?

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter   My albums by Michael White were sold along with Joe Walsh and Stevie Wonder.  Oh well, I still have a handful of albums under W...

Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

Wally (1974)   This is another one of those albums that I bought based on hearing one cut on the radio. This was in early 1975 when I was living in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains.  When I heard the cut "The Martyr" I stopped what I was doing in order to listen.  The song prominently features the sound of electric rock violin and it being an excellent song I decided this was an album that I wanted to own.  Soon after I heard the song on the radio, I went to Knoxville to get the album.  No cut-out bin for this one--I had to get it for full price.  I think it was worth the money.  It's an excellent album by a little known prog rock band.

War  "Why Can't We Be Friends?"  (1975)  Maybe you're wondering why the album title is in Spanish on my copy.  I bought this in 1976 when I crossed over the border to Ciudad Acuna Mexico. Upon seeing a record shop I decided to check out the music to see if there were any bargains.  I saw this album in the window and thought it would be an interesting addition to my vinyl collection. It wasn't that much of a bargain price, but it's cool to have the Spanish version where everything on the cover is in Espanol, but the it's the same recording that you'd find on a version purchased in the U.S.  It's a good album.  You probably know this music.

Ralph Vaughn Williams  "Sinfonia Antartica"  (1970)     This is Williams' seventh symphony which expands upon incidental music he had written for the 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic.  When I heard this on the University of Tennessee radio station WUOT I became very interested in the music.  This was an easy record to find at the University Bookstore--they must have stocked anything they played on the station.  What particularly drew me to this symphony was the use of the sound of a wind machine as well some unique symphonic orchestration that included an organ.  The imagery created by the music does remind me of the vast icy wastelands of Antarctica.  This is great music for reflection and relaxation.  

Wichita Fall  "Life Is But A Dream"   (1968)  Side one & side two   There are certain albums that I would typically put on when my head was in a certain altered state that called for music like I found on this album.  When I saw the album in a cut-out bin I could tell it was likely a weird interesting one.  I was right.   This was the kind of album that I'd put on late at night when the friends were all gone and the party was over.  Dreamy strange textures of orchestration and lyrics that were somewhat mundane but conducive to a state of reverie.  The music did much of the thinking for me when I listened to it.  I'm still entranced listening to this.  Big orchestral sounds in a rather impressive production.  Seems like this is an apt album to keep in my collection.

Nick Waterhouse   "Time's All Gone"   (2012)   This, my most recent acquisition, came as a gift from my youngest daughter and her significant other a few years ago as a gift (birthday?).  Unfortunately I have yet been able to play it since I don't have a turntable at present.  But thanks to YouTube you and I can listen to it.  Not bad at all.

        Is there anything in this post you remember?   Have you purchased any foreign releases of albums from the United States?    Which W artists are some of your favorites?  

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Very Interesting and Very Eclectic V Albums ( #AtoZChallenge )

Very interesting that there should be so many V entries in this post.  This was unexpected, but when it comes to A to Z we shouldn't be too surprised about what some of the letters have to offer.

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter      Vanilla Fudge should have been a keeper for me but I let that one go. Likewise I vacated the space for Vivaldi in my vinyl shelf, but that has been replaced amply in my Vivaldi CD section.  And what about all of the "Various Artists" album compilations that I used to have?  Mostly gone.  Still, I'm somewhat surprised about how many V albums still remain...


Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

Vox Boxes

     When I frequented the bookstore at the University of Tennessee when I was attending that school in the early seventies, I usually gravitated to the cut-out bins to see what new treasures had been added.  One of the more outstanding products to be found in their cut-outs was a series of classical boxed sets called Vox Box records.  They had many composers represented and now I wish I had bought them all.  These were outstanding music overviews that included three discs and detailed booklets about the music and the artists.  Alas, I only bought two of these.  It was a time of limited funds for me as a college student so it was difficult to come up with the $5.99 or whatever it was those boxes cost at the time.  At least I got two of these sets by two of my favorite classical composers.  

Vox Box set  String Quartets and Quintet of Franz Schubert by the Endres Quartet (1960's).   "Death and the Maiden"    As you've probably learned if you've kept up with many of my A to Z posts, I'm a fan of string music.  I especially like string chamber music such as quartets and quintets, etc.  This box has a fine selection of two quartets and two quintets that I've grown to love over the years.  I've spent hours listening to the music in this set.   

Vox Box Sets  (@1968?)  Frank Glazer plays music of  Eric Satie on Piano.   Includes the well known "Three Gymnopedies"  In my S post I wrote about my appreciation of the music of Eric Satie.  Now Satie makes another appearance in this very fine Vox Box of Satie's almost complete piano works.  For many years this was considered the definitive collection of Satie's piano music.  It still remains a wonderful compilation of Satie's work.  This album led me to a greater appreciation of solo classical piano work.  

Velvet Underground  "Peel Slowly and See"  (1995) CD box set      My friend Vernon had bought a copy of Velvet Underground's 1969 album in the early seventies.  I had read about the group, but was never interested enough to seek out one of their records to buy.  We were both mildly interested in the record he had bought.  I think I only listened to it once--not sure how many times Vernon listened to it.   Years later when I ran across this boxed CD set at a good price through a CD club I went ahead and added it to my collection. By now they were considered legendary and my musical tastes had become more inclined to listening to their style of music.  It's a nice set to have in my music collection, but not something I have listened to often.  

Martha Velez  "Hypnotized" (1972)   I didn't find the entire album on YouTube but here's the title song.   This is another album I found in a Knoxville discount book store that had a large cut-out record section.  I liked the cover and the song titles--especially "Hypnotized".  This is a nice album though maybe not a knock-out.  An actress and singer, Velez has put out a number of albums as well as having appeared in a number of movies and television shows.  Years after buying this album I married my third and present wife of 24 years--her maiden name is Velez.  

Greg X Volz   "The River Is Rising"  (1986)  For many years Volz was the lead singer for the Contemporary Christian Rock group Petra, who you can read about in my P post.  I was a big fan of that group and I thought Volz was one of the best rock singers around.  The River Is Rising was released after he went on to a solo career.  In 1988 I booked a concert at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium with Volz as the opening act and Mark Farner as the headline act.  It was a great concert aside from me losing a lot of money on it.  At least I got to meet Volz and hear him live.  And now I have this album to remember his music.

The Ventures   "Ventures in Space"  (1964)   This was among the first albums I ever bought.  It was 1964 and I was 13 years old at the time.  This was just the sort of thing one would have expected a kid like me to buy.  Since I loved all things Sci-fi and "Twilight Zone" back then, this album seemed like a must have.  Evoking those adolescent more innocent times, this really is a great album of fine guitar rock music.   After all these years, this album still sounds pretty good.

       Are there any albums or artists here that you recognize?  Do you buy many box sets or artist retrospectives?   What artists starting with the letter V can you recall?

Monday, April 25, 2022

U Know This Post Will Be Short ( #AtoZChallenge )

      U know this post will be short because U know there aren't many artists with names that start with the letter U.  U know?

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter      I got nuttin' for U.  I have some U music on CD and cassette, but the only one I had on vinyl I kept.  It's this one...

Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

The United States of America  (1968)  This is another group I read about in Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia which was my go to for finding interesting music--for a while.  For one thing this group features a violinist and by now you must know about me and my interest in violin music.  Well I like it.  And the music is psychedelic, which is one of my favorite genres.  This album has so much of me written all over it that I sought it out.  As was often the case with more obscure music I found a full list price copy at the University of Tennessee bookstore.  This album was often part of the soundtrack for some of my wilder mental adventures and I won't say more than that about that.  I have since obtained a CD copy of this album, but still the vinyl has personal historical significance so I'll save it for my museum collection. 

          Have you bought albums based on just reading about them without hearing the music?   Do you find psychedelic music to be appealing to you or just too out there?  Which artists starting with the letter U can you name?  

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Teasing with T's ( #AtoZChallenge )

      Teasing you with some great music in the T category, we get closer to the end of this Challenge.  This will be a somewhat long post because there are a lot of T artists.  Read on--I've got T in the bag.

#AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter       Traffic and the Turtles are with my vinyl collection no longer .  The same goes for Richard Thompson, 10CC, Robin Trower, and the truly peculiar psychedelic sound of The Tea Company.  Still the T's have a strong representation in my collection.  Just look at these T's...

Links to the music are included throughout the post if you want to hear the music.

Thirteenth Floor Elevators  "Easter Everywhere" (1967) and a bunch of other albums by this great group.---  In 1969 I acquired an 8 track cartridge version of Easter Everywhere and was amazed and befuddled by this arcane sounding group. I didn't know much about the group I was listening to and there were no liner notes to help out.  The album stuck in my head even after the 8 track was defunct.  Years later I started reading about the 13th Floor Elevators and became all the more curious.  Searching far and wide in my cross-country travels I could not find anything from this group.  And then all of a sudden in the late eighties I started finding cassettes and albums by the group.  Every one of those that I would find that I did not yet have I would buy to add to my collection.  Now I was obsessed.  Later I started locating CD versions of the albums and I bought those.  The Elevators epitomize the psychedelic spirit and sound.  I'm a big fan of this group as well as its co-founder the late Roky Erickson.  This music is not for everyone, but when you hear it you know who you are.

The Troll  "Animated Music"  (1968)  If you're looking for weird then look no further than this album by this short-lived group from Chicago--I give you The Troll.  A bit of Iron Butterfly mixed with Beatles, New Vaudeville Band, and whatever else you might scrape out of the record closet.  This is another find from the cut-out bins at Green Acres Discount Store in Alcoa TN.  I recall seeing quite a few copies of this one so I guess the record company had a lot of them to get rid of.  It was a fun find for me that gave me hours of listening pleasure.

Tee and Cara   "As They Are"  (1967)  This album is one of my favorite cut-out bin finds.  I recalled having heard their version of the Beatles song "Hard Day's Night" on the radio in 1967, but never saw the album anywhere.  Then in the early seventies I found it being sold for an absurdly low price in a cut-out bin. Needless to say I snatched it up.  This duo should have achieved music greatness.  This is some of the sweetest harmonizing of any pairing of singers.  As They Are is one of my all time favorite albums. Too bad they didn't make any more albums than this.  I'd never give this one up.  It's mine!

Thorinshield (1968)   I believe I paid a quarter for this album.  It was in a cut-out bin somewhere and it was inexpensive and it seemed kind of interesting.  It's a typical album of the late sixties.  Nice songs with a pleasant sound.  Maybe it's kind of collectible now. At least I've collected it. 

The Tragically Hip (EP) (1987)  My second wife Susan really liked the name of this group.  They took the name from a skit in a Michael Nesmith movie called Elephant Parts.  We bought some of their albums on cassette when we were working in Canada and we both liked the group's sound.  This vinyl was sent to me by the group's booking agency when I was inquiring with them about booking a tour in the U.S. southern states.  Due to lack of resources I never booked that tour, but I got a nice vinyl EP from the inquiry.

The Touchables Soundtrack  (1968)    "All of Us" by Nirvana   I've always been curious to see the movie this soundtrack comes from. The cover art intrigues me.  I sure it's probably a pretty bad movie judging from the reviews I've read, but still.   I've listened to this soundtrack so many times and it's not all that bad.  Unfortunately I couldn't find many cuts from the album so I've linked to my favorite by the group Nirvana which is not the same-named Seattle group that came later.

Third Ear Band "Alchemy" (1969)  And now for really weird, here's a band that sounds ethereally like some kind of world music mish mash.  In my first year at the University of Tennessee I saw this album advertised in the university's newspaper The Daily Beacon. It was an instrumental group that included an interesting sounding line-up of a percussionist playing an odd assortment of drums, a cellist, an oboist, and--wait for it--a violin player and that's all I'll say about that since I've mentioned my interest in violin music repeatedly over the course of my series.  This is music I mostly listened to alone since it was so weird and often in an altered state of mind.  

Bonus 8-Track Cartridge!   Robbin Thompson  "Robbin Thompson"  (1976)  When I moved to Richmond VA for a while in 1980 I was living a short distance from a Baptist church that I attended a few times.  I heard from someone that Robbin Thompson went there sometimes.  I only had a vague notion of who Thompson was, but later I learned that he had been with one of Bruce Springsteen's early bands and they often played at each other's performances.  Though Thompson often played at clubs around Richmond, I never saw him perform.  However in the late eighties I was surprised to find this 8-track at a Walmart in Alcoa TN in the record department's cut-out section.  The tapes were 10 for a dollar so I bought a bunch of them.  Thompson, who passed away in 2015, has collaborated with many well known artists over the years.  A few months before his passing, the state of Virginia named Thompson's hit "Sweet Virginia Breeze" as the official state rock song.   A pretty cool honor.

Robbin Thompson  Band "Two B's Please"  (1980)  With another entry by Robbin Thompson comes this album which I have on cassette and CD.  I had thought I had a copy on LP vinyl as well, but I couldn't find it.  This album has Robbin and his band with a very strong selection of songs.  This is really a great album that is worth a listen.  This should have been a big hit in my opinion. 

      Which of these entries are your cup of T?    Are there any artists that you are particularly obsessed with?   What other artists in the T category come to your mind?