Musical Interlude – the Five Greatest Songs

29 06 2013

In a recent late night conversation with a good friend, the topic of music rose to the surface.  The question:  What is your favorite song?  As a person that believes music motivates and enhances your life, it was interesting to consider.

With this blog, my purpose has always been to discuss sales, marketing, business, and so on.  I have a certain formula and pattern that leads to a consistent message.  Well, this close to Independence Day, I am flipping the free bird to consistency and taking a moment to share the songs that I consider the greatest.  I hope you enjoy.

So Lonely – The Police.

A little bit rock, a little bit reggae, a little bit punk – this song blends my favorite genres of music perfectly.


Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash.

The pain and self-awareness of mistakes made.  The mention of my hometown Reno.  This one gives me chills.


Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke.

The sad longing for love.  The soulful passion of a beautiful voice.  The simple instrumentation.  If I had to listen to one song for the rest of my life, this might be it.


She Said – The Pharcyde.

You might like hip-hop and you might only be exposed to the crap they play on the radio.  This is a passionate, stylish song to keep your head nodding.


You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne.

A week away from my 10th wedding anniversary, this song makes me think of my wonderful wife.  Infinite in her patience, constantly filling my life with love and acceptance, my world is incomplete without her.  The beauty of the song swells my appreciation for my one true love.


Although these are my Top-5, there is a lot of other music I love.  In this blog, I have written about Snoop, Slash, Beastie Boys, Vokab Kompany, Black Joe Lewis, and others.  I have shared these passions with you.  I encourage you to comment with your favorite song or band.  This blog gets about 3,000 views a month – I’m sure the audience would love to hear your suggestions.

Happy listening!


Do It With Love

11 02 2011

There is a picture hanging on my  wall that I see every day, and every day it brings me a smooth mix of joy, sadness, and inspiration.  Few things get to me in this way.  So what is it about the man and this particular picture that stir such an emotional response?

It is strange to me that people don’t seem to know Sam Cooke.  We recently passed what would have been his 80th birthday.  They called him the “King of Soul.”  A pioneer, he brought soul music from church gospels to radio stations and concert halls.  He was cool of Elvis-proportions.  He defined the love song.  His music ranged from easy and free to haunting in passion and sorrow.  He endured segregation.  He stood up for his brothers and sisters.  His life was filled with accolades, fame, and wealth – but matched with sorrow, hardship, and tragedy.  His death was sudden, scandalous, and puzzling.

I can’t write the whole story here.  I highly recommend the book Dream Boogie by Peter Guralnik, especially if you are into music, American history, business, or mystery.

Personally, I am inspired by the man, and specifically this picture.  Posture relaxed, arms crossed, completely at ease and comfortable in his ability – yet, neck-strained, he gives it all he has, pouring his soul,  effort, and passion into his craft.  Sam was known as a perfectionist, obsessed with results – and it shows in his work.  He was also known for matching that effort with a fun-loving spirit, understanding that even in work there can be passion, optimism, and joy.

I look at this picture every day, and it always reminds me to work hard, have fun, and put some love into it!


“Bring It On Home To Me” is my favorite song.  Sam is teamed up with his good friend Lou Rawls.  You can hear the effort – and the passion builds as a new instrument joins each verse.  Turn it up!

And last but not least, can someone please make a movie about Sam’s life???  The Ray Charles and Johnny Cash movies were great – but neither of them have a story like Sam.  Universe, please give me a Sam Cooke movie.  Thank you.


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