For those who know me, they are aware of my love of networking and the free enterprise system. I love entrepreneurs and I love seeing companies grow. With the advent of “social networking” on the Internet, be it “MySpace”, “Facebook”, “LinkedIn”, “Plaxo” or others, I have reconnected with old friends and made a few new ones.
My love of networking is based upon my love of what I do for a living, helping companies grow. It is because of that that I try to keep those personal beliefs, the “taboo two” – Politics and Religion”, to a minimum. Not that I am ashamed my stand on either topic, I truly enjoy discussing each topic but more so with someone who disagrees with me.
I use to listen nothing but news and talk radio when I was in the car. However, I made a promise to myself that this year would be the year I rediscover music. Less AM, more FM.
I have been playing my guitars more, buying more music and am much less aware of campaign promises and why we need change in Washington and to be honest, I am loving it.
I just “discovered” a new band called Back Door Slam and they are amazing. I believe the oldest is the 20 year old guitar player and he is incredible.
I am eagerly awaiting a new album by Pat Terry, the amazing songwriter and artist who was a huge influence on me during my formative music years.
I have been spending money like crazy on iTunes getting some music by:
John Fahey – The Best of John Fahey 1959-1977
Great, stripped down guitar playing
Good Vibrations – 15 Carolina Beach Music Classics – Discs 1 and 2
Ahhh, reconnecting with the music of my college days. Digital smiles all around.
The Tam – Soul Masters
I actually got to sing onstage with The Mighty, Mighty Tams in Statesboro, Georgia once. It was just one song and I am sure for them, one song too many. They help keep me young, foolish and happy.
Trisha Yearwood – Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
She is a perennial favorite but I have not had much of a chance to listen to this one yet.
Kelsey Payne – A World Away
Kelsey is the daughter of some dear friends, Larry and Lori Payne. Don’t let the fact that Larry is a zillionaire fool you…this gal has some pipes and a very mature sound for someone so young.
One of the great things about iTunes is you can listen to sample of the song and purchase, in most cases, single tunes. So I have been doing some catching up on this as well.
Frank’s Wild Years – Tom Waits
Little Martha – The Allman Brothers
Romeo’s Tune – Keith Urban (Neat cover version of the Stevie Forbet classic)
Wondering Where the Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn
Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence “Frogman” Henry
Just a Song Before I Go – Crosby Still & Nash
We Just Disagree – Dave Mason
Learn To Fly – The Foo Fighters
That is about it for now. I will wrap this up with “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys, the sun shining outside after some wonder rain, tapping my toe, a smile on my face and a bit more blissful than this time last year.