Rosalia “Motomami” (2022) & Fontaines D.C. “Skinty Fia” (2022)

     After more than a year and a half, we have arrived at the 536th and last album(s) review of my blog journey.  It has been more rewarding than I could possibly imagine, and I will follow up this post with two more posts.  The first will be my parting thoughts on this entire process,Continue reading “Rosalia “Motomami” (2022) & Fontaines D.C. “Skinty Fia” (2022)”

Ed Sheeran “=” (2021) & Harry Styles “Harry’s House” (2022)

     Starting with Harry Belafonte and “Calypso” in 1956, one of the criteria I have included for my list is the top selling album of every year.  A select number of artists have even seen their album be #1 in sales for two years in a row.  The music has evolved greatly since then, butContinue reading “Ed Sheeran “=” (2021) & Harry Styles “Harry’s House” (2022)”

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss “Raise The Roof” (2021)

     As I mentioned previously, two of my biggest musical influences in life couldn’t think of an appropriate new album to include in my blog, so I told both of them I would pick one in their honor.  Today’s selection includes the vocalist I have listened to more than any other singer in my 55Continue reading “Robert Plant and Alison Krauss “Raise The Roof” (2021)”

Imagine Dragons “Mercury – Acts 1 & 2” (2021/2022)

     I am frequently reminded why I began this project.  The core purpose was to learn and expose myself to music I would never have listened to otherwise, and today is a shining example of why we should never stop searching for new music.  The albums “Mercury – Act 1 &2” were suggested by myContinue reading “Imagine Dragons “Mercury – Acts 1 & 2” (2021/2022)”

Danny Elfman “Big Mess” & Hans Zimmer “The Art and Soul of Dune” (2021)

     My friend David is one of a kind.  He is one of the most unique people I have ever met, but even more so, he is one of the kindest, most selfless, and genuinely good people I have ever encountered.  I discussed him previously when we listened to Oingo Boingo, and as a fellowContinue reading “Danny Elfman “Big Mess” & Hans Zimmer “The Art and Soul of Dune” (2021)”

Lord Huron “Long Lost” (2021)

     Sometimes people come in and out of our lives for inexplicable reasons.  One of the greatest gifts of my adult life is rekindling my friendship with my friend Mike.  We first met in McCowen Hall in 1985, as two clueless college freshmen trying to figure out life as “adults”.  Within this community, Mike becameContinue reading “Lord Huron “Long Lost” (2021)”

The Struts “Strange Days” & The Foo Fighters “Dee Gees – Hail Satin” (2021)

     As you may recall, I left the last few album slots open for 2021 & 2022 releases that didn’t even exist when I started writing this blog.  To be consistent, I included the 2021 best seller (Adele and her record “30”) and another personal favorite of mine and will also include whatever is theContinue reading “The Struts “Strange Days” & The Foo Fighters “Dee Gees – Hail Satin” (2021)”

Dumpstaphunk “Where Do We Go From Here” (2021)

     One obvious outcome from this experience is my demonstrated love for music, especially funk music, from New Orleans.  There are many artists who have advanced this genre, and the core of my enthusiasm centers around the Meters and the Neville Brothers, and their common link, Art “Poppa Funk” Neville.  Even though Poppa Funk hasContinue reading “Dumpstaphunk “Where Do We Go From Here” (2021)”

Oh He Dead “Oh He Dead” (2019) & “Bottle It Up” (2021)

     There are many different ways to appreciate live music.  Most of the time, we seek out an artist we know and appreciate, and we painstakingly plan (and pay) for their concert.  With time, age, and experience, I have learned there are other factors that can make a night of music magical besides a familiarContinue reading “Oh He Dead “Oh He Dead” (2019) & “Bottle It Up” (2021)”