December 14, 2017

Summer Sounds from CM: Dave

Summer would not be summer for my kids without one word: Dave. Oh yeah, and I love Dave and his band too. Dave Matthews Band concerts are an annual rite of summer for them and for many around the country, as throngs turn out to hear amazing live music. DMB is a group that defies […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Bluegrass and acoustic music of all kinds is a big part of summer. There are many great classic bluegrass groups and artists, but I’ll focus on the current generation today. My wife knows all about it, so it’s safe for me to confess: I’ve been in love with Alison Krauss for years. And though I […]

Summer Sounds from CM: That Sunny 60’s Sound

Since it is officially summer in the good ol’ U.S.A. now, I have been listening to some of that happy music that used to play on AM radio when I was a kid, the great summery songs that played over the sound system at the pool. It spoke of freedom, romance, and the idealism of […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Album of the Year (so far)

Still Fighting the War by Slaid Cleaves This is my town Out in the rust belt fields We were bangin’ out Buicks and Oldsmobiles There was always a job And the money was there Some say we got a little lazy Nobody seemed to care But they figured it out And sent the elbow grease […]

Summer Sounds from CM 6/6/13

Here is one of my favorite old 60’s songs — and a great song for summer — covered by my favorite artist, James Taylor, who covers other people’s material just about as well as anyone. It was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and first recorded by The Drifters in 1962. “Up on the […]

Summer Sounds from CM – 6/1/13

OK, so I’m cutting back on my writing. Starting Monday, I will be at your service only on Mondays and Thursdays for awhile. On one of those days each week through the summer, I will have a post devoted to music I love, strictly for your summer listening enjoyment. Well, maybe not strictly. It’s also […]

CM’s Five for the Road

OK, my friend and colleague Jeff Dunn has upped the ante. In honor of his good friend Don Mann, I can understand why. Back in September of 2010, Jeff and I did dueling “Top Five Albums” posts here on IM (links below). Being the notorious wafflers we are, at that time we had to list […]

My Five Albums

Don Mann was laid to rest this week in Ohio. Don was my brother-in-law’s brother-in-law. He fought the cancer than claimed a lung, then his voice, as fiercely and bravely as anyone I have known. While he was not a blood relative, Don was a good friend, one I was privileged to know for nearly […]

A Simple Man with a Song

George Beverly Shea, the gospel singer best known for singing on Moody Radio and at Billy Graham’s crusades, died yesterday at the age of 104. You can read the full obituary and tributes HERE. Here is the simple song that became his testimony of faith. Rest well in Jesus, Bev.  

Put the Top Down and Put This On

Spring arrived in full glory in Indianapolis today. The long drive home from church required an appropriate soundtrack. What better than one of the greatest albums of all time? It’s all sunshine and great grooves. It will come back to you.