2014 in review – my WordPress stats

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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This week’s playlist brought to you by the letter F. It’s a Feisty one

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This week’s Spill blog letter challenge asks for an eclectic mix of songs by bands and singers who start with the letter F, so I F and did one.

Making your summer playlists? Don’t forget the explosive, electric, eclectic bundle of sassy soul that is The Honorable South

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This 3-track playlist – All I Know, Summertime & Beast – are my picks from their 2012 debut, I Love My Tribe. Their follow up, Faithful, Brave, and Honest, is due out anytime.



Out of nowhere, a somewhat random baker’s dozen songs by A list people


(This was for a blog which asks for an eclectic mix of songs by people/groups who’s names start with a different assigned letter each week. Next week will not be B, that’s all we know. Newcomers welcome)

Paper Lace: And they were ‘this close’, too

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“In the heat of a summer night/In the land of the dollar bill…A man named Al Capone/Tried to make that town his own….The night Chicago died/And they talk about it still.”

No, it wasn’t that night, and they don’t talk about it still. Mrs O’Leary’s cow didn’t kick over the lantern that started the Great Chicago Fire either.

 [Ken Burns documentary available on NetFlix in a country near you: Al Capone didn’t swoop into Chicago from New York with muskets bursting one night and die in a heroic hail of gunfire with rival gangs. It was indeed a bloody era and Pacino, oops, Capone was once arrested in the heat of a summer night, but that was years before the infamous St Valentines Day Massacre (in frigid February), Chicago was a minor mob market and it was syphilis, in Florida that finally shot Capone down. He did go to prison for tax evasion, in a plea bargain.]

Paper Lace wasn’t the first band to mince and mingle history and topical styles and think “we can get in on this”, but kids, stay in school. Go home and listen to records, dance and play along with them badly. You’ll get ideas, but if they are marketing think of the military, the Jesuits or your Dad 

Otis Gibbs: No romanticizing; life is hard sometimes, dammit

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Otis Gibbs – Harder Than Hammered Hell     6/10


HARDER THAN hammered hell soil is almost impossible to plant through… and Gibbs’ metaphor for these hard times on a periodically meandering album. While Springsteen rouses us to raise fists in protest at what is (Wrecking Ball), which feels good at the time, that isn’t as practical as a good hard look at what could be.

Just because life can be harsh doesn’t mean we have to give up, says Gibbs, using the language of recovery to warn against the easy solace of booze, drugs and anger. [He declined an interview to talk about this.]

Gibbs has proudly planted trees in tough conditions and prefers to speak directly to his fans to bypass critics’ “filters” and the inevitable comparisons to the likes of Steve Earle, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie. So here is the link to his website.  (Check out where he goes back to see what happened to the 5,000th tree he planted).

#tincanland 2012 in review: 7,500 views from 72 countries. Thanks all – Happy New Year


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

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