Welcome to Monday. LOL. I’ve been plagued by a nagging thought for the past few years. While I, and MOST of my friends, support original acts, I do not ever want to forget that the vast majority of those who pick up an instrument, or decide to sing, are NOT songwriters.
I went out this weekend to see what I could see at a couple of the suburban rooms that feature NON-ORIGINAL music (read: cover bands).
In one case, the band was exceptional, and while performing reminded me deeply of seeing the original acts in their original settings in the 70s (Harlem, Apollo Theater, Philly etc). In the other case, it was as I might expect – a bunch of veteran journeymen musicians going through the motions, but hardly inspiring the audience to get up and dance. I’ve witnessed the same thing with purely original acts — some inspire, some don’t, but we do tend to favor them over those who do not write and arrange their own thoughts and feelings into song.
All that said, I began this journey nearly 11 years ago to celebrate Colorado musicians that record great works, whether they wrote those works or not… from the biggest hit-makers and award winners to the freshest new musical talent emerging from around the state. And, subsequently, I launched the MMMM at the beginning of the year to give you a chance to weight in.
Last week, Petals of Spain was the overwhelming favorite with a 100% KEEP IT rating. High Fiction grabbed the most votes, but did earn a couple of DELETE IT votes.
Support for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.
IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
Pint & A Half is Duke and Tami Sheppard, musicians and small business owners from Salida. Their new album is Boomtown Ghosts.
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING
What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.
NOTE: In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.
PLAYLIST S11 EP08
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Mollie O’Brien “sign Your Name” from Tell It True (1996)
(D) Tiffany Christopher “Somewhere Behind the Sun” from Tremendous Heart (2017)
The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
Emmitt-Nershi Band “Road of Destruction” from New Country Blues (2009)
The Drunken Hearts “Happy” from Love & Thirst (2016)
Brothers Keeper “Why Do You Fall” from Todd Meadows (2014)
(D) Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Fantasizing About Being Black (2017)
Bad Weather California “I’ll Reach Out My Hand” from Sunkissed (2012)
(D) Rose Hill Drive “Broken By the Storm” from Mania (2017)
Five Iron Frenzy “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Stella Luce “Bleed” from Bleed (2017)
The Matt Fuller Group “Essence Rider” from Waiting For Violet (2014)
Old Soul “Oldest Religion” from Old Soul (1996)
(D) Shady Elders “Lonely Girls” from Inside Voices (2017)
American Culture “Like American Culture” from Like American Culture (2015)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Richie Furay “We Were The Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2015)
(D) Slow Caves “Glares” [single] (2017)
Mercury Project “Refuge” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
(D) Chole Tang “Til I Get Up” from Passion Aggression EP (2017)
Pretty Lights “Around the Block (feat Talib Kweli)” from A Color Map Of The Sun (2013)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
Erik Applegate “123” from Red Skies (2009)
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