Johnny Cash – Man In Black

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down Living in the hopeless, hungry side of town I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime But is there because he’s a victim of the times

Johnny Cash – The Man In Black

An appropriate song for the times we live in. This song is a protest song of sorts I think. He in his own way is aware of the plight of others and I so appreciate that.

The Police – Invisible Sun

This 40 year old song has some very timely relevance to what we are going through in the world right now. Sometimes music speaks volumes and expresses the angst that people are feeling right now. There is a glimmer of hope though.

Sonic Saturday: Gary Clark, Jr. – This Land #BLM

This is a strong protest song that brings up the issue of racism in America. In “This Land” it talks about a black man who is American and fights those who think otherwise. Gary Clark, Jr. tells a strong story here.

Sonic Saturday – Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and Others: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

In all we are experiencing these days this song sounds fitting as an expression of grief. In this video the late Tom Petty is doing vocals in this all-star band. Then the late Prince comes on and just rocks one of the best guitar riffs ever.

So many people are weeping and its only appropriate that guitars do the same. People need to be loved even in sad times. It’s important we do love because its needed so much now.

Sonic Saturday – Dionne Farris: Passion

For today’s Sonic Saturday I am serving up some 1990’s groove. Passion by Dionne Farris is one of those songs that has some killer vocals with some great guitar rifts with tight bass lines. Her voice is pure soul and power.

Sonic Saturday – Little Richard: Tutti Frutti

Little Richard is one of the fathers of Rock and Roll. He passed away on May 9, 2020. Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard had a stellar career in music and lived a very full and colorful life. He influenced many artists whose work we are all familiar with. He leaves behind a legacy of music that we will remember for years to come.

So I Cried A Little Tonight

Music and Television when put in the right mix can bring forth emotions that are hard to come out otherwise. A TV show I was watching tonight did that to me and I needed it. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has dealt with the impending death of the lead character’s father.

The season finale Zoey’s dad passed away and it brought back a lot of memories and feelings to when my own dad passed away in August 2019. The same struggle at the end and all the things that went along with his final days were portrayed very poignantly here.

I hadn’t cried a lot since then and it was a little healing and cathartic when I wept tonight. Grief is a weird thing and it can be on you at any time. I am glad to have been able to have a little release. I didn’t know it was needed. There will be more times when that will happen again.