Endless Loop: Mr. Blue Sky

eloHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

Over the last month, I would estimate that I have watched Guardians of the Galaxy, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, or parts and bits thereof everywhere and in between, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 times.  The only thing that rivals its TV dominance in my household are on-demand episodes of Sesame Street or the fleeting, late night moments when I get to watch college football.  The four-year old has made sure of this.  He hath decreed it so.

Endless Loop: The Killing Moon

echobunnymenHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“The Killing Moon” by Echo and The Bunnymen

The Tepid Ringleader

South Side Bar

Before reading this story keep in mind I am describing the events as I witnessed them. The vernacular and slurs that are used were essential to telling this story. The foul language and misconceptions of some characters captures the mindset and ignorance that unfortunately still exists where I was born and raised. There are no safe spaces here in this place. I am not writing this for shock value or to offend people. This is just a story about where I was before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This piece was hard to write and it may be a little grainy. Please be advised.

Endless Loop: Shadow

chromaticsHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Shadow” by Chromatics

Endless Loop: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

thesmithsHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” by The Smiths

Morrissey’s kind of an asshole right?  Anytime he’s interviewed for a website or magazine, he’s bound to say something stupid…something an asshole would say.  Every reported incident, every cancellation, every quoted blurb, Morrissey continually proves to be someone I would probably hate.  But he makes great music, so I guess who cares.

Endless Loop: Walk Into the Sea

lowHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Walk into the Sea” by Low

The Joup Friday Album: Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

Thin Lizzy Jailbreak

 

Irish rock bands have a certain charm to them that is exclusively unique. I don’t know if it’s the folklore, the climate or their rich history but Ireland has produced some of the best artists and bands in the world. Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, the Boomtown Rats and U2 are amongst the many groups and artists from Ireland but let’s spring off Van Morrison. Van Morrison and his early 60s group called Them were sort of the trailblazers for the Irish rock music scene. The band was a brash rhythm blues outfit fronted by one of the greatest voices in the world, Van Morrison. They had soul, grit and a swagger that was all their own. Them got the ball rolling for rock music in Ireland. Flash forward to 1970 two schoolmates outside of Dublin, Ireland named Brian Downey (drums) and Phil Lynott (vocals, bass guitar) founded a band that would be later called Thin Lizzy. They took inspiration from Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Celtic folk music and rock bands like the Jeff Beck Group and Jimi Hendrix.

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