Okay, so once again, I am behind on this, which is a shame really, because deleting all of these tracks should be as easy as me logging into Dropbox and checking off some boxes. (It should  be easier than that, as a matter of fact, since I have my Dropbox folder mapped to a drive on my home computer, meaning that I should just be able to navigate to the folder and delete the files from there).

Should be, could be, I suppose.

In any case, I promise (by dint of a reminder that I’m going to create for myself right now) that these files will be going away on the last day of September. No later than the first of October. Maybe the second🙂

It occurs to me that lately the “Song of the Month” has increasingly become “Songs of the Month”. It’s understandable I guess, because:

  • When I was putting together my Song of the Week posts last year, I would sometimes include two when I couldn’t make up my mind;
  • Now that I doing this once a month, it’s only natural that four songs (or five) be chosen;
  • And, if I still cannot make up my mind, then it’s pretty much fair game on how many songs make it as the “Song of the Month”.

Even given all of the above, I’d like at least begin the process of bringing  this series of posts closer in line to the original intent of a single song. So, the plan is the following:

  • This month (August), no more than eight songs
  • Next month (September), no more than four songs
  • The month after that (October), and until the end of the year, only a single song

With all that in mind, here is the pool for this month:

  • Shadofax: Oasis
  • Consolidated: A Day On the Green
  • 24-7 Spyz: Dude U Knew
  • Green Day: Whatsername
  • Miles Davis: Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Ali Farke Toure: Warbé
  • Billy Joel/strong>: The Mexican Connection
  • Rush: Nocturne
  • Big Country: Ships
  • Spearhead: Positive
  • People Under the Stairs: Hang Loose
  • Fishbone: Modern Industry
  • Sound Tribe Sector 9: Water Song
  • Afroman: Because I Got High
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead: All People (feat. Gina Rene)
  • Smashing Pumpkins: Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  • Herbie Hancock: Doin’ It
  • Billie Holiday: “Strange Fruit”
  • Lionel Ritchie: Deep River Woman
  • King’s X: Fool You
  • None: Maiden Goes To Bollywood
  • None: Ruby
  • Butthole Surfers: Dust Devil
  • Future Sound of London: My Kingdom
  • Herbie Hancock: Butterfly
  • Smashing Pumpkins: Glass’ Theme
  • Duran Duran: Lake Shore Driving
  • STS9: Metameme
  • Tycho: L
  • Spearhead: U Can’t Sing R Song
  • New Order: Run Wild
  • The Future Sound of London: Smokin’ Japanese Babe
  • Rush: Sweet Miracle
  • King’s X: Ocean
  • Parliment / Funkadelic: Super Stupid
  • Baby Mammoth: Basilica
  • Public Enemy: B Side Wins Again

And  the no more than eight winners are:


Drive Time Selections
: Where I pick a random release from my collection and perform a close listening, or as close of one as I can achieve while driving to and from work🙂

Artist:Stanley Clarke
Release:School Days
Year:1976
Label: Nemperor Records / Epic Records
Track Listing:

  1. School Days
  2. Quiet Afternoon
  3. The Dancer
  4. Desert Song
  5. Hot Fun
  6. Life is Just a Game

From Wikipedia::

School Days is the fourth album by jazz fusion bassist Stanley Clarke. The album reached number 34 in the Billboard 200 chart and number 2 in the Jazz Albums chart.

From Allmusic:

Every pro electric-bass player and their mothers wore out the grooves of this record when it first came out, trying to cop Clarke’s speedy, thundering, slapped-thumb bass licks. Yet ultimately, it was Clarke’s rapidly developing compositional skills that made this album so listenable and so much fun for the rest of us, then and now. The title track not only contributed a killer riff to the bass vocabulary; it is a cunningly organized piece of music with a well-defined structure. Moreover, Clarke follows his calling card with two tunes that are even more memorable — the sauntering ballad “Quiet Afternoon” and an ebullient, Brazilian percussion-laced number with a good string arrangement and a terrific groove, “The Dancer.” Clarke also brings out the standup bass for a soulful acoustic dialogue with John McLaughlin on “Desert Song.” Evidently enthused by their leader’s material, David Sancious (keyboards) and Raymond Gomez (guitars) deliver some of their best solos on records — and with George Duke on hand on one cut, you hear some preliminary flickerings of Clarke’s ventures into the commercial sphere. But at this point in time, Clarke was triumphantly proving that it was possible to be both good and commercial at the same time.

From me:

Stanley Clarke is truly the king of the fusion bass! Okay, so the “second side” may be a tad forgettable, but the heavy hitting quartet of “School Days,” “Quiet Afternoon,” “The Dancer” and “Desert Song” makes this a worthwhile listen. “School Days,” with its blazing bass lines, pounding guitar solos and Steve Gadd’s “Pert has nothing on me” drum work;”Quiet Afternoon” with its sensitive piccolo bass work; “The Dancer” with its tribal polyrhythms, and “Desert Song” with its bowed upright bass and laid back melody.

And the verdict is… I did it!

It was a hard slog that taught me a few things along the way, mostly that I hate sticking to mileage – based goals when running, since sickness and other unforeseen circumstances can and do easily interfere with the best laid plans. That aside, however, I did have a goal, and I not only met but beat it handily, and for that I’m feeling very good🙂

Date Distance (Miles) Running Total (Miles) Miles To Go Percent Complete
01 August 5.00 5.00 42.00 10.64
03 August 3.06 8.06 38.94 17.15
04 August 2.89 10.95 36.05 23.30
09 August 4.37 15.32 31.68 32.60
10 August 1.29 16.61 30.39 35.34
12 August 4.05 20.66 26.34 43.96
15 August 6.50 27.16 19.84 57.79
19 August 2.90 30.06 16.94 63.96
22 August 5.03 35.09 11.91 74.66
23 August 3.55 38.64 8.36 82.21
29 August 3.64 42.28 4.72 89.96
30 August 4.27 46.55 0.45 99.04
31 August 2.15 48.70 -1.70 103.62

I’m starting this week feeling a bit differently than this time last week about my runs, and whether or not I’ll make my goal. I was all set to blow the big 47 out of the water, but three days of sickness last week put an end to any such notions. I had even wanted to do a run this morning, but as soon as I woke up I knew that my body was having none of it. So, since desperate times call for desperate measures, I did the one thing (running-wise, that is) that I really dislike doing.

I ran during lunch. At work. In Bellevue.

I really dislike running in Bellevue. The blocks are bigger, the traffic lights way too long, sidewalks way too crowded, and my office  sits on the top of a hill. Or rather  (it seems), its peak😦. No matter from which way I approach it I’m always doing the last stretch going uphill (I lie just a bit – it’s slightly better approaching it from  the south).

So, here I am, two days and almost 5 miles to go. It’s gonna be close, this one.

Date Distance (Miles) Running Total (Miles) Miles To Go Percent Complete
01 August 5.00 5.00 42.00 10.64
03 August 3.06 8.06 38.94 17.15
04 August 2.89 10.95 36.05 23.30
09 August 4.37 15.32 31.68 32.60
10 August 1.29 16.61 30.39 35.34
12 August 4.05 20.66 26.34 43.96
15 August 6.50 27.16 19.84 57.79
19 August 2.90 30.06 16.94 63.96
22 August 5.03 35.09 11.91 74.66
23 August 3.55 38.64 8.36 82.21
29 August 3.64 42.28 4.72 89.96

All in all, I’m feeling a bit better about my progress today than I was around this time last week. There are eight days left in the month, and that’s roughly how many miles I’ll need to run before I hit my goal.

Date Distance (Miles) Running Total (Miles) Miles To Go Percent Complete
01 August 5.00 5.00 42.00 10.64
03 August 3.06 8.06 38.94 17.15
04 August 2.89 10.95 36.05 23.30
09 August 4.37 15.32 31.68 32.60
10 August 1.29 16.61 30.39 35.34
12 August 4.05 20.66 26.34 43.96
15 August 6.50 27.16 19.84 57.79
19 August 2.90 30.06 16.94 63.96
22 August 5.03 35.09 11.91 74.66
23 August 3.55 38.64 8.36 82.21

For some reason, after my strong start at the beginning of this month, I find myself struggling to get to the halfway point. I’m there, but getting to the next big goad of 75% by the beginning of next week looks like it will be a challenge.

Date Distance (Miles) Running Total (Miles) Miles To Go Percent Complete
01 August 5.00 5.00 42.0 10.64
03 August 3.06 8.06 38.94 17.15
04 August 2.89 10.95 36.05 23.30
09 August 4.37 15.32 31.68 32.60
10 August 1.29 16.61 30.39 35.34
12 August 4.05 20.66 26.34 43.96
15 August 6.50 27.16 19.84 57.79