A Song and a Story: Judge My Musical Taste, I Dare You #AtoZChallenge


The further I get into writing A Song and a Story, the more I’m becoming self-conscious about how people are going to think these songs that have meaning to me are … weird, and possibly even … bad.

Nevertheless, I’m going to be bold and throw at this two-fer for the letter J:

Jungle Strut

Long before Apple decided to have a U2 album downloaded to all their users’ iTunes accounts, Sony released their Walkman personal stereos with a demonstration tape.  A friend of mine had a copy of this tape and when I went to his house to play, we listened to it over and over and danced around the house.

When my father first began suffering the effects of Multiple Sclerosis, he went to stay with his parents, and ended up being another early adopter of the Sony Walkman, presumably so he could listen to Willie Nelson in peace.  When he went to a nursing home, I found the demonstration tape left behind at my grandparents’ house and I BEGGED my grandmother to let me have the tape.  And so I could listen to “Jungle Strut” to my heart’s content.  Perhaps it was my introduction to World Music, but probably not.  Nevertheless, I still think this song slaps.

Justified & Ancient

After I graduated from college, and moved into an apartment with my friends Meghan and Carrie.  On one of our first night’s together, they put this song on and we danced around the apartment.  Dancing around the house with your friends adds extra value to your memories of a song, so I suggest you try it if you have the chance.

If you’re not familiar, The KLF were a UK band of anarchists who made subversive dance tracks in attempt to bring ridicule to the commercial music industry.  Tammy Wynette was the First Lady of Country Music.  There was no sensible reason for these artists to come together to make this song nor the totally bonkers music video that accompanies it.  Nevertheless, “Justified & Ancient” totally slaps.


2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story

A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street
C: Cheek to Cheek
D: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Doctor Jones
E: Everyday Sunshine
F: Fly Me to the Moon
G: Ghost Town
H: Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe
I: If I Were John Carpenter

If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:

And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:

And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.

Ten Favorite Songs of 1991 (x 2)


1991.  The year everything changed.  The year I graduated from high school.  The year I moved from Connecticut to Virginia.  The year I started college.  The year I turned 18. The year I went to my first rock concert (Fishbone, with Primus opening).  The year of Out of Time and Nevermind, and suddenly music that had been relegated as “college rock” and “alternative” was everywhere.

I’m going to get a little crazy and list 20 great songs from 1991.  And if you find that indulgent, well, I could probably list more.

Clare’s Scarf  – John & Mary

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Crazy – Seal

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Dónal agus Mórag –  Altan

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Everybody Plays the Fool – Aaron Neville

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Fight The Youth – Fishbone

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Gett Off  – Prince

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Groovy Train – The Farm

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Gypsy Woman –  Crystal Waters

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In Bloom – Nirvana

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Justified and Ancient (Stand by the JAMS) – The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette

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Kill Your Television – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

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Kiss Them For Me – Siouxsie and the Banshees

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Move Any Mountain – The Shamen

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Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine

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A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays” – De La Soul

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Sax and Violins – Talking Heads

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3 Strange Days – School Of Fish

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Until The End Of The World – U2

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Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn

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Wicked Game – Chris Isaak

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And a handful of shameful, guilty pleasures from 1991:

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It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over – Lenny Kravitz

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I Touch Myself – Divinyls

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Life Is a Highway – Tom Cochrane

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Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones

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Sadeness (Part I) – Enigma

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Unbelievable – EMF

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Are there any songs left?  Let me know in the comments.