Friday Song, Independence Day Edition

The NPR Music folks created a wonderful July Fourth playlist. The list contains songs from the usual suspects: Sousa, Gershwin, Copland, Joplin, Guthrie, Bernstein, etc. Unfortunately, the editors omitted one important tune celebrating the greatness of the United States:

Have a great Independence Day!


Friday Song to Start the Weekend: Clutch, “X-Ray Vision”

The song absolutely rocks. The song, the X-Files inspired lyrics, the astrological roll call of the band members…all wonderful.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Song to Start the Weekend: Slade, “Merry Xmas Everybody”

I should have included this one on my list of favorite Christmas songs. I’m surprised Slade never made it in the US.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Song to Start the Weekend: Aerosmith, “Come Together”

I mediated two cases to finish my week. Both cases were half-day mediations. Yesterday, I volunteered at the Dispute Resolution Center of Houston. Today, I mediated for pay. One settled and the other one came close to doing so.

I enjoy mediating cases. I like helping people and parties find common ground. I don’t want to mediate full-time at this point in my career. I enjoy my day job as an advocate far too much. Nonetheless, I enjoy mediation as a supplement to my practice. My mindset with my mediation practice is totally different from my mindset with my cases where I’m a hired gun. As an advocate, I think about my cases beyond “normal” business hours. As a mediator, I easily move on from the mediation as soon as the session has finished. I follow-up with parties after mediations but it isn’t the same as living with a case.

I don’t believe the Aerosmith cover version beats the Beatles’ version. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t have the Beatles catalog available.

Have a great Father’s Day weekend!

Friday Song to Start the Weekend: Aerosmith, “Sick as a Dog”

Being sick is the worst.

Have a great weekend. I’m thinking about those dealing with the aftermath of flooding in Houston and throughout Texas.

Friday Song to Start the Weekend: B.B. King, “The Thrill Is Gone”

The King is dead. He used space between notes better than anyone. What a life.
Have a great weekend!

Bonus Friday Song to Start the Weekend: Ben E. King, “Spanish Harlem”

Such a pretty little song. I hope Ben E. King is in a far better place today.