PLAYLIST: Weekly Rotation, Episode 6

When it comes to my social media and blog, I always put presser on myself. Sounds dumb, but I worry if I’m posting enough or if my writing is good enough. I wasn’t going to write a weekly rotation because I didn’t have 5 items to talk about, but I really wanted too…

Then I realized, I do all this for fun (well, I guess social media is a necessary evil in today’s time). Why do I care so much? It just takes the fun and beauty out of writing about what I love. So…screw it.

I wonder if Bruce Springsteen felt this same presser (times 7,782) when he was making his current album, Western Stars. This is Springsteen’s 19th studio album since 1973. There is a lot of expectations on such a legend, especially after a legendary Broadway residency.

My mind links things oddly. Without further ado, here is my weekly rotation, episode six.

1. Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars

–Barnes and Noble

Suprise! My first choice for the week is Bruce Springsteen’s latest release. Now I have to admit, I am not a seasoned Springsteen fan and I didn’t nearly give him the credit he deserves. This album is FANTASTIC. It has opened me up to the world of Springsteen and I’m angry I have not picked up more of his albums along my vinyl travails. Don’t judge me.

Highlight Tracks: “Western Stars,” “Stones,” “Tucson Train,” actually, scratch that, the entire album is a highlight.

2. Della Reese, Della


My musical rotation does not make sense. Della Reese has long been a favorite of mine and I discovered her with Della. I can’t recall where I picked this album up, but it was my first Reese record. Oddly, I did not make the connection between her as a jazz singer vs. her role on Touched By The Angel (Again, don’t judge me). That sealed me as a tried and true Della Reese fan, and I was heartbroken I never got to meet her when she passed in 2017.

Highlight Tracks: “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Goody Goody,” “Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You).”

3. Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter, Paul and Mary


Why “Peter, Paul and Mary” does not have an Oxford comma will always transfix me, nevertheless, I love them dearly. As I continue to audit my vinyl collection and listen to each album, I have rediscovered old favorites. This is their first album from 1962. It is one of only a handful of folk albums that have topped the Billboard 200.

Highlight Tracks: “500 Miles,” “If I Had A Hammer,” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?”

As I ponder over my choices for the week, I realize that the music I choose doesn’t have boundaries. It can be country, pop, folk, soul, jazz, or hip/hop, my ears don’t deceiver. I only hear music.

My self imposed presser is over.

Essentially, that makes my ears color blind, right? Hmm…I feel another post brewin’…


Gabe Crawford View All →

Spiritual. Thinker. Music fanatic. Vinyl enthusiast.

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