Songs of Inspiration & Motivation as well as New Music Friday with: Kings of Leon, SZA, Linkin Park

morning babble / Friday 02-23-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

(Wretches and Kings cut)

Music is important to me in so many ways – it’s especially important with motivation

(Wretches and Kings cut)

(Morning Babble intro)

New Music Friday:

Happy Weekend! I’m always happy for New Music Friday. You just never know what new song or sound might resonate with you, connect with you. Be added to a playlist for you.

(Wretches and Kings cut)

That song is from Linkin Park and is called “Wretches and Kings.” It’s on one of my Spotify playlists made for running. FYI – new song out today from Linkin Park – more on that shortly. To this day though, I am always amazed how a song can transition me out of a funky mood or simply motivate me. Songs of Inspiration and Motivation. Wasn’t that the title of a Depeche Mode album (fact checking) Nope. I was thinking of Songs of Faith and Devotion – it rhymes, but that’s about it. (Walking in My Shoes cut) Not the most uplifting album from those Depeche Mode boys. Lots of depression and misery there – which is fine. I try to choose songs that are upbeat and happy during my paperwork days. Although, I was listening to the Sam Cooke radio channel on Spotify. (Another Saturday Night) – it’s upbeat but not all that happy. However, this part always makes me smile (2 chicks on my arm) “I’d be swinging two chicks on my arm” – oh yeah. You go Sam Cooke – one of the best singers ever. By far, one of my most favorite albums to put on. (song cut)

Let’s get into the new stuff though with New Music Friday

As always, I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • First up – as described in the local papers around here – Delaware State University alum, Sza (Kill Bill clip) That song “Kill Bill” gets good play on Spotify. Anyway – yes, Sza did go to Delaware State University or Del-State, where she planned to major in marine biology. But – not for long, she dropped out – I’m not picking. In fact, she sorta picks on her time spent there – I’ll provide the Peoples magazine link – Click here! She states “I drank Malibu and smoked weed every day. And slept.” That’s Del-State. (“Saturn” cut) – and that’s Sza’s new song release “Saturn” which if you watched the Grammy’s this year. You would have heard it during that long MasterCard commercial.
  • (Sex on Fire) Kings of Leon have announced their first new album with Capitol Records – FYI – this is their 9th studio album overall and it’s called – Can We Please Have Fun. The full drop happens on May 10th, but today – we can enjoy the new track: “Mustang” (clip)
  • Coming April 12th, Linkin Park will release their first career-spanning greatest hits album called: Papercuts. There will be 20 tracks which include songs like “In the End”, “Crawling” and, of course, their very first release ever “One Step Closer” (clip) However, it also includes what might be one of the final recordings of singer Chester Bennington, who we lost in 2017. We get the unreleased track “Friendly Fire” (clip)
  • Several quick hits of new music: Lil Durk has a new single out called “Old Days” – digs into everything – past life on the streets, battles with drug addiction, lost friends, but he also declares that “The Streets are Over.” Be sure to give it a listen // Jack Antonoff’s band Bleachers just released “Me before You” which is their 4th song of their upcoming self-titled album . . . called Bleachers // JT – Justin Timberlake – continues his comeback attempt since 2018’s Man of the Woods album. We get the 2nd release off of Everything I Thought It Was — fully out on March 15th – here’s “Drown” (clip)

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Louder, Dan Deluca of the Philly Inquirer & I know there’s more.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“You can’t be afraid of people willing to hurt you, cause if you fear life, then you will never live.” – Chester Bennington

“Quote of the Day” – Thursday 02-22-24

morning babble / Thursday 02-22-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Happy Friday Eve! (you can just smell the new music coming!)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Remember that fear is just a trick being played on you by the ego.” – Fabienne Fredrickson

“Quote of the Day” – Wednesday 02-21-24

morning babble / Wednesday 02-21-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Be sure to check out Cal Newport on the newest Tim Ferriss podcast – click here

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“What we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore—plays in defining the quality of our life.” – Cal Newport (DEEP WORK)

“Quote of the Day” – Tuesday 02-20-24

morning babble / Tuesday 02-20-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Pablo was a doodler as a kid.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso

“Quote of the Day” – Sunday 02-18-24

morning babble / Sunday 02-18-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Happy NBA All-Star Weekend / Throw back game of East vs. West

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – Avery Johnson

Top Heavy with Record Store Day, but still have a Fat Bottom’s Worth of New Music Friday / Vedder Quote

morning babble / Friday 02-16-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Afroman “Because I Got High” Clip

The list is out for Record Store Day 2024 which is on April 20th aka 4/20.

Afroman “Because I Got High” Clip

Morning Babble intro

Happy Weekend – I’m all smiles today – although our household is battling some sickness. My little girl was home from school – all week. The only twisted benefit with this sick time with her – all the extra “I love you, Daddys” that I receive. (awwww sounder)

Very exciting things are happening with the release of the Record Store Day list for 2024.

This year’s Record Store Day Ambassadors also won Best Rock Album at this year’s Grammys. (clip) That’s “This Is Why” off the album This Is Why – the band is called Paramore and being the Ambassadors of Record Store Day – of course, they’re on the list of 4/20 releases. They’ll be offering the first physical issue of the remixed album of This Is Why which features 11 remixes of songs from the Grammy award winning album – it’ll be available on its own or in a bundle with the OG of This Is Why.

(Pearl Jam – Spin the Black Circle) Pearl Jam – they have a new album out on 4/19 (Taylor Swift clip) and yes, that’s the same day the new Taylor Swift album is out. BUT for record store day, they are releasing an exclusive yellow & black ghostly LP for their new album – Dark Matter. (“Dark Matter” clip)

Staying with the grunge scene which sort of began back in 1980 with the band- Malfunkshun – they had a guy by the name of Andrew Wood who then went on to be in a band called Green River – which included two Pearl Jam members. Andrew Wood was eventually upfront for the band Mother Love Bone (Stargazer). Unfortunately, there was an overdose and that’s how Temple of the Dog album was put together and created for Andrew “Dog” Wood (“Say Hello 2 Heaven” clip)

Did you follow all of that? So, being released on Record Store Day is Olympus Awaits which is a definitive compilation of all Malfunkshun recordings.

(clip) “Bleed It Out” – I’ve run to that song – really, really hard. The band is Linkin Park who is NOT having a release on Record Store Day. BUT – that dude singing was Chester Bennington who could really wail. Back in 2005, he headed and formed the band Dead by Sunrise. For Record Store Day, made available is the first-ever North American vinyl pressing – on Black Ice vinyl – of the album: Out of Ashes, (clip)

So, I want Paramore, Pearl Jam, Malfunkshun, and Dead by Sunrise for this year’s Record Store Day. FYI – I always hit up my local shop at Rainbow Records in Newark, DE

I’ll provide a link to the entire list as well. Click here for that! (Weezer clip)

One final note. Back to Taylor Swift who was the first-ever Global Ambassador for Record Store Day back in 2022 and does have an album coming out on April 19th . . . nothing is on the release list – yet? During an Eras Tour stop in Australia, she did announce that she’ll be releasing a deluxe version of her upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, with a previously unannounced song, “The Bolter,” and new cover art.

Wait – isn’t this New Music Friday Day? (clip)

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • Several quick hits of new music:  From her forthcoming sequel to Renaissance titled Act II, Beyoncé goes pop-country on the lead single “Texas Hold ‘Em”
  • Pearl Jam have announced a world tour and a new album. Dark Matter, the band’s 12th full-length studio album, arrives on April 19. The song by the same title is out already
  • A favorite of mine that I warned you about Vampire Weekend has two new songs out: “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops”. Speaking of this fabulous band, I did just receive: Frog on the Bass Drum Vol. 2. What about Vol. 1 – well, I’m glad you asked. They sold out before I could get them. I hit up Trying to get Frog on the bass drum Vol. 01 – visited ebay and the Discogs website – that vinyl goes for over $200 now. I’ll provide a link in case anyone would donate to the program.

https://www.discogs.com/release/24049169-Vampire-Weekend-Frog-On-The-Bass-Drum-Vol-01-Live-In-Indianapolis-6719

  • Val Astaire came out with an album last year and it’s a good one – Everything Good Must Happen Somewhere Else. There was a little 2 minute love song on that album called “Love A Little”. So, this past week an extended version was put out for this past Valentine’s Day. Awww. Heart. Actually – that’s more like a butt. (clip)
  • Totally missed this last week – Brittany Howard – The second solo album from the Alabama Shakes singer-songwriter is out and called What Now. I’ve dug into it a little bit. The song “Power to Undo” sounds like Prince (clip) FYI – Back in 2015 with Alabama Shakes – Prince appeared with them on stage.

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Louder, Dan Deluca of the Philly Inquirer & I know there’s more.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“The smallest oceans still make big big waves.” – by Eddie Vedder

“Quote of the Day” – Thursday 02-15-24

morning babble / Thursday 02-15-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Record Store Day List is out!!!!! / I’ll talk about it on New Music Friday though.

Enjoy FridayEve!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
– by Jim Rohn

“Quote of the Day” – Wednesday 02-14-24

morning babble / Wednesday 02-14-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Get out there and walk that dog!

Oh – and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi

“Quote of the Day” – Monday 02-12-24

morning babble / Monday 02-12-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Borrowing words from someone else in an attempt to spread happiness everywhere or at the very least – a reasonable range

Where’s that sun? Need some Horn BBQ, too.

Go get Matt Horn’s books!

Horn Barbecue: Recipes and Techniques from a Master of the Art of BBQ

Kowbird: Amazing Chicken Recipes from Chef Matt Horn’s Restaurant and Home Kitchen

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“”Your future is sculpted by the chisel of focus; every task at hand is a stroke towards your masterpiece.” – Matt Horn

There’s a game on Sunday?/ new music friday: Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Usher, Sia / Charles Barkley quote

morning babble / Friday 02-09-24

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

“Yeah” clip

That’s the guy you’ll see performing during the Super Bowl Halftime show – it’s Usher. Unless of course, it’s Ludacris introduces him.

“Yeah” clip

Morning Babble intro

Happy Weekend! Happy Super Bowl Weekend! As an Eagles fan – I really don’t want either team, I’m just cheering on the 49ers to lose. I understand football and realize that on paper the 49ers should win. But games aren’t played on paper but instead inside of our TVs. Chief keep finding a way to win. Plus, they have the Swifties on their side. (clip) If the Chiefs do actually win, I’ll enjoy the Taylor Swift talk that erupts one again – who by the way does have a new album coming out April 19th.

Ooo – for the quote of the day – I almost did this one. So much so, that’s it’s written out on a blue post-it. Here it is: “If you’re screaming at Taylor Swift saying she ruined football, you’re just a loser.” Love the fact that Taylor Swift has Charles Barkley backing her (clip)

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • Let’s keep with the Halftime Talent for the Super Bowl – Usher, who has teased out that Ludacris and Lil Jon will also be there to undoubtedly to perform the well known hit song “Yeah” (clip) I’m excited for Nanas all across the land to turn to their grandchildren after witnessing this song and stating “I don’t think I can touch my toes anymore” That’s good to know, Nana. “AND – I don’t I wanna do it in my birthday suit.” Oooo – even better. (clip) Usher did drop a new album called Coming Home – over an hour of music spread out over 20 songs. Several of them we’ve already heard like “Good Good”, but the one seemingly being pushed by Spotify is “Kissing Strangers” (clip) Yeah that shot you just saw is the album cover with a shirtless Usher’s back to us, all while holding a peach (clip)
  • After nearly a decade, one of my favorites – Sia – she is back with a new studio album! This is her 10th one called Reasonable Woman which we actually new about that album title since 2020. Anyway – it’s really coming this time and arrives on May 3rd with a wide range of guests Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chaka Khan to Paris Hilton. The first song to be released doesn’t include either of them, but instead Kylie Minogue for the collaboration on “Dance Alone” (clip) I don’t think I ever want to actually lose my phone. I’ll put it in Airplane Mode – that stops some of the interference, right?
  • (clip) That was the first release called “Beautiful People” coming off The Black Keys upcoming album which fully drops on April 5th and goes by the title Ohio Players. We now get ourselves a 2nd release off the album. This time it’s their rendition of the William Bell classic “I Forgot to be Your Lover” (clip) A little chill, laid back – just in time for Valentine’s Day next week. I’m still hoping for more of their upbeat stuff (clip)
  • Several quick hits of new music: That Taylor Swift stud who announced during her Grammy acceptance speech that she’s got a new album coming out – “The Tortured Poets Department,” out April 19th // Girl in Red who I believed opened for Taylor Swift on several of the Eras tour shows has a new song out called “Too Much.” Full album this spring. // I had so much written today about new music – Kacey Musgraves, Maggie Rogers, Caroline Polachek (paw – la – kick) – all of them have really good music out //

But lastly – I’m excited to say that Vampire Weekend has a new album coming out – Only God Was Above Us – on April 5th. Two songs from this LP—“Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops”—are out next Friday the 16th. So, in the meantime, here’s one of my favorites from the band (clip) That song is “Holiday” off their 2nd Album Contra. Between now and April 5th – expect to hear a lot of Vampire Weekends clips – you’ve been warned. And that is your New Music Friday.

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Louder, Dan Deluca of the Philly Inquirer & I know there’s more.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful.” – by Charles Barkley