A Rocker Looks At 45

I recently celebrated my 45th birthday with family and friends and needed to put together a playlist for the evening.  I decided to embark on a musical journey through my entire rock ‘n’ roll listening life, starting, literally, with Journey (“Escape” was the first album I bought) up through some of the songs I have discovered through Fine Tuning, with many stops along the way.  Each one of these songs has profound significance for me, whether it be the first 45 I ever bought (“Surrender” by Cheap Trick at the long-since-closed Disc-O-Mat on Lexington Avenue in NYC), the first Clash tune I became obsessed with (“(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais”), my gateway drug to Dylan (“Tangled Up In Blue”), the first song I learned to play on guitar (“Sweet Jane”), songs that saw me through particularly dark periods (“Release” by Pearl Jam), the song my wife and I first danced to at our wedding (“Emotionally Yours” by the O’Jays), to the first song I sang to my son after bringing him home from the hospital (“Brokedown Palace” by the Grateful Dead).  I had hoped to write liner notes for each track, but that Herculean task is incompatible with holding a day job.  Maybe one day.

This playlist is available on Spotify and a partial playlist is available on 8tracks.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
“Surrender” by Cheap Trick
“Come Sail Away” by Styx
“Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon
“Bat Out Of Hell” by Meat Loaf
“I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats
“High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)” by Def Leppard
“(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais” by The Clash
“Safe European Home” by The Clash
“God Save The Queen” by The Sex Pistols
“Out of Control” by U2
“Radio Free Europe” by R.E.M.
“Tangled Up In Blue” by Bob Dylan
“Visions of Johanna (Live)” by Bob Dylan
“Up to Me” by Bob Dylan
“Sweet Jane” by The Velvet Underground
“Rock and Roll” by The Velvet Underground
“Kill Your Sons” by Tommy Keene
“Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
“Baba O’Riley” by The Who
“Left of the Dial” by The Replacements
“She Talks To Angels” by The Black Crowes
“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen
“I Am A Patriot” by Little Steven
“Stir It Up” by Bob Marley
“Jack Straw” by The Grateful Dead
“Sugar Magnolia” by The Grateful Dead
“Scarlet Begonias” by The Grateful Dead
“Statesboro Blues” by The Allman Brothers Band
“Dixie Chicken” by Little Feat
“But Anyway” by Blues Traveler
“Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
“The Weight” by The Band
“Moonlight Mile” by The Rolling Stones
“Like Suicide” by Soundgarden
“Release (Live)” by Pearl Jam
“Killing in the Name” by Rage Against The Machine
“Without Letting Go” by Laurie Sargent
“Recovering The Satellites” by Counting Crows
“Pink Moon” by Nick Drake
“I’m Waiting For The Man” by The Velvet Underground
“Running To Stand Still” by U2
“Don’t Leave Me Now” by Pink Floyd
“He’s Gone” by The Grateful Dead
“Walk On By” by Dionne Warwick
“Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison
“Angel From Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt
“Rain King (Live)” by Counting Crows
“Emotionally Yours (Live)” by The O’Jays
“Going To California” by Led Zeppelin
“Sugaree” by The Jerry Garcia Band
“The Things We’ve Handed Down” by Marc Cohn
“The Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon & Garfunkel
“Brokedown Palace” by The Grateful Dead
“Take It To The Limit” by The Eagles
“Racing In The Street” by Bruce Springsteen
“He Went to Paris” by Jimmy Buffett
“First Night” by The Hold Steady
“Hold On” by Alabama Shakes
“Skin and Bone” by Heartless Bastards
“Birmingham” by Shovels & Rope
“Blue Eyes” by Middle Brother
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long Long Time)” by Elton John


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