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Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries

For the last dour years I’ve written about the music that forms the soundtracks of my life and the books that I read. The music tends to be mostly has for years been mostly Folk and Americana, Blues and Bluegrass, with some Jazz and New Age thrown in, And since I started listening to music in the 60s and 70s there always is the Classic Rock of that era! Over portions of 2013 I started to explore Progressive Rock. While my roots in Prog Rock go back to the bands that started the genre i.e Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Soft Machine and even the Moody Blues, I have stayed away from that genre. My explorations into the Prog Rock, Jazz, New Age and World Music genres are blogged about at Free Wheelin’ Music Safari at Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries you;ll find……..oh, one of the things that you’ll discover is that a lot of my music listening occurs while I’m running so you may have to put up with some stuff about running first,but you can just skip over that and get to the good stuff!!


You know folk music isn’t really Folk music any more back in the early 60s it was. The groups of that era The New Christy Minstels, The Kingston  and Chad Mitchell Trios and even Dave Van Ronk and Pete Seeger sang traditional music, songs that had been passed down from earlier generations, But then came along folks like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Eric Andersen, Fred Neil, Patrick Sky and now the singer-songwriter was born and instead of singing songs of the past generations they were now singing their songs. Songs that in most cases were personal and in many cases political! These are the singers that form the foundation of my music library. Over the years the groups has grown t to include the likes of John Prine, Steve Goodman, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey and many others. These are the folkies that you’ll read about at my other site. In addition there have been many additions to this list over the last few years!!


Over the years many artists started pulling from all sorts of music folk,jazz and blues to create a new genre of music that has a little more country tinge to it folks like a Townes Van Zant and Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark and Ray Wyle Hubbard, They really didn’t fit into the folk genre or country genre so they became Americana artists.


When I first stated listening to rock I tended to gravitate toward the British  Bands that based their music on American Blues. Bands like Cream, Ten Years After, Led Zeppelin and John Mayall.Listening to these bands led me to blues artists like B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and others. Through the years the number of blues artists has grown, to include artists like Tommy Castro,Tinsley Ellis, Tab Benoit and many others. You can read about many others that I have learned about over the course of creating this blog…..

New Age

Most of the New Age artists that I’ve listened to over the years are either acoustic guitarists like Jesse Cook, Alex de Grassi. and Adrian Legg or Native American flutist like R Carlos Nakai, Robert Tree Cody and others. Over the last few years my listening in this genre has also expanded……





Over the last 30 plus years I have kept track of the books I’ve read and now at my bookself has 938 volumes. Part of what I’ve done on this blog is to right a review of each book I read for the year. I read many seies by authors like Karin Slaughter, Willaim Kent Krueger, C.J. Box, and James Lee Burke just to name a few……




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