midweek melodies: my secret weapon running mix

high plains thrifter Way back when my boyfriend and I first started dating, I asked him to make me a mix to run to. Five years later this collection of classic rock still gets me moving, even on days when I’m beyond exhausted and my motivation is nil. Every single song is a bonda fide rocker, making it ideal listening for jogs, gym sessions or whenever you need to buckle down and TCB. Including, for instance, a long, end-of-winter Wednesday afternoon. ;-)



the old grey whistle test


Do you know what can happen when a zillion inches of heavy snow fall? Both your Internet and television can go out. Which forces you do desperate things…like raid your DVD collection. Which is exactly what my honey and I had to do last night, when faced with a TV/Internet-free household. I’m not whining, because we wound up watching one of our favorite bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd perform on “The Old Grey Whistle Test.”

For those of you not familiar with the program, don’t feel bad. I hadn’t heard of it either until my boyfriend, musical genius that he be, introduced me to it. The show, usually abbreviated as TOGWT, was an influential BBC2 television program that ran from 1971 through 1988. The focus was on “serious rock,” rather than whatever pop-y was topping the charts at the moment. Shoestring, would be the best way to summarize the show’s budget. Bands played in front of bare-boned backdrops on simple, non-glitzy sets. (Fact: The entire studio was 32-by-22 feet!!)

Despite the modest set, artists were stoked about the show and many crazy awesome acts of the era appeared. Like, for example, Bob Marley and the Wailers. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Yup. Who else? Um, well, Judas Priest. Steely Dan. AC/DC. THIN LIZZY. Ramones. ZZ Top. Steppenwolf. Electric Light Orchestra.
I could go on and on and on and on and on and on.

Enough rambling…here are some of my favorite clips.

“Rocker,” AC/DC

“I Ain’t the One,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

“American Girl,” Tom Petty

“Reelin’ in the Years,” Steely Dan

“Don’t Believe a Word,” Thin Lizzy

Anywho, if you’re into classic rock and if you are on-board the Netflix train, you might be happy to know that you can get compilations of “The Old Grey Whistle Test” (Volume 1, 2 and 3) mailed right to your door. How sweet is that? Very, I’d say.

Big hugs,


remember duane allman


Today, October 29th, marks the 39th anniversary of Duane Allman’s death. He died at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident. Duane is, hands down, my favorite guitar player, and even though his life was cut short, he left us a lot of imperishable music. I’m going to jam the shit of his must-have anthology today, and of course, some Derek & Dominos.

you, Duane.
You are greatly missed.




flickr find of the day, starring dewey bunnell

How are your Saturdays going kids?

Rockin’ so far, I hope.

Speaking of rockin’, I was searching for images of Dewey Bunnell on Flickr this morning, and amongst the many modern-day images I found of him and Gerry, one little pic that looked kind of old popped out and screamed “click me!!!” And so I did.

Here it is. (Click images to make them bigger!)

Just a couple snapshots of a 24-year-old Dewey Bunnell and his then-wife, Vivian, at their home in San Enselmo, California. The photo was taken in 1976, a year after America’s “History/America’s Greatest Hits” was released. (It reached number three on the Billboard charts that year.)

My immediate thought? Who the hell is this guy, taking snapshots of effing Dewey Bunnell during America’s heyday? So, I started going scrolling through his 1,500 photos. Socks = knocked off.

Here’s Dewey, again. NBD.

And while the rest of the photos are celebrity-free, they’re light years away from boring. Tucked in between current pics of his garden, cats, girlfriend and military reunion events, there are some pretty awesome photos from the 1960s and ’70s.

Here are a handful of my favorites.

If you’re a film nerd or ’70s lover, it might be worth it to take a tour of this guy’s stream. You’ll find shots of epic foosball tournaments, his travels (Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Korea, China), his time in the military, etc. And who knows, maybe you’ll come across some other pics of Dewey I missed.

I’m off to the beach!