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Today was a busy day! I commented to a family member this evening that I am not sure I even listened to any music at all today but music has still been on my mind. Tonight I have been thinking about how lucky I am to have great friends in my life and it got me to thinking about great “friends” songs. One of my favorites ever is Joe Cocker’s version of A Little Help From My Friends. So hey you friends out there, this goes out to you!




Artist: Joe Cocker
Album: A Little Help From My Friends (1969) 
A Little Help From My Friends



The mind works in mysterious ways. Today was a nostalgic music day for me. My recent post on an UNKLE song resulted in a friend of mine recommending The Flaming Lips latest CD to me. The moment I read the words The Flaming Lips my mind was off and running, recalling song after song from back in the 90’s when the King Missile song Detachable Penis was covered by The Flaming Lips. It had me thinking about CD’s Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins, Elastica and The Breeders. I started digging through some stuff and the first song that I found was The Breeders Cannonball.  I am still not sure how I feel about the whole thing. At first I just cranked the CD Last Splash and I really got into it, Cannonball is a cool high energy tune and it was a nice change from some of the more mellow tunes of the past few days.


Fast forward to tonight and I know I am posting on this because it has been stuck in my head all day. I dig up the video online and it kind of took the wind out of my sails a bit. What do I expect when I dig up a 1993 video right? Anyway, it’s been good fun rediscovering some of the stuff from the earlier 90’s today and I am sure those discs will be hanging around for a few days. You never know you may just get to sample a few others here on Life of Tunes.

Is it a Life of Tunes keeper? Perhaps we should just leave well enough alone and just enjoy it for what it is.

Artist: The Breeders
Album: Last Splash (1993)
Track: Cannonball

I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking “how is it possible that a couple of posts back we were talking about the Irish punk tune Drunken Lazy Bastard by The Mahones.  Then it was an acoustic album of the Mexican band Maná performing Cuando Los Angeles Lloran. Somehow we also squeaked in a new funky-ish reggae like band from London called Will And The People singing their new kick ass song “Knocking”. Today, you click on your Life of Tunes bookmark (you know the one that you have placed under each bookmark folder so as not to miss it when you’re looking for it) the page loads and the Life of Tunes keeper is… drum roll please – Neil Diamond! Did he say Neil Diamond? How is that possible?

I’ll tell you how it’s possible. It’s possible because if you are honest with yourself and you are not concerned about what others think about you and you just open your mind and listen and feel; music speaks to you only on an emotional level. It’s not something you decide or control. Sure you can pick a CD up because everyone else is picking that CD. You can listen to it enough times that it starts to feel familiar and in the back of your mind in order to fit into your preconceived music ideas you basically force yourself to like it. That’s the exact opposite of what I am referring to here.  We all have these songs in our history, some of us fight it and pretend they aren’t there and others are willing to put themselves out there a bit.

moodsNeil Diamond’s “Moods” album was the first album that I ever really discovered. As a young child I listened to its songs over and over again, singing along to songs like Song Sung Blue and Play Me. I remember thinking while examining the front cover of Moods, “how is it possible that our couch upholstery managed to make it into Mr. Diamond’s wardrobe trailer?”

Today however we are not going to discuss Moods. Instead we are going to examine without a doubt the most loved karaoke song of all time – Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. A great song in its own right it has since been featured in one of my favorite movies, Beautiful Girls, released in 1996. Sweet Caroline has also been covered by Elvis Presley, The Ventures, Ray Coniff, Waylon Jennings and Frank Sinatra to name a few. It was released as a single on its own and then later added to late editions of the Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show album.

Sweet Caroline just makes me smile, plain and simple. The chorus known by all just begs to be sung and the commonly known “ba-ba-ba” in place of the horns when singing along is universally accepted as a hornless horn section.  Listen to the original tack below and then watch the groovy live performance in video.  Sing along at the top of your lungs. Who cares what your co-workers think. As a matter of fact, get everyone to gather around your desk and belt it out as a group. It will be the greatest team building exercise conceivable.


Sweet Caroline is a classic, a Life of Tunes keeper, and the best damn karaoke song of all time.

Artist: Neil Diamond
Album: Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (1969)
Track: Sweet Caroline!

Hi All,

I was listening to this song last night and knew I just had to share it with you call today. There is no doubt in my mind that this is THE best version of Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece. It is vital that you listen to the WHOLE song from start to finish on this one. Jeff Buckley’s vocals in this are mind blowing. hallelujah

There are some interesting tidbits of trivia regarding Mr. Cohen’s song in this article. One that I find interesting is that Leonard Cohen was said to have written a whopping 80 verses to this song originally. You can see and listen to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah here.

Take a moment out of your day and check this tune out. It’s a Life of Tunes keeper an all time classic and the best version out there period. Sorry Devin!

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