All. Day. Long.

Medical doctors have their own ideas, but I believe in the alternative theory put forward by Doctors Clinton and Collins: free yo’ mind and yo’ ass will follow.

Medical doctors have their own ideas, but I believe in the alternative theory put forward by Doctors Clinton and Collins: free yo’ mind and yo’ ass will follow.


There’s the Sam Cooke who played the Copacabana in ‘64 and the Sam who rocked the Harlem Square Club in Miami in ‘63.

The Copa was an all-white club, strictly. Sam played like he did on his hit records. Clean. Normal. Frankly… white. It wasn’t really soul music. It was more pop. The band was…


Sam Cooke


"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls."

—— Anais Nin



  • 1: A song you like with a color in the title
  • Purple Rain by Prince
  • 2: A song you like with a number in the title
  • 20th Century Boy by T-Rex
  • 3: A song that reminds you of summertime
  • Summer in the City by The Lovin' Spoonful
  • 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
  • Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad by Moby
  • 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
  • Baba O'Reily by The Who
  • 6: A song that makes you want to dance
  • Midnight Mover by Wilson Pickett
  • 7: A song to drive to
  • 30 Days in the Hole by Humble Pie
  • 8: A song about drugs or alcohol
  • Too Much Alcohol by Rory Gallagher
  • 9: A song that makes you happy
  • Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
  • 10: A song that makes you sad
  • Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen
  • 11: A song that you never get tired of
  • Fuck You by Cee-Lo Green
  • 12: A song from your preteen years
  • Daydream Believer by The Monkees
  • 13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
  • Kids in America by Kim Wilde
  • 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
  • Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
  • 15: A song that is a cover by another artist
  • I Fought the Law by The Clash (Bobby Fuller Four original)
  • 16: One of your favorite classical songs
  • Allegro from Spring by Antonio Vivaldi
  • 17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke
  • Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty
  • 18: A song from the year that you were born
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
  • 19: A song that makes you think about life
  • Many Rivers to Cross by Jimmy Cliff
  • 20: A song that has many meanings to you
  • The Games People Play by Joe South
  • 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
  • Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
  • 22: A song that moves you forward
  • Roots Radicals by Rancid
  • 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to
  • Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
  • 24: A song by a band you wish were still together
  • Guerilla Radio by Rage Against the Machine
  • 25: A song by an artist no longer living
  • Lost Highway by Hank Williams
  • 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
  • Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis
  • 27: A song that breaks your heart
  • Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
  • 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
  • What I'd Say by Ray Charles
  • 29: A song that you remember from your childhood
  • Sugar, Sugar by The Archies
  • 30: A song that reminds you of yourself
  • Authority Song by John Mellencamp

Right about now, the funk soul brother.

(via onmyowntwohands)

You see, covers songs are remarkably overrated. What I dig are the original versions of killers. If you dig deep enough you may find they’re sublimely different and often better than the cover versions.

This is not to discredit Otis Redding’s “Respect.” His version is absolutely incredible, but a clear difference exists between incredible and legendary. Aretha took that song and made it so. When Bob Dylan does All Along the Watchtower now he plays it like Jimi did. Even still, the original version of classic cuts often provide deeper insight, especially once one gets beyond the mystique or vocal talent. Frankly, some tunes are better in rough fashion. Some jams work best when they’re loose shambles before a slick producer gets his hands on it. Here’s to the authentic. 

These songs were covered by Johnny Cash, The Clash, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett and more.

Sly & Stevie being cool

Sly & Stevie being cool