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Dave Elder's Favorite Songs Playlist

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Song 100, Thursday, 10/3/2013 -- A Change Would Do You Good by Sheryl Crow, written by Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott and Brian MacLeod. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The video has some entertaining moments, as Sheryl seems to be in the middle of a change that might do her good. I guess it makes sense to follow Found Out About You with a song about making a change, because after finding out, it's probably a good time to make a change.

Song 99, Wednesday, 10/2/2013 -- Found Out About You by Gin Blossoms, written by Doug Hopkins. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. Around the time this song came out, I found myself in a situation with a woman that sounded a lot like the story this songwriter is telling, and though the lyrics might not be that deep or poetic, they do tell that story very well. I've heard those whispers at the bus stop and the rumors about nights at the schoolyard. I also really like the guitar leads on this song, and the way they weave around the moving rhythm guitar lines.

Song 98, Tuesday, 10/1/2013 -- Smooth by Santana, with Rob Thomas (of Matchbox Twenty), written by Rob Thomas and Itaal Shur. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The YT video visual is just a still of the Supernatural cover, but playing the video, you will hear a really good song behind that cover. Following his band's appearance at Yasgur's farm, Santana, like a lot of performers on that bill, got a lot of attention, and he followed up with a couple of very popular LPs that got a lot of radio time in the early '70s. It was inspiring when Carlos teamed up with a bunch of younger musicians in the late '90s for a CD full of collaborations, including this one with the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, which became a big hit, and justifiably so. As the opening line goes, "It's a hot one." Yes, it is.

Song 97, Monday, 9/30/2013 -- No Excuses by Alice in Chains, written by Jerry Cantrell. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. If I had to pick a favorite from my iPod '90s Favorites playlist, it would be a close call between this one and the song that opens the playlist (Wash it Away by Black Lab -- Day 88). I really like the hypnotic feel of the guitar chording and the vocal harmonies that ride on top of them. This is one of those songs where, even after hearing it hundreds of times, I'm still not sure what some of the words are, but the song sounds so good that it doesn't matter to me -- the lines may be deep and poetic, or not, and one of these days I will look them up and find out, but knowing probably won't make any difference to how much I like this song.

Song 95, Saturday, 9/28/2013 -- Shine by Collective Soul, written by Ed Roland. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. Returning to my iPod 90s Favorites playlist, this song comes next. While the early '70s had lots of good rock-and-roll, as the decade went along, the good songs seemed to become fewer and further between, and the trend continued through most of the '80s. Then at the dawn of the '90s, a lot more good music started happening, much of it going under the tag of grunge or alternative. Collective Soul was a part of that resurgence, with this song starting them off. I only had to hear this song a few times on the radio before knowing that I wanted to get the CD and find out more about the band.

Song 93, Thursday, 9/26/2013 -- Dreams by The Cranberriess, words written by Dolores O'Riordan, music written by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. Being a songwriter with some folk leanings, when I hear a song on the radio that also has some folk influences, it will always get my attention the first few times around, whether or not it's actually a song that will keep me interested. This one definitely hit my radar not long after it appeared, and I found that it just kept sounding better the more I heard it. Along with a good set of lyrics rocking along in a folkie kind of way, this song also has some interesting and unique harmonies, of the kind that have become increasingly rare in the big time music scene.

Song 92, Wednesday, 9/25/2013 -- Fell on Black Days by Soundgarden, written by Chris Cornell. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The YT video is a lyric video, and this song has some pretty good lines so you can find out what they are as you listen to the tune. Getting back to my iPod '90s Favorites playlist, this song follows Hitchin' a Ride. I missed a lot of Soundgarden's stuff the first time around, but the engineer I worked with on the Country Drivin' sessions back in the mid-'90s was a big Soundgarden fan, and he got me interested in hearing more of them. Around the time the band broke up, I picked up a copy of A Sides and I liked almost every track. This song I really liked, so when I finally got an iPod and put together a playlist of '90s favorites, I put this one pretty close to the beginning.

Song 91, Tuesday, 9/24/2013 -- Hitchin' a Ride by Green Day, lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong and music by Green Day. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. For a change, the YT video is an actual music video, and not an annoyingly dumb one like many real music videos end up being. I wouldn't call it a really good music video, like the one for Patti Rothberg's Treat Me Like Dirt (Song 17), but it's not bad, and after it's over you don't feel like your time was wasted and your mind was temporarily turned to jelly, the way the great majority of music videos will make you feel, especially the major label ones. That said, to me this song sounds so much better than the video looks. I like the fiddle part that starts the song off, and the way the rhythm section then kicks in and starts rocking. I didn't hear a whole lot from Green Day that got my attention before Nimrod, but when that CD came out and some of the songs hit the airwaves, it sounded really rocking and I had to get a copy. I've listened to this song a lot in the last 2 decades and it stills sounds really rocking to me.

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