That was some serious TV watching every night for the past two weeks. Riveting coverage of sports that we only care about every four years. But it was riveting.
Now what are we all gonna do? Watch re-runs of Chopped, Modern Family or Big Bang Theory? You could read a book or do a project with your family. All good ideas.
Here is my nickels worth of free advice…LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC! Not on your TV, not on your computer on some sort of music device!
Find some old jazz or classical piece. Play some of your kids favorite music. Play your kids some of the embarrassing music you grew up with. Better yet make your own music… every home has a guitar or piano tucked in a distant corner, right?
Give the giant screen on your wall a break for 30 minutes tonight. You will feel like you really did something different…because you will have done something different.
This is the classic guitar duel scene at the end of the 80’s movie, “Crossroads.”
The movie is about an old blues musician who sold his soul and Ralph Macchio is trying to win it back….you know like the Charlie Daniels song “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
It used to bother me that one of my high school guitar heroes, Steve Vai, had to lose the duel to the Karate Kid playing air guitar. The actual guitarist playing Macchio’s parts was Ry Cooder. Anyway, a great movie…put it on your Netflix queue and check it out!!
If you need a break from the Olympics check out this classic guitar competition!!
Can you believe the Olympics are finally here? You might not have noticed the pre-coverage going on EVERY SINGLE DAY for the last several months….if you don’t own a TV, computer or radio that is. But, if you didn’t then you wouldn’t be reading this now would you!
I have come up with a musical tribute of sorts to pay homage to the London Olympics starting this evening. This was meant as a light-hearted musical tribute with a touch of humor and cynicism thrown in for good measure.
So without hesitation here is the list….LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
TO THE WINNERS
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
Rapture – Blondie
Victory is Won – Santana
Shinning Star – Earth Wind & Fire
Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon
TO THE LOSERS
Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles
Last Child – Aerosmith
Last In Line – Ronnie James Dio
The Party’s Over – Willie Nelson
Dammit – Blink 182
WHAT OLYMPIC OFFICIALS WANT TO HEAR
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
Mr. Blue Sky – E.L.O.
Anything by K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Sunny & 70 – Slayen & Fox Guitar Duo (Pardon the shameless plug!)
WHAT OLYMPIC OFFICIALS DON’T WANT TO HEAR
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – B.J. Thomas
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
One Rainy Wish – Jimi Hendrix
IF MICHAEL PHELPS BREAKS THE ALL-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL RECORD
Fast as a Shark – Accept
Iron Man –Black Sabbath
Big Shot – Billy Joel
Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood
One – Metallica
TO THE MARATHON RUNNERS
Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd
Long Distance Runaround – Yes
Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
Running Wild – Judas Priest
The Long Run – The Eagles
REGARDING THE CHINESE ‘WOMAN’ ATHLETES (Yes I know this isn’t nice but kind of funny)
Three Times a Lady – The Commodores
Dude Looks Like a Lady – Aerosmith
Inject the Venom – AC/DC
(reference to steroids etc-which unfortunately may apply to many athletes in the games)
Lola –The Kinks
GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Golden Lady – Stevie Wonder
Silver & Gold – U2
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer – The Beatles
😦 Honestly I could not think of one song with bronze in the title…but does any one really care besides the athlete’s families?
FOR EVENTS WITH CLOSE CALLS
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Skin O My Teeth – Megadeth
Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin
Ain’t That a Shame – Cheap Trick
Nothing I Can Do About it Now – Willie Nelson
Well there it is a musical tribute to the upcoming Olympics. Out of full disclosure, every song here is in my ITunes library. For those of you looking for new music I strongly recommend you give a listen to any and all songs listed!