THE LISTENING ROOM
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Brad is an Avenue Listener
I think we all have our own Avenue story. I was burned out on classic rock, so one day I found myself channel surfing when I heard "Under the Falling Sky" by Jackson Browne. I thought I must have hit the CD player by mistake because they don't play that on the radio in Green Bay. I made a mental note of the station and went to work. A few days later, I went back and heard "Meeting Across the River" by Bruce Springsteen. I've been hooked ever since.
The Avenue playlist is nothing short of amazing. It has introduced me to artists such as Jack Johnson, Keb Mo, and the Milk Carton Kids. Classic rock made me think Rickie Lee Jones was a one hit wonder. The Avenue has shown me what a treasure she is.
Since this is about the listening room, here is what I'm listening to:
Sting and the Police: I was not into the Police in their heyday, but "Invisible Sun" and "Canary in a Coal Mine" have me revisiting them. I have always been a fan of Sting's solo work with "Fields of Gold" and "Seven Days" among my favorites (link)
"When the Coast is Clear" by Jimmy Buffett. I realize Buffett is associated with margaritas and palm trees, but I love his acoustic stuff. This song about the air turning cool always reminds me of Bay Beach closing. (link)
My own basement tapes: I have a very old CD player in my basement next to a huge rack of CDs. Just like the Avenue, I have "nuggets" – obscure stuff I love.
Check these out if you can find them –
Roger McGuinn's "Back from Rio”
David Baerwald's "Bedtime Stories”
Jude Cole's "I Don't Know Why I Act This Way”
Todd Snider's "Near Truths and Hotel Rooms”
"Best of Mike Nesmith”
What's in your basement?