The Mamas and the Papas “If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears” is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

Going back to the mid-1960’s for this one.  And it’s a bit of a twist on my post-life music collection. Let me explain. I had an aunt who loved this album and played it to death, over and over and over again.  And over time, I grew to appreciate the ethereal harmonies and cryptic lyrics…

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Jon and Vangelis’ “The Friends of Mr. Cairo” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

The title song was a melange of classic Hollywood lines and sound effects, orchestrated by the keyboardist of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner fame, and vocalized by the lead singer of Yes. And it was the twelve-minute introduction of  a very cool concept album. This early 1980’s concept album, The Friends of Mr. Cairo,…

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The Monks’ “Black Monk Time” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

Imagine, if you will, a group of U.S. servicemen, who are stationed in Germany in the mid-1960’s, who eventually decide to form a band.  They record one album, make a television appearance on a German TV show, and then they disappear for nearly three decades. Yet that one album has become a major influence for…

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1967 Broadway Soundtrack) is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

Last night, I took some “Chuck time” and watched a drama club performance of the classic You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Heatly School in Green Island.  It was a fun show, and it reminded me of all the moments of participating in grade school and high school and college theater projects. It also…

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Blotto’s “Combo Akimbo” is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

I have great memories of this 1983 LP.  I was a student at Hamilton College at that time, and spent most of my academic life at the college radio station, WHCL.  We must have played this record to death, based on several of the LP’s powerful tracks.  And believe me, there were plenty of big…

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Stevie Wonder’s “Hotter Than July” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

The other night, I had a pleasant surprise.  Up popped a commercial for some Apple product or whatever, and I saw – good Lord, it’s Stevie Wonder! Wow.  Stevie Wonder still sounds great.  And since his first hit, “Fingertips (Part 2)” was #1 on the pop charts the moment I popped ONTO the hospital chart,…

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Midnight Oil’s “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

It’s the spring of 1983, and I’m finishing up my sophomore year at Hamilton College.  The running joke at Hamilton was that if you wanted to find Chuck Miller anywhere on campus, look first at the campus radio station, then at the college computer center, and then after that if you haven’t found him, he…

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ABC’s “The Lexicon of Love” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

During the early 1980’s, I enjoyed listening to a ton of British new wave and new romantic pop music, and a pop group whose music sneaked up on me and caught my attention was the band ABC.  With soulful lyrics from Martin Fry and production work by Trevor Horn and the members of Art of…

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UB40’s Labour of Love is an Album I Want to be Buried With

I want to tell you the story of how this album came to join the rest of the playlist that I wish to take with me to the next world. As a Hamilton College student in the early 1980’s, I was fortunate to spend my time with the campus radio station, WHCL.  During my time…

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Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Folk Singer” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I think there’s room in the casket for this classic LP. I believe it was back in 1978, when I was living in the Chestnut Prison (the colloquial name for the four-month period when I lived with my father and stepmother in Massachusetts) that I…

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