George Winston’s “Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

Pianist par excellence George Winston is performing at the Egg tonight.  Years ago, I listed Winston’s seminal piano album December as part of my afterlife playlist – the songs and albums I would take with me on my next journey.  Today, I want to add a second album to that collection. In 1996, Winston took…

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Marc Hunter’s “Night and Day” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

My unabashed love for the New Zealand rock band Dragon is unquestioned and undisputed.  That being said, you don’t normally expect the charismatic lead singer of a rock band to record an album of jazz and pop standards, and if he does, you don’t expect it to veer too far from what fans would normally…

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Tommy Hoehn’s “Losing You to Sleep” is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

It’s 1981, and I’m a senior in high school.  My music teacher, George Mastrangelo, would sometimes give us albums that he had acquired.  And, for some reason, he gave me this one. Now I had never heard of Tommy Hoehn, I didn’t know his music, as far as I was concerned, this probably came from…

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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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