Reconnecting With Texas Country

I admit that I love Texas. Always have. My wife and I just got back from a weekend in southeast Texas, complete with a stop in El Campo and then … Continue reading Reconnecting With Texas Country

How to play “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney & Wings

One of Paul McCartney’s greatest songs was never released as a single — until he recorded it live. Of course, I’m talking about “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul’s love song to … Continue reading How to play “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney & Wings

Beck’s “Uneventful Days” is a masterpiece

Beck Hansen is 49 and still a music legend. Relevant. Talented. And evidently capable of producing not only the eclectic, but also the beautiful. Heard this on Sirius XM’s “The … Continue reading Beck’s “Uneventful Days” is a masterpiece

The sound of her voice: My 5 favorite Linda Ronstadt songs

About 25 minutes into the Sugar Bowl between Georgia and Baylor, I realized the Linda Ronstadt documentary was on CNN — and I realized I wasn’t recording it. Football could … Continue reading The sound of her voice: My 5 favorite Linda Ronstadt songs

Ryan’s Playlist No. 5: Nothin’ But Damned Great Music

The month of October has came and went, and just like that we’re faced with the onset of 2020. What a wacky year it’s going to be. But it’s another … Continue reading Ryan’s Playlist No. 5: Nothin’ But Damned Great Music

How to play Post Malone’s “Circles” on the piano + chord progressions

This is my piano cover of “Circles” by Post Malone. I posted it to YouTube a couple weeks ago after becoming obsessed with the song. It’s such a change-of-pace for … Continue reading How to play Post Malone’s “Circles” on the piano + chord progressions

Ryan’s Playlist No. 4: How ‘The Git Up’ became a TikTok challenge + Houses, Bleachers, Aldous Harding, Mitski & Local Natives

I’m way behind on my blog playlists, and I’m not sure if that’s because of my schedule or because of a lack of good music I’m hearing. Maybe I’m out … Continue reading Ryan’s Playlist No. 4: How ‘The Git Up’ became a TikTok challenge + Houses, Bleachers, Aldous Harding, Mitski & Local Natives

Ryan’s Playlist No. 3: The Rise of Maren Morris + DMB that Needs a Re-listen + New John Prine!

We’re already four days into August, and I’ve failed to post my July music list. Egad! For those of you new to the blog, each month I Shazam everything that … Continue reading Ryan’s Playlist No. 3: The Rise of Maren Morris + DMB that Needs a Re-listen + New John Prine!

How to Play Kenny Rogers’ classic hit, “Lady”

Kenny Rogers has had many hits, but this is arguably his most beautiful song. It was written by the great Lionel Richie, and it’s super easy to play. It starts … Continue reading How to Play Kenny Rogers’ classic hit, “Lady”

I’m Still Standing: Elton John cover + chord progressions, lyrics

Elton John’s 1983 hit, “I’m Still Standing,” is my favorite song from the Rocket Man. I am not playing it in the original key. I’m playing it in A. If … Continue reading I’m Still Standing: Elton John cover + chord progressions, lyrics

Ryan’s Playlist No. 2: Mrs. Maisel & June Musical Randomness

The first part of my June playlist is heavily influenced by one of my favorite shows, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Extraordinarily well done, smart and beautiful — it’s the first … Continue reading Ryan’s Playlist No. 2: Mrs. Maisel & June Musical Randomness