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

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

Ryan’s Playlist No. 1: Canada & Beyond (Willin’ To Be Movin’ Edition)

One of the things I noticed about Canadian radio on our honeymoon is that a lot of the songs we heard aren’t marketed in the States. Some for good reason, … Continue reading Ryan’s Playlist No. 1: Canada & Beyond (Willin’ To Be Movin’ Edition)

My Shazam! 10 songs I’m digging in January 2019

We hear great music everywhere these days. We hear it on TV, in movies, at the grocery store, restaurant and bar. And we have an app that will help us … Continue reading My Shazam! 10 songs I’m digging in January 2019

Easy, easy, easy: How to play “Rosanna” by Toto

One of my first memories of pop music growing up was being at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, in the pool, and hearing Toto’s “Rosanna.” Sure, I was at “church camp,” … Continue reading Easy, easy, easy: How to play “Rosanna” by Toto

My 10 favorite songs from the most awesome band in the world, Barenaked Ladies

Before I made the trek from Tulsa to Oklahoma City the other night, one of my colleagues at the station in T-town noted on Facebook how “One Week” wasn’t nearly … Continue reading My 10 favorite songs from the most awesome band in the world, Barenaked Ladies

Ryan’s Weekend Soundtrack (July 14-15): BLOXX, Spencer Lee Band, Elvis Costello

It’s clear that 2018 is a year of transition. I’m finishing up my first year back in a newsroom, and that feels great. I’m gradually going through the process of … Continue reading Ryan’s Weekend Soundtrack (July 14-15): BLOXX, Spencer Lee Band, Elvis Costello

Songwriter’s notebook: Perfection is the enemy of good

Perfection is the enemy of good. Perfection is the enemy of good. Repeat it and repeat it. It’s not that creatives don’t strive for greatness; it’s just that many of … Continue reading Songwriter’s notebook: Perfection is the enemy of good