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Song Of The Quarter | Moon River by Frank Ocean | Q1

Monday, February 26th, 2018


It is truly a sign of the terrible times that many American youths have never wept uncontrollably to “Moon River,” the heartbreaking ballad “a very lovely, very frightened girl” strums on her fire escape in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Lucky for them, Frank Ocean, the elusive romantic we truly do not deserve, dropped a cover of the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer classic just hours after Valentine’s Day. As originally performed by Audrey Hepburn, “Moon River” is a wispy ode to wanderlust and the immense opportunities “two drifters” find in the glorious unknown. But it becomes something far different in Ocean’s hands; as he showed on his 2016 cover of the Isley Brothers’ (and Aaliyah’s) “(At Your Best) You Are Love,” he is never content with simply imitating another artist.

Ocean’s version of “Moon River” trades Hepburn’s gentle sigh for bold and confident yearnings. As he warbles about the wild surrounding world, Ocean envisions his own self-realization through double-tracked new lines like “What I see, What I become.” Ocean’s only sin here is cutting the original’s detail about “my huckleberry friend,” a sweet allusion to the carefree innocence of childhood that feels right up his alley. (As he once sang, wisely, “We’ll never be those kids again.”) Ocean’s “Moon River” retains the enchanting comfort of the Hepburn original without sacrificing any of his genius. It’s the balm we never knew we needed.



One, two

Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style someday (someday, day)
A dream maker (maker, maker)
My heartbreaker (you heartbreaker)
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ that way (the same, the same…)

Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a crazy world to see
We’re all chasin’ after all the same
Chasin’ after our rainbow’s end

Moon river, wider than a mile
Crossin’ in style someday
My dream maker, heartbreaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ the same

Two drifters off to see the world
It’s such a crazy world you’ll see
What I see, who I become
What I see, who I become
We’re all chasin’ after our end
Chasin’ after our ends


Life’s just around the bend, my friend
Moon river and me


You can look at the songs that I’ve selected as my songs of the year/quarter right here.

Spotify Playlists | Moods

Friday, January 5th, 2018

You can find me here on Spotify.

Downloading the MAC or WINDOWS desktop version is sweet.  Easy to listen to music when you are on the computer at home working and surfing.  Spotify is free.  Using Spotify for free will play some commercials every 30 min and you can only shuffle through music.  I used to hate the idea of paying monthly for something like Spotify… but it has opened up my eyes to music all the time and listening to anything.  The collection of music is mind boggling and you can listen to albums or playlists and you can design your own.  If you have music in your computer you can listen to all of that.  Also you can pick and choose what music you want on your device and the storage the music takes up is small since it condenses nicely.  So you basically have music all over the place.

If you search for my name or click the link above you can hunt through the public playlists I’ve created and I’m still creating and tweaking them.  If you click “follow” on any playlist you will then find it in your “playlists” folder to check it out some more.

Here is the introduction to some of my playlists that are public.  Some of the album art has changed and I’ve renamed some… but you will get the drift.

Above:  I created basic times since when I wake up I don’t want anything loud or too busy.  6AM is when I’m still in bed and want to just let my mind wander.  It could also be when you are the first one up and you pour yourself a coffee.  It’s also a nice night time playlist.  8AM is when you want the pace to pick up slightly.  It’s basically the songs in my tighter rotation that I just love.   10AM mix is when you are ready to talk to people.  😉

Below:  12PM is when you are ready to do some work or chores and it has great pace.  It’s what’s in my tight rotation.  Below you will also find my long Sunday Shuffle mix that is close to 40 hrs of music and also my long Alternative mis that I just shuffle in the background.



Below:  Sultry Evening Beats has a Hipity Hop feel with some other songs that just have a sultry evening feel to them.  If you wanted to mix a drink for a lady and you want a little urban chill vibe this is the mix for you.  Vol 2 is my songs that created a different vibe or just didn’t make the first cut.  Let’s Make Dinner Together is a great mix for just that.  This one is in order.  It just has a good quiet party of songs that have a good evening vibe when you are really focusing on each other and the background music is secondary.  Drinking wine as you go will make you feel confident and flirty.  Vol2 has songs that didn’t make the first cut and it’s still a solid mix.

Above:  Brooklyn Soul & Funk Summer BBQ Mix features lots of Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band which is a little All Star band.  Has a vintage vibe to it and if you let it grow on you in the right situation… it’s a nice little mix.  Acid Jazz Seduction is another mix with a west coast vibe of mostly Greyboy.  It’s another chill vibe that is good for entertaining in the summer.  The Jazz Club is a Harvey Spector mix from Suits.  It features lots of Grant Green.  R&B Let’s Have Wine On The Couch is a romantic mix with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Ben L’Oncle and Aloe Balcc which is perfect for a couch, kissing, wine and a nice evening.

Below:  Southern Soul is a good little mix if you are in a Leon Bridges mood with some Sam Cooke and Nina Simone.  Retro Vintage BBQ Vibes is perfect for summer backyard party or tunes for the beach.  This one has a retro feel with all the songs that has a Nantucket/Cape Code feel.  Chillpop the Lazy Couch mix is lots of Oh Wonder with the bank and forth banter vibes.  Quiet Sunday mix I guess.  Lie With Me On a Bed in Italy is a sexy let’s go on a trip together mix to let your mind wander.  Lots of Alina Baraz and some Oh Wonder.  It’s a spin off my Sultry Evening Vibes listed above.

Above:  Lie With Me: Afternoon Couch is the 3hour lie on a couch mix with someone to nap and kiss them if you can’t sleep.  This mix is in order with hand selected songs.  Lie With Me: Nakedy Slow O’s is basically songs from RY X if you want to hold someone just like the thumbnail suggests.


More playlists will be created and these will be tweaked.  I have over 60 public playlists.  Sign up for Spotify.  It’s free and easy.  Free is cool.  I do the Family Plan and it gives me 5 peeps to share it with.  So my Daughter, Son, my Dad and some others use it.


Bon Iver | Live in Cork | Sweet Jesus

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017


Yes… I like Bon Iver.  They are relaxing. (old BI) and the new one is different.  Once it sinks into your skin… it moves you.  maybe i’m weird.  yes… i’m weird.  But for the people that get it…  we are on the same team.

So this is my present to you.  Download ear juice here.

Ry X In Europe | My Mind Is Thinking…

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017


YYZ > MUC Feb 16th



purchase tickets w/ flight benefits

fly in







fly home

Ry X | Bad Love | Song Of The Quarter | 4Q

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017


[Verse 1]
Tell me all your little thoughts
Tie you up, not enough
Give me that bad love, bad love
Show me you’re a criminal
Bite it up till it talks
Give me that bad love, bad love

[Verse 2]
We could be high on feeling requisite
Under the thoughts, give me your love, give me your bones
We could have love on fire
I give it all up for bad love

[Chorus 1]
I’ll be your warmth here
I’ll be your back
I put you in the corner when you open up
Please, baby, back for bad love, bad love

[Verse 3]
Tell me you’re another girl
Heavy lust, heavy touch
Give me that bad love, bad love
We could have love on fire
I give it all up for bad love

[Chorus 1]
I’ll be your warmth here
I’ll be your back
I put you in the corner when you open up
Please, baby, back for bad love, bad love

[Chorus 2]
I’ll be your warmth here
And how can I wait?
I’m holding your bag for you
Please, baby, back for bad love, bad love

How can I wait?
Holding your bag for you

Links to Past Selected Songs Of The Year (Quarter):

Northern Wind | City In Color |2017 | Q4

Black Oak | Because It’s There | 2017 | Q2

Bahamas | Lost In The Light | 2017 | Q1

Ry X | Berlin | 2016 | Q4

Leon Bridges | Coming Home + Better Man | 2016 | Q3

Japandroids | House That Heaven Built | 2016 | Q2

Passenger | Rolling Stone | 2016 | Q1

Kris Orlowski | Carolina + Believer | 2015 | Q4

Novo Amor | Holland | 2015 | Q3

Ben Howard | Gracious | 2015 | Q2

Ben Howard | Time Is Dancing | 2015 | Q1

Vancouver Sleep Clinic feat. Raury | Superfly | 2015 | Bonus Song To Start The Year

We Were Promised Jetpacks | It’s Thunder And Lighting | 2014

Ivan + Alyosha | The Fold | 2013

Ben Howard | The Fear | 2012

Passenger | The Last Unicorn | 2011

you can follow and listen to my ry x playlist on spotify.

Dan Mangan | The Hayloft Dancehall | Picton, Ontario

Saturday, July 15th, 2017


July 14th headed down to Picton to the Hayloft Dancehall to catch Dan play an intimate set in front of fans.  In January of 2015 the owner of the Dakota Tavern in Toronto purchased this neat little venue and did some renos.  The venue holds close to 200 and people are right in front of the stage and can spill out onto the grass outside.  They cook some yummy treats and have a small selection of nice beer on tap.

Dinner in Picton with Heidi, Shelly and Michelle, and over to the Hayloft for the show.  It was a long night after driving back to Peterborough.

Love Dan.  You should love both of us too.


Looking forward to next year to see what little indie bands come out to Cherry Valley in Prince Edward County.