Weekly Workout Playlist – 1-12-15

Alright, alright. I heard ya. Get back to the ROCK, Joe. Ok. But I reserve the right to get down on it at some future date. ;-)

Weekly Workout Playlist – 1-5-15

Welcome to 2015 everyone. For some reason I was inspired to toss us back 30 years into the 80s for this week’s playlist. Spotify creates their own workout playlists but they’re sorta random, and it really does not seem as if they are thinking about movement and motivation as much as they are just aggregating songs together by loose genres. Anyway, this is better than their 80s playlist. I guarantee it.

Record collection exploration – Part One – Found All The Parts

I have a pretty impressive record collection (at least I think it’s impressive). And I’m talking actual records here. Vinyl. Now I have lots and lots of CDs too and about 19,000 digital tracks on my computer/iPod, so I’m not one of those old dudes who is sitting around griping about how much cooler LPs were than any of that stuff… although they are.

But here’s the thing, I’ve got a lot of stuff in my collection that I never listen to, and I needed to find a way to re-introduce myself to it, this this first in what will possibly be a long-running series.

This morning I was staring at my record stacks and one record kept grabbing my attention, and it’s a real oddball. Continue Reading →

Weekly Workout Playlist – 12-29-14

I DJ’d at a party this past weekend, so I’ve got disco and funk on the brain. I will say this, if you listen to this playlist and don’t feel like moving, you might be a space alien.

Have a great and safe New Year everyone.

Almost that time…

Got any resolutions for 2015?

Ok, I know, you’re looking at me right now and saying, “what the actual heck, Joe, it’s only a day after Christmas and you’re already on this?”


Look, it’s just not my way to not have a plan. I Learned a long time ago that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Planning takes time, and thought. It’s not something you can do in an instant. I’ve got goals, for 2015, and another thing I’ve learned about goal-setting is that sharing your goals makes them real. When you put them out there they take on a more concrete nature. It also gives the folks who know you the best an opportunity to help you see bits you might have missed in the planning phase. Continue Reading →

Weekly Workout Playlist for 12-22-14

I’m getting a new bicycle, so I had bikes and stuff on my mind while I put this one together. Then I got into a punk rock tangent, but it works.


Weekly Workout Playlist – 12-15-14

Interesting little conversation with the missus this weekend about how tough it must be to come up with original music. Well, not to be self-serving, as a guy who exclusively plays in cover bands these days, but bah and feh unto originality for it’s own sake. Just pick great songs and play those well… Like all these famous rock stars did.

Loneliness, solitude and community…

Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find these words.
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Twenty years ago today my father, James Selby, died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack. He was unloading a trailer full of wood for an elderly neighbor, which was totally, utterly in character for him. Jim Selby was always willing to help neighbors or friends.

I will never forget the seemingly endless procession of friends, fellow local businesspeople, and just possibly some guy he’d had a drink with once in a bar who go up on the podium at his memorial service to commend his selflessness, his dependability and his loyalty. Continue Reading →

Weekly Workout Playlist – 12-8-14

It’s been a rough week for us old rock and roll fans out there. Maybe you had never heard the names Bobby Keys or Ian McLagan before, but you’d certainly heard them play… a lot. And while it might seem depressing to dwell on the talent that’s passed on, the McLagan and Keys’ deaths got me thinking about all the folks who are gone and how amazing their contributions to my life as a musician and music lover have been. It’s all about gratitude, folks. And I’m grateful to all the people represented on this week’s playlist.

Just so you don’t have to go looking them all up, here they are in order of appearance:

Ian Dury
James Honeyman-Scott & Pete Farndon
Sid Vicious
Stiv Bators
Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee & Tommy Ramone
Ronnie Lane & Ian McLagan
Pete Ham & Tom Evans
Rory Gallagher
Jon Lord
Phil Lynott & Gary Moore
Joe Strummer
Warren Zevon
Lou Reed
Bobby Keys & Ian Stewart
MCA (aka Adam Yauch)
Dave Peverett & Rod Price
Mick Ronson

To cheat or not to cheat…

Sorry to disappoint you, but this one’s about food. Get yer mind outta the gutter, OK?

Mark Sisson tackles this topic in way more detail than I am going to go into. If you want the science of the thing, read his post on the subject of cheat meals here: Mark’s Daily Apple

What you really want to know though is this (and I know you do because, I’m well, human) –

Is it actually beneficial to go off my diet and indulge?

So, here’s my multi-level response… Yes and no. Continue Reading →