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Each friday – a new song you should download to your music library – trust me

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: week 12 – Spirit of ’76 by the Alarm

If a man can’t change the world these days I still believe a man can change his own destiny

http://youtu.be/iylGrePc0Tc

There was a time when people wondered who would end up being the bigger band – U2 or the Alarm.

The Wales-based Alarm had a string of successful albums in the mid 1980s combining literate themes with guitar-driven tunes.

The Spirit of ’76 is one of their finest tunes – just a great rock anthem.

I will never give in until the day I die Get myself some independence Carve out a future with my two bare hands

 -cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

 

52 Songs for 52 Weeks – Fight by the Frank and Walters

The frank and Walters are an outstanding Irish band from Cork, Ireland.  The’ve been recording great albums for 20 years but sadly most Americans have probably never heard of them.

That’s a pity – because the Franks record excellent music. 

If this song doesn’t get you pumped up, I am at least hopeful that it will inspire the Boston Celtics to victory in Game 7 Saturday night. 

At least put it on your iPod and head to the gym or out for a run.

You’ve got to fight, stand up straight; look ’em in the eye because you deserve to be happy

And you’ve got to love a music video with tough irish folk.

http://youtu.be/rGLQ6ER9vkg

-cj cheetham

 52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

 

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: New York City Serenade by Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen has recorded many great and popular songs, but I’m guessing this is one not many of you have heard.  It comes from my favorite Springsteen album:  The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle.  It is one of his over-looked albums.

But like his other early albums, Bruce does a great job of capturing the heart and soul of the city.

It’s midnight in Manhatten, this is no time to get cute, it’s a mad dog’s promenade, so walk tall or Baby don’t walk at all

http://youtu.be/8EooiBaW1BA

-cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 9 – Highwayman by the Highwaymen

You’ve been waiting for it – when are we going to get both Country and Western.  Here it is – the Highwayman is a classic – and it also presents the continuum of the adventurism and spirit of the American west.

http://youtu.be/aFkcAH-m9W0

 

Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson made two albums as the Highwaymen.  When you put that kind of legendary talent together – good things happen.

I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can; perhaps I may become a highwayman again…

-cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Hometown by Joe Jackson

So sometimes when the music stops
I seem to hear a distant sound
Of waves and seagulls
Football crowds and church bells
And I wanna go back to my home town

Joe Jackson is a great song writer.  Here he captures, almost perfectly what most of us think about from time to time – our hometown.  I confess, there are times I wish I could go back to Pembroke Mass, and spend a day fishing on Chandler Pond or playing pick up basketball with my friends behind the Junior High School. 

I’ve been back to Pembroke, and like the song says, I know it will never be the same.

I guess that is how it must be – but not how I wish it could be. 

And now I plough through piles
Of bills, receipts and credit cards
And tickets and the Daily News
And sometimes I just wanna go back to my home town

http://youtu.be/o4ru-yrlM7s

-CJ Cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: America by Simon and Garfunkle

Week 7 – America by Simon and Garfunkle

“Michigan seems like a dream to me now” It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw I’ve gone to look for America

In the late 1960’s, when people were still hitch-hiking acrosss the country or setting out for adventure aboard a greyhound bus, Simon and Garfunkle recorded this tune.

I’ve got to be honest – I do miss the pre-information age – and whenever I hear this song it makes me remember a time when the country was big and adventures were just around the corner.

And I much prefer this road song to Kerouac’s literary road.

Take a chance – it’s America and something great might happen.

“Kathy, I’m lost,” I said, though I knew she was sleeping I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why

http://youtu.be/W773ZPJhcVw

-CJ Cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Leaving New York by REM

Week 6 – Leaving New York by REM

You find it in your heart; it’s pulling me apart

At one point in their career, REM couldn’t release a song without getting massive airplay.  Then something strange happened – they put out one album that no one liked all that much (New Adventures in HiFi).  After that album cooled REM’s popularity, for some strange reason they could never recapture radio stations.

Their last few albums got virtually no recognition and a bunch of incredible songs never got the attention they deserved.

This is one of those songs. 

It’s easier to leave then be left behind…

http://youtu.be/93qDO1vhusw

-CJ Cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: The Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys

Week 5 – The Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys

The Waterboys are a band that creates the big music.  Guitar, keyboards, fiddles, trumpets, – it’s all there.  There is no better song to learn about the Waterboys than this one.  

The Whole of the Moon is a gigantic, Celtic, happy song.  I’m pretty sure we played it at every party I ever went to in the late 1980s.

The torch in your pocket And the wind on your heels You climbed on a ladder And you know how it feels To get too high Too far Too soon You saw the whole of the moon The whole of the moon

The honest energy that Mike Scott brings to these lyrics, make it a must have tune for your collection.  Happy Irish rock recorded in the happy year of 1985.

Just listen – it will cheer you up.

I was dumbfounded by truth, but you cut through lies

http://youtu.be/AsNTmjlf1vI

– CJ Cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Misfits by The Kinks

Week 4 – Misfits by the Kinks

You wander round this town Like you’ve lost your way You had your chance in your day Yet you threw it all away Now you’re lost in the crowd Yet, still go your own way

No collection of great music could possibly be complete without a selection from Ray Davies and the Kinks. 

Misfits is a real gem of a song – and it’s one of those songs that we can all relate to on some level.  Most of us don’t always fit in because misfits are everywhere.

This is your chance, this is your time So don’t throw it away You can have your day Yes it’s true what they say Every dog has his day

http://youtu.be/bcsJmkR2_1g

– CJ Cheeetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par.  If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week .  Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 3 – Thing of Beauty by Hot House Flowers

Week 3 – Thing of Beauty by Hot House Flowers

The Hot House Flowers are a fantastic Irish band who have been recording since the late 1980s when U2’s Bono helped them get their first break.

I used to wonder how such a great band never made it big – but now I just forget all that and enjoy their wonderful music.

Thing of Beauty is about enjoying the little things in life; stop and enjoy it all.  If this song doesn’t put you in a good mood, there is something wrong with you – call in sick.

Look out your window on a winter’s morning Your breath is steam and there’s frost falling And the sun casts a spell upon the road A thing of beauty is not a thing to ignore

http://youtu.be/woa0GFwhciQ

– CJ Cheeetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par.  If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week .  Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.