Song 22: "You Shook Me" 

Pictured left to right: Nolan, me, and Liam - photo by Kelly

This week's song is "You Shook Me," by AC/DC, featuring my nephews, Nolan and Liam, playing drums, bass, and guitar. My sister Kelly has dubbed them…

Song 21: "I Will" 

When I was a boy, living in Clarkston, WA. we had a neighbor kid that, looking back, was very creative. He was older and influenced me and my siblings in various ways. We played a lot of "army" in the…

Song 20: "All Smiles and Mariachi" 

Of course, all the songs I'm sharing are by some of my all-time favorite artists. Close to the top of this list, however, is the Nashville band, Lambchop, who was once dubbed "new Nashville." Lambchop's 1996 Merge Records release…

Song 19: "Little Miss S." 

Making this project happen has been really challenging. To remind you, my goal has been to cover a song a week for 50 weeks, culminating in an entire year's worth of tributes to artists and songs I have truly…

Song 18: "You Are the Everything" 

"You Are the Everything" is one of my favorite songs from R.E.M.'s Green album with the orange cover and a song called "Orange Crush." Wow, that just occurred to me.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love…

Song 17: "Born on a Train" 

"Born on a Train" was written by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. His music has expanded my boundaries for sure--from songwriting to production, he does it all. He's funny and talented and it comes through in this…

Song 14: "Cast a shadow" 

I count myself lucky to have seen Beat Happening, an arty trio of raw self-expression, in concert. I was still in high school making frequent trips to Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID to skateboard and experience my first live music…

Song 13: "One of us" 

"One of Us" was written by Eric Bazillian and performed by Joan Osborn for her 1995 debut album called Relish. It gives us the idea that God is just a "stranger on the bus trying to make His way home."…

Song 12: "Anyone that you love" 

While I'm usually one to research an artist I admire, I must admit that I know very little about Bill Fox. He is a songwriter from Ohio and I think of him as Cleveland's Bruce Springsteen, if all Springsteen…

Song 11: "Rhymes and Reasons" 

My most John Denver pose, photo by Christina

Me: (Listening to John Denver) "That John Denver's no joke."

Wife: (Trying not to listen to John Denver) "You do love yourself some John Denver."

Do you love John Denver's music or…