Song 26: "Story of Isaac" 

The late and remarkable Leonard Cohen wrote "Story of Isaac," originally released on Songs From a Room (1969). According to the Bible, God asked Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to the top of a mountain and sacrifice him…

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Song 25: "Streets of Baltimore" 

Me outside the Joshua Tree Inn where Gram Parsons died in room #8 (photo: Russ Wightman)

"Streets of Baltimore" is a song written by Tompall Glaser and Harlan Howard in 1966. My favorite version is by the late…

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Song 24: "How To Rent a Room" 

"How To Rent a Room," was written by the late David Berman of the band, Silver Jews. My recording is a tribute to a brilliant songwriter who left the world too soon. I believe I have a lyric or…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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