I have a ghost DJ for my head who makes me a playlist every year.

Can I review the singles in one line ?

Surprise, Surprise/Bruce Springsteen

-Bruce's voice was smooth and the lyrics generous ... makes you feel like everyday is your birthday.

The '59 Sound/The Gaslight Anthem

-This tells a chilling story but with a youthful sound, honoring the songs throughout the ages and beyond.

July 4, 2004/Jason Anderson

-Razor sharp lyrics, passionate voice echoed with guitar. We shiver, stutter, chant and wait ... remembering the sparks...

I Gotta Feeling/Black Eyed Peas

-A fun to be young, Friday night hype song.

Why Modern Radio is A-OK/Roman Candle

-The modern, male answer to "Please Mister Please." Haven't we all been there ?

Use Somebody/Kings of Leon

-An unequivocal reaching out with strength and awareness.

Sounds Of The City/Lucero

-Wear your boots and jeans ... run and smile. The voice is so gruff, it's romantic.

Put Em In The Graveyard/Marah

-This is Marah being Marah ... melodic and intriguing.

Don't Wanna Cry/Peter Yorn

 -Yorn is so direct and soulful, the pain is shared and hence dispersed.

Dreams/Brandi Carlile

-Brandi's voice is similar to Lucinda Williams, honest, no apologies. I can hold my breath, haven't passed out yet.

I and Love and You/Averett Brothers

-I heard this on Sirius radio and didn't realize the depth of the lyrics until I took a closer listen.

You Never Know/Wilco

- There's a hint of George Harrison's style in this Chicago based band which makes their updated sound classic.

Lust For Life/Girls

-An endless wish list from a rockin girl band. A woman's best friend is no longer a diamond.  


-This song skips you along for the ride without even knowing you've  bought a ticket.

You Belong With Me/Taylor Swift

-What happens next ?

Waking Up In Vegas/Katy Perry

-Watch the blur of glitter as you race back to real life

Mary/Langhorne Slim

-We've got a "B-side" of this song going, Worries. Langhorne Slim's vulnerable voice and gentle guitar stays with you and sews together the loose ends that time has unraveled.

(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To/Weezer

-When the conversation stops and we're facing our defeat ... there's really no other choice ...

This track builds and intermittently, repeatedly ... explodes the roof. (Do not listen while driving.)

Poker Face/Lady Gaga

-I understand her Pop fandom, although I haven't jumped on board. This track is clever, stomping, manipulative.

Know Your Enemy/Green Day

-Classic Green Day, consistent and relevant.