I’ve written before about my tendency to go on iTunes buying binges.  Since having a daughter, we’ve spent significantly less money on ourselves.  I have given that iTunes store a wide berth, because babies are expensive – fact.   A couple weeks ago my dad gave me an iTunes gift card just because he is the giving type.  It wasn’t my birthday, bar mitzvah, or anything else significant.  Here are some songs I got with it and have been enjoying these past few weeks.

“One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash

I spent most of my life living in the same town as Johnny Cash.  Sadly, I didn’t really come to appreciate him till after he was gone.  My mom once met him in KFC.  I love Johnny’s sense of humor.  “A Boy Named Sue” and “One Piece at a Time” are just fun.  Granted this is a song about industrial piracy, but we all know it’s tongue-in-cheek, so it’s ok.  Apparently a car dealer in my hometown made a Cadillac according to the specifications of the song:

Johnny Cash's Cadillac from "One Piece at a Time"

“Tennessee Waltz” by Sam Cooke

I have recently begun listening to a lot of Sam Cooke. Man, he could sing.  So, when I found a version of the Tennessee Waltz from ole Sam, I had to give it a shot.  I was not disappointed.

“My Father’s Gunby Elton John

Don’t think about it. Yes, it’s a contradiction. If you think too much about the knight Sir Elton John (who makes CeeLo’s style choices seem tame) singing from the point of view of a Confederate soldier, your head just might implode.  Just enjoy the song for what it is.  This is an example of good storytelling.

“Absent from Flesh” by Sojourn Music

This song is done by my church. It is written by one of my pastors Jamie Barnes (the bald dude singing in the video) and Isaac Watts. I already had the version of this from Jamie and Brooks Ritter’s split album (which you can listen to here).  I just recently bought the version done for The Water and the Blood album (which you can also listen to for free by clicking the link) featuring the vocals of Brooks Ritter.  I love this song. Jamie and Brooks both approach it in their own styles, and I love both.  Check these dudes out. I’m thankful to have such solid musicians at my church.


Ok, I just had to feature one more song.  This one is a free download, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

“Rolling in the Deep” by John Legend

This is John Legend covering Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”  You can download it for free on his Facebook page.  I think I actually like this better than the Adele version.  John Legend is legit. I really enjoy his voice, and he is a solid musician.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my playlist.  I still have $3 left on my giftcard. Any recommendations?

Until later friends…