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Happy Easter Go Crank The Tunes

After your Easter Dinners please spend some time with your folks and family, by all means. If you aren’t about that life go watch movies and crank the tunes all day.

What I did, I found that Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” works best for the type of mood today. It sets the tone honestly and holds a sentimental tradition of what Easter should be. Relaxed, and memorable.

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I then gave the ole turn table a spin with The Police, and Neil Young’s “Comes a Time” I realized now that Neil Young is one of those artists that just gets it, not to live anything in his life that is a gimmick and he sings from the heart. He indeed does have a heart of gold, but this album in particular chokes me up,  makes me think of my dad and all of the good times. Comes a time makes me think so much of changing into adulthood and really realizing things that you haven’t before, it’s that step into another part of your life that at some point everyone crosses. Whether it be adulthood or maybe just moments of realizations, there in fact does come a time.

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This does its deed for me for sure. Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon”. So much can be said about this album and how one feels when channeling their life. Nick Drake’s success of course posthumously became unnoticed, and wasn’t seen in the same solidarity the poet and gifted writer wanted during that time period. Nick Drake certainly has the unknown qualities out of any musician with his given amazing talents Undoubtedly my favorite from him.

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Bob Dylan being Bob Dylan, can’t get enough of this album and just what songs lyrically he can master. Blonde on Blonde really captures the classic feel to your Sunday. As it did for me as I was sipping my PBR and twisting my beard. Just kidding folks I don’t have a beard, PBR on the other hand.. Total hipster move. Nonetheless Blonde on Blonde filled the void my ears needed to ear.

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Lastly I decided to jump into some random funkiness and played some Parliament. I have my random flashes of funk, and boy does it do the trick, a jumping blaze of pure originality with head banging worthy bass. So funky, and so right I played “Flash Light” over and over. I made sure to end my music sesh on a solid upbeat note. That is with any other times make sure you end music on a solid note, it’s a major key!

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I chose these three albums because of how easing, unleashing and relaxing they all are. They are the type of albums that if they repeated no one would turn and wonder why no one changed the music. After what was an extensive day of family these seemed to have hit the spot for my hungry ear.

Cheers, Jake

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Jack Maloney “Jack of All Trades”

I’ve been wanting to do some shout outs lately, it’s been worth it to all my friends, and I’ve felt most comfortable writing a tribute to them. So here is my weekly “biopic”, if you will.

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Jack Maloney, the man of music and the man of Boston sports love. Not to mention his dablings of just about everything else. Like my last post I talked about my friend Dillon, well we had a crew and Jack was part of it. Jack always has had that music vibe to be laid back, and play some AC/DC Jimi Hendrix riffs while his hand would be buried balls deep in some popcorn. I’ve him known for quite a long time (10 years), and his down to earth grasp on art has always been a thing of beauty. Playing guitar since he was 10, from what I can remember and now he is eighteen and still shredding. We share common interest in Boston sports, and hate for Montreal Canadians. Completely unique and will make you laugh on just about any occasion.

When it came to Dill and Jack it all became an all around fun time. Never any dull moments.  We’ve tried so many times to create a garage band. We had our fun, I mean not too bad for not having a drum set. Trash cans, and symbols with some bongos. Real innovative, and indie, you wouldn’t get it.. I’ve tried singing and all sorts of mixes. It was a fun time Jack has always had the gift of playing guitar and he was always the band setter. We tried to be cool with band names like “Blaq Audio”, and “Earth From Space” and a few other names. Jack still jams on the daily, and is a solid axe piece for anyone looking to start up a band. Music is love, music is life.

We had a true squad of basketball sessions, backyard football with fullback dives and tight end one handed grabs and jam sessions. Even if I couldn’t play a lick of music or act well we all had a ball, and had full on video game, and philosphical talks with everything in between. Jack and I still kick it, and hang out periodically dispite our busy lifestyles. Game time is no joke and our Patriotism has never been more on point. Dillon, he’s always been a Giants fan, and we have always gave him shit for it. Not only our fond love for the Patriots but as well as the Boston Bruins. Jack got me into hockey, and brought the Bruin pride into my blood stream. Those long nights of play off hockey from 2007-2011 was where it all started. 2010-2011 being most memorable for they won the Stanley Cup, but night after night watching at his house in an atmosphere that I have not really discovered was something amazing, and a feeling to be told. My dad has never been into hockey and neither of my other family members, so a following of true fan comradery was something needed so desperately. Watching the comeback against the Canadians and, the full on dynamic play by Tim Thomas put an awe in my then hockey less mind. I will never forget those moments.