Riding the Pork Chop Express to the Past

Music as Time Travel

The theme from Halloween scared the hell out of me the first time I saw the movie (under the right circumstances it still gives me a shiver).  Carpenter’s writing, directing, and composing credits contributed to a collection of movies that helped set a standard for others to aspire to.  I’ve been listening to John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) for the past few days and I find myself slipping through time (in a sentimental sort of way) each time I press play.

Part of John Carpenter’s success as a movie maker can be attributed to the scores he created for such classics as Halloween and The Fog.  Carpenter’s scores can also be heard  on cult classics such as Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China.  For fans of John Carpenter the scores may as well be considered part of the dialogue.  John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) is not just a collection of highlights  from some of his various movies (download soundtracks if that’s what you want).  This album is a re-imagining of some of his most iconic themes.  These themes possess a contemporary sound while still remaining faithful to the original recordings.  It is at this intersection of modern and classic that you can find yourself traveling through time (while wearing a Pork Chop Express t-shirt).

If you, like me, have memories of going to the theater to see Big Trouble in Little China or remember renting Halloween on VHS then this album is worth a listen.  The themes on this album have an uncanny ability to get you thinking about the original soundtrack, the movie, and your first viewing.  Press play on any of the thirteen tracks and you’ll find yourself hovering between the now and the then.  

-K-

John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) 

Time in the Title: The Mix Tape

  1. “Time”—Pink Floyd
  2. “Time is Marching”—John Lee Hooker
  3. “Time is on My Side”—The Rolling Stones
  4. “Time is a Train”—Amy LaVere
  5. “Time Machine”—Ingrid Michaelson
  6. “Time to Get Ill”—Beastie Boys
  7. “Wasting Time”—Kid Rock
  8. “Time”—Tori Amos
  9. “Time in a Bottle”—Jim Croce
  10. “The Only Time”–Nine Inch Nails
  11. “Party Time (Anthem 2018)”—Madeleine Peyroux
  12. “Just Passin’ Time”—Dwight Yoakam
  13. “Time”—Prince
  14. “This is the Right Time”—Lisa Stansfield
  15. “Running Out of Time”—Joan Osborne
  16. “High Time We Went”—Joe Cocker
  17. “The Last Time”—Janis Joplin
  18. “One More Time”—Sam Cooke
  19. “One Last Time”—Sara Watkins
  20. “Closing Time”—Pieta Brown
“Jukebox”

-K-

Give the Devil His Due: The Mix Tape

A Side

  1. “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie”–Colter Wall
  2. “The Devil’s Right Hand”–Bob Seger
  3. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”–The Charlie Daniels Band
  4. “The Devil Takes Crae of His Own”–Band of Skulls
  5. “Friend of the Devil”–Ramblin’ Jack Eliot
  6. “Speak of the Devil”–Chris Isaak
  7. “Seven Devils”–Florence and the Machine
  8. “Sympathy for the Devil”–The Rolling Stones
“Dock Jukebox”

B Side

  1. “Born By the Devil”–Lightnin’ Hopkins
  2. “Me and the Devil Blues”–Eric Clapton
  3. “The Devil Had a Hold of Me”–Gillian Welch
  4. “Me and the Devil”–Gill Scott-Heron
  5. “Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)”–Robert Johnson
  6. “The Devil’s Gonna Lie”–Otis Taylor
  7. “Devil’s Got to Burn”–James Blood Ulmer
  8. “Keep the Devil Down”–North Mississippi Allstars

-K-

Whistle While You Work

or Maybe Create a Playlist

The older I get the more things I seem to notice or maybe the more things just come into focus. One of the things I’ve noticed lately (or it has come into focus) is the importance music plays at work. What I mean is being able to listen to the music of my choice while working. I never gave it much thought so I took for granted how important it is.

I’ve worked a variety of jobs over the years. I considered pay, benefits, conditions, and a variety of other factors when searching and selecting work, but I never considered whether or not I could play music while I worked. As I look back at my long list of jobs the ones I liked the most allowed me to play music of my choice. From my first full time job in retail electronics where I brought in my Case Logic binder of Columbia House CDs (if you are of a certain age you know what I’m talking about), to the 5:00 am inventory/pricing job and my IPod Nano packed with all those one penny CDs, or my current job where I can play seven hours of Pandora playlists a day for my clients I’ve come to realize music makes the work day a little more enjoyable.

All those jobs that didn’t allow music made the days a little slower, a little greyer, a little less enjoyable. I’m not saying I’d take twenty-five percent pay cut or give up all my benefits just to be able to listen to music, but I do believe if you have to do a thing for eight hours a day then try to find something that makes those eight hours a little more enjoyable. Whether or not I can listen to music while I work is something that I’ve decided to add to the list of considerations when I make the move to my next job. What about you? Any special considerations?

-K-

4th of July: The Mix Tape

A Side

1. “America”–Neil Diamond

2. “Living in America”–James Brown

3. “Ragged Old Flag”–Johnny Cash

4. “Born in the USA”–Bruce Springsteen

5. “American Pie”–Don McLean

6. “Surfin’ USA”–The Beach Boys

7. “R.O.C.K. in the USA”–John Mellencamp

8. “Back in the USA”–Chuck Berry

9. “Star Spangled Banner”–Jimi Hendrix

“Legion Memorial #7”

B Side

1. “The Heart of Rock & Roll”–Huey Lewis and the News

2. “American Girl”–Tom Petty

3. “Dancing in the Streets”–Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

4. “Fortunate Son”–Creedence Clearwater Revival

5. “Sweet Home Alabama”–Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. “Chicken Fried”–Zac Brown Band

7. “Cheeseburger in Paradise”–Jimmy Buffett

8. “All Summer Long”–Kid Rock

9. “We’re an American Band”–Grand Funk Railroad

-K-

Getting By: The Mix Tape

1. “House Rent Boogie”—John Lee Hooker

2. “Fast Car”—Tracy Chapman

4. “Another Day in Paradise”—Phil Collins

3. “Marie”—Townes Van Zandt

5. “Sittin’ on a Poor Man’s Throne”—Bobby “Blue” Bland

“Couple at Jukebox”

6. “King of the Road”—Roger Miller

7. “Broken Down”—Eric Clapton

8. “Times Gettin’ Tougher Than Tough”—Them

9. “Hard Time Losin’ Man”—Jim Croce

10. “Hard Time”—Gillian Welch

-K-

Winter Time: The Mix Tape

1. “December Baby”–Ingrid Michaelson

2. “Snowin’ on Raton”–Townes Van Zandt

3. “Mid-December Blues”–Samuel James

4. “Snowflake”–Amy LaVere

5. “Get Me Through December”–Alison Krauss

6. “Winter”–Tori Amos

7. “Winter’s Song”–Cowboy Junkies

“Snowy Backyard #3”

8. “Christmas Song”–Dave Matthews Band

9. “Christmas in Paradise”–Mary Gauthier

10. “White Christmas”–Otis Redding

11. “New Year’s Resolution”–Otis Redding and & Carla Thomas

12. “Happy New Year”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

13. “Like New Year’s Day”–Sara Watkins

14. “Winter’s Come and Gone”–Gillian Welch

-K-

Bad Medicine: The Self-Medication Mix Tape

1. “Cocaine”–Eric Clapton

2. “Hurt “–Johnny Cash

3. “Methamphetamine”–Old Crow Medicine Show

4. “Junker”–Hugh Laurie

5. “Old Fashioned Morphine”–Jolie Holland

“Picking Tunes”

6. “Snowblind Friend”–Steppenwolf

7. “Heroin Addict Sister”–Elizabeth Cook

8. “Hotel California”–Eagles

9. “My Morphine”–Gillian Welch

10. “Nothin'”–Townes Van Zandt

-K-

Black Coffee and Cigarettes: The Mix Tape

1. “Coffee Girl”–The Tragically Hip

2. “Smoke Rings”–Sam Cooke

3. “Cigarettes and Coffee”–Otis Redding

Red Cup (Optio-edit)
“Red Cup”

4. “Rum in My Morning Coffee”–Jan Smith

5. “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray”–Patsy Cline

6. “Don’t Smoke in Bed”–Nina Simone

Apt. Cigarette Break (edit)
“Cigarette Break”

7. “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild Wild Women”–Jim Croce

8. “Coffee Blues”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

9. “Never Get Out of These Blues Alive”–John Lee Hooker

-K-

Blues at Your Door: The Mix Tape

1. “Back Door Man”–Howlin’ Wolf

2. “Don’t Answer the Door”–B.B. King

3. “Next Door Neighbor Blues”–Gary Clark

4. “Howlin’ at Your Door” –Fiona Boyes

5. “Don’t Turn Me From Your Door”– John Lee Hooker

Ivy and Iviry #4 (P7000-editj19.142)
“Ivy & Ivriy Club”

6. “Knockin’ at Your Door”–Bobby Rush

7. “Right Next Door”–Robert Cray

8. “The Hearse is Backed Up to the Door”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

9. “Backdoor Love Affair”–ZZ Top

10. “Back Door Man”–Willie Dixon

-K-

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