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The last weekly email: Enjoy this original poem of January 22, 2016 by C. Lilly J. Lekhan:

 

Hearts and Home

 

stars and stripes and something sweet

a rifle and a deer, or is it a bear?

a night sky,                                   a ground breathing

and softly:

a vision of a possibility

tender and delicate

like a little creek

a creek

that

runs

by a house

where children play

 

#68 added to the list on 1/15/16 is here:

the sexiest song to hit my high school back in the day: “Angel” by Gavin Friday

Album: Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack

Year: 1996

try the official studio version on the soundtrack (not the remakes)

 

#67 added to the list on 1/8/16 is here:

read a version of this that is in verse rather than prose for a phenomenal exotic poetry experience: “Gilgamesh” compiled by Sin-liqe-unninni, in a dialect of Akkadian

Book: Gilgamesh

Year: 2100 BC

ask your local library for a version that was popular or sold well, that is in your language and was translated in the last few decades

 

#66 added to the list on 1/1/16 is here:

The MTV generation will never forget this one: “Bad” by Michael Jackson

Album: Bad [same as song]

Year: 1987

try the official studio version on the album, and um, the official music video

 

#65 added to the list on 12/25/15 is here:

an example of how Christian music has been going mainstream in recent years: “Blessed Be Your Name” by Rebecca St. James

Album: Greatest Hits

Year: 2008

try the official studio version on the album

 

#64 added to the list on 12/18/15 is here:

soldiers are angels sometimes: “Citizen/Soldier” by 3 Doors Down

Album: 3 Doors Down [self-titled album]

Year: 2008

try the official studio version on the album, and the official video from 2007 which is a tribute to the National Guard and features The Guard

 

#63 added to the list on 12/11/15 is here:

sunny and dreamy: “More Than Love” by Los Lonely Boys

Album: Los Lonely Boys [self-titled album]

Year: 2004

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video

 

#62 added to the list on 12/04/15 is here:

ethereal and zany–this band was a standard in Gen X car CD collections for awhile: “(Nice Dream)” by Radiohead

Album: The Bends

Year: 1995

try the official studio version on the album

 

#61 added to the list on 11/27/15 is here:

the legendary chorus that must be about something deep: “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

Year: 2000

try the official studio version on the album, and the edited version of the official music video

 

#60 added to the list on 11/20/15 is here:

Gen X’s favorite World War II protest song, which was a common artistic convention in the Gen X art world in the 90’s–have fun figuring out how it applies for yourself: “Loser” by Beck

Album: Mellow Gold

Year: 1994

try the official studio version on the album, the official video, and Beck’s live performance with the BBC in April 2003

 

#59 added to the list on 11/13/15 is here:

was about the Vietnam War draft but could be a song for all the discrimination against the American working class: “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Album: Willy and the Poor Boys

Year: 1969

try the official studio version on the album, Fogerty’s live performance on PBS in Nov 2009, and Springsteen and Fogerty’s performance at the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden in October 2009

 

#58 added to the list on 11/06/15 is here:

probably the best spiritual poem to have come out of Britain, it is about the fearsome aspect of the Divine as manifested in Jesus Christ: “The Tyger” by William Blake

Book: Songs of Experience

Year: 1794

it is almost always printed in its original language, in a complete version, so any collection that has it included should be fine for experiencing this poem

 

Enjoy this original poem of October 30, 2015 by C. Lilly J. Lekhan:

 

How This Room Formed Itself

 

trapped in a prison

constructed from

the tyranny of your obsession–

and the thoughts grew up

as walls

and clamped down

in an iron ceiling–

and now you are squeezing

slowly,

without meaning to,

and whispering “my precious”

 

#57 added to the list on 10/23/15 is here:

sexy as hell: “Burn” by The Cure

Album: The Crow Soundtrack

Year: 1994

try the official studio version on the album

 

#56 added to the list on 10/16/15 is here:

probably Gen X’s favorite love song: “Lovesong” by The Cure

Album: Disintegration

Year: 1989

try the official studio version on the album

 

#55 added to the list on 10/09/15 is here:

don’t underestimate American country folk: “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams, Jr.

Album: The Pressure Is On

Year: 1982

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video

 

#54 added to the list on 10/02/15 is here:

yes, they are happy out there in the middle of nowhere: “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver

Album: Back Home Again

Year: 1974

try the official studio version on the album

 

#53 added to the list on 09/25/15 is here:

heartwrenchingly beautiful: “Grey Street” by the Dave Matthews Band

Album: Busted Stuff

Year: 2002

try the official studio version on the album

 

#52 added to the list on 09/18/15 is here:

reminds me of listening to Berklee students jamming genius in Boston: John Mayer’s version of “American Pie” by Don McLean

TV Appearance: The Late Show with David Letterman

Date: April 18, 2015

you can find this on YouTube under The Late Show with David Letterman’s account

 

#51 added to the list on 09/11/15 is here:

hot, free, and romantic: “Gypsy” by Shakira

Album: She Wolf

Year: 2009

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video in English and Spanish

 

#50 added to the list on 09/04/15 is here:

 a lovely song about a guardian angel’s love: “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix with the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Album: Axis: Bold as Love

Year: 1967

try the official studio version on the album

 

#49 added to the list on 08/28/15 is here:

bad-ass: “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton, originally by Bob Marley

Album: 461 Ocean Boulevard

Year: 1974

try the official studio version on the album

 

#48 added to the list on 08/21/15 is here:

sexy rock love song: “All My Love” by Led Zeppelin

Album: In Through the Out Door

Year: 1979

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video

 

#47 added to the list on 08/14/15 is here:

depressing but creative–a not so intimidating intro to Goth: “Hurt” by Trent Reznor with Nine Inch Nails

Album: The Downward Spiral

Year: 1994

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video which is live, and a 2nd possibly official video with tattooed words on a body

 

#46 added to the list on 08/07/15 is here:

free, wild, alive, and feeling the pain of life: “Dream On” by Aerosmith

Album: Aerosmith (self-titled debut album)

Year: 1973

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video, and the Boston Marathon Bombing Tribute with Southern California Children’s Chorus

 

#45 added to the list on 07/31/15 is here:

sometimes it needs to be said: “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” by Cole Swindell

Album: Cole Swindell (self-titled debut album)

Year: 2014

try the official studio version on the album, and the official music video

 

#44 added to the list on 07/24/15 is here:

captures the romance of the city: “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel

Album: Turnstiles

Year: 1976

try the official studio version on the album, the live footage from the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon on 9/21/01, and the live concert footage from the Shea Stadium Performance featuring Tony Bennett in July 2008

 

#43 added to the list on 07/17/15 is here:

spiritual, almost mystical–listen to this on a Sunday: “Mary Did You Know” by CeeLo Green

Album: CeeLo’s Magic Moment

Year: 2012

try the official studio version on the album, and CeeLo’s official video (this is not the preview video from the movie “The Bible”)

 

#42 added to the list on 07/10/15 is here:

a ridiculously cool-sounding Christmas song: “Christmastime” by The Smashing Pumpkins

Album: A Very Special Christmas 3

Year: 1997

try the official studio version on the album

 

#41 added to the list on 07/03/15 is here:

uniquely Irish: “God Be With You” from The Devil’s Own Soundtrack

Album: The Devil’s Own Soundtrack

Year: 1997

try the official studio version on the album

 

#40 added to the list on 06/26/15 is here:

tender and beautiful: “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, originally by Dolly Parton

Album: The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

Year: 1992

try the official studio version on the soundtrack

 

#39 added to the list on 06/19/15 is here:

a song that rises up above the heart-wrenching reality of all our ordinary lives: “Levon” by Elton John

Album: Madman Across the Water

Year: 1971

try the official studio version on the album

 

#38 added to the list on 06/12/15 is here:

a classic–authentic and courageous: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

Album: Pearl

Year: 1971

try the official studio version on the album

 

Enjoy this original poem of June 05, 2015 by C. Lilly J. Lekhan:

 

Anjou Poem: Hate

 

Love Swirls for Love’s Eyes Alone

 

#37 added to the list on 05/29/15 is here:

a beautiful and powerful song of a woman’s love and loyalty: “My Immortal” by Evanescence

Album: Fallen

Year: 2003

this song is so powerful that I recommend listening to it without any video

 

#36 added to the list on 05/22/15 is here:

a passionate song about the sorrow of the breaking down of a love affair: “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

Album: Tragic Kingdom

Year: 1996

try the official studio version on the album

 

#35 added to the list on 05/15/15 is here:

a song about what we make with the gift of this life: “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis

Album: Rise and Shine

Year: 2002

try the official studio version on the album

 

#34 added to the list on 05/08/15 is here:

the perfect statement of cowboy Christianity: “The Old Rugged Cross” by Alan Jackson

Album: Precious Memories

Year: 2006

try the official studio version on the album

 

#33 added to the list on 05/01/15 is here:

a fantastic interpretation of the song–both simple and pure: “Amazing Grace” by Alan Jackson

Album: Precious Memories Volume II

Year: 2013

try the official video on alanjacksonVEVO, and the official studio version on the album

 

#32 added to the list on 04/24/15 is here:

After feminism, when girls had become truly capable and were fighting to be allowed to be so: “Just A Girl” by No Doubt

Album: Tragic Kingdom

Year: 1995

try the official studio version on the album

 

#31 added to the list on 04/17/15 is here:

honest and inappropriate true art: “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

Album: Born in the U.S.A.

Year: 1985

try the song without the official video first–try the official studio version on the album

 

#30 added to the list on 04/10/15 is here:

one of the best books I’ve ever read, though very morally corrupt: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Book: Lolita

Year: 1958 (New York publication)

 

#29 added to the list on 04/03/15 is here:

poignant and pretty–a compelling blend for a topic this big: “The Long Road” by Eddie Vedder, with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Album: Dead Man Walking Soundtrack

Year: 1996

try the official studio version on the album

 

#28 added to the list on 03/27/15 is here:

a cool song from an animated movie: “Once Upon a December” from Anastasia

Album: Anastasia Soundtrack

Year: 1997

try the reprise version by Deana Carter at #10 on the album, or if you like a chorus, try the movie version at #3 on the album

 

#27 added to the list on 03/20/15 is here:

original and special: “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra) by Gotye

Album: Making Mirrors

Year: 2011

try the official studio version on the album, and the official video

 

#26 added to the list on 03/13/15 is here:

too deep for radio: “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Album: A Very Special Christmas 3

Year: 1997

try the official version (which was recorded live) on the album, and listen to it by yourself without any visuals

 

#25 added to the list on 03/06/15 is here:

Gen X x-mas! YAY!: “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses

Album: A Christmas Record

Year: 1981

try the official studio version on the album

 

#24 added to the list on 02/27/15 is here:

this book is a must-read, and way better than all the adaptations: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book: The Great Gatsby

Year: 1925

 

#23 added to the list on 02/20/15 is here:

please don’t deprive yourself any longer, read this short story: “Bartleby” by Herman Melville

Book: The Piazza Tales

Year: 1856

 

#22 added to the list on 02/13/15 is here:

the song everyone listened to 12 times in a row after they first heard it: “Yesterday” by The Beatles

Album: Help!

Year: 1965

try the official studio version on the album by yourself without any video

 

#21 added to the list on 02/06/15 is here:

easy, breezy, and painful: “Dear Marie” by John Mayer

Album: Paradise Valley

Year: 2013

try the official studio version on the album

 

#20 added to the list on 01/30/15 is here:

a common theme in art with a new modern twist–taking love for granted for work, and being left with work in your bed: “Best I Ever Had” by Gavin DeGraw

Album: Make a Move

Year: 2013

try the official studio version on the album, and the official video

 

#19 added to the list on 01/23/15 is here:

a piece of history: “Blowin’ In The Wind” by Bob Dylan

Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Year: 1963

try the official studio version on the album, and Dylan’s first national US TV performance in March 1963

 

#18 added to the list on 01/16/15 is here:

a story told so compellingly it vibrates out of the song: “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Album: Tracy Chapman

Year: 1988

try the official studio version on the album