Monday, July 23, 2007

Welcome Back, Jon Lester

On the surface, this would seem to be about a baseball player coming back off the disabled list and playing in the Major Leagues again. But it's so much more than that.

Eleven months ago to the very date (Aug 23, 2006) Boston Red rookie pitcher Jon Lester walked off the mound in California in a game against the Angels. Lester had been wracked up pretty badly in a game versus the Yankees five days earlier in Fenway Park. It was revealed shortly after the Yankee game that Lester had been involved in a minor traffic accident on the way to the ballpark. He was still OK enough to pitch against the Angels and even won that game. However when he realized that the post-accident pain in his lower back wasn't going away he went for some tests and found out some devastating news - he had cancer.

When you're 22 years old as Jon Lester was at the time, you tend to have a feeling of invincibility. It's the nature of being in your early 20's. And though the doctors told him it was a treatable form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma when you hear someone tell you that you have cancer, your entire world changes.

It's an insidious disease that sooner or later touches everyone of us. You may be battling cancer yourself at this moment. I lost a very close friend in early May to lung cancer. Three members of my immediate family have all successfully beaten cancer.

Tonight in Cleveland, 11 months to the date of his last Major League appearance, Jon Lester will take the mound for the Red Sox once again. For anyone who is fighting cancer, take a moment today to rejoice because Jon Lester is living proof that cancer can be beaten. This really isn't about baseball. It's about life.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

No Song List This Week?

Nah. No one's reading it here anyway. They're all over at

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Songs I Played Sunday July 8, 2007

Lawyers should not attempt to tinker with technology.... Ever.


Opening Theme - "Signe" by Eric Clapton

Please Be With Me - Eric Clapton
Diamond In the Rough - Shawn Colvin
If You Could Read My Mind - Don McLean
How To Save A Life - Fray

Be On Your Way - Lee Alexander
The Man - Pete Yorn
Box Of Rain - Grateful Dead
8:05 - Moby Grape
Two - Ryan Adams
Brooklyn - Steely Dan

Are You Alright? - Lucinda Williams
Save It For Later - Pete Townshend
The Fever - Bruce Springsteen

Perfectly - Judd & Maggie
Best You Ever Had - Joe Colledge
Sway - Rolling Stones
The Door - Keb' Mo'
Everything But You - Glen Phillips
Nightswimming - R.E.M


You're All I Have - Snow Patrol
Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
Driven To Tears - Police
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley & the Wailers

If I Broke the Record - Dave Potts
Our Country - John Mellencamp
It Must Have Happened - Mary Chapin Carpenter

On A Night Like This - Bob Dylan
One Headlight -
Feelin' To Know - Poco
Full Moon Nights In Pine View Heights - Trailer Park Troubadours
Rebels - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You Make It Easy - Golden Smog
Teacher Teacher - Rockpile
Mr. Soul - Rush
Dream Big - Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

Beauty Of A Broken Heart - Page McConnell
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Two Hearts - Ryan Adams
Harvest Moon - Neil Young

Ain't Wastin' Time No More - Allman Brothers Band
Follow You Down - Gin Blossoms
Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
Calling All Angels - Train

Closing Theme - "Take Five" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

Thanks for listening this morning. Enjoy the All Star Game.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Songs I Played Sunday July 1, 2007

Here is a list of the songs I played this morning.

Opening Theme - "Signe" by Eric Clapton

Happiness - Weepies
Help Me - Joni Mitchell
These Things - Tim O'Reagan
Bandit - Neil Young

Goodnight Rose - Ryan Adams *
Human - Pretenders
The Door Into Summer - Monkees
O Mary Don't You Weep - Bruce Springsteen
Is This Love - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Perfectly - Judd & Maggie

Two - Ryan Adams *
Sing My Songs To Me/For Everyman - Jackson Browne
Kiss From Eve - Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams

For Us - Pete Yorn
Forget Her - Jeff Buckley
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Sun Also Sets - Ryan Adams*
Crush - Dave Matthews Band


This Is Us - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Undeniably Human - Phil Roy
Before This Time - Ollabelle
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Santana

Rip Off - Ryan Adams *
Everything But You - Glen Phillips
Almost Hear You Sigh - Rolling Stones
Missing You - John Waite & Alison Krauss

Full Moon Nights in Pine View Heights - Trailer Park Troubadours
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Shinin' Brightly - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Two Hearts - Ryan Adams *
Dance Tonight - Paul McCartney
Two Steps Behind - Def Leppard
You Are All I Have - Snow Patrol
House We Used To Live In - Smithereens
It Must Have Happened - Mary Chapin Carpenter

Vahevala - Loggins & Messina
Happy - Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
The Picture - Son Volt
Two Lights In the Nighttime - Bonnie Raitt

If I Broke the Record - Dave Potts
Seven Turns - Allman Brothers Band
Water Song - Hot Tuna

Closing Theme - "Take Five" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

* from the new CD Easy Tiger now available

Thanks for listening this morning. Have a great Fourth!