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TOP 16 Bandcamp Tracks

TOP 16 Bandcamp Tracks

Apple iTunes keeps track of how many times you play a song. If you’re like me, you think it’s an incredible value to buy a track for a dollar or so from Bandcamp and listen to it 100 or more times. Here are my top Bandcamp tracks (the listens are as of 22 December 2020):

1. “Crystal Clear” by Chris Kackley. 394 listens.

https://chriskackley.bandcamp.com/track/crystal-clear

2. “The Rainbow Connection” by BroniKony. 379 listens.

https://bronikoni.bandcamp.com/track/rainbow-connection-russian-cover

3. “Tyler Versus the Tsunami” by The Putz. 292 listens.

https://theputz.bandcamp.com/track/tyler-vs-the-tsunami-2

4. “Swedish Fish” by Bombón. 289 listens.

https://bombon.bandcamp.com/track/swedish-fish

5. “Fox on the Run” by Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents. 249 listens.

https://jennydee.bandcamp.com/track/fox-on-the-run

6.  “Long Song of the Law” by Burger Big (USA). 214 listens.

https://burgerbig.bandcamp.com/releases

7. “Surf Instrumental,” by Rick Lawndale. 180 listens.

https://ricklawndale.bandcamp.com/track/surf-instrumental

8. “I Don’t Wanna” by For I Am. 179 listens.

https://beardedpunk.bandcamp.com/track/i-dont-wanna

9. “Spit Hood” by Betrayers. 172 listens.

https://thebetrayers.bandcamp.com/track/spit-hood

10. “Anywhere the Wind Blows,” by Big Eagle. 151 listens.

https://bigeagle.bandcamp.com/track/anywhere-the-wind-blows

11. “Ride of the Surfers Ride,” by Underwater Bosses. 148 listens.

https://underwaterbosses.bandcamp.com/track/ride-of-the-surfers-ride

12. “That Moon was Low,” by Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents. 129 listens.

https://jennydee.bandcamp.com/track/that-moon-was-low-2

13. “Vegemite Meatballs” by Big Burger (Australia). 125 listens.

https://bigburger.bandcamp.com/track/vegemite-meatballs

14. “He’s Got the Power,” by Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents. 104 listens.

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15. “Blast Off!” by the Putz. 102 listens.

https://theputz.bandcamp.com/track/blast-off

16. “More Fun to Beat ’em,” by Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents. 101 listens.

https://jennydee.bandcamp.com/track/more-fun-to-beat-em

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Bruce Dalzell: Waltz For Kelee (YouTube)

Bruce Dalzell: Waltz For Kelee(YouTube)

A truly great instrumental piece.

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David Bruce: 250 Anecdotes About Religion — Church, Clothing

Church

• A Vermonter was the only person to show up for early morning church services, so the minister asked the Vermonter what they should do. The Vermonter replied, “When I take a load of hay out into the field to feed the cows, and only one cow shows up, I don’t turn her away hungry.” Hearing this, the minister preached to his audience of one a sermon well over an hour long, and then he asked the Vermonter what he thought of the sermon. The Vermonter replied, “When I take a load of hay out into the field to feed the cows, and only one cow shows up, I don’t make her eat the whole load.”

• According to Quakers, speaking in unprogrammed meeting is not something that can be planned; instead, it is a matter of divine inspiration. John Warren attended a meeting in Maine, where people expected that he would speak. However, he didn’t feel the Holy Spirit calling him to say anything, so he remained silent. After an hour in which no one spoke, the meeting was over, and Mr. Warren started walking out of the meetingplace. He overheard one boy tell another, “Didn’t that beat the devil!” Mr. Warren turned around and told the boy, “That is what it is intended to do.”

• The Quakers, aka Friends, perform social (and religious) service as well as attend religious meetings. They often hold unprogrammed meetings in which people are silent unless someone feels moved to speak. A person who knew nothing about Quakers attended a meeting and waited and waited for something to happen, but everyone remained silent. Finally, he nudged a Quaker and asked, “When does the service begin?” The Quaker replied, “The service begins when the meeting ends.”

• Mark Twain attended the church of his friend, the Reverend Joseph Twichell, and he became very interested in the sermon. After the church service was over, Mr. Twain told Reverend Twichell, “Joe, this mustn’t happen again. When I go to church, I go for a good rest and quiet nap. Today I haven’t been able to get a single wink. I tell you it won’t do; and it must not happen again.”

• Ballerina Margot Fonteyn seldom attended church as a child, because her mother believed in letting children go to church only when they wanted. Why did Margot’s mother believe that? Because when she was a little girl, she had been forced each Sunday to attend church three times. As a grownup, she went to church only for weddings.

• A Sunday School teacher asked her class, “What do you think about when you see the church doors open to everyone who wants to worship God here?” An African-American student answered, “It’s like walking into the heart of God.”

• After first arriving in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin attended a silent Quaker meeting. He fell asleep and did not wake until someone roused him when the meeting was over.

Clothing

• Reb Simcha loved and admired his father, Reb Elchanan. When Reb Elchanan’s shoes wore out, he gave his young son money to buy a new pair. When his son returned with the shoes, Reb Elchanan put them on and walked about. Seeing that his father looked perturbed, young Simcha asked what was wrong. Reb Elchanan replied, “My son, the laces upset me. I usually don’t wear shoes with laces. Now I will have to spend time lacing my shoes, unlacing them when a lace breaks, tying them in the morning, untying them at night; they will require precious time that could be used instead for learning.”

• A very stupid man had trouble getting dressed every morning because he could not find his clothes. One day, he had the idea of writing down where he put his clothes when he went to bed. The next morning, he looked at the writing, found his pants and put them on, then he looked at the writing again, found his shirt and put it on, and so on. But when he was dressed, he said, “But where am I? Where in the World am I?” He looked and looked, but he could not find where he was in the World. According to Rabbi Hanokh, we are like this man: We cannot find ourselves and we do not know where we are in the World.

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Music Recommendation: Zoe Wren — “Cecilia”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Cecilia”

Album: RECKLESS RIVER

Artist: Zoe Wren

Artist Location: London, UK

Info:

“Zoë has produced a mature, exquisitely well-crafted album of great beauty and listening pleasure, deserving of a wide audience. [RECKLESS RIVER] confirms her place at the high table of the current crop of the country’s young singer-songwriters.” 
— Folk Radio UK 

“Zoë is now standing shoulder to shoulder with the best singer songwriters around. This is a debut album of astonishing quality … Fantastic from start to finish, this is a record you’ll want to listen to again and again.” 
— FATEA 

“Steeped in the very best of classic contemporary and traditional folk from both sides of the Atlantic, blessed with a pure, emotive voice that flows across her melodies like a clear stream.” 
—  Folking.com

“An acoustic rendition of my song ‘Cecilia,’ based on the life of my Slovene great-grandmother. I might never have been born if she had fulfilled her original plan of becoming a nun!”

Price: £1 (GBP) for track; £10 (GBP) for 10-track album

Genre: Folk. Folk Pop.

Links:

RECKLESS RIVER

https://zoewren.bandcamp.com/album/reckless-river

Zoe Wren on Bandcamp

https://zoewren.bandcamp.com

Zoe Wren on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JgEqNqiaCYi7bH7h6LSHQ

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David Bruce: 250 Anecdotes About Religion — Children, Christmas, Church

Children

• A little boy had been naughty, so as punishment he was sent to bed after supper and was not allowed to watch his favorite TV program. His mother told him as he went to his room, “Pray to God so you can be a good boy tomorrow.” “Why?” asked the little boy. “What’s on TV tomorrow?”

Christmas

• In Philadelphia, the Old First Reformed Church, United Church of Christ, always has a Christmas program in which a newborn baby from the congregation portrays the baby Jesus in a scene set in the manger. If a woman in the congregation gives birth to a girl, then Jesus is portrayed by a girl. If an African-American woman in the congregation gives birth, then Jesus is portrayed by an African-American baby. If a Hispanic woman in the congregation gives birth, then Jesus is portrayed by a Hispanic baby. One year, a woman in the congregation gave birth to twins, so Jesus was portrayed by twins.

• Comedian Lou Costello enjoyed trimming the Christmas tree by himself late on Christmas Eve after his children had gone to bed. One year, he arrived home very late on Christmas Eve because he had been detained at the radio station where The Abbott and Costello Program was produced, and he saw that the butler had decorated the tree. Mr. Costello was so disappointed that he went to his bedroom and cried.

• A Sunday School class taught by Rolf E. Aaseng participated in a Christmas program that celebrated Jesus, the Light of the World. Four members of the class were supposed to carry large cardboard letters on stage to spell out the word STAR, but they got mixed up and displayed the letters in reverse order: RATS.

• Michael Moore, the director of Roger and Me, went Christmas caroling in 1998 at the homes of the CEOs of the top tobacco companies. He took along with him the Awful Truth Choir, whose members have lost their voice boxes (aka larynxes) because they smoked.

Church

• As a young pastor, William Woughter wanted to set new attendance records at his church. Therefore, he got hold of a number of old vinyl records and promised that whoever brought the most visitors to church on Sunday could publicly break a record over his head. Things went well for the first four Sundays — attendance was booming, and the records broke easily (pun definitely intended). On the fifth and final record-breaking Sunday, a young boy proudly led 27 visitors into the church. However, when the young boy took hold of the record and tried to break it over Pastor William’s head, the record refused to break — despite the boy’s several valiant attempts to break it. Later, a bruised Pastor William discovered that this particular record had been made with an unbreakable metal core.

• The Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, used to have a problem with parking. Nearby were two other places of worship: the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King and the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip. Parking was hard to come by, and since these two churches met for worship earlier than the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, the Catholics and Episcopalians used to park in the parking lot of the Baptist Church, resulting in a lack of parking spaces for the Baptists when they arrived for worship. Fortunately, the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church was able to solve the problem. Members of the Baptist Church simply put these bumper stickers on all the cars in its parking lot: “I’m Proud to Be a Southern Baptist.”

• Lots of people complain that churches don’t have the facilities to compete with worldly entertainments, but country comedian Jerry Clower remembers offering to let his 14-year-old daughter (Sue) and one of her friends go with him on a trip to Hollywood, where they could meet celebrities Lorne Greene, David Janssen, Dinah Shore, and Mel Tillis. She told him, “Daddy, I love you and I’m so glad that you would arrange it to where me and one of my friends could go on this trip, but daddy, there’s something going on at the church activities building I don’t want to miss. I won’t be able to go with you this time.” When Mr. Clower heard his daughter say this, tears came to his eyes and he said, “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.”

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Music Recommendation: Andy Baylor — “Some Love”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Some Love”

Album: BLUES FROM THE IRENE BUILDING

Artist: Andy Baylor

Artist Location: Melbourne, Australia

Info: “Andy Baylor was born in Melbourne in 1954 and is a highly respected, influential Australian musician known for his multi-instrumental skills, song-writing and versatility. Andy’s early life was spent living in St Kilda with his father, Jack Freeman, a leading social realist artist before eventually settling with his mother, politician Gracia Baylor, in the small mountain town of Healesville.”

Andy Baylor, but this is not “Some Love.”

Price: $2 (AUS) for track: $20 (AUS) for 12-track album

Genre: Alternative

Links:

BLUES FROM THE IRENE BUILDING

https://andybaylormusic.bandcamp.com/album/blues-from-the-irene-building-2

Andy Baylor on Bandcamp

https://andybaylormusic.bandcamp.com

Andy Baylor Official Website

https://www.andybaylor.online

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1211663457/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/transparent=true/

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Haiku #373 🌞 🌺 — Exclusive Inflictions

Sunshine and fresh air

Vibrant flowers everywhere

Dissipating cares

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David Bruce: 250 Anecdotes About Religion — Charity, Children

Charity

• Entertainer Eddie Cantor put his knowledge of human nature to use while raising money for charity in what was reputed to be a tough town for fundraising. He did it by appearing to get sicker and sicker just before the fundraiser, even calling to see if someone could host the event for him at the last minute — which of course no one could. Because the people of the town thought Mr. Cantor was dying and was making his last request, he succeeded in raising $450,000 in a town where he normally would have been lucky to raise $150,000.

• Andrew Carnegie was a very wealthy man who had a reputation for donating money to charitable causes. Mark Twain wrote him to say that he wanted to buy a $2 hymnbook, pointing out that “I will bless you, God will bless you, and it will do a great deal of good.” Mr. Twain then added a postscript: “Don’t send the hymn-book — send me the two dollars.”

Children

• During a session of a junior church league, the preacher, Edwin Porter, was delayed, so he asked his oldest daughter, Janette, who was about 10 years old, to begin the session without him. The session started well, with 15 young children singing, “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.” Next came individual prayers, spoken out loud, during which Reverend Porter arrived in time to hear one young girl pray about his daughter Janette, “Dear Jesus, make that preacher’s daughter quit stealing my sweetheart — and send him back to me.” Another little girl prayed about one of Reverend Porter’s young sons, “You know I need a husband — give me Edd Porter for my own.” Yet another little girl — the daughter of two prominent members of his church — prayed, “Dear God, do keep Mama and Papa from fussing so much of the time.”

• Abraham, the first Jew, was the son of Terach, a maker of clay idols. When Abraham was a boy, he sometimes watched the shop while Terach was away. One day, while Terach was away from the shop, Abram (who was later called Abraham) broke all the idols. When Terach returned, he asked Abram what had happened. Abram said, “It was terrible. The smaller idols got angry and began fighting, then the bigger idols got angry and began fighting, and finally all the idols broke each other into bits.” Terach said, “Idols don’t get angry, and idols don’t fight. They’re made of clay — they just sit there.” Abram replied, “So why do you worship them?”

• A woman used to say “God!” whenever she was annoyed, which was several times a day, so her son — a regular attendant at Sunday School — decided to teach her a lesson. He called out, “Mommy!” She responded, but then he did not say anything. He did this five times in one day, and finally his mother said, “You don’t have anything to say, so why do you call me all the time?” Her son replied, “Mom, I called you five times, and already you have lost your patience. Each day, you call ‘God!’ more than five times. I wonder whether God has lost His patience with you.”

• Mrs. Miriam Pincus was a Rabbi’s wife who used her histrionic ability to teach her young Hebrew School students Bible stories. While telling about David and Goliath, she used deep growls for the giant’s voice and the voice of a hero for David. She also sang comic songs to keep her young students entertained. One Monday, three tots rang the Rabbi’s doorbell. When the Rabbi came to the door, they asked, “Can Mrs. Pincus come out and play?”

• Quaker unprogrammed meetings frequently include long periods of silence. A small child who was attending his first meeting sat quietly for a while, then he asked his mother, “Why are they all sitting so silently?” The mother hushed the child, but a Quaker rose and said, “Our first speaker this morning has put before us a most important question.”

• Mary Farwell’s five-year-old son was playing with his Speak-and-Spell computer. He typed the word “G-O-D” into it, but he was surprised when the computer told him, “Word not found.” He tried it again, only to meet with the same unsatisfactory result. He then looked at his computer and said, “Jesus is not going to like this!”

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Jokes for kids — t r e f o l o g y

Q. Where do you bury a ship captain who was addicted to chocolate?

A. At See’s

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Music Recommendation: Frankie and the Pool Boys — “Game of Thrones Theme”

Music: “Game of Thrones Theme”

Artist: Frankie and the Pool Boys

Artist Location: San Francisco, California

Info: “Frankie and the Pool Boys — Surf band, party band! Original music in the style of the first wave of Southern California beach music. An emphasis on melody, grooves, and fun. Instrumentals only, because who needs a bunch of dumb lyrics?”

Price: $0.99 (UDS) for track; this is a one-sided single

Genre: Surf Instrumentals.

Links:

“Game of Thrones Theme”

https://frankieandthepoolboys.bandcamp.com/track/game-of-thrones-theme

Frankie and the Pool Boys on Bandcamp

https://frankieandthepoolboys.bandcamp.com

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GUEST POST // Scars and Barbed Wire by Tony Mutton — unbolt me

I remember the history of my first scar,

You don’t forget bullying and barbed wire

Chased by a group of Catholic and non Catholic boys,

here was little difference between bullies in those days,

They all ran fast in the thrill of the hunt

Cornered at the base of a once insurmountable chain mail fence […]

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David Bruce: 250 Anecdotes About Religion — Anti-Semitism, Baseball, Censorship, Charity

Anti-Semitism

• Hadrian saw a Jew, who greeted him. Hadrian said, “Should a Jew see Hadrian and greet him? Cut off his head.” Hadrian’s soldiers carried off the Jew and beheaded him. Hadrian then saw a Jew, who did not greet him. Hadrian said, “Should a Jew see Hadrian and not greet him? Cut off his head.”

• In the former USSR, Jews suffered from anti-Semitism. In one underground joke, several Communists go to Heaven, form a party cell, and then discuss who should be the secretary. One of the Communists nominated God, but another Communist objected, “We can’t elect Him! He had a son in Israel!”

Baseball

• Sandy Koufax was a great Jewish major league pitcher. Umpire Tom Gorman was shocked to learn that Gene Oliver had hit .330 against Mr. Koufax, since Mr. Oliver was a left-handed hitter with a .220 batting average. He asked Mr. Oliver how he had managed to get so many hits against Mr. Koufax, and Mr. Oliver answered, “I’ll tell you, but it’s a secret. Don’t tell anybody. He thinks I’m Jewish.”

• Tim Burke was both a New York Mets pitcher and a Born-Again Christian. In 1991, he was asked about Jesus and his career. He replied, “If Jesus were on the field, he’d be pitching inside and breaking up double plays.”

Censorship

• While Maury Maverick, Jr. was a member of the Texas House of Representatives in the 1950s, a bill came up advocating censorship in the Texas schools. Remarkably, an organization of Texas schoolteachers came out in support of the bill — after having been bought off with a pay raise. This scared Mr. Maverick, who was knowledgeable about bookburning by the Nazis and who wrote, “When that starts happening, that’s the beginning of the end. That’s when someone is going to start killing Jews, or Presbyterians, or Methodists, or conservatives, or liberals, or whatever. Somebody’s going to get killed if that doesn’t stop.”

• Nancy Garden is the lesbian author of Annie on My Mind, a young people’s novel portraying lesbian characters in a positive manner. Religious groups in Kansas attacked the book, which was in school libraries, and a fundamentalist preacher even burned a copy of the book in public. However, students, parents, and librarians protested when Annie on My Mind was removed from school libraries. One boy and his friends even checked approximately 3,000 books out of school district libraries to show how empty the shelves would be if controversial books were removed.

• In the former USSR, members of the secret police attended church services to check the content of the sermons. Cardinal Wyszynski used to start his sermons by saying, “Brothers in Christ and delegates of the government….”

Charity

• Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin often said that he had learned from a beggar how to collect money for charity. A beggar had appeared at his door, and the good Rabbi had given him a generous handout, but the beggar asked for more. Someone present said that he was surprised that the beggar had asked for more money because the beggar had often accepted much smaller sums of money without arguing. The beggar replied that when he was given a small amount of money, it wasn’t worth arguing about because what he would get if he won the argument? Another small amount of money. But a sizable amount of money was worth arguing about because if he won that argument he would get another sizable amount of money. Rabbi Meir Shapiro said, “Whenever I ask a donation from a wealthy man and he gives me a sizable sum, I tell that story.”

• Hei-zayemon was a wealthy philanthropist who tried to live his life in accordance with the insights gained by ancient sages. By using his money wisely, he relieved much of the hunger and misery of the poor people in his part of the world. One day, a monk showed up at his doorstep. Having heard of Hei-zayemon’s philanthropy, the monk requested money to build a gate for his temple. Hearing this, Hei-zayemon laughed, and then said, “I help people because I cannot bear to see them suffer. What’s so bad about a temple without a gate?”

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