The Weekday Ramble is a daily dose of sports, music, culture, and more from Rambling On founder Erik Ritland. For more information check us out on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, or at our website.
Monday August 31, 2015
Sad news: this will be our last week of the daily #WeekdayRamble. That’s more for the lazy days of summer. With the three sport season coming up we need to focus more on specific subjects, specifically sports and music. We’ll be posting a weekly Sports Ramble early in the week and Music Ramble later in the week. Hopefully we’ll also get back to podcasting, where we’ll do popular #WeekdayRamble bits like #FunFacts. We’ll also do some random Weekday Ramble blogs as well.
For this last week I’ll be writing about more personal stuff, mostly songs I listened to from my parent’s record collection when I was a kid. Today I’ll be highlighting three of my favorite songs from that era.
Birmingham Blues - Charlie Daniels
from the 1975 LP Nightrider
"Birmingham Blues" should be a southern rock anthem: it’s got a big riff, virtuosic soloing, and the energy that better known songs like “Can’t You See” lack. Essential listening.
Paradise/The Spell – Uriah Heep
from the 1972 LP Demons and Wizards
“Paradise/The Spell” is a good vs. evil story in like six parts. 11 minutes of album time on one song was nothing to Heep. This is their classic lineup, too: David Byron’s vocal range is limitless, Gary Thain’s basslines are fluid, Mick Box’s chunky guitar sits in the background and bursts in when necessary, and prodigy Ken Hensley dazzles on organ, keyboard, and slide guitar.
Sleepwalker – The Kinks
from the 1977 LP Sleepwalker
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.