Sunday, November 4, 2007

Me & Maria: Onward

The North Face trail running shoe
· Run Time -- 11 minutes 20 seconds (+0:20)

__· Temperature: 17ºF (-8ºC)
__· Total Trail Time: 52 minutes

· Trail Time in November -- 4 hours 13 minutes

____(starting Oct. 1)
· Weight Loss Goal -- 24 pounds (11 kg)
__________· So Far -- 7 lb.

A great run this afternoon, so many hours ago. After gettin' back I crashed so hard, slept for like ever. Well, not really forever 'cause then I'd still be catchin' Zzzzzz's. Eventually I woke up, finally, after missing Sunday Night Football. Oh well. But my run was... while still rather short, it was, for me, excellent. Turned a corner I most certainly have. There seems to be no difficulty now whatsoever. And the third song in my ears, for the last almost three minutes, was at the absolute perfect tempo, perfectly in synch with the pace that I was moving at. Never has any moment in my running been more exceptionally matched to the tunes I was listening to and that's out of hundreds of songs that I've run to. Kinda sad thinkin' about that fact 'cause it makes me want to have such perfect songs every step out there. Ahh well. Still, I increased my run time by a third of a minute... nope, not a lot but it's something, it's positive, and it's better than not getting any exercise at all!

Today's Tunes...

Maria McKee

self-titled debut


· I've Forgotten What It Was In You
____(That Put The Need In Me)
· To Miss Someone
· Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?)
· Nobody's Child
· Panic Beach
· Can't Pull The Wool Down
____(Over The Little Lamb's Eyes)
· More Than A Heart Can Hold
· This Property Is Condemned
· Breathe
· Has He Got A Friend For Me?
· Drinkin' In My Sunday Dress

Once upon a time I remember Maria McKee as the lead singer for a band from Los Angeles called Lone Justice. They were pretty cool, I liked 'em. One song of theirs got fairly recognized -- Shelter. I think I may even have had one of their CDs. If I did it was sold off long gone so I'm not really sure. In any case, Lone Justice never made it and Ms. McKee went onto a solo career beginning with this debut in 1989. Beautiful stuff. She has a GREAT voice, writes great lyrics and great music. How her sound is described is interesting. I don't care much for labels... sometimes they clearly fit like Bob Marley is reggae and Del McCoury is bluegrass. Other times music is just music and to try one label, eh, that doesn't work so well. Here's how her entry at lists her:

Country-Rock · Alternative Country-Rock
Roots Rock · College Rock · Rock & Roll · Americana
Alternative Pop/Rock · Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Ohhhh-kay. Imagine someone askin' what kind of music you're listening to and naming all of those? A little ridiculous. To me what kind of music this album really is: music I like. When I gave it a first listen, I was impressed. With additional listens it keeps getting better. One song -- Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?) -- was immediately familiar to me. "What song is that? I know this song. Ahhh yeah, that's it!" Checked out my Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces CD and there it is. Inside, Natalie Maines names Maria as one of her inspirations. Which version is better? Not sure, I think they're both excellent. In any case, I think I'm gonna give this album another listen right now!

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Maria McKee -- 1989 debut


Paticus said...

I love me some Maria McKee. "Panic Beach" is a brilliant tune. I saw one Justice opeb for U2 at the Meadowlands(Byrne Arena) on the Joshua Tree tour, and they blew those Irish boys off the stage.

Anonymous said...

An underappreciated this lp. Her second one, Sin To Get Saved was strong Alt-Country. Her third was a disaster....

Kwizgiver said...

I loved this CD... and I loved Lone Justice. I'm saw them open for... I want to say the Eagles and they were better than the big guys. The Eagles... maybe John Mellencamp? I am toooooo lazy to it up...


one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

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