I did it! I listened to Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Ever

In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine came out with a 500 greatest list. Over the years I have tried to listen to a few songs here and there from the list to broaden my own horizons. It has been an experience. Some of the songs were life-affirming, others not so much. That is the thing with art or music. It makes you feel something, good or bad. I certainly got the feels from many of these songs. It was a great experience.

Favorites? Pretty much anything by Sam Cooke or The Kinks and I now can say without any shred of doubt in my mind that I despise Neil Young’s music. No offense Neil, but you sing like you have marbles in your mouth.

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  1. Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
  2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine by John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say by Ray Charles
  11. My Generation by The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday by The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling by The Clash
  16. I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  18. Maybellene by Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be by The Beatles
  21. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby by The Ronettes
  23. In My Life by The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready by The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  26. A Day In The Life by The Beatles
  27. Layla by Derek And The Dominos
  28. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
  29. Help! by The Beatles
  30. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire by The Doors
  36. One by U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly
  40. Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas
  41. The Weight by The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
  43. Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
  44. Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes by David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon And Garfunkel
  48. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California by Eagles
  50. The Tracks Of My Tears by The Miracles
  51. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry by Prince
  53. Anarchy In The U.K. by Sex Pistols
  54. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
  57. A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You by The Beatles
  65. Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
  66. Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
  69. Crying by Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By by Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls by The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train by Elvis Presley
  78. I Feel Good by James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me by The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  85. Crazy by Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl by The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
  90. In The Still Of The Nite by The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly by Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry
  98. Love And Happiness by Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
  101. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix
  102. Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent
  103. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
  104. Living For The City by Stevie Wonder
  105. The Boxer by Simon And Garfunkel
  106. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan
  107. Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly
  108. Little Red Corvette by Prince
  109. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  110. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) by Otis Redding
  111. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
  112. That’s All Right by Elvis Presley
  113. Up On The Roof by The Drifters
  114. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) by The Crystals
  115. You Send Me by Sam Cooke
  116. Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  117. Take Me To The River by Al Green
  118. Shout (Parts 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  119. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
  120. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
  121. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  122. House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals
  123. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown
  124. Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
  125. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
  126. Shake, Rattle & Roll by Big Joe Turner
  127. Changes by David Bowie
  128. Rock & Roll Music by Chuck Berry
  129. Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  130. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
  131. With Or Without You by U2
  132. Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley
  133. Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
  134. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
  135. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
  136. Your Song by Elton John
  137. Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  138. Family Affair by Sly & The Family Stone
  139. I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
  140. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  141. All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers
  142. Please by Please
  143. Purple Rain by Prince
  144. I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones
  145. Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
  146. Rock Lobster by The B-52’s
  147. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
  148. Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  149. Cathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers
  150. Eight Miles High by The Byrds
  151. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) by The Penguins
  152. Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
  153. A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
  154. Rave On by Buddy Holly
  155. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  156. The Sound Of Silence by Simon And Garfunkel
  157. I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos
  158. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
  159. I’m Waiting For The Man by The Velvet Underground
  160. Bring The Noise by Public Enemy
  161. I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
  162. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor
  163. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  164. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  165. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
  166. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  167. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  168. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations
  169. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
  170. Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell
  171. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  172. Dream On by Aerosmith
  173. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols
  174. Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
  175. I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four
  176. Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
  177. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  178. September Gurls by Big Star
  179. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
  180. Hey Ya! by OutKast
  181. Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s
  182. Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters
  183. The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King
  184. Please Please Me by The Beatles
  185. Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
  186. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) by Aretha Franklin
  187. Back In Black by AC/DC
  188. Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  189. Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
  190. Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
  191. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  192. Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
  193. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters
  194. Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
  195. Maybe by The Chantels
  196. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
  197. Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley
  198. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
  199. Flash Light by Parliament
  200. Loser by Beck
  201. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
  202. Come Together by The Beatles
  203. Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan
  204. Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding
  205. Lean On Me by Bill Withers
  206. Reach Out I’ll Be There by Four Tops
  207. Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers
  208. Gloria by Them
  209. In My Room by The Beach Boys
  210. 96 Tears by Question Mark And The Mysterians
  211. Caroline, No by The Beach Boys
  212. 1999 by Prince
  213. Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams
  214. Rockin’ In The Free World by Neil Young
  215. Sh-Boom by The Chords
  216. Do You Believe In Magic? by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  217. Jolene by Dolly Parton
  218. Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker
  219. Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf
  220. Walk Away Renée by The Left Banke
  221. Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed
  222. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  223. Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
  224. Good Times by Chic
  225. Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
  226. Moondance by Van Morrison
  227. Fire And Rain by James Taylor
  228. Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash
  229. Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters
  230. Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan
  231. Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
  232. Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) by Roy Orbison
  233. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
  234. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
  235. I Got A Woman by Ray Charles
  236. Everyday by Buddy Holly
  237. Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa
  238. I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
  239. The Wanderer by Dion
  240. Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
  241. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
  242. Rocket Man by Elton John
  243. Love Shack by The B-52’s
  244. Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group
  245. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band
  246. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher by Jackie Wilson
  247. Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone
  248. Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
  249. Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin
  250. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  251. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  252. Money Honey by The Drifters
  253. All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
  254. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
  255. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
  256. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
  257. Wild Thing by The Troggs
  258. I Can See For Miles by The Who
  259. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
  260. Oh, What A Night by The Dells
  261. Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
  262. Ooo Baby Baby by The Miracles
  263. He’s A Rebel by The Crystals
  264. Sail Away by Randy Newman
  265. Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
  266. Walking In The Rain by The Ronettes
  267. Personality Crisis by New York Dolls
  268. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
  269. Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers
  270. He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
  271. Sloop John B by The Beach Boys
  272. Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry
  273. Something by The Beatles
  274. Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
  275. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
  276. I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers
  277. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  278. Pictures Of You by The Cure
  279. Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups
  280. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
  281. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder
  282. Help Me by Joni Mitchell
  283. Call Me by Blondie
  284. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding? by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  285. Smokestack Lightning by Howlin’ Wolf
  286. Summer Babe by Pavement
  287. Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C.
  288. Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong
  289. Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles
  290. Stan by Eminem feat. Dido
  291. She’s Not There by The Zombies
  292. Train In Vain by The Clash
  293. Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green
  294. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  295. Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
  296. Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  297. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young
  298. One Way Or Another by Blondie
  299. Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince
  300. Like A Prayer by Madonna
  301. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
  302. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
  303. Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones
  304. With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
  305. Say It Loud — I’m Black And I’m Proud by James Brown
  306. That’s Entertainment by The Jam
  307. Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  308. Lonely Teardrops by Jackie Wilson
  309. What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
  310. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  311. Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers
  312. In Dreams by Roy Orbison
  313. I Put A Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  314. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
  315. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals
  316. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  317. Many Rivers To Cross by Jimmy Cliff
  318. Alison by Elvis Costello
  319. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  320. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
  321. Cortez The Killer by Neil Young
  322. Fight The Power by Public Enemy
  323. Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith
  324. Baby Love by The Supremes
  325. Good Lovin’ by The Rascals
  326. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine by James Brown
  327. For Your Precious Love by Jerry Butler
  328. The End by The Doors
  329. That’s The Way Of The World by Earth, Wind & Fire
  330. We Will Rock You by Queen
  331. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
  332. Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
  333. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
  334. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
  335. Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground
  336. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
  337. Beat It by Michael Jackson
  338. Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
  339. You Keep Me Hangin’ On by The Supremes
  340. Baba O’Riley by The Who
  341. The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff
  342. Runaround Sue by Dion
  343. Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker
  344. Piece Of My Heart by Big Brother And The Holding Company
  345. La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
  346. California Love by 2Pac
  347. Candle In The Wind by Elton John
  348. That Lady (Part 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  349. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
  350. The Locomotion by Little Eva
  351. The Great Pretender by The Platters
  352. All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
  353. Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  354. Watching The Detectives by Elvis Costello
  355. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  356. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics
  357. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
  358. Nowhere To Run by Martha And The Vandellas
  359. Got My Mojo Working by Muddy Waters
  360. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
  361. Complete Control by The Clash
  362. All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
  363. The Letter by The Box Tops
  364. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
  365. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  366. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
  367. White Room by Cream
  368. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
  369. I’m A Man by Bo Diddley
  370. The Wind Cries Mary by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  371. I Can’t Explain by The Who
  372. Marquee Moon by Television
  373. Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
  374. Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Chuck Berry
  375. Another Brick In The Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd
  376. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  377. Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
  378. Pride (In The Name Of Love) by U2
  379. Radio Free Europe by R.E.M.
  380. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
  381. Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville
  382. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
  383. Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers Band
  384. Ticket To Ride by The Beatles
  385. Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  386. I Know You Got Soul by Eric B. & Rakim
  387. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  388. Roxanne by The Police
  389. Just My Imagination by The Temptations
  390. Baby I Need Your Loving by Four Tops
  391. Band Of Gold by Freda Payne
  392. O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps
  393. Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  394. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
  395. Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) by The Shangri-Las
  396. Thirteen by Big Star
  397. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult
  398. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  399. Enter Sandman by Metallica
  400. Kicks by Paul Revere And The Raiders
  401. Tonight’s The Night by The Shirelles
  402. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly & The Family Stone
  403. C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran
  404. Visions Of Johanna by Bob Dylan
  405. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters
  406. I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
  407. In Bloom by Nirvana
  408. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  409. Crossroads by Cream
  410. Monkey Gone To Heaven by Pixies
  411. I Feel Love by Donna Summer
  412. Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
  413. The Girl Can’t Help It by Little Richard
  414. Young Blood by The Coasters
  415. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by Four Tops
  416. The Boys Of Summer by Don Henley
  417. Fuck Tha Police by N.W.A
  418. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  419. Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang by Dr. Dre
  420. It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
  421. Piano Man by Billy Joel
  422. Lola by The Kinks
  423. Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
  424. Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones
  425. William, It Was Really Nothing by The Smiths
  426. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
  427. New Year’s Day by U2
  428. Mitch Ryder:Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly by Mitch Ryder
  429. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by Solomon Burke
  430. White Man In Hammersmith Palais by The Clash
  431. Ain’t It A Shame by Fats Domino
  432. Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  433. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  434. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
  435. Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
  436. Alone Again Or by Love
  437. Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley
  438. I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges
  439. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
  440. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
  441. Come Go With Me by The Del-Vikings
  442. Keep A Knockin’ by Little Richard
  443. I Shot The Sheriff by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  444. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
  445. Come As You Are by Nirvana
  446. Pressure Drop by Toots & The Maytals
  447. Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las
  448. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
  449. Penny Lane by The Beatles
  450. By The Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell
  451. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  452. Cupid by Sam Cooke
  453. Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses
  454. My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
  455. All Apologies by Nirvana
  456. Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
  457. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by Ramones
  458. Soul Man by Sam & Dave
  459. Rollin’ Stone by Muddy Waters
  460. One Fine Day by The Chiffons
  461. Kiss by Prince
  462. Respect Yourself by The Staple Singers
  463. Rain by The Beatles
  464. Standing In The Shadows Of Love by Four Tops
  465. Surrender by Cheap Trick
  466. Runaway by Del Shannon
  467. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
  468. Search And Destroy by The Stooges
  469. It’s Too Late by Carole King
  470. Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell
  471. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
  472. Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
  473. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin
  474. One Nation Under A Groove by Funkadelic
  475. Sabotage by Beastie Boys
  476. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  477. Super Freak by Rick James
  478. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  479. Lady Marmalade by Labelle
  480. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
  481. Young Americans by David Bowie
  482. I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper
  483. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  484. I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  485. Graceland by Paul Simon
  486. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
  487. Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters
  488. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  489. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  490. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
  491. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
  492. Running On Empty by Jackson Browne
  493. Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals
  494. Desperado by Eagles
  495. Shop Around by The Miracles
  496. Miss You by The Rolling Stones
  497. Buddy Holly by Weezer
  498. Rainy Night In Georgia by Brook Benton
  499. The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy
  500. More Than A Feeling by Boston

 

 

Have You Ever Had Peanuts in Your Coke?

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(Photo Credit:  Photograph by Ashley Callahan)

Weird right? I come from a family with quite a few southerners. My dad is a out and out southerner from East Tennessee. I have tried many southern staples from his childhood: ice box cake, ham hock and lentil soup, hard cake, but until recently I had no idea that this was a thing let alone a beloved treat for many families. Apparently the rumor goes that farmers from the south would pop their peanuts in their Coke so they didn’t have to touch the nuts with dirty fingers. No idea the validity of that, but according to the Coke.com website southerners have been having their coke this way since the 1920’s.

There are even recipes for cake with the peanut coke flavor pairing. They Look delicious! I mean cake… but after trying this pairing of peanuts and Coke for experimentation purposes it is a must bake for me now.

This is a gorgeous flavor combination. It is salty and sweet all at the same time. If you are a fan of salted caramel or anything of its ilk, you will dig it. Go out and buy a coke and a pack of salted peanuts and give it a try and who knows? Maybe you will become a southern convert and start frying everything and drinking sweet tea.

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Recipe from http://www.food52.com

Serves: 24–30

For the cake

  • 2 cups Coca-Cola
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into tablespoon-sized pats
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For the frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup peanuts (roasted and salted), chopped, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. To make the cake, place the cola, dark brown sugar and cocoa powder into a medium sauce pot and mix to combined being careful not to fizz over the cola. Add the butter. Place over a medium heat and bring the mixture to a bubble, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

  3. While the mixture cools, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Pour the slightly cooled but still a bit warm chocolate-cola mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour the batter into a large ungreased sheet pan or jelly roll pan. The pan should be about 12×16 (half-sheet pan size) but any similarly sized pan should do the trick.

  4. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the middle to check for doneness. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove. If not, bake for 5 minutes more. Time may vary with the size of your pan. Remove from oven and let cool.

  5. To make the frosting, mix together the peanut butter and butter in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Once well combined, slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar at a low speed. Once all of the sugar has been incorporated, carefully add in the salt, cream and vanilla extract. Once the ingredients have come together, turn the mixer on high and beat for 20 seconds just to incorporate a little air and to “fluff” the frosting.

  6. Frost the cake. And garnish the top with peanuts.

  7. Slice the cake and enjoy with a chilled bottle of Coca-Cola because, why not?

The Spiral Jetty is Crazy Dedication and Smells of Fish

When your view on life is shattered, it helps to witness of feat of pure ingenuity and dedication.

 

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The Spiral Jetty from Space. (https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/arts/design/18spiral.html

About five years ago my father battled stage three throat cancer. What followed was the worst 6 weeks of our collective families life. However, this isn’t about cancer but what my husband did to cheer me up afterward.

 

When my father was diagnosed, I moved back to Vegas temporarily to help my mom and dad. Cancer is a bitch. It isn’t just the emotional and physical toll on the person affected, but it also dramatically changes all the people that they love and love them in return.  After my father’s treatments, I was drained to the point of desperation and depression. My dad is a hero of mine, and I needed a pick me up from all this adulting.

 

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The building of The Spiral in 1970 The Getty

Enter Mark, my husband. He flew down mid-trip to stay with me, and help me cope, and when we drove back to Portland, we turned it into an impressive road trip. Road trips are fantastic, as long as you don’t have kids. With young kids they are purgatory.

 

Ever hear of the Spiral Jetty? I did when I was in college (went to college for Landscape Architecture), and have always wanted to see it. It is a giant earthwork that is only accessible by a long 15ish mile offroad journey through the desert. We did this in my Scion Toaster. We off-roaded in a Scion XB for 15 miles both ways. I still think this is crazy, but you know DEDICATION TO ART!

spiraljettyThe Jetty is only viewable some years, other years it is submerged under the Great Salt Lake. The Artist Robert Smithson said of the sculpture,“I am for an art that takes into account the direct effect of the elements as they exist from day today.” It is effective. As a viewer, you never know if it will be visible or not. It adds a bit of drama to the offroad trip. You have no idea what you will find. The sculpture forms a 1,500-foot-long, 15-foot-wide counterclockwise coil jutting from the shore of the Great Salt Lake. Over the years, the Jetty has developed a patina of crunchy pink salt crystals over the black rocks.  It also smells like the worst fish market ever, but aside from that it is wholly beautiful and seems entirely at home in the lake.   The artist worked in the middle of the desert for years to create this thing. People should see it as a salute to his profound dedication. It cheered me up substantially and I loved striking it off my bucket list. It was worth the trip.

A Trial of Fruity Proportions

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Pineberry, also known as white strawberry.

Hey! Ever wanted to go out and try as many different types of fruit as humanly possible? Me too! Living in the Pacific Northwest I am afforded the unique opportunity to try all sorts of fruit that is available up here, that is not commonly available in other areas. Blame the weather, the geographical location or whatever; Portland has a lot of fruit. This got me thinking, we as consumers,  only have access to a few varietals at the grocery store. These varietals are ones that do not rot quickly, can take some abuse from travel and taste moderately good to the majority of the population. What other flavors are out there? When is an apple not an apple, but tastes more like a watermelon? This set me on the path of trying fifty different fruits one year. Fifty is not much. There are about a gazillion varieties of apples alone, but fifty is hard to find when you are trying to get stuff at the grocery store. I scoured every grocery store, fruit stand and farm I could find within fifty miles of Portland. I wrote down everything, I made my friends sample and be guinea pigs with me. It became a slight obsession for 2012.

 

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Durian. King of the funk. 

I learned some interesting things. Firstly, it is really a shame that we have only a few varieties at major grocery stores. It teaches kids that all apples are Red Delicious, oranges are Sunkist, and watermelon is the red kind with the seeds that you spit out. Did you know that Apples come in every color imaginable and span the taste spectrum? I tried ones that tasted like celery to ones that looked like a watermelon but taste like an orange. My favorite orange fruit is bright pink and lacks the sharp acidic bite that Sunkist oranges have. Fingerling limes are way cool; it looks like caviar but is actually lime flavor explosions that pop in your mouth.

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Horned melon, which is just really freaking weird tasting. 

Horned melon is something from another planet. It tastes like if beer and grass had a baby. I took this one to a friends house and made them suffer along with me for the sake of SCIENCE! Durian smells like week-old socks but tastes odd and interesting. Plumcots are amazing little bits of sunshine in a purple shell and kumquats are not good no matter how you eat them, roll them or beg them to be sweet.

 

It was a year of fruity adventure. Now that I have my garden going, I am putting in some strange fruits to try this year. Let’s see what I can do with white strawberries.

 

Start of my Tree Bucket List. Yes, Seriously.

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Warren Buffet

 

It’s a weird thought to want to make a tree bucket list. Weird enough that I am a little embarrassed about this. I mean, trees are trees, right? There are literally billions of them on Earth. What makes one more special than another? You could probably find some majesty in any tree. I suppose for me though it is a combination of aesthetic, history, and a sheer will to live.  Plus, I love gardens and pretty much anything that grows in the ground. I am an avid gardener, master gardener, and I went to school and graduated with a degree in landscape architecture; plants are my thing. When doing some research for my tree bucket list, I came across this article on stumbleupon.com.  The Most Beautiful and Famous Trees on Earth.  It became my starting point for research. What beautiful trees are out there and how do I get to them?

  • The Lone Cyprus Tree in Monterey California. -According to Wikipedia, it is one of the most photographed trees in America. When I spoke about the sheer will to live or tenacity, This is the sort of thing I was referring to. I may be attributing too much to a lone tree, but it is poetic how it faces down the ocean and still, it grows. Besides Pebble Beach is gorgeous; I would like an excuse to visit as often as possible.
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  • Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, EnglandThis totally makes me think of the Shire. I am a geek, and this makes me giddy.
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I know that this is not technically a single tree, but a bunch of trees. i.e., a forest. But…

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  • Rainbow Eucalyptus In Kauai, Hawaii – Please someone send me to Hawaii so I can see this tree and, um.. other reasons.
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“The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. The previous season’s bark peels off in strips to reveal a brightly colored new bark below. The peeling process results in vertical streaks of red, orange, green, blue, and gray. The colours of the bark are not as intense outside the tree’s native range” wikipedia.com

How cool is this? It is the Rainbow Bright of tree species.

  • Baobab Tree in Madagascar – This tree is so interesting; it stores water in its giant trunk and basically looks like something from Dr. Seuss. Some trees can store up to 32,000 gallons which they save for drought conditions.
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  • The Dark Hedges in Ireland – “The Dark Hedges are an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO‘s popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a tourist attraction.” I have never seen Game of Thrones, blasphemy I know, but this looks like it could transport you to any number of fantasy novel locales. Let your imagination run wild.

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  • Dragonblood Tree – Dubbed the worlds strangest tree. I mean, seriously look at it. It also “bleeds” red sap.
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    Image courtesy of Wikipedia

    This is just touching on some of the interesting trees of the world. There is so much out there to see and to do. I’ll come up with a formal list at some point  I am sure. Plus, I have already seen a few awesome ones like the maple tree at the Japanese Garden in Portland or the Chamerops in Padua, Italy. I even have some cool pictures. What kind of trees do you like?