- "Glad" – Traffic
Great jazz and rock tune provided by Stevie Winwood and friends. Popular when I was in college. Can't get over it.
- "Layla" – Derek and the Dominoes
Clapton post-Cream and a truly great power ballad of sweeping proportions. Great guitar leads, piano that resets the mood, and rhythms that move me today.
- "Route 66″ – John Mayer, Bobby Short, or Asleep at the Wheel
The anthem of the "mother road" and it doesn't matter which version you prefer. There are a dozen out there.
- The musical score from the movie Gettysburg
A great way to start the day. Evocative music emerging from a movie about the American tragedy that scars our history. Beautiful music frames and jagged story from our past.
- "Fanfare for Common Man" – Aaron Copland
A great way to end the day. I first heard this performed live in London 21 years ago and I fell in love then. Today it is still one of my favorite pieces from an American composer, just next to John Williams in my list of heroes.
- "Life Is a Highway" – Rascal Flatts
Just plain, great music. It's part of the score from Cars and such fun to sing along with on the road.
- "America" – Simon and Garfunkel
I am not so old that I have forgotten what it felt like to be young and searching. This is a wonderful, thoughtful ode to youth and the wonder of wandering toward the future.
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" – Simon and Garfunkel
Of many songs that I love, this is the one I wish I had written. Simple and beautiful vocally, emotionally, and in its structure.
- "Sunshine of Your Love" – Cream
Can't help it – these three guys (Clapton, Bruce, and Baker) just blew me away when I was young and still do today. This album is filled with great tunes.
- "Questions 67 and 68″ – Chicago Transit Authority
I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but the musical arrangement is spectacular. In the 70s there were a lot of bands who followed Chicago Transit Authority (now just Chicago) but few came close. The lead guitarist was Terry Kath back then, and he was as quick and lyrical on the guitar as anyone else. Too bad the excesses of the age got him. What a loss.
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