The Songs I Sing – Day #5

I like today’s exercise a lot better than yesterday. Less introspection and more music! According to the list today I need to share about the “10 songs you love right now.” Being partially a data analyst in my day Most Recently Played Songs from iTunesjob, of course the first thing I did was go pull a report from iTune of my most played songs in the recent past. That is a pretty good list! But, I will need to edit it a bit to make it the songs I “love”. Why? Because although I have selected a group of songs for a playlist in iTunes, I have it on shuffle. That means that some I like may rank higher up that ones I really love. Just the luck of the draw. So, here goes.

First off, I am actually going to put Frank Turner over Mumford & Sons. We will get to them in a minute. But Frank Turner is a very new discovery of mine. I heard his song “Recovery” on the radio, went home and listened to a bit more, and was hooked. Within the next day or so I had bought the last five of  his albums.  I like the folksy nature of this ex-punk rocker, and I think he brings something of that punk sensibility to the folk music. But what really keeps bringing me back is the lyrics. He has some phrases that just catch me and hook me on the song.  So, for our first three songs out of ten, I will go with these tunes from Frank Turner….

1) Frank Turner – The Way I Tend to Be

2) Frank Turner – Losing Days

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Traction Guidebook for Model Railroaders

Traction Guidebook for Model RailroadersTraction Guidebook for Model Railroaders by Mike Schafer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is probably the definitive reference for traction, trolley, streetcar and interurban model railroaders. And yes, I know all those terms can refer to basically the same thing! Although a bit dated now, the diagrams are worth their weight in gold for the serious modeller. And the diagrams and track plans provide some great ideas. Would love to see an expanded and updated version of this sometime. Something that included N Scale and more of the options that are available now, including DCC.

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