Bill’s Kaleidoscope of Sound: Reflections

Well, that was fun! This post came about as a response to Annie’s A-Z song list. After trying to “help” her, to no avail, she challenged me to come up with my own list. I soon found out how difficult it really was being judge, jury, and executioner of so many songs and artists! Every day I worked on it, the list changed depending on my mood.

Even after I began posting, I had my doubts. The kaleidoscope evolved as I went along. My goal was not to necessarily pick the best song for that letter, but rather to showcase a particular artist.

I would be remiss if I didn’t include great female singer-songwriters such as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, and Melissa Etheridge. They are as good as any of the artists that I have included in this Kaleidoscope of Sound. Therein lies the problem that I had. If I make a second kaleidoscope in the future, these talents will surely be there.

In this day and age of Rap, Hip Hop, Euro-techno, and other repetitious genres of pop music, I wanted to go back to the roots. To be honest, as a musician, I cannot relate to these forms of music. I constructed this list to share music that I grew up appreciating. Not all songs are timeless; I tried to choose ones that are. I hope that some of these songs evoked good memories. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a few of these songs were new to some of you. 

My taste in music is eclectic; however, I am discerning. I intentionally left out some of my favourite artists that as of late have become overbearing on their political viewpoints. There is an appropriate way for making political statements. John Prine remains a good example of that. He gets the message across without preaching or judgment. I respect that. There are other more well-known artists that seem to have found it necessary to use the stage as their podium. They tell others how to live their life, instead of putting their message in a song.

My goal was to find songs with universal appeal, and by your comments, I think I achieved that. I am happy that I do not stand alone on my musical choices. I appreciate the positive responses and thoughts.

I have included a bonus in this post that did not quite fit into the rest of the Kaleidoscope. This is a classical piece by Chopin, the famous Polish composer. The first track is the true piano interpretation. The second track is by the obscure duo Los Indios Tabajaras.

This pair of musicians were brothers from the Tabajara tribe of Brazil. They were showcased on the Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carson’s show among others. Legend has it that they found a guitar in the jungle, and just learned how to play it on their own. Chet Atkins found this statement to be very amusing because it is highly unlikely that anyone with this level of technical expertise could be self-taught. See what you think.

Thank you for indulging me with these posts. This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed both the sharing and the dialog.

Until next time,


Chopin – Waltz Op. 64 No. 2

The Kaleidoscope of Sound:

And the Beat Goes On…

Bill completed the A-Z Challenge! Thank you to all who followed him along his Kaleidoscope of Sound. He has enjoyed sharing music and seeing your responses. 

As most everyone knows, Bill is a full-time long haul truck driver. Currently, he drives the Rust Belt from Milwaukee through Chicago and Northern Illinois to Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and into Canada. Bill leaves on Sunday night/Monday morning, but he does not get home until Late Saturday. He is also playing music with his friends, when possible. He has done that for thirty years, whenever he can. Obviously, he has a lot on his plate.

Thank you for your participation and your support. He is not a blogger! But, he took the challenge in response to my A-Z Blog Challenge, and he completed it. He will respond to the last few comments on the blog this coming weekend. His Reflection post will also be ready then, too. 

I hope to be able to share some of Bill’s music in the near future. Please stay tuned! 

Kaleidoscope of Sound: Z

Bill said, “The letter Z was difficult, but Bob Dylan’s extensive catalogue came through. There are many polished versions by other singers, but his stripped down acoustic version works well with the lyrics.”

“Love Minus Zero/No Limit”
Bob Dylan
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Kaleidoscope of Sound: Y

Bill said, “David Allen Coe  captured the essence of the 70’s outlaw period with this 1975 hit. The question is: Was it the greatest country song?

“You Never Even Call Me By My Name”
David Allen Coe
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Kaleidoscope of Sound: X

Bill said, “I spent hours trying to find a good “X” song…with no success. So, here’s a good Texas swing song with “EX” in the title. Besides, George Straight deserves to be on the list!”

“All My Ex’s Live in Texas”
George Strait

*Bill is in Canada again this week. He will catch up on all comments this weekend,
just before his he does his final “Reflection” post. Thanks for understanding!

Kaleidoscope of Sound: W

Bill said, “This song is really about an elderly couple that had a tragic ending. However, it has a rebellious meaning for us. It’s our road trip song.”

“The Way”
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Kaleidoscope of Sound: V

Bill said, “Chet had a style that was easy going. He focused on playing each note with perfection and feeling. It was never a contest to show off, or play fast, or try to impress others.”

Chet Atkins
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Kaleidoscope of Sound: U

Bill said, “Joe Cocker was a true professional. His vocals and the arrangements of his songs were amazing. It is especially nice to hear a live recording that has the quality of a studio recording.”

“Unchain My Heart”
Joe Cocker

*NOTE: Bill has caught up on commenting after a very long week on the road.
Please check out his previous posts N-T for his responses to your comments!
Please remember to leave your comments or questions for Bill. He will answer. Thanks!