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My Favourite Instrumental Songs

With apologies to Rush, here are a few of my all-time favourite instrumental songs. Add yours to the comments! Bonus points if you embed a YouTube video of the song. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Pretty Little Ditty The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica Dick Dale and the Deltones -
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Roots of the 6ix

When I learned Dream Warriors, Michie Mee and Maestro Fresh-Wes were performing at Nathan Phillips Square tonight, I knew I had to be there. They called it Roots of the 6ix and it all started at the kid-friendly time of 6:30pm. I absolutely loved And Now the Legacy Begins,
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Redemption Song

Bob Marley released Redemption Song in late 1980, mere months before his death. It's a powerful song that always struck a chord with me. "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery" is Marley making Marcus Garvey's words immortal. I love the song, but my go-to version isn't Marley, it's Joe Strummer. Joe
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Of Curried Soul and Edwin Starr

I was just watching the Raptors lose to the Bulls, and caught a Gatorade ad featuring Usain Bolt, Dwayne Wade and others called "Moving the Game Forward". As ads go, it was pretty cool, but it was the distinctive music that captured my attention. I was hearing "Curried Soul" by
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Hidden Tracks

Do you remember the first time you spun Nirvana's Nevermind? I do. I'd pop it in the CD player, and after "Something in the Way", I'd start it again. At some point I realized there was a whack of time left in the final track, after "Something in the Way"
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Three Hits You Didn't Know Were Covers

Last week, I disappeared down the rabbit hole of one-hit wonders, and this afternoon I dove into the world of songs you didn't realize were covers. I'm blaming this article for lighting the spark. Here are three songs I didn't realize were cover songs. I'm betting you didn't know, either.
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One-Hit Wondering

I spent some time heading down the one-hit wonder rabbit hold this morning. It all started with this interesting article about the death of one-hit wonders. Since 1958, Billboard has released a weekly “Hot 100,” which ranks the “most popular songs across all genres.” Over the years, their ranking methodology
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Teddy Bear Picnic

When I was a toddler, one of my go-to albums was There's a Hippo in My Tub by Anne Murray. My favourite cuts were "Animal Crackers" and "Teddy Bears' Picnic". For the longest time I thought that last one was an Anne Murray original. I was way wrong. The music
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Best Songs for the Days of the Week

There are many great songs about Sunday. Think about it. In fact, there are many great songs entitled "Sunday Morning". Vocativ studied 57 years of Billboard charts to see which days of the week get the most love from songwriters. As you'd likely guess, Sunday, Saturday, Monday and Friday are
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Baby, It's Cold Outside

My buddy Erin Davis wrote an interesting blog entry about Baby, It's Cold Outside, a song you'll hear often at this time of year. Baby, It's Cold Outside isn't a Christmas song, but a "cold weather" song, and since it's so good, it gets lumped in with holiday favourites like
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Everyone Loves Red

I just heard Treble Charger's Brand New Low on the radio. As I was singing along I thought, "I dig this tune, but it's no Red". With Treble Charger on the mind, I quickly thought of American Psycho, Friend of Mine and Even Grable, all great tracks (especially the fantastic
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