Ty James. Ty is a native of San Diego, California, but has lived and worked in Minnesota for the past 20 years (thats a long time without hopping on a surfboard!). Music has always been a part of his life, and he inherited his musical gifts, and interests - from his mom and aunt, who were both singers. Ty was the lead singer in a band for 5 years in the mid 90's, and has collaborated, or performed with; Jewel, Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, No Doubt, Jacob Dylan, and Salvador Santana, among many others.
Ty is the epitome of a "sports junkie" - he watches only one channel - you guessed it, ESPN! Ty played baseball and football in college, before playing 3 seasons of professional baseball in Mexico. He has also coached baseball and football on the youth and high school level.
But Ty's favorite thing in the world is just being a DAD. He has a 13 year old son, Isaac - and the two are truly 'partners in crime'. A total animal lover, Ty claims that he can communicate with dogs and cats, and would've been a vet had it not been for radio.
Every afternoon is a party from 3-9pm
And who doesn't love a good party!
85) All Cried Out - Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam (1985) -- A terrific song about finally telling that certain someone that enough is enough. "My body never knew such pleasure, my heart never knew such pain". A strong reminder that sometimes its just not worth it, and that nobody should settle for less than they deserve.
Welcome back to the countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs Ever - ACCORDING TO ME, LOL! But seriously, I love music of all kinds, and these next five songs are an example of just that. Enjoy your trip down 'Memory Lane'.
90 - "Breathe" - Faith Hill (1999) -- Though Faith Hill did not write this song, it is perfect for her - and lets be honest, the video is unforgettable - one of the absolute sexiest ever, without question. There are few women in the history of American music that are as beautiful as Faith Hill, but she is also a 3-time Grammy winner, with nine #1 songs on the Billboard country charts. "Breathe" is simple, but very sexy - as we are reminded how incredible it can be to be so close to someone, that you can actually hear them 'breathe'.
89 - "Mo Money Mo Problems" - Notorious BIG w/ Puff Daddy (1997) -- As proof of just how good Biggie was in his day, he remains the only artist in the history of American music to have two #1 songs posthumously, and this was one of them. With a little help from Puffy and Mase (and Diana Ross), this will always be one of the best songs in hip-hop history - and a very good reminder of just how skillful the Notorious BIG, really was. Guaranteed to make you get off your feet.
88 - "Lips Like Sugar" - Echo & The Bunnymen (1987) -- OK, I admit, I love the British dudes. But "Lips Like Sugar" is a terrific song that absoluetly captures everything that new wave music was all about, in three minutes. Echo & the Bunnymen had their own very distinct sound, and this is a clever little song about a woman that is so sweet, she has 'Lips Like Sugar' and gives 'sugar kisses'. But in the end, she turns out to be just a big tease, and she floats away to 'other shores'.........I wish this one didn't hit so close to home, if you know what I'm sayin', lol.
87 - "You Are Everything" - The Stylistics (1971) -- Without question, this is one of the best love songs of all time. This was the sixth single off the debut album from the very soulful group out of Philadelphia. This song is about wanting, and desperately needing, that certain woman back in your life - and not being afraid to scream it from the rooftops. This is one of the most 'covered' songs in music history, and it is easy to see why. Truly, a timeless classic - and a great example of what a real 'love song' should sound like.
86 - "This Is For The Lover In You" - Shalamar (1981) -- With Howard Hewitt and Jody Watley among its members (Jeffrey Daniel the other), I would consider Shalamar somewhat of a "Supergroup". This is a song that will grab ahold of you from the very first line,"It's got to be real - girl I could write a book on how you're makin' me feel". Its about making the decision that this woman, is the right woman, and telling her that,"This ring - it means I'll always be true!". Hewitt's vocals are incredible, and the message is one that everyone loves, and can relate to.
See you soon for #85-81!
The next 5 songs in our countdown represent everything from modern rock, to old soul. Here we go.
95) Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (2008) -- Lead singer Matt Schultz said that this song was inspired by an old co-worker of his that was a drug dealer. That sounds about right - as this song is about the wickedness and dishonesty in everyone. Some are wicked because they have to be to survive, but some are wicked just because they can be. According to the lyrics, whether you are; a prostitute, a preacher, or just a regular guy - "There ain't no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes for good".
94) Poison - Bell Biv Devoe - (1990) -- Bell Biv Devoe was a spin-off group from the very successful New Edition, and they busted on the scene in 1990 with the very catchy, "Poison". "Poison" is a song that very cleverly warns one of the dangers and pitfalls of falling in love. The song's place in hip-hop history is undeniable, and it was deemed the #1 song on VH1's list of the "40 Greatest R & B Songs of the 90's". BBD was an important part of the 'New Jack Swing' style of the early 90's - a cross between R & B and hip-hop. This is a song that will ALWAYS sound good. And the message isn't a bad one either, lol.
93) Love Removal Machine - The Cult (1987) -- One of my favorite bands of the 80's was The Cult. Simply put, they rocked like no other did at the time, period! The Cult was much different from many of the other 'post punk bands' of the early-mid 80's - as they had their own powerful, and unique, sound. Ian Astbury is one of the more charismatic lead singers of all time - yet he exudes a simple, straight-forward sexiness, that many since have imulated. "Love Removal Machine" is about a woman that you know is no good for you, that you know will steal your heart, that you know will leave you high and dry - and yet she's so incredibly hot that you want her anyway. There are many of us that have been there.
92) Sister Golden Hair - America (1975) -- Unfairly categorized as a folk group, America is one of the better classic rock groups ever, and have certainly stood the test of time. This song was directed and composed by George Martin, who was a world famous music producer at the time, due to his work with The Beatles. This is a smooth, easy-flowing song that definitely has a laid back southern California feel to it. Its a very cleverly written song, proving that there is beautty in simplicity. Any man that has ever wanted some woman that happened to be a blonde - was singing "Sister Golden Hair whether he knew it or not.
91) Human - The Human League ( 1986) -- The Human League enjoyed considerable mainstream success in the 80's, and their best work is the apologetic "Human". It starts out as a man telling his gal not to cry, and not to worry about his transgressions while the couple was apart. But at the end of the song, he is told by his woman,"while we were apart, I was human too." Hey, fair is fair! But the point of the song is that everyone makes mistakes, and with true love comes forgiveness and patience. Certainly an 80's anthem.
Coming Friday, #'s 90-86....
As a music lover all my life, doing a list of the best 100 songs ever, was not easy. I'm sure your list would be very different from mine. I tried to be fair, with songs from all different genres and time periods. The trick is - I only used each artist once, with the exception of The Beatles, who probably deserve their own category entirely. Any song on the list you are unfamiliar with, I would invite you to check out on youtube. Happy reading, and let the debates begin!
100) Strawberry Wine - Deana Carter (1996) -- For many artists, their first hit is their biggest, and that is certainly the case for Deana Carter with "Strawberry Wine". It's truly a beautiful song, one about losing your innocence, albeit while experiencing a love that is as sweet as 'strawberry wine'. The song also reflects several years after the fact, on just how special and unforgettable that love really was. It's a catchy song that will certainly put a smile on your face - and possibly even take you back to a special place, or a special someone - in your past.
99) Save A Prayer - Duran Duran (1982) -- Duran Duran was a huge part - maybe the biggest part - of the British new-wave movement of the early 80's. While they were becoming stars with fun, upbeat hits like "Hungry Like The Wolf" and "Rio" - their first real attempt at a slow, love song was 'Save A Prayer'. Its a song about heartbreak, about knowing that you will never have that special relationship, with that special person. You can feel the pain in Simon Lebon's voice. He was not just one of the best frontmen of the 80's - he is in the top 5 ever - and he will have you captivated by the end of the first line of "Save A Prayer".
98) Honesty - Billy Joel (1978) -- Billy Joel is maybe the greatest American songwriter of all time, and Rolling Stone Magazine agrees with me, that "Honesty" is absolutely his best work. As the title would indicate, this song is all about the difficulties of finding someone in this world that you can actually trust - whether that's a lover, friend, family member, co-worker, etc. Everyone wants their lover to also be their best friend, but Billy Joel reminds us that is not always the case, in fact, it is very rare. This is an incredible song about what a good relationship should be....filled with love, and honesty.
97) Keep Ya Head Up - 2 Pac (1993) -- There is no question that Tupac Shakur was taken from us way too soon. He was in his prime at the time of his tragic death, but one of his best, and everlasting works, is "Keep Ya Head Up". 2 Pac's critics would often point out how his lyrics were in large part about; partyin', smoking and drinking, and lots of sex. He broke away from this with "Keep Ya Head Up" - a song that warns black men about mistreating their black women - a lesson that could certainly be applied to all races and cultures. It's a song about loving, respecting, and taking care of our women - a lesson every man will hopefully learn in do time.
96) Sara Smile - Hall & Oates (1976) -- Before all of their commercial success in the 80's, Hall & Oates had a modest hit with this love song, "Sara Smile" - a song that Daryl Hall wrote about his long time girlfriend. When most of America first heard this song on mainstream radio, there was the assumption that Hall & Oates were a black group, because of how soulful the song sounds. An appearance on Soul Train debunked that myth, and it was there that the great Don Cornelius termed the phrase 'blue eyed soul', as a compliment to Hall's vocals.
Coming up in the next installment, #'s 95-91.
A friend of mine that works at a radio station in St. Cloud, MN recently challenged me to come up with a list of my "50 Greatest Songs Ever". As I began formulating my list, it donned on me that there were much more than 50 great songs out there - so I modified the list to make it now the greatest 100 songs ever.
Starting on Monday with songs 100-96, check my blog every M-W-F for installments of my Greatest 100 Songs Ever, until we make our way to #1.
This will be a fun look back at some of the best artists in the history of music, and a few obscure bands and songs that perhaps you've never even heard of. After all, this is MY list - I'm sure yours would be very different.
I am an 80's guy, but I tried to be very fair as far as including songs from different genres, eras, and styles. There will be something for everyone; rock, pop, country, R & B, etc.
Check back here on Monday, as I will start the countdown of my 100 Greatest Songs Ever!
I sincerely hope everyone had a terrific Valentine's Day weekend. I had a great one, but I found a few news stories that I thought were worthy of commenting on. In case you missed it;
1) Couples in Latvia celebrated Valentine's Day by bungee jumping out of cable cars WHILE TOTALLY NAKED! Hey, I love bungee jumping -- and I love being naked -- but I don't know if I could ever bungee jump while naked. There were @ 200 people there watching and participating. That's being nude in front of alot of strangers. I couldn't do it......OK, maybe with a little "liquid encouragement" - LOL!
2) A guy in Phoenix escaped from jail by climbing two walls and crawling through razor wire, all to be with his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately for him, his gal informed him when he arrived that there would be no sex because it was 'that time of the month'. Before he even had time to get mad - the police arrived and took him back to jail. That's a BAD DAY!
3) A woman in Barcelona, Spain is suing a bar, because their toilet EXPLODED WHILE SHE WAS SITTING ON IT! She is very lucky to have only suffered burns on her legs and butt. As a man, I can't imagine sitting on a toilet, and having it explode while I was on it.....I probably wouldn't be much of a man anymore, right? Yikes!
4) Charlie Sheen is marrying a porn star - is there anyone out there that DIDN'T see that coming?
5) AshleyMadison.com (a website for cheaters) says that the Monday following Valentine's Day is the biggest day of the year for ladies that are looking for a new man! Apparently, many women that are not happy with their relationship, wait to see how Valentine's Day goes, and if it is at all a disappointment they seek others. That's right guys - if you didn't do much for your gal this past Friday - your days just might be numbered, lol.