Greg Nilsen

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Midweek Music Break: Spin Doctors – Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong

With the radio turned low, I swore I heard this song this morning (it wasn’t, but stayed in my head all day anyway…). While their big hit was Two Princes, the Spin Doctors played the flip-side of the coin with “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” (and, actually, “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” was released first).   It fits strictly in the 90s alternative “we’re through, so get outta my life” motif, but has the same upbeat feel and style of...

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Midweek Music Break: Andy Williams – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

After going with non-traditional holiday songs the last few weeks, I’m coming back around to a traditional version of a longtime Christmas standby.  While the song dates back to 1943, it’s the 1965 recording of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Andy Williams from his Merry Christmas album that brings back many fond childhood memories. Just listening to this song, I have many memories of tree decorating, cookie making, opening presents and spending time with my family that flit through...

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The Worst 2 Miles…

Now that winter is here, a new phase of running begins… With cooler temperatures and more layers, the running feels a bit different.  While not overheating is nice (since I run really warm anyway), the chill hitting my lungs is not always so pleasant. However, the biggest adjustment for me is the warm-up time.  During the spring, summer and fall, it usually takes about a mile for my muscles to loosen up and feel comfortable as I settle into my pace....

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Midweek Music Break: Pep Squad – Feliz Navidad

Ok, you could call me a sucker for the non-traditional, but mostly, I just think this song is fun. Pep Squad’s version of Feliz Navidad from the Happy Christmas album. While opening with a traditional feel, it quickly ramps up into a fast-paced pop-punk song complete with the brass. It just has a feel of all the fun and joy that I associate with the season, both as a kid and now with my kids. I WANNA WISH YOU A...

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Midweek Music Break: Everclear – Santa Baby

Ok, it’s that time of year to start hitting the Christmas music… Today I bring to you a song that completely creeped my mom out the first time she heard it: Everclear’s cover of Santa Baby from Alternative Rock X-mas. While the original Eartha Kitt version is a cheeky song, Everclear’s version is simply tongue-in-cheek and making a few minor lyric changes while maintaining the simplicity of the song. So, yes…it’s offbeat, goofy, and a little bit twisted.  And I thoroughly enjoy...

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Midweek Music Break: Alien Ant Farm – Glow

While Alien Ant Farm best known for their cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, Glow is one of their originals that is also one of my favorite songs.  It’s lighthearted, goofy, and downright fun. It’s not complicated, but it’s catchy as all-get-out.  Plus, the solo is solid and add a great break in the middle of the song leading to the break before the big finale.  Plus, the video is fun and creative as well.  Might as well stick with...

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Midweek Music Break: Bitter:Sweet – Dirty Laundry [Skeewiff Remix]

It’s hard to describe the sound of this song besides “addicting”, the synthetic “wah” (which sounds almost like an expert saw player in short spurts). I came across Bitter:Sweet’s “Dirty Laundry” a few years ago thanks to Pandora.  Combine the intriguing musical line along with the smooth and sensual singing of Shana Halligan and it’s a difficult tune to forget.  While the original has more of a “Big Band” or “Mad Men” feel to it, and is still very good, this remix...

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Midweek Music Break: Craig David – Rise and Fall

A bit of a throwback here to 2002, when Craig David teamed up with Sting for a great R&B hit. I love the lyrical blend of these two artists, and they make for a song that catches my attention just as much today as it did then.  It’s almost as if they’re trying to outdo one another while still blending seamlessly.  Add in the Spanish-style guitar and a catchy, if unremarkable, beat, and you can see why this was a...

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Midweek Music Bread: David Guetta – Shot Me Down

While a strange combination of reflective longing singing and large-scale rave music, David Guetta’s “Shot Me Down” is a pulse-raising dichotomy of a song. When the driving beats start going, I can envision a stadium full of people jumping and pumping their arms together.  And the build-up into it gets the pulse going, with the lyrical portions reigning the song back in again. I love running to this song, except for the fact that it’s too short.  It gets me...

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Midweek Music Break: Billy Talent – Viking Death March

While I discovered them about 8 years ago, Billy Talent is one of Canada’s foremost punk bands.  While the band has been together since 1993, their first full album didn’t hit the shelves until 2003. Their 4th album, 2012’s Dead Silence, was a named departure from previous albums (Billy Talent, Billy Talent II, and Billy Talent III), but more of the same hard hitting music that I had grown accustomed to.  Still, Viking Death March was a song that initially blew...