Written by cycleguy on June 13th, 2012

So far this week

I have meandered down some lane and like the proverbial dog who chases every scent, I was all over the place.  But I enjoyed the break by hitting some high points of my weekend.

Next I found myself blogging about my Encounter Time...that time of being alone with God.  A good discussion took place with many agreeing that it doesn’t matter what you call that time alone with God…just have one.

Wednesday was Ed’sStory in the Tell Your Story series.  Ed’s experience in Nam and afterwards struck a chord with many of you.  I have really enjoyed reading your stories and finding out more about my readers.  When that happens people become more than just black and white words on a page.  As expected, each story has been different for various (and understandable)  reasons.


I feel like having a little fun with this post.  I have occasionally asked WhoRU? in order to find out some random thoughts about my readers.  This one isn’t hard today.   🙂  I have always loved music. Can’t play any instrument AT ALL, but I tell people I play a mean stereo.  Except when I am reading or studying, I almost always have music in the background.  According to my wife, sometimes it is too much in the foreground (get my drift?).  The louder the better.  I was listening yesterday when I was working out on my Bowflex (a gift from a friend), when it hit me to ask this question:


LET’S GO ONE BETTER.  IF YOU HAVE A LINK TO THEM, INCLUDE IT.  I am almost betting I have no clue on some of them.   (Remember this is a Family Friendly site).

Here are my answers:

#1 Favorite Song of all time: Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James & the Shondells.  Hey, I am old fogie who grew up during the 60s.

#2 Favorite Song of all time: Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas.  I like Stryper’s version also.   Kansas’ song was one of the first power rock songs I latched onto.  I was glad when Stryper included it on their latest album.

#3 Favorite Song of all time: Long Distance Runner by DeGarmo & Key.  D & K were the first Christian rock group I ever heard of.  I wore out the album and cassette tape.  🙂  The lyrics inspired me to keep on going numerous times.  D & K were and still are my favorite Christian band.

#4 Favorite Song of all time:  Power of Love by Huey Lewis.  Favorite movie.  Favorite trilogy.  Any questions?

#5:  Favorite Song of all time: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli.  You may know him as the “Grease” man, but I knew him as the man with an incredible falsetto.   I know this song is sentimental but…oh well.

Honorable mention (but by no means second rate):

Lord of Lords by Brooke Frasier.  Lead Me to the Cross by Brooke Frasier.  Honestly by Stryper (danced with Janna at her wedding to this song). Open Arms by Journey (either singer).

Okay…that’s enough for now.  How about joining in the fun today?


35 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    It’s funny but I have found the music that speaks most to me today is not in my playlist tomorrow. So that makes it hard for me to pick my all-time favorite songs. But while you have old-fogie tastes, I apparently have the tastes of a 14 year old girl.

  2. lindaM says:

    Hi Bill,
    here’s some of my favorite songs. I don’t know how to link so I’ve added the youtube address.
    1) Gordon Lightfoot ‘If you could read my mind’

    2)’Amazing Grace’

    3)Cat Stevens ‘Wild World’

    4)Elton John ‘Rocket man’

    I like some instrumentals too:
    5) Royal Scots Dragoons ‘Amazing Grace’

    • cycleguy says:

      Those are interesting songs Linda. Appears that you like more of an acoustical style in singers (with exception of EJ). You also like Amazing Grace. 🙂 I liked the Royal Scots.

  3. 1) The Long and Winding Road — The Beatles
    2) You’re No Good — Linda Ronstadt
    3)Car Wheels On A Gravel Road — Lucinda Williams
    4) Never Get Out Of Harlan Alive — Darrel Scott
    5a) I’ts Not Your Fault — Mark Heard
    5b) Anything by Rich Mullins

  4. Good Morning Bill! My favorite songs are:

    1) Suppertime. Jim Reeves sang it back in the 60’s

    2) Amazing Grace

    3) You Never Walk Alone. My mom always had it playing when I came home from School

    4) How Great Thou Art. Mormon Tabernacle Choir

    5) The Lords Prayer. It is a song that is always on my heart and I close all my visits with it.

    All religious songs – but that’s all I listen to.

    Walk daily with God at your side.


  5. jeff says:

    “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
    “You Can Leave Your Hat On” – Joe Cocker
    “Crosscut Saw” – Albert King
    “You Win Again” – Jerry Lee Lewis
    “Help ME Make It Through The Night” – Sammi Smith

  6. This is such a hard one for me- seems to always be changing! Also, nice list- you are quite the eclectic music listener.
    Don’t know if I have a list of 5- but hear are some songs I think are great:
    “The Funeral” – Band of Horses
    “Shiver” – Coldplay
    “On The Road Again” – Willie Nelson

    • cycleguy says:

      i often play the music that fits my mood for the most part. Sometimes I change my music to change my mood. 🙂 Gonna have to check out the first two on YouTube. Thanks Stephen for taking part.

  7. Quick thoughts….my list would change tomorrow for sure!

    Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan

    Jesus Loves Me – Anna B. Warner
    (first song I heard when I accepted Jesus at 7) Cover by Whitney Houston

    Offering – Third day

    Shining Star – Earth Wind and Fire (It’s our song, my bride and I that is)

    How He Loves Us – John Mark Mcmillan

  8. Susan says:

    Asking me to tell you my top five is next to impossible. These are the first to come to mind, but I have eclectic and non-static taste in music. These are some that have survived over time.

    1. My Deliverer – Rich Mullins http://youtu.be/XxiWIFRm6NY In fact, I love everything that Mullins wrote.

    2. Eleanor Rigby – Beatles http://youtu.be/3Dsz4dB6DuM

    3. Amazing Grace – Chris Tomlin http://youtu.be/Jbe7OruLk8I

    4. Lord of the Dance – http://youtu.be/DuH1_6eEcZg

    5. Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel http://youtu.be/zWTh5qKzleg

    Bonus because Sunday if Father’s Day and this was one my dad liked: http://youtu.be/VVbGnspgy_8

  9. Desert Jim says:

    It’s hard for me to do 5 songs:

    1. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

    2. Anything by Brave Saint Saturn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHSjaaCU0pI


    3. Anything by The Violet Burning



    4. Anything by Jars of Clay

    5. Jesus Paid it All – Kristian Stanfill


    6. Rain by Dryve


    I know you said 5 but I like to give more.

    Next week it will be a different list…

    • cycleguy says:

      Never heard of BSS but seem to recall you mentioning them once on your blog. Remember that? 🙂 Familiar with all the others except Dryve. Will give that a listen.

  10. Jon Stolpe says:

    I think I answered this a few months ago on my blog, but it changes all the time. Here’s my current top 5:
    1. Pride by U2
    2. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
    3. Right Now by Van Halen
    4. Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
    5. 500 Miles by The Proclaimers
    They all have different memories attached to them which make them 5 of my favorites.

  11. Tami Grandi says:

    Hmm… mine change all the time but the ones that I never tire of listening to is

    1. The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman
    2. All I Can Say David Crowder (I know you are groaning at that one)
    3. Give Me Your Eyes- Brandon Heath

    and I can’t even think of 2 others.

    • cycleguy says:

      What? No rock here? Didn’t I raise you better? Oh yeah, I forgot. You are the one who likes chick flicks. BTW: are you a chick? (Braden asked his mamaw that) LOL And yes, I groaned at the DCB song, but I do like your other two.

      • Tami Grandi says:

        if you read the lyrics to the All I Can Say one you might like it too 🙂 I heard it at the same time I heard The Heart of Worship.


        oh- and Pure and Holy Passion from Passion- that’s a GOOD one!
        Chris Tomlin I Will Follow
        Mandisa Stronger
        I have some pop ones and even some rock ones that I have for my exercise playlist but they are not my favorite.

  12. floyd says:

    Man alive… That’s a hard question, could change tomorrow or in 2 minutes due to lack of brain function.

    1. Third Day: You’re Everywhere http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFqg2HfljEg

    2. It Is Well With My Soul written By Horatio Spafford

    3. Tom Petty: Runnin’ Down A Dream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXYl5NrHPb4

    4. Elvis Costello: Pump It Up http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xr22b_elvis-costello-pump-it-up_music

    5. Dire Straights: Brothers In Arms http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1lg9s_dire-straits-brothers-in-arms-origi_music

    Ask me again in two minutes and the Stylistics, Bob Seger, Bob Welch, and The Romantics could be on the list… too fickle…

  13. Bill, I thought you said this wouldn’t be hard?!?! Man, music is such an important part of my life. I don’t know that I could classify 5 songs as all-time favorites. I have periods of my life that certain songs have meant a great deal to me and then I have songs that I just like because of the melody or musicality. I’m telling you, I think you just initiated the self-destruct sequence in my brain. It’s gonna blow!

    Since I’d be here all day trying to whittle down to 5 songs, I’m going to have to leave it be for now. 🙂

  14. Jan says:

    Oh boy! I’ve been outside all day & my brain in sunscorched & water logged from all the water I’ve been drinking(not pepsi) 🙂 I have lots of favorites but for today these are the ones that came to mind:
    1. Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce….I just like the lyrics & the music
    2. Cats in the Cradle, Harry Chapin…always makes me stop & think, important lyrics
    3. I know You’re Out There Somewhere, Moody Blues…..I pretty much like all their songs
    4. How Deep Is Your Love, BeeGees….child of the 70’s, I LOVED the BeeGees
    5. Power of Love, Huey Lewis….love the trilogy & love all of their songs(saw him in concert in Indy at the Murat, they were great!)
    This was fun! 🙂

  15. Wow, what a toughie.
    I’ll have to just say them without ranking them (that would be WAY too hard!)

    Invasion by Trip Lee
    Indescribable by Chris Tomlin
    End of the Beginning by David Phelps
    Don’t Waste Your Life by Lecrae
    I have to second It is Well with My Soul.

  16. Jan says:

    Ohhhh, I love Indescribable by Chris Tomlin, Loren! 🙂