Without love, sang the Doobie Brothers, in their top tune Long Train Running, where would be be now? I say the same about music. Without music, I’d probably be watching Homes Under the Hammer or Jeremy Kyle and I’d be even more miserable than I am now. With music, the world is a better place.

The world might not be a better place for you when you have seen the results of this week’s music shuffle, where I set my music collection free and allow my portable music machine to play some random tunes.

So here is it, Happy May 10th, everybody’s having fun. Or is it just me?

Let’s rock.

  1. After the Load is Blown by Louis Cole. From my favourite album of 2018, Time, young Master Cole reminds us that there is still great music out there.
  2. There Was A Place by the Rides. The Rides are/were Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg and their Pierced Arrow album was a 2016 highlight.
  3. Well, You Can Do It Without Me by Father John Misty. The great Josh Tillman’s alter ego with a great track from his Fear Fun record.
  4. You Got It by the Average White Band. Classic blue eye soul from north of the border.
  5. Don’t Want No One Else by the North Atlantic Explorers. From an album that could be all about my father, called My Father Was A Sailor, Vancouver’s Glenn D’Cruze is a phenomenal talent.
  6. Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna.From her wonderful True Blue album, this is Madge at her wonderful best.
  7. Layla by Derek and the Dominos. This tune leaps out at you from the Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs record simply because it’s nothing like anything else on the record, packed as it is with classic Clapton blues. For all that, it’s a classic, featuring as it does the duelling guitars of old Slowhand himself and Duane Allman.
  8. Out of Time by Chris Farlow. Classic sixties music from the great Chris Farlow.
  9. I.G.Y. by Steely Dan. From their live record Green Flower Street, here Donald Fagen’s Steely Dan cover Donald Fagen’s futuristic I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year.)
  10. More Love Less Hate by Louis Cole. We end as we started with Louis Cole, here with a short instrumental track from his wonderful Time record.

That’s all, folks.