Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

How Cool is That?

Lori and Ben got me some wonderful presents for Father's Day, including a new bike seat, cool clothes (Ben picked out a weekend shirt for me all by himself), and fun food. But the gift that dominated my weekend was truly brilliant - an iTunes gift card!

I can't recommend this enough for nearly any special occasion. It is so much fun to pick and choose your favorite songs and build your very own album for free. If the receiver is not schooled in technology, you can offer to burn a CD from his or her selections.

My favorite finds from the past?

Oh Sweet Nuthin' by Velvet Underground > I always dreamed of the Grateful Dead playing this song. I just discovered the next best thing - Phish did.

I Don't Care Anymore by Phil Collins > I remember reading a review of the album that said it sounded as if it was recorded inside a drum kit.

Head Over Heels by the Go-Go's > one of the happiest songs ever.

I Feel So Good and Read About Love by Richard Thompson > from our days in Chicago.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley > a great interpretation of a Leonard Cohen classic.

Masters of War by Pearl Jam > Eddie sings Dylan.

As much as I love these songs, though, the experience all came down to a single song I have wanted for years. One of the best songs of the 90's can at last be purchased on iTunes...

Cannonball by The Breeders!

Thanks to the Ladder 49 Soundtrack, this song is finally available. I have already listened to it about 20 times and it's one of those few songs that is actually better than I remember it. I guarantee you that it is worth $0.99!