All posts by soonerryan2000

Yacht Rock Original: “Everybody’s Girl”

I’ve loved all-things yacht rock before the genre even had a name. Christopher Cross, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates: love all of it. And after 20 years I finally have a classification for all the music I write. Well, that and smooth jazz. Here’s my latest. It’s a tune about ...

Stunning views atop the Empire State Building at night 

One year ago tonight, I was in New York City, the second of a three-day stay for business. Earlier in the afternoon, I visited the Hearst Building, something I had always wanted to check out.  The day before, I got to run in Central Park. Knocked out three miles and crossed something uber-cool off my ...

Lights flickering & dim? You probably have a partial power outage

So, a few nights ago, I get home and my AC won’t turn on. The fan turned on but the HVAC unit proper would not.  Bizarre, but I could survive. It was only 75 degrees inside, and it was projected to get cool that evening. I called the good folks at Norman Heat & Air, ...

Cover & Lyrics: The secret to playing Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”

Last week, I got to see the legendary Steely Dan although I certainly, remorsefully didn’t ever get to see Walter Becker. I wrote about the gig at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, too. If you haven’t been to River Spirit for a show, I highly, highly recommend it. Easy find. Easy parking. Awesome staff. ...

Review: Steely Dan’s Tulsa show a party for Walter, total fan delight

On a night when country star Jason Aldean got all the headlines for playing in Tulsa, his first gig since the horrific Las Vegas shooting a week and change earlier, Steely Dan was also in the city, only a month and nine days removed from the death of its co-founder, Walter Becker. In essence, Steely ...

Baseball aspirations: Dodger Stadium and an NLDS sweep over Arizona

Long before I rooted for the Texas Rangers, I rooted for the New York Mets. Those were the 80s, and I was a teenager. Before that were the Kansas City Royals, the result of weird TV rules in Oklahoma during the early 1980s where more Royals games were shown on Muskogee television than were Cardinals ...

Ticket To Fly: #TBT ‘Smooth Jazz’ tune I had completely forgotten (video)

But it was a comment from a YouTuber named Hector that caught my attention tonight. He wrote on one song of mine that he was responsible for at least 50 of the 362 views of an original tune I posted called "Ticket To Fly."