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'Blues busters'

February 3, 2014 - Mike Donahey

We’ll have six more weeks of winter, according to Punxsutawney Phil.

The renown groundhog saw his shadow, fittingly, in Punxsutawney Pa. Sunday.

And who should be surprised? It should not be us hardy Midwesterners, since we’ve already fought off two polar vortexes and there is plenty of snow on the ground.

Anticipating Phil’s forecast, I’ve laid in supplies and adjusted my calendar to fight on for the duration with a sampling of my “blues busters” as follows:

— Going to a movie with my better half. — Celebrating Valentine’s Day with my wife and two daughters. —Listening to “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” “Start Me Up,” and “Tumbling Dice” or tracks on “Let it Bleed,” all by the Rolling Stones. — Add “All Along the Watchtower” by the late Jimi Hendrix. — Listening to “Achilles Last Stand,” “Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “When the Levee Breaks.” by Led Zeppelin. — All tracks on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and “Wish You Were Here.” — Include all tracks on “Kind of Blue,” by the late Miles Davis. — Add “Are the Good Times Really Over," by Merle Haggard, “I’m a Ramblin’ Man” by the late Waylon Jennings and “Behind Closed Doors” by the late Charlie Rich. — Sitting in (literally) on any group cycling class conducted by Kim Hurley or Ken Lunsford at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. — Counting down the days until the Giants’ catchers and pitchers report for spring training.

If winter continues past six weeks, look for more “blues busters” in this column.



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