January 16: These are better days

16 Jan

If it’s true that you can tell a lot about someone based on what’s on his or her iPod, good luck deciphering what came from mine today during 1,943 made foul shots with Jim Bean and Vinny Dustin.

Of the 3,393 songs currently loaded on my phone, here are the 19 that the Shuffle gave to us in our hour and 20 minutes on the court:

“Secret,” Maroon 5
“Youngstown,” Bruce Springsteen
“Down By The Sea,” Men At Work
“Hang ‘Em High,” Van Halen
“When We Were Kings,” Brooks & Dunn
“You’ve Got To Be A Football Hero,” Great College Football Marches (no joke)
“Hey Stephen,” Taylor Swift (wish I were joking)
“Facts Of Life,” Talking Heads
“Fell On Black Days,” Soundgarden
“Feels So Good,” Van Halen
“Sleep, Baby Mine,” George Winston
“Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of,” U2
“Winter Wonderland,” Jewel
“Spoiled,” Joss Stone
“Red Rain,” Peter Gabriel
“That Ain’t Love,” REO Speedwagon
“We Made You,” Eminem
“The House Is Rockin’,” Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

And then, because there are no coincidences, and because sometimes you need a reminder, that truly random mix was followed by Mr. Springsteen, reprising the last dance of a picture perfect August 7, 1999 — the day I latched The Beautiful Heth — and serving notice that these are, in fact, better days.

Well my soul checked out missing as I sat listening
To the hours and minutes tickin’ away
Yeah just sittin’ around waitin’ for my life to begin
While it was all just slippin’ away
I’m tired of waitin’ for tomorrow to come
Or that train to come roarin’ ’round the bend
I got a new set of clothes, a pretty red rose
And a woman I can call my friend …
These are better days, baby.

It’s true, you know.

Fifty left to 600,000 made foul shots, and trying to live gratefully, every day.

For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.



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One response to “January 16: These are better days

  1. Marile Cloete

    January 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    The song Better Days has also became very important to me, symbolizing the good turn that my life took after 50, for various reasons. And the perfect other pole is The Promised Land.
    Do check my Springsteen blog at


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