Each week we publish the audio OK Playlist on Tuesday's followed by the YouTube (video) OK Playlist on Thursdays. The video playlist mimics the audio playlist, but includes alternate artists versions and alternate takes of the songs. Other posts throughout the week will pertain mostly to music and having fun with kids. If you like what we are doing, please help us by leaving a comment and sharing our site with others.

"Everything is OK!" - Week 1 Playlist

>> 6/22/10

Upside Down - Jack Johnson
Pride (In The Name Of Love) -  Dierks Bentley (Feat. Del McCoury)
Walking in Your Footsteps - The Police
It's Hard To Listen - Coal Train Railroad
Listen to the Music - The Doobie Bros.
Walking the Dog - Hans Theessink
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
Heavenly Day - Patty Griffith
Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down - Robinella & The CC String Band
Iko Iko - Dr. John
Itchy Twitchy Spot - Run C&W
Over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

Notes from Eric

Upside Down - Honestly, I didn't really care for Jack Johnson until I heard this one. Now everything before this makes sense!

Pride (In the Name of Love) - If we do anything here at OK Playlist I hope we always do it In The Name Of Love!

Listen to the Music - My brother had the first Doobie Brothers.I was 13. I was changed. Suddenly, I wanted to be a rhythm guitar player. Oh, I didn't know what that was then. But looking back now...the music of the Doobies helped me "hear" where I wanted to be as a guitar player.

Walking the Dog - Classic song without a doubt. Russ introduced me to this version. I love it! Treat yourself to Run C&W's version soon! Into the Twangy-First Century/Row vs. Wade

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Aside from all the early Simon and Garfunkel stuff, this is the best work Paul Simon ever accomplished. I remember when Graceland came out. It was unlike anything we'd heard up to that point. We all stopped...and listened.

Heavenly Day - A friend and former bandmate of mine plays with Patty. I knew nothing about Patty until he started playing with her. This song is wonderful.

Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down
- It's artists like Robinella that make the craziness and scariness of popular music fall silent.

Iko Iko
- I love watching my kids' butts wiggle to this one...they LOVE it!

Itchy Twitchy Spot
- We love Run CandW here at OK Playlist. You may recognize the lead singers voice...that's Russell Smith of Amazing Rhythm Aces fame. And that banjo pickin'? None other than Bernie Leadon. Formerly of the Eagles! The other 2 "Burns Brothers" ain't too shabby either. Jim Photoglo and Vince Melmed, hit songwriters.

Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World
- 2 of the greatest popular songs of the 20th century performed magically

Notes from Russ

Upside Down - This is from Curious George The Movie. It is a staple around my house. Dr. John did the theme for the PBS television show. I am sure we will see that song on the OK Playlist soon.

Pride (In The Name Of Love)
- HOLY COW this is awesome. Dierks new album came out a couple of weeks ago and there are a couple of bluegrass tracks that are great, but this one fit in nicely with the family theme.

Walking in Your Footsteps
- A great history lesson about dinosaurs.

It's Hard To Listen
- Coal Train Railroad is a local Nashville band made up of some All-Star Musicians. This is one of my favorite new kids bands. Pandora describes the music as "kid-friendly vibe, subtle use of vocal harmony, demanding instrumental part writing." Check them out at coaltrainrailroad.com

Listen to the Music
- Just a pure classic. Plus its just fun to say Doobie (even if you don't know what it is).

Walking the Dog - This guy goes unnoticed. A Dutch Blues Guitarist. Not a common mix. I first heard this version on the closing credits of a Sopranos episode. It is really great. Other great versions include Rufus Thomas' original from 1963.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - I can't rave enough about Paul Simon's Graceland Album. Almost every song is "OK" and most of them include the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo as backing vocals. There will be many more songs from Graceland showing up on the OK Playlist in weeks to come.

Heavenly Day
- My wife loves this song and I can't disagree. She has good taste in music. It is the most inspirational songs in this weeks OK Playlist and to come out in recent years. Patty comments in the YouTube video that she wrote her first love song...for her dog. You gotta love that!

Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down
- Robinella is a Knoxville gal and this was a song from her most recognizable album's to date.

Iko Iko
- I LOVE DR. JOHN. This guy can boogie woogie. This version from the album GUMBO features The Meters as the backing band and can be best described as greasy, sticky, slimmy funk. Pure awesomeness!

Itchy Twitchy Spot
- Run C&W flew under the radar in the early 90's. OK Eric commented that these guys are All Star musicians that decided to have fun dressing up like rappers and covering soul tunes bluegrass style. This parody of Billy Ray Cyrus' Achey Breaky Heart is pure gold. Funny and masterful instrumentation, but that's the whole album Into the Twangy First Century.

Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World - This is just awesome. these 2 songs sang together by a Hawaiian man on the Ukulele


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