Sunday morning music

Can't listen to pounding beats and punk rock all day every day, right? Sometimes you gotta mellow out with a cup of coffee and some mystical finger-pickers like John Fahey and Sandy Bull:

John Fahey - "The Yellow Princess"

Sandy Bull - "Triple Ballade"

Now depending on your mood you've got one of two ways to go next, it's either straight to the crying-in-your-beer country classics while you wait for your hash browns to fry up ...

Merle Haggard - "Swinging Doors"

Buck Owens & His Buckaroos - "Close Up the Honky Tonks"

... or start pulling from the jazz stacks.

Art Farmer - "Soulsides"

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto ft. Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Desafinado"

Now that you've rubbed the sleep out your eyecracks you hit the obvious but essential V.U., maybe some Eno while you check out your oblique strategy for the day ...

The Velvet Underground - "Sunday Morning"

Brian Eno - "The Fat Lady of Limbourg"

... and by the time those honking saxophones fade out you're ready to get back to bangin' some Francisco and Quintron. G'morning!

[Selections taken from The Essential John Fahey, Sandy Bull's Inventions, The Best of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens' Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat, Art Farmer's Gentle Eyes, Getz/Gilberto, The Velvet Underground and Nico, and Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). Sorry about the snap-crackle-pop, some of these were thrift-store reclamation projects.]