Monday, September 9, 2013

Days 8 And 9

Hey guys!

Happy birthday to Michael Bublé, Otis Redding, Aimee Mann, Peter Furler, David A. Stewart, and Pasty Cline!

I've been busy these past few days which is why I haven't posted. 

For Day 8, I'm supposed to choose a song that I liked when I was younger. The theme for Day 9 is to choose a song that makes me want to dance. I'm combining the two themes. I've chosen Drive My Car by The Beatles. 

The Beatles...well, don't we all know them? They're the biggest (and one of the most important) bands in modern history. Even though they disbanded in 1970, they've retained a powerful hold on the world and have influenced artists around the globe. 

My obsession with The Beatles began when I was eight, after hearing Love (a Beatles remix album). I heard the first track Because and I've loved them ever since. Drive My Car (which, on this album, was mashed with The Word and What You're Doing) was one of my favorites, along with I Am The Walrus and Eleanor Rigby. 
This is such a lighthearted, simple song that I like to sing and dance to. It has a great beat and a feel good vibe and you can't HELP but dance a little bit. :)
As with all Beatles tunes, this one has a lot of different interpretations. But I'd like to suggest that this song is another straight forward pop tune with a clear message. The lyrics tell a story. I don't think any other interpretation is needed (unless Paul McCartney said the song is about something else, of course).

Listen to to the song here:
Listen to the version heard on Love here:

That's all for now! Catch you on the flip side!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day 7- A Song That Is Your Guilty Pleasure

Hey guys!

Happy birthday to Buddy Holly, Chrissie Hynde, and Gloria Gaynor!'s theme...a song that is my guilty pleasure...I chose Last Friday Night by Katy Perry.

Katy Perry is a singer from California. She has released two (or three, if you count her Contemporary Christian album, Katy Hudson) albums. Her new album, Prism, will be released in October. Yet another release I'm looking forward to. :)

Last Friday Night is a dance-pop song, so pretty straight forward. There's no underlying meaning in the lyrics; it just documents some naughty shenanigans that take place on a typical Friday night (at least for Perry, haha). The music is dull and extremely repetitive but I do like the bass line. And saxophone solo in the bridge is pretty neat. This is one of those mindless, bubblegum pop songs that's actually really annoying but you can't help liking it. 

Here's the music video (it's eight minutes long):

Here's the song:

That's all for today! Catch you on the flip side!


Day 6- A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere

Hey guys!

Happy *belated* birthday to Roger Waters, Sylvester, and Nina Persson!

I was so busy yesterday that I wasn't able to post! O.O

Today's song is supposed to be a song that I can always relate to. I sort of did that in my last post so I'm going to take a theme from a different 30 Day Song Challenge. That theme is "a song that reminds you of somewhere". I chose Nightingales by  Prefab Sprout.

Prefab Sprout is a British New Wave band. They formed in the late 70's and they are about to come out with a new album in a month! I'm very excited! :)

Nightingales, for whatever reason, reminds me of New York City. This song is pretty relaxed and has a lush, sparkling sound to it. The electric keyboards, the violins, and the dreamy vocals make this song one of the most beautiful ones I've ever heard. Plus, Stevie Wonder plays the harmonica on this song and that makes it even cooler. :)
Every time I listen to this song, I imagine the glittering lights of New York City. This mental image makes the song more beautiful to me.  
Paddy McAloon's songwriting tends to be vague. I wasn't quite sure what this song was about but I found this interpretation on the site "In The 80s" and then the lyrics started to make more sense...

"This wonderful ballad from 'From Langley Park To Memphis' is not about nightingales at all. It is actually a story of how life is mysterious and how remarkable things can happen."  

Listen to the song here:

That's all for now! Catch you on the flip side! 


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day 5- A Song That Has A New Meaning To You Every Time You Hear It

Hey guys!

Happy birthday to John Cage, Al Stewart, and of course, the great Freddie Mercury! Rest in peace, Freddie. You are missed. 

Depending on my mood, the song Send Me An Angel by Lewis Taylor takes on a new meaning each time I listen to it.

Lewis Taylor is a British singer and multi-instrumentalist. He retired in 2006. Send Me An Angel appears on his third album, Stoned, Part I.
Unfortunately, he is not nearly as popular as he should be. He's extremely talented and it's a mystery to me as to why he was widely ignored by the masses. 

To me, this song has several different interpretations and they all depend on how I'm feeling when I listen to it. 

When I'm feeling independent, this song means that I can face life without being completely dependent on others. But it also reminds me that I shouldn't ignore the help that others might offer me. I can't do everything myself and sometimes, I need an angel to help guide me or walk beside me when life gets tough. 

When I'm feeling let down, this song seems to pour out all of my emotions. The opening lyrics, "It's the end, I'm not gonna cry/ I don't miss my water 'til the well runs dry", match how upset I'm feeling. This song reminds I can't "run away from feeling an emotion", and that I need to face whatever is bothering me and not let it drag me to a low point.  

When I'm feeling creative, I don't pay as much attention to the lyrics as I do to the music. This song is beautiful, slow and artsy. Many of Lewis Taylor's songs help put me in a mood where I HAVE to create music! His song Say I Love You inspired me to compose my song HSB. 
But that's another story. :)

Listen to the song here:

That's all for today! Tomorrow is Friday, thank goodness! :) Catch you on the flip side!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Day 4- A Song That Reminds You Of Something Sad

Hey guys!

Happy birthday to Blackie Lawless, Beyoncé Knowles, and Lacey Sturm!

Picking today's song was a bit difficult for me because there are only a few songs that remind me of sad things. I ended up choosing Zombie by The Cranberries. 

The Cranberries are an Irish alternative rock band. They've released six albums together. Zombie, which is featured on their album No Need To Argue, is one of their most well known songs. 

I talked about Zombie a few posts back. Just to recap, this is a protest song inspired by a bombing that killed two children in Warrington, England. 
This song has such a haunting feel to it. The vocals are cathartic and unusual, but very chilling and definitely fitting for this song. (Listen to Zombie here)

So other than the inspiration for the song and the music, why is it hard for me to listen to this song without getting depressed?

Well...last month, I read 1984. AWESOME. BOOK. Loved it. Definitely one of my favorites. 
When I read, listening to music tends to help me stay focused. Because the plot of this particular book is so bleak and because I'm such a genius (please note my use of sarcasm), I decided to listen to Zombie whilst reading 1984. 
Now I can't listen to Zombie without thinking about Winston and Julia and getting sad about the ending all over again! (-___-; )

Excuse me while I go weep over fictional characters I've become overly attached to. T.T


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day 3- A Song That Makes You Smile

Hello. How are you? Have you been alright through all those lonely nights....

Happy birthday to Eric Bell, Doug Pinnick, and Steve Jones!

So today, I'm supposed to write a song that makes me laugh. Since nothing really stands out to me, I'm choosing a song that makes me smile :) I've chosen Alex's Song by Toxic Melons!

Toxic Melons is a wonderful band that beautifully fuses 60's and 70's British pop with 90's power pop! The music very eclectic, but that's what makes it so great! You know you won't hear the same sounding song twice! :) (the official Toxic Melons Facebook page)

Alex's Song is a short, a capella tune about Paul Fairbairn's (creator of Toxic Melons) godson. This song has such a cheery feel to it! The lyrics are sweet and, at times, quite humorous. The charming vocals fit the song perfectly! I think it's impossible to listen to this song with a frown on your face; it radiates happiness and that's what I love about it. :)

Listen to Alex's Song here:

That's all for today! Catch you on the flip side!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Day 2- A Song That Helps You Clear Your Head

Hey guys!

Happy birthday to Billy Preston, Horace Silver, and Spencer Smith! 

I finished my cover of Mountain Sound! Listen to it here:

A song that helps me clear my head...that'd be Life Goes On by The Damned!
The Damned is a British punk-rock band. They've been together for nearly 40 years. Life Goes On is a track on their album Strawberries.  

I listen to this song mostly for the lyrics. They inspire me not to give up, even when everything in my life is messed up. They inspire me to live my life the way I want to live it because (in the words of Switchfoot) "this is your life and today is all you've got now".
I think Dave Vanian's voice is amazing! :) 

Some people say that Killing Joke and Nirvana stole this song's riff for their songs Eighties and Come As You Are. They all definitely sound similar, as shown in this video: I found this comment on the subject...

"I don't think it was copied/stolen at all. To me, it's more of an evolution. Each band added a new element to the riff allowing it to slowly evolve into something better." 

Definitely something to think about! 

Listen to the song here:

That's all for now! Catch you on the flip side!