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“Nights In White Satin”- The Moody Blues and I Am Home!

I am home (if that wasn’t apparent from the title)! My research program ended, I turned in my paper, and everything is good… except that I am taking the MCAT in a week ūüė¶ But I am HOME! With my dog! Lets focus on that.

This is the adorable face that greeted me when I arrived home ‚̧

Also, this is the song that greeted me when I walked in the door.

Thanks Dad.

When I listened to this on You Tube with the music video, I came across a great comment:

Imagine if some artist or band tried to get a song like this released TODAY…?
Producer: It’s not commercial enough! Not enough swearing… say “Mother-f*****’ more! You know… like “Mother-f******s in … white satin… shit… whatever…” Oh, and it doesn’t have a proper drum track. More doof doof! There’s no references to ho’s, pimps, ice, how corrupt the Man is… how you have to kill to survive… that sort of thing. Geez, guys, get with it!

“Nights in White Satin” and all of The Moody Blues music does not fit the “current definition” of music today. Or rather the current mainstream music. I feel like there is tons of music like this being performed but the general public has limited access to it. I don’t know how to get a wider variety of great music to the people, since radio stations only play about 15 top songs on any given day it seems. Hopefully this time of music doesn’t die out. Hopefully my generation can appreciate not only the good popular music but also the oldies and “alternative” music of today.

Do you listen to radio at all? Are you as pissed off at the small music selection they play? Or is it just because I am in a smaller city that the selection sucks?

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“Mary Had A Little Lamb”- Stevie Ray Vaughan

Since my last post was such a downer, I decided to do another post today. So, I don’t know if any of you will know of Stevie Ray Vaughan since he produced music way before I was even born, but he was a famous Texas blues player (I told you I had an diverse range of musical taste). He is one of the best guitar players I know next to The Edge. He was even voted as best blues guitarist by Guitar magazine (no, I do not have a subscription to it). Here is an example of his phenomenal skills. Keep in mind he is playing on a 12 string guitar. Amazing.

I grew up with Vaughan. When other kids were probably listening to Backstreet Boys and N-Sync, I would listen to Vaughan and the other “oldies” my parents listened to. In particular, my dad would play Vaughan everywhere: in his workshop, in the house, and most memorably in the car. It was a ritual that whenever he drove my brother and I to a swim meet he would play Vaughan’s version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” which is hands down the best rendition of this nursery rhyme. I would recommend turning up the speakers and listening to the fucking awesome guitar that somehow seems to fit this song perfectly.

Unfortunately, Vaughan will never make any more music since he died in 1990. But his legend lives on as he was induced to the Blues Hall of Fame and he has a memorial in Austin, Texas.

""I'm a black man caught in a white guy's body" - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Anyone heard of Stevie Ray Vaughan before? And if not, do you know a better guitar player that you want to share?

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“All I Want Is You”- U2 and me being an Optimist?

I mentioned in my father’s day¬†post that my dad took me to a U2 concert as a “present” for surviving my first year of high school (trust me, it was a lot harder than it sounds. The girls at my school put “Mean Girls” to shame). It was an amazing concert. Seeing Bono in real life for the first time, a person I look up to not only for creating amazing music but also for his¬†philanthropy efforts, literally made me breathless. The Edge also did a great job performing a solo vocal/piano number but I can’t remember what song. I know, I’m getting old. 21.5 years old tomorrow.

Have no fear, a half birthday celebration does not equal only 1/2 a beer.

All aging aside, I still can remember how much I love U2. They have such an extensive discography with different musical styles to fit any mood. The album Rattle and Hum though is there best album, in my humble opinion. Each song is more amazing than the last and I have listened to the album straight through five bajillion times (rough estimate of course). One of my favorites though is “All I Want Is You.” I have all the words memorized and sing it often in the shower but nothing compares to the beautiful voice of Bono. I don’t know how to even describe it. It is gruff, soft, smooth, piercing, loving and overall so passionate. I truly think that this is one of the best love songs I have ever heard. He is offering unconditional love, no matter if trivial promises are kept or broken. We are only human, we make mistakes. But true, unconditional love can and does still exist in this world. You just have to find it.

However, some people interpret it as a song of infatuation and lust. And the video sort of supports this, but I am going to keep being optimistic and romantic, two traits I very rarely possess. I normally see that beer as half empty, but oh well.

I should also say that the Edge does an great job on the guitar in this song, well any song really. I will be sure to feature him more in a future post.

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Father’s Day!

Okay so it is actually not Father’s Day, yet. But I mentioned my Dad in the¬†Cake post¬†so I wanted to dedicate today’s post to him.

When I was younger, my father was probably the person that had the most influence on my music preference. Music was one of the many ways my father and I connected whether when we were driving to a swim meet with Stevie Ray Vaughan blasting through the truck’s speakers, taking a road trip to the Southwest while only playing to U2, or listening to Shawn Colvin in the living room (first on his shoulders while he twirled me around and ¬†then when I was older sitting with him on the comfy couch) He has actually taken me to all of the concerts I have attended including U2 and Coldplay. And guess what? I had an amazing time at all of them, mostly because he was there to share the music with me. He also has an extensive CD collection that I have “borrowed” and ¬†an amazing speaker/sound system that I love to listen to when I go home.

Although my music tastes have changed over the year (my dad would never willingly listen to Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Nine Inch Nails, or Skinny Puppy), we still share a love of many artists. And these songs that we listened to together so many times can instantly bring me back to those moments. Whenever I hear Shawn Colvin’s “Sunny Came Home,” I can remember walking in the door on a Friday night, exhausted from the week, and having my dad preparing fish sandwiches (one of my favorites) and playing this song to usher me home. When I hear U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” I can hear him explaining the serious meaning behind the lyrics. And when I listen to Enya’s “In Memory of Trees,” I picture us gathered on the floor playing a heated game of rummy. These are only a sample of songs that bring back vivid memories of my father. I wish I could share them all because they make up such a rich history of my life. However, I would probably bore everyone to death. So I will leave you with a song dedicated to my wonderful father.

I know this song is about losing a father and mine is still very much alive but I do not see him nearly enough and miss him so much.

 

I love you Dadders.

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