Tuesday, July 31, 2012

1820 Jethro Tull - Home

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From: Stormwatch; Year: 1979; Genre: Progressive Rock
It seems like the last few days I've been picking songs that have to do with fictional global disasters. Honestly, I am not on a theme or anything like that; it's pure coincidence that I have picked three songs in a row that are either part of a concept album that has to due with the end of the world as we know it or are self-contained songs about a civilization ending disaster.
Just a month now and I'll no longer be sharing a wall with rude and inconsiderate neighbours. It has been ten years now that I've been forced to share a wall with others in the various places I've lived and it is long overdue! Sure some of them have been wonderful neighbours, but the few rotten ones have more than ruined my outlook on communal living. Anyway, ever since I put in our notice this rather beautiful and aptly named 'Tull song has been running through my head, so I figured that I would pick it today.

Hear Home on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steve Vai - Details at 10

My song pick two years ago today: England Dan & John Ford Coley - Westward Wind

My song pick three years ago today: Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

My song pick four years ago today: Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly

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Monday, July 30, 2012

1819 Hawkwind - Damnation Alley

From: Quark, Strangeness and Charm; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock/Space Rock
I was thinking about this track after watching the film based on the Roger Zalanzy science fiction short story and novel Damnation Alley, which obviously this song was written about as well. In actuality, Hawkwind's song was far more accurate to the book than the film adaptation and predated it slightly.
Dang, I just realized that I have pick most of the songs off of Quark, Strangeness and Charm; there's a lot of good music to be had on that record.

Hear Damnation Alley on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Chet Atkins - I Wish I Knew

My song pick two years ago today: Sergei Prokofiev - Op. 67 - Peter and the Wolf

My song pick three years ago today: Lalo Schifrin - Scorpio's Theme

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Dreamline

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

1818 Pallas - Eastwest

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From: The Sentinel; Year: 1984; Genre: Progressive Rock
Yet another day loaded with stress; oh joy! I'm just immersing myself in some nice progressive rock in hopes that the crap goes away.
Anyway, the music in this song reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd in many ways, but in other ways it has it's unique sound. Lyrically, in the greater concept about the fall of Atlantis, this one falls earlier on in the story and appears to just precede its destruction. Interestingly enough, I believe that this one was heavily influenced by the Cold War, which was still going strong at the time of this album's release. Also at the same time many of the lyrics seem to also fit the world in the present tense.

Hear Eastwest on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Finntroll - Ursvamp

My song pick two years ago today: Eric Burdon & the Animals - Sky Pilot

My song pick three years ago today: The Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child

My song pick four years ago today: The Cranberries - Zombie

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

1817 The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)

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From: Turn! Turn! Turn!; Year: 1965; Genre: Folk Rock
I heard this song whilst heading home tonight after yet another busy day and it seemed like a nice track to bring the day to a close. Ever since I first heard this song when I was very young I loved it, and I am actually surprised that I hadn't picked it yet.
As many probably know, or maybe not know, the lyrics of this song, which was originally recorded by Pete Seeger were almost entirely taken from The Bible's book of Ecclesiastes 3:1. From what I understand when The Byrds recorded their cover, which, of course became a huge hit, it actually gave the song the distinction of being the number 1 hit with the oldest lyrics.
Anyway, I could go on quite a bit longer about this one, but it's late. So, I'll catch you all tomorrow.

Hear Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season) on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Muse - Uprising

My song pick two years ago today: Guns N' Roses - Don't Cry

My song pick three years ago today: Puhdys, featuring Till Lindemann and Richard Krupse - Wut Will Nicht Sterben

My song pick four years ago today: Nightwish - The Pharaoh Sails To Orion

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Friday, July 27, 2012

1816 Alice in Chains - Them Bones

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From: Dirt; Year: 1992; Genre: Alternative Metal/Grunge
I had another song in mind for my pick today, but it happened that yesterday whilst I was out and about running some errands this great Alice in Chains track came on the radio. It has been running through my mind ever since, so as always I'm taking it as a sign that I should pick it.
While it's confined to a short, radio friendly 2 and a half minutes it still has a lot of nice music packed away into that compact space. I especially love the odd metered verses and the transition to and from common time between verse and chorus.

Hear Them Bones on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: America - Lonely People

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Weißes Fleisch

My song pick three years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Space Into/Fly Like An Eagle

My song pick four years ago today: The Delgados - The Light Before We Land

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

1815 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - I Can't Give You Anything But Love

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From: The Quintet of the Hot Club of France; Year: ~(1936); Genre: Gypsy Jazz
I have been thinking about picking another song from Django Reinhardt and Company recently and it feels like a good day for one of their songs. This is another one of their recordings from the mid 1930s to feature the excellent vocal talent of Freddy Taylor. Of course both Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the rest are as good as always in this rather laid back piece of swing/gypsy jazz.

Hear I Cant Give You Anything But Love on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rin' - Fuhen

My song pick two years ago today: Cream - Badge

My song pick three years ago today: Steeleye Span - Seven Hundred Elves

My song pick four years ago today: Billy Joel - Prelude/Angry Young Man

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1813 Supertramp - It's Raining Again

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From: ...Famous Last Words...; Year: 1982; Genre: Rock
This morning some Supertramp came on the radio, and since I had no song in mind for today I thought I would go ahead and pick one of their songs.
While ...Famous Last Words... is overall a good album, it is one of my least favourite among their work. I've always been more of a fan of their other, more progressive albums; this one is just a little too poppy for my tastes. Anyway, this song was one of the main singles from it and, like most of the album, it's more of a light hearted track written with mainstream pop appeal in mind. But at the same time it's a good song to listen to, especially when you're feeling down.

Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: King Crimson - Sleepless

My song pick two years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 703 - Fughetta: Gottes-Sohn ist Kommen

My song pick three years ago today: What Made Milwaukee Famous - Sultan

My song pick four years ago today: Arlo - Runaround

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Monday, July 23, 2012

1812 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Op.49 - 1812 Overture

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Op.49; Year: Written in 1880/Debuted in 1882; Genre: classical/Romantic Period
You know, with this being my 1812th pick there is really no other song or piece of music in existence I could possibly pick. It's interesting, but I thought for sure that I had picked a few from Tchaikovsky already, but I guess that I was wrong.
While Tchaikovsky has many extremely famous pieces, 1812 Overture has to be very close to the top. Today, I suppose the 1812 Overture is mostly known for being the classical piece of music where they use cannon fire during the climax towards the end of the piece. This rather iconic and rousing piece was written for the 70th anniversary of Russia's victory over Napoleon's invading army, however in popular culture it is also been linked with the Anglo-American war of 1812.

Hear the full 1812 Overture with the cannons on YouTube.
Here is part one of a live performance by the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Mark Elder on YouTube.
And here is the second part on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Down, Down

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - The Ocean

My song pick three years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Serenade

My song pick four years ago today: Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

1811 The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling

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From: Let it Be; Year: 1970; Genre: Rock/Pop/Blues Rock
I'm closing out a rather busy Sunday/weekend and am quite tired; I truly wasn't sure if I was going to get one in, but I am.
Anyway, I've been having this classic Beatles song running through my mind for the last couple of days, and without any song in mind I figured I would go ahead and make it my choice for today. While Lennon and McCartney co-wrote a lot of songs, this one has a slight twist to it. It's actually two songs; the first part: "I've Got a Feeling" was written by and is rife with Paul McCartney's signature style of writing and, obversely, the second part, which is known as "Everybody Had a Hard Year" was written by John Lennon and features his distinct style. From what I understand both songs were incomplete and for what ever reason they decided to mash them up into one song.

Hear I've Got a Feeling on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien

My song pick two years ago today: The Moody Blues - The Dream

My song pick three years ago today: Azteca - What'cha Gonna Do?

My song pick four years ago today: Slaughter - Fly to the Angels

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

1810 Frédéric Chopin - Op.19 - "Bolero"

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Op.19; Year: 1833; Genre: Romantic Period/classical
I'm squeezing some time in to get my pick in on this very busy day.
Anyway, once again my song pick number hit upon a date concerning another artist that I like: Frédéric Chopin, who was born in the year 1810. So, after I realized that I went ahead and decided to pick one of his songs for my 1810th song pick.
This is one of his songs that I like quite a bit; it is a rather interesting piece in many ways. To describe it, it's like a very technical dance song, kind of a mix between a Bolero, as the title states, and a Polonaise.

Here is a performance of the piece played by Nikita Magaloff on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Missing Link - Filled Up

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - The Church

My song pick three years ago today: Quincy Jones - Walking in Space

My song pick four years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer

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Friday, July 20, 2012

1809 Joseph Haydn - Symphony No.45 in F Sharp Minor - "Farewell Symphony"

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Symphony No. 45; Year: 1772; Genre: Classical Period/classical
When I saw today's pick number, (1809), I happened to remember that 1809 was the year that master composer of the Classical Period, Joseph Haydn died. While I've never been a big fan of his music, I still recognize his mastery of his art; there is no doubt that he was one of the greats. It's not really that I dislike his music or anything like that, but with, of course, some exceptions I've never been a big fan of music from the Classical Period; the music is just too formulaic and sterile for my tastes. Whatever the case I figured I should pick one of his pieces today, and I thought it would be absolutely perfect to pick his Farewell Symphony for the occasion.

Here is the entire piece performed by Capella Istropolitana, conducted by Barry Woodsworth:
Hear the first movement on YouTube.
Hear the second movement on YouTube.
Hear the third movement on YouTube.
Hear the fourth movement on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - I Think I'm a Clone Now

My song pick two years ago today: Primus - Pork Chop's Little Ditty

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me

My song pick four years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Shooting Shark

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

1808 Pantera - Walk

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From: Vulgar Display of Power; Year: 1992; Genre: Metal
Yesterday while I was driving this awesome track came on the radio; it was the perfect song to get my mood turned around at the time. There's something about this song, which is written around Dimebag's driving riff that gets you all pumped up; especially if you're in need of it.

Watch the music video to Walk on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Chronoglide Skyway

My song pick two years ago today: Yes - Five Per Cent for Nothing

My song pick three years ago today: Megumi Hayashibara - Fly Me to the Moon

My song pick four years ago today: Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Pedal Up

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1807 The Nightwatchman - I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night

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From: Union Town; Year: 2011; Genre: Folk/Folk Rock










The other day I saw a live performance on the television of Tom Morello's folk/rock project The Nightwatchman; to say the least it was very interesting hearing such a different sound out great musician who is usually heard playing extreme forms of metal.
Anyway, this of course was one of many of the songs they played that I liked. As with most of the songs on this album it is a cover of a union/protest song; this one was originally a poem written by Alfred Hayes about a labor activist named Joe Hill. In the mid 1930s Earl Robinson set the poem to music as a union/protest song, which has been covered a bit since.






My song pick three years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra - Ticket To The Moon

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - So Long

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1806 Deep Purple - Highway Star

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From: Machine Head; Year: 1972; Genre: Metal/Hard Rock
Yesterday I learned that keyboardist and composer extraordinaire Jon Lord passed away, a writeup can be found here on BBC.com. It seems as we've been loosing an inordinate amount of great musicians this year; I really hope that trend doesn't continue. It cannot be stated enough how much of an influence Jon Lord had on heavy metal music and the keyboard as an instrument in the genre; he will be surely missed.
Anyway, while there are a lot of songs from Deep Purple and the many other bands he played in to choose from for today's pick, however his playing on the rather iconic song seemed to fit perfect for today.

Hear Highway Star on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Not Fade Away

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Shaking of the Sheets

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face

My song pick four years ago today: Taj Mahal - Fishin' Blues

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Monday, July 16, 2012

1805 Genesis - Many Too Many

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From: ...And Then There Were Three; Year: 1978; Genre: Progressive Rock
I had Genesis on the mind this morning and the melancholy feeling of this song seemed to match my mood that starting a new workweek brings.
This track, of course, comes from Genesis' album where they made their debut as a trio following the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett. I have always found this album rather interesting musically. While the band had been in a state of change, it seems, ever since Peter Gabriel had left a few years earlier, you can still hear a lot of the band's older progressive sound and yet you can also hear their new, more mainstream sound starting to emerge.

Hear Many Too Many on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Iron Maiden - Where Eagles Dare

My song pick two years ago today: Yes - Yours Is No Disgrace

My song pick three years ago today: Herbie Hancock - Sly

My song pick four years ago today: Foreigner - Long, Long Way From Home

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

1804 Boston - Rock and Roll Band

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From: Boston; Year: 1976; Genre: Hard Rock
For the last little bit I've been having some of Boston's songs running through my mind off and on, so I figured I would close out this Sunday with making of my favourite of their songs my pick.
This is a rather soaring track that starts out quite strong and stays strong all of the way through to the end with that signature Boston sound. While on the surface this track might seem like a story of how Boston went from being a little-known bar band to being successful, however, in actuality it had nothing to do with how the band got signed and got success. And Tom Scholz had written and had been recording this and other songs years before the debut album.
No matter what the reality is, for anyone who has picked up an instrument and made music the song serves as the stuff rock and roll dreams and fantasies are made out of.

Hear Rock and Roll Band on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mr. Big - Undertow

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - In The End

My song pick three years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

1803 Pearl Jam - Jeremy

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From: Ten; Year: 1991; Genre: Alternative Rock/Grunge
It seems as if I've been listening to a lot of '90s alternative rock lately. The other day I heard this song come on the radio and I was actually thinking about picking it anyway.
When this song came out I remember hearing it a lot, and obviously it still gets a lot of radio play. While many of their songs are, I guess, what you could call "downers," Jeremy in my opinion is one of their saddest songs they ever recorded.
Since the mid '90s it became and remained somewhat of a controversial track due to the extreme subject matter and it being loosely tied to the school shootings that occurred since. From what I understand, Eddie Vedder penned the lyrics based on two instances; one of which he apparently was fairly close to. The main source for the subject matter of the song was a news story he read about a kid committing suicide in front of his class and the second instance was another kid that he was supposedly acquainted with shooting up a class room.

Here is the official music video on YouTube.
Here is the original unreleased music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Banchee - Iceberg

My song pick two years ago today: ZZ Top - Manic Mechanic

My song pick three years ago today: Santo & Johnny - Sleepwalk

My song pick four years ago today: Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

1801 Muse - United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)

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From: The Resistance; Year: 2009; Genre: Progressive Rock
I had a few bugaboos in my schedule this morning, but am finally able to get my pick in, and guess what? I have also been meaning to pick this song for over a week now and am finally able to get to picking it as well!
Anyway, this is one of the centrepiece songs off of their '09 The Resistance album and is also one of my favourites as well. This is a very dynamic track that reminds me a lot of Queen's music; some critics have actually compared it to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in particular. At the end of the song there is a nice light instrumental piece "Collateral Damage," which is based on Frédéric Chopin's "Nocturne in Eb Major, Op.9 No.2"
As with most of the rest of the material on this album, lyrically and thematically it has to do with tyranny and a call to rise up against it. From what I understand this track in particular was inspired by Zbigniew Brzezinski's book The Grand Chessboard, and George Orwell's classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Hear United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage) on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alice in Chains - Would?

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Jeder lacht

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Ein Leid

My song pick four years ago today: Eric Clapton - My Father's Eyes

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

1800 Bob Dylan - Hurricane

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From: Desire; Year: 1976; Genre: Rock/Folk Rock
Yesterday I was listening to a bunch of Bob Dylan's music and I replayed this song in particular quite a few times.
Like quite a few songs in his catalogue, this is a protest song. It was written about an incident of injustice where a man named Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was railroaded in a racial manner for a tripple murder he didn't commit. It was written and released about 10 years after the fact and even though Mr. Rubin Carter did get a retrial about a year or so after the song, it wasn't until another 10 years after that he finally got his freedom. The saddest part about that story was the fact that he lost about 20 years of his life and a promising career as a prize fighter to boot as a result.
Throughout the entire song you can hear not just anger, but rage in every aspect of it. The hurried and driving feeling given by the bass and drums almost gives you the feeling of a loss of control, which I believe was intentional. One of my favourite parts of the song is the violin, which is played in such a way that it wails and screams; it adds a lot to the overall feel throughout the song. However probably the best part is the lyrics and especially Bob Dylan's delivery of them. He uses every nanosecond of the eight and a half minutes to wield his abilities as a singer/songwriter in the way a surgeon would use his tools of the trade. Literally, he didn't mince words at all on his all-out assault on this instance of failed justice.
It's weird, but even though it has been over 25 years since Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was set free this song still stirs me emotionally about as much as it did the first time I heard it. I believe the real depressing and angering thing is how countless others have been hurt by miscarriages of justice and don't have someone to stand up for them and take on their cause like in this case.

Hear Hurricane on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bad Company - Silver, Blue & Gold

My song pick two years ago today: Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time In The World

My song pick three years ago today: The Yardbirds - Smokestack Lightning

My song pick four years ago today: Eric Clapton - Pretending

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

1797 Shocking Blue - Venus

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From: At Home; Year: 1969; Genre: Pop/Rock
Ugh, I'm really not feeling like picking a song this evening, but I'll go ahead and do it anyway.
At some point during the day I heard this song, which I believe was the biggest hit from the Dutch group Shocking Blue, and thought it would make an excellent pick.

Hear Venus on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Countdown

My song pick two years ago today: Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime

My song pick three years ago today: The Kinks - A Well Respected Man

My song pick four years ago today: Eric Clapton - Bad Love

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

1796 Queensrÿche - Sign of the Times

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From: Hear in the Now Frontier; Year: 1997; Genre: Progressive Metal
I have to admit, even though I'm a fairly big fan of the band, I haven't yet heard this album before today. It is interesting to hear such a stripped-back sounding Queensrÿche; with that being said, however, they at least didn't stray too far from their progressive metal sounds.

Hear Sign of the Times on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '97 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Don McLean - Vincent

My song pick two years ago today: Eric Burdon and War - Spill the Wine

My song pick three years ago today: Supertramp - School

My song pick four years ago today: Steely Dan - Do It Again

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Friday, July 06, 2012

1795 Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

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From: Houses of the Holy; Year: 1973; Genre: Rock
On the 4th, whilst I was attending some Independence Day festivities I happened to hear a band providing entertainment play some songs from Led Zeppelin. And yesterday I had a bunch of Led Zeppelin playing while I was getting some work done; I've discovered that much of their music works well for that situation.
Anyway, since I've been listening to so much of their music as of late I figured I should add one of their songs. This was one of theirs that I played and replayed more than a few times; it is one of my favourites from the band. It's such a beautiful track in many, many ways.

Hear The Rain Song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Big Country

My song pick two years ago today: ABBA - When All is Said and Done

My song pick three years ago today: Hawkwind - Motorhead

My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - Can You Hear Me Now

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

1794 Stratovarius - Elysium

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From: Elysium; Year: 2011; Genre: Progressive Metal/Power Metal
After hearing a song of theirs the other day, it got me into the mood of listening to more of Stratovarius' music. I've been really loving their most recent album: Elysium, which is a damn good album. This, the title track, is my favourite on the album; on this song in particular, they remind me a lot of the band Dream Theater in my opinion.

Hear Elysium on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Johnny Rivers - Muddy River

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Padstow

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Lakeside Park

My song pick four years ago today: Bon Jovi - Every Day

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

1793 Fates Warning - Monument

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From: Inside Out; Year: 1994; Genre: Progressive Metal
I'm getting my pick in on this busy July 4th (Independence Day).
I happened to notice that I hadn't picked a track from Fates Warning yet; I thought for sure that at some point in the past I had picked one of their songs, which is odd with how much I adore most music that is of the progressive nature. Anyway, this is one of my favourites I've heard from the band.
Everyone have a safe 4th of July out there.

Hear Monument on YouTube.
Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Alien Shore

My song pick two years ago today: Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town

My song pick three years ago today: Bon Jovi - My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms

My song pick four years ago today: Three Dog Night - An Old Fashioned Love Song

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

1792 Alestorm - Shipwrecked

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From: Back Through Time; Year: 2011; Folk Metal/Power Metal/Pirate Metal
Today is another one of those days where I wanted to pick a certain song and was thwarted at every angle, so here's one that I've been meaning to pick for a while now instead. After seeing the music video and hearing it, it was more than enough reason for me to pick up the album and I was not disappointed at all. If you've heard the band before you should know what to expect from this track: good strong power metal with pirate subject matter throughout and a very catchy chorus that is easy and fun to sing along with.

Hear Shipwrecked on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steeleye Span - Dark-Eyed Sailor

My song pick two years ago today: The Police - The King of Pain

My song pick three years ago today: Chet Atkins - Yakety Axe

My song pick four years ago today: Benjamin Britten - War Requiem

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Monday, July 02, 2012

1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - K.626 - Requiem Mass in D Minor

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K.626; Year: 1791; Genre: classical/Classical Period
I had another song in mind today, but for some reason when I saw that today's pick number was 1791 it seemed familiar for some reason. After a little bit of wracking my brain I realized that 1791 was the year that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died. After I realized that fact there was only one song, or piece of music that I wanted to pick. Not only is this his final composition, but it is undoubtedly my favourite piece of music from the master composer; it's truly beautiful and awe inspiring. I especially love listening to it as driving music; it's quite exhilarating.
This piece in particular has a great deal of mystique tied to it, which is due it being a funeral mass written by one of the most famous composers at the time of his death and the fact that much of the composition was not from his hand. In fact, if I remember right, the majority of the piece was written by others.
One of the major misconceptions about this piece is that Antonio Salieri actually had something to do with it and Mozart's death. The myth that he commissioned the piece and had something to do with Mozart's death actually comes from the Alexander Pushkin play Mozart and Salieri, which became a proper opera written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Eventually that opera was used as the basis for the hit film Amadeus, thus turning Antonio Salieri into the pop culture villain.
In actuality the person who commissioned The Requiem was supposedly the Count Franz von Walsegg, and he did it anonymously. As the story goes, he not only intended the piece to be used for the anniversary of his wife's death, but he was also intending to take credit for it. However, in the end the authorship remained Mozart's.

Hear the complete Requiem on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Banchee - The Night is Calling

My song pick two years ago today: Band of Horses - Cigarettes, Wedding Bands

My song pick three years ago today: Bread - Guitar Man

My song pick four years ago today: America - A Horse With No Name

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

1790 Mr. Big - Fool Us Today

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From: Hey Man; Year: 1996; Genre: Hard Rock
For most of the morning I've had a bunch of Mr. Big's songs running through my mind, so I figured I should take it as a sign to pick one of their songs. After a bit of thought I finally decided on this funk flavoured track off of their Hey Man album.

Hear Fool Us Today on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Jimmy Castor Bunch - E-Man Groovin'

My song pick two years ago today: Led Zeppelin - D'yer Mak'er

My song pick three years ago today: Arthur Smith - Guitar Boogie

My song pick four years ago today: Band of Horses - Ode To LRC

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