Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2988 Mary Hopkin - Those Were the Days

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From: Post Card; Year: 1969; Genre: Folk Rock
The other day my dad was showing me some interesting music; this was that in particular caught my attention. Fascinatingly, this song has quite a history; it was originally composed in the early part of the 1900s by Russian composer Boris Fomin under the title "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu" (By the Long Road). Eugene Raskin later wrote English lyrics to the tune as "Those Were the Days" and apparently one Paul McCartney heard him and his wife playing it in a club and liked it. Subsequently, they had singer Mary Hopkin, who was signed to The Beatles' Apple label, cover the song and it became a pretty big hit.
Anyway, not a bad song at all; the choice of chords and their progression as well as the meter changes make this one a really neat track.

Hear Those Were the Days on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Azteca - Red Onions

My song pick two years ago today: Dream Theater - The Looking Glass

My song pick three years ago today: Deep Purple - Hush

My song pick four years ago today: Paris - Big Towne, 2061

My song pick five years ago today: Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

My song pick six years ago today: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Feed Me (Git It) (From: Little Shop of Horrors)

My song pick seven years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Who'll Stop The Rain

My song pick eight years ago today: Triumph - Lay It On The Line


Monday, September 28, 2015

2986 Neil Young - This Note's For You

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From: This Note's For You; Year: 1988; Genre: Rock
As normally happens with me and how I start many of my posts, I had Neil Young on my mind yesterday and into today, so I'm picking one of his songs.
25 years ago this song was quite a bit funnier and made much more sense, but you can get the overall gist of what he was singing about. Many of references have to do with some zeitgeists of the time the song was written/released, mostly advertising that different companies were famous for at the time, i.e. Budweiser Beer's "This Bud's for you," from which the song's title was inspired amongst others. Anyway, it's still a fun song, even today.

Watch the video to This Note's For You on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Dire Straits - Telegraph Road

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Cheap Day Return

My song pick three years ago today: Soundgarden - Black Rain

My song pick four years ago today: Chickenfoot - Lighten Up

My song pick five years ago today: Aerosmith - Dream On

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - One Little Victory

My song pick seven years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Fortunate Son

My song pick eight years ago today: Franz Schubert - Op. 1 - Der Erlkönig "The ErlKing"


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

2982 Ian Anderson - Heavy Metals

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From: Homo Erraticus; Year: 2014; Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock
I happened to hear this neat little piece the other day and it's been on my mind off and on since, so I figured I would choose it for today. What I love most about this song is the arrangement; it's basically a vocal and single acoustic guitar with very sparse accompaniment, but one piece of accompaniment that stick out is the percussion, where they more or less with an xylophone or an instrument similar bring forth the feeling/atmosphere of a blacksmith hammering away at his trade, which works amazingly.
In the grander scheme of the concept album that it is part of this one fits in toward the beginning basically heralding in the Iron Age and what humans' mastery of metal and technology would lead to in both wonder and terror.

Hear Heavy Metals on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Yes - The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)

My song pick two years ago today: Yes - Perpetual Change

My song pick three years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Mephistopheles

My song pick four years ago today: The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing

My song pick five years ago today: Azteca - A Night in Nazca

My song pick six years ago today: The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends

My song pick seven years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Midnight Special

My song pick eight years ago today: Megadeth - Use The Man


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

2979 Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me Not To Come

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From: It Ain't East; Year: 1970; Genre: Rock
I had some of their music on my mind since yesterday evening, so I thought I'd take it as a sign to pick one of their songs. Not only have I not picked this track, which is one of my favourites from the band, but I haven't picked one from the band for over three years.
Anyway, this rather funky cover originally from Randy Newman is probably one of the band's biggest hits. The bass, drums and keys drive the song mostly, and even though the song has odd meters and meter changes the listener really doesn't notice it unless you're paying attention. It really matches up quite well with the lyrics, which of course, depict from a first-person point of view, a sheltered individual's first encounter with a wild party.

Hear Mama Told Me Not To Come on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Pearl Jam - Sirens

My song pick two years ago today: Carmen - Daybreak

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Fountain of Lamenth

My song pick four years ago today: Megadeth - Bad Omen

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Beggar's Farm

My song pick six years ago today: The Beatles - Something

My song pick seven years ago today: Jethro Tull - Singing All Day

My song pick eight years ago today: Jethro Tull - Heavy Water


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

2973 Egg - Fugue in D-Minor

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From: Egg; Year: 1970; Genre: Progressive Rock
I'm drawing an absolute blank for today, so I'm picking one from my queue of bands in the backlog that I've been meaning to pick another one from.
Anyway, here's treat for the ears from the early 1970s Prog-Rock band Egg rather than how many bands do when they cover this piece, instead of using the Toccata section they instead focused on the main Fugue section. You gotta love that organ/keyboard work combined with those drums and a modicum of funkiness.

Hear Egg's take on Bach's Fugue in D-Minor on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - The Last DJ

My song pick two years ago today: Van Der Graaf Generator - Lemmings (Including Cog)

My song pick three years ago today: Nightwish - Feel for You

My song pick four years ago today: Genesis - Keep It Dark

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Lessons

My song pick six years ago today: Badfinger - Come and Get It

My song pick seven years ago today: Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends

My song pick eight years ago today: Rush - Far Cry


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

2959 Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 225 - Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

BWV 225; Year: 1727; Genre: Baroque Period/classical
I made it another year with this pick today. Back in 2007 on this day I started this blog on a social site called MySpace and in '09 I moved it here; it's getting hard to believe that I've been at this for eight years now.
Anywho, this is an extremely beautiful motet piece for eight voices, and there's a good chance you've hear the melody to this song; it's quite memorable.

Hear BWV 225 performed by Orquesta de La Chapelle Royale; conducted byPhilippe Herreweghe on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: 2590 Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1077 - Canone doppio sopr'il soggetto

My song pick two years ago today: 2218 Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 996 - Suite in E-Minor

My song pick three years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV. 1051 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat

My song pick four years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1049 - Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major

My song pick five years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1046 - Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major

My song pick six years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
 
My song pick seven years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1050 - Brandenburg Concerto No.5
 
My song pick eight years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1047 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2