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  1. Last night I watched a movie that shall remain nameless for the time being so that I don’t spoil it for anyone. In this movie there was a plane crash. I had a song pop into my head for like a millisecond and then “poof” – gone. It was driving me crazy but I could not think of the name or tune of it no matter how hard I tried.
  2. The movie ended with a scene that reminded me of another movie I saw in the 90’s called Fire In The Sky. This is a pretty good movie which had the desired effect as I recall. My friend and I who saw it were both feeling quite “anxious” as I recall on the drive home.
  3. This reminded me of my family’s 1987 GMC Safari that I was driving that night and how much I loved cranking tunes in that van when I was a teen. I clearly remember blasting 13 Engines, a fun Canadian 90’s band in that van. There is no reason for me thinking of this in particular, it was just a flash.
  4. This first vehicle of my youth reminded me of when I bought my own first car, a 1983 Volvo GLT. Man I loved that car. This morphed into a memory of my friend and I driving at night with the moon roof open in the mountains and singing Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd at the top of our lungs.
  5. Pink Floyd made me think of when I travelled to Toronto in the late 90’s to see them live with a few friends and what an amazing show that was.
  6. Pondering this trip made me recall a good friend of mine at the time and how I haven’t talked to him in many years now. He had a Renault Alliance, burnt orange or reddish or something if I remember correctly. For some reason this car made me think of Credence Clearwater Revival. I am not even sure if he liked CCR but this was my memory nonetheless.
  7. CCR made me think of another movie that I really enjoyed (for the soundtrack and the scenery) called Indian Summer. This made me start to sing “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” by Allan Sherman for some reason. I am pretty sure that this track was in the movie but I am not absolutely certain.
  8. “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” made me think of camping when I was a kid.
  9. Camping made me think of the brand of trailer that we had when I was growing up. It was a Travelaire I am pretty sure.
  10. Memories of camping with my family in my childhood made me think of all the great trips we did growing up. This was the first thing that I thought of when I woke up this morning and the train of memories continued from there.
  11. A specific memory of my Dad backing down a narrow mountain road while towing our trailer then popped into my head along with the recollection that this took place somewhere on the east coast.
  12. East coast travel made me think of travel there with my own family in recent years.
  13. This brought about a recollection of a trip where the Lenny Kravitz 5 CD was played over and over again. Great CD!
  14. Traveling, music, east coast, family, driving, singing at the top of your lungs, overplaying great CD’s and a realization that music really is the most prominent part of my memory reminds me of a specific holiday I took with my girls. The soundtrack of this journey included Mr. A-Z by Jason Mraz at great length.
  15. Thinking of this CD made my favorite song from it pop immediately into my head. The title of this song is “Plane”. Great song.
  16. Plane by Jason Mraz is also the song I was trying to remember the name of while I was watching that movie last night. I have been stewing on that for over 8 hours and finally I have my answer. Man my brain is messed up! The good news is that 8 hours later I am no longer obsessed and using 80% brain capacity to try and remember the name of the friggin song that was on my mind during that plane crash scene.

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Today’s Life of Tunes keeper is Plane by Jason Mraz. As I mentioned this is my favorite track of the Mr. A-Z CD. I have included the video of a pretty good live version that I stumbled upon. Of course as always I have posted the original studio version of the track as well and you can listen to that below.

LISTEN HERE

Artist: Jason Mraz
Album: Mr. A-Z (2005) 
Track: Plane
Website:
www.jasonmraz.com

Enjoy!

It’s Monday and I feel the need to ease into the week. Nothing like a mellow-ish, driving tune to take the edge off on a Monday morning. With Sia, I can honestly say that this is the only song that I have heard of hers that I really have any interest in. That said, in fairness I have not spent a lot of time exploring her music as well. This specific tune though was a great exclamation point to the end of the critically acclaimed and Life of Tunes recommended HBO series Six Feet Under. In the final scene of the final episode as Claire Fisher was hitting the highway and driving away Breathe Me by Sia was playing.

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I immediately loved this track. Perhaps it was because it was associated with the show I so dearly loved. When I look at it objectively now I can see why I was attracted to the music. It has many of the musical elements that I enjoy but I also see that it’s a good thing that I didn’t associate with the lyrics first as they kind of annoy me. Sometimes I feel like telling her to shut up and stop whining and get a life, but I can see how others might relate to these needy lyrics in some way. In the end I have learned to appreciate Breathe Me as a great track in the Life of Tunes catalogue that I just listen to for the vibe of the tune itself.

The video has reasonable quality is pretty cool and is directed by Sia herself but you can listen to the track here without video if you prefer. It is also missing about a minute of instrumental near the end of the song which is some of the best part if you ask me so check it out for sure even if you watch the video. Check it out and see if it’s for you. It’s a Life of Tunes keeper all by its little lonesome self, but a keeper nonetheless.

Enjoy!

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Fools Gold as per dictionary.com is defined as “iron or copper pyrites, sometimes mistaken for gold.” I’m not sure that’s what The Stone Roses were referring to in this 1989 classic Madchester tune. For me Fools Gold the song is more about our futile pursuit of the things in life that they think are going to make them happy. When I say they, I really mean me.  Once and a while I catch myself wishing I had some thing that would make me happy. Today it was my car. It’s about on its last legs and sounds like a cross between a tank and a metronome driving down the street right now. I actually heard myself think, I will be so happy when I get a new car. I didn’t even just mean, it will make me happy for the moment, I meant my life will be better. How pathetic really. Anyway the good news I was aware of how ridiculous this was in reality and moved on with my day.

stoneFool’s Gold popped into my head as I was engaging in this internal banter with myself. It is a kind of warning for me, a reminder that happiness comes from being content with what I have right now, not living in the future. How profound eh? I know, I know it’s irritatingly soapboxish (yes that’s a real word in the Life of Tunes dictionary – look it up!) of me to pontificate about such things but this is what I was thinking. It’s how I came to want to crank this tune today and I kind of like that a great song can teach me something about living my life and the life lived can remind me of the song again. It’s the circle of Life of Tunes!

Fools Gold by The Stone Roses ranks very high on my all time favourite tuners list. I love so much about this track. Great funky rhythms, percussion and some really cool guitar riffs. This is a song that screams highway to me and it ends of on many of my road trip mixed CD’s or playlists. Listen to this track now wherever you are. Get the CD if you don’t already have it. Hear the message. The video quality below isn’t great so if you would prefer better quality and audio only you can listen to it hereFools Gold is a Life of Tunes keeper of the supreme variety.

Artist: The Stone Roses
Album: The Stone Roses (1989)
Track: Fools Gold
Website: www.myspace.com/thestoneroses


I definitely wasn’t “Racing In The Streets” or driving  “Thunder Road” but these tunes were in my head all evening. There was something about being in the car tonight that brought a flood of memories back from my childhood. The windows were open, it was just a tad cool out and the wind felt refreshing and moist.  I had a flashback of being in the back seat of my Dad’s car on one of our many road trips, feeling that exact same feeling. Happy to be alive, in no real hurry to be anywhere and carefree – man if I could jimmy myself some of that up everyday I’d be set for life. Ironically I was in a hurry to get home and get my daughter to bed, already late on a school night. For some reason I was able to put that aside for the duration of the ride and just chill. I caught myself hoping and wondering if my daughter beside me was creating her own memories and that she would look back fondly on them 25 years from now.

bruceFor some reason when these images of summer nights, cars and just hanging out flash in my head I often think of Bruce Springsteen. I’m not sure where that comes from, it’s not like I’m a car buff, but it is a constant for me. He is a musician and songwriter that has really grown on me over the years as a direct result of buying the “Live 1975-85” box set. Prior to that I hadn’t really given Springsteen the credit he deserved for his amazing talent, specifically his songwriting ability. I have grown very fond of it in recent years. In Thunder Road he sings “hey what else can we do now? Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair. Well the night’s busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere”…and I am immediately transported to a place where summer nights are long and full of friends and simple pleasures like sitting on the porch with a cold beer. It reads cheesy but I don’t give a crap. If I can’t find that place in my reality it’s great to be able to holiday there for a few minutes on a ride home. If you get a chance, listen to “The River” off of this CD set as well. You can listen to it here. It’s the first song on the third disc and as a prelude to the tune Springsteen tells a personal story about the draft that is a great listen.

If it’s possible for you to close your eyes when you listen to “Thunder Road” give it a go. If it’s possible for you to head out on a warm evening this summer, roll down the windows and just cruise with this song blasting go for it. I would suggest however that those remain separate tasks. There are so many video’s and versions I could have posted but you really have to hear the exact version of this tune that I am talking about so no flashy pictures today. It’ll do you mind good.  Listen now, and if you can’t send the link home to yourself so you can later, or do both.

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Thunder Road off “Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-85” is a Life of Tunes keeper and a great little escape as well.


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