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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!

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I realized a long time ago that I am a sucker for a great pop/rock chorus. A real sucker.  When I listen to Warm Me Up by The Audition I catch myself laughing a bit, remembering my head-banging days of the 80’s. As soon as they launch into the guitar solo it’s really etched in stone. It just sounds so…predictable or something. That said I catch myself singing along every time. Warm Me Up off of Champion by The Audition in particular has a few of those key elements that I love in many songs. It’s got some good high energy guitar riffs, some catchy harmonizing vocals, and a lot of layers of music culminating in a little bit of a crescendo. Is a little crescendo even possible?? Throw in those humdrum lyrics a somewhat commonplace vocals and a lack of overall variety to the music of the entire CD and you might wonder why I am even blogging about The Audition.

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For some reason I love cranking this song in the car. This one song always leads to another and then another and every time I found I have listened to the entire CD and enjoyed it. With every listen I pick out one or two little unique things that I hadn’t noticed before and for some reason I keep coming back for more. Listen to the original studio track here and watch the video below.

LISTEN HERE

Warm Me Up by The Audition is a Life of Tunes keeper of the unexplainable variety.

Enjoy!

Artist: The Audition
Album: Champion (2008) 
Track: Warm Me Up
Website: www.myspace.com/theaudition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV7thmQN_rk

I first heard Hey Rosetta! about a year ago. I was literally flipping channels probably looking for the hockey game or something and an episode of Flashpoint was just finishing up. This often happens to me when watching a movie or a TV show; I stopped in my tracks and began immediately to seek out what I was hearing. I remember it well because I really struggled with this one for a while. Trying to find out the details on the same night as the episode can often be a challenge. I am not sure how I ended up finding out who it was but in the end I prevailed and figured out I was hearing Psalm by Hey Rosetta! of their 2008 release Into Your Lungs. There is a musical connection to the show Flashpoint as well starring Hugh Dillon. Hugh Dillon was the lead singer of another high energy Canadian band of the past, The Headstones.

LISTEN TO PSALM HERE

hey roThis was one of those CD’s that I immediately fell in love with really enjoying the fullness of sound that the music provides. Once I unwrapped the CD I listened to tracks one and two really enjoying but track three “There’s An Arc” forced me to put on the breaks for a while. I ended up playing this track several times before moving on with the rest of the CD. Since then I have fallen in love with every single track on this fave CD of mine. I found a home made video of There’s An Arc online which I just love and I am sharing with you below. The video does a great job of showing the diversity of instruments and apparent talent that Hey Rosetta! brings to the table. The vocals are spot on, unique and unbelievably pure sounding. You got to love a band that brings a full time violin and cello into the mix as well. Do yourself a favor and listen to the original track below and then move on to the video as well.

LISTEN TO THERE’S AN ARC HERE

I was surprised and happy to found out that Hey Rosetta! is a Canadian band from St. Johns Newfoundland. There’s An Arc from Into Your Lungs is a well deserved Life of Tunes keeper. Buy and listen to this entire CD today.

Artist: Hey Rosetta!
Album: Into Your Lungs (2008)
Track: There’s An Arc
Website:
www.heyrosetta.com

onceIt’s all about the two minute mark. That’s just when Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová really get the pipes going. I know what you’re thinking, well some of you anyway, you’re thinking who the hell are Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová? They are the singer/songwriter/actors from the movie “Once”When Your Minds Made Up is one of many great tracks from the official soundtrack and movie. If you haven’t seen “Once” I highly recommend this film and its soundtrack. It’s a great movie in its own right but an even better move for the music lover. At the two minute mark of When Your Minds Made Up the vocals really get ramped up with great energy, energy intense enough that when I try to sing along in the car I fear for my windows. The video quality is not great but you will get the idea and since you are going to buy the CD anyway, you just need a sample 😉

On my way home tonight I had this loud enough to rattle the glass of my car on its own, but then throw into the mix my Pavarotti like harmonizing and I am sure the windows were rattling in the 4 lanes around me. For your listening pleasure I have decided that we will stick with the original version and not our highway remix. There is a funny little song called Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy that Glen Hansard sings on the bus in the film and I have added a hilarious little animated video as well that has the song in the background. Funny! It’s actually my favorite track on the CD.

Watch both videos below!

Download the Once Soundtrack pick up the film and enjoy these Life of Tunes keepers!

Artist: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Album: Once (2007)
Track: When Your Minds Made Up/Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
Website: www.foxsearchlight.com/once/

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!

WATCH VIDEO HERE

So I have this mixed cd that I pop into the CD player in my bedroom frequently. It’s filled up with tunes that I like to wake up to. Usually the theme here is that it starts off quiet and builds to being noisy enough for me to be no longer sleeping. So I set the timer on my stereo to turn on at 6:30AM lets say and then I am serenaded awake. I popped that cd in last night and then fell asleep dreaming of lemons, puppies, pretty flowers, clouds and crystal meth thanks to a post a friend of mine made on Facebook yesterday.

ok compAnyway, I woke up to the subtle sounds of Thom Yorke strumming his acoustic guitar. That’s a lie actually. I don’t think I actually woke up until he started singing Exit Music (For A Film). What a friggin great tune. I proceeded to repeat that track at least 5 times on my headphones (so I could crank it) before I got up. To date, OK Computer is still my favorite Radiohead album and its one that I can’t get enough of, a staple so to speak.

There are a couple goose bump moments for me in this song. I know, I know I’m a cheese ball but that’s how music effects me I can’t help it. Around 2:50 of the song there’s this grinding distortion sound that kicks in that I absolutely digg. Then of course there is the intensity of the song’s climax at about one minute remaining. I remember when I saw Radiohead live on this tour back in 1997 I also thought it was quite cool that the use of a transistor radio as an instrument was incorporated into the performance. On the original track off of the CD Thom Yorke’s vocals are quite impressive. A funny thing happens to me at this end of this song as well; I inevitably burst out laughing if it is the first time I have heard it in a few days. The last lyric of the song, “We hope that you choke – that you choke”, clearly not meant to be humorous, always catches me off guard. Does that make me strange? Don’t answer that.

The version of “Exit Song (For A Film)” that I have posted here is a live version because when I think of this song, I think of it live. I can highly recommend this track and this CD as a whole. If you don’t have it already, get on with it – today. If you do, then whip it out when you get home tonight and blast this track. Like all music of this variety, lights out between the two speakers is a great way to experience it fully.

This is your Life of Tunes keeper – enjoy!

Artist: Radiohead
Album: OK Computer (1997)
Track: Exit Song (For A Film)
Website: radiohead.com


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