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eyeofI am still laughing from a musical moment earlier this evening. It was soccer night for my 10 year old and I was just settling in with my Venti lactose free decaf latte with sugar free vanilla from Starbucks. The girls were warming up and getting pumped up for the game when Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor popped into my head. I think I laughed out pretty loud actually and got a few strange looks but I couldn’t help myself. Cue the black and white and hazy video… I was immediately in my hockey gear about 27 or 28 years ago circling the goalie and taking shots in my own warm-up. The arena I used to play in when I lived in Virginia Beach always played Eye Of The Tiger while we were warming up for a game. I recall how awesome that song made me feel as an 11 year old; wearing the jersey of my team and getting ready to do battle with my teammates. These are the really cool nostalgic memories of a time when life was so much less hectic.

While sitting on the sidelines of tonight’s game screaming “GO SOUR LEMONS!” I had a real sense of contentment. The delight of an 11 year old being on top of the world. It feels good to remember those times so fondly. I can only hope that as my daughter wraps up her game with the Sour Lemon Cheer that she is feeling the same. By the way it was a 4-4 tie and a nail biter.

Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor is a Life of Tunes keeper and some good memories.

Artist: Survivior
Album: Eye Of The Tiger (1982)
Track: Eye Of The Tiger
Website:
www.survivormusic.com

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Occasionally when I am listening to music I become seriously addicted to a particular song and hit the repeat1 button on my iPod. Ok, let’s be honest it’s often; at least once a week. If you read my Do Your Best To Destroy Me post yesterday then you know I had a not so great day. Today was a step in the right direction which was fantastic. Early in the day I decided I was going to treat myself to an hour of pure music bliss and literally put my feet up, totally chill out and listen to some great tunes.  Mid afternoon I did just that. I grabbed my iPod and did a swan dive onto my bed. Those of you who know me, might be wondering how the bed fared in that dive but this blog is about great tunes not carpentry. I fluffed up the pillows just right and plugged in my little Skullcandy Smokin-Buds.  I often use my iPod with phones for two reasons; one is that I can tune out from everything from the phone to construction as well as sirens and the like. The other is about loud music plain and simple. I could do loud on the stereo system as well but then I can’t bitch out the neighbours for incessantly slamming their doors can I? That would be a double standard. I digress.

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True to form I hit shuffle and see what pops up and today the first thing I hear is “The Park” by Feist. My hour is nearly up before I decide to listen to something else so I let it play another song and the shuffle gods decided it was a Feist day. I finally move on and I get Honey Honey off The Reminder as well, another great track. Those crazy shuffle gods. We’ve all dealt with their “control freak” attitudes on our musical journey. You know when you deposit 5 CD’s in your changer and for the first hour you hear songs off of only two of the albums. Bastards. To hear the original longer studio version which is best click below. The video has been shortened.

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The short of it is I must have listened to “The Park” ten times before I moved on. What a fantastic song.  I am pretty sure I didn’t really hear one lyric in that entire time. I was singing, but no words were really registering. Perhaps it was the ambient park noises that brought me to the park in my mind. Eyes closed, I swear I could feel the breeze on my face. In the end, I was disappointed to see it was only the fan but whatever works right?

The Park by Feist is a Life of Tunes keeper and a great little escape.

Artist: Feist
Album: The Reminder
Track: The Park
Website: http://www.listentofeist.com

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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