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I know, I know your thinking where the hell has he been. Perhaps that is my overdeveloped ego talking and it is more likely that you didn’t even notice I was missing. Who know that it would be such an adjustment since the last day of school. My daughter finished school last week and what was supposed to be a more relaxed schedule has been blown up in favor of running around like a chicken with my head cut off. So it’s been a week since I posted. It hasn’t helped that I have been so distracted by the Dany Heatley saga of the Ottawa Senators. Mr. Heatley has requested a trade out of Ottawa and been holding the team hostage ever since with his “no trade” clause. The Ottawa Senators are a passion of mine almost as great as music – almost but not quite.  Dany Heatley The Bum. Needless to say my place in the universe has felt askew this past week.

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I thought it fitting to make today’s post a love song or rather a song about love lost. Dag nabit  I loved you Dany Heatley and now “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore.” James Morrison sings the perfect song about how the relationship between the Ottawa Senators and its fans has fared. So much effort on our side and it’s just never enough to make Dany Heatley happy. Please know that there is a single tear slowly felling down my cheek as I write this post today.

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I’m just a little bitter – really.

In reality hearing this song today made me laugh for a couple of reasons. First there is the most obvious in the lyrics and tone of the song. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like this song but the kind of whiny vocals seemed appropriate.  The other thing that actually made me laugh out loud is that the front cover of Undiscovered, the album that has this track on it has a close up pensive or even melancholy photo of James Morrison’s on it. It actually kind of looks like a sulking Dany Heatley to me. Am I right? Maybe it’s me.

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I have included a live version of the track and posted the original studio version of the song for your listening pleasure as well.

Check out this funny advertisement for Dany Heatley as well!

Enjoy today’s Life of Tunes keeper, The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore while you burn your #15 Heatley jersey, and pass me the Kleenex.

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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!

There aren’t too many folks who sit on the fence with Rush. Like many hugely successful bands, people either love them or hate them. I have always been on the side that loves them though I have gone through stretches where I have not listened to them much if at all. Today I was moving some books on my shelf to dust (yes I do that occasionally!) and saw one of my yearbooks from high school. In taking a quick leaf through the tapered pants and big hair I saw a note from one of my friends about how obsessed I was with Neil Peart, the drummer of Rush. While I am biased to drummers often I always thought he was the biggest reason for their success. Neil Peart is an anchor behind the two front men, an amazing lyricist and one of the most talented drummers of all time. In order to avoid hate mail from all of the challengers I am going to move on quickly here, but of course that subject can be debated until the end of time, it’s a personal choice.

Rush - Grace Under Pressure (1984)This friend was referring to a particular day where a bunch of us were gathered around my encyclopedia sized bright yellow Sony Walkman trying to mimic the high hat beat of Red Sector A. Of course I was the ring leader and challenger. It went without saying that I had been listening to this “tape” to the point of exhaustion. It brought back memories of my feeling a little different from others around music and that frustrating feeling of trying to MAKE others love something as much as you do. “They just don’t understand how awesome this is” is along the lines of what I would have been thinking. A few friends were impressed by the seemingly random pattern of beats that I was referring to but they still kind of looked at me like I was the other glove that Michael Jackson never wore.

So I fully expect that many of you will hear this as just another song, others will relate and enjoy. Many of you I am sure will not even listen to Red Sector A because you think Rush is overrated or you can’t stand Geddy Lee’s hair or voice, or glasses or whatever.

I have included the studio track on Grooveshark as well as a live video. As is often the case the video quality isn’t great so to get the real experience I insist you listen to the original track. Don’t forget to follow along with Mr. Peart on the high hat!

LISTEN HERE

The bottom line is that Red Sector A by Rush is a Life of Tunes keeper. C’mon…don’t you get it???

Artist: Rush
Album: Grace Under Pressure (1984)
Track: Red Sector A
Website: www.rush.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/

mgmtI can’t get this freaking song out of my head. Time To Pretend by MGMT is a song that a friend played for me today without much fanfare at the time. I’ve tried to get the electronic popish song out of my head with a plenitude of other songs, group’s, bands, singers and the like. Ever since I heard this song earlier today it has been stuck in my head. It’s so bloody catchy that I had to look the band MGMT up when I got home tonight. I must say that my immediate reaction to the Time To Pretend video off their Oracular Spectacular CD was “Wow, these guys need a bigger budget!” The thing is the video is a bit distracting to the music I find. I have a feeling that MGMT knows exactly what they are going after here though. On its own, I can’t help but laugh at the production. It kind of makes me giggle! In the end I will give you both options and let you decide but I suggest you listen to the song first without video a couple of times.

LISTEN HERE

You will be bopping the entire time. After you have a real appreciation for the song on its own, then check out the video.

WATCH HERE

Life of Tunes keeper? Perhaps, I’ll keep you posted. Until then enjoy!

Artist: MGMT
Album: Oracular Spectacular (2008)
Track: Time To Pretend
Website: www.whoismgmt.com

A while back I was at a friend’s house and a few of us we were sitting around chatting and having a beer. As is par for the course I was distracted by some music I was hearing and could not stop doing the ole noggin shaker while everything else started to turn Charlie Brownish. I was the kid and they were the adults and I all could hear was “wah-wha-wha-wah” and a wicked tune in perfect clarity. I decided that it wasn’t proper for me to be off in la-la land whilst consuming their top notch beverages so I interrupted my daydream to ask what we were listening to. The response I got was Chris Joss.

“Chris who”, I said?joss

Chris Joss”…

“Moss”? ….

”No Joss”……

”Chris Joss?”

”yes”

Who is Chris Joss?”

My friend proceeded to tell me a little about the man and a little more about the music not that it really mattered at that point. I already knew I was going to rush home and download whatever I could find of Chris Joss and that’s exactly what I did. I think it was 2:30AM when I crawled into bed that night very fond of his Teraphonic Overdubs CD and specifically the song Granted. I was content to have found something new and exciting to sink my teeth into musically. This sounded to me like great background party music. Dance music for people who hate dance music was something that came to mind that night as well. Images of artsy 70’s movies were flashing through my mind’s eye through this musical journey.

Today I am going through many of my bookmarked links looking for updates and news on artists I follow and was elated to see that Chris Joss has a new CD out recently, called Sticks. I was equally surprised to find that he has a video out from Sticks called Danger Buds. Great tune. Great music. For some reason this tune makes me think of that classic Sesame Street episode that was brought to us by the number 7 and the letter w. You know the one.

“Danger Buds” by Chris Joss is a Life of Tunes keeper and a trippy feel good funk tune to boot. A fun video too!

Enjoy and check out more of Chris Joss as soon as you can!

Today was a unique day for me. For the majority of the day I had no music due to circumstance.  As a Life of Tunes keener though, one of the things I do to have some extra fun with music is to ask my friends and family what they would like their ring tone to be on my Blackberry. One of the few calls I received today imprinted that ring tune in my head for the rest of the day. I had asked a good friend of mine what she would like her ring tune to be and she requested Groove Is In The Heart. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed even after Peter Bjorn and John’s new CD Living Thing came out she changed her request to Nothing To Worry About. There are just so many positives in this change of direction.

livingFirstly I no longer had to feign forgetfulness in my quest to find the classic Deee-Lite song requested. Secondly, her new choice in Peter Bjorn and John is a wicked tune and one that perks me right up every time she calls. Perhaps the greatest part of all is that when I hear this tune I can’t help but think of the video which is freaking hilarious to boot. Let’s play a little word association game. I’ll say the word and you think whatever comes to mind then we’ll see how close you are to the correct answer.  Elvis———-Break Dancing———-Leather———- Hairspray————Motorcycles. The correct answer is Nothing To Worry About by Peter Bjorn and John of course!

Have a look and a listen at Nothing To Worry About. This tune is a Life of Tunes keeper and a good laugh to boot.

For shits and giggles you can watch Deee-Lite’s Grove Is In The Heart here as well. Ok ok, you caught me – fine. I just watched it and it wasn’t as bad as I remember it.


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