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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!

I felt like a feel good movie last night so I sat down and watched August Rush again. There is this one scene that I actually gives me goose bumps, I am not even sure why. Any way it’s a really cool guitar slapping instrumental which is actually performed by Kaki King but by “August” in the film. The video below is actually the scene from the movie, a pretty good flick if you haven’t seen it. The August Rush Soundtrack is also worth a listen once you have experienced the film.

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Enjoy this Life of Tunes keeper!

Artist: Kaki King
Album: August Rush Soundtrack (2007)
Track: Bari Improv
Website:
http://augustrushmovie.warnerbros.com

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

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

I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking “how is it possible that a couple of posts back we were talking about the Irish punk tune Drunken Lazy Bastard by The Mahones.  Then it was an acoustic album of the Mexican band Maná performing Cuando Los Angeles Lloran. Somehow we also squeaked in a new funky-ish reggae like band from London called Will And The People singing their new kick ass song “Knocking”. Today, you click on your Life of Tunes bookmark (you know the one that you have placed under each bookmark folder so as not to miss it when you’re looking for it) the page loads and the Life of Tunes keeper is… drum roll please – Neil Diamond! Did he say Neil Diamond? How is that possible?

I’ll tell you how it’s possible. It’s possible because if you are honest with yourself and you are not concerned about what others think about you and you just open your mind and listen and feel; music speaks to you only on an emotional level. It’s not something you decide or control. Sure you can pick a CD up because everyone else is picking that CD. You can listen to it enough times that it starts to feel familiar and in the back of your mind in order to fit into your preconceived music ideas you basically force yourself to like it. That’s the exact opposite of what I am referring to here.  We all have these songs in our history, some of us fight it and pretend they aren’t there and others are willing to put themselves out there a bit.

moodsNeil Diamond’s “Moods” album was the first album that I ever really discovered. As a young child I listened to its songs over and over again, singing along to songs like Song Sung Blue and Play Me. I remember thinking while examining the front cover of Moods, “how is it possible that our couch upholstery managed to make it into Mr. Diamond’s wardrobe trailer?”

Today however we are not going to discuss Moods. Instead we are going to examine without a doubt the most loved karaoke song of all time – Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. A great song in its own right it has since been featured in one of my favorite movies, Beautiful Girls, released in 1996. Sweet Caroline has also been covered by Elvis Presley, The Ventures, Ray Coniff, Waylon Jennings and Frank Sinatra to name a few. It was released as a single on its own and then later added to late editions of the Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show album.

Sweet Caroline just makes me smile, plain and simple. The chorus known by all just begs to be sung and the commonly known “ba-ba-ba” in place of the horns when singing along is universally accepted as a hornless horn section.  Listen to the original tack below and then watch the groovy live performance in video.  Sing along at the top of your lungs. Who cares what your co-workers think. As a matter of fact, get everyone to gather around your desk and belt it out as a group. It will be the greatest team building exercise conceivable.

LISTEN HERE

Sweet Caroline is a classic, a Life of Tunes keeper, and the best damn karaoke song of all time.

Artist: Neil Diamond
Album: Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (1969)
Track: Sweet Caroline!
Website: www.neildiamond.com

In honor of friends that are running races this weekend I decided to post in the spirit of the run. Run Lola Run is a fantastic movie with an equally stellar soundtrack. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see this flick I highly recommend it. Even with the subtitles. The soundtrack is perfectly suited to the film. Below I have posted a montage of the film scenes to its music. Good luck to all!

lolaThe track was written by three men its director Tom Tykwer, and two music producers John Klimek, and Rynhold Heil. The film Run Lola Run was released in 1998 originally and 1999 in North America. Do yourself a favor and pick both the movie and the soundtrack up as soon as you can

Great movie, great music, and hopefully lots of motivation for all you runners out there.

Enjoy!


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