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Today was a busy day! I commented to a family member this evening that I am not sure I even listened to any music at all today but music has still been on my mind. Tonight I have been thinking about how lucky I am to have great friends in my life and it got me to thinking about great “friends” songs. One of my favorites ever is Joe Cocker’s version of A Little Help From My Friends. So hey you friends out there, this goes out to you!

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Enjoy!

Artist: Joe Cocker
Album: A Little Help From My Friends (1969) 
Track:
A Little Help From My Friends
Website:
www.cocker.com

Enjoy!

  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.

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

Enjoy!

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.

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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

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!

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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

kasabianHappy Monday! For some reason I woke up this AM with a lot of energy. I’m not sure how to be honest. I was away all weekend and came back last night exhausted. Perhaps a good night’s sleep in your own bed is worth three in a strange one. The point is, somehow this morning I am feeling perky. In anticipation of a late morning crash I have elected to try and keep the momentum going with some good new music. Since last week I have been listening to the latest release by Kasabian and I am addicted to the first single “Fire” off of  West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

It’s one of those songs that gets stuck in your head. I am worried actually that I will be sick of it by the end of the month. For now though I thought I would share it with you and maybe let it go in the process.

This track makes me want to be up and doing something which is exactly what I need on a Monday morning. Kasabian other offerings, their self titled CD “Kasabian” and second release “Empire” are both well worth a listen of you haven’t had the opportunity to peruse these as well.

Fire by Kasabian is a Life of Tunes keeper and my little gift to you today.

Enjoy!

Artist: Kasabian
Album: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009)
Track: Fire
Website:
www.kasabian.co.uk

What is it with some people and their love or hate of music? I mean, in a way I get it; everyone has their likes and dislikes that’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it will always be. Some people are completely over the top with their “hate” of certain bands. I was in Chapters today and I overheard two “Thirtysomethings” talking about Coldplay. From what I heard the conversation seemed to go something like this.

“Are you kidding me? – they FRACKING suck!”

“In what way do they FRACKING suck?”

“Their FRACKING music moron!” And Chris Martin is such a FRACKING (insert expletive here)!”

“What specifically do you not like about their music?”

“It’s so unoriginal, a FRACKING rip-off”

“A rip-off from what?”

“FRACK OFF! Who cares, Coldplay sucks.”

The depth at which the songwriting and musical arrangement was broken down in this argument was astounding. Of course because I am passionately love music and am sensitive about the music that I like I wanted to jump in and begin a verbal assault but I thought better of initiating my 10 year old into the theater of musical combat at that moment.

rush of bloodIn reality I really could care less if anyone likes a specific band or not. When I love something I want to share it, and it feels great if the person I am sharing it with relates to it in some way as well. People don’t understand why they are so popular, or disagree with some politics, or feel they are too similar sounding to a band that they prefer. Who the FRACK cares! When I listen to music I do exactly that. How does this song make me feel right now? Is the sound pleasing to my ear? Can I relate in some way to what is being sung. The rest is really all a bunch of BS. When I put on Coldplay, 9 times out of 10 I love what I hear and I feel great. If you are worried about what the industry critics say or dude at the CD shop or anyone else for that matter, you have lost the point.

If Coldplay hater at Chapters is reading, here is what I want you to do sir. I want you to shut the FRACK up and just listen to this song without all of your preconceived notions. If after listening to this song you find that you were not moved then state that fact to the musical gods of the universe but do it for the right reasons, not because you heard some other FRACKER mention that they are a sellout one time. If you would prefer to listen to the original studio version of the song you can listen here.

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The Scientist by Coldplay is a Life of Tunes keeper, and a song that moves me every time I hear it.

Artist: Coldplay
Album: A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)
Track: The Scientist
Website: www.coldplay.com

A good old fashioned Rock and Roll song is the best thing going when you are working around the house. Today there is a list of things as long as my arm that I need to get done and great tunes make the jobs that much easier. The Hold Steady is a band that slides quite nicely into the high energy Rock and Roll genre for my Saturday afternoon motivation. If I timed myself on household chores with or without tunes cranked I know there would be no comparison.

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Stuck Between Stations off of the 2006 CD Boys and Girls in America is a great tune, nothing spectacular or unique but sometimes you don’t need spectacular or unique. Just a great rock song. Crank it up, and get off your ass!

Stuck Between Stations is a Life of Tunes keeper and a good kick in the butt.

Enjoy!

Artist: The Hold Steady
Album: Boys and Girls in America (2006)
Track: Stuck Between Stations
Website: www.theholdsteady.net


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