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Music For Backgrounds 02: Jack DeJohnette -Peace time

A beautiful journey into a serene world of meditative bliss. This is perfect music for your meditation, creative process or yoga practice….

– Jack DeJohnette’s Peace time 1:02:08

Throughout late 2009 and most of 2010, Peace time was one of my most played albums. It simply is captivating….

http://youtu.be/zcmJgliXwqc

Jack DeJohnette (born 9 August 1942) is an American jazz drummer, pianist, and composer. He is one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, due to extensive work as leader and sideman for musicians like Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Keith Jarrett and Sonny Rollins.

Biography

DeJohnette was born in Chicago, Illinois. Besides the drums, he also studied the piano. He first became known as a member of Charles Lloyd’s band, a group that pianist Keith Jarrett also was a part of at that time. He played with Bill Evans in 1968 on the acclaimed Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and from 1969 to 1972 played with Miles Davis. In the 1970s he recorded for Milestone/Prestige and ECM. He also appeared widely on ECM as a sideman. Since then he has recorded for MCA Records, Blue Note Records, and Kindred Rhythm.

DeJohnette has led several groups since the early-1970s, including Compost, a jazz-rock group that did two albums for Columbia with Bob Moses and Harold Vick; Directions (with John Abercrombie, Alex Foster, Warren Bernhardt, and Mike Richmond); New Directions (with Abercrombie, Lester Bowie, and Eddie Gomez); Gateway (with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland); and Special Edition (with David Murray, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Peter Warren, and others). Since the 1980s, he has been a member of what has become known as Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio alongside Jarrett and Gary Peacock.

Since 2003, DeJohnette has been part of Trio Beyond with fellow musicians Larry Goldings (organ) and John Scofield (guitar). The trio was set up in tribute to The Tony Williams Lifetime trio led by Williams with Larry Young (organ) and John McLaughlin (guitar). He also currently appears as a member of the Bruce Hornsby Trio. In February, 2009, DeJohnette received the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album, Peace Time.

DeJohnette’s most current project as of 2010 is Jack DeJohnette Group, featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, David Fiuczynski on double-neck guitar, George Colligan on keyboards and piano, and long-time associate Jerome Harris on electric and acoustic bass guitars.

DeJohnette successfully incorporates elements of free jazz and world music, while maintaining the deep grooves of jazz and R&B drummers. His exceptional experience of time and style, combined with astounding improvisational ingenuity, make him one of the most highly regarded and in-demand drummers. He also occasionally appears on piano, on his own recordings.

In 2012, DeJohnette will be awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for his “significant lifetime contributions have helped to enrich jazz and further the growth of the art form.”


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 20 – Asks the question, what artist best captures the essence of ambient meditation for the creation of art?

Taylor Deupree

Taylor Deupree – Rusted Oak – From the CD Shoals

http://youtu.be/CUR7mFmoQsU

Taylor Deupree – Landing – From the CD Landing

http://youtu.be/Cc_uKx8NTa4

Human Mesh Dance (Taylor Deupree) – Sunken Garden

http://youtu.be/ABwD5xs_YEg

Taylor Deupree performs

Taylor Deupree (born April 30, 1971), is an American electronic musician, photographer and graphic designer. He is most known for the founding of the 12k record label, along with his work as a member of Prototype 909, his solo project as Human Mesh Dance, and his collaborations with Savvas Ysatis and Christopher Willits. In 2008, Taylor Deupree was the Président d’Honneur of the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards 5th in Paris (France).

Today while working on my latest post in “The City Series” (Urban Contemplation 07: On Either Side of that Open Door it’s the Same), I found myself listening to the deeper reflective elements of my music collection—“A Dancing Beggar, Ai Yamamoto, Lawrence English and the featured artist for this challenge Taylor Deupree. Taylor is one of my favorite ambient artist. For me his music slowly evolves and creates a suspended sense of kinetic dynamics that holds the mind still while producing a beautiful landscape for creativity.

What do you think? Although the music may be challenging for any who are unfamiliar with the genre, does it resonate with you as a possible source of creative inspiration for the production of prose and / or art?


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 19 – Asks the question what musician best captures the essence of digital music?

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 19 – Asks the question what musician best captures the essence of digital music?

The Music of Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda - NODE Festival

Ryoji Ikeda – Data. Matrix – Live at Sonair 2010

http://youtu.be/k3J4d4RbeWc

Ryoji Ikeda – THE TRANSFINITE at Park Avenue Armory, New York City

http://youtu.be/Y5NpIuEKtSU

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” ~ John Cage

I have always had a love for electronic music since the mid 1970’s. This fascination originated with the sounds of analog space music by such artists as Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. Over the years the evolution of electronic music has been quite innovative and exploratory, while simultaneously producing various styles, and sub-genres. I purposely have sought out, over the years, the artists that were on the edge of the new technology–believing in, and embracing the influence–as a source for my own artistic creativity.

The transition to digital technology has opened the door to a multitude of creative possibilities for musicians and visual artists.

Ryoji Ikeda, my featured artist, is an experimental musician who utilizes a multitude of sound sources to create strange but beautiful musical soundscapes.

Ryoji Ikeda (born 1966 in Gifu, Japan) is a Japanese sound artist who lives and works in Paris. Ikeda’s music is concerned primarily with sound in a variety of “raw” states, such as sine tones and noise, often using frequencies at the edges of the range of human hearing. The conclusion of his album +/- features just such a tone; of it, Ikeda says “a high frequency sound is used that the listener becomes aware of only upon its disappearance” (from the CD booklet). Rhythmically, Ikeda’s music is highly imaginative, exploiting beat patterns and, at times, using a variety of discrete tones and noise to create the semblance of a drum machine. His work also encroaches on the world of ambient music; many tracks on his albums are concerned with slowly evolving soundscapes, with little or no sense of pulse.

“If there were one style of music I wish I had the ability to produce it would be the music of Ryoji Ikeda” – Walter Smith

Ryoji Ikeda – Barbican 2011

http://youtu.be/QHUWvvYDb4c

Ryoji Ikeda – “Per Se”

http://youtu.be/wUYpLrTqzb8

Ryoji Ikeda - datatron-8k-enhan


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 18 – a song you hear often on the radio (Itunes – M2 live from Paris)

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 18 – Asks the question what is a song that you hear often on the radio?

Stephane Pompougnac – remixes

Hotel Costes vol 1 mixed by Stephane Pompougnac

http://youtu.be/bIyc2as7h_k – Ghosts & Roses

http://youtu.be/1D70kcZvgZc – Union Square

http://youtu.be/_hqhq37ifeo – Summer in Paris

http://youtu.be/HiB_ns4lmMU – Amour

http://youtu.be/IC5kuwgFOls – Champs Elysees

http://youtu.be/ntM59FkTpME – One Night in Rio

http://youtu.be/xB3XbZ4nk50 –  Zwing Ting – The Streamers – mixed by Stephane Pompougnac

Here are seven songs that I am sure have had heavy play in Paris, France. Stephane Pompougnac is the resident DJ at the famous Hotel Costes. For the last decade he has been mixing an incredible diverse sound of trip-hop, bossa nova, chill, house, and hip-hop for the Hotel Costes series. The groove is there and the beat flows. I highly recommend checking out this series as well as the Buddha Bar series. The Buddha Bar is another restaurant bar club in Paris, that is frequented by stars and the like and is hosted by different DJ’s. My favorite Buddha Bar mixer is DJ Ravin. Stayed tuned for a look at the playlist of the Buddha Bar series as well.

Hotel Costes vol 5 mixed by Stephane Pompougnac


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 17 – What musician best captured the essence of analog electronic space music

KLAUS SCHULZE

klaus Schulze Mirage

http://youtu.be/UpaoRFPzwQ4 – Velvet Voyage from the 1977 album Mirage – an electronic winter landscape – video by picturemusic 75

Klaus Schulze "X"

http://youtu.be/0vtE7–vetE – Frank Herbert from the classic 1978 album “X” by Klaus Schulze – video by zrhno

German composer, Klaus Schulze is one the most creative and
enduring electronic musician of our modern age. Born in Berlin in 1947, his
musical career began as a drummer, bassist and guitarist with several rock
bands including the band PSY FREE. He was an original member of TANGERINE DREAM and a
founding member of ASH RA TEMPEL. Both of these bands are all time favorites of mine,
and had become a significant part of my listening playlist during the 1970’s and 80’s.  Klaus Schulze ventured out on his own in the early 70’s and recorded his first solo album in 1972 entitled Irrlicht. Several remarkable albums followed including
Cyborg in 1973, Timewind in 1975, and Body Love; a USA Billboard import charting in
at #2. In 1977 and 1978 he then produced the two albums featured here in this music
challenge; namely Mirage, and “X” respectively.

Out of the vast collection of recordings Klaus Schulze has
produced, these two distinctly different albums in style and sound composition
are my favorites.

In an interview with the master of “electronic space music”, Klaus
described his music as “the background to a mental picture, but the exact
interpretation must be made by the listener, hence the music is only half
composed and the listener himself should attack the composition to gain a mental
repercussion. This is why, perhaps, people love or hate my music!”

I’ve always admired and embraced his music as an art form unto itself, with its unfolding layers of sound
— their tones, textures and colors producing a mysterious, evolving beauty at its very core.

Enjoy the master of Electronic Music.

Live concert in 1978 with Wolfgang Tiepold

Klaus performing on he Moog analog synthersizer circa 1970's

The 1980's and the emergence of the digital age in music

Klaus Schulze still going strong in 2010

Klaus Schulze – Mirage

Velvet Voyage

28:16

Crystal Lake

29:15

In cosa crede chi non
crede?

19:39

Soundtrack recording
from 1976 (Bonus Track)

Klaus Schulze – “X”

# 1 : Friedrich Nietzsche

24:50

Georg Trakl

26:04

Frank Herbert

10:51

Friedemann Bach

18:00

# 2 : Ludwig II. von Bayern

28:39

Heinrich von Kleist

29:32

Objet d’Louis

21:32

Live with orchestra,
1978 (Bonus Track)

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 16

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 16 asks the question what is “a song that is in keeping with all things French”?

Keeping it simple, Keeping it real, Keeping it retro….French pop from the 1960’s with Francoise Hardy and France Gall.

http://youtu.be/0aLoezucIzk – Francoise Hardy – Tous les garcons et les filles (1962)

http://youtu.be/s5aeeSmkPwQ – France Gall – Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son (1965)

Oh yes, this is just… to damn cool….


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 15

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 15 asks the question what is “a song that best describes you”?

http://youtu.be/Fh0AaTOfkIc      Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Moon

A bonus song that reinforces the theme as well…

http://youtu.be/OJORJFSWE1I     Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Berlin

I have been listening for some time to the musical duo of Alva Noto and Ryuichi
Sakamoto. This collaboration has produced many ingenious works. Here are two entitled
“Moon” and “Berlin”. I think these songs best describes me because of their contrast
between the beautiful, seductive, melodies produced by pianist Sakamoto and the
pulsating beats and glitch from sound designer Noto. The sounds they produce seem at odds with
each other, however they are not. They are distinctly different but combined in such a way that it is
pure pleasure. I would like to think that this contrast is symbolic of how I
create art i.e. I am always searching for various source materials to bring together in a compelling work of art.


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 14

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 14 asks the question what is “a song that no one would expect you to love”?

The song that inspired this post. Read the summary first, then view the video.

http://youtu.be/P237zpWbPRM    The Waterboys – Bang on the Ear 1988

Okay, you have to visualize this
true story to absorb the moment.

It is 1989 in the urban landscape
which is West Philadelphia. The streets are lined with row homes, some occupied,
others abandoned. The row homes cast deep, long, shadows onto the pavements
where the trees have long since been cut down. The shadows are created from the
orange florescent-crime prevention lights hanging ominously from above. I
remember distinctly when Philadelphia changed from ordinary street lamps to
these supposedly crime preventing monoliths.  There is an eerie glow and a surreal feeling
as I drive my 1987 Toyota MR2 towards the corner of 52nd and
Catherine Street.

It is the middle of summer and the
temperatures are in the low 8o’s at 2:30 a.m. It is hot and humid. There are
some young kids out playing in the streets, and I wonder why they aren’t in
bed. But this is Philly, and there is a never sleep embodiment that pervades.
There is also a contrasting sense of culture that sometimes invades places
unknown….

I am listening to the cassette
tape of The Waterboys and the song “Bang on the Ear”. My windows are down and
the volume is up. I approach the intersection and on my left a teen, dressed in
true urban, black, hip-hop gear, is standing smoking a joint. Our eyes connect
for a moment. I am waiting for the traffic light to change. It’s taking its
time, when all of a sudden the youth in rebellion jumps into a country square
dance. “Whoa”, I say to myself, “he is so cool and down by law”, as his arms and
legs move in perfect rhythm to the beat of the Waterboys pumping from my car.

It is a surreal moment indeed as
time stands still. I watch him, watching me, as he performs specifically for
me. The light changes, I smile, give him a thumb up and slowly pull off.

I will never forget that
encounter. It reminds me of how art and music transcends, transforms and
connects our different cultural backgrounds. In a moments’ notice we can be
swept away by something new, different and exciting.

Enjoy the song. It has the beat of life 🙂

p.s. “down by law” means “one who has authority” in urban slang.

Bonus Song

Billy Bragg – You Woke Up My Neighborhood 1991

You Woke Up my Neighborhood


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 13

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 13 asks the question what is “a song that is a guilty pleasure”?

http://youtu.be/xrPQKH9n0bk    Miles Davis – Live

Without a doubt a guilty pleasure is Miles Davis. I am not
sure what the guilty part of this represents Miles, however any excuse to add
him to this challenge is fine by me. What’s not to love about the Black Prince,
Miles Davis? Yes he has lived a controversial life (doing it his own way, and his
not so good relationships with women) but still he is the man who owns the
trumpet. And I do mean own the trumpet. Whether or not it was with his famous
bands of the 50’s or 60’s, both acoustic and electric, Miles was the leader
that changed Jazz forever. He brought together some of the most talented
musicians in the world, like Coltrane, Chick, Jack and Herbie to name a few, to
create a myriad of traditional and experimental compositions, that have stood
the test of time.

Miles remains to be one of my favorite musicians. He
has been a great influence on my musical taste, art and life style.

Enjoy the guilty pleasure….

Miles – Live 1971


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 12

Day 12 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song from a band that you hate”?

http://youtu.be/ZDycnxd1Mko    Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

What can I say except I really do not like this band or any song they ever played.

Peace Out……

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – William Baskinski – The Disintegration Loops 1

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to – Philip Glass – Knee Play 1

day 09 – a song that you can dance to – Ror-Shak featuring Julee Cruise – Fate or Faith

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep – Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon

day 11 – a song from your favorite band– Stars of the Lid’s – The Evil that Never Arrives

day 12 – a song from a band you hate


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 11

Day 11 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song from your favorite band”?

http://youtu.be/7I3rV4uq-rE    Stars of the Lid – The Evil that Never Arrives

I guess the answer to the question what is “a song from your
favorite band” is significant in a sense that it makes me ponder what band for
me stands apart. I could perhaps go back in time to many possibilities (The Smiths in the 80’s,
Tangerine Dream in the 70’s, or the Miles Davis’ quartets of the 60’s). But recently
over the past 3 years no band has consistently produced astonishing music with
such harmonic beauty as Stars of the Lid.

The Austin, Texas duo of Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie are Stars of the Lid. In 2007 they
produced the phenomenal double CD entitled “And the Refinement after the
Decline”. The song “The Evil that Never Arrives” is my selection for this Day
11 challenge.

This is micro-minimalism at its best. There is an obsession here
with drones fading in and out from strings sections, solo cello, harp, trumpet
and even a children’s choir. Acoustic instruments and electronics are
manipulated and sustained to create at times, single notes that float endlessly
in an ether of dreams and imagination.
This is music of great quiet, yet produces a devastating power of momentous
silence that can invade any space.

It is 2011 and my favorite band is Stars of the Lid.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – William Baskinski – The Disintegration Loops 1

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to – Philip Glass – Knee Play 1

day 09 – a song that you can dance to – Ror-Shak featuring Julee Cruise – Fate or Faith

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep – Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon

day 11 – a song from your favorite band


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 10

Day 10 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that makes you fall asleep?

http://youtu.be/swQAwnusJVQ

Brian Eno is considered to be the father of Ambient Music. I first discovered him in 1977 when I heard what I consider to be his best ambient album entitled Discreet Music. Most people are familiar with Music for Airports which is the album that set the standard for the genre. For this post and the challenge, what is a song that makes you fall asleep; I found it difficult to decide between 2 works. Both are slightly over an hour in length: Neroli and Thursday Afternoon. But in the end it is (drum roll!!) Thursday Afternoon. This is a 5 minute version of the song, which in my opinion does not convey the entire essence of the piece. As the song progresses there is an ever increasing simmering of sound in the latter minutes as if on a hot paved road in the desert sun. This is the perfect song for that afternoon nap on a beautiful day.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – William Baskinski – The Disintegration Loops 1

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to – Philip Glass – Knee Play 1

day 09 – a song that you can dance to – Ror-Shak featuring Julee Cruise – Fate or Faith

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 09

Day 9 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that you can to dance to?

http://youtu.be/25jib_XbpUg    Fate or Faith – Ror-Shak featuring Julee Cruise

It has been quite a while since I have been to a dance club. Most of my clubbing days existed back in Philadelphia and NYC. The 80’s and 90’s were the highlight of those late night / all nighters at raves, triphop and trance clubs. Bands like Everything but the Girl featuring Tracey Thorn, Massive Attack and Philly’s own King Britt were leading the triphop scene. Dj’s Tiesto and Paul Van Dyke were taking charge of the trance movement. Somewhere in between there were bands like Saint Etienne, Bent and my featured band for this challenge Ror-Shak featuring Julee Cruise (you might recall her haunting voice from David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet and TV’s Twin Peaks (Floating)). Here she gets down with the beat singing Fate or Faith and asks the question…who do you follow?

Enjoy the video, and find a dance partner tonight. Now if only they would bring back the club Emerald City.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – William Baskinski – The Disintegration Loops 1

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to  – Philip Glass – Knee Play 1

day 09 – a song that you can dance to


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 08

Day 8 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that you know all the words to”?

http://youtu.be/jeEobpQMgD4     Philip Glass’s – Knee Play 1 from the Opera Einstein on the Beach

In 1984, the Next Wave Festival showcased the 4.5 hour (without intermission) opera, Einstein on the Beach at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I convinced some friends who had never heard of the Minimalist composer Philip Glass or Director / Set Designer Robert Wilson that it would be well worth the 45.00 ticket for admission. They nor I knew what to expect. But the avant-garde post modern opera / dance theatre did not disappoint. Indeed it was a thrilling, exploratory adventure into some of the most grandest forms of performance and art I had ever seen.

When the 30-Day Song Challenge asked the question: what song do you know all the words to; I came up with Knee Play 1. I really don’t know any words to any song in its entirety. But when you listen to Knee Play 1 you will quickly realize it is all about repeating a set up numbers. I think I can remember that 🙂 So from 1984 and the opening scene from Einstein on the Beach here is Knee Play 1.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of  a certain event – William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops 1

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 07

Day 7 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that reminds you of a certain event”?

http://youtu.be/98grG7l8qgk     William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops I

There is really no other event more profound than “911”. When I read the day 7 challenge, asking what song reminds you of a certain event, I immediately thought of New York City on September 11, 2001, and the music of William Basinski.

I remember vividly the moment and the hurt that ensued.

When the news broke, on the morning of 911, William Basinski was transferring some analog tape loops into digital format. It is perhaps a coincidence, that William Basinski was unknowingly creating a requiem for 911 with The Disintegration Loops series. The process of playing the tapes over and over and the instability of the magnetic tape were causing it to literally disintegrate. Each time he would play the loop it would fragment more and more. Over time, the entire 4 hour, segmented piece would disintegrate into entropy and finally silence. The Disintegration Loops I–heard here (14 minutes in length) is an excerpt of the 1 hour and 3 minute piece. I believe there is a melancholy feeling in the sound that provokes great sadness and lost.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of  a certain event


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 05

Day 5 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that reminds you of someone”? Again at the top of this list has to be the band Trespassers William. It is interesting how a song takes us places we sometimes can no longer go. Lie in the Sound is one of those songs. Every aspect of the lyrics and sound is haunting. The quitar solo at the end with its sustaining sonic yearning is like no other.  In the end we all have a song or two, that transports us back exhaustingly to a time, place or person.

http://youtu.be/GPeiAMmqUtc

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers William – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 02

Day 2 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “your least favorite song”.  And what comes to mind is Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. As a matter of opinion, my opinion, anything by Led Zeppelin and “classic” rock music in general.

http://youtu.be/w9TGj2jrJk8

Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven

day 01 – your favorite song

day 02 – your least favorite song

day 03 – a song that makes you happy

day 04 – a song that makes you sad

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to

day 09 – a song that you can dance to

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

day 15 – a song that describes you

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio

day 19 – a song from your favorite album

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

day 29 – a song from your childhood

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 01

My fellow blogger Amber introduced me to this challenge, she found on Facebook. Each day has a different theme. I am not sure if I will be able to keep the challenge going for the 30 days. I know at least one day challenge I will not be able to meet:
Day 08 – a song that you know all the words to.
Yes, I admit that I never tried to know all the words to any song. But there have certainly been some songs with words that I have come to love. I will make all my song choices from my current CD collection.
Anyway, I am listing the 30-day challenge below.
Thanks Amber.
First up my favorite song “Don’t Bother They’re Here”…. by Stars of the Lid.
stars of the lid

day 01 – your favorite song

day 02 – your least favorite song

day 03 – a song that makes you happy

day 04 – a song that makes you sad

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to

day 09 – a song that you can dance to

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

day 15 – a song that describes you

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio

day 19 – a song from your favorite album

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

day 29 – a song from your childhood

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year