It’s Friday. . .and with that, it marks a special holiday. Happy New Year! I hope and trust you all had a good New Year, or something. . .along those lines. If not, it’s OK. Why? Because it’s red.
Anyway, it’s time for another installment of Music That Inspires You!
Take your top off, because it’s about to get hot.
1. Daryl Hall and John Oates
Oh Daryl Hall and John Oates. . . Some classy guys right here. When you feel like getting poetic, inspired, or just in a feel good mood. You go Daryl Hall and John Oates. Known for far more than just Maneater, Kiss is on My List, and Out of Touch, they are some pretty genuine lyricists that, nowadays, are in short supply. By that I mean when bands penned their own lyrics and sound, not buy them off from other people.
2. Steve Perry
Perry, Perry, Perry. . . Steve is a great singer (obviously) and lyricist. He also had some crazy hair, but then again, so did a lot of people in the 70’s going onward. With a list of health problems, life raining down hard, and not really feeling much of the Journey love, he left. I do think that it’d be tits if he were to do a reunion tour with Journey. . .but who knows.
3. Guns N’ Roses
I can’t say that I am a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses, mostly because I can’t take much of Axl’s. . .whining. . .and shenanigans. But I guess that’s also what makes Guns N’ Roses what it is. Slash is a great guitarist, and person, no lie there. Though, I did find it fun when Slash left and Buckethead stepped in to guest guitar, and the shift went to him playing than GNR. Still, I do like some GNR songs, this being one of them. I just have to spread everything out over a period of time when I wager a listen.
4. Velvet Revolver
Ah, the supergroup known as Velvet Revolver. What a shame. Honestly, I liked Velvet Revolver, just as much as I liked Stone Temple Pilots. Scott Weiland was the voice for both (and several other acts) and you can’t just replicate that. It’s like taking Steve Tyler from Aerosmith, Axl from Guns N’ Roses, Bono from U2, and the massive list of other bands’ singers. . .cutting them out and you have just a shell. I’m not saying the folks who shred the guitar, slap that bass, or smash the hell out of the drums are bad or anything (or that they lack talent) because that’s not it. It’s just when you have a frontman that’s so. . .there and has that unique voice. If it’s silent or changed, it’s nails on a chalkboard. Loved the music, and that’s what’s important.
5. The Jacksons
The Jacksons are a case of triumph, tragedy, glory, and just a slew of wtf. They’re awesome, yes, and yes the family name most likely makes you automatically go to MJ, but what they all encompassed as far as musical talent. . .that broad, broad spectrum. . .was amazing. It was a huge loss when we lost Michael Jackson, but it’s something that happens; comes with the territory—musical inclinations that is. Yeah, there are musicians that play (still do) that haven’t died of an overdose, or fooled around, etc. but the general consensus is that if you’re into Rock n’ Roll, Metal, etc. you will do drugs. You will get strung out. You will sleep around. It’s a stereotype. And much like that labeling, a lot label the Jackson family the same way. It’s a shame, really, but humans are creatures of habit (and we continue to repeat everything).
This is probably one of my favorite songs by The Jacksons. You can just feel the emotion in this song, especially, from Michael. The man is howling that soul! Ah. Awesome.
That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Until next time!
If there’s song or artist that inspires you, leave a comment!