Music That Inspires You -> Musical Inspiration

So, I’ve been playing around with some ideas, naturally. . .always, however, Music That Inspires You is kind of. . .meh. So I decided to change it up. I’m always inspired by music; its sound, the lyrics [if applied to a song], whatever a song, album, or the artist may have in store. I’ve listed songs that usually speak to me and give me some form of inspiration. I suppose, I’ve been more so. . .reserved? I guess that may be it. . .in the case where people may actually chime in and comment about what music [kind, song, artist, genre, etc] speaks or reaches into them. . .gives them that nudge, or feeling of either bliss, happiness, and so on. I get that many folks may not seem interested, hell, they may not even read this now. It’s all about choice, which is great. I think though, I’ll try this out and see if it’s anything.

 

This is a picture of Sincados' iTunes Playlist. . .right now. It'll probably be obsolete soon though.
This is Sincados’ iTunes Playlist. . .right now. It’ll probably be obsolete soon though.

 

Alright, so what we have here is my current playlist. . . It’s a real one, that’s playing right now as I type this up and share it with everyone. It’s a bit personal. . .in the aspect that these are songs that can define moments in my life, with either friends, personal conflicts, struggles, life, death, suicide, the car accident, being a dad, I can give quite a lengthy list here. . .

Currently, I have it on shuffle, whereas, here in the picture it’s not on. I want to be able to hit shuffle and not be clicking next, or searching for that one damn song. I know you know what I am talking about.

I could take you through an intimate stroll as to what each song pertains to, describe the moment, why I chose such a song. Some may seem cliché, some may seem redundant, some may even not make any sense. The whole point is this. . .these songs spoke to me in a way that I understand, me. . .my way, and in my mind. . .these pertain to key events and points in my life that, any other song, couldn’t match [or rather, fit] right. Now, don’t get me wrong. . .I have a plethora of songs to choose from, and I wanted to make something up for now, here, in this moment, in that which I am feeling. Brief images, clips and bits, of my life and feelings that are sloshing around within. You have everything: anger, hate, love, loss, life, death. . .all in one hour and fifty-seven minutes of musical greatness. Well, I am sure some can attest to that, or rebuke it, either way, it’s my list and this is my place dammit.

You may wonder, why exactly, the roller coaster? Why make a list that has a lot of ups and downs [if applicable] and have something that reminds you of something. . .either good or bad?

Well, I am sentimental. . .for one. I can pick things out from a memory and pinpoint them to a T. For me though, everything is entwined with one another, the good and the bad. I used to have a bad outlook on things. In my youth, I harbored a lot of emotions, memories, and things that were really bad for me. . .stuff that held me back from reaching my full potential. Now granted, I am not anywhere near my full potential [I haven’t reached Super Saiyan status yet. . .] but hey, I am working on it. Thus, why I write, why I share my feelings, why I don’t get angry with little things, or hold grudges against the most ridiculous of things. I am a human being: a person, I think, I feel, I love, I make mistakes. I am not normal, nor perfect, nor do I claim to be superior than others. I am. . .simply me. I want what’s best for my family, my friends, those around me, and myself. If helping the world, in some shape or form, is by sharing a simple playlist, and writing about my experiences. . .and sharing them. . .so be it. I love helping folks out, and well. . .if this is something that works for us all, great. I’ll keep at it.

Number two, while the songs have their own meaning. . .I can align them to my own. Some may not. . .line up. . .perfectly so to say. This kind of circles back to it being just a personal unique selection to me, for me. It may not make any sense to you, but it can be perfect in description to me. I suppose, you could apply “Different strokes for different folks,” here [Thanks Sly and the Family Stone – Everyday People. You could also use other quotes, etc. but I think you get the gist.

While I could link all the videos to match up the songs on this playlist. . .I am going to leave that up to folks that are interested. I suppose, I could make a YouTube playlist and share that. . . I’ll get to it. Right now, I have stories to write, and am trying to get one released this year, with a follow-up on its six.

In the meantime, I will be writing, sharing, editing, and posting all that I can be. I will say that I will be posting more videos soon. I will be changing ISPs, and will also be changing video recording software. Also. . .if anyone is reading this. . .please direct me to a free version of Photoshop, or similar program. I have some things I’d like to get back in to doing.

Ah, speaking of which. . .I did do some doodling today. Fun times.

Anyway, until next time! No, the next post will not be labeled as Music That Inspires You, just Musical Inspiration. Also, there will be videos next time too.

Cheers.

RJM

Music That Inspires You

Monday is here, and that means it’s back to the grind. I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day weekend and was sure to massacre folks. You didn’t? Well then. . .I trust you enjoyed Deadpool, yes? Good. You better have!

Let’s tear into those juicy beating musical hearts! Go Planet!


Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson- Say Say Say

A fantastic collaboration between two musical greats. I’ve always enjoyed Say Say Say.

To that, collaborating is a great thing to do. For obvious reasons, it’s an experience that gives you insight on another, granted depending on the project, and what it entails exactly. You can come to learn a great deal regarding collaborative efforts.

Unfortunately, not every time one collaborates does it result in a. . .positive outcome.

Bah. I digress, but t’was for a good gesture—informative purposes—of course.

Say Say Say is credited to both Sir Paul McCartney, and to the late Michael Jackson. Below, McCartney had released a “remixed” version of the song, where the singing roles are reversed (i.e. McCartney singing Jackson’s lyrics, whilst Jackson sings McCartney’s). There is also an instrumental version, in which you can download via paulmccartney.com

Say Say Say 2015 Remix


Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies

Oh Fleetwood Mac. . . Jokes aside, this is one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs. I like the composition, the lyrics, and its portrayal (if you will) of some. . .certain members in the group.


Massive Attack – Butterfly Caught

Every time I’d listen to this. . .the opening part would seem like it was skipping. You know, the sound when you’d play a CD on a CD player—wait, not a whole lot know. . .OK, well. . .

I first thought I was hearing things, because it seemed like it was skipping [the song] and then I later realized. . .derp. . .that was intended.

The video to this is also pretty great, which can be found on the bottom of this segment. It gives an added depth of the song and its meaning.

We’ve reached the bottom!

Bottom.


Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You

Probably known from the many trailers for Burn Notice, which by the way, was a fantastic series on USA, and no, it wasn’t just because of Bruce’s mighty chin and dashing looks. I could give a list of reasons, but hey, it’s on Netflix, or Huluu. . .whatever you use for streaming. Go. Play. It’s not like you’re going to read the rest of this anyway. Hell, you’re probably not even reading this to begin with!

“Talking to yourself again?”

Quiet Bear God. You’re not supposed to be here.

“I can’t help it if you write me in wherever. . .”

While this is true, I am busy. Go back to your page / panel. I’ll get to you soon.

Anyway. . .as I was saying. . .this is a pretty good song. As far as Billy Squier songs go though, I think this is a tie for The Stroke. . .not quite sure. It’s up there though.

It’s a good song to describe if. . .well. . .everybody wants you.


M. Ward – Rave On

It’s a great take on Sonny West’s song, which was made more famous by the late Buddy Holly. It’s a great song, in all its existing formats and covers. Here is M. Ward’s take on it (featuring Zooey Deschanel).

I invite you to listen to all the versions. Hell, you make even fall in love with one of them, or two. . .or all of them!

Sonny West

 

Buddy Holly

 

Bruce Springsteen

 

John Mellencamp

 

Steeleye Span

 

Status Quo

 

The Hullaballoos

 

Julian Casablancas


Less Than Jake – Nervous in The Alley

Ah, one of my favorite songs from the good old days. I remember when I picked up this album, Hello Rockview, I connected to it instantly, and well. . .what can I say? This album makes me so full of the nostalgia, it’s like oozing. I kid, it’s not really ooze. . .or any other fluid, it’s just a lot of good memories, and bad memories.

It’s a great album that I definitely recommend anyone to pick it up. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, I bet you, if you listen to this album for two weeks, you’ll be singing, humming, or tapping your foot to it at some point.

That’s what we should do. We should introduce two week challenges for people to listen to stuff they’d normally not like, and see if their opinion changes.

An evil and maniacal laugh ensues. The crowd becomes insatiable by music lust. No wait, that’s just Woodstock. . .or Bonnaroo.


That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back Wednesday for more good tunes and times.

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!

 

Music That Inspires You

It’s finally Friday! TGIF! The weekend is here! Also that means that it’s time to go see Deadpool. To everyone that is going out and seeing it tonight, rock on. I hope everyone has an enjoyable experience.

For now, let’s get the morning over with, so we can go out and enjoy the night!

[In case you missed Monday and Wednesday.]


Margret Garret and The Conjure Beat – Even Though You’re Gone (For Mark Sandman)

This is a great song dedicated to the late Mark Sandman. Props to the band, and thanks for creating a helluva piece.


Morphine – Shade & Shadow (I Know You Parts IV & V)

These are actually two songs by Morphine. One is called  Shade (I Know You Part IV) while the other is called Shadow (I Know You Part V). I ended up taking them and mixing them together one night in a span of about 10 – 20 minutes, and well. . .this was the result. I had bet, that eventually, the band would have released the two as one, since they were mirror images, and the sounds were the same.


Ben Gibbard – Bigger Than Love [Featuring Aimee Mann]

I found this while just clicking around some time ago, when there was an eclipse back in 2012, and Bill Nye was giving a speech about it [I was watching it via NASA’s site], and they played this. It struck a chord with me, and well. . .I enjoyed it needless to say.

It’s a song about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald.


Evil Cowards – 500 Ways

This is a great tune. Some may disagree, and that’s fine, I can respect that. However, this 4:36 long song packs a wallop, and just gets you in a great mood. It’s just that kind of fun. Deal with it!


Rammstein – Adios [Goodbye]

Another great hit by Rammstein, and it’s a heavy hitter. I used to play this shit out of this song when I would be on my way to work, and whilst at work. That guitar thrashing gives you a rush. . .ah. . .

It’s a wonderful song with depressing lyrics. . .but hell. . .it is Goodbye.


Buckethead – Sketches of Spain [For Miles Davis]

I love this song, flat out. It’s dedicated to Miles Davis, and his Sketches of Spain.


Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz

Most folks should know this tune: from an episode of Regular Show, to a few movies, trailers, and well. . .it’s a classic. Nowadays, we have a split show of Sweet, but of course, not consisting of all the original band members. Great tune. . .fitting for tonight!


Damien Rice – 9 Crimes

This was the first song of Damien Rice’s I came across in 2009. I’ve been a fan ever since, and I love his music. I just love orchestra pieces, and am all about that classical music flair. Granted, he does more than piano, cello, clarinet, etc. I love the lyrics of this song, and the video definitely adds the touch of awesomeness to it.


That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back next week for another round of good tunes.

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!

 

Music That Inspires You

Wednesday is here and that means a few things. . .

  1. It’s almost Friday.
  2. Deadpool is coming. . .
  3. Hump Day is today!
  4. We’re one day closer to the weekend.
  5. Deadpool is motorboating Hump Day, and also humping its leg.
  6. I’ve got the six. . .give me your nine.

Let’s turn the music up! Get loud and proud!


ZZ Top – I Got The Six

OK, so this is where number six came in to play from. ZZ Top is pretty notorious for their beards, and their sound. . .aside from hits like Legs, Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man, Got Me Under Pressure, and more.

If you also watched King of the Hill, you’d know Dusty is Hank’s cousin. Ha.

 

There’s also a nice cover by Electric Six.


Daft Punk – Touch (Featuring Paul Williams)

This is a great song with that great Daft Punk sound. Paul Williams nails it with this lovely tune, and he really gets you into the song (the imagery painted is more than enough) as he sings it. One of the best songs off of Random Access Memories.


Sólstafir – World Void of Souls

One of my favorite bands that I’ve discovered while on dark ventures through YouTube to date, Sólstafir lays it on thick. While they’re native Icelandic, they have some English songs, but honestly, don’t let the language barrier hold you back. I like to believe that music is universal and you can understand a song, regardless of its native tongue. This song has such a lovely, dark, and ominous touch.

I can’t just share this song without this fan made rendition to Valhalla Rising.  Which, by the way, is a great movie.


Styx – Renegade

You can’t go wrong with Styx. . .not to mention Renegade. I kind of feel this is a bit self-explanatory, but meh, why not. It’s a rock classic, that entails the telling of an outlaw that’s captured for a bounty, and is about to be executed. No, he’s not singing to his mama. . . Mama was another nickname men would call their girls, wives, etc. You know, like dame, byrd, so on.


The Offspring – Why Don’t You Get a Job

It’s The Offspring! C’mon, what’s not to love? Sure, you have Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)The Kids Aren’t AlrightSelf Esteem, Gotta Get Away, but there is so, so much more. . . This is the go to song for when you have a leech in your life that is just sucking you dry (and not in the enjoyable way) and well, what better way than saying it? Play it!


That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back Friday for this week’s closeout of randy times. Oh, and Fox? Give Fantastic Four back to Marvel. 😉

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!

 

Music That Inspires You

It’s been a rough start of a new week, but my woes shouldn’t keep everything behind. This week I’ll share some good tunes, and then before you know it, it’ll be Friday. Get for some Deadpool!


Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

When the Queen rolls in, you know it’s bound to be a good time, and what better way than Crazy Little Thing Called Love? Great hit for a kickoff on Monday.


Donnie Iris – Ah! Leah!

Ah Donnie Iris. I’ve actually been listening to the cover I’d this song by Electric Six. It’s a great song, and has some kicking drums, and guitar riffs. . .and that solo. Now we just have to have a Star Wars parody: Ah! Leia!

[Just because I mentioned it. . .]

Electric Six – Ah! Leah!

Seriously, it’s a great cover!


Morphine – The Night

I bet some were wondering when I would finally post Morphine. Well, it’s here, the cat’s outta the bag.

I consider Morphine to be my favorite band [if not. . .is], and is my go to for when I’m feeling quite down. It’s a drug [music] that gives me something, to press on, and to appreciate what I’ve got [and endured].

I love the sound, the lyrics, and well. . .it’s just greatness.

It’s a shame Mark passed away, but the music lives on, and there’s still The Vapors of Morphine.


Coheed and Cambria – Welcome Home

You know. . .Coheed and Cambria remind me of another musical great—Rush. I mean, Claudio sounds similar to Geddy Lee, doesn’t he? I don’t mean spot on, just similar. . .

Anyway, Welcome Home comes storming out, pumping you right the hell up. It’s a great hit, and I like the bands vision with it (along with the graphic novel that was done parallel to it). Good stuff.


Interpol – Pace is the Trick

Another favorite of mine by Interpol. Personally, I loved Turn On The Lights, Antics, and Our Love to Admire. Which is where this track comes from.

I haven’t gotten around to listening to El Pintor, but it’s on my to do list. Just remember this though. . .pace is the trick. 😉


That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back Wednesday for more!

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!

Music That Inspires You

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time to close up, get dressed up, and get ready for Friday night. Don your finest, folks, because even though the 70’s are in the past, the music lives on—harder, and sounding better than ever!

[In case you missed Wednesday’s post]


ABBA – Dancing Queen

A europop take on american disco, and the only (allegedly) number one hit in the USA charts. It was the last of number one singles by ABBA in the UK: after Mama Mia! and Fernando. Oh. . .those Swedes. . .


AC/DC – Highway to Hell

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AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

Even though the latter song is 1980, I felt it was good to post a bridge. . .plus, you have the Bon Scott era closing on 79, and the beginning of Johnson’s era.

You can’t forget about these AC/DC songs. . .because well. . .you can’t. You Shook Me All Night Long was the first song to feature the new singer, Brian Johnson, after Bon Scott died. Back in Black I’d say is one of the prominent albums of AC/DC, but I definetly like Highway to Hell. Rest in Peace Bon Scott—keep rockin’ on!


Harry Chaplin – Cat’s in the Cradle

You can’t forget about this one. It’s a great folk rock song that I think many kids grew up listening to. Although, some may have developed a spite towards their folks. . .

Make time for your kids, and your family. Do it.


KC and the Sunshine Band

What is the way, uh huh uh huh, you like it? You gotta love that risque kind of disco. . . 😉


America – A Horse with No Name

America was banned from some radio stations in the US, because of supposed heroin references. . .but still they made a hit out of this song. Regardless, you can interpret this song however you want, but I am fairly sure it’s not about heroin. . . I’ll save you a wall of text.


Donna Summer – Hot Stuff

Ah yes, Hot Stuff which showed the bridging of rock and disco. . .and the forward motion! Plus you know. . .you want some hot stuff.


Foghat – Slow Ride

If you haven’t already heard of Slow Ride then I don’t know what to tell you. . . It’s been used in so many things. . .it’s just good times.


Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves

The song that launched Bob from just being a regional badass to a national badass. A classic that everyone can enjoy.


Aerosmith – Dream On

I’d say this was an incredible song for a debut album. Yes, that is Tyler’s real voice. Funny how he describes being insecure about his voice. A great song, and a timeless rock classic.


E.L.O. – Mr. Blue Sky

I love this song. . .but then again, I love E.L.O. too. You’re welcome. This was eventually re-recorded and put on The Very Best of E.L.O.

In case you don’t know. . . E.L.O. is Electric Light Orchestra.


Elton John – Rocket Man

Echoing the theme off of Space Oddity by David Bowie, you have here Rocket Man. This shows that astronauts were no longer revered as heroes, but just as an everyday job. Great song.


The Cars – Just What I Needed

Who’s laughing now, Circuit City!? There’s a story there. . .but I’ll save it for later. You could also use a break, yeah, that’s just what I needed.


Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night

The day that’s coming tomorrow! Also Planter’s liked using it. . . Memorable and catchy as hell.


Ram Jam – Black Betty

“The origin and meaning of the lyrics are subject to debate. Historically the “Black Betty” of the title may refer to the nickname given to a number of objects: a musket, a bottle of whisky, a whip, or a penitentiary transfer wagon.”—Wikipedia.org

So many subjects! Personally though, I think this version is about a black woman named Betty. I also liked to play it / mash it up with Kung Pow! Enter the Fist because you know. . .Betty.


That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back next week for some good tunes and times.

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!

 

Music That Inspires You

As we roll on through the week, we are continuing with loving us some 70’s music. Let’s not delay, get right to it!


Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing

A classic and iconic song by none other than Dire Straits. Can you believe that it didn’t get as noticed until it was re-issued though? Knopfler also liked to elaborate the solo during live performances. . .and it got pretty fun when they got Eric Clapton to join in on the fun. Good tune, great band.


Boston – More Than A Feeling

If you haven’t heard of More Than A Feeling, well, then I dunno where the hell you’ve been. This is a rock classic among rock classics! The song was about his cousin, when he was a kid. It also took six years to write. Long time for a song. . .but hey, perfection knows no bounds. Alright, you can go back to watching Scrubs.


Billy Joel – Piano Man

Ah yes, Piano Man, another great one by the Piano Man, Billy Joel. Fun fact if you don’t know, this is actually Joel retelling his experience as. . .wait for it. . .a piano man. Fictionalized, of course, but that waitress. . .who turns out to be his first wife. You can’t go wrong with this one.


Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

A take on Disco, since around this time the Bee Gees were dominating, and Saturday Night Fever was out, a lot of rock musicians thought they were in a “uh oh” moment. Obviously, if you don’t know what this song is about. . .then I dunno what to tell you. . .especially, about connecting dots.


The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight

Considered to be the song that launched rap into mainstream, and popularized it, Rapper’s Delight, helped pave the way for folks all walks of life to enjoy hip hop, and get creative with words, and word play. You can also check out the three different length versions; if you don’t prefer the long take. . .but why? It’s long. . .for a reason!


That wraps it up for Wednesday’s edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back Friday for more good times!

 

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!