What’s Playing. . .Right Now.

So, as I am finishing up on some drabbles, ditties, outlines, and other projects. My iTunes playlist is currently playing through my WPvP list. . .or playlist that I like to have running while I slay Alliance folks on World of Warcraft (WoW).

Sometimes, more often than not, it carries over to my workload, and by that I mean I never click on my other playlist for working. . .which ranges from any assorted great song within my musical library. Typically, I’ll have ambient, jazz, classic rock, metal, anything really—playing. More often than not, you’ll at least hear Morphine playing. My wife knows, because it’s probably one of the most played bands in the household. . .and car.

Truth be told, it never gets old, music has no age. . .no expiration date. . .no best by date. It just is.

Well, right now, as I said, I have my playlist carrying over from my gaming moments. Albeit, I quit gaming for the night some hours ago and have been focusing on other matters, as previously stated. Gallowbraid’s Oaken Halls of Sorrow has been playing. . .throughout the entirety of this post, thus far. It’s a lengthy one, and has even been featured as part of one of the Music That Inspires You posts. It’s just too good to pass up, and is such a badass of a song.

The lyrics, the sound, hell. . .I like the length of it. Most great songs are pretty long, and well, this is a great song.

It gets me in a mood, and I like it. It gives me that nudge. . .that little nagging bit of inspiration. A whole 11:21 worth! I realize that black metal isn’t for everyone, but honestly, if you give it a chance, and you can hold out. . .maybe give it a few playbacks. . .you may just be hooked.

Anyway, it’s time for this bear to slumber. . .so check ya later.

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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!

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Continuing on with our trip into strange places! We are going to be experiencing some things traditional folks may not like. If you’re reading this: you’ve been warned. Although, if you are brave, and open to new things. . .then stay awhile, and listen. We’re going in, Captain!

 


 

Zomboy – Bad Intentions

 

Pretty self-explanatory here. If you listen—or rather are listening to this—you can note the bits towards Horror. . .since it’s a wonderful genre. Check it out.

 


 

Delta Heavy – Hold Me

 

Ah, right in the feels if anyone’s ever seen their cat get run over, and you wanted to carry out vengeance against your fallen feline friend. I know I have. . .many a time. Alas, I was a child, and was unable to carry out a murderous spree. . .or vandalism. Curses!

Video aside, it’s a pretty good track—WITH LASERS!

 


 

Praxis – Worship

 

Praxis is one of those super wonder groups. . . It’s an experimental we’re-gonna-do-what-ever-the-fuck-we-want kind of deal group, and I like it. Sadly, they’re no longer formed, but who knows. . .maybe they’ll all get back together for another shindig. One can only hope. By the way. . .if you play this song on repeat, it flows flawlessly. 😉

 


 

Xilent – Boss Wave

 

8-bit, 16-bit. . .all them lovely old school game sounds. . . What’s not to love? You’ve got your boss—check. Baddies—check. Power ups—check. Power suit—check. Yeah. . .I know where this is going. . . You’ll find out on Friday. 😉

 


 

Epigram – I’m Sorry, I’m Lost

 

Taking it slow. . .taking it low. Let’s settle down, and just chill—get lost in yourselves, thoughts, and so on. It’s packing emotion, and wonderfully played instruments. I quite enjoyed this one.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the mix up of today’s songs, and hopefully, you’ve found something new to enjoy! If not. . .don’t worry. . . WE’RE NOT FINISHED YET!

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

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Covers! Covers! Covers! You want covers? Well, you are getting. . .COVERS! Even if you don’t want them. It’s Friday and I am pleased to give you all a double dose of covers. . .and shove them all up in your face [and make them grind too]. So kick back, relax, and let the music play!


Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

 

Wolf – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper [Cover]

 

Everyone’s lovable favorite classic. . .OK, fine, it’s one of my favorites.


Cameo – Word Up

 

Gun – Word Up [Cover]

 

Note: Korn is probably thought of more when presented with this cover. So I felt it was suitable to throw down something else.


The Eagles – Hotel California

 

SkaDaddyZ – Hotel California [Cover]

 

Note: There are a few other covers, but I personally love this one. Also. . .[RBF] Reel Big Fish never covered this song. Stop it.


A-ha – Take On Me

 

Reel Big Fish – Take On Me [Cover]

 

Note: RBF actually did this cover. Carry on. I can also sing the shit out of this song, especially, whilst drinking.

Also. . .

Louis: “Chris, where have you been?”

Chris: “I don’t know!”

—Family Guy


The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun

 

Frijid Pink – The House of the Rising Sun [Cover]

 

Note: Yes, I know Five Finger Death Punch [5FDP] did a cover as well. Personal preference.


Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

 

Boney M. – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida* [Cover]

 

*Listed correctly on the French release. . . Was also not sung by the original members.


Dschinghis Khan – Moskau

 

Black Messiah – Moskau [Cover]

 

Note: Yes, they both are in German, because that’s the way it was done. . .but since I am a gracious host, I have included this one.

 


Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – Easy Lover

 

Electric Six – Easy Lover [Cover]

 

Whether you want Phil, Philip, or Dick. . .Valentine. . .[ha!] Now you can have all three singing.


Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

 

The Brains – Enjoy the Silence [Cover]

 

There are a lot of great covers of this classic. . .Lacuna Coil, Breaking Benjamin, Keane, etc. I thought I’d add this version though.


Toto – Africa

 

Chaos Divine – Africa [Cover]


*Bonus*

Tears for Fears – Shout

 

Disturbed – Shout 2000 [Cover]

 


Some covers are great. Some fall flat. . . Some should never have even been thought of. . .but that’s what makes it all a fantastic journey—experiencing all the greats, failures, and finding new things. It’s what clicks with you that makes it. I hope you all enjoyed this Cover Vs. Original edition of Music That Inspires You.

Check back next week for something. . .strange.

 

If there’s song or artist that inspires you, leave a comment!

 

 

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Today we’re doing a slight change of things. . .and by that I mean we’re doing the original vs. the cover. Now, I’ll state that both are great in their own right, after all, it’s about the music and enjoying it. This will be a week of taking your ears on an exploration journey. I hope you all enjoy the sound!

 


 

 

The Postal Service – Such Great Heights

 

Streetlight Manifesto – Such Great Heights [Cover]

 

Note: I did not put Iron and Wine up here for reasons. . .Most have heard of it, plus it was posted already. So enjoy something new. 😉

 

 


 

 

New Order – Blue Monday

 

Orgy – Blue Monday [Cover]

 

 


 

 

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal [Radio Edit]

 

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal [Cover]

 

 


 

 

Bruce Springsteen – Blinded by The Light

 

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded by The Light [Cover]*

 

*Yes, this is the cover, not the other way around.

 

 


 

 

Bob Seger – Turn The Page

 

Golden Earring – Turn the Page [Cover]

 

Note: I didn’t include Metallica because. . .well. . .who hasn’t heard of it?

 

 


 

 

Who’s version do you like best? Is the original still supreme in your head’s musical vault, or is it the cover what you remember? That’s it for today’s edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back Wednesday for more originals and their covers!

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

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It’s another Wednesday, and I am hellbent on making it a great list. Of course, each list is great. . .therefore, I have accomplished that no matter what. Regardless, here’s a “make you feel good, etc.” set list to make your day. Happy Hump Day, folks.


1. Jamiroquai

I remember when I first heard Jamiroquai and saw this video. I was like, “Wow! Look at that hat. . .” and “Holy crap! The room’s moving!” It was such simple times. . . I’ve always liked the song, and that bass. That bass was poppin’! Needless to say, I was hooked and I have been ever since. I used to love playing Canned Heat during my 3rd shift at Wal-mart, along with my very well-rounded playlist. You had to keep those feet moving!


2. Blind Melon

You don’t have to be a hippie to love some Blind Melon—in which, there’s nothing wrong with being a hippie anyway. Sadly, I do think Blind Melon had a lot more potential with Hoon, but alas, some stars burn out faster than others. We can still enjoy this [in my opinion] feel good ditty and sing along.


3. Oasis

Oh, Oasis. . . Your pair of warring brothers of the 90’s! I remember I instantly loved this song, along with Wonderwall, and so played [and sang] it to a girl in the years young youth. It never got me anywhere, not that it mattered, but it was an interesting time. Contrary to the brothers, I was not getting high, but I was definitely enjoying their music and trying to keep some emotions suppressed.


4. Outkast

A blast from the past with Outkast! An epic collaborative duo, with an impressive musical selection and continued expanse of broadening their musical prowess / style. You can find one favorite, and then find another. . .it’s like finding a piece of candy over and over. . .Kind of like James Woods in Family Guy.


5. The Verve

This should be a favorite for everyone. Hands down one of the best songs. Ever.

Yes, that is being bias, but you can’t emphasize the name of the track and not be in that borderline mix of “Fuck you, fuck you, and fuck you,” while being so damn down in the dumps / wanting to cry about all the shit that goes on [or has gone on] in life. . .or you’re just plain fucking tired of wearing your heart on your sleeve and getting rejected all the damn time. Oh the days of giving one too many fucks. . . [sigh]

You want to mimic Ashcroft’s walk and just plow through people without a single fuck given. The Verve was awesome. . .and I do hope they reform some time in the future. Good talent, good work, good group.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must level a crowd. . .like a wrecking ball!


Well, folks, that about does it! This closes this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back Friday for more! Until next time!

If there’s song or artist that inspires you, leave a comment!

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It’s a blue Monday. If you haven’t heard the news today, David Bowie passed away after his bout with cancer. It’s a sad day for all, and for music. It is truly a mighty blow, but we must keep our heads high, our ears tuned, and our minds open; for it’s just one step of a marvelous journey in life.

Today, to celebrate the life of David Bowie, I am dedicating this edition of Music That Inspires You. There will be no numbers, because each song was—no. . .is. . .unique, and cannot be labeled as such. Enjoy.

 

 

Let’s Dance

 

The Man Who Sold The World

 

Rebel, Rebel

 

Space Oddity

 

Changes

 

Starman

 

Magic Dance

 

Life on Mars?

 

Ashes to Ashes

 

Blackstar

 

Under Pressure

 

A fitting way to close out, I believe. . . Mr. Fahrenheit and Ziggy Stardust, together.

 

Rest in peace, Bowie. We’re ever so thankful of your musical and artistry genius.