Music For Every Mood?

 

If we look long enough, we can find music to match just about every mood imaginable. In this post, the mood swings affect three versions of the same song… namely… the Kurt Cobain / Krist Novoselic / Dave Grohl composition Smells Like Teen Spirit. Which of them (or combination of them) will match your own mood of the moment? That’s for you to decide…

Tori Amos:

Amos / Nirvana Mash-Up:

Nirvana:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week #16 Meets Week #81 (Sunday Song Series)

Way back @Week #16, our ongoing journey into the world of Sunday titled songs (travel date: 12-31-2018) we found ourselves exploring Velvet Underground’s Sunday Morning… a track bookended by a glockenspiel intro / outro.

VU’s likely influence upon the Nineties alternative – emo – pop – punk – indie band Jimmy Eat World, resulted in the latter group’s composition A Sunday, which appeared on their 1999 album Clarity AND, which also just happens to be our Week #81 Sunday Song.

Thanks and Kudos to YouTuber Stephen Carpineta for supplying the mood enhancing visuals… perfect imagery for imperfect times. A walk on the wild side… i.e., our meandering through the underpopulated wilderness… doth neatly conform with our society’s newfound, hopefully temporary, socially distancing lifestyle.

Thanks for stopping by on this day. STAY safe, STAY at home, STAY healthy and meet me back here for our next Sunday Song… seven days from now…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blur’s Clear View of Real Life ~ Sunday Song Series

Our Sunday Song Series, Week #44 selection (aptly titled Sunday Sunday), features alternative rock band Blur’s 1993 musical interpretation of traditional, Sunday activities. While some might deem drawing upon a slice of real life yawn-worthy, who, among us, would not also find such a thematic “hook” relatable?

Of course, some of us will be able to free associate Blur / Beatles comparisons considering how this track features [1] a musical arrangement reminiscent of the genius and sensibilities of the late Sir George Martin and [2] a storylined, frenzied videography evocative of the late Alun Owen… the gifted, imaginative screenwriter renown for A Hard Day’s Night.

Or, are my drawn parallels broad-brushed and/or overly charitable? If so, I guess we could chalk that up to my [1] now eyeballing far more days in my rearview mirror than on the road ahead, [2] wishful thinking that time travel could take us back to those magical, mystical Beatles yesterdays and [3] belief in Quantum Theory that suggests possible crossovers into alternative timelines… i.e., to points, somewhere in the vast Multiverse, where John Lennon had never been assassinated and George Harrison had not smoked himself into an early grave… where Owen and Martin, too, now enjoy a substantially enhanced longevity.

Don’t let me be misunderstood, either. Broaching such Beatles similarities is not to, in any way, detract from Blur’s own considerable body of work, created by singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. One must never blur Blur’s own, stand on their own eight feet, noteworthy talents.

If Blur blurring Beatles boundary lines occurs unintentionally, they could hardly be faulted for being under the Fab Four’s influence. I mean… one needn’t even be a musician to experience something so unavoidable.

Even if Blur’s blending occurs by design, it would be still be Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree clearly paying homage to Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr. And who, among us, could not wholeheartedly offer up our “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” to such a sentiment?

And while we’re on the subject, why not say, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” to our next Sunday Song, too? You are cordially invited back here… seven days from now…

 

 

 

 

Sunday Song Series “Bares” It All

 

I welcome you to week #14 of our Sunday Song Series. Once upon a time, the late Scott Weiland (musician / singer / songwriter of the 1990s band Stone Temple Pilots) spoke of this week’s musical offering…

Naked Sunday is about organized religion. About people who tell others what to do and what to believe. They switch off people’s minds and control the masses. It gives me a feeling of isolation, when I think about it. Organized religion does not view everyone as equals.”

When I think about it, too, I feel a need to expound / expand on Mr. Weiland’s sentiments. Let’s consider the devastating effect, which terrorists, televangelists and pedophile priests have had on organized religion… the multiple thousands of lives they’ve ruined. OBVIOUSLY, their deplorable and/or deadly deeds, can never solve any of our worldly woes… only severely worsen those that already exist and even add more to that already too long list.

It beats the hell out of me how anyone could ever believe that persecution, perversion, violence and homicide / mass murder could ever result in the betterment of humankind. The only thing worse than their attempting to add fine print clauses to abrogaate a commandment such as Thou Shalt NOT Kill is for them to attract “disciples” who’ll blindly follow them to the ends of the Earth. Each and every time that occurs, that’s one step closer to the end of Earth.

Look, I’m not saying organized religion is intrinsically bad… so long as the devout keep it all in the proper perspective.

It matters not which respectable religious sect strengthens / elevates our souls… so long as it also strengthens / elevates our interpersonal relationships and, eventually, society as a whole.

To successfully accomplish this, people must understand that our Creator is not a slacker who’d ever need to outsource tasks to mere mortals. And, since no, one, respectable religion is better than the other, our Creator does not expect us to proselytize either.

So what, pray tell, should be the duty of the devout?

Doncha think that living the Golden Rule would suffice? Hell, that can and does work out fine for agnostics / atheists, too!

Our Sunday Song Series will continue seven days from now.