A Song A Day: April 30th – Keep Your Hands To Yourself!

30 04 2011

Wow… It’s another month down already?! Blimmin’ heck, where is the time going! Month #5 already. I’m beginning to loose track on this year. I’m feelin’ pretty rough as I write this. I think I’m coming down with a cold. I seem to have a weird combination of being blocked and having a runny nose simulatainously coupled with the general aches and pains. My apetite seems to be up and down more then a fiddler’s elbow also.

I’m going to take tomorrow easy, hit the paracetomol, get a good nights rest and make sure i’m in tip top fighting shape for my new job start next week. 15 past midnight now so I think it’s late enough to be awake, especially working on my blog. I’m going to sign off now, and leave you with one song which feels so good to play on the guitar. It just fits nicely ‘under the fingers’ as we say in guitar-speak. Keep your hands to yourself by Georgia Satellites.

Tomorrows post should be more in depth!





A Song A Day: April 29th – It means nothing to me.

29 04 2011

As I reported yesterday, I’m currently looking forward with great anticipation to my new job next week. I’ve been doing some preparation tonight and I’m in a very good mood because of it.

Earlier today I took a look on the App Store and noticed that Virtual DJ 7 Home is free to download. This was a very nice find. A decent DJ programme for the mac (outside of Traktor) which I could play around with to do some DJing again. It was quite fun going back and beat matching again. It’s been too long. For some reason I always feel more inclined to do it in the summer. I think because the music is more commonly associated with warmer weather instead of winter chills. Even though I’m bizarre and prefer the latter. You don’t get dive bombed by flying insects in the winter for a start.

Working tonight though, I’ve had some nice background music on. It’s kinda got me in a retro mood. I’m in the mood for some 80’s today. Everytime I hear today’s song, I want to go back and watch ashes to ashes…which reminds me, I need to pick up the 3rd and final season on DVD already. I’ve got both Life on Mars and the 1st 2 series of Ashes to Ashes on DVD. I think it might just be one of the greatest TV show’s ever… certainly since the turn of the millennium for absolute sure. Gene Hunt is a legend. Now that I think of it, Hustle which is made by the same people is absolute top TV also.

Anyway, enough waffiling, it’s time to present to you today the song choice. Vienna, by Ultravox.

We walked in the cold air.
Freezing breath on a window pane,
Lying and waiting.
The man in the dark in a picture frame,
So mystic and soulful. 
A voice reaching out in a piercing cry,
It stays with you until

The feeling has gone only you and I.
It means nothing to me.
This means nothing to me.
Oh Vienna,.

The music is weaving
Haunting notes, pizzicato strings,
The rhythm is calling.
Alone in the night as the daylight brings,
A cool empty silence.
The warmth of your hand and a cold grey sky,
It fades to the distance.

The image has gone only you and I.
It means nothing to me.
This means nothing to me.
Oh, Vienna.

This means nothing to me.
This means nothing to me.
Oh, Vienna.

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A Song A Day: April 28th – The Workin’ Man

28 04 2011

I haven’t been so defined on the song choice decision making in a while. Whilst you could argue that Dolly Partons 9 to 5 is also a suitable fit, I think today’s choice is equal in terms of suitability.

So… why am I posting this? Well today was a superb day. I was getting the work training for the job I start next week! I’m super duper excited about it. I’m going to be manning the website for my local primary school. The potential for multimedia content I can and dare I say it will produce is staggering. I’m humongously excited about it. I was walking to the school this morning, and apart from a slight feeilng of being a kid again, I had this one song playing in my mind and I knew I had to throw it up here today.

The lyrics, and the music just seemed to fit my mood today, so without further ado… Today’s song choice is Working man by Rush. For the unitiated, Geddy Lee is a male vocalist… and a bloody good one at that.

I get up at seven, yeah,
And I go to work at nine.
I got no time for livin’,
Yes, I’m workin’ all the time.

Chorus
It seems to me
I could live my life
A lot better than I think I am.
I guess that’s why they call me,
They call me the working man.

They call me the working man.
I guess that’s what I am.

I get home at five o’clock,
And I take myself out a nice, cold beer.
Always seem to be wonderin’
Why there’s nothin’ goin’ down here.

Chorus

Well they call me the working man.
I guess that’s what I am.

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Wordless Wednesday: 27th April, 2011 – Guitar…as you’ve never heard before.

27 04 2011





A Song A Day – April 26th: Hurroo, Hurroo

26 04 2011

Yesterday was a fairly uneventful day for me. Some housework and general bits and bobs allowed for the day to tick past at a steady rate. One think i’m getting far too used too is having the snooker back on my TV. Red button coverage is fantastic for a liberal fix of snooker. I’m a huge fan, and I’m enjoying being able to turn it on, and nearly always have a live match or highlights playing on my TV. I’ll certainly miss that this time next week when the tournament has finished.

The Playstation network is still down, I’m missing my uncharted 2 fix, i was just beginning to get halfway decent at that game! Fast approaching an entire week it’s been offline, bit of a shame, but hopefully the work done will improve things. Lots of people been bitching about it on the forums. Tough. You can bitch all you want, but it won’t get you very far, nor will it make the repair work happen anytime sooner. Just gotta sit this one out.

I’ve got a bit of a fun song for you today by punk band, The Dropkick Murphies. I first heard todays song in Guitar Hero 3, I’ve played it a few times today. It’s pretty sweet. Take the melody to the animals go in two by two, throw in some anti-war lyrics, and punkify it. That’s the song in a nutshell. I learnt tonight also that it’s a traditional song and the band merely recorded it. They did a good job though :) – I hope you enjoy it…. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by The Dropkick Murphies.

When on the road to sweet Athy,
Hurroo Hurroo
When on the road to sweet Athy,
Hurroo Hurroo
When on the road to sweet Athy
A stick in the hand, A drop in the eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry
Johnny I hardly knew ya

Where are the eyes that looked so mild,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild
When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did ya run from me and the child
Johnny I hardly knew ya

[Chorus:]
We had guns and drums and drums and guns,
Hurroo Hurroo
We had guns and drums and drums and guns,
Hurroo Hurroo
We had guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy never slew ya
Johnny I hardly knew ya

Where are the legs with which you run,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the legs with which you run,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the legs with which you run,
When first you went to carry a gun
Indeed your dancing days are done
Johnny I hardly knew ya

[Chorus]

You hadn’t an arm, you hadn’t a leg,
Hurroo Hurroo
You hadn’t an arm, you hadn’t a leg,
Hurroo Hurroo
You hadn’t an arm, you hadn’t a leg
You’re a spinless, boneless, chickenless egg
You’ll Have to be put with the bowl to beg
Johnny I hardly knew ya

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A Song A Day – April 25th: Due Thanks + Monday Morning Feeling Good!

25 04 2011

I need to start this post with a note about yesterday. I featured a new and upcoming band called Vintage Trouble who I saw performing on the TV. In what was a totally awesome and classy move by the band themselves, they featured and linked yesterdays post on their facebook and twitter pages. Thanks guys, that was a very nice surprise. I’m very appreciative and deeply thankful for it.

So onto todays post. It’s Monday again which is possibly my favourite day of the week. The start of a new week and a new set of things to look forward too and anticipate. My pub quiz returns this week after a one week break so that’s extremely cool to look forward to. Hopefully the PSN will be back online after it’s emergency maintenance in time for the Uncharted 2 ‘Triple Your Money’ weekend.

Every Monday I try to feature a piece of music which will hopefully get your week off to a good start and in a good mood. If there is one song which to me fits this criteria it’s She Bangs The Drums by the Stone Roses. Taken from the eponymous Stone Roses album (top 10 contender for greatest album ever) this track literally oozes sunshine, feel good and joy. The bassline riff is simple, yet has a groove all of it’s own. The jangily chiming guitars provide a lush backdrop for the laid back vocals, which all adds up to one of greatest pieces of indie music ever recorded. Put simply… this is possibly the perfect way to start your week. I hope you enjoy… She Bangs The Drums by The Stone Roses.

I can feel the earth begin to move
I hear my needle hit the groove
And spiral through another day
I hear my song begin to say
Kiss me where the sun don’t shine
The past was yours
But the future’s mine
You’re all out of time

I don’t feel too steady on my feet
I feel hollow I feel weak
Passion fruit and holy bread
Fill my guts and ease my head
Through the early morning sun
I can see her here she comes

She bangs the drums

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
She’ll be the first she’ll be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
She’ll be the first she’ll be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
She’ll be the first she’ll be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel





A Song A Day – Vintage Trouble: You’re new favourite band…

24 04 2011

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new band? The answer is of course yes, and last night I discovered a group who completely blew me away. I was watching the repeat of the Jools Holland show (which is always worth a watch) and one of the bands which he featured went by the name of Vintage Trouble. Considering they only had a few minutes to perform their songs they completely stole the show for me, even taking a bit of thunder away from Hugh Laurie (yes…the actors) musical performances (which were decent also, as was the whole show to be honest) but like I say… Vintage Trouble were the stand out band.

When I put my computer on this morning, after the obligatory email/Facebook reading I straight away fired up Spotify and searched for them. They sound just as good on the album as they did live on the show. The bands sound is a mixture of blues rock and soul music. The singer possess a superb voice and has a stage confidence which channels the spirit of James Brown. Throw in some tasty blues guitar work, and a healthy dose of groove and you get the Vintage Trouble sound. However, don’t just read this… Play the video below of Nancy Lee then go out and buy The Bomb Shelter Sessions Album. Seriously. It might just be the best disc you buy all year.








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