A Song A Day: Jan 31st – Victory Is Mine!

31 01 2011

When I first conceived the idea for this blog, I didn’t really know how I’d feel about it. Sure, it was something I had passion and dedication for, but since starting this blog, it’s excelled all expectations I had. I was thinking about the blog since around mid December, then I discovered the postaday2011 challenge and that really inspired me to make a dream become a reality. Today is the last day of the first month, and to be honest,

barely a moment has gone past this month where I’ve not been thinking about this blog. Songs, ideas, do I do this, do I do that etc etc. I really want to thank each and every person who has come to this blog and read the blog, left a comment, subscribed, bookmarked, tweeted and whatever else you’ve done. You’ve really made me smile and I value each and every single reader here.

V is for Victory!

So, onto todays post. Continuing with the theme of the victory, todays offering touches upon a very special part of my childhood which I still relive and enjoy to this day. I remember about 9 months ago now, I was about to turn my laptop off after noticing I’d strayed into the wee hours of the morning (you know it’s late when the hours are in single figures!) yet for some reason, I felt compelled to check my email inbox. BOY! I’m glad that I did. I’m subscribed to the ticketmaster newsletter thing, and the email was that Michael Flatley was reprising his role as Lord of the Dance for a string of special performances as a ‘victory lap’ for the fans.

This immediatley got me reaching for the wallet. I didn’t even care they cost £55 a ticket! To put it into context. I’ve now seen Michael live 4 times since the 1990s (this being the 4th, 3 times for Lord of The Dance (I was fortunate to be at the last ever uk performance on the original run when I was about 9) and once for Celtic Tiger) — to say I’m something off a diehard hardcore fan is true. After watching my recorded version from the TV for 96th time, the video broke. I now have all the shows and soundtracks across VHS, DVD and CD (sometimes multiples. Heck! I even have my 1997 tour t-shirt stashed away safely) I’ve probabaly watched the show in excess of 250 times (total guess, but could be a fair estimation!) So, I grew up watching the show and the chance to see it live with Michael performing one more time was an oppotunity to good to miss. I asked Milky if she wanted to go (we’d been together a few weeks by this point) showed her the website and she came along. She absolutely loved it from start to end. To try and convey how much it meant to take my girlfriend to see it would be impossible, but it almost felt like a baton passing. When I’m still in Primary School my parents took me to see it, and now 13/14 years later I’m taking my GF to see it. It almost felt like a combination of my life. It’s the childhood days fused together with my twenty-something years. The thing that really struck me is how universal the show is and how someone from the otherside of the world and a culture quite removed from the UK/west can sit there and keep a permanently fixed smile of breath-taken awe for 2 hours! Anyway. I’m beginning to ramble here so I’m going to go ahead on post the video. This section of the show is called ‘Victory’ and is the first of 3 finale pieces if you like. This paticular video is taken from the ‘Feet of Flames’ concert (which is essentially Lord of the Dance uncut!)

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A Song A Day: Jan 30th – Weave Me Through A Dream!

30 01 2011

Yikes, I feel like this month has absolutely flown past! It’s almost gone, on Feburary is here already? It’s 7 days until Chinese New Year and the Superbowl! It’s only 15 days until Valatines day also! Ok… who is hiding my 2011, and where have you put it!

It’s a Sunday today, which can only mean one thing, taking it easy. Sunday is the one day of the week where we are allowed to rest and go with the flow. Today’s plan is roughly sketched out. Watch Andy Murray win the Australian Open Tennis, and thus end a 70+ year wait for a British Grand Slam champion. Then I shall keep an eye on some video games I’m bidding for on ebay (yes, i’m one of those bidders who likes to watch the auction until the last few seconds, and sneek in with a bid when the counter is displaying single figure seconds) I’m also making a roast dinner along with my parents which will be good. Gives me an excuse to plug myself into some music whilst I do the vegetable prep and such forth, before eating dinner and getting ready for what might just be the single greatest TV show in the world… Top Gear.

Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m in a happy mood as I’m typing this! So today’s song post is going to reflect that. Ever since I posted Still Alive from Mirrors Edge a short while back, I’ve wanted to post the other Still Alive song which plays at the end of a video game… Namely Portal. However, today’s post isn’t that song. As light hearted and as whimsical the song is, unless you’ve played Portal from start to end, the song may not make a lot of sense and would come across as some kind of geeky indulgence!

So, I started to have a little think about a song that would be fitting for a lazy easy going Sunday. I decided upon a great offering from 4hero and Carina Andersson called Les Fleur. If this song doesn’t make you feel good and brighten your day, then I should think about seeking medical attention! The vocal performance is superb and and the chorus is so huge it goes off the scale. Whenever I hear the lead into the chorus and the chorus itself, I can’t help but to think off an imaginary movie scene to go with it. I can just picture two lovers who thought they would never see each other again running through an airport to meet one another whilst this song is playing, with them running faster and faster and the shots cutting between each lover faster and faster as they get nearer and nearer, resulting in a climatic embrace as the chorus kicks in proper. The chorus is that euphoric!

Also, I had a cracking idea for this blog tonight… The forthcoming Wednesday’s post should be interesting, I’ve thought of a clever little play on words and Wednesday is the perfect day to post it. You’ll see why, It’s one of those things I can’t believe I didn’t think sooner!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy todays song. Les Fleur by 4hero and Carina Andersson.

BTW, I have no idea if this is the official music video, either way, the visuals fit very well with the song. I was pretty amazed the first time I watched this back!

Will somebody wear me to the fair?
Will a lady pin me in her hair?
Will a child find me by a stream?
Kiss my petals and weave me through a dream

For all of these simple things and much more a flower was born
It blooms to spread love and joy faith and hope to people forlorn

Inside every man lives the seed of a flower
If he looks within he finds beauty and power

Ring all the bells sing and tell the people everywhere that the flower has come
Light up the sky with your prayers of gladness and rejoice for the darkness is gone
Throw off your fears let your heart beat freely at the sign that a new time is born

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A Song A Day: Jan 29th – Where Is The Love?

29 01 2011

I’ll go out on a limb, and hazard a guess that this might be the least comfortable posistion that I’ll ever blog from. I had no idea that this day, nor this week would end up being pretty damn awesome. Through a bizarre set of circumstances and almost serendipitous timing, I’ve ended up this week with some nice new shiny toys, courtesy of an exchange due to a broken laptop under warranty from my local computer store, and my mobile phone contract being eligible for an upgrade. I’m still getting to grips with the new features, buttons and general whiz-bangarey (is that a real word) which makes looking at new gadgets so much fun! So the reason I’m in a slightly awkward posistion, is because i’m surrounded by boxes, packaging, and cables, with a sort of Daniel shaped area where I’m placed at this moment!

So after coming back from my local town this evening, I was sitting down to eat my dinner when the news came on. Nothing noteworthy there you may enquire, but considering the lead story on the 6 o clock news was the recent trouble in Egypt, it got me thinking. I was looking at the sequence of pictures along with the report of what happened. As I was watching this news report, I was suddenly reminded of a great song which seems to have more relevance and poignancy then ever before.

Today’s actions reminded me of the student protests in London last November at the changes to tuition fees. When you see these mass scenes of hysteria and rioting, it can’t help but to raise a few questions.I feel as though these questions are aptly covered in todays song choice. The song contains some wonderfully inspiring and moving lyrics and an absolutely fantastic chorus. The music video to this song was also very well-made. This really has to be one of my favourite songs ever – The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?

What’s wrong with the world mama?
People living like aint got no mamas
I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And if you hatin you’re bound to get irate
Yeah madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
You gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y’all

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?

It just ain’t the same all ways have changed
New days are strange is the world the insane?
If love and peace so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
Nations dropping bombs
Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones
With ongoing suffering
As the youth die young
So ask yourself is the loving really strong?
So I can ask myself really what is going wrong
With this world that we living in
People keep on giving in
Makin wrong decisions
Only visions of them livin and
Not respecting each other
Deny thy brother
The wars’ going on but the reasons’ undercover
The truth is kept secret
Swept under the rug
If you never know truth
Then you never know love
Where’s the love y’all? (I don’t know)
Where’s the truth y’all? (I don’t know)
Where’s the love y’all?

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father father father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m getting older y’all people get colder
Most of us only care about money makin
Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what the see in the cinema
Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love, we’re spreading anomosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling down
It’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feeling under
I gotta keep my faith alive, until love is found

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?

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A Song A Day: Jan 27th – Out Here In The Fields

28 01 2011

One of the things that I like about this blog and the idea of the musical diary is that inspiration come anywhere at anytime. I was watching the Quentin Tarantino CSI special last night on DVD when inspiration struck. It reminded me of a few songs, one of which I’m presenting to you here today. After yesterdays more serious topic, todays song choice is a little lighter. I forget quite where I first heard this song, but it was before it was the theme tune to CSI: New York.

The Who’s Baba O Riley is one of my favourite songs. Whenever I’ve got my iPod in shuffle mode and it comes on I always turn my ipod up to ‘experimental’ volumes. This is one of those songs that I really should get round to learning how to play on the guitar properly, instead of learning parts of songs I’ll never be able to fully play due to sheer complexity!

This song also reveals a guilty pleasure… Air instruments. In a scene reminiscent of Dr. House (wait… is that 3 days in a row now I’ve mentioned that show? If not 3 in a row, I think maybe 3 out of 4) I end up playing air keyboard for the intro before coming in with the drum fill. I remember one of my friends laughing at me (in a good way) on the old university campus bus after I was listening to this and Phil Collins’s Something In The Air Tonight back to back and I’m there doing air drum fills. Aww, the good old days of hour plus long commutes each way to university plugged into my ipod listening to allsorts of music. I think along with The Sims 3, Age of Empires 3 and talking to Milky, my iPod is the single biggest reason for a disrupted sleep pattern!

The version i’m presenting here is a live version. I was always very fond of this performance, there is a wonderful energy about it and the music is played with a real passion. I shall worn you though. The video below is very loud! So you might want to drop your speaker level before clicking play. Hope you enjoy!

Out here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living
I don’t need to fight
To prove I’m right
I don’t need to be forgiven

Don’t cry
Don’t raise your eye
It’s only teenage wasteland

Sally ,take my hand
Travel south crossland
Put out the fire
Don’t look past my shoulder
The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let’s get together
Before we get much older

Teenage wasteland
It’s only teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland
Oh, oh
Teenage wasteland
They’re all wasted!

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A Song A Day: Jan 27th – Dear God

27 01 2011

Today’s post is one of those songs that does poetic justice to the world around us.  The lyrics are highly emotive and I just adore the stark honesty of them, combined the with sublime wording. For someone living in the world at the moment, the lyrics ring out with prehaps more poignancy then ever before. Times are harder then they’ve been for a while. I know I try to keep the tone of this blog on the positive, but sometimes like this, a song comes along which just moves you so much you cannot ignore it.

I first heard this song, again on the House MD soundtrack (like Gomez a couple of days ago) and since then it’s been a firm favourite. In fact, that entire soundtrack is first rate.

I want to say though, that there are some religious overtones to this song. I’m in no way aligning myself with any religious beliefs around this song. I’m taking this from a neutral stance, looking at the song for what it is. People may interpretate it a certain way. That’s just their way. Music will speak to each individual in a unique way, and you should take from this what you want to believe and feel. That’s your decision though. The lyrics in this song about God do not represent my personal beliefs and values. Believe and feel how you want to believe and feel,

Dear God,
Hope you got the letter and
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don’t mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image,
See them starving on their feet
‘Cause they don’t get enough to eat
From God
I can’t believe in you.

Dear God,
Sorry to disturb you, but
I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
We all need a big reduction in the amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street
‘Cause they can’t make opinions meet

About God,
I can’t believe in you.

Did you make disease, and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
And the devil too?!

Dear God,
Don’t know if you noticed, but…
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book,
Us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look,
And all the people that you made in your image,
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain’t, and so do you

Dear God,
I can’t believe in…
I don’t believe in…

I won’t believe in heaven and hell.
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well.
No pearly gates, no thorny crown.
You’re always letting us humans down.
The wars you bring, the babes you drown.
Those lost at sea and never found,
And it’s the same the whole world ’round.
The hurt I see helps to compound
That Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody’s unholy hoax
And if you’re up there you’d perceive
That my heart’s here upon my sleeve.
If there’s one thing I don’t believe in…..

It’s you…..
Dear God.

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A Song A Day: Jan 26th – Putting Out The Fire With Gasoline

26 01 2011

Today’s post comes with a bit of a story. I was conflicted as to which song to post. I had two ideas in my mind, but couldn’t decide which one to put up. This is my musical diary, and both songs highlight my day yesterday. It was a far longer and more stressful day then I imagine. One which involved me gettting cold, wet and just nicely bothered. I was torn between posting a Chinese piece called Jasmine which always makes me relaxed and at ease for some reason, or a song about my goal for the next few days. I discussed it with Milky, who reads this blog and is also the best gosh darn girlfriend out there. She convinced me that sticking with the one song was the best way forward. Which was what I was beginning to feel. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Taken from Inglourious Basterds

So after a short discussion, Milky said I should go with the one about my forthcoming goal, which was the way i was beginning to lean! I’ve seen a job posistion come up and it’s a writing posistion. It’s about film, and you need wordpress experience along with knowledge of film and the history etc. Having acheived a BTEC and a Ba(Hons) in the subject as well as blogging/WP experience I’m going to go for this post. I’m really excited about it, and the chance to write about one of my passions is one I don’t want to miss. I love film, from latest blockbuster releases to the works of the unsung heros from yesterday.

Todays post then was a song I first discovered in 2009. I was on holiday in Devon (which is a wonderful tourist seaside attraction on the south coast of England) and I went to catch the latest Quentin Tarantino movie at the cinema which is more or less on the seafront. Suffice to say Inglourious Basterds was everything you expect from a QT flick and more. The acting was first rate, the story telling and script was classic Quentin and the editing was exquisite (R.I.P. Sally Menke) There is a mesmerising scene towards the latter stages of the film which is set against a great track which at the time I called ‘The Gasoline Song’ — I later found out it was David Bowie and the song was called Cat People. That’s what i’m presenting here today for you. I hope you enjoy this song.

See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Colder than the moon
It’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
With gasoline

Feel my blood enraged
It’s just the fear of losing you
Don’t you know my name
Well, you been so long

See these eyes so red
Red like jungle burning bright
Those who feel me near
Pull the blinds and change their minds
It’s been so long

Still this pulsing night
A plague I call a heartbeat
Just be still with me
Ya wouldn’t believe what I’ve been thru
You’ve been so long
Well it’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
with gasoline
putting out fire
with gasoline

See these tears so blue
An ageless heart
that can never mend
These tears can never dry
A judgement made
can never bend
See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Just be still with me
You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been thru

You’ve been so long
Well, it’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
with gasoline
putting out fire with gasoline

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A Song A Day: Jan 25th – See The World

25 01 2011

When I decided to take on this daily blogging challenge, never did I imagine that it would have such a wonderful effect on me. I’m having a lot of fun each and every day with this, and I’m really glad that I decided to undertake this challenge. It’s made me realise just how much I like writing, and specifically writing about the things I love. Music is one of a few true passions of mine, along with film/cinema and playing the guitar to name but three.

See The World...

This blog is fantastic outpost and I feel like it’s good to have an outpost to log my feelings and thoughts about life. I feel as though I’m bettering my abilities to express myself and my writing skills there within. I’m thinking about this blog throughout every day now. I enjoy reading each and every comment left for me. I always make sure that I reply to every single comment left on here.

Todays song is one of my favourite songs. I first came across it on the House MD soundtrack and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. It’s a great acoustic guitar driven track with a huge chorus. The lyrics are very beautiful and quite poetic. My favourite part has to be ‘So reach out it’s not too far away. Don’t mess around now, don’t delay’  – I love lyrics like these. It’s that notion of being able to achieve your dreams and not letting things get in your way. The idea of making your hopes becoming a reality. Set your sights and aspirations high and work towards making that goal an actuality. There some other themes and ideas in the lyrics (especially the chorus) also which I really like. I hope you enjoy todays song… See The World by Gomez

Day to day
Where do you want to be?
cose now you’re trying to pick a fight
With everyone you need

You seem like a soldier
Who’s lost his composure
You’re wounded and playing a waiting game
In no-man’s land no-one’s to blame

See the world
Find an old fashioned girl
And when all’s been said and done
It’s the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you want

Empty handed, surrounded by a senseless scene
With nothing of significance
Besides a shadow of a dream
You sound like an old joke

You’re worn-out, a bit broke
An’ askin me time and time again
When the answer’s still the same

See the world
Find an old fashioned girl
And when all’s been said and done
It’s the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you want

You’ve got a chance to put things right
So how’s it going to be?
Lay down your arms now
And put us beyond doubt
So reach out it’s not too far away
Don’t mess around now, don’t delay

See the world
Find an old fashioned girl
And when all’s been said and done
It’s the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you want

The things that you want
Are given not won
The things that you want
Are given not won

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