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A blog about music from my unique perspective (also a spot for some poetry I’ve written)
A simple music themed blog for Jeff’s "The Soundtrack of Your Life challenge, and also to dump my thoughts about the 48 Hour Media Challenges when I don’t feel like creating a story or poem from the provided material. I may also add random poetry in here if I feel like it doesn’t qualify for a separate item.

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February 7, 2024 at 10:07pm
February 7, 2024 at 10:07pm
This is a quick post about the Harry Styles song Daylight, for "Note: 48-HOUR CHALLENGE : Media Prompt Deadl...". I’m spread thin this month with creative writing projects, and since I finally opened a blog and it’s all about music anyway, I might as well write a paragraph about the song rather than trying to come up with something creative.

I always look at the lyrics of a song before I listen to it, always. Unless it’s either a Christian song or a Coldplay song, and even then I prefer to know what I’m getting into; lyrics precede anything else. As for these… they didn’t pass my fussbudget tastes. The artist, a former member of the early oughts boy band One Direction, is someone who I consider to be a very untalented songwriter. He makes reference to an addictive and illegal drug in this song, and the described relationship is altogether bleh.

If we’re going to talk about members of 1D, I do sort of like Niall Horan. He seems to be the most decent one of the bunch, with a heartfelt innocence to his lyrics that appeals to me in a comfortable sort of way. I wouldn’t bother looking into him, but if I had to name a good guy from 1D I’d know who.
February 7, 2024 at 4:54am
February 7, 2024 at 4:54am
This begins a trio of U2 songs that I discovered because the Walmart Radio DJ played them when I happened to be in the store.

I haven't gotten into Bono and his gang at all, since they were before my time, but I do appreciate the influence they've had on current artists like Ryan Tedder, and at this point I'm familiar enough with their sound and style to almost spot them in a crowd.

It was early in 2022, and I was busy doing a weekly market research study at a local Walmart, which required me to go around taking pictures and tallying up shelf stock. This particular store had ginormous bass speakers hanging from the ceiling, and I was standing right underneath one for most of the job, which was incredibly distracting and annoying.

As my brain irrepressibly analyzed the opening notes of Wire blasting down over me, my first impression was that it sounded like Duran Duran's Rio. But it became obvious in a few seconds that it wasn't, so I Shazamed it.

In the store, I laughed at Wire, because I recognized the grunge aspect of it from what I'd learned when analyzing Imagine Dragons 2021 album Mercury Act 1. I thought it was exaggerated and overdramatized. Being busy, I saved a screenshot of the Shazam so I could check it out later.

At home, I found that Wire is no laughing matter, as the lyrics appear to be about suicide; according to Genius,   Bono most likely wrote it with an addicted friend in mind. But since my curiosity was piqued and I hadn't paid proper attention to it in the store, I downloaded it for a listen... And haven't let go of it since.

I don't have a lot of edgy/grungy/angry music on my playlist, but the few tracks I do, I'm attached to. Wire is something I'll avoid unless I'm in a particular mood, but I'm glad to have it in my collection.

It's a stressful, unnerving song; basically, we hear Bono fighting with something, and the outcome is unclear. But there's a certain catharsis that comes with it... Or is that a relief when it's over?

February 5, 2024 at 9:17pm
February 5, 2024 at 9:17pm
Shazam is my best friend, honestly. I don't know what I would do without it. I found Eddie Vedder's cover of the Beatles song You've Got To Hide Your Love Away when it played last summer at a discount clothing franchise that I shop at frequently. Over the years I've developed a strong instinct for knowing whether a song appeals to me or not within the first verse or so, and I could tell that this was something I was going to like, so I grabbed my phone and identified it.

I'm not interested in the original Beatles rendition; I think Eddie Vedder does a fantastic job on his cover, and I never cared much for the Beatles anyway. This is a short and simple track with light guitar work and a harmonica ending, and Eddie's rich deep voice is exactly what sets it apart for me. Deeper male voices are hard to find in pop music, and I'm not into Pearl Jam, so I never really got to know him. (Though another cover he did, with Tom Petty, is coming soon on my blog.)

When I discovered this I immediately downloaded it to my offline playlist and had it on repeat for the rest of the day. The sadness of the lyrics, simplicity of the production and of course Eddie's voice, all combined to make a new favorite of mine.

I don't feel the need to give much technical background on this one; Eddie Vedder made it for a movie soundtrack, and there's really nothing more to say.

February 4, 2024 at 9:50pm
February 4, 2024 at 9:50pm
This entry features an instrumental song by the Irish classical band Nightnoise  . I did a quick Google search on the track just now and discovered that all these years I've had the name of the band switched with the name of the track! This   Facebook post is a beautiful description of the song, btw...

The only way I discovered this is because of my Mom. She would sometimes tell me the story of how she acquired her Nightnoise album, and play this song on YouTube. Back when she was a college student, the local radio station ran a little giveaway contest where you had to guess the snippet of a song they would play and you won an album. Mom recognized the song The Weight, by The Band, and that's how she had the album.

The Cricket's Wicket is gorgeous and dreamy, progressing through different stages until it reaches the final climax, which sometimes brings me to tears and other times makes a lovely lullaby for the evening. It fills my head with peaceful images which elude my description, as is often the case with the music I love. I treasure this six minute long track and count myself lucky to have grown up with it.

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