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I’ve Heard That Song a Million Times!

Now that I’ve come up with a new slant for my music blog, I had the thought that I will be commenting on songs I’ve heard a million times. How do I uncover new meaning in those songs? Have I taken them for granted perhaps?
     It’s like that question you’ve been asked, ‘If you were stranded on an island forever what music/ CD’S/ albums/only one iPod/New music player on the market that could never be updated ever again, what songs would you want with you forever?’ Not that I’m going to attempt any such list here (although maybe some of you could give me a top 10 to see what that yields), but it is a thought, if I never heard a new song ever again and only had one device that played music never to be updated ever again, what would I choose? Of course it’s easy to think of the songs and artists you could do without (send me those lists too!)!
     Back to my original thought: finding meaning in songs you’ve heard a million times. For example: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. Unless you truly live in a hole where no music gets through or you literally only listen to anything other than pop rock and you know absolutely nothing about the show “Glee”, I think we can all say we have heard that song a million times.
     First, I like the song. It pretty much captures pop rock in it’s purest form. Girls like it, guys like it, it doesn’t irritate senior citizens too much and the song will never die. It is used in sporting events (living in San Francisco, the Giants use this as an anthem all season long), it is sung in karaoke bars across the world, it has made the writers of the song: Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon very, very wealthy, assuming they haven’t sold the rights.
     Currently I am a bartender at two gay bars in San Francisco, 440 Castro and Trax. My theory is that if a fight broke out or everyone’s mood was sour, I could put this song on and instantly moods are lifted and fighting ends. In straight bars I imagine girls wooing and guys singing like Steve Perry. It will liven any party up, guaranteed!
     Now with every huge selling, beloved song are people who would rather stick glass in their ears than to hear that song again. Would ‘Don’t Stop Believin” be on the island with you or not?
    Below is the YouTube link to the song as well as the Wikipedia entry on the history of that song! Send me some lists and sometime I will blog my list!




Tron vs. Tron (But Journey is the real winner!!)

I could give a crap about which Tron is better. I vaguely remember seeing the first one in the movie when I was in middle school (the video game version was kind of cool as I recall) and I haven’t bothered to see the new Tron: Legacy.  But I was going around on the net listening to music and came across an article called “Top 10 Journey Songs” on the following website:  http://music.ign.com/articles/712/712553p1.html

I didn’t quite agree with their list, there was a song that I was not familiar with and did not know they were on the original Tron soundtrack back in 1982!! The song is called “Only Solutions” and it a sweet Journey tune full of everything you expect from them!  It instantly makes me think of sweet summer nights in my small Ohio hometown.  Hanging out in parking lots and driving around aimlessly.

It begins with a sweet, low key guitar lick.  Not an in-your-face lick but a good, slick one that you know it’s the 80’s!  And then it’s Steve Perry with those distinct vocals of his that no one can match! (Well except for the dude they found to replace him but we will pretend he doesn’t exist!!)  Then there are the unforgettable harmonies of Journey…sweet nectar to the ears!

The new Tron: Legacy soundtrack is quite different than its ’82 predecessor.  No London Philharmonic Orchestra for this one!  We need something the kids will really dig these days..hey let’s get Daft Punk to do the entire friggin’ soundtrack (Yawn!)  I like some Daft Punk, but not an entire soundtrack by them.  All the geeks had a hard on for it these past few months but I can’t get into it.  I guess cause I just don’t care about the film at all I suppose.  I’m just glad I found a new Journey tune to groove to and to share with all of you!  So thank you original Tron soundtrack for giving me this Journey moment in music!

And I decided before the end of this post to give some of  Tron: Legacy soundtrack a listen…and I am pleasantly surprised to find that Daft Punk did a couple orchestral numbers minus synthesizers! Such as “Adagio For Tron” (which I think would make a great name for a band actually!) So I will be posting that below as well!  So for two movies I could care less about, they have given us great music..how about that?

And I just had a crazy idea: Daft Punk should have covered the Journey song!!! That would have been sweet! And I’m realizing how many times I used the word “sweet” in this post…oh well! Sweet!!



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