The Masters of Rock and Roll

The oldies.

Apparently what I listened to growing up in the 80’s and 90’s could now be considered oldies. I think it should just be called “back in the day”. Wham, Def Leopard, Poison, White Snake. Nirvana, Pearl jam, No Doubt, Alanis Morriset.

Then there is the stuff my parents listened to. My first concert was to Lynyrd Skynyrd with my parents. I loved it. I used to love going through their cd’s. Jethro Tull. Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Queen. Isn’t it great to hear how music has changed through the decades? 

Imagine if we could take today’s music back 250 years to Beethoven’s time. Would they be appalled or fascinated?

I’m guessing the older crowd would be appalled while the kids would dig it. If you haven’t seen A Knight’s Tale, I reccommend it. Imagine a story set during medieval times, but also set to today’s music. It’s so much fun when they play “The Boys Are Back In Town” when the heroes arrive.

Anyway, today I thought I’d introduce the boys to some music of bygone eras. First, they heard Pearl Jam’s, Evenflow. They’d never heard of Pearl Jam until today. They liked it. Good thing too. I may have disowned them, otherwise. Listening to Eddie Vedder crank it out took me back to my university days. I had a roommate that didn’t just love Pearl Jam, but slightly resembled Eddie and could also sing like him.

After that, we took a trip a bit farther back in time. Back to my parent’s days. Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride. They loved the name of the song. It was the first thing they noticed while waiting for the guitar to build up in the beginning. Then the beat kicked in and they were suddenly boosterseat dancing. They thought Dad was nuts for singing along. Surprisingly they didn’t stop me. Normally, Bang screams when someone sings along to the music.

The song ended and a few seconds of silence follows as we quietly anticipate the next song. We were just pulling into the driveway when T.N.T. starts pumping from the speakers. I throw my hands in the air flashing traditional rock and roll signage…

…my head starts nodding slowly at first and by the time “Oy! Oy! Oy!” is over I’m full on headbanging and shredding my air guitar as if I had just channelled the soul of Angus Young himself. We listened to the entire song. Me in the front seat jamming and the boys in the back seat listening to the song and wondering what the hell happened to their father. At the end, with AC/DC’s grand finale to that song, Crash comments, “That’s how rock and roll songs end! They must be the masters of Rock and Roll.”

Yes, son. They are. But don’t be fooled. They aren’t the only Masters of Rock and Roll. They are just a favorite of your Dear Old Dad.

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Lucy At Home

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A Song for Saturday

I’m becoming an Ed Sheeran fan. The more I listen to him, the more I like him. A student played this song in class last week while I was subbing. I loved it. It’s probably the Irish lilt to it. Or Ed’s voice. Or whoever Nancy might be…

Happy listening!

More can be read about the history behind the song at The Bustle for it is based on a true story of Ed’s grandparents. I don’t know about you, but I’m hooked.

Music Monday: Three Finger Shot

No. This isn’t a post about alcohol. Though it easily could  be. Drinks taste so much better when these guys play. Beer goggles except in reverse.

It is about a small band of friends who are also friends of ours. DW sort of grew up with the lead singer, Tony. So they go way back…

Their first album entitled Stories From A Small Town was released  April 3rd of this year. I would class them as a Celtic rock band. With class. Stories From A Small Town consists of six songs. Of which, 3 are originals and one is Tony’s from a former band. (I think)

They sound like a Guinness tastes. Delivered with a powerful voice, you can’t deny the talent this band wields. Their Celtic Rock tunes will make you wish you were Irish. They’ll make you want to sing along, even if you can’t carry a tune with two hands and bucket. Yet, on the flip side, they can slow it down and swoon you with songs you swear they’re singing just for you.

Then they hit you like a Three Finger Shot.

Find them on the internet. Find them on Facebook. Download them from iTunes.

Toe Tapping Tuesday

This next song, though just a clip of the end of their performance, should get your toe tapping. Or as Bang says, “My foot’s singing a little bit.”

This group performed at our local, free, outdoor concert this past Sunday evening. It wasn’t raining when it started, but it sure was by the end. They played on. They were that good that most everyone stayed, sitting in the rain, to listen.

The boys and I went to sit in the front row to get some video. Naturally the phone died so I didn’t get any that way. Towards the I remember I could get video with DW’s camera, but I had to be careful because of the rain. I managed to get a clip from the end of their performance. It’s not much, but it will give you a taste of toe tapping tunes we were tantalised by.

Their Celtic stuff was my favorite. However, that’s not all they played. They did some ragtime, some country western, some French and a few other genres.

If you’ve never heard of the Leahys, they are an extremely musical, extremely talented family. The Next Generation Leahys are thereby no different. These home-schooled kids are all brothers and sisters ranging in age from 5-14. They were such a joy to watch. After the show we bought their album and were lucky enough to get all six kids along with Mom and Dad to sign it. You can visit their page at The Next Generation Leahy. It’s 35 seconds that’s sure put a smile on your face and song in your toes! Happy listening!

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Thank You Australia!

Today’s post is a musical one. We saw this group a couple Sunday’s ago. Our town holds a free outdoor concert every Sunday evening and this group was the opening act on the opening evening.

Hailing all the way from Melbourne, Australia here is their song “Well Enough Alone”. They put on a great show with some great music. They were followed by an Irish band of boys (and a girl) called Skipper’s Alley. I’ll post them later. Thank you Australia for providing us with some great entertainment for an evening!

You can check them out at their webpage as well!

 

Monday’s Music & Words Award #Music #MWA

Thanks Tiffany of “Sounds Like Life to Me” for this unique award nomination. This award is slightly different from the others I’ve accepted. This one has to do with music. Don’t worry, you won’t hear me sing, or play the violin. I can’t do either. I’m too tone deaf. However, I can strum a few chords on the guitar. Plus, this award gives me something to write about other than what I want to save for the A-Z Challenge that starts on Friday.

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As with most awards, there are rules to follow. I’ll attempt to abide by them.

1. Link back to the person who nominated you – Done

2. Answer these questions with words AND music: See below

3. Pass the award to 5 bloggers who inspire you with posts about music. See below below

4. Tag your post with #MWA, for Music&Words Award so that we can all find you down the line. Done

5. Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well. Done

WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?

Do I listen to music to put me in a certain mood or do I listen to music based on the mood I’m already in? The latter. Fortunately, there are so many kinds of music that I always find something I want to listen to. Whether it’s the Celtic fiddle in Mull River Shuffle or the driving guitar and drums of the Stanfields or the old stuff like Zeppelin and Dylan and Tull or even classical. Yes, Beethoven and Mozart and Handel or Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST MUSIC RELATED MEMORY?

The first one I can remember dates back to 4th grade. My parents either bought me a trumpet or borrowed one (I can’t remember that part). I took some lessons, practiced on my own and joined the elementary school band. Normally kids weren’t allowed to join until 5th grade so I got in a year early. I played until 7th grade.

However, my first music memory of music not created by me was my first concert. Lynyrd Skynyrd circa ’93 with my parents. I loved it. My second concert happened a few years later (’04 perhaps) when DW and I went with my parents to see Great Big Sea. I didn’t get to many concerts.

WHAT’S THE FIRST ALBUM YOU’VE PURCHASED YOURSELF?

Good lord. I have no idea what I bought. That was a long time ago. I remember buying an “AC/DC Live” cassette that got wrecked and I had to buy it again.

WHAT’S THE LATEST MUSIC YOU’VE PURCHASED? (NO ONLINE STREAMING OR FREE DOWNLOADS, I’M TALKING ABOUT CASH HERE!)

The most recent was one I got because Crash said he liked it. Shaggy ft. Pitbull “Only Love”. I also got the new Walk off the Earth album, Zedd’s “Beautiful Now”, X Ambassador’s “Renegades”, and Andy Grammer’s “Good to Be Alive” all thanks to an iTunes gift card.

WHAT SONG DID YOU LISTEN TO LAST? (NO CHEATING, COME OUT WITH THE DIRTY PLEASURES!

Unfortunately, it’s not a guilty pleasure. It’s not even a pleasure. It’s a song Crash and Bang like thanks to the YouTube. They’ve been listening to song parodies. The exception is that the songs are all about Minecraft. The latest fave is “Friends with a Creeper” (instead of Eminem and Rihanna’s “Friends with a Monster”. There’s a whole playlist on our cell phone of such songs.

Otherwise it was probably something from the ’90s like Verve, No Doubt, Nirvana, or Barenaked Ladies.

Lastly, those I know who can inspire us more with music and words are:

Erika Kind who has her “Song of the Day” when I either find something we have in common or discover a new to me artist.

I Could Be Batman who I believe is a Weezer fan (not Hanson)

 

Today’s Letter of the Day is…

DDancing. As I mentioned yesterday in the “B” section, if the music can’t be heard from the other side of the mountain it’s not loud enough for the dance party. Right now, I think Crash’s favorite song is “Let’s Get Ridiculous” by Redfoo. Bang’s current favorite song is “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. As soon as he hears this song he drops everything and bolts to the living room to shake it off and dance it out. I don’t have a video of Crash’s style of dance, yet, but I’ll be sure to get one. Below you can see Bang just uh given’er. The funniest part is that NO ONE is allowed in there while he’s dancing to this song. It’s as if this is his song and his alone. If Crash is already in the room when the song starts then he’s allowed to stay and dance. Mom and Dad? No way.

Speaking of songs, Bang is learning to change the lyrics to fit his needs. In “All About That Bass” Meghan sings All about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble. Bang will change those words to suit his needs. My favorite was a time were trying to drive up our extremely icy driveway. I barely make it to the top and Bangs busts out with All about that Dad, ’bout that dad, you made it. DW thought I taught him that. I would have thought that, too. But nope. That was all him. He changes it for other situations, as well.

Happy Saturday. Hope you have a happy Easter tomorrow and I’ll be back Monday with the letter E. Oh, and dance like no one’s watching!