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Frozen Ghost

January 15, 2016

Well, let me return to talking a little bit about music again, as I was just reminded of the band Frozen Ghost, a Canadian band that put out three albums, of which I have one. But it’s a really good one, being an album that I can pretty much listen to all the way through without finding a song that I don’t like. But some of them stand out.

The first song of theirs I ever heard — and the only one I had heard before buying the “Frozen Ghost” CD — was Should I See, which was popular when I was younger and a song that I had really liked. It was my memories of this song that made me buy the CD — used — in the first place.

However, it’s not the best song on the CD. Promises is my favourite song on the entire CD, as it’s a very powerful song, although it can be a bit depressing. The end question and answer part, though, is brilliant and moving.

I also prefer Love Without Lies, which is a great romantic song, in my opinion. I find the person described in the song fairly appealing, less for the purported childish aspects, but more for the simple honesty of her.

Ultimately, though, pretty much any song on that CD is good, although it’s at this point that it would be hard for me to choose between them and Should I See. The band did three CDs and then broke up. I might have to look at some of the other CDs sometime, if I get a chance.

A non-traditional Christmas Carol …

December 14, 2015

… although it might be an Amber. Who can say?

LAN of confusion …

February 9, 2015

I tend to like reworking the lyrics of existing songs in slightly humourous ways (at least to me) and this one has been stuck in my head recently, so I’m going to give it a try. This is based on the Genesis song “Land of Confusion”:

I must’ve launched a thousand apps
Been haunted by a million users
But I can hear the grinding drives
They’re running at their peak

Now did you read the groups today
They say the printer’s gone away
But I can see the status’s still alight
There burning, there on the right

There’s too many apps, too many users
Making too many problems
And not much mem to go round
Can’t you see this is a LAN of confusion?

Well this is the LAN we live in
And these are the hosts we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth logging in

Ooh, superuser where are you now
When everything’s gone wrong somehow?
We’ve lost the ‘Net, we’ve lost the power
We’re losing control by the hour

What is the time, what is the pace
Do we look for the cable
But there’s not much mem to go round
Tell me why, this is a LAN of confusion

This is the LAN we live in
And these are the hosts we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth blogging in

I remember long ago when the app was flying
Yes, and the statuses were bright all through the night
And the sound of your laughter as we played Quake right, so long ago

I won’t be coming home tonight
My IT section will put it right
Hope we’re not making promises
That you know, we just can’t keep

Too many apps, there’s too many users
Making too many problems
And not much mem to go round
Can’t you see, this is a LAN of confusion?

Now this is the LAN we live in
And these are the hosts we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth paying for

These are the hosts we live in
And these are the names they’re given
Stand up and let’s start showing
Just where our lives are going to

(Without the Internet …)

More of my favourites: one shots and one hit wonders

January 13, 2015

As part of a BSG board game that I’m playing, I got “It Must Have Been Love” stuck in my head, which reminded me of more of my favourite songs. Roxette’s not really a one-hit wonder for me, as I’ve liked a number of their song and albums in the past … but it did remind me of songs that would indeed count.

Like “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin. Which is actually an odd case because the Top Gun soundtrack is, in general, amazing, and even for me Berlin had an I think much less famous song that I also really liked “No More Words”.

This really ought to have been a candidate for the Top 10, because I’ve liked it for a long time: “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby. Interestingly, I once ran into someone on City of Heroes who based his character on Thomas Dolby, and we did the “Science!” part in passing.

I also do like “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco, but that’s mostly for the chorus.

I also like “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head, which has a nice mix of chorus and … whatever it is you call the thing in-between the choruses (stanzas).

I like the original “Land of Confusion” by Genesis, and the Spitting Image video has good nostalgia value, but in a rare case for me I think I like the harder Disturbed version better. It fits the lyrics better.

I’ve only ever heard two songs by Ah-ha, I think: “Take On Me” and “The Living Daylights”, and I’ve liked them both.

There’s also, oddly, Ace of Base. The song I heard first and liked was of course “The Sign”, but I have to mention “Waiting for Magic”, which was the inspiration for this short story.

And finally, another song that maybe should have made the top 10: “Major Tom” by Peter Schilling (not the David Bowie song).

A couple of Christmas albums …

December 25, 2013

For the past couple of days, I’ve listed some Christmas songs. Today I’d like to highlight two of my favourite Christmas albums.

Loreena McKennit, “A Midwinter Night’s Dream”

Celtic Woman, “A Christmas Celebration” (which is playing right now).

Merry Christmas.

More Christmas Songs …

December 24, 2013

If you haven’t noticed, I tend to like funny songs, even if outside of Christmas they don’t hit my top 10, and so here are some of the songs I really liked as a child but haven’t really heard for a while:

Be careful, ’cause Santa Claus is watching you.

And while my actual heritage isn’t Ukranian, I like this two Ukranian Christmas song: 11 Days of Christmas. There’s another one that’s a retelling of the Night Before Christmas which I think is by the same person, but I can’t find it.

And I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t include Bob and Doug MacKenzie’s 12 Days of Christmas.

Some of my favourite Christmas songs …

December 22, 2013

Well, t’is the season, and so this year I think I’ll post up some of my favourite Christmas songs. Today will be some of the more well-known ones, but I’ll try to dig up some of the songs from my youth over the next couple of days.

To start with my favourite, which is “Grandma Got Run Over By Reindeer”, the Irish Rovers version. I have a very hard time finding the version that I heard on the radio all the time in full, but I think a snippet is here. (EDIT:  the full version is here)

Then there’s this song from the Trans Siberian Orchestra. When I went to get Christmas CDs, this was one that I had to get, although I don’t like the rest of the CD as much as I like this song.

I also like the “Carol of the Bells”, vocal versions and the version done with actual bells, which I can’t find on youtube at the moment.

Still more of my favourites …

September 1, 2013

So continuing on from my post last week, this time I’ll do AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, and Alice Cooper.

Starting with Alice Cooper, I have less of his stuff than I do of the others, who almost literally fill my CD collection, but there are a number of songs that I listen to frequently. “Hell Is Living Without You” is probably my favourite song, but “He’s Back(The Man Behind the Mask)”, “Teenage Frankenstein”, “The Great American Success Story” and “Poison” are also favourtes. And you should also add to that list “House of Fire”, “Bed of Nails”, “Only My Heart Talkin'”, “This Maniac’s In Love With You”, “Life and Death of the Party”, and “The World Needs Guts”. Alice Cooper is, I think, the one performer that I like where I like the songs that I, well, really shouldn’t like due to the subject matter and even the musical style.

I have a lot more of Ozzy Osbourne, and one of my best buys was getting “The Essential Ozzy Osbourne”, which contains most of my favourites, like “Crazy Train”, “I Don’t Know”, “Goodbye to Romance”, “Diary of a Madman” (which I just used as a character piece for Boomer in my latest BSG game), “You’re No Different”, “Rock and Roll Rebel”, “Mama I’m Comin’ Home”, “No More Tears”, “Time After Time”, “Road to Nowhere”, “I Don’t Wanna Change the World”, “Perry Mason”, “I Just Want You” (which might have been the Ozzy candidate to make the top 10 list), and “See You on the Other Side”. There were some others that didn’t make the cut for the essential, like “Revelation (Mother Earth)”, which also might have made the top 10 cut, but my absolute favourite song of his did make the cut, and is “Fire in the Sky”, a great song that also speaks to me and my personality rather deeply.

Now, to AC/DC. Aside from the aforementioned “Ride On” and “Hell’s Bells”, we have: “For Those About To Rock”, “Evil Walks”, “C.O.D”, “Night of the Long Knives”, “Spellbound”, “Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)”, “Big Balls” (mostly because it’s hilarious), “Ain’t No Fun (Waitin’ ‘Round To Be a Millionaire)”, “You Shook Me All Night Long” (which was THE party song when I was growing up), “Thunderstruck”, “Money Talks”, “The Razors Edge” (which I always thought would be an excellent song for a Wolverine movie), “Are You Ready?”, “Got You By the Balls”, and my favourite Christmas song, “Mistress for Christmas”.

After “Razor’s Edge” (Helena Cain’s favourite album), we have: “Hard as a Rock”, “Cover You In Oil”, “The Furor”, “Burnin’ Alive”, “Hail Caesar”, “Safe in New York City”, “Can’t Stop Rock and Roll”, “Rock and Roll Train”, “War Machine” (my favourite from “Black Ice”), “She Likes Rock and Roll”, and “Rock and Roll Dream”. Which doesn’t include songs that I don’t have the CDs for like: “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”, “Highway to Hell”, and “Back in Black”.

When I first heard, AC/DC, I didn’t like them. But my brother did, and since he could drive and I couldn’t, I heard it a lot, and eventually came to like them, so much that they’re one of my favourite bands.

My Top 10 Favourite Bands/Performers …

August 26, 2013

When I showed my list of my top 10 favourite songs to a friend of mine, he was surprised, but mostly by the fact that there was nothing by Ozzy Osbourne on it. In writing my expansion on that theme and listing some of my other favourite songs, I pointed out that while I had a longer list of favourite Meat Loaf songs than songs by The Cars, I still thought that I liked The Cars better overall, at least in part because the songs didn’t stand out; they were all good and I could listen to all of them. So, favourite songs and favourite bands/performers don’t always align, which makes perfect sense; after all, that’s precisely how one-hit wonders work.

So, I thought it would make sense to list my top 10 favourite bands:

10 The Odds
9 Huey Lewis and the News
8 Heart
7 Alice Cooper
6 Meat Loaf
5 Ozzy Osbourne
4 Duran Duran
3 Dire Straits
2 The Cars
1 AC/DC

Again, this is done with a bit of thought, but in the middle and at the end a lot of it was just going from the bands that I thought of quickly, so there might be ones I’m missing.

More of my favourites …

August 23, 2013

And these won’t be in order, but will probably be grouped in terms of various bands. Today, I think I’ll do “The Odds”, “The Cars”, Chris De Burgh and Meat Loaf.

The Odds are an old little group, but they’ve put out some wonderful songs, and there’s one of their songs that I often quote in posts as an side, which is this one: “It Falls Apart”. But that’s not their best and probably not their most famous song. That might be “Eat My Brain” or Someone Who’s Cool, which are among my favourites as well. What highlights them the most is the fact that their lyrics are, well, quite odd, and so very entertaining to listen to. Some my other favourites are I Would Be Your Man, which might be my all-time favourite of theirs, and Make You Mad. I think the only CD of theirs that I don’t like that I’ve had is “Neapolitan”, as I like “Good Weird Feeling” and “Bedbugs”.

I bought a greatest hits CD of Chris de Burgh for “The Lady in Red”, but ended up liking a number of other songs from him. My favourite of his might well be “Borderline”, “The Lady in Red” made the top ten due to history and being the one I remember when I think of him. I also like “Don’t Pay the Ferryman”, which has an odd background. During at least one of the times that I was obsessively listening to that CD, I was watching “Murder in Small Town X, which was one of the better reality shows that came out — and ran for only one season, unfortunately — of the reality TV boom, and one of the main suspects was, indeed, the ferryman, adding a new dimension to the song. I also like “A Spaceman Came Travelling”, “Say Goodbye to it All”, but mostly as a continuation and completion of “Borderline”, “Diamond in the Dark”, and “High on Emotion”. But everything on the “Spark to a Flame” compilation CD is good.

For Meat Loaf, I think his best CD is “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose”, with the title track maybe being the best song, although it gets stiff competition from “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”, “Blind as a Bat”, “Bad For Good”, “In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher is King” and “If God Could Talk”. And I could probably list others. See why I say that this is his best CD? There isn’t a bad song on the whole CD. On other CDs, on “Bat out of Hell II” we have “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, “It Just Won’t Quit”, and “Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are”, as well as others that are good but probably don’t qualify as favourites. From “Bat Out of Hell”, I’m not that fond of the obvious ones, aside from “Bat Out of Hell” itself, but prefer “For Crying Out Loud” which is probably my favourite on that CD and liked better than anything on “Bat Out of Hell II”, “Heaven Can Wait”, and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”.

As for this other CDs, I own and like “Bad Attitude”, and put “Cheating in Your Dreams” in the same category as “Porcelain”, except it isn’t done anywhere near as well, and also like “Surf’s Up” and Nowhere Fast. And from “Welcome to the Neighbourhood”, in addition to “I’d Lie to You (And That’s the Truth)”, there’s “Original Sin”, “Not a Dry Eye in the House” and “Left in the Dark”.

That leaves only “The Cars” — and Ric Ocasek –to handle in this rather long list. Aside from “Drive”, my favourites of “The Cars” are “You Might Think”, “Magic”, and “Dangerous Type”. And despite having a relatively short list of favourite songs (which might be more if I wasn’t just going off of the greatest hits CD I have), they are one of my favourite bands because pretty much all of their songs are good, even if they aren’t standouts. Or maybe one of the reasons they don’t stand out is because they’re all pretty good.

I also have a number of Ric Ocasek CDs, which I generally like. From “This Side of Paradise”, I love “Emotion in Motion”, “True Love”, and “Hello Darkness” (the first song I can’t find a youtube link to!). From “Fireball Zone”, there’s “Rockaway”, “They Tried”, “Fireball Zone” and what competes with “Emotion in Motion” as my favourite of his, “The Way You Look Tonight” which in my opinion, like “Drive” is one of the most realistic and yet still romantic love songs I’ve ever heard.

So, that’s this segment, but we still have AC/DC and Dire Straits to go through, as well as the favourites that I didn’t even list on my top ten like Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper. So much more to come.


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