Saturday, 19 October 2013

Song of the Day #28 - Kelly Clarkson - Since U been gone

I really admire a very good production of a pop song where you can hear that the producer has used all the tricks in the book to lure the listener inn, keeping them entertained and bring them to new ecstatic heights. For me it's quite normal to get this excited and I had forgotten that it's not like this for everyone else when I mentioned it at work the other day... hehe.. My colleagues are usually a very open group, but this time they all stared at me in an intrigued but surprised fashion. Maybe I can open your ears to this brilliance?

I know a few pop songs that are so good that they literately can make me cry and get chills. The best one though, is Since U been gone with Kelly Clarkson. I have written about this before in the blog, and I don't think I can explain it better a second time, so here, I have to quote myself. The original blogpost.

The first vers is a perfect build up... The sound is quite tight. The drums are very mechanic and a bit muffled, and the sound is almost a bit electronic. Then the second guitar enters and promises that something is gonna happen and keeps the groove going. As a final sparkly touch there is this third guitar that is very high and single notes. And then come the moment that gives me shivers and brings tears to my eyes. All the other instruments than Kelly's voice is cut away as a moment of quiet before the storm, and then booom... the music foldes out and uses the whole spectrum. Kelly is one of those girls that sings like she would die if she wasn't allowed to sing on this song. And that really gets to me. Then on the second verse is a bit more rocked up version of the first one. But the second vocals are added on, that's a really cool effect all through the song that I really like too; almost all of it is done with a double vocal of Kelly, either just similar or with a slight second melody. Makes the sound deeper and fuller. Then for the second chorus that again gives me shivers... and now the bridge that is also quite brilliant... It just takes of and flyes og and just when it's boring almost everything is cut away for a few beats which makes it interessting, Then it quiets down and the the electronica drums from the beginning are back with one distant guitar. Before a great build up and just doing all that is possible to make the last vers explode, before ending almost where it started.

And oh... The producer is not surprisingly Max Martin, the pop mad man behind all pop sensations:

he crafted a string of worldwide hits for pop artists like the clean-cut boy bands The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, Britney Spears, P!nk, Swedish starlet Robyn and the Swedish eurodance star E-Type among many others, in the mid/late '90s to mid 2000s.

But even though he is knowen as the ultimate teen pop commercialized producer but he is very very good at what he do in that genre and makes a lot of really perfect choices, I think.
More on the song

Just read there about the song being very similar to The Strokes song Last Night.
And that is actually quite true... at least when it comes to the rhythm. Love The Strokes song even more though :)

Monday, 16 September 2013

Song of the Day #27 - Arctic Monkeys - From Ritz to Rubble

I discovered Arctic Monkeys around about the time when the record with this song came out. This is when Arctic Monkeys was still incredibly young and talented. They are still young and talented, but we are talking teenagers here. What appealed to me was first the energy of the thing, but soon I caught myself catching a phrase here and there of the lyrics and then did something quite uncommon for me, I looked it up and found out that it's one hell of a fantastic youth tale about going out on a Saturday and trying to sneak into bars etc. Alex Taylor has a very unique language and phrasing and I love the way he play with timing and words in this one.

Here it is in a fantastic live version from Later with Jools Holland. Maybe the greatest music show in history. And those guitar riff, and that bass riff and those drums. This is a good song in all the ways necessary. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Song of the Day #26: Blur - Essex Dogs

After a fantastic good Blur concert last night, it was not much else that could start up the Song of the Day posting again. I have all ready written a lot about this song in a previous post, but let me explain a bit more about. When I was 17 I went out and bought the album Blur by Blur. I played it again and again and again and had never heard anything like it. You must all remember that this where in the days pre-"Ok Computer". It took me a while to realize that it was actually a guitar and not a chain saw in the beginning of the song, I didn't even know it was possible to do something like that. Then there is the mood of the song, so dark, so deep, such simple bass lines, but still so beautiful self and the lyrics could not have fitted my 17 year old self more; The dream of escaping to the city from the countryside.

You'll catch flu
Or you'll catch the city

Watching dogs somersault through sprinklers on tiny lawns
Such a fantastic lyrics line. If I am not mistaken the whole song is about Damon moving from London to Essex when he was young.

So, enjoy! It's a perfect song to sink into on a cold and dark and rainy day like this..

Other posts about Blur

Great interview: Fran Healey on the new record and beeing a rock'n'roll father

Not much to say about this one except, Fran is always a person who gives good interviews and it sounds like Travis in general is in better form than ever, it looks like it have suited them well to be a bit apart and be fathers. Also I really like the fact that Andy and Dougie has contributed a lot to the songwriting on the new record. Very exciting to hear the whole thing soon. The album is just around the corner, and if I know Travis right, they will be in Oslo before you know it.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Song of the Day #25 - Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers)

Some bands and artists are just pure quality and everything they touch turn to gold it seams. Pharrell and Daft Punk are both creative artists that I have envied for just that. They know what it takes. Pharrell produced some of the best Justin Timberlake tracks for instance, Daft Punk are just the grandfathers of that brilliant groovy, elegant pop disco sound from France. Put the two together, and the result is of course quite astounding. And surprisingly much like Michael Jackson. Enjoy and have a good weekend, folks!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Song of the Day #24 - Travis - Another Guy

After a short and not very successful solo career for Fran Healey, it's wonderful to see the boys in Travis back together. Not that I was ever in doubt that they would make something together soon again, it was just so obvious that Fran needs the rest of them to make something brilliant. That said, it was quite obvious that they needed a break and regroup. Ok, let's not think more of that whole thing, but happier thoughts! I have been a huge Travis fan since I bought both The Man Who and The Invisible Band in one go back in the beginning of the 2000's. Standing on the platform waiting for my train home I flicked through the songs on my portable cd player (Yes, thoose before i-something, those you could walk with) and realized that I thought every single song on the cds was brilliant. The saga continues with something in the region of 10 Travis concerts over the years, strange weather phenomena to "Why Does it Always Rain on Me" on the Quart festival etc. etc. etc. By now Travis feel like family, a safe place to return too.

It was, as you can imagine, with much anticipation after all of that, that I clicked on the link on YouTube to hear their new song. Again I experience a love at first sight, it just works and hits me in the right spot. And as always, the videos are inventive, full of good acting and makes you laugh. I can't wait to hear the rest and to see them on a stage somewhere in Norway soon. (Other Travis related posts..)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Song of the Day #23 - Ok Go - Needing/getting

Time for some Ok Go in the Song of the Day series. Needing/getting is one of this intense songs about desperation. Pure and simple. The whole album it is from is lyricwise very clearly about Damien breaking up with his wife and what to do in such a situation. Lots of emotions straight from the heart here. I love the phrase: "It don't get much dumber, than trying to forget a girl when you love her." Without the music though it sounds like it could be from any boring teenage love song. With the music; crazy, lovesick sea shanty, or something in that general direction. Oh and what a lovely 7 part!

The video deserves at least one blog post for itself. So here.
More of what I have written about Ok Go.

Here is a live version of the song, with a fantastic intro. Click above for the original version or listen on Spotify.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Song of the Day #22 - The Raconteurs - Carolina Drama

Song of the Day #22 has been written about before, almost two years ago, in this blog, but two years later, the song still holds is ground and make me bang my head and sing along. Now I even know the lyrics.

I am not going to try to outdo myself, so you can read the original post about the song here.

Here is also a YouTube video with the lyrics, you will need that. Have a delightful Saturday!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Song of the Day #21 - Suede - It Starts And Ends With You

First of all; I am sorry for not doing Song of the Day for a while. Life is full of big changes now and there is no extra energy for a lot of other things, but I do really love it and I promise I will be back more frequently when everything calms down a bit more.

So.. Last Monday the new Suede album came out and it was with anticipation and a bit of prejudice I clicked the button at YouTube to listen. I wasn't a huge fan of Suede, though a big fan of britpop, it was mostly about Blur and Oasis for me. It was a bit to much yelping going on for me, even though I loved the classics. So it was with great delight and surprised I for the first time in what seamed like a very long time listened to quality music. I have seen a lot of other reviews written by journalists my age do the same; it feels like 1996 just in a 2013 version. Me personally I love the 2013 Suede more than the 1996 version. Catchy, melodic as always, a bit less yelping.. and this thing corners like it's on rails.. It swings around corners like a true beauty. Lots of good stuff are coming our way this spring. Travis and Phoenix are right around the corner.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Song of the Day #20 - Phoenix - Entertainment

After a few very stressful weeks of sickness and planing for the future, I am back! And with such a great thing! I was really thrilled to discover that Phoenix has released their new single. There has been no news from Phoenix for about a year and I was hoping that the great success they experienced with their last album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, hadn't made them never want to make anything again. I knew they had started an album, but then what had happened? Thankful a new album, Bankrupt!, is just around the corner and the new single was released on the 14th and if you listen to the lyrics, the struggles with fame are evident.

As usual with Phoenix, I liked it the first time I heard it, but thought it wasn't that fantastic, but by the second time I was hooked. Phoenix are masters at making catchy tunes and after the second time listening to the song, it kept spinning in my mind the rest of the day. Somehow this is the elegant version of the Asian inspired stuff made by Coldplay. I am so looking forward to the rest. Great to get some elegance in the world!

I have written a lot about Phoenix in my blog all ready, read more here

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Song of the Day #19 - Benny Goodman and his orchestra - Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)

Today's Song of the Day takes us back a bit in time. And oh by the way, I am a firm believer that every big occasion should be celebrated with a great big band.I also believe firmly that any music that has been a favourite among the teenagers will awaken something in the teenagers of the current age. Sing, Sing, Sing, must be one of those songs. There is simply so much rock'n'roll in it. Just listen to that beginning; the drums fills you with anticipation and then the horns come in and stuns us before the whole thing kicks into action. This must be one of these tunes who make anyone want to dance like their life depended on it. I have been  listening to quite a few newer versions of this tune the last days, and there is simply nothing that beats the original with Benny Goodman and his orchestra. The song was written by Louis Prima and first recorded by him with the New Orleans Gang in 1936 through, but imagine the impact the big bang version of Benny and his gang had in 1937! No one had heard music like that.

The 16th of January this year marked the 75 year anniversary of Benny Goodmans concert of this in Carnegie Hall in New York, that is known as making jazz household and acceptable to listen to. Our grandparents weren't that bad as teenagers. I can still remember my grandmother giving me a lecture on "jittebug" when "Wake me up before you go go!" came out in the 80's! So grab your loved ones and take them for a swing around the living room.

First a recording of the tune (twice!) with footage from the famous concert and Benny. (A OK recording, but the ones further down are better, but not complete and not Benny and the gang)

Here they are in the movie "Hollywood Hotel" in 1937. Quite a drummer that Gene Krupa!

Benny Goodman and his orchestra performing the song in 1955 as part of the movie "The Benny Goodman Story" as a movie version of what happened in 1938


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Song of the Day #18 - Alabama Shakes - Hold On

Today's Song of the Day is a unique blend of country, blues and soul. Alabama Shakes is some of the most genuine stuff I have heard for a long long time in a time in music where I feel like everything sounds like copys and similarities. I heard them the first time very randomly on BBC 6 and was totally blasted out of my chair by Brittanys voice and the good quality of the whole thing. She's up there with the likes of Aretha if you as me.  It all sounded so much like.. a unit, like these people are pulling in the same direction... :) I love music that is so powerful that it sounds like the musicians would have died if they weren't allowed to let it out. This is like that. Listen and you will know what I mean. I also love that they are delightfully nerdy. It seams very real and remind me of bands I have been in over the years.

Alabama Shakes is playing Øyafestivalen in Norway on the same day as Blur. I gotta get myself there somehow. It's going to be on of those fantastic days. Have a good Saturday, people, I hope it's as much sun there as it is here.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Song of the Day #17 - Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?

Like Shania Twain that I have written about earlier in this series of Song of the Day, Gwen Stefani is on of those talented, unique, fantastic people with such a great voice that it brings tears to my eyes sometimes. In 2004 after many years with No Doubt, Gwen was ready to do a solo record. Starting the album she experienced a serious case of writer's block and everything going to fast without her really having time to gather inspiration or rest up. The result: What You Waiting For? The song is full of references to this situation must of all in the lines:

Look at your watch now
You're still a super hot female
You got your million dollar contract
And they're all waiting for your hot track
 The song is also a lot more electropop than what a No Doubt track would be, but what good electropop it is! I think I have loved this song from the first moment I heard it. I love the whole tick-tock rythem, love the arrangement and the exciting melody lines and especially the bridge, just before the "gooo!". And as always with Gwen, unique voice and so catchy!

The video here is a director's cut, that also play out more of the history behind the song, pluss the song itself. Have a great weekend people and take some time to jump about on your chairs or around the room to this.
You can read more about what I have written previously in this blog about Gwen here.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Song of the Day #16 - Sondre Lerche - Two Way Monologue

My opinions on Sondre Lerche have been changing over the years. I totally loved his first album, but after a little incident live on Øyafestivalen in Oslo, where he didn't show off the best sides, I was less infatuated. I'll tell you the story if you are interested.  I also think that a lot of the things he makes can be very boring, but with a few exceptions, the biggest of them being "Two Way Monologue". I think I first fell in love with the song watching the video, very cute and good idea and at the time there were very few people who did the "2 of the same person in the same frame" thing. It was quite spectacular. The song itself has a fantastic drive, lovely groovy guitar riff and great arrangement. And I love the concept of a "Two Way Monologue" as well. I am sure a lot of people can recognize the feeling. Nice little midweek pick me up! Spring and weekend will soon be here!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Song of the Day #15 - BigBang - To the Mountains

Time for some Norwegian rock again. I can't believe this guys are not more famous around the world. This song has some kind of quintessential Norwegian quality to it. I can't really put my finger on it, but a big part is the lyrics, and the allegories he's using. I really identify with the feeling. This is also a brilliant live clip and believe you me; These guys are that great live, seen it, loved it! Enjoy and rock around the room!

You gotta dig your body and your head down in the snow
you gotta tie your scarf around my paw to let them know
and I gotta take your arms around my waist and you'll take mine
we gotta move our fingers and our toes and we'll be fine
you're just a poor little city boy you don't know what you're missing
I say welcome to the mountains
and you're just a skinny little city girl you don't even know who you're kissing
I say welcome to the mountains
hang on hang on you better put some wool on
we'll see the pinetreetops from high above
move on walk up to the mountains
and if we're lucky we'll come back alive
I gotta take your arms around my waist ....
you're just a poor little city boy you don't know...
and if you wanna get high
close to the sky
welcome to the mountains

Monday, 4 February 2013

Song of the Day #14 - Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z - Suit & Tie

Time for some quality pop. I like music from a lot of genre, the important part is usually that it's done very very well by quality people.. Hard to explain. In the pop genre there are few other who beat Justin Timberlake and I was so thrilled to see that he has finally done some music again. Quality singing, quality dancing, quality arrangements, quality hook-line, this is groovey! Doesn't hurt that the video is fantastic and look like a series of black and white photos from the 50's and 60's. I mean, Justin doesn't really hurt our eyes does he? And as if that is not enough, Jay Z pops in there, more quality! These guys know what they are doing and they are doing it well and dear to take some chances. It's just.. good! As someone commented on YouTube: "Hey Bieber, Daddy's home!" I couldn't agree more. Have a happy Monday!

(Click for past blog posts about Justin Timberlake and Jay Z.)

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Song of the Day #13 - George Gershwin - Prelude no. 1 B flat major

I have played the piano since I was 6 and over the years I have found a few pieces that I really really love and would love to play. Gershwin's Prelude no. 1 B flat major is one of them. I have even gone so far as to actually have the sheet music for it, but oh my, it's tricky and my fingers are out of shape these days. One day, my friends, one day.

What I love so much about the play is the springy, playfulness of it. It is just all over the place and all around, it takes unexpected turns and twists and thrills you more and more. It has fantastic chords as well and as a piano player it is one of those pieces who almost allows you to dance in front of the piano, and also be a bit of a rocker; you can really hit hard on those chords and also the enjoyment of being able to master passages who requires a lot of training to get just right. 

(In this blog post there is first one video of the music with the sheet music, so if you are a musician, you will really enjoy the complexities there. The second video is the best performance of the piece I could find of YouTube; namely Gershwin playing Gershwin, Thirdly my favourite recording of the piece. I had to search far and wide to find someone who finally put some dynamics and drive into it! Well done :)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Great live clips: The soundtracks of Harry Potter movies

To me, seeing music performed live, always adds an extra dimension to music; weather it is rock, jazz or classical music. It's a peak into what is really happening and all the details. This afternoon I have been watching some documentaries behind the scenes of the making of soundtracks for the Harry Potter movies, and they show this feeling at it's best. And oh, how I wish I could play a orchestral instrument. Maybe it's not to late?

Song of the Day #12 - Melanie C feat. Emma Bunton - I Know Him So Well

This morning I woke up with Les Miserables music on my mind, not so surprising since the movie is everywhere these days. I started searching for good performances on Les Mis music online for the Song of the Day, and before I knew it, I had found this; there in the middle of sappy, musicalland. Sometimes my heart goes back to being a teenager, I guess. I loved musicals with a new-found joy back then, and even though I am a bit fed up off of them now, the tears still fall when I hear a good vocal performance with a melody, and oh, there are so many of those in the musical world!

The late 90's, aka my late teens, where also filled with Spice Girls-mania. I soon got a favourite among them; Mel C and has always though that she was the unique one, with a fantastic honest, soul-pierceing voice. In short; this is a combination of some of the best from the late 90's in my life; Mel C and Emma Bunton singing, "I Know Him So Well" from Chess. It made my eyes water, home it touches you too.

(Hm..seams like Mel C has new album out too. Must check out.)

Friday, 1 February 2013

Song of the Day #11 - End of Fashion - The Game

Since I am a bit behind this week and you surely have been missing a post on Thursday and Wednesday, I think it's OK with a double dose on Friday. Time to share one of the greatest rock songs I know, it's just a perfect way to celebrate the weekend. I have written about it before in this blog post, so you can read about the thrill I felt the first time I heard it, but the thrill has not disappeared since. It has a punch that is truly boneshaking and still makes me want to jump around the room, tear down the wallpaper and scream along. I twists and turns and surprises again and again with even more fantastic parts and tops itself again and again through the song. And still that vocal is truly fantastic!! Listen to what he does; he goes from metal to classical to rock, high and low. Truly amazing. I hope this makes you just as thrilled as it has me.

Song of the Day #10 - Radiohead - Bodysnatchers

As the ones of you who have read this blog a bit over the years might have discovered, I am a massive Radiohead fan. Or, that is, the last record, hm, that is just a bit blend. I hope they get back to things like this. Cause this, my darlings, is frankly brilliant. This whole concert where this clip is from is just totally and utterly brilliant, and maybe my favourite live concert of all time. Listen to the guitar riffs, the layers, the build ups, the corners, they way they tone it down just at the right moment, the bass riffs and the drum beats, the vocals and last but not least the energy in this room. These people are having A LOT of fun, and I am so so envious of them. This is almost musical heaven. Close to it at least. Oh, and I hope you get some joy out of it too ;) Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Song of the Day #9 - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - The Lady is a Tramp

Time for some crooning. Tony Bennett is one of the few old school crooners left and in 2011 he released an album where he sings duets with more modern day stars, for instance, none other than the fabulous Lady Gaga. And with Gaga in the studio there were really only one jazz standard they could do; "The Lady is a Tramp." I had actually not watched the video until a few days ago, I simply never knew it existed, but oh my, it's brilliant. Gaga can sing, Tony can sing and my they both can play too! Musical play date this one.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Song of the Day #8 - CC Cowboys - Død manns blues (Dead mans blues)

These days we have a program on Norwegian tv where Norwegian artists cover each others songs. It's a group of seven artists who in the end all will have covered each other, covering one artist in every show. Next week one of my 90's heroes will be up, the lead singer and song writer of a band called CC Cowboys, Magnus Grønneberg. I am so looking forward to see what the others will do with his songs. I tried to describe CC Cowboys music and role in Norwegian music for my Dutch boyfriend yesterday, and found it quite difficult. It's something very gritty about the music and raw and real and straight from the heart. Hm.. Maybe it's just very rock'n'roll. This song is fairly old from 1990 so the style here is a lot more gritty then what has been made later. To me this song brings back memories of being a kid and aspiring teenager and hearing this tunes from by brother's bedroom who was in the early twenties. It was something very dangerous, fantastic and scary about them, I was instantly hooked.

As to what the lyrics are about.. Not that sure, but they are quite brilliant anyway. There was a book released in Norway with the same title as the song, so it might be it, other than that it seam to have some quite clear references to what happens to a man coming home from war.

Below the video you find the lyrics quickly (!) translated into English.
(The film in the video are fragments from a performance at Svalbard acoustic DVD. More here.) 

Det satt en stakkars faen                      - A poor bastard sat
På en benk ved der jeg bor                  - On a bench close to where I live
Hans øyne var fulle av tårer                  - His eyes where filled with tears
Han skreik til alle som gikk forbi          - He screamed at everyone
                                                                       who passed him
De ristet på hode å sa:                         - They shook their head and said
Hærregud hvor jeg er lykkelig              - My God, how lucky/happy I am.

Eeeelsker jorden,                                - Love the earth
Blir elsket av jorden                            - Being loved by the earth
Jeg elsker deg,                                    - I love you
Jeg elsker deg,                                    - I love you
Ååå du elsker meg.                             - Oh, and you love me

I 1945 våknet han opp fra sin drøm   - In 1945 he woke up from his dream
Som har punka hele gutten           - That had fucked up the whole boy
Bombing, Plyndring,                             - Bombing and pillaging
Horing og Drikking                               - Whores and drinking
Alt som hører nervekrigen til.                - And everything that is
                                                              part of the nerve (gas) war

Etter krigen reiste han til moderland igjen, - After the war he went home
                                                                  to his motherland
Til sin kjære hustru som ventet ham hjem, - To his dear wife
                                                               who waited for him at home
Men ting var ikke så vel                  - But things were not that well of
Hun hadde fått en ny venn              - She had gotten a new friend
Så bar det ut i drømmene igjen.  - Then it was off into the dreams again.


Medalijen på sitt bryst                            - With the medal on his chest
Raste han rundt                                      - He was raging around
Med Vin, sprit og øl i sine årer         -  Wine, spirits and beer
                                                                       filled his veins
Å som tiden går det er 40 år i år    - Oh, how time flies,
                                                                 it's 40 years ago this year
Siden en bom så dagens lys.                   - Since a bom was born.


Et sørgelig historie,                                - A sad story
Fra en sørgelig pen                                -From a sad pen.
Jeg krever ingen benåding                      - I need no pardon
Jeg ber ingen bønn,                               - I pray no prayer
Ber ingen bønn,                                    - Pray no prayer
Jeg ber ingen Bøøøønn                         - I pray no prayer


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Song of the Day #7 - Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow

Sunday, and this song somehow seams to fit. Flowing and makes one thing about life a little.The last six months I have walked to work a lot and for me it's a brilliant moment to listen to good music. I love walking and listening and see the world glide by around me. Needless to say I have been listening to a lot of different stuff, and so far there is one song that beats anything else; Maybe Tomorrow by Stereophonics. The flow of the song and those beautiful harmonies that goes through the whole song just cuddles you a little as you wander into the world and has just the perfect pace to take in the morning rush hour and passing people. Try it yourself, you will love it too.

These great experiences made me want to look into the song a bit more. I had actually not seen the video until a few weeks ago. And it's quite lovely. Watching it and also really listening to the lyrics for the first time made me realize that the song is about being lost in the world and slowly finding your way home and yourself or having hope that some day you will. For me that made the song beautiful in a new dimension. "I've been the upper side of down and the inside of out, but we breath, we breath.."

Other blog posts about Stereophonics and Kelly Jones, the lead singer. 

Maybe Tomorrow on Spotify

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Song of the Day #6 - Sean Lennon - Dead Meat

I have written about Sean Lennon before in my blog, but I couldn't help posting this song as a Song of the Day when I found this lovely live acoustic version. John Lennon has always been my favourite Beatle. Sean Lennon is his father's son, yes, that's true, but by golly, he deserves to be recognized in his own right too. What a great musician and songwriter! Light, delightful arrangements and melodies and what a voice!

You can read more about my thoughts on Sean here.

Here is the original version of Dead Meat

Friday, 25 January 2013

Song of the Day #5 - Aerosmith - Crazy

Time for some 90's nostalgia. This song takes me straight back to being fourteen and sitting together with my friend in one of our rooms out in the countryside and watching videos that we had taped on VHS. And what a video. This gives every 14 year old big dreams on what lies ahead in the rest of a teenage years: a mix of "Wow, I really want to be like that," and secretly "That looks to scary and crazy". The closest I got was climbing over a fence in a park and wading around in kids pool in the middle of the night in an English town. That was four years later. And of course one can not help but noticing the fantastic similarities between father and son. Great people. Good hit makers, those boys in Aerosmith. Enjoy your weekend, and don't go to crazy.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Song of the Day #4 - Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman

Today I stumbled upon an Oprah interview with Shania Twain. Shania Twains voice always makes me cry, because it has this genuine quality to it I think, and I have always admired her ability to turn out one hit tune after the other. I guess it helps to have worked together with such a brilliant producer as Mutt Lange for many years, but still. I was surprised to learn that she is struggling with her voice and why.

The last years I have been wondering what has been going on with Shania. I read that she had moved to Switzerland and though: "Oh, well, that's that, she has quite and is enjoying her calm family life." Then the next time I looked it up, I found out that she and her husband Mutt Lange had split because he had been having a relationship with her best friend and assistant. Wow, imagine what that feels like. So today, I was curious when I saw that there was an Oprah interview up on YouTube. She was talking about her life and all the things she had gone through; to cut it short, growing up in a home with domestic violence, very poor, her parents dying when she was young so she had to take care of all the brothers and sisters, then fame with all that bottled up and then the whole story with her husband. On the show there was also announced that she was doing a documentary series where she tried to find her voice, which from all this stress and insecurities just had gone. It's was so interesting to me how a woman who had always seemed so confident and strong turned out to have so much bottled up that it in the end ended up effecting her physically. It's a good series.

And so.. why this song? Because it's fantastic tune and a great video spoof of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to love", and I love the colour scheme and outfits and all about it. It's a celebration of a strong woman, but at the same time remember, people are not always as strong as they look. No one is, and we all need to remember that.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Song of the Day #3 - Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine?

The last days this song has been running around my brain so much, so today was no choice really, it had to become the Song of the Day.

R. U Mine was released about a year ago, and to be honest it kind of escpaped my radar as it is a single, and not part of any album. It was not untill a few days ago that I saw the music video for the first time and that lifted it to a new level for me. First of all I love the fact that Arctic Monkeys are one of the bands who still dare to be really "leather-jacket-rock'n'roll-stars" and at the same time they make brilliant, exciting and bad to the bone rock'n'roll. In this video they look bad ass, pure and simple. I love the idea for the video, I love that we get a sneak peak into what happens the first time a band hears a song.

 I almost never get bored when I listen to Arctic monkeys. More often I catch myself wanting to head bang to the beats and discovering new details. I often listen to lyrics a long time after first hearing a song, but when it comes to Arctic Monkeys, I can't help it. That is also one of the things that made me fall in love with them in the first place; the way Alex Taylor phrases his lyrics over several lines. My favourite in this song is: "In my mind, when she's not there, right beside me, I go crazy.." You can hear it several times during the song, for instance here. It stretches across the lines of the music in a fantastic way. And who can withstand such dark lovely riffs. There's something 70's rock about this and the part of it that I like, and maybe a tad of Rage against the Machine?

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Song of the Day #2 - Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care

For my generation of kids that grew up in the 80's the music cassette was still a big part of our everyday life. At that time there was a cassette player in every car, and one of the few cassettes in my parents car, that we hadn't taped form the radio, was the one with Traveling Wilburys. Every time I hear them now I get that safe, cosy feeling of going on a car trip with my parents, for instance for a summer holiday. The weather is nice, the nature outside is green and we are ready for some great adventure.

This music is perfect car music still for me, it slides along over the road like the car. Secondly what a group of people! It's bound to be quality when you put George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan in the same band! One of my favourite songs is "Handle with care", so that's today's Song of the Day. It's one of the songs on the record where all of the guys show of their talent in different parts; the beautiful leading voice of Harrison, the high notes of Orbison and the gritty in between by Dylan and Petty and Lynne. Hope you have some great memories with this one too or will make new ones now. And we all could use some summer in January.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Song of the Day #1: Muse - Space Dementia

There is a lot of talk about Muse these days, so my first Song of the Day is dedicated to them. I discovered Muse back in 2001 and where lucky enough to see them on the Norwegian Quart festival the same year. It was one of those brilliant afternoons, they where followed by The White Stripes and there was almost no audience, we felt lucky to be there. I remember being so thrilled by the way Matthew played piano and guitar live and that voice on top of it. I am still a great fan of the first two records, but after that it has somehow lost is flavour to me. It's not so innovative any more, or maybe the thrill of something new is just lost to me. Anyways.. Space Dementia was my favourite then and still is. Darn it, that is so good piano and guitar playing and what an arrangement!! Enjoy!

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