Posts Tagged ‘Music blog’

Sometimes great songs will find me and actually wake me from  my sleep. A few songs from ‘The List’ that became immediate favorites were first heard from me being jolted awake by the song performance after I had fallen asleep during Letterman, Leno or some middle of the night performance show. A few I can think of off the top of my head would be “There’s More to Me Than You” by young country artist Jessica Andrews, ‘Spin’ by Lifehouse and ‘What a Catch, Donnie’ from Fall Out Boy singer, Patrick Stump as he performed on Live From Daryl’s House.

The most recent awakening was a late night performance by Cheap Trick of  ‘When The Lights Are Out’ on the PBS live concert show, Austin City Limits. It had been a while since I had heard anything from the 4-piece band best known for their classic hits ‘ I Want You To Want Me’ ,  ‘Surrender’, ‘The Flame’ and many others. At first I thought ‘When The Lights Are Out’ was a Cheap Trick original, but later learned it is a remake of the 1974 song by British rock group, Slade.

The song is a track on Cheap Trick’s 2009 release ‘The Latest’. I personally have never heard the studio recording, but will check it out. I was sold with their live version of this catchy. mid-temp rock song. The tight toe-tapping, shuffle feel and Robin Zander’s vocals grabbed me immediately.  I love the phasing of the lyrics.  They stayed pretty true to the an original Slade live version I found, which I suprisingly liked just as well.

 

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I have never been considered an ‘average’ music fan. Music has always been a big part of my life. I remember my parents playing songs to get me to stop crying as small child. I worked at several record stores and sold pianos and keyboards for a while. I played drums in the Cleveland alternative rock band, NOTHING LIKE VAUDEVILLE. I studied music theory and songwriting in college. I graduated from The Recording Workshop and Beachwood Studios audio engineering programs. Friends often told me I should be a disk jockey or an A&R person for a record label. Several excellent producers and recording engineers I had the fortunate opportunity to learn from consistently noted I have ‘great ears’. But more than anything, the art of songwriting has always been a passion. Discovering. listening to and analyzing great songs is simply what I love best.

About 3 years ago I began to think about all the songs that truly impacted me over the years and for the first time ever I started to go back and listen to my entire music collection — records, 45’s, tapes and CD’s from around 1970 all the way through to present day. Then I began to compile and document  ‘The List’.   Songs on ‘The List’  all have a certain ‘it’ for my ears. If I were a record executive or radio program director, these are the songs that would have got the artist signed or added to the playlist rotation. These are the songs I would have loved to have written. These are the songs I listened to, replayed, analyzed so often that I may know the songs better than the original artists. There are thousands of songs on ‘The List.’

It is hard to truly define, but for my musical tastes,  a song with a certain  ‘it’ can be one of many things:  unique or catchy vocal phrasing, a great riff, interwoven melodies and instrumentation, guitar melodies that talk, beats and bass lines that won’t let your legs stand still, backing vocal harmonies, take-on-the-world lyrics, a subtle note or melody laying back in the mix, a groove with space to catch created musical overtones, and without fail, an energy and mix that build to a crescendo over the course of the song. I normally know an ‘it’ song immediately. And when I find one, I will listen, replay, dissect and analyze the song over an over and over again for a period of time, sometimes only a couple of days but more often weeks or months. The song becomes a permanent part of me, then the search for the next  ‘it’ song continues. A great song with the ‘it’ factor does not always mean it is popular. I love trying to find the great songs that have been overlooked or before the song works it way up the charts when the band/artist is not a well known name.

I personally miss the consistent human element of going to record stores and flipping through the racks to see what strikes you. Talking with the clerks and other music lovers to learn about cool new artists, songs, and releases. Hearing a song blasting over the speaker system and thinking to yourself “who is that”. Regardless, everything evolves and it is now easier then ever to gain access and listen to new bands and artists – which led me to create GREATSONGSNEVERDIE.COM. My goal for this music blog is to be a simple, modern-day resource to share new musical ‘gems’ I am finding and adding to ‘The List.’ I hope to create positive exposure for cool tunes and upcoming or under-the-radar artists/bands. Plus share some older favorites from ‘The List’. So for music fans who love to discover, I am here to share and let you decide for yourself. Hopefully you’ll  find many, many new favorites.

Now let’s get started . . . .