*Alright… /wipes spittle flecks from face… No need to shout, Clicky…*
Dear Reader, the challenge for today is to persuade everyone to listen to the songs contained within this post. We have a song suggestion from Leggy…
*He’s posting the first draft of ‘Panoptica’ over at UBU… /lights up and smokes… Fuckin’ legend…*
… As well as from his hot, Danish crumpet, Poppy Sweet Pea…
*Agreed. She is a such a sweetie…*
… And for today, Clicky will be joining Cade, below…
*Not only… /flicks ash… I’ve seen your solo posts, Clicky. You’ll be great…*
… So, pin your lugholes back and enjoy! 😀
Day 23: songs everyone should listen to
Cade’s first song pick…
Day 23. Where are we? Airstrip One in Oceania? Is the year 1984? Is my name Winston Smith? Am I currently being imprisoned in the Ministry of Love by the Thought Police? Accused of thought crimes, covered in rats, and being re-educated so as to direct my affections toward the intangible Big Brother instead of the tangible Julia?
I’ve intercepted my own thought process(es), because I honestly cannot think of a single song that I think everyone should listen to.
^“Gotta Dance” — Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, 1952^
Clicky’s first song pick…
^Head Over Heels^
Cade’s second song pick…
Music (to me) is about discovering how to explore freedom(s) that we as individuals may be fortunate enough to have. There are many people who cannot hear, or cannot hear well, and probably a lot of people in the world who do not have access to music and/or do not have access to mediums that allow them to listen to music. As a result, this pathway is kinda closed to a great many individuals. So for me to suggest that “everyone should” listen to a certain song is akin to saying everyone needs to go out and buy a radio. Or a CD player. Or a radio with a CD player in it. You need to accessorize in order to gain access to the magic I am about to demand you participate in. Engage the supply chains. Consume. Become one, with the one.
^Manufacture – World Control^
Clicky’s second song pick…
^The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic^
Cade’s third song pick…
My heart just isn’t in it today. Couldn’t think of anything yesterday, can’t think of anything today, and to top it all off, I learned yesterday that Neil Peart of Rush has died. Yeah, “The Professor” was one of the best rock drummers to date, he was an incredible percussionist and musician. But a lot of people don’t know that he was also the group’s lyricist, and is legendary for being an avid reader and literary enthusiast.
A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride
Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
Rush – Tom Sawyer – From the album Moving Pictures
Pretty sure the first album of theirs that I heard in its entirety was A Farewell To Kings, and I likely first heard it in 1978. It has two of their most iconic songs in Xanadu and Closer To The Heart, the whole album is incredible, but for me, Cygnus X-1 Book 1: The Voyage is the song from that album that means the most to me personally. For those perhaps unaware, Cygnus X-1 is a Black Hole. I think it fair to say that the song(s) had quite the impact on my 10 year old mind.
Look, all I’m saying I guess is that I can’t think in totalitarian kinds of thought streams in the wake of learning that one of my biggest musical and lyrical influences/inspirations has passed. I don’t mind suggesting things for others to listen to, or sharing music that I like with others. But how you as an individual choose to exercise your freedom as to whether or not to listen? That’s your bag.
^Rush – YYZ Live (Rio)^
Clicky’s third song pick…
^Boston – More Than A Feeling (HQ)^
The final word to
Finally! I get to have the last word on one of these posts…
*Okay, fine… /stubs butt… Just post the song…*
^The Temptations – I can’t Get Next To You^
Tomorrow’s challenge, will be to suggest songs from bands that we wish were still together…
… So if you have a burning suggestion for inclusion, Dear Reader, please let us know in the comments. In the meantime, have a Song… ❤
*/bops head to music… So what’s with all the Gary Oldman today, Clicky?*
5 thoughts on “30-Day Song Challenge: Listen!”
The cartoonists who created the vid used in the “The Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To You” seem familiar.
Perhaps they also had a hand in creating this masterpiece?
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Oh, JP, how delightfully dirty 😀 I wonder if the insect was a Zyzzyva 😉
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For any nerds that might be interested…regarding the Rush song I included, YYZ.
“YYZ” is the IATA airport code for Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Toronto Pearson International Airport – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Pearson_International_Airport
IATA Airport Code – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IATA_airport_code
International Air Transport Association – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Air_Transport_Association
Typically, any sort automated aviation services such as ground based radio navigation equipment or similar will broadcast a station identifier in Morse code to identify a particular source as being the source of the signal. You can tune into that station’s frequency at any time, day or night, 365 days a year, and there will be an identifier broadcast in Morse code that positively identifies that individual station.
Morse – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse
Sea-lion – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-lion
Morse Code – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code
If you notice at the start of the song, Neil is banging out the Morse code for Toronto International Airport, and the whole song follows that basic cadence.
Y ─ · ─ ─
Y ─ · ─ ─
Z ─ ─ · ·
Basically…3 bars, at 4 beats per bar, 12 beats = 1 phrase.
Lots of metadata, I know.
All that said, if anyone has any interest in hearing what is likely the most famous version of Rush’s YYZ, here it is, and it’s from their live album, Exit…Stage Left. This version includes the drum solo which pretty much solidified Peart in the minds of most as his not being your average everyday rock-n-roll drummer.
^Rush – YYZ^
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