I love this. It has whimsical qualities underlying the obvious fantasy theme, and then it brings on the rock. Fantasy-tastic!
This'll pick you up!
This is catchy as hell! Although I've always liked the synthesiser, I was never a big DM fan back in the day. I can see I missed some great tunes.
How did I get to this song? Well, it all starts with a certain man in Russia long ago... Yep, in my endless search for covers of Boney M's Rasptuin, I found Urvah Khan. And this song, presumably riffing on Norwegian Wood, is a delight! Her other work is worth investigating too.
This is one of those songs that has what I think of a magical progression of bars. I'm not a musician so forgive the layman's "analysis". The Beatles had it, that tune you can predict without having heard it before. The familiarity and upbeat nature to it makes it memorable, catchy and a feel-good song. Ahh, an awful attempt at trying to describe why I like this song... Anyway, I love her style in this video!
If you want to sink into another world, you can't go far wrong with this. Simmering with atmosphere, rumbling with vibes, a journey into a mythical or ancient land. It deserves a listen.
This is a truly sublime example of great musicianship. I've read that the band was told to shorten the song due to time constraints of the TV programme, but weren't enamoured with that. So they just played the song at a much faster tempo. Excellent stuff!
EDIT: just had a listen to the album version and wow, it is a different beast altogether in terms of mood.
Where would Superman, Star Wars, Jaws, Indy Jones and even the Olympics be without John Williams? The man is a legend, a musical genius. His themes are always spot on for the material, stirring and so incredibly memorable. I love classical music but there is something special about going to a live orchestra and them suddenly belting out Superman or Star Wars. Sir, we salute you!
I was once someone who laughed at this joke: "I like two types of music - country AND western!" This was in the time of Garth Brooks and hey, I'm British. But in the past few years, I've come across dark country music and it's so damn good. I challenge anyone not to get hooked on this song.
Another 90s hit. This was a song that stood out for me. Very groovy, very funky and some sweet dance moves enhanced by seriously cool fashion. And here's a trivia nugget to add even more hip to the group - the singer's real middle name is Magenta. Nice!
Bill McClintock is the Master of Mash-Up. He takes two great songs and creates something that is more than the sum of its parts. Here Edwin Starr meets Slayer and we get a song that brings the outrage crashing in. Sublime! Be sure to check out his Walk Like An Angel of Death. The Bangles have never rocked so hard! All together now... Slayyyerrrrr!
Being a fan of The Wicker Man (the original!) and having grown up with Trumpton & Chigley, this was immediately endearing to me. And the song is a damn good one! Whoever thought of using Trumpton-style animation was a genius. It's so off-kilter, just as The Wicker Man. Which reminds me, I need to include a song from that soundtrack in Music Monday soon.
I watched "David Crosby - Remember My Name" last week on Netflix. Highly recommended. This song is an incredibly powerful piece of music, in my opinion. I prefer the original, with its full complement of instruments and voices, but this version is also special. The lyrics are a lot clearer for one. I wonder if it's even possible to write music like this anymore and have it widely played.
Without doubt, the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar is my favourite version of this musical. And this song is just superb! First we have to appreciate that these folks were pulling off those amazing dance moves in sweltering heat. And the interaction between Jesus and Simon impresses me every time. Check Ted Neeley's reaction when Simon sings the line, "Keep them yelling their devotion, but add a touch of hate at Rome." Such a wonderful cast, with Yvonne Elliman, Carl Anderson & Barry Dennen joining Ted Neeley & Larry Marshall.
Inspired by a friend passing on a cinema souvenir brochure, I revisited this score. This particular piece is so utterly heroic and full of wonder. Love the piccolos (flutes?) that sing after the pulsating brass delivers around the 30 second mark.
One of the many wonderful indie artists you can find on YouTube. Gingertail does a mean Wellerman shanty here, and be sure to check out her Mandalorian cover. Oh, and Edge of Night! She uses a whole host of instruments in creative ways, and has some rather groovy tattoos.
This is one talented and charismatic lady. This piece is the theme song to Dragonball, I believe. She also does a mean "Back in Black" cover. One thing I love about her videos is the simple set-up leading to a great sound. I'm sure people will either love or be distracted by the percussionist with his big hair and frantic head-bobbing!
Not much to say here, except that this is a sublime song. My whole family are Fleetwood Mac fans. We used to listen to a cassette recording of Rumours pretty much every car journey we took (along with Boney M's Night Flight to Venus). Wish my Dad, brother and I could listen to Songbird with Mum again.
I am about to utter words of heresy! This version of John Barleycorn is better than Steeleye Span's. There, I said it. May Maddy have mercy on my soul... When I first heard the Span version, I was a young lad and didn't really focus on the lyrics. I just picked up on the violent parts. I honestly thought it was some ditty about a guy who gets beaten to a pulp, has his limbs severed and head crushed, but then (through pagan powers of resurrection, perhaps) rises from his bloody grave. Then my Dad told it was a song about beer. "Oh... I see."