Something Happens and I’m Head over Heels

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Freddie Mercury – Lover of Life, Singer of Songs (2006)

Tim, in a fit of nostalgia, decided to share a double compilation album from Queen front man Freddie Mercury. While Brian May and the other guys from Queen may show up as backing performers on some of these tracks, the songs come from Mercury’s other projects and not Queen.

And many songs are on here multiple times. Or rather there are 20 song titles between these 35 tracks. Love Kills was on there six times, if I counted right. Continue reading

The Stage was Set, the Sun was Sinkin’ Low Down

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week didn’t have a theme, per se, but my suggestion did prompt a little extra discussion about songs to represent humanity. But first, here’s what my friends suggested:

Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes (1972)

Continuing off of last week‘s David Bowie theme, Spencer shared a group Bowie sort of took under his wing. Aside from producing the album and playing sax, he also stopped the band from breaking up (this time) and gave them the title track.

AND! Spencer didn’t mention this, but their drummer died on Sunday, January 17. Plenty of rock stars have died early from drugs or airplane accidents or murderous fans, but with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll in the ’50s and ’60s, those 20-year-olds who started playing then are now all pretty old. We’ve lost quite a few, and I think it’ll only increase.

I have never heard of these guys, but I feel like I should have. And I had no idea of what to expect. Even now, I’m not sure how I’d describe their style. Continue reading

All I Have is My Love of Love

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

On Friday, David Bowie‘s 69th birthday and the day this album was released, fellow-music-game-sharing-friend David Hays suggested we listen to this album this week. If you didn’t know, Bowie died after a year and a half battle with cancer on Sunday, Jan. 10. So we turned this week into a David Bowie marathon week and it’s appropriate that we’re listening to his swan song this week. He’s done some … interesting stuff in the last fifty years. I love some stuff and other stuff not so much, but I think the world of music is a better place for him having been in it.

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Set Me on a Silver Sun, For I Know that I’m Free

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Manchester Orchestra – Cope (2014)

I have heard of ManOrch (a nickname my friend Spencer decided to try out, but I think would be better without the “h,” but that might be misleading), but I hadn’t yet heard anything by them.

Heads up: The Ocean and All that I Really Wanted each have an F-bomb. If there are any more than that on the album, I didn’t hear them. Continue reading

I’m in Love and it’s a Sunny Day

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

The Beatles are on Spotify (finally), so Spencer celebrated by sharing his favorite of their records. Continue reading

We’ve Wandered Many Weary Foot Since Auld Lang Syne

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

dp4CvrThe December People – A Classic Rock Christmas (2015)

Going with the Frankincense tune from last week, Spencer shared a whole album of prog/Christmas tune mash-ups. Continue reading

Santa Ain’t No Chump

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I’m having a really hard time coming up with a Christmas album to share. I’ve thought of a single mash-up tune, but I think I’m going to save that for next week. The closest thing to a wintry album I want to share is the soundtrack to World of WarCraft: Wrath of the Lich King. But that’s 2.5 hours long, and while there is some great stuff on there, I totally understand that score-type soundtracks aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. Not that I won’t share some in the future, but I think I am out of favorite vigigame soundtracks of reasonable length.

So, I’m moving forward with something not thematic in any way. Unless you consider that throughout this whole game, I’m trying to share music that has influenced me as a musician, then it’s totally thematic. But first, here’s what my friends shared:

Spencer’s mix

Here is a nine song playlist Spencer put together last year of some of his favorite, less-heard Christmas songs. He said, “you probably don’t think of them when you think of Christmas music. That’s the point of the mix. And all of these make me smile.” So…

 

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