Heart Beats Like a Drum

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. Sometimes we review that music and share our comments with the rest of the group – but that doesn’t always happen.

This week marks four-years since my friends and I started playing this game. I don’t know if Tim was aware of that when he made his suggestion, but he chose a band from this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and I thought that was as good of a theme as any, so I did the same.

Bon Jovi – New Jersey (1988)

It’s no secret that Bon Jovi is one of Tim’s favorite bands. Some people see them as only an 80’s hairband (and some of us wish they’d stick with that), but they’ve been playing for nearly 40 years and are still going strong. Very few bands can say that. Continue reading

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Riding High on His Whims

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

EVƎ 6 – Horrorscope (2000)

These guys really remind me of 9th grade. But unlike other bands of that same era, Eve 6 has stayed with me – to the point that one of the songs I wrote around the time I joined the team that eventually started this game was musically inspired by this album. Continue reading

Ready, Set, Go

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

SweetHaven – SweetHaven or Help Yourself (2004 or 2009)

I wanted to get back to basics this week. There’s a ton of good music out there, but I wanted to share something that inspires me as a musician. Continue reading

Live the Life You Please

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

Dave Chisholm – Instrumental (2017)

Tim found this at Salt Lake Comic Con this year. This is the soundtrack to Dave Chisholm’s second graphic novel (he has a music background, and teaches at a conservatory in New York, so he has the musical ability as well as artistic storytelling), and each track is a chapter in the book. It’s about a guy with a trumpet that plays the most amazing music, but when he does someone dies. I’ve heard Scott Pilgrim and Jem and the Holograms are some of the best comics about music, so I’d love to see how this comic compares to those. You can check out all of Dave’s stuff at his website. Continue reading

If You’re Amused by the Polysonic Zoo

For a couple of 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.

Reign of Kindo – Play with Fire (2013)

I heard about these guys from either the guitarist from the band Spencer and I were in together or the bassist from the band Spencer’s brother and I were in together. Either way, I turned around and shared it with the other one of them. Continue reading

Take Off Your Shoes Babe, it’s Time for Dancin’

For a couple of 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.

Queen – Innuendo (1991)

This is it. On Thursday, Tim went to Denver to see Queen + Adam Lambert live. And to close out his month of listening to Queen albums before the show, Tim shared the last Queen album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime.

I know what you’re saying: “But we haven’t done Hot Space or Flash Gordon or The Cosmos Rocks.” I know. don’t tell Tim. I think Hot Space was an oversight, and I bet we’ll get there eventually. Although I think Flash Gordon may have been intentional and may not make it into this game. The Cosmos Rocks isn’t a “real” Queen album, so who knows. Continue reading

On Songwriting

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I was talking to one of my guitar-playing coworkers about music and he asked me about how I find inspiration to write. I told him it’s both way easier than he might think, and also much harder than he might think.

Partly, it just takes time. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying that he never failed when perfecting the lightbulb; he learned things that didn’t work. Continue reading