Won’t Those be the Days

Do you ever find yourself listening to one band for a while, not listening to them for months or even years, and then rediscovering them? This happens to me all the time. it even happens to me with books, movies and video games.

One of the oddest experiences is when I play one song on my guitar or piano and then start playing a riff or start singing words to a different song; one I wrote years ago and stopped playing because it was juvenile and not worth keeping in my repertoire. Suddenly it is new again. Having forgotten half the words, I am forced to rewrite them. That is OK by me seeing as how I judged them unworthy of perpetuation in the first place.

That did not happen to me recently. I had a similar, although completely new, experience.

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Walking Their Trail to Dreamland

In September of 2010, Brandon Flowers of Killers fame put out a solo album called, “Flamingo.”

Earlier in 2010 the Killers announced they were going on hiatus, and I was a bit confused and surprised at this. Come to find out, his mother died of cancer in Feb. 2010. Then last year, Brandon Flowers appeared on a video as part of the LDS church’s “I’m a Mormon” campaign. These seemed to explain a bit of why the Killers may have taken a little break. And he was not the only one to work on side projects. Bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci both released their own albums and have been working on others’ albums. Never fear – they are planning on releasing another album this year. Continue reading

I bet it was a bumpy ride

A little over a month ago, my wife and I went to her parents’. While I was working on my computer (because that is often where I work), I was listening to music (also, because that is often what I do while I work). Most of it was generally folky, but there was some other stuff. Like Dispatch’s newest EP. Continue reading

Why Do We Love Sad Songs?

My sister recommended I listen to this story on PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.”

The show looks at sad songs from classical, rock, jazz, and country music.

Program 10-12-12-B: “Why Do We Love Sad Songs?” originally aired on Dec. 12, 2010.

They break up the hour-long program into three segments: Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a little psychology linking speech and music, “pop” music (which includes rock, jazz, and country), and Bach’s Cello Suites. Continue reading

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make

Side two. If you missed side one, you can find it here.

Of all the songs that make me happy and hopeful, none does it quite as well as George Harrison’s folky “Here Comes the Sun.”

Written in Eric Clapton’s garden in the spring of ’69, nothing else makes me feel so … optimistic. I live in northern Utah, and when Harrison said in his autobiography,

It seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it.

I know exactly what he is talking about. My town goes is like this

Notice the horrendous quantities of white and the leafless trees.

for about 7 months every year. And when it turns into this

Notice the bounteous foliage. Compare with photo above.

The sun finally comes out from behind the smog and the mountains, and even if it is only 40 degrees outside, you feel like putting on your flip-flops, shorts, and sun-glasses just to welcome the change. If you have never really been a Beatles fan, I would suggest listening to this song.

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