This Year We’re Keeping Our New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s that time of year again – time to make New Year’s Resolutions. Which means, no doubt, some of you have read (or created) anti-NYR statuses on Facebook. *whiney voice* There’s nothing spe…

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August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 18 “R”

I’ll never stop thanking Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
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August 18th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘R.'”  I’m having some trouble choosing…

…so I won’t!  In the order of preference, “R” is for Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Ray Charles!

& while I’m not as fond of him as I was when this picture was taken (I think it was 2001 or 2002 at Ozzfest), “R” is also for Rob Zombie.  Please disregard my bare midriff – it was incredibly, ridiculously hot out.  & I was a lot more fit back in the day.
Rob Zombie & Me - Ozzfest

Who is your favorite aRRRRRRRRRRtist?  Sorry, the pirate impression + pun was too irresistible.

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 17 “Q”

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August 17th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘Q’ or Your Choice.”  My choice just so happens to be a band that starts with “Q.”

Q is for Queen!!  Not only does it keep me on the alphabetic track, but Freddie Mercury was a freakin’ genius with a 4-octave range.

I mean, come on… “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” & “Bicycle Race?”  I would be willing to bet anything I own – aside from my cat; no matter how sure I am of something, I never bet the furball – that every one has heard at least one song on that short list, & everyone has probably sang along to more than one.

Also, aside from “Fat-Bottomed Girls”  & “We Will Rock You,” all the songs I listed were written by Freddie Mercury.  That cements his genius as far as I’m concerned.

Who else starts with “Q?”  If you decided to use the “Your Choice” option, who did you choose?  🙂

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 16 “P”

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August 16th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘P.'”  I gotta go with Pat Benatar, even though I also like: Paramore, Paula Abdul, Pearl Jam, Phantom of the Opera (the musical), Phil Collins (if only for “In The Air Tonight”), Pink, Pink Floyd, Poe (if you haven’t checked the out, you really should!!), & Prince.

A lot of really good artists/bands/singers start with “P.”  Who did I miss?  Who is your favorite?

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 15 “O”

Always & forever, many repeated thanks to Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
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August 15th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘O.'”  I was going to pick Oasis, but I only really know “Wonderwall.”  Even though that’s a fantastic song, I wanted to think about this one a little bit longer & try to find someone whose music I know a bit better.

That’s why this post is late.  That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

O…o… who starts with O?

At first, I thought about choosing Ozzy Osbourne.  But, my passion for his music has been less ardent after hearing it, ad nauseum, for so long.  That makes my pick a little more ironic, because his work is far older & played far more often.

I’m gonna stick with Otis Redding, though.  He wrote/recorded these & so many other songs that he’s just a musical icon in my book:

  • Respect (Otis wrote it, Aretha Franklin reworked it, made it her own, & made it famous)
  • Try a Little Tenderness (Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, & Harry M. Woods, previously recorded by Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra, Otis put a bit of soul into his recording of this song)
  • Knock on Wood (Written by Eddie Floyd & Steve Cropper, Otis did one of the first covers of this song with Carla Thomas about a year after it was released)
  • (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (Written by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper, Otis recorded this song right before his death in a plane crash; it was released posthumously)
  • Hard to Handle (Written by Otis Redding, Al Bell, & Allen Jones, released after Otis’s death, & covered by artists like: The Black Crowes, Grateful Dead, Tom Jones, & Etta James)

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 14 “N”

Always & forever, many repeated thanks to Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
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August 14th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘N.'”  I was dreading this day for the longest.  While I don’t particularly care about what people think about me, I do sometimes get my knickers in a twist when my musical tastes are called into question.

Yes, this band is auto-tuned to heck.  Yes, this band’s melodies are mostly similar (but not as bad as Green Day, whom I also like very much).  Yes, this band’s lyrics focus around the stereotypical rock ‘n roll lifestyle.  Yes, this band is highly mocked all across the Internet – not to mention the “real world.”

I don’t give a rat’s dirty patootie – I like Nickelback.  🙂

Tell me how awful my musical tastes are – it’s OK, I promise.   🙂

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 13 “M”

Always & forever, many repeated thanks to Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
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August 13th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘M.'”  I’ve got to give it to Mariah Carey.  Not only does she have a voice that spans several octaves (including into a range I can sing, which few artists do), but she has a career that has spanned several decades.

I also really like Miranda Lambert for her spit-fire country lyrics & driving beats.  My favorite songs of hers are “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” & “Gunpowder & Lead.”

Some lyrics from the latter:

County road 233, under my feet
Nothin’ on this white rock but little ole me
I got two miles ’til, he makes bail
And if I’m right we’re headed straight for hell

I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun
Wait by the door and light a cigarette
He wants a fight well now he’s got one
And he ain’t seen me crazy yet
Slapped my face and he shook me like a rag doll
Don’t that sound like a real man?
I’m gonna show him what little girls are made of
Gunpowder and lead

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 12 “L”

Always & forever, many repeated thanks to Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
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August 12th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘L.'”  I’d like to say that this one took some time & careful consideration, but I’m a terrible liar.  I knew at the beginning of the month that August 12th would be “Lady Gaga.”

OK, granted, she’s a bit of an odd duck, but, c’mon!  What performer/famous person isn’t at least a little weird!  I also have a theory (which is probably 100% wrong, but what the heck) that she might have wanted to avoid being a stereotypically attractive pop singer, so she does some weird stuff to detract from her looks.

All that postulating, hemming & hawing, & theorizing aside, I got to see Lady Gaga in concert.  Not only did I get to see the Lady who calls for self-love worldwide herself, but I got to see her perform with the legendary Tony Bennett!!  She had a bit of a sore throat (we could tell), but she was still on point the whole time.

There were literal chills throughout the performance.  I then spent over $100 on souvenirs I could buy online for 1/3 the price, but I had to commemorate the experience (& bring a DVD back home for Dad).

So, who did I miss by picking Lady Gaga without considering anyone else?  Do you have any thoughts on her antics?

August A-Z Music Challenge – Day 11 “K”

As always, many repeated thanks to Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
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August 11th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘K.'”  This one was slightly easier than yesterday (or earlier today… a few minutes ago, in fact).  I have to give it to Kelly Clarkson.

This actually made me question my sense of self.  I don’t think of myself as a “pop music” fan, but I was torn between Kelly Clarkson & Katy Perry.  It doesn’t get that much more pop than those two!

Then my 3rd choice was KMFDM… so I felt better. 😀