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Change Of Perspective

When doing the Rock Music Lyrics series of posts, I have been doing just that … concentrating on the lyrics alone. Upon reflecting over the summer, I’ve decided that a change of perspective is in order, especially with the addition of the Seminal category.

“seminal” – highly original, influential, and important – highly original and influencing the development of future events

As well as commenting on and displaying the lyrics of a song, I’m going to also comment on the use of the music construction and the instruments used, which put together, add interpretation to the meaning of the lyrics. Which upon reading back, is really really confusing. I know what I want to do, however I’m finding it difficult to explain. I am far FAR from a music expert. I can only write down what I feel in my gut and my brain. Please bear with me as I move forward.

I believe there is a way to “pin” this post at the top of the main page. If I succeed in doing that, please use the Categories link to explore the various posts.

Thanks very much for dropping by. Cheers!

The Upcoming Week

For the rock song lyrics project I am doing, there will be two main themes in the upcoming week:

  • Songs about the life of a rock star, as written by rock stars
  • Songs about the days of the week

There will be one or two surprises in both series, but I was most surprised by the life of a rock star tunes. As I told you in this post, I rarely listen to the lyrics of a song, so I was totally taken aback when I researched songs for this series. “That’s what this song is about?!? Who knew?” Well, people who listen to lyrics knew. I didn’t.¬† ūüė≥

As for the days of the week, some songs will probably pop into your head automatically … say, for instance, Monday, Friday and Saturday. You may be surprised that I didn’t go with some obvious choices. You’ll have to wait and see! I’m starting the week off with Monday, because for me that’s when the week starts. And because I really like the upcoming Sunday post and I want to save it for last. It’s fun!

I may throw in a random post here or there as well as these themed series. For instance, today we are going out to Shaw’s Maple Syrup & Pancake House (along with several thousand other people, I’m sure) and I’ll take some photographs and make a post about the trip. Life goes on.

Live Long And Prosper!

Rock Lyrics Vol. 1 – The Anthem

I LOVE ROCK and ROLL

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

This has long been my rock music anthem. The steady if uncomplicated beat, straight ahead guitar, strong vocals, it is the prototypical rock song. But as I mentioned in the introductory post, I don’t pay much attention to the lyrics. Now that I see the lyrics in black and white, it turns out this is a girl-meets-boy love song! Or, if not a love song, a hook-up song:

And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me,

However, it still gets my head-bobbing whenever and wherever  I hear it, so it will remain one of my top favourites. Incidentally, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are installed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as of April 2015. Well deserved!

So, without further ado … Rock On:

I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL

Saw him dancing there by the record machine
I knew he must a been about seventeen
The beat was going strong
Playing my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me,
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me, singing

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

He smiled so I got up and asked for his name
That don’t matter, he said,
‘Cause it’s all the same

Said can I take you home where we can be alone

And next we were moving on
He was with me, yeah me

Next we were moving on
He was with me, yeah me, singing

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

Said can I take you home where we can be alone

And we’ll be moving on

He was with me, yeah me,

We’ll be moving on

And singing that same old song

Yeah with me, singing

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

 

I hope you liked the live version rather than the manufactured video version. Live is always better!

Live Long And Prosper!

Music Is Life

Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC, June 2008

Music strengthens the soul.

I don’t know anyone whose spirit is not lifted by music. There are differing musical tastes, to be sure, but the effect is universal. Even among animals! And, some say, plants. Music is life. If you’re feeling sad, if you’re feeling bad, put on a favourite tune and almost immediately your demeanor and mindset improve.

While infuriatingly stuck in a traffic jam on a cold rainy day, a much loved song begins playing, so what do you do? Your head starts bobbing, your hands and feet start tapping to the beat, you sing out loudly (out of tune probably, but what the hell). You dance, even while sitting. Music stirs your soul no matter the circumstances. It is an extremely important ingredient in our lives.

I know it’s a big part of my life. My extended family on my fathers’ side was .. is .. very musical. My Grandfather, uncles, cousins, myself, my younger brother (pictured left, center stage), his youngest son. Music has been, is, and will continue to be, a big part of our lives.

What I’m going to do here, one post at a time, is highlight some of the songs that are special to me, and/or are significant to the music world at large. I will key on rock music, because that is what I’m most familiar with, but I believe that all genres of music are significant and none should be ignored.

I do have one failing about my music listening habits: I don’t pay enough attention to the lyrics. If you presented me with a snippet of lyric from a popular song (not the chorus, but something from the interior of the tune), nine times out of ten I would not be able to identify the song. So, what I want to do is write a post about the¬†lyrics of the song, with the melody, the beat, the rhythm being secondary. I will split posts into themes so that they are not all jumbled into one long index.

There are so many songs, so many themes. So. Many. However, I will muddle along, one post at a time. I hope you will join me!

Rock on!

 

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