Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Fury in the Slaughterhouse is a German band, led by two brothers, more popular in the UK than in the US. They’ve been mentioned as the “U2 of Germany”, but it seems that many bands have been called the “U2 of this, or of that, or they were inspired by U2”, etc. Hey, U2 is my favorite band, but it’s not a fair yardstick for most other bands.

They had one truly commercially successful album back in 1994 — “Mono”, which is an excellent album overall. But easily the standout track of this album, and of their entire career, was this one — “Every Generation Got Its Own Disease”. It may not appear “magical,” especially in light of its dark lyrics, but the music is infectious, and it has stood the test of time for me.

I’ve constantly gone back for “another listen” over the past 15 years, and love playing the guitar to this rhythmic, driving song. This is one of songs which reach its peak in a powerful fadeout, and makes you hope it never ends. You won’t experience this as well in the single version, featured in the video, so I strongly recommend the full album version.

I only went to a NYC college (Baruch) for one semester, before transferring. Well, I did go back a couple of part time semesters to Pace, years later. But that first semester had a major impact on my life and my love for NYC.

I immediately took to the Felicity TV series (created by the now famous J.J Abrams), mainly because of its NYC college setting and atmosphere. There are several songs which, for me, have a NYC college air to it. “Puddle of Grace” by the former Pink Power Ranger and co-star of the first few seasons of Felicity, Amy Jo Johnson, is one of them.

I believe it was season three, shortly before she initially left the series, where she got to play her own song in an episode in a pub performance. I’ve always loved the music featured in Felicity, but this one was really special.

If you want to find the original studio recording of the song, it’s available on the first Felicity soundtrack album:

For just an MP3 of a live performance, from her “Imperfect” live album:

For a listen to the original studio recording:

747 (Kent)

Back in January of 1999, I took the longest flight of my life (at the time). It was a nine hour trip to Barcelona, for business, on my first (and only, to date) trek out of the USA. I spent a lot of time on that flight listening to Swedish band Kent’s Isola album (English version). The whole album is excellent, but the one song that has stuck with me forever is the closing track, “747”, which, not coincidentally is 7:47.

It seems fitting that such a fond memory of my first transatlantic flight is coincidentally a song with that theme (Boeing 747).

I love songs that start slow, building with anticipation, finishing with a swelling, long, powerful fadeout. The second half of the song is the instrumental outro, with some memorable guitar riffs and an addictive keyboard melody. I love strumming the guitar to this one. One of my all time favorite songs.

I don’t know much more about Kent (yet), but from what I understand, Isola was the first album they recorded in English. This song had been their show closer for years — and what a powerful way to close a show!

Full Album (Isola) – Listen to Track 12:

English (Single Version):

Swedish (Full Version):

English (Full Version):

Breathe Me (Sia)

When “Six Feet Under” aired their series finale, we all questioned how they could possibly tie up all the loose ends. After all, no matter how normal the Fisher family tried to be, there’s no way to ever really be “normal” when you spend your life, and the family business, around death. Therefore, there was no way to tie up those loose ends, because there could only ever be loose ends for the Fishers.

But when Claire started the CD as she began her life-changing cross-country drive, and the first notes of Sia’s Breathe Me floated by, you knew, you just knew, the producers were not going to let us down.

Over the next five-plus minutes, behind this incredible song, the show gave us an ending that had never been matched before, and made the journey over the past few years well worth it.

Breathe Me (Amazon)

Hello world!

I’m hijacking the default sample “new WordPress blog” post to welcome you to share one of my passions — that edge of the musical world where magic lives.  The kind of music which takes us to a place and time we can usually only travel in our hearts and our minds.  The music that takes us to another level of consciousness.  A place where some people use drug as their vehicle, but where we use the most natural drug of all — music.

Join me in sampling some of the most magical music I’ve ever been privileged to have experienced.  And in turn, I look forward to sharing in the music that makes you feel the same.

There are no boundaries in the music that takes us there.  I’ll begin the conversation with a lot of the most special music that I have ever experienced, both in song and in album, from classical to pop / rock.  But feel free to continue the conversation in whatever music touches you.

I’ll see you where magic meets music…