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Music Mondays – One of These Days


They’re my favorite band yet I haven’t posted one of their songs in a long time. Here’s a blast from recent past, These Days by Foo Fighters. The video is clips of concert footage put to the album version of the song with a few moment of live play. It doesn’t even begin to capture the amazing energy at their live shows. Having been to four I can attest that they are one of the very best live bands in the world with the most charismatic frontman ever, Dave Grohl!  Enjoy!

And because this song just has to be heard live here is an awesome live version (added bonus, Dave does the wet t-shirt thing). Listen loud!


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Music Mondays – Imagine


Far Yet Forever Dear

Far Yet Forever Dear

This week’s musical offering is a well known song sung by a not so well known band called Live. Their cover is the best I have ever heard. With today being Remenbrance Day I thought this song would be an appropriate “call to arms”.

May we and especially our governments remember and appreciate the fallen and their sacrifice.

And may we all strive to live with greater kindness and understanding.

Ps I was fortunate to see Live live right before lead singer, Ed Kowalzyk, left the band in 2009. He is an amazing performer with a powerful voice.


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Music Mondays- Still


Room With a View

Room With a View

This week’s song is one of my favorites from a band which is generally not known for their mellow sound, but when they do acoustic they do it like nobody’s business!

Still by Foo Fighters. Enjoy!


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Music Mondays- Dreaming In Color


Dreaming in Colour

Dreaming in Colour

This week’s song is Better Man by Pearl Jam. It’s one of their most famous and well loved. With deceptively simple lyrics it packs a punch and leaves itself open to a wide range of interpretations as seen here. The video below is the album version with lyrics.

These are the lyrics, by Eddie Vedder, lead singer:

Waitin’, watchin’ the clock, it’s four o’clock, it’s got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
As he opens the door, she rolls over
Pretends to sleep as he looks her over

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Oh

Talkin’ to herself, there’s no one else who needs to know
She tells herself, oh
Memories back when she was bold and strong
And waiting for the world to come along
Swears she knew it, now she swears he’s gone

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
She lies and says she still loves him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Yeah

She loved him, yeah, she don’t want to leave this way
She feeds him, yeah, that’s why she’ll be back again

Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man

Finally this is an awesome live version. Watch how the audience takes over the singing and how it builds to a dynamic mind bowing climax! I’m seeing Pearl Jam in December and can hardly wait!!! As other fans have said “Can’t Find a Better Band”!

Would love to hear your impressions of the song and its lyrics. Some say Eddie Vedder wrote it specifically about this parents’ relationship but I think it resonates with people on many levels, as all good art does.  For my part I feel it’s a place we all find ourselves in sometimes in our lives, unhappy in a situation but unable or unsure how to get out of it. So we settle or lie to ourselves that this is as good as we can expect, all the while dreaming of better things.

Ps, the artwork, Dreaming in Colour, is a recent piece. I chose it to include it in this post because of its title and use of red, though the interpretation of it can be as wide ranging as that of the song.


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Photo Fridays- When Eagles Sing


Interior

Interior

I’m away again, this time only briefly to attend a concert. So while I’m off enjoying The Eagles my daughter will be trying to sell off my unwanted treasures at our neighborhood garage sale. Hopefully none of the stuff above finds its way out the door! Cheers and great weekend to all!


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No More Yellow Brick Road


Last night I saw Our Lady Peace in concert for the first time. It was a brilliant show that opened with a complete run through of one single album, Spiritual Machines, from start to finish, followed by a more typical rock show of best hits that ended with their spectacular Starseed. A surprise highlight for me was a rendition of Are You Sad from Spiritual Machines, played here brilliantly live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pSHxCiZRVo .

This song alone made the choice of Spiritual Machines worth it, although the concept behind the album was an intriguing one. Conceived as a response to the futuristic theories in Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, the songs and lyrics are an affirmation of human spirituality, irreplaceable and worth fighting to retain.

Tonight I came across a shining example of that indomitable human spirit in the form of  Nick Vujicic, a man who you would think would benefit from such a melding of man and machine that Kurzweil predicts in our future, yet whose spirituality has found such a shining voice precisely because of the lack of such enhancements as seen here:

 http://lifeasahuman.com/2010/mind-spirit/inspirational/it-matters-how-you-finish/

This got me thinking about a song written by OLP’s lead singer, Raine Maida, for his solo project, The Hunters Lullaby, titled Yellow Brick Road, seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHdHSmAuk-k

and the print below, a monotype, which I titled No More Yellow Brick Road in response to his song.

No More Yellow Brick Road

The song takes a wistful look at the idealism, promise and simple beauty of youth and is a reminder to savour the moments of our lives. In my print, I reflect on the loss of this innocence and how with maturity comes the realization that our paths are not always clear, continuous or on solid ground.

The print, as with many of my abstract pieces, was begun with little preconceived ideas beyond a simple study in form and color. The wide yellow ‘paths’ were placed first, then the feint blue ones and finally the strong blacks were laid down. The piece was completed with some pastel work to add punches of color and a melding and defining of pathways. The ordering of these steps not only ended up having an uncanny similarity to our paths to maturity in life, but in the intuitive amalgamation of shapes and color to create a work of beauty I hope to express the joy in seeing the wonder and beauty of life as it is and not preconceived.

To paraphrase Raine Maida’s words to the audience last night, we are not machines and death gives meaning and beauty to life and so we must live it fully in the moment.