Day 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 22: a song that you listen to when you’re sad

Fish—A Gentleman’s Excuse Me

I love this song by Fish. It is beautiful, romantic, nostalgic and regretful.

There’s one line from this song that comes back to me again and again, when things are too hard and I just want out: “Can you get it inside your head, I’m tired of dancing?”

I listen to this piece of music when I’m down, and at the end of it I can always sigh, know that I’m not on my own and just get on with things.

(My final catch-up post of the weekend, posted on 23 May, after a crazily-busy weekend… excuses, excuses! Consider this a gentleman’s excuse me!)

Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Stone Sour—30/30-150

That’s the thing with metal: I can listen to it when I’m happy, I can listen to it when I’m down. It’s just always there…

This song by Stone Sour—Corey Taylor from Slipknot‘s other band—is the opening track from their second album Come What(ever) May. It ROCKS!

To me it’s about surving no matter what, in spite of what others around you say will happen to you.

It’s just a great song. How can it not bring a smile to your face?

(Still playing catch-up after a crazily busy weekend; this was actually posted on 23 May!)

Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Obituary—Redneck Stomp (Live)

When I’m angry I will mostly listen to heavy music. I let the music wash over me and it helps me to let go of the anger. It takes me out of myself.

There are some thrash and death metal songs that I find almost soothing, and when I’m really p*ssed off: the heavier the better: Slayer, Godflesh, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura and Obituary, to name a few.

This is taken from Obituary‘s 2005 album Frozen in Time.

(As you can see, I’m playing catch-up with blog posts over the weekend!)

Day 19: A song from your favourite album #30dsc

30 day challenge day 19: A song from your favourite album

Queen—The March of the Black Queen (Live at The Hammersmith 1975)

How do you choose a favourite album? I guess that’s an exercise that’s probably a little easier once you’ve been invited to be a guest of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. But for us mortals…

Queen II is definitely in my top 5 favourite albums, and while I was pondering writing this post while feeding Isaac this evening it’s the one album that I kept coming back to in my mind.

The first four Queen albums (Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and A Night At The Opera) are just fabulous. I’m really looking forward to hearing the recently remastered versions.

My only regret in life really is that I never had the opportunity to see Freddie Mercury performing live. Well, that and not having the courage to ask Sophie out in 1997. But mostly the Freddie thing.

Day 19: A song from your favourite album #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 19: A song from your favourite album

Skyclad—The Sky Beneath My Feet

This song is taken from one of my all-time favourite albums The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth by Skyclad the UK band that former Sabbat vocalist Martin Walkyier and Pariah guitarist Steve Ramsey formed in 1990 after Walkyier left Sabbat.

The band brought together thrash metal with folk music. Walkyier and Ramsey’s goal was to form the ‘ultimate pagan metal band’. Skyclad were the first band since I started listening to rock and metal music that made me sit up and go “wow!”

It was heavy, it was melodic, it was quiet, it was loud, it was progressive, and the lyrics made you think. This was intelligent metal at its best. I still love the album.