Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Song Meaning, Background: Something From Nothing by Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters recently released their latest album, Sonic Highways. Concept for the creation of this album was quite different to the approach bands usually undertake in producing albums, that is, bands usually go to the a studio, write song, mix the album and produce it. Foo Fighters did all that, and a few more -- they went to a few different cities to study the uniqueness of music that belong to the city.

"Something From Nothing" was recorded in the city of Chicago. If you know anything about American blues, you know that Chicago has deep roots in blues and rock & roll. As Dave Ghrol pointed out in an interview, the major influence for this song was Buddy Guy, the legendary blues musician from Chicago.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Song Meaning, Analysis, Background: The God That Failed by Metallica

If you're a Metallica fan you know that James and Lars are very potent in staying away from divisive themes like politics and religion ( and climate change lol ). When asked James explained their less punk-like songs by stating that he liked to reach out to people's common emotions that went beyond personal pity personal stuff.

"The God That Failed" is an exception to this unwritten rule. James Hetfield comes out swinging saying that the Biblical God is a failure -- and I agree. Well, in fact I disagree, because how can one fail if he doesn't even exit? Nevertheless the most interesting part is the back story to this song because it's about the death of James' mom.

When he was a kid, James was raised as a christian scientist ( I know it's weird... it sounds like oil and water, or a gay republican ).  What that means is that the Hetfield household didn't believe in science or rational reasoning, or what many interpreted science, logic and reasoning to be. That included their ignorance of modern medicine, because papa and mamma Hetfield believed that God would cure them in the event of a disease.

Then there came a time see the validity of this claim --  James' mom was battling cancer. However none of the fiends of family did anything to help her besides praying to the invisible man in the sky that didn't exist. So she died... and James was absolutely pissed. His dad had already the family a few years prior the mom's death so James is now without a parent.

That's how James' life story turned into lyrics in "The God That Failed." The song is not anti-religious in anyway. In fact James still identifies himself has a christian ( he's got a tattoo of God giving him the gift of music ), but surely not a christian scientist.

I also did an analysis of The Unforgiven, which has somewhat of a parallel meaning to this song. You guys can check that out; it's also got a video in which you can see the early days of James growing up with his family.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Song Meaning and Analysis: Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

Song Meaning and Analysis: Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

Summer of 69 is one of Bryan Adams' signature tunes, and it's one of my favorite rock songs. As for meaning of the song, it's very straightforward - Bryan is looking back on his teenage years and early days of his high school band.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Song Meaning, Background and Analysis: Welcome to Paradise by Green Day

Welcome to Paradise is about Billie Joel Armstrong's memoir his mom after leaving her home for the first time to live own his own. According to Wikipedia (it's a got nice article on this song; you should read it as well) Billie went onto live with his fellow bandmates, as well as a bunch of other slackers.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Song Meaning: Basket Case by Green Day

All I know about Basket Case is that this can be attributed to bringing punk rock into the 90s. That's I all I can make of it. However I'll say this: basket case usually means someone being an outcast because he's, you know, not cool. So I think that's what this song is about - it's about an uncool kid on the block.


Lyrics: 

Do you have the time
To listen to me whine
About nothing and everything
All at once
I am one of those
Melodramatic fools
Neurotic to the bone
No doubt about it

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Am I just stoned?

I went to a shrink
To analyze my dreams
She says it's lack of sex
That's bringing me down
I went to a whore
He said my life's a bore
So quit my whining cause
It's bringing her down

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Uh, yuh, yuh, ya

Grasping to control
So I better hold on

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I'm cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Am I just stoned?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Song Meaning and Analysis: Just Close Your Eyes by Waterproof Blonde

song meaning of just close your eyes by waterproof blonde and cover by story of the year
Story of the Year did a cover of Just Close Your Eyes. Song was originally by Waterproof Blonde
The song was originally recorded by Waterproof Blonde. According to Google they were active for only three years, from 2002 to 2005. "Just Close Your Eyes" was released in 2004, and it was made popular as result of WWE wrestler Christian using it as his entrance song. Few years later, in 2009 another band by the name of Story of the Year did a cover of the song, and it took the place of Christian's previous entrance song.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Song Meaning: Bridge Burning by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: Foo fighters | ALBUM: wasting light | RELEASED: 2011

Song Meaning: Bridge Burning by Foo Fighters

Meaning of "Burning Bridges" is what you think it is: cutting of ties with your past so there's no retreating. Sometimes it's a good thing if your past is something you don't want to revisit, but cutting ties with friends and family, of course, comes with a cost. Nevertheless what is Dave Ghrol trying to say in this song? I'm not quite sure. So maybe you guys can help me by making a comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Song Meaning, Analysis: Times Like These by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: Foo Fighters | ALBUM: one and one | RELEASED: 2003


"Times Like These" is a song for you if you find yourself a little down on life. The song in fact originated from adversity as Dave Ghrol wasn't so upbeat about his and the band's future. Besides that, the song is a simple, but heavy riff to go along with the heartfelt lyrics ( somewhat heartfelt lyrics ).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Song Meaning: Rope by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: Foo Fighters | ALBUM: Wasting Light | RELEASED: 2011

Song meaning of Foo Fighter's "Rope" from Wasting Light ( 2011 )

"Rope" is the second track on Foo Fighter's 2011 classic Wasting Light. It's a great hard rock with heavy with a heavy guitar sound. It's got a great riff, but the most noticeable thing that is missing is a great solo to complement the riff. Looks like a job for Tony Iommi?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Significance of Elvis' Blue Moon of Kentucky and Pop Music

Blue Moon. Elvis made the country song into a rhythm & blues, and then into a pop

King of Rock Elvis Presley (1935-1977) joined Sam Phillips at his Sun Records studio in 1953 to record a few songs. Elvis was a young fella who showed a great deal of interest in black artists, and rhythm & blues music.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Song Meaning: Best of You by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: Foo Fighters | ALBUM: In your Honor | RELEASED: 2005
Song Meaning of Foo Fighters 2005 single, "Best of You"

The song is about showcasing the inner conflicts of Dave Ghrol (he's the band's principal songwriter), or, in a general sense, that of everybody else. As I was first doing the analysis of lyrics, I came across many references to committing suicide, but these were made in a figurative sense, obviously.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

French Open 2014: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic into Second Round; Wawrinka Out

Djokovic was making a new friend as he waits for match to resume during the rain delay
French Open is under way, and everything is going smoothly for the top players except for the Austrlain Open Champion Stan Wawrinka. He was defeated in the first round by the Spaniard Guillermo García-López. I knew this would be a tough first round match for anyone, considering the recently form of the Spaniard. Stan in fact had the toughest first-round opponent compared to Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, but that's not an excuse for a poor performance as he's the third best in the world.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Analysis of French Open Draw For Djokovic,Nadal

Nadal defeated Djokovic win 2012,2013. Will it be the same in 2014?
Nadal defeated Djokovic win 2012,2013. Will it be the same in 2014?


SEED OPPONENTS
Nadal Ginepri, Thiem/Mathieu, Gabashvili, Almagro/Haas, Ferrer/Dimitrov, Wawrinka/Murray
Djokovic Sousa, Chardy, Cilic, Tsonga/Janowicz, Nishikori/Raonic, Federer/Berdych
Wawrinka Garcia-Lopez, Lu, F Lopez, Fognini/Monfils, Murray, Nadal/Ferrer
Federer Lacko, Qualifier, Tursunov, Gulbis/Youzhny, Berdych/Isner, Djokovic
Ferrer Sijsling, Qualifier, Seppi/Monaco, Dimitrov, Nadal, Wawrinka/Murray
Murray Golubev, Matosevic, Kohlschreiber/Istomin, Verdasco/Gasquet, Wawrinka, Nadal/Ferrer
Raonic Kyrgios, Vesely/Rosol, Simon, Nishikori/Dolgopolov, Djokovic, Federer/Berdych

Djokovic and Nadal are the favorites for 2014 edition of the French Open. Serena Williams draw the men's seeding for this year's French Opne #NoKidding. So was the draw kind to one over the other? Apparently yes, as it did no favors for the eight-time champion Rafeal Nadal.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Look Back At Clay Court Season Before The French Open

Defeating Nadal at Rome Masters makes Djokovic the favorite to win the French
Defeating Nadal at Rome Masters makes Djokovic the favorite to win the French
French Open is around the corner. As in any other year, there's a lot to look forward to this year as well. Nadal-Djokovic rivalry heating up just in time to be climaxed once again at the perfect time. Wawrinka is returning to the French Open as the Australian Open champ, trying to go two for two. Federer is once again looking to win his second French Open title, and thereby do what Nadal couldn't do at Australian Open this year - become the only player in Open Era to with every Grand Slam twice.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Djokovic Beats Nadal at Rome Masters Final

Djokovic defeats Nadal, wins his third Rome Masters title.
Djokovic has the momentum heading into the French Open as he defeats Nadal to win his third Rome Masters title.
Novak Djokovic, as I predicted and the way I predicted, defeated Nadal at the Rome Masters Final in 2 hours and 19 minutes. This was Novak's fourth consecutive win against Nadal. His last defeat came at the US Open. Since then, Novak's been beating Nadal fairly easily, but they were all on hard courts. I predicted his match wouldn't be that one-sided due to this being played on Nadal's preferred surface - and I was correct. Novak dropped the first set, but managed to battle back and win the match in three. He'll have plenty of wind in his sails as heads to Paris.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Djokovic VS Nadal At Rome Final 2014

Djokovic to face Nadal for the first time on clay since their epic battle at the French Open last year
Djokovic to face Nadal for the first time on clay since their epic battle at the French Open last year
It's Djokovic to face Nadal once again at this year's Rome Masters final. They've already met forty times, with Nadal having the better head to head. What's remarkable is the change in tennis landscape since the US Open of last year. That was the last time we saw Nadal managed to beat Djokovic. Since then, Djokovic has beaten Nadal in three finals. Those all have been on hard courts, but so was the US Open.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Song Meaning: Disposable Heroes by Metallica

ARTIST: METALLICA | ALBUM: MASTER OF PUPPETS | RELEASED: 1986

Song Meaning: Disposable Heroes by Metallica
"Disposable Heroes" from Metallica's Master of Puppets

"Disposable Heroes" is immovable from my Android playlist, because the song is that good! It don't quite know why it's not a permanent fixture on their setlist. Maybe because Lars is the one who puts the setlist together, and no one really can't put a finger the shit that he does lol. Some Metallica fans think its because the song has repetitive parts, thus counterproductive to the live-vibe that the band it trying to create.

Tennis and Football Time ( Mostly Tennis )

Tennis and Football Time ( Mostly Tennis )

I'll be planning on taking a little break from rock n' roll and starting writing about something else that I rely on to procrastinate. Two things, actually: tennis and football ( NFL ).

So you might see some tennis and football articles popping up here, and fear not! It's not like I've waked away from Metallica; that's just not possible. Sometimes I feel like if I think of something besides music for a while, and then come back to write about it, there's a good chance of writing productive stuff. I don't know why but that's how my brain works ( pretty sure many would agree ). Occasionally, surprisingly enough,  taking a break helps! It's like when you're stuck on a certain level of a video game, you try and try and try, but never seem to be able to conquer that stage. Then you lie to yourself and say you'd never play video games again ( or perhaps try a new game ). But that's just not possible, so after a while you return and on the first try, you managed to do what you had been trying for hours! It's happened to me countless times, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

Funny enough, I've already started a new blog dedicated to tennis and football. You can check it out at Touchdown-Aces.blogspot.com. I've already transferred some of its posts here, you check those at http://explorerockmusic.blogspot.ca/search/label/Tennis. Let me know what you guys think, especially since most of the visitors are from the US, you guys should know at least something about NFL.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nadal The Fox Escapes Again In Rome 2014

Nadal The Fox Escapes Again In Rome 2014
Nadal hasn't quite been the "King of Clay" at 2014 Rome Masters
It's been less than 24 hours following his gruesome battle against Simon at Rome Masters, Nadal had to play comeback-tennis once again against Mikhail Youzhny. Nadal was down a set and a break before making a come back and winning the second set to even things up. The set was fairly predictable judging by the way the second set ended.

Song Meaning, Background, Analysis: Hotel California by Eagles

ARTIST: Eagles | ALBUM: Hotel California | RELEASED: 1977
Song Meaning, Background, Analysis: Hotel California by Eagles
This is the first Eagle song I'm doing, so hopefully I won't failed at this terribly. I came across "Hotel California" a long time ago, but never really had a chance to analyze it. I was a little busy with Metallica songs. In fact this the song that introduced me to the Eagles, and I fell in love with the song as well as the band. Pretty weird for a Metallica fan, huh?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chardy Sends Federer Home Early

Jeemy Chardy of France sends Federer home early to be with his newborn twin boys!
Jeremy Chardy of France sends Federer home early to be with his newborn twin boys!
We knew there'd an early upset at Rome Masters, as it's usually the case with tough clay court tournaments, and I had Andy Murray as my first victim. But Andy did well today to see-off Geralodos. However Roger Federer wasn't so lucky against Jemery Chardy of France. Fed has a match point, but the Frenchman showcased he wasn't just about power hitting, by making a jaw-dropping passing shot to stay in the tournament. Afterwards it was all over in a blink.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Novak Djokovic Back In Rome, Defeats Stepanek

Novak Djokovic Back In Rome
Djokovic is back in Rome and poised to win his third title at the tournament

Novak Djokovic is back in Rome after having to sit-out Madrid Master due to his wrist injury. Prior to start of the tournament, Djokovic was optimistic about his return, stating "I'm 95% sure that I'll be back." And he did come back with some cool tennis, taking on Radek Stepanek and beating him 6-3, 7-5. It wasn't definitely straightforward for few reasons: it's always hard to come back from injury and play some as good as Stepanek. And there's always that risk of losing in the first round as well, as it was case against Dimitrov in Madrid last year.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Song Meaning: Walk by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: foo fighters | ALBUM: wasting light | RELEASED: 2011
Song Meaning: Walk by Foo Fighters
Year was 2011. Foo Fighters produced their seventh studio album in... a garage. That's right. It was frontman Dave Ghrol's idea because he wanted to try something "different." So the band moved into Dave's garage with analog equipment and instruments, and produced Wasting Light in its entirety. The effort was definitely worth it, as the album received five Grammy awards, including the best rock album of the year.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Song Meaning: God is Dead By Black Sabbath

ARTIST: black sabbath | ALBUM: 13 | RELEASED: 2013
Song Meaning: God is Dead By Black Sabbath
"God is Dead?" from Sabbath's 13
Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath did an interview for NME in which they said they didn't want the single to be titled "God is Dead" as it's way too provocative, but Ozzy insisted. What Ozzy wanted to do was, being a christian himself ( along with Tony and Geezer ), to show that God was indeed alive and well in his life through the lyrical buildup of the song. So if you're a far-right christian, stop denigrating Black Sabbath thinking they are attacking Jesus; they are not. You'd have to look deep into lyrics to get the full meaning of the song, which I'll do soon. Contrary to what many think, Sabbath are nice people. The "evil" stuff that Ozzy does on stage are just an act, and no way indicative of his worldview. Case in point, Ozzy eats bats for dinner, and that's a very christian thing to do. #JustKidding

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Song Meaning, Analysis, Background: Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

ARTIST: Led Zeppelin | ALBUM: Led Zeppelin IV | RELEASED: 1971
Song Meaning: Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
"Stairway to Heaven" is the highlight of Led Zeppelin IV
Here we go. This is the song that most of you've waiting for. Hopefully I won't screw this up terribly. "Stairway to Heaven" was written by the rock duo of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Rumour ( actually it's a fact ) has it that Plant wrote the initial bits of lyrics while listening to Page's guitar chords. The lyrics were of course written out of spontaneity.

New! Now playing: Unlimited music from Google

New! Now playing: Unlimited music from Google
When I saw "Unlimited music from Google" on Google.ca, I had to check it out. I was thinking how was this different from other "music" downloading websites like iTunes.

I clicked on the link and the next page had a picture of Katy Perry, and I was like Jesus H. Christ, this is going to be full of pop shit... but it wasn't!!!!

And then I read the first paragraph and it turned out that this shit wasn't really unlimited, as you it was "only $9.99 $7.99/month." It wasn't too bad. They've got Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, along with other new artists, featured on the scrollable promotional poster.

New! Now playing: Unlimited music from Google


I'd probably give it a try but I can't since I'm financially broke these days. So if any of you singed up for this, please let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Criticism of Metallica by a Metallica Fan

Criticism of Metallica by a Metallica Fan
There's something different about Metallica since they've released the Black Album in 1991. It's not that they cut their hair, or became more "commercial." In fact when asked of Metallica fans about this, they put their finger on the "commercial" aspect of the band. This goes hand-in-hand with them calling the band as "sellouts."

Being a Metallica fan myself, I could case less about Metallica selling out. If you want to be serious about it, then the fact of the matter is Metallica has been selling out since 1983 with the release of one particular song. But no one nowadays points this out; if anything they worship the band's 80's music.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Song Meaning: Welcome Home (Sanitarium) By Metallica

ARTIST: metallica | ALBUM: mater of puppets | RELEASED: 1987
Song Meaning: Welcome Home (Sanitarium) By Metallica
"Sanitarium" is a six and a half minute heavy metal power ballad by Metallica that features some of James Hetfield's best writing. Among the other fast-moving songs on Master of Puppets, this stands out for its melodic guitar solos and emotional lyrics.

The song is based on the movie, One Who Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson. The movie is about the a man ( Jack ) who managed to avoid prison time by pretending to be crazy, thus going into sanitarium instead. The lyrics of the song accurately reflects the dark atmosphere surrounding the persons portrayed in the movie.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Metallica Debuts Lords of Summer

"This is called the Lords of Summer." That's what James Hetfiled had to say when he introduced Metallica's new song which is hopefully going to be in their overdue 9th studio album.

The song was performed live in Columbia just a couple of days ago. There are already plenty of videos on Youtube of the performance. Musically it sounded like "Harvester of Sorrow", that is, it's a "heavy metal" song. Lyrically the song is about, well, summer.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Song Meaning: What Do You Do For Money Honey

ARTIST: AC/DC | ALBUM: Back in Black | RELEASED: 1980
Song Meaning: What Do You Do For Money Honey
Almost all the AC/DC song are about sex, and this is no exception. Their ability to culminate street-life living experiences garnered from over half a decade of touring prior to the release of Black in Black have resulted in songs deeply rooted in the theme of sex. These include "Let Me Put My Love Into You,", "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Shoot to Thrill" and the song I'm about to analyze, "What Do You Do For Money Honey."

The song is about a prostitute, who I'd like to think that AC/DC was familiar with back in the day. Lyrics explores her excessive lifestyle.

Analysis of lyrics:

Like any other good song, first introduces the subject matter. Right off the bat, we know the song is about a prostitute when you hear the first two lines. As the verse progresses, we get to know more about her - a restless, uneasy, and annoying person, which AC/DC sums up as "bitch." That's the best the way to describe such women in academia as well, in case you didn't know :-).

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