Follow me on a rambling journey today, and you shall be rewarded with some new experiences.
And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
– William Congreve, 1697
Ever have a piece of poetry materialize for no reason in your head, and you cannot shake it? “Music has charms to sooth the savage beast” is the quote generally used in today’s speeches or references, but it is not correct. I absolutely hated Literature classes in school; I used to ask in what way this would benefit me, or would I use it, in the future? Who would have guessed that a quote from decades ago would have stumbled into my consciousness once more, and forced me to look it up so that I could actually get the correct saying in the form that it was once written?
Music. Sounds from the soul. It is a form of art, in which every single person can participate in and experience. It is pure emotion…and we listen to different forms of music depending on our current state of being and our mindset. It is something invisible, that comes to life to be recognized and appreciated…only to disappear again once more into the abyss when we no longer need or use it.
Over the years, I have amassed a very large music collection. First, on 8-track tapes and records, then cassette, and to the last type of physical medium…those round platters known as CD and DVD. Now, like many others, I have purged those physical pieces of media that take up so much room and replaced them with virtual files of bits and bytes that deliver the highest-quality recordings available. There’s still something to be said for listing to a old vinyl record recording from the Letterman, Frank Sinatra, or the Beatles though.
To say that my collection consists of thousands of songs would be a vast understatement. There is no way to listen to all that I have in my current lifetime, or even if I was afforded ten more trips through life again. What it does allow me to do is sample the unknowns; sometimes being revolted by what I hear…but many times becoming entranced. How many songs in the past year have you heard that you could not let go of in your mind? Ever put a song on repeat and listen to it five times in a row? Wake up in the middle of the night, a song now merged into your forethought, and you wondered its current significance?
Yeah, happens to me too sometimes.
At home, I don’t mind sampling music and putting up with going through the “trash” in order to find the ones I will enjoy listening to again. On the bike however, I want only to listen to music that melds perfectly into my current temperament and will be enjoyed. Usually once a year, I build up the following months’ motorcycle riding CD or MP3 collection out of the library available to me. This year’s riding music is burnt and copied…ready to go.
I listen to rock, country, classical, instrumental, jazz, light rap, blues, and anything else that has an underlying beat to it. Enjoy the bass, but most important, the music has to flow effortlessly. I will sacrifice music with bass for tones and sounds that provide fulfillment. There are what…millions of bands since the beginning of time, all over the world? Unfortunately, very few songs I actually really get into. Each person is different too…so my tastes are rarely the same as the next person’s.
Of this year’s 1,244 songs that I’ll be listening to throughout the year, in conjunction with days of listening to radio, audio books, my passenger, the person pulling up next to me at the stop light, or just with the cadence of my Harley’s muffler tone, I thought I’d share a few with any of my readers today. I will try something different and instead of listing the entire playlist that I have made of notable and unknown artists alike, I figured I’d enlighten some others by giving you some names you may not be familiar with. Feel free to go find samples of the songs on Youtube or Vimeo or whatever video site you like.
The songs I picked below may or may not be known by you. If you go seek and find these songs and enjoy them, then search for the artist or band’s other songs. I picked those that have a nice collection of offerings to their fans, but just provided one song choice for each of the groups. I enjoy all of the following; some more than others. Again, I’m throwing out a range of suggested works…not just a list of my favorites. So, let’s begin.
Imagine Dragons – Demons (this is one of my favorite all-time songs)
Bastille – Bad Blood
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Phillip Phillips – Home
Passenger – Let Her Go
AVICII – Hey Brother
Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom
AWOLNATION – Sail
Bleu Edmonson – Finger On The Trigger
Redlight King – Born To Rise
Shinedown – Simple Man
Macy Kate Band – Radioactive
Animexion Jota- Bad Girlfriend
Theory of a Deadman – Bad Girlfriend (different than the above)
Chris Rea – Road To Hell
Ed Sheeran & Passenger – No Diggity
Everlast – White Trash Beautiful
Michael Franti – Hey, Hey, Hey
Oleander – Why I’m Here
Saving Abel – Addicted
Sick Puppies – Riptide
Stereophonics – Long Way Round
The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
Zack Wylde – Throwin’ It All Away
Alter Bridge – Rise Today
Crossfade – Cold
DragonForce – Through The Fire and Flames
Fates Warning – Eye To Eye
Testament – Return To Serenity
Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company
Halestorm – I Miss The Misery
Trapt – Headstrong
Hardline – Hot Cherie
Jackyl – Favorite Sin
Offspring – Heavens So Far Away
Blackberry Smoke – Good One Coming On
Gary Allan – Highway Junkie
The Lacs – Country Boys Paradise
Brantley Gilbert – Bottoms Up
Blackjack Billy – Born to Ride
Jimmy Cornett – Road to Heaven
Whiskey Myers – Road of Life
Casey Donahew Band – Nowhere Fast
Common Ones – American Gangster
Holly Williams – The Highway
Michael Petersen – Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie
The Cadillac Three – The South
The Tyler McCumber Band – Windmill
Joe Satriani – Summer Song
Cyber Lion – Cait Lin
David Garrett – The 5th
Eric Johnson – Cliffs of Dover
John Petrucci – Glasgow Kiss
Tony Macalane – Autumn Lords
The one song that gets the most attention when others hear it
Clarence Carter’s Strokin’.
There ya have it. Fifty-five samples from my 2014 play list of twelve hundred and forty-four sources of soul tranquility. Enjoy.
Oh yeah…three months from today….departure.
Enjoy your weekend.