Happy Friday! I hope your Summer is going well. This week has very few releases that are on my radar so not a lot to choose from. There are a couple that will get a… More
To remember our Father’s we have lost, here is John Michael Montgomery’s “I Miss You A Little”. My brother-in-law, Jimmy, lost his father 21 years ago and I remember his dad. He was a great man. This song means a lot to him and still brings a tear to his eye every time he hears it. He sent me this song as he thought this would be a great song to honor his dad and now my dad on Father’s Day.
I lost my dad back in April and so this is the first Father’s Day without him. It is harder than I thought it would be. It is made easier as I am a Father and my wife and girls always make me feel special. Spending the day with them will help me get through it although it doesn’t make me miss my Dad any less.
To all the Fathers out there and all the Fathers we have lost, Happy Father’s Day!
My Sunday Song #44 is from one of my favorite artists, Will Hoge. The song is called “Not That Cool” and is off his 2003 album, ‘Blackbird on a Lonely Wire’. If you don’t know who Will Hoge is, you are missing out. He is a singer/songwriter with a southern rock, alternative country and folk rock sound. You have it to give him a listen.
“Not That Cool” was a song I heard on internet radio way back 2003. It was one of those songs that immediately connected with me and I went out and bought the album. Usually I have a 3 song rule before actually buying an album. I have to like 3 songs on it before I spend the cash. Buying “Blackbird on a Lonely Wire’ on only knowing ONE song is a strong indication on how much I loved this song.
Growing up, I was a pretty shy. I didn’t have any smooth lines, I was average looking (still am) and I wasn’t cool (still ain’t cool). I never would have had the courage to walk up to a beautiful girl in a bar and give her some line or even ask her out. That wasn’t me. That is exactly what the song is about. The song could have been written about me!! No joke! That is why this song spoke to me and I connected with it so fast. It was about ME! How I ended up with such a beautiful wife is beyond me! I married so out of my league.
Happy Friday! It is time for more new releases and one I know everyone on earth is waiting to hear…that is right…Nickelback!! Your local police will be thrilled to have new Nickelback music to play and torment their prisoners. There is quite a lot and a little for everyone so take a look and start listening. My choices are highlighted in Blue.
- Nickelback – Feed the Machine – (Nickelback II Productions): Nickelback is back (no pun intended) to bring more enjoyment to our senses (this was supposed to come out as sarcasm, but sometimes it is tough to show that in writing). Will I give it a listen??? Maybe, not sure yet. I figured I would mention it since so many people do buy their albums and go see them in concert.
- Cheap Trick – We’re All Alright! – (Big Machine): The first of two childhood favorite bands with new albums. First up is Cheap Trick. I am glad to see them still cranking out new tunes as this is their 18th studio album and they actually released one last year as well. Will I give this one a listen…hell yeah!.
For those that don’t know what the Music Challenge is I will tell you. Go out and pick up an album or stream an album based solely off one of three categories…1) Album Cover, 2) Band Name or 3) Album Name. Once you have listened to one, come tell me about it. My 6th pick is Alestorm and I chose it off the cover and the band name…here are my thoughts on it…(Parental Guidance is suggested…if foul language offends you than go read another post)
All my life, I have felt that something was missing. I didn’t know what it was and have struggled with it my whole life. Well that struggle is no more. The thing that was missing from it was PIRATE HEAVY METAL!!! Heavy Metal music with a pirate theme!! How have I never thought of that before. Thank God I found Alestorm to fill that hole missing in my life all this time.
The timing couldn’t be better with the release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie “Dead Men Tell No Tales”. Now I have a pirate movie and pirate music to go along with it! This is Alestorm’s fifth studio album and it is called ‘No Grave But the Sea’. I seriously thought this was just a novelty album, but nope…it is for real and they have now stuck with the pirate theme for 5 albums.
Linkin Park goes 180º in direction with ‘One More Light’. The heaviness from ‘The Hunting Party’ and anything else they have done is thrown out the window. Instead, Linkin Park goes entirely POP!! No heavy guitars, very little in the realm of rap and overall full on aggressiveness is gone.
The closest you get to old school Linkin Park is “Good Goodbye (feat. Pusha T & Stormzy)”. This is one of the few songs I do like despite the dumbest lyric in history brought to us by Pusha T…
“Goodbye, good riddance
A period is after every sentence”
Really!! A period is after every sentence??? That is the best you could come up with to rhyme with good riddance. Suckish!
The first single, “Heavy”, is great, but only because of Kiiara’s voice. She brings an elegance to the song that is needed. A few other songs I did end up enjoying included “Talking to Myself”, “Invisible” and “Sharp Edges”. They were catchy even if unoriginal. The remainder of the album meandered along and was completely forgettable.
‘One More Light’ is not worth your time. I might have liked it if I didn’t know it was Linkin Park.
5 keepers out 10 songs – 50% (2.5 out 5 stars)
For My Sunday Song #43, I had to choose one of the best Rush songs of all time…”Tom Sawyer”. The song is the opening track of their top-selling album, ‘Moving Pictures’. ‘Moving Pictures’ was my introduction to Rush. When I first heard “Tom Sawyer” on MTV, I was blown away.
The sound of Geddy Lee’s synthesizer and that drum beat by Neil Peart throughout is spectacular. And not to be out done, Alec Lifeson’s solo is perfect. It is one of those songs that is unforgettable and for me is the defining song of Rush. It was this song and the album ‘Moving Pictures’ that made me a Rush fan. And one of the best concerts I have even been to was Rush!
All three members of the band were involved in writing the song along with Pye Dubois. Pye Dubois was the lyricist for another Canadian band called Max Webster. For me that is interesting because one album I got in a box of vinyl from my brother-in-law was Max Webster. I was completely unfamiliar with them and was going to start listening to it when I discovered the connection with Rush. Now it really makes me want to check them out. I really love when bands have these little connections between one another.
It is Friday yet again and there are even more albums out and ready for you to go buy, stream or do with it as you will. Not a lot this week, but one critical one for my kids. The ones I will check out are highlighted in Blue. I hope there is something for you.
- Katy Perry – Witness – (Capitol Records): After 4 long years since Prism, Katy is back and better than ever…well…maybe not. She has released 3 singles are ready and I have to say I am not that impressed. I only like the first one “Chain to the Rhythm”, the rest have been kind of awful (especially “Bon Appetit”). And I have to mention how awful the album cover looks to me. Not off to a good start. I will still give it a try though, but expectations are now pretty low.
- Lady Antebellum – Heart Break – (Capitol Nashville): Lady Antebellum is back after three years and the members doing a little stuff on their own. They are pure pop country, but I love Charles Kelley’s voice and Hillary Scott’s as well. Put the two together and wow!!