Rick Springfield has been releasing music since the early 70’s. You have the teeny bopper music from the 70’s to the pop hits he had in the 80’s including “Jessie’s Girl” which made him very famous. And now at 68, he brings his 20th studio album called “The Snake King”.
He has done many styles over the years and this time he ventures into the Blues genre. The album is a mixture of Blues Rock and straight up Blues. Now, this isn’t Blues like you would think with Curtis Mayfield or Robert Johnson, heck it isn’t even Blues like Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. This is Rick Springfield Blues. He can try different genres, but he will always have that Rick Springfield sound and feel to his albums. You can’t be around for 5 decades in music and not have your own style or vibe.
The Blues can be very depressing and sad at times and you might think, how is Rick going to honestly convey those emotions. Well, let me tell you he hits the nail on the head with the blues. Rick has suffered immensely with depression and he has had many issues in his life. He digs deep and captures the stories and feelings from those dark times.
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Scott Stapp. Where do you begin? The Creed frontman has been ridiculed and the talk of much gossip with his numerous personal issues. He seems to be one of those artists that people love to hate. I don’t get it. I will go ahead and say this upfront. I think he is an awesome singer and a great frontman. I like Creed!! I like Scott Stapp!! I like Art of Anarchy!! I like everything he has done…okay, maybe not everything…but heckuva lot of it.
Scott’s personal demons are well documented…his drinking problems, many addictions and his battle with bipolar disorder. He has attempted suicide, been in and out of rehab and so many other things that nobody wants to have happen to them. At the time of this album, he seemed to be doing really well. But shortly after, he came crashing down again.
‘Proof of Life’ is Scott’s 2nd solo album and is probably his most personal and honest record he has ever done. It takes you on a stroll through all his struggles and how he somehow is able to get back up and fight back. There are many Christian overtones in the music, but it is not a Christian album. It is a mainstream, hard rock album…no doubt. It is probably the best thing he has ever done. Yes, I said it…The BEST thing he has ever done!!!
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For My Sunday Song #73, I am going with “Let’s Go Crazy by Prince. This is the first one of 2018, so let’s get a little crazy and start the year off with a legend. By the end of the year, I will be 50 so we need to go a little nuts this year in preparation for that milestone. The song came out in 1984 and was off the album ‘Purple Rain’. It was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and might be his most recognizable song. I think everyone knows this song and if you don’t, shame on you.
The song opens with Prince giving a eulogy accompanied by an organ and it definitely makes it feel like a funeral. That doesn’t last long and the song kicks in and rocks out. The outro of the song is Prince showing that he was no slouch on the electric guitar. It was one of the best guitar solos you will hear in a song. A freakin’ masterpiece. It was this song that made everyone fall in love with Prince. He crossed over genres and even metal heads thought the man was amazing and damn he could play.
When reading the lyrics, the song seems to be about the battle of good and evil. The devil will try and take you down the elevator, but you need to fight and punch a “higher floor” (God maybe?). It also seems to be about finding that meaning in life and strive for that. It seems to have a lot of different meanings. Now, I am not sure what the “purple banana” is, but sounds like something we should all look for though. I found this article that spoke about the Purple Banana and it was an interesting take on the song. Give it a click and check it out. They basically ask the questions…
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We are now to the end of the “My First Time” series. I ended up skipping it in November as their were too many new albums to review, plus I just wasn’t in the mood, That got me thinking. I don’t like being tied down to a specific album or theme. I want to review albums whenever I am in the mood to do it. Doing this series, limited me a little so I figured I would do one more and then just start reviewing any album, any time…no theme.
I figured if it was going to be my last, it needed to be something special. For me, that means Kiss!! The “My First Time” series is about the FIRST album I bought from a band. Believe it or not, that album is ‘Lick It Up’ by Kiss. A couple of my brothers were huge fans and had all their albums, but I had never bought one. That changed with the excitement of this release.
What was all the excitement about this album? Well, I am glad you asked. Kiss sales had been in the decline. Even with the stellar album ‘Creatures of the Night’ (one of their best), Kiss needed to do something to shake things up. So they did just that. They removed the make-up. It was such a big deal, MTV held a special for the band to reveal themselves without make-up. They also introduced the video for their first single, “Lick It Up”. Here is the MTV special reveal…
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My Sunday Song #40 is by Jeremy Camp and it is called “He Knows”. This is the last in this 10 songs all with a Christian message from Christian artists. The next 10 will be a little different. They will be 10 of my all time favorite songs. Not necessarily the Top 10, but definitely could be. “He Knows” was the first single off his latest release from 2015 called “I Will Follow”. It went as high as #4 on the Christian music charts.
What does “He Knows” mean to me? Well, it basically means that no matter the troubles or hardships, God knows what I am going through. He knows every pain I am feeling and every struggle I go through. No matter if I stray away, he has compassion and will always welcome me back or he will help me get through my hardships. There have been quite a few over the last year, but when I am ready to reach out for help, he is there to help and to listen.
I will let Jeremy Camp speak to the meaning behind the song for him. Watch the video below if you would like to know.
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Colton Dixon is one of the rising stars in the Christian genre. As everyone always has to mention, he is a former American Idol contestant who finished in 7th place on Season 11. Now on his third album, the maturity and vocal talent are hitting their peak. Colton has been growing with each release and ‘Identity’ shows definitely shows that growth.
‘Identity’ is a very ambitious album for this young singer. The Deluxe Edition is a startling 17 tracks and is a loosely based concept album. I say loosely as the album doesn’t tell a story from beginning to end, but appears to be broken into three parts with the songs representing that theme. The three themes are “The Mind”, “The Body” and “The Spirit”.
The first part of the album is “The Mind”. The album starts off with the Interlude called “The Mind” which is an instrumental piece with angel like voiceovers by a female and male voiceover giving you the theme of the section. It is actually quite great. The song transitions seamlessly into the title track “Identity”. The four songs in this section are all pop songs that in one shape or another are representative of the mind.
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For My Sunday Song #38, I chose “Even If” by MercyMe. I know I just did a MercyMe but that post was written before I discovered this song. The song is off their new album, “Lifer” and is the first single from that release (Click on “Lifer” to read the review). It is currently #1 on iTunes in the Christian genre.
What I get from the song is that no matter how dark things may get, no matter how bad your situation may be, no matter if you feel if God is not their to help…He is there for you! There is someone I know that is probably going through the most difficult time of their life and I hope they dig deep and reach out to God for forgiveness and for help.
God is a comfort for me. I might not “walk the walk” or “talk the talk” as a Christian person should, but I know He is there when I need Him…which is a lot.
From FreeCCM.com, I found an article by FreeCCMAbby that discusses the meaning behind the song. There is a video you can watch that will discuss the song. I am borrowing the following quote from the site
“Even If” is a reminder to people in difficult situations that don’t seem to go away. God is worthy long before any of those circumstances even showed up. This song is a declaration to God that even if He went silent and never said another word, He’s still worthy to be praised and that He’s our greatest hope in the midst of the trial.” – Bart Millard (MercyMe)
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For My Sunday Song # 37, I chose “The Other Side” by Colton Dixon. The song is off his new album “Identity” and if you haven’t heard it, be prepared to be impacted. Colton is a former American Idol contestant who has found his calling in Christian Music. This is his third album and it is an ambitious album to say the least. I believe he has delivered a stellar collection of songs (See review HERE).
The song, “The Other Side”, has impacted me greatly. The song is about not fearing death and how beautiful the other side is after death. Here is Colton and his wife discussing the meaning behind the song.
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My Sunday Song #36 is “Get Up Get Out” by the Rhett Walker Band. The song is off their 2012 album ‘Come to the River’. Rhett Walker is a Christian Rock & Southern Rock band out of Nashville, Tennessee. I discovered them by listening to Needtobreathe and this was listed as “Similar Bands”, so I checked them out and I am glad I did.
This song is about not being silent. It is about taking action and not being afraid to be different than everyone else. Whether it is speaking out in support of an issue or speaking out in favor of your faith, the song is an anthem to take action…positive action of course.
I am very guilty of not speaking up and giving my opinion. I see what goes on with social media and how everyone gets attacked for speaking out against any little thing or for posting a picture that is completely harmless, but social media tears the person apart.
However, i just sit back and don’t speak out against any of that…why? Well, mostly I don’t want to get attacked or I don’t want to say something that will be misconstrued and I end of getting fired at work for some strange reason. Now, don’t get me wrong, if there is something terrible going wrong with something I see in public or happening to my kids, I will speak out. I am talking about social media. I purposely don’t comment on a lot of the controversial posts for this reason.
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My Sunday Song #33 is going to highlight the song “Priceless” by for King & Country. The song is off their album ‘Run.Wild.Live.Free.’. The song was also the title of a movie they did called “Priceless” which was about human trafficking.
I am going to still this from Wikipedia about the plot of the movie:
The story is inspired by true events. The main character, James Stevens, after losing his wife and daughter, is unable to hold a steady job and agrees to drive a box truck across the country with no questions asked, then discovers that he is actually “delivering” two girls as part of a human trafficking ring. Stevens then must decide what to do and how to fight to shut down a trafficking ring.
It is hard to believe that today we still have issues with human trafficking and thankfully for King & Country shine a light on the issue still plaguing us. We are all priceless whether you are a girl, a boy, black, white, an immigrant or whatever your nationality, race or sexuality. God knows you and through him you can help find the light to shine and show you the way.
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