After writing a rather difficult entry tonight “Praying for Newtown & Mankind” I thought I’d go in a different direction to cap off a rather good night. I’ve wanted to put together a blog entry on the value music has on me. But, I just have never really got around too it, for a multitude of reasons. A) I’ve meant to write about it, but I go in 14 different directions. B) I am in the midst of a struggling 2014-15 season with the Edmonton Oilers in NHL 13. Major Stanley Cup hangover. I guess it even happens in video games. Damnit. But, before I get going on my frustrations with there, and it begins with my goaltending. Pathetic. Haha. Ok, Music.
Music is, and always has been something that has been of significant sentimental value to me. I don’t go anywhere often without listening too it. Work, Working out, driving, gaming, even writing in this blog! It often is inspiring and gets me in that mood so i can become an absolute wordsmith (kidding) I have been fortunate enough as well, to have been raised around good music. While, I may not have known it then. I certainly appreciate the hockey road trips too and from Cold Lake, Lloydminster, Spruce Grove or wherever the hell else we were going where my mom would blast what I thought to be shit at the time. Elton John, Alanis, The Hip, Paul Simon, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan… even Matthew Good, though I always liked him when I was younger, I could never admit that I liked music Mudder liked. Now, much of the music I listen too now, is much of the same I had to listen too then. Thankfully, her music tastes wore onto me. Music is something that I am so passionate about, that I simply can not handle shitty music. There is no quicker trigger to me being more fucking miserable then having to hear a shitty song. Basically anything by Pitbull, or any other song where you only need to hear half of it while it comes on the radio station at the mall… And while it is muffled and quiet, you still know every word next time the song comes on the radio…1 hour later. Too me, good music is not that. This is why when Amanda and I drive anywhere, I drive. For the simple reason that, I can control the music. No one else. No one dare messes with my stereo controls! It’s a bad habit, and selfish habit. But, I get so easily annoyed, and frustrated when someone is playing horrible music around me. I am sorry, but a song about the DJ pumping you up at the club… That isn’t music. It’s a bunch of shitty noise. Good music is well-written, it’s clever, it’s resonating, plus it sounds good. Music that you need to listen too a few times to maybe understand what it means. Music that is just well put together, as a whole. Thats good music. Something that sounds good, and lyrics that keep you involved, and every time you listen to the song, you pick up on something else, or it triggers something for you. These are the songs that mom and my sister used to play when I was 11, 12 years old and I hated them because they maybe didn’t sound cool back then, or because the artist wore purple glasses with star lenses. Now, I appreciate that. Thankfully I grew up. A little bit.
Another reason for my extreme passion in song, is just the sentimental value it holds. It was something that was a huge part of my sister’s life. She loved music. She was always playing it. and while, I was younger, I would pretty well listen to whatever it was she listened too, because I thought it was cool & hip. She just had such a wide-range of taste in music. Taught me too really open up my tastes in music, which I never could in the past. I used to be a 1-2 genre kind of person. Now, if you were to ask me what I like, I would ask you first what kind of mood do you want me to answer for, because it changes. I can be listening to Garth Brooks one morning, too anything by Maynard Keenan by the afternoon, and then 2pac in the evening. I never used too be able to do this, I would never open up too it. I think it’s something that my sister really taught me, and I sincerely appreciate.
Music is something that is extremely important too me, it is at times inspiring, sentimental and therapeutic for me. But, if you ever want too see my lose my shit. As I said, Turn on Amp 90.3, or any station of the like. I will instantly turn from the happiest fellow, to the worst. This truly is the only thing that can, and will make me the grumpiest man on the planet at the push of the seek button. I think a lot of people could vouch for this. I just turn miserable, grouchy and gutless. What can I say. I hate shitty noise, and that’s what it is! While, there is “bad music” that I do like. And, I recognize that it is bad, but I don’t mind it. It’s typically short term. Ie. Nickelback, Drake, the odd techno-house-dubstep…. whatever it is called music. I do like some of that stuff, but it’s more of “in-the-moment” thing, and it certainly doesn’t hold any sentimental value for me.
So, in conclusion. I thought I would create a list of some of my favorite all time songs. These are some MY all time favorite songs. I don’t give a rats ass if you like them or not, or where they are on your list. Because, we are not the same. These songs qualify for my list, because they are songs I heard many moons ago, and I still listen too them regularly today. This too me, is how you qualify a “favorite song” Favorite songs take time. A song that came out this summer, has not been out long enough to qualify as a favorite. If I still listen to it in 4 years… Then, we call it. It’s like getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dirt Road Anthem is certainly waiting! Additionally, they are songs that just mean something too me. Whether, its a lyric, or a sound that brings a special moment too mind. And, most of these songs… Are songs I was introduced too by mostly my mom and sister. (Sorry Dad… but, I just don’t care much for AC/DC & Jerky Boys) Although, Garth certainly came from you! Thanks old man. And maybe Kickstart my Heart. Which, makes the hall.
In no particular order.
- Drinking in LA – Bran Van 3000
- Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
- Round Here – Counting Crows
- Wild Horses – Rolling Stones
- Outside – Aaron Lewis
- Hello Time Bomb – Matthew Good Band
- Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
- Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
- Ironic – Alanis Morrisette
- Suburbia – Matthew Good Band
- Nautical Disaster – The Tragically Hip
- Tiny Dancer – Elton John
- Bennie & the Jets – Elton John
- Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
- The Dance – Garth Brooks
- Rodeo – Garth Brooks
- Silver Jet – The Tragically Hip
- Fiddlers Green – The Tragically Hip
- Judith – A Perfect Circle
- You Oughta Know – Alanis Morrisette
- The Fall of Man – Matthew Good Band
- Champions of Nothing – Matthew Good
- …. Just add basically any Matthew Good song to this list. I will just say that instead of adding them.
- Jesus Christ – Brand New
- Everything You Want – Vertical Horizon
- If You’ll be my Bodyguard – Paul Simon
- Inside Out – Eve 6
- Suburbia – Matthew Good Band (Had to acknowledge this song – Was one of Jens favs)
- First TIme – Finger Eleven
- Hey Jealously – Gin Blossoms
- Unwell – Matchbox 20
- Lightning Crashes – Live
- Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
- 46 & 2 – Tool
- And, about 35 more Tragically Hip songs!
That’s my elongated list of my favorite songs. You might not like some of the listed songs, and may argue, but, thats why it is my list, and your opinion is completely irrelevant. However, by definition of “good music” I am confident, not a single song listed could be argued. Sooo. Pound sand.
Thank you too my mom, my sister and my dad for bringing me up around good sounds!
…. Brody, I will teach you soon!