Saturday, February 28, 2015

Got You Covered: Hurt



Today we have a song that has been covered a few times. We'll take a look at the original and two of the covers. And we'll ask 'Who Sang It Best?'

"Hurt" is a song written by Trent Reznor, first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996.

The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. Some listeners contend that the song acts as a suicide note written by the album's protagonist, as a result of his depression, while others claim that it describes the difficult process of finding a reason to live in spite of depression and pain

http://youtu.be/fb4qyuR7_cc



In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song for his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. Its accompanying video, featuring images from Cash's life, was named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME in July 2011.

When Trent Reznor was asked if Cash could cover his song, Reznor said he was "flattered" but worried that "the idea sounded a bit gimmicky." He became a fan of Cash's version, however, once he saw the music video.

 I pop the video in, and wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore... It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.

71 years of age at the time of filming (in February 2003), Cash had serious health problems and his frailty is clearly evident in the video. He died seven months later (September 12); his wife, June Carter Cash, who participated in the video, died three months after filming (May 15), closely preceding him in death.

This would be the last music video that Johnny Cash would ever make.

http://youtu.be/SmVAWKfJ4Go




British singer Leona Lewis covered the song as well, and included it on her first EP, Hurt: The EP. The song was met with mixed reviews. Lewis told Radio 1's Newsbeat, "People write music and the music is out there for people to interpret it how they want to. As long as it's coming from a genuine place. I actually am a big fan of that song and a big fan of the Johnny Cash cover. But that song in particular really speaks to me. Lyrically it's a song that is very intense and has painful lyrics."


http://youtu.be/wkWo2srE7nY



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Friday, February 27, 2015

All Out Of Love


"All Out of Love" is a pop ballad by Air Supply, released in 1980. It was written by Graham Russell and Clive Davis.

All Out Of Love

I'm lying alone with my head on the phone
Thinking of you till it hurts
I know you hurt too but what else can we do
Tormented and torn apart
I wish I could carry your smile and my heart
For times when my life feels so low
It would make me believe what tomorrow could bring
When today doesn't really know, doesn't really know

I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you
I know you were right believing for so long
I'm all out of love, what am I without you
I can't be too late to say that I was so wrong

I want you to come back and carry me home
Away from this long lonely nights
I'm reaching for you, are you feeling it too
Does the feeling seem oh so right
And what would you say if I called on you now
And said that I can't hold on
There's no easy way, it gets harder each day
Please love me or I'll be gone, I'll be gone

Oh, what are you thinking of?
What are you thinking of?
Oh, what are you thinking of?
What are you thinking of?


Air Supply is an Australian soft rock duo, consisting of Graham Russell as guitarist and singer-songwriter and Russell Hitchcock as lead vocalist. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. They formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975 and have included various accompanying musicians and singers.








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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Story of The Safety Dance

Story of The Safety Dance http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/safety-dance-story.html #MenWithoutHats #SafetyDance

Did you sing those words as you read them?

"The Safety Dance" is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers "pogoing" to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming.

Story of The Safety Dance http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/safety-dance-story.html #MenWithoutHats #SafetyDance
The song was written by Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for pogoing. New wave dancing, especially "pogoing", was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if "pogoers" accidentally bounced into one another (the more deliberately violent evolution of "pogoing" is slam dancing). The bouncers did not like 'pogoing" so they would tell "pogoers" to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression. Other lyrics in the song include references to the way "pogoing" looked to bouncers, especially "And you can act real rude and totally removed/And I can act like an imbecile"

Story of The Safety Dance http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/safety-dance-story.html #MenWithoutHats #SafetyDance
Ivan Doroschuk responded to two common interpretations of the song. Firstly, he notes it is not a call for safe sex. Doroschuk says that is reading too much into the lyrics. Secondly, he explained that it is not an anti-nuclear protest song per se despite the nuclear imagery at the end of the video. Doroschuk stated that "it wasn't a question of just being anti-nuclear, it was a question of being anti-establishment."


Story of The Safety Dance http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/safety-dance-story.html #MenWithoutHats #SafetyDance
Men Without Hats initially consisted of Ivan Doroschuk (vocals, keyboards) and Jeremie Arrobas (keyboards & electronics), as well as Ivan's brother Stefan (guitars), with various other members joining and leaving the group, including a third Doroschuk brother, Colin (electronics). The band was founded in 1977 in Montréal and would undergo numerous personnel changes through the rest of the decade with Stefan, Colin, and Arrobas as the only relative constants joining Ivan. The name came about because Ivan and his two brothers, following the self-described principle of "style before comfort", refused to wear hats during Montréal's cold winters, calling themselves "the men without hats." (A popular but apocryphal tale is that an announcer at an early gig misread the band's name as "Men Without Pants.")


The band has reformed and regrouped several times since their beginning.

In 2013, Men Without Hats toured around the U.S. as part of the 80's themed Regeneration Tour with other acts such as Howard Jones, Andy Bell of Erasure, and Berlin.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Look at Alternative Rock Band R.E.M.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about a cover of REM's song "Losing My Religion". (You can read that post HERE) At that time, I promised I would write more about the band at a later date. That date has finally arrived.

alternative rock band REM
 R.E.M. were an alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia,in 1980. The band originally consisted of Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar, mandolin), Mike Mills (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Bill Berry (drums, vocals). Berry retired from the band in October 1997 after having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995.

R.E.M. released its first single, ”Radio Free Europe“, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur , and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love “. The group signed to Warner Bros. in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

alternative rock band REM
By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed as a pioneer of the genre and released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band’s established sound. R.E.M.’s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a three-piece. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On 21 September 2011, after over 30 years together, R.E.M. announced that they had split up.
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"Orange Crush" was released as the first single from the band's sixth studio album, Green, in 1988. It was not commercially released in the U.S. despite reaching number one as a promotional single on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks (where, at the time, it had the record for longest stay at number one with eight weeks, beating U2). It peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Charts, making it the band's then-highest chart hit in Britain, where they promoted the song by making their debut appearance on Top of the Pops.

The video for the song, directed by Matt Mahurin, won the band its first VMA, for Best Post-Modern Video. "Orange Crush" was also the first song to win in the category.

The song's title is a reference to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange manufactured by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical for the U.S. Department of Defense and used in the Vietnam War. As a guest on the late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly, Michael Stipe explained that the song was about a young American football player leaving the comforts of home for the war in Vietnam.

http://youtu.be/_mSmOcmk7uQ



"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" appeared on their 1987 album Document, the 1988 compilation Eponymous, and the 2006 compilation And I Feel Fine... The Best of the I.R.S Years 1982–1987.

The song originated from a previously unreleased song called "PSA" ("Public Service Announcement"); the two songs are very similar in melody and tempo. "PSA" was itself later released as a single in 2003, under the title "Bad Day."

The song is known for its quick flying, seemingly stream of consciousness rant with a number of diverse references, including a quartet of individuals with the initials "L.B." (Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs). In a 1990s interview with Musician magazine, Michael Stipe claimed that the "L.B." references came from a dream he had in which he found himself at a party surrounded by famous people who all shared these initials.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Who is Meghan Trainor and is she really All About That Bass?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that included a cover of Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass". At that time, I promised I would write more about her at a later date.  Ladies and Gentlemen, that date has arrived.

Who is Meghan Trainor? http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/meghan-trainor.html #MeghanTrainor



Who is Meghan Trainor? http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/meghan-trainor.html #MeghanTrainor
Meghan Trainor is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Trainor began singing at the tender age of 6 and songwriting at age 11. She later became a member of a band called Island Fusion and a jazz band at high school. At the age of 15, Trainor produced and released a self-titled album. She then attended the Berklee College of Music and found success at a variety of songwriting contests across the United States. In 2011, she released two acoustic albums, I'll Sing with You and Only 17. The latter earned her a song publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, where she wrote for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter, among others.

In February 2014, Trainor was signed to Epic Records by L.A. Reid after performing her song "All About That Bass" on the ukulele for him. The song was later championed by Reid as Trainor's debut single and saw a release on June 30, 2014. "All About That Bass" became a best-selling single. It was number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks. The single preceded Trainor's debut EP Title, which debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 in September 2014. Trainor's second single, "Lips Are Movin", marked her second consecutive top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. Her debut album, Title, was released on January 9, 2015.

Trainor's music is predominantly bubblegum pop, blue-eyed soul, doo-wop and pop in sound. Her lyrics mainly deal with subjects of 21st-century womanhood and self-empowerment. Trainor's work has been recognized with a variety of award nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "All About That Bass" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Meghan Trainor turned 21 years of age on December 22, 2014.


Here is "Title" from her debut album, Title.

http://youtu.be/xqc-akOWPe8






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Monday, February 23, 2015

Who the Heck is Paul McCartney?

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Pardon me... I need to Vent!

I am beginning to think that there is something inherently wrong with our latest generation.

Recently, Sir Paul McCartney collaborated on a song, "Only One" with Kanye West. Many of Kanye's fans took to Twitter to find out who the "unknown" artist is on the track and even credited Kanye with helping McCartney acquire fame.

One twit tweeted:
"Who is Paul McCartney? Why do people love him?"
"Paul McCartney is obviously using Kanye for fame,"
she added.

Another twit tweeted:
"I don't know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!!"


At first I thought the whole 'Who is Paul McCartney' thing was a hoax. A stupid hoax, but still a hoax.

And I worry about Sir Paul's senility. After all, he's the one that made the choice to pair up with that d-bag (and I'm not talking dimes here) Kanye (don't even get me started on my thoughts here!).

Then came the Grammy's.  On stage was Kanye, Rihanna, and Sir Paul McCartney.  It seemed there was a little *ahem* audio trouble and Sir Paul's mic was not plugged in.

 The day after the Grammy's, a friend of mine was at the salon getting her hair done.  One of the girls commented about the Grammy's "Wasn't it nice of Kanye and Rihanna to let that old man on stage with them?"

Seriously? Granted they may not know about Paul McCartney and Wings, but who on this planet has not heard of the Beatles? You know, the group that has been the inspiration for just about every other band since?

But now that I reflect upon this, ever since I started this blog, I'd get comments on well-known artists stating how they had never heard of such and such individual. But to not know who Paul McCartney is? That's a sin against music.

So let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Sir Paul McCartney.

Who the Heck is Paul McCartney? http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/09/paul-mccartney.html #PaulMcCartney



Here are some quick facts:
  • McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist.
  • More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday", more than any other copyrighted song in history.
  • Wings' 1977 release "Mull of Kintyre" is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999
  • McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100
  • As of 2014 he has sold more than 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States.
  • McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.
  • McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music.
  • He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education.
  • He has married three times and is the father of five children.

Who the heck is Paul McCartney?  Indeed.  If you want to know more, Google it.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Got You Covered: SOS

I found the song for today's installment of Got You Covered, while surfing the internet.  I love it when I find little gems like this.

Back in the 70's to early 80's there was a band from Sweden named ABBA. They cranked out a number of popular hits during their time.  I'll tell you more about them in a later post.

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One such hit was this song. It was released in 1975:

http://youtu.be/cvChjHcABPA



I always did like this song. I recall sitting in a music classroom in school and the teacher was trying to teach us this song. Here's an interesting side note about this song - "SOS" is the only Hot 100 single (or #1 single in Australia) in which both the title and the credited act are palindromes.

Fast forward about 10 years. A little band from Quebec, Canada showed up on the music scene. These guys called themselves Men Without Hats. They, too,  were quite popular in their time. I'll talk more about them later as well.



Got You Covered: SOS http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/02/covered-sos.html #ABBA #MenWithoutHats


Today, I found a little gem on the internet. It is Men Without Hats performing ABBA.  Lead singer Ivan Doroschuk credits ABBA as being his biggest musical influence. 

Listen to Men Without Hats version:

http://youtu.be/KgpFJWEqGjc




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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Got You Covered - Uptown Funk

Today's installment of "Got You Covered" takes us to FunkyTown


"Uptown Funk" is a song recorded by English producer Mark Ronson, with guest vocals by American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special. The song was written by Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Mars and Philip Lawrence; with Ronson, Mars and Bhasker credited for producing it as well.

The single has been commercially successful, spending several weeks at the top of the charts. The single holds the title of the all-time most streamed track in a single week in the United Kingdom, having been streamed a record 2.56 million times in a single week.

The tune is rather catchy. Here, have a listen:

http://youtu.be/OPf0YbXqDm0



The latest craze it seems to be that new, catchy songs are quickly covered and parodied. I've seen quite a few versions of the song myself.

One of the better parodies is called "Suburban Funk" which features soccer moms living in surburbia, and of course, the lyrics are changed to fit their version.



Have a listen:

http://youtu.be/qGfKCcV2XXo



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Break Up Songs: Since U Been Gone

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"Since U Been Gone" is a song recorded by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson from her second studio album, Breakaway. The song, which was written and produced by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, was released on November 16, 2004 by RCA Records as the lead single from the album. It is an uptempo pop rock, and power pop song that infuses electronic sound with a mixture of soft and loud alternative-rock sound. Martin originally wrote "Since U Been Gone" with Pink in mind but she turned it down. It was then given to Hilary Duff but she rejected the song because she could not reach its higher notes. The song was finally given to Clarkson after Clive Davis convinced the writers to give it to her. Clarkson decided to add heavier guitars and harder drums to the song after noticing that the demo had an obvious pop sound. Lyrically, the song is written from a woman's point of view where she expresses her sense of relief --- albeit ambivalent at the end, evidently --- with the end of her troubled relationship.

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Since U Been Gone

Here's the thing
We started out friends
It was cool, but it was all pretend
Yeah, yeah
Since you been gone

You're dedicated, you took the time
Wasn't long till I called you mine
Yeah, yeah
Since you been gone

And all you'd ever hear me say
Is how I picture me with you
That's all you'd ever hear me say

But since you been gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you
Now I get what I want
Since you been gone

How can I put it? You put me on
I even fell for that stupid love song
Yeah, yeah
Since you been gone

How come I've never heard you say
I just want to be with you?
Guess you never felt that way

But since you been gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you
Now I get what I want
Since you been gone

You had your chance, you blew it
Out of sight, out of mind
Shut your mouth, I just can't take it
Again, and again, and again, and again

Since you been gone (since you been gone)
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you (thanks to you)
Now I get, I get what I want

I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you (thanks to you), now I get (I get)
You should know (you should know)
That I get
I get what I want
Since you been gone
Since you been gone
Since you been gone


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Break Up Songs: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

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"The problem is all inside your head", she said to me
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover

She said, it's really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore, I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
But I'll repeat myself at the risk of being crude
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free

Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Ooo, slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
You just listen to me

Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

She said, it grieves me so to see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do to make you smile again
I said, I appreciate that and would you please explain
About the fifty ways

She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe in the morning you'll begin to see the light
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free

Oh, you hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
You just listen to me

Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free
 

"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" was Paul Simon's biggest solo hit. Written after Simon's divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song is a mistress's humorous advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship. Song was released in late 1975.

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Paul Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman with the poet Derek Walcott.

Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. In 1986, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Break Up Songs: Pictures Of You


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 Pictures Of You

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel

Remembering
You standing quiet in the rain
As I ran to your heart to be near
And we kissed as the sky fell in
Holding you close
How I always held close in your fear
Remembering
You running soft through the night
You were bigger and brighter and wider than snow
And screamed at the make-believe
Screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage
To let it all go

Remembering
You fallen into my arms
Crying for the death of your heart
You were stone white
So delicate
Lost in the cold
You were always so lost in the dark
Remembering
You how you used to be
Slow drowned
You were angels
So much more than everything
Hold for the last time then slip away quietly
Open my eyes
But I never see anything

If only I'd thought of the right words
I could have held on to your heart
If only I'd thought of the right words
I wouldn't be breaking apart
All my pictures of you

Looking so long at these pictures of you
But I never hold on to your heart
Looking so long for the words to be true
But always just breaking apart
My pictures of you

There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to feel you deep in my heart
There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart
All my pictures of you


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Robert Smith is is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in 1976.  According to interviews, the inspiration of the song came when a fire broke loose in Robert Smith's home. After that day, Smith was going through the remains and came across his wallet which had pictures of his wife, Mary. The cover of the single is one of the pictures.

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Smith is married to Mary Theresa Poole, whom he met in drama class at St. Wilfrid's when he was 14. They do not have children, as they decided early in life and in their marriage that they did not want children. Smith stated in an interview that he "does not feel responsible enough to bring a child into the world".

In another interview, Smith later revealed that early in his musical career, Mary had not always shared his confidence and vision for The Cure's future, which was a significant motivating factor to his ensuring that the band was successful. Mary used to be a model and worked as a nurse with intellectually disabled children; but, as The Cure became more financially successful during the mid-1980s, Mary gave up her day job so that the couple would not have to spend so much time apart. Smith stated more than once that he was regarded within the couple as Mary's boyfriend, rather than Mary as Smith's girlfriend.

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Smith told The Face in an interview that he had once left a video camera running in their home "and after a couple of hours you forget that it's on and I was quite horrified at the amount of rubbish we say to each other. It's like listening to mental people ... I feel more natural in the company of people who are mentally unbalanced because you're always more alert, wondering what they're going to do next...". He claimed that Mary "used to dress as a witch to scare little children", that she sometimes dressed up as Robert Smith in his pyjamas, and that he could never take people home "because I never know who is going to answer the door".

While The Cure was recording the Wish album at Shipton Manor, Oxfordshire between 1991 and 1992, among the objects pinned to the wall was "Mary's Manor Mad Chart", listing seventeen members of the Manor's staff and residents (including The Cure and their entourage) "in order of instability". Mary was ranked in second place, after a woman named Louise who worked in the kitchen. "We all voted", said Smith, "and we had an award night. It was very moving"

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Break Up Songs: Don't Speak

Today's Break Up Song was the most successful international single for the group, No Doubt.

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Don't Speak is written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric Stefani. The song is about their bandmate Tony Kanal, who ended a seven year relationship with Gwen.

You and me, we used to be together
Every day together, always
I really feel that I'm losing my best friend
I can't believe this could be the end

It looks as though you're letting go
And if it's real, well I don't want to know

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Our memories, they can be inviting
But some are altogether mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands, I sit and cry

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts, no, no

Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
And I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

It's all ending
I gotta stop pretending who we are

You and me
I can see us dying, are we?

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts, no, no

Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
And I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

I know what you're saying
So please stop explaining

Don't speak, don't speak, don't speak, oh
I know what you're thinking
And I don't need your reasons

I know you're good, I know you're good
I know you're real good, oh
La da da da, la da da da da
Don't, don't

Oh, oh
Hush, hush, darling, hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush don't tell me 'cause it hurts
Hush, hush, darling, hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Originally a celebration of love between Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal, "Don't Speak" was later rewritten to reflect their breakup. Through Stefani's remorse-laden voice, it reminds of us the times we want to shrink away from the harsh truth, and choose silence over angry words.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Break Up Songs: Pray For You

This past week we talked about falling in love and all those mushy emotions related to Valentine's Day. But I haven't forgot about those of you who may have not been so lucky in the love department.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to this week's Theme : Break Up Songs

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Earworm of the Day: I Pray For You, by Jaron Lowenstein (credited under the name Jaron and the Long Road To Love)

I haven't been to church since I don't remember when
Things were goin' great 'til they fell apart again
So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do
He said you can't go hatin' others who have done wrong to you
Sometimes we get angry, but we must not condemn
Let the good Lord do His job and you just pray for them

I pray your brakes go out runnin' down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I'd like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you're flyin' high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are honey, I pray for you

I'm really glad I found my way to church
'Cause I'm already feelin' better and I thank God for the words
Yeah I'm goin' take the high road
And do what the preacher told me to do
You keep messin' up and I'll keep prayin' for you

I pray your tire blows out at 110
I pray you pass out drunk with your best friend and wake up with his and her tattoos

I pray your brakes go out runnin' down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I'd like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you're flyin' high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are, near or far, in your house or in your car,
wherever you are honey, I pray for you.
I pray for you 

Maybe it's my twisted sense of humor, but this song makes me laugh. This poor guy is just trying to come to terms with a break up, I'm sure of it.  He's no longer using the name Jaron and the Long Road To Love, so either he's given up completely, or he's finally found true love.

Enjoy the video!

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