Wonderland

Today’s Taylor Swift Tuesday Song of the Day is Wonderland!

This song is a bonus track on her album 1989.¬†It makes many references to Alice in Wonderland with lyrics such as “Falling down rabbit holes” and “Cheshire cat smile”

You can listen to it here, unfortunately for this song I could not find the original version on Youtube, so this one is pitched. If you wanna here the actual song, I strongly suggest that you buy the album and listen to this and all the other great tracks! ūüôā

Picture Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkN53wkBKow

New Playlist-This is Probably the Only Place the Gallagher Brothers Can Get Along

Check out my new playlist This is Probably the Only Place the Gallagher Brothers Can Get Along on Spotify!

If you know anything about the breakup of the 90s early 2000s band Oasis, you know that it did not end well between Liam and Noel Gallagher. So, I created this playlist with a lot of the music they’ve made public to the world whether it was made together or made separately; this playlist is a place for all of their music.

~Aly~

Music Binge

Ive been on a music binge lately.

I just got a record player and some new records (such as a brand new, never before opened Foo Fighters vinyl for twelve flipping dollars! twelve dollars! It was there newest album too!! And I got it for twelve freaking dollars! Let it be known if you want good vinyls for cheap check out Half Price Books, they have great deals)

I got a guitar that Im going to learn to play

and there has just been a ton of new songs that Ive been listening too, I have never been so excited about music.

I couldn’t pick a song to write about this week because Ive been listening to just so many good ones, so heres a quick list of some of the newest songs Ive been listening too.

1) Cigarette Daydreams by Cage the Elephant

I really love the soft instruments and Matthew Shultz’s soothing voice. This song feels like one of those songs that you slow dance to in your kitchen at midnight (really specific, but I needed to get the idea across). I especially like the acoustic guitar, it feels separate from the vocals and the other instrumentals; I think that is what makes the song so emotional and slow is the separated acoustic guitar because it draws your attention to its self and you just kind of feel the music.

2) Can’t Help Falling in Love By Haley Reinhart

Okay first things first, if you’re going to listen to this version, you better listen to the original by Elvis. So, click that link before you are even done reading this paragraph.

Okay here’s why I decided to recommend this one over the original, which I love by the way Elvis Presley is always good; but I think Reinhart conveys just a teensy bit more emotion in her version. The piano as the sole instrument invokes emotion in the listener and it causes you to focus on her vocals. I love the instrumentals in Elvis’ version, but I also think they are a bit distracting. Reinhart’s voice I think lingers just a little bit longer which I think adds to emotionalness of the song.

Nothing wrong with Elvis’ version, I love it just as much, but I just think Reinhart’s version really gets across that lovey-dovey feeling of the song a teensy bit better.

3) Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

There’s more than a few versions of this song, but I really like Jeff Buckley’s version. I think, just as Reinhart does, Buckley focuses more on putting the emotion into his singing and I like that a lot. I think that the sadness in the lyrics really comes out with Buckley’s voice. The singular guitar also doesn’t distract from the vocals, if¬†anything they do a fantastic job emphasizing them.

4) The Scientist by Coldplay

Lots of lovey dovey songs this week. Again, Coldplay does the singular instrument when they want to really emphasize Chris Martin’s voice. However, as the song progresses more instruments and vocals join Martin and the piano, which I think makes it feel like the song is leading up to this grand ending, but there isn’t one. Which is think is beautifully symbolic because the song is about an ending relationship; one of those earth shattering, heart wrenching, you feel like you wont ever love anyone else like that ever again relationships¬†that everyone has or will have in their lifetime. There isn’t this grand resolution that the listener is searching for, the two people don’t ever rectify things, just like the song, their relationship just ends, and you’re left with all of these inexplicable emotions. That’s probably the number one reason I love this song; the amount of symbolism seems almost uncanny.

5) You Know We Can’t Go Back by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This love song has more of a faster pace to it; don’t worry no more slow heart break romance songs that you all secretly love. Don’t lie to yourselves.

This song is more about two lovers leaving their small town for some reason that is¬†a mystery¬†to me. Whatever the reason is they cant go back, but its okay they have each other–reminds me of Mal and Dom’s little train saying from Inception– I freaking love the beat to this song. Its steady, upbeat, well played, just great, I love it. Noel Gallagher’s voice? Well he definitely should have gotten some more time as a lead vocalist on Oasis, but then again, Oasis might have had a much shorter life if Liam had to share his centre stage with Big Brother Noel. But seriously, Noel’s voice gives me chills, especially on this song. His voice mashes perfectly with the instrumentals and it just sounds good. I cant explain it you, you just have to listen to it yourself.

 

 

Holy Ground

Today’s Taylor Swift Tuesday Song of the Day is Holy Ground!

This song is the 11th track on the album RED. It is rumored that Swift wrote this song about her relationship with Joe Jonas.

I dont know about you, but I always smile when I listen to this song.

Listen to it here!

Picture Credits: https://mikaelaasiagian.wordpress.com

Fall Out Boy has more songs than whats on the radio

Lets be honest, playing a song on the radio opens up the band’s fan base to the teenyboppers of America. Now that Fall Out Boy has had many popular hits in the past few years, the prepubescent girls¬†have almost taken over.

This is a personal rant here.

Last night I payed $40 to go watch one of my favourite bands of all time and was thoroughly annoyed with the amount of youngins that didnt know any of their songs besides the ones on the radio. Now, I dont want this to become one of those “Youre not a true fan if you dont know blah blah blah” posts because those are freaking cancer; but I cannot tell you how weird the atmosphere of this concert was. Nobody seemed to know what to do because nobody told them, like a teenybopper artist would, and there were many people that didn’t know any of the other songs besides the ones on the radio. There¬†was just a lot of awkward shufflng and mumbling along to the music.

Dont get me wrong, I freaking love “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” and “Centuries” and Ill be dancing like Uma Thurman all night long, but there are just so many other great and fantastic songs that theyve put out; ¬†so, heres a list of my top 10 Fall Out Boy songs.

1) Hum Hallelujah

Goodness gracious I love this song. I cannot express to you how much I love this song. Its one of those songs where you hear it and it just makes you smile. The lyrics are beautifully crafted and insightful and are beautifully sung by lead singer, Patrick Stump. I personally feel that this song really shows off just how talented Stump is. There are a few different parts where he hits these notes and just brings the whole song together.

2) Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows)

This is a classic Fall Out Boy Song. Although, I would say its a little bit more edgy than their other stuff,¬†Its still¬†their sound, their lyrics, their music.¬† I think this song is unique because of the little poem Wentz says at the end of this song; it feels like a wrap up to the whole album, even though there is song that comes after it, and I think it brings the attention of the listener back to the whole theme of the album: the anxiety and depression one can feel from their own life. There’s also this lyric Id specifically like to point out: “This has been said so many times that Im not sure if it matters.” Literally, this line is repeated over and over in the song so much that it doesnt have any meaning or any real connection to the rest of this song; I just think that its hilarious, I love it.

3) Where Did the Party Go

The beat to this song is freaking fantastic. The lyrics equally fantastic. The production? Its great. The vocals feel like they’re coming through an old radio that doesn’t have the greatest sound quality yet the instruments come out almost crystal clear. It also has a really solid almost simple¬†beat which not all Fall Out Boy songs have, at least not a solid beat that is so audible. I really like this song because its easy to move too and its definitely¬†a party song.

4) Miss Missing You

God the lyrics of this song are, as most of Fall Out Boy’s Songs, beautifully crafted and insightful. “Sometimes the person that youd take a bullet for is behind the trigger” gets to me every single time (I have¬†a little bit of a personal connection to this song). This song also has more of an electronic sound to it, which, personally, I am not usually a fan of, but I think Fall Out Boy pulls it off well here. I think it adds to the sound, making it unique.

5) Fourth of July

This song is another emotional, easy to connect to song. The bridge will leave chills down your spine and get you thinking about all the people you have ever loved, that is a promise. Fall Out Boy you never cease to impress. I think the sound of the clicking drum sticks as a highlighted instrument on this song is spectacular, its something so simple, but it creates this distinct sound. It works well with the electronic beat in the background, which again I think they pull off well.

6) Jet Pack Blues

This song is just as emotional as “Fourth of July.” They use the instrumentals to enhance the lyrics they really want to bring out. They have very few instrumentals around the verses to allow the lyrics to shine, and then the guitars and drums¬†come out¬†during the choruses erupting into what feels like a disarray of sound (compared to the rest of the song)–which I think adds to that deeper meaning behind the song.

7) Just One Yesterday (Feat. Foxes)

I like the production of this song, I think it was well produced. Stump’s voice sounds as though its coming out of an old speaker that doesn’t have the greatest sound quality; the word that comes to mind is crinkly, but I don’t think its exactly that–I cant exactly explain it.¬†The instruments also take a backseat on this song, and the lyrics really come out. They feel like theyre important; they’re something to get you thinking.

8) Bang the Doldrums

I honestly have no idea whats going on in this song. Its one of those Fall Out Boy songs where the lyrics don’t exactly make sense and youre not quite sure where the title fits into the song; but its just good, and you find yourself¬†singing along to it. That’s literally the best way I can describe this song: Its confusing, but its good.

9) Of All the Gin Joints in All the World

Recognise this line? If you’ve seen the movie Casablanca, you should. I have no idea why they chose this for the title of the song; according to the website Genuis, it goes along with the lines “And oh, the way your makeup stains my pillowcase; Like I’ll never be the same.” Supposedly, this line is in reference to Rick’s and Ilsa’s relationship in the movie. How Ilsa left a stain (like a makeup stain) on Rick’s life and he will never be able to forget her. I don’t know if this is truly what Pete Wentz meant behind it, but I can see the connections. No matter what, I think its a clever song that was well composed and well written.

10) Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued

This song was originally called “My Name is David Ruffin And These Are The Temptations,”but, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, was changed to this title because of the possibility of a lawsuit. I love the production and the instrumentals on this song. It opens up with the sound of cameras snapping (which I think is unique) and immediately goes into an awesome guitar solo. The instruments are a first among equals in this song; they make sure there heard without overpowering the lyrics–If anything they enhance them.

There you have it! 10 of my favourite FOB songs! This was a hard list to make because there are so many other great songs to choose from, so many other songs that don’t get the attention they deserve! I might have to make another list in a couple of weeks because there are just so many other songs to talk about!

What’s your favourite Fall Out Boy Song?

~Aly~

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Enchanted

Today’s Taylor Swift Tuesday Song of the Day is Enchanted.

Enchanted is featured on her Speak Now Album. It is supposedly written about Owl City’s Adam Young and it is the second longest track on the album at 5 minutes and 53 seconds.

Listen to it Here! 

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Tell Me Why

Today’s Taylor Swift Tuesday Song of the Day is Tell Me Why!

Tell Me Why is on her album Fearless, it has the combined sound of pop and country that Swift is known for. Her violinist, Caitlin Evanson, and her banjo player, Michael Meadows, are a feature of this song.

Listen to it Here!

Picture Credits: http://tayswiftleb.tumblr.com/