Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Haves and have nots this week, or something like that.   There’s some really strong stuff out there right now & then there’s a lot of stuff that’s really … pretty good.  Makes the top of the chart stable, makes for lots of shuffling toward the bottom half.    3 songs in & 3 songs out, and 3 songs missing from my Top 40 for the week .

Missing songs this week:
Out Of Time – Stone Temple Pilots, Solid Ground – Tom Keifer, It Ain’t Right – One Bad Son
New to the Spotify list this week:
Towers – Young Guns, Last Cigarette – Bleeker Ridge, March To The Sea – Baroness
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Perfect Life – Red, Paralyzed – Red Line Chemistry, Gotta Get Over – Eric Clapton

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a lot of new music to enjoy, including the latest from Saving Abel, the upcoming single from Love & Death, the soon-to-be single from Bullet For My Valentine, the possible next single from Otherwise, and my first taste of hard-hitting newcomers Scorpion Child. You can find it at this link

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Not a lot of changes this week, but definitely high quality in the newcomers.  Only 2 songs in & 2 songs out, still 2 songs missing from my Top 40 for the week .

Missing songs this week:
Solid Ground – Tom Keifer, It Ain’t Right – One Bad Son
New to the Spotify list this week:
Lift Me Up – Five Finger Death Punch f. Rob Halford, Here’s To Us – Halestorm f. Slash
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
By Crooked Steps – Soundgarden, Damn You To Hell – Texas Hippie Coalition

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a lot of new music to enjoy, including the latest from Buckcherry, the debut of Fight or Flight (members of Evans Blue & Disturbed), Prospect Hill, Stratovarius and more. You can find it at this link

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Never alone

A very sad situation in our community has me troubled, and thinking.   I don’t feel especially profound – I wish I did – but I’m going to share for whatever it might be worth … because one of the conclusions that I’ve reached is that we really never what will matter somehow.

Earlier this week, less than two months before his 15th birthday, a young man in Oconee County took his own life.  He was not a classmate of my own teen but he was close to a number of my son’s friends, known by numerous others.  Even with the multiple schools around here, the kids tend to know each other from one thing or another, be that sports, church, dating, whatever.

By all accounts, this was completely unexpected.  I hate to even remotely suggest that there’s ever something like this that isn’t shocking — there’s always such tragedy to stories like this — but this seems to have approached unimaginable.  He’s been described as a kind & gentle soul, a jokester, full of love and laughter.    An avid reader who loved the outdoors, loved animals, an aspiring veterinarian.

And yet …

It’s pretty much impossible for me not to hear about this and revisit my own life, the phrase “There but for the grace of God go I” ringing too loudly in my head.    I certainly don’t mean to suggest that I shared much in the way of admirable traits attributed to this young man, not at all.  What’s unavoidable for me is the hard but simple realization of what a narrow run thing life can be.   And how razor thin the margin can be without many — or any — around you realizing it.

Back in the present, the message that his parents shared with his friends is both heartbreaking and inspiring.  I’m awestruck by their courage, and by their willingness & ability to share something so straightforward and yet so critically important.  If you take anything away from what I post here, their message is certainly the most crucial:

If you want to honor Ryan, then promise to NEVER think there is a problem that can not be fixed. Everything can be worked out someway…everything. Never solve anything on your own. We just found out that Ryan panicked thinking he had made a terrible choice over a common teen pressure. His life ended for NO reason. There is nothing that Ryan could have done that would have made us no longer love him or help him. He just made an irrational decision. All he had to do is come hug us and tell us he had a problem. We could have worked through anything. Please know that that you to can work through anything. Just talk to your family, friends, teachers, or preachers. Most of all, look out for each other. Do not pressure each other for things you are not ready for. If you are truly a friend, then want the best for each other. It is time to honor Ryan’s life by how you move forward in your own life.

Between their heartfelt words and my own experiences, what I want to say at least started to come together.

Family, friends, teachers, et al … reach out.  Be available, be observant, be involved.  Always.   Don’t assume that everything is just as it first appears.   You’ve had a lifetime to figure out how to give signals, how to get people to listen, how to find help … adults, let’s never forget that these young people are still learning how to navigate rough waters, for all their many talents they lack the experience you’ve gathered.  And no matter your age, even if a situation is beyond your own experiences, you can still help. Maybe you’re the person who guides them toward safety or simply keeps them afloat until more help arrives, that matters too.  Be available – and willing – to make that difference.

Teens, young adults, all of you … reach out.  Don’t assume that everyone can see what you’re dealing with.   It may feel like it should be obvious but, well, the world isn’t always as tuned in as you’d expect or hope.  I’m sorry,  it doesn’t mean to be that way, but sometimes it is.  Just please don’t confuse people who are frustratingly unaware — or  even utterly clueless — as being people who don’t care.  Talk to someone, get the help and support that you need … even if you have to grab someone by the lapels and shake them to get their attention.   Somebody WILL hear you.  Just don’t stop until you find that person, or those people.  Please, just don’t stop.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Not a lot of changes this week, but that’s because the big songs for the week didn’t hit in time to climb the charts just yet.  Only 1 song in & 1 song out, back down to 2 songs missing for my Top 40 for the week  (a couple more from last week are still missing but they slipped down a bit & off the list)

Missing songs this week:
Solid Ground – Tom Keifer, It Ain’t Right – One Bad Son
New to the Spotify list this week:
Until The Sun Comes – Rival Sons
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Some Kind of Perfect – Surrender The Fall

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a lot of new music to enjoy, including the epic new track from Five Finger Death Punch featuring Rob Halford.  Also added this week is the latest single from Three Days Grace, new music from the band with the funny name Pink Cream 69, some Hardcore Superstar, the upcoming single from Halestorm (and friends), Avantasia and more. You can find it at this link

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Ready To Rock (weekly playists)

Last week real life intruded on my musical interests, this week the flood of new music had me scrambling to keep up.  4 songs in, 4 songs out, and a sudden increase of 4 songs missing for my Top 40 for the week.

Missing songs this week:
Solid Ground – Tom Keifer, Crucial Velocity – Clutch, It Ain’t Right – One Bad Son, Jailbreak – Anthrax
New to the Spotify list this week:
Beautiful – P.O.D., The Death Of Me – Asking Alexandria, Fire Fire – Heaven’s Basement,
Leader of the Broken Hearts – Papa Roach
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Freak Like Me – Halestorm, The High Road – Three Days Grace, Smells Like a Freakshow – Avatar,
Riot – Bullet For My Valentine

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a lot of new music to enjoy, including Redlight King (from the Ironman 3 soundtrack), Saliva (with their new vocalist), underrated Atlanta-based Viasava (from the Battlefield of the Mind soundtrack), plus new tracks from Young Guns, Baroness  and more.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Coming off a busy week musically with 7 new songs added to my Spotify, it was real life that cranked up a notch & left me a little behind.  3 songs in & 3 songs out of my Top 40 for the week.  Seems to be back to normal, for both the changes in the playlist and how long it takes me to get around to making them.

Missing songs this week:
Solid Ground – Tom Keifer
New to the Spotify list this week:
Feeling Good – Sheepdogs, Rebel Soul – Kid Rock (re-entry), Hell To Pay – Deep Purple
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Where Did The Angels Go – Papa Roach, Street Jesus – Aerosmith, Ropes – In Flames

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s new music to enjoy, including a very different sound from shredding legends Megadeth,  the latest single from Trapt, new music from Three Pill Morning, plus the strong debut of The Winery Dogs (aka Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen) and more.

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