Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

You want change?  Fine.  How about SEVEN new songs debuting in my weekly  Spotify Top 40, one of the busiest weeks in recent memory.  Find it, crank it to 11, snatch off the knob, enjoy.

Missing songs this week:
Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, Rock The Blues Away – AC/DC

New to the Spotify list this week:
Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Rising Up – Young Guns, Blood Stop And Run – Kill It Kid, Amen – Halestorm, Chicago – Acidic, Furious Love – Veridia, Stronger – Of Eyes That See

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Follow Me Down – Pretty Reckless, Wish You Hell – Like A Storm, Drop Dead Cynical – Amaranthe, Goodbye Agony – Black Veil Brides, Day Of The Dead – Hollywood Undead, Collide – Framing Hanley,  You Are The Light – Nine Lashes

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s another dozen new songs added including the aforementioned Young Guns, the next single from AC/DC, another track from Starset, new Helloween, new Slayer, the debut from the controversy-plagued supergroup Art Of Anarchy, the premiere of Cruel Intentions (featuring the former Vains of Jenna frontman) and much more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Only a couple of changes in my weekly  Spotify Top 40 but it’s still the best hard rocking playlist you’re gonna find anywhere.  So, you know, there’s that 🙂

Missing songs this week:
Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys

New to the Spotify list this week:
Day Of The Dead – Hollywood Undead(re-entry), Legend Of The Spaceborn Killer– Crobot

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Apocalyptic– Halestorm, Drown – Bring Me The Horizon

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added including new music from the legendary Michael Schenker and his Temple Of Rock, 80s metal icons Raven, the next single from Halestorm, newcomers Bad Seed Rising, album cuts from Seether and Nickelback and much more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three in, three out, as my weekly  Spotify Top 40 rolls along so you can properly rock your way through the week.

Missing songs this week:
Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys

New to the Spotify list this week:
Jenny– Nothing More, Don’t Wake Me – Aranda, Another Heart – Tremonti

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
This Probably Won’t End Well– All That Remains,  Day Of The Dead – Hollywood Undead, Paralyzed – In Flames

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including new music from Armored Saint, Acidic, (Jack Russel’s) Great White and much more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Here’s Looking At … You

If there’s one day of each year when being self-centered is more tolerated, it’s birthdays.  No surprise, then, that birthdays tend to make me introspective.    In recent years here on the blog I’ve taken both the long view and, last year, maybe a shorter and more personal view.

With those experiences in mind, I was a little surprised on birthday eve when I found myself really not having much of a view at all.    There was no real pressing “thing” dying to come out of my soul that I could find.  No real epiphanies that just needed to coalesce into something concrete.  Not a whole lot of anything really other than just the usual jumble of thoughts and emotions that make up any of the other 364 days of another year in my life.

And then came … this morning.

One of the more surprising social media contacts I’d had, well, ever.  An old friend who I’d lost touch with many years ago, almost seemingly a lifetime ago really.  One of the best birthday surprises of my life honestly, utterly & completely unexpected.  That’s great, it’s awesome when that happens … but that wasn’t exactly “the thing” for the day.

It was more like the catalyst for what kind of became “the thing” today, the apparent theme of this particular birthday.

As always, I’m enormously gratified and humbled by the outpouring of birthday greetings, well-wishes, the general comradery that birthdays seem to engender.   Among the interactions was a simple “Like” by that newly reacquainted friend of a comment by another long-time friend.   It caught my eye, when the notification popped up amidst many others, because it took me a moment to realize that those two particular friends of mine actually knew each other.  And that’s what sent me down the rabbit hole I’ve spent a good bit of the day thinking in.

See, I tend to look at my life at a series of virtually unconnected, almost unrelated, segments.  Different phases or eras or whatever description pleases you.   Okay, maybe I should back up just a little bit here.

I have a slightly higher than average number of social media connections.   Not much beyond the usual actually, but it’s a respectable yet reasonable number.   I’m also a bit of a stickler for having “friends” be just that: actual honest-to-goodness friends.  The number of people I’m connected with in specific ways beyond the internet has always surprised me.

At any rate, it was all those segments and all those connections that took up my thoughts for most of the day.    The relatives who have known me from infant to toddler to obnoxious child to whatever I turned out to be.  The schoolmates that range from that first day in Mrs. Roper’s kindergarten to the final night with caps & gowns.  The friends who were there when I turned from whatever I was into more of whatever I’d become.   The co-workers, a bunch that you’d think had suffered enough in that business without me, much less WITH me.  The incredibly talented people who have somehow deemed me worthy of friendship based on whatever you see in me (even when I don’t see it).   The driven,  you amazing people who value “TRY” above nearly all else except “DO”.    Hard-boiled hardasses, some of the kindest & gentlest people on Earth, the stoic, the emotional.

I was struck today, as much as anything perhaps, by the incredible … diversity.   Some of you folks, well, darned if I can find anything in common other than oxygen consumption.  And me.
The latter strongly suggests that you all possess a remarkable tolerance for aging lunatics.  Some of you — my fellow lunatics mainly — I sort of understand the connection, the bond.   The rest of you?   Ya’ll must be nuts.  Or masochists.  Or something.

I sure am happy about that.

This birthday, for me, turned out to not be about me but instead turned out to be about all of you.
About all I’ve learned, about the people who’ve taught me, about the people who’ve allowed me room to learn, those who’ve let me maybe help a little bit when I could.
I haven’t the foggiest where this train stops, but I’m glad you’re all still along for the ride.

 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Another four new songs crack my weekly  Spotify Top 40, really a fresh feel to the songs this week with a variety of styles and talents.


Missing songs this week:
Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys

New to the Spotify list this week:
The Devil’s Engine– I Mother Earth, Never Giving Up – Of Mice & Men, The Man Who Broke His Own Heart – Everclear, You Are The Light – Nine Lashes

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
New Wave – Islander, Hit The Ground – Hinder, The Heart Of A Graveyard – Demon Hunter, Rebel Static– The Protest

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added including the aforementioned single from Everclear, an excellent song from Florida newcomers Fall To June, a good track from Christian rockers Seventh Day Slumber, a new single from Message To Venus and much more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs enter (or re-enter) my weekly  Spotify Top 40, with names big & small, a nice steady turnover to keep things fresh.

Missing songs this week:
Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys

New to the Spotify list this week:
Failure – Breaking Benjamin, Human Race – Three Days Grace, Diamonds – Manafest (re-entry) Day Of The Dead – Hollywood Undead (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Deep Six – Marilyn Manson, My Addiction – Shallow Side, Untie Me – Sandveiss, Win Some Lose Some – You Me At Six

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including the aforementioned Three Days Grace, heavy rock from Coal Chamber and much more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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