Monday, February 29, 2016

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #62

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

1. Wind Cries Mary, by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This is not one of Hendrix's more rocking shredding tunes, but I still feel it is one of his absolute best. He shows just how much blues influence really does go into his playing without an overabundance of fuzz or whammy. It's something you can get lost in the groove of and let go of yourself in; especially during the main chord progression. Honestly, this is not a bad song for blues beginners to learn on guitar.

2.  Comfortably Numb, by Pink Floyd

This is a rather powerfully emotional song on multiple levels. Even if you don't have the drug problems that the character in the song has, if you've suffered from depression you know just how the concepts mentioned in the song can feel. It does not take long for it to cut you right to the bone and give you feels. Layer that on top of one of David Gilmour's greatest guitar solos of all time and you've got a tune that is a masterpiece and played constantly on the radio for damn good reason. 

3.  Man on the Silver Mountain, by Rainbow

This is one of Ritchie Blackmore's most famous guitar riffs of all time. It gets ingrained in your head and absolutely will NOT leave no matter how hard you try. Anyone who is a 70's or 80's metal head knows this tune, as it is also where Ronnie James Dio made his big time band debut. It's one of those songs that makes you feel like you're at the beginning of a fantastic amazing adventure of AWESOME. To be honest, given what all is in Rainbow's catalog your feeling would not be wrong at all whatsoever.

4. 2112, by Rush

Like big long grand rock operas? Look no further! This Rush classic clocks out at over 20 minutes and it is the most epic 20+ minutes you could ever hope to spend your life on. In a dystopian future a boy discovers a guitar and how to play it, but when he shows it to the people they shun him and kill him just because he is doing something outside the norm and challenging the ideals of the modern society they have. Add that onto some big riffs, wailing vocals, and thundering drums and you have an epic.

5. I Wanna Rock, by Twisted Sister

What do you want to do with your life? I WANNA ROCK! Who doesn't? This is one of the ultimate 80's metal songs of teenage rebellion against parents, teachers, and the establishment at large. Twisted Sister may have looked absolutely ridiculous, but they understood kids and their problems better than any adult ever will regardless of the fact that they were once teenagers themselves. It definitely reflected in their music and I Wanna Rock is the best example of that besides their other hit We're Not Gonna Take It.


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