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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Set List - Just go crazy

Complete change of pace with this one.  Simply put, just go crazy while you play it.  Let's listen to "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, and "Crazy" by Seal.

Nickelback forcefully pounds the musical pavement through the lyrics in "Burn It to the Ground."  Lead singer, Chad Kroeger, easily intimidates listeners with intense verse and chorus lines referencing getting drunk (crazy drunk).  And the instrumentals - especially the guitar - have no issues in backing him up in a rather heated way.  Chad Kroeger's line, "We're screaming like demons," is visually depicted through what seems to be the devil's laugh in the climax of the song.  "Burn It to the Ground" is an incredible example of just going crazy.

On the other hand, there is Gnarls Barkley's rendition of "Crazy."  Wikipedia describes "Crazy" as having a psychiatric theme; which in all honesty it does.  Consider the following lyrics:

"I remember when, I remember
I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space"

These words ring true to the example of just going crazy, yet in a rhythmic and nearly soothing way.  I for one love this song and enjoy going crazy to the beat and tone.

And then there is "Crazy" by Seal.  This song, in my opinion, is one of powerful and dramatic inspiration, at least in sound.  The line, "But we're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy," has meaning different to every listener.  I imagine this line to mean that the world's constituents are over-stressed by daily routine that in the end means nothing.  And the only way to relieve life's tensions is to simply get a little crazy.  Alas, however, this is just my opinion.

So just go crazy while you play it.  Have fun.  Place life on a backburner and focus on the moment in your song.

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