Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Top 5 Rock Favorites

There are so many rock bands I could include in this post, but such a list could go on for ages.  So I have a tentative top 5 -

The Police (must)

U2 (must)

Van Halen (must)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (surprise addition)

Duran Duran (obvious)

Who are your all time favorites?

U2 : My opinion

"I Will Follow" may be first in line for U2's success, but my all time favorite will always be "Where The Streets Have No Name."  Just sayin'...

U2: Where The Streets Have No Name

The Police : My opinion

"Roxanne" may have landed a record deal for The Police way back when, but my favorite will always be "Driven to Tears."  Just sayin'...

The Police - Roxanne

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cosmic Monkey

Thee best smooth jazz song ever!

Duran Duran live to an intense "Eruption" guitar solo to smooth jazz...Set List truly is about anything music.

Relax, listen, and enjoy :)


Monday, March 24, 2014


I have my favorites in rock and pop music.  I admit to leaning on the safer side with instrumentals and vocals.  So I'm guessing the guitar solo below this post is quite the surprise.  If I could name my top 5 favorite rock bands, Van Halen would be a must in the list.  Set List may be inspired by Duran Duran, but this site is still a blog about music - a wide range to be sure.

"Eruption"...A musical gotcha.  You will never know what to expect next.  My genre interests are rather interesting.

Eruption - Van Halen

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Friday!

I am thrilled to be back on Set List.  My record number of posts occurred in 2010 - my launch year - with 121.  I am determined to beat that number this year.  I truly am happy to be back.

At some point in time, I shared my addicted love of "Fort Knox" by Goldfish.  Goldfish and Duran Duran are in a very tight tie for most favorite.  Duran Duran may have longevity, but Goldfish with "Fort Knox" leaves me listening to the song over and over again.  My addiction is serious.  Therefore, I am sharing my love of the song today.

A perfect way to say happy Friday and rock straight into a great weekend.

Kia soul hamster song full: Goldfish: Fort Knox

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Life's Troubles

Life can be amazing, enjoyable, and nearly perfect.  Life can, on the other hand, be flat out (censor).

Every person on Earth faces troublesome blows, whether severe or minor.  For me, in a pure blunt tone, life is a nightmare.  I keep my issues as far back in my mind as possible, but at times those hellish issues spring forward in a rather mean way.

My personal issues are a nightmare because they are persistent and nag at me until my overworked brain can figure out an impossibly found solution.  My luck at the moment is not so much.

"Lonely In Your Nightmare" is somehow a soothing reassurance that to all those facing life's troubles in any form, they are not alone.  We must have support somewhere and/or from someone.

Sorry for being a downer today.  Perhaps the overcast sky and spring weather yet to show itself.

Anyway, "Lonely In Your Nightmare" is still a Duran Duran song and to anyone who knows me well, even perhaps readers of Set List, I take great relief and momentary happiness from my most favorite band.

Duran Duran - Lonely In Your Nightmare

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Something about English rock bands

I know a little bit about all-time classics, from bands to individual contributors - singers, guitarists, drummers, etc.  My greatest interests rest in the 1980s. 

I love "Eminence Front," but at first did not know the band.  When I learned The Who was the band, I was surprised that I really like them.  Why?  I did some research to discover they are British and third in success to the Beatles and Rolling Stones.  I am not into Beatles classics, perhaps because I am greatly removed from their time in the spotlight.  However, I like a lot of Rolling Stones songs, especially later into their ongoing career.  The Who just seems to fit in, even from their start in the 1960s.

Of course, the natural line in global success based out of England are The Police and Duran Duran (U2, as many know, is from Ireland and directly followed The Police so I have to add them to the rock music throne).  I am now realizing quite a few bands left out of this line because only the greatest historic names are coming to mind at the present time.

The point is I never considered bands like The Who being of interest considering their debut decade.  As the post title says, there is something about English rock bands.

The Who Eminence Front

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get Up Offa That Thing 1976

As James Brown would say...

..."I'm back!"

I am most excited to say that I'm officially back on Set List. 

I plan to vary my posts - written and video.  Written posts may be fewer at first, but as I find my inspirational groove again, I will definitely be "back in the saddle."  (Can you guess the origin of the quote?)

So, with all said, turn up the volume as Set List finally plays it!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds

Set List

I miss Set List!

I am devastated that I no longer have thoughts to share or topics to blog about.  I am saddened by not posting since last year.

I remember creating Set List way back in April 2010.  Music is a life long passion and genres of interest vary in a rather unusual way.  I mean, on rainy days in the summer I love to listen to smooth jazz or classic jazz.  I have agoraphobic tendencies, so riding in my mom's car is a huge deal.  When I do go out with her, classic rock is a must.  On a cozy, snow-filled sky, I love to wrap up in the living room with a cup of coffee and get lost in my Duran Duran : Live from London DVD or Astronaut documentary DVD.  Of course, any day is a good day to listen to Duran Duran (well yeah, in seeing as how the band inspired me to create Set List).  My emotions lend a great deal in what I want to listen to.  Positive and happy require upbeat, fast tempo, and perhaps loud.  Ironically, frustration requires the same.  Down and sad require emotionally driven lyrics or instrumentals that only feed into my sorrow.

When I began posting, I was so excited.  I initially tried making a website with professional help.  As things turned out, the company was not so much.  I knew what blog platforms were, but had no idea how to create one.  Along came Blogger.  Free hosting, free to make and customize...My answer to everything I wanted.  A rush went through me and I was instantly addicted.  I posted every day.  I wrote about favorite bands, favorite songs, opinions on anything music.  And when I discovered YouTube, I nearly fainted with a volt of thrill electrifying my mindset.  I went from prose posts to video posts.

Somewhere along the line, I went from posting daily to weekly to monthly to completely walking away because I lost my inspiration and drive.  I was no longer excited.

I own two blogs - Set List and Puppy Love.  Puppy Love came along in November 2010.  Of the two, Set List was once the most popular in terms of page views and followers (I know, 8 followers isn't a lot).

Set List is nearly four years old.  My heart will break if I permanently abandon this blog.  I want that sense of addicted excitement back.  If the written word doesn't come to mind, I would like to post videos as an alternative to keep Set List alive and kicking.  (Alive and kicking...I listen to Simple Minds when I work side note that I have a feeling no one will care about.)

In conclusion, I guess what I am trying to say is that I miss Set List and I want the excitement and thrill of blogging to come back.  Give me time, but I will make Set List the success it once was.