Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday Once Over - Edition 5

"I Don't Want Your Love" - Wednesday Once Over

Can there be too much information about "I Don't Want Your Love" specifically? 


Here are a few brief facts about "I Don't Want Your Love" (Wikipedia source).

Duran Duran members -

Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor

General -

- 17th single
- 1st single from Big Thing (released September 1988)

Honors -

- #14 UK Singles Chart
- No. 1 for six non-consecutive weeks in Italy
- Best selling single in 1988 in Italy
- No. 4 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100
- No. 1 on U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
- No. 13 Billboard Modern Rock Tracks
- No. 8  in Canada
- No. 15 Swiss Top  30

Video -

- Set in a loud and hectic courtroom with the band, viewers, and tabloid reporters

- The band argues their case by singing into the witness stand microphones

- The bridge features images of a couple either dancing or arguing (as Wikipedia notes - or both)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Two for Two Tuesday - Edition 5

In today's edition of Two for Two Tuesday, I planned to post Duran Duran's original version of "I Don't Want Your Love" and the remix of "I Don't Want Your Love."  I did not plan to post a live version.  My plans have since changed.

The original version of "I Don't Want Your Love" as performed in Duran Duran's official music video opens with the main lyrics and leads into the catchy "I like noise" segment. 

On the other hand, the live version of "I Don't Want Your Love" as performed at Wembley Stadium in 2004 is entirely opposite.  Although to keep the concert energy going - and at an intense pitch - I can see why "I like noise" would be best.

Of the two, I would say I like both versions.  The music video is intriguing in its opening and somehow makes sense given the lyrics and tone of the song.  The live version is phenomenal when every single instrument is dead silent to hear the audience scream louder than the band.

And so on this Two for Two Tuesday edition, I choose to feature Duran Duran's "I Don't Want Your Love" in its original sense and live sense.

Duran Duran - I Don't Want Your Love

Duran Duran I Don't Wanna Your Love

Monday, May 28, 2018

Holiday Break

In honor of Memorial Day, I will be taking a brief break from posting today.  I will return to usual tomorrow.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Favorite

As of May 8, 2018, nearly every post has been well-received in the double digits.  If I had to choose one to feature as today's Sunday Favorite, I would have to choose all and that would be terribly exhausting.

Instead, I am inclined to share an Anything Goes Thursday post from this past Thursday -

Anything Goes Thursday - Edition 4

In this post, I promoted my blog, Couture Tales.  Couture Tales (CT) is a short story fiction blog with a fashion theme.  This essence remains the same always.  I am also an affiliate marketer in fashion.

Without giving the entire post away, I will let you follow along through the link above.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Special : Top Favorite

Play It : The Graduation Gift...

The most well-received Saturday Special to date.  As Saturday Special Flash Fiction is brief, I will not recap the story.  So...

The post says the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Happy Saturday

Friday, May 25, 2018

Holiday Break

Dear readers and passersby,

I am taking a brief break from Set List in honor of the Memorial Day Holiday.

I will post as usual on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Anything Goes Thursday - Edition 4

On this Anything Goes Thursday, I would like to promote my blog, Couture Tales.  I am certain that the name has come up somewhere in the 2018 archives, but not to the extent that I plan here.

Couture Tales is a short story fiction blog with a fashion theme, from couture to casual to special occasion wear to jewelry to accessories...I could go on but I will let my blog speak for itself.

I launched Couture Tales for three reasons - my love for blogging, my love for writing fiction, and my intrigue for anything fashion...a vicarious intrigue as I am not necessarily a fashionista.

In this month of May, I launched an affiliate marketing account with ShareASale.  My blog source is Couture Tales.  Although I am still new to the concept of professional affiliate marketing, I do consider my efforts as a small business.

The essence of Couture Tales as a short story fiction blog with fashion theme will remain always.  However, I am just adding affiliate marketing into the mix.

Happy Thursday

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Once Over - Edition 4

"Stand By Me" is of profound significance beyond what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requested to be performed at their wedding ceremony.

"Stand By Me" is religiously driven with inspiration from a spiritual (Christian songs created by African Americans) and citations from the Bible.

"Stand By Me" Honors -

- $22.8 million in royalties (as of 2012)
- 6th highest earning song (as of 2012)
- Inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress (2015)
- "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" (Library of Congress)
- No. 1 on R&B Charts
- Top Ten hit on U.S. charts twice
- No. 4 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100
- No. 27 on UK Singles Chart
- 112nd on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

...of profound significance.

(Wikipedia source)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Two for Two Tuesday - Royal Edition

In this edition of Two for Two Tuesday, I planned to share Meghan Markle's wedding gown and reception dress as the two for two theme.  I also planned to share the gown and dress as fashion related to music.

I am stuck for words at the moment.  I do know that Meghan's wedding gown was by Givenchy and her reception dress was by Stella McCartney.  Wherever my sources would be to share here is on video and a constant repeat of their vows into "I will."

I doubt I will be remiss if I do not share the photos in this post as the royal wedding and glimpses of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in route to their lively reception have been seen again and again worldwide.  Royalty is not always masked.

I suppose, then, that the best fashion statement I can share here is the official wedding photo in Windsor Palace.  Royalty is well known for fashion, far from akin to Hollywood's red carpet.  The official wedding photo is classic, timeless, and beautifully understated. 

Two words best describe today's Two for Two Tuesday - in love.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Stand By Me

"Stand By Me" is an enduring song for love to last.  For any couple, "Stand By Me" is a sweet song to hear.  For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the enduring song was chosen beyond love to last. 

The established fact that Meghan's father is white and her mother is black is just established, well known fact.

The established fact that "Stand By Me" was written and recorded during the Civil Rights Movement is just established fact.

The established fact that President Abraham Lincoln declared Emancipation Proclamation and an end to slavery is just that...a historically established fact.

The established fact that tension in the air toward all blacks after the Civil War is just established fact.

The established fact that unjust brutal treatment toward all blacks during the Civil Rights Movement is just that...a historically established fact.

People of color deserve equality in all that life has to offer.

Meghan Markle is biracial.  She has firm beliefs and values to promote as a woman of strength, not color. used the word "symbolic" in an article about the significance of "Stand By Me" at the royal wedding.  Symbolic union in a new era of royalty and royal tradition.

Symbolic is a profound word I would like to conclude with.

Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1961

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Favorite

In today's edition of Sunday Favorite, I will be highlighting two posts whose popularity skyrocketed the moment I hit publish.

Wednesday Once Over - Edition 3

As a quick recap, I posted "Red Carpet Massacre" and "The Valley" via YouTube earlier this week (look for Wake Up Monday) and instead of discussing the history behind the Red Carpet Massacre album, I chose to reflect my ten-year anniversary of seeing Duran Duran live (May 14, 2008 ... May 14, 2018).  On Wednesday Once Over - Edition 3, I discussed the history of Red Carpet Massacre.

And the post says the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Concert Set List

This post has special meaning to me as I never really considered what my ideal concert set list would be (outside of the only one I know - being Duran Duran in 2008).

And so the post says the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Special : Flash Fiction Series 5

Play It : Rock 'n Roll

"Shout it out, Chi-town!  Are you rockin'?"

Screaming yes

"Are you rollin'?"

Screaming yes

"One-two-three hit it!"

The drums alone rocked the Chi-town arena.  The guitars grooved the arena.  The keyboards added an extra layer to the songs and overall experience.  The front man kept the energy rolling.

Rock 'n Roll fan interest to its extreme extent keeps the genre alive and kicking.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Remember When Friday

In my first post on Set List, I shared an online article listing my Top 10 Favorite Songs By...and I chose Duran Duran.  I am sad to say that the company hosting written articles is no longer in existence, so I cannot retrieve the exact list.  In this post, I will create a new list.

Top 10 Favorite Songs By...Duran Duran -

1.  Planet Earth
2.  Ordinary World
3.  Save A Prayer
4.  Reach Up For the Sunrise
5.  What Happens Tomorrow
6.  Lonely In Your Nightmare
7.  Too Much Information
8.  The Valley
9.  Pressure Off
10.  Tel Aviv

This list is merely a snapshot as I could easily go on for some time.

With all said, what are your Duran Duran favorites?  In fact, what your favorites from your favorite band?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Concert Set List

As of Set List launch in 2010, I often wonder what my ideal concert set list would be.  There would be 13 songs, all filled with profound electricity from stage to fans to pure atmosphere.  Let's see...

1.  Music (Madonna)
2.  Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
3.  Fort Knox (Goldfish)
4.  Once In a Lifetime (Talking Heads)
5.  I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
6.  How You Like Me Now (The Heavy)
7.  Planet Earth (Duran Duran)
8.  The Stroke (Billy Squier)
9.  Tom Sawyer (Rush)
10.  Wish I Knew You (The Revivalists)
11.  Nothing But the Night (Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
12.  Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
13.  Rio (Duran Duran)

This list is a hint of my many favorite songs and, if possible, would be much longer.  Ironically, Nick Rhodes once said the same thing about a pending set list just prior to an upcoming concert.  My guess is if musicians could perform every song they loved, concerts would go on for hours.  My further guess is fans would be fine with that.

And so to sum up, the above 13 songs would be my concert set list.

Let me ask you - What would be your set list?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday Once Over - Edition 3

On Wake Up Monday, I posted two YouTube videos - "Red Carpet Massacre" and "The Valley."  I meant to follow up with a brief history of the Red Carpet Massacre album, but of course opted to share my first concert experience on May 14, 2008...being the ten year anniversary.

In today's edition of Wednesday Once Over, I would like to write about the history of Red Carpet Massacre

History -
(Wikipedia source)

- 12th studio album
- "Falling Down" only single released from the album
- Andy Taylor's departure was a devastation to the creation of the album ... The band rewrote the entire album after Taylor's permanent absence.

(Follow the link above for a more detailed discussion of the history of the album.)

Reception -

- Mixed reviews
- #44 on UK Albums Chart - second lowest debut album (following Pop Trash in 2000)
- #36 on U.S. Billboard 200 ... 29,000 copies sold in first week
- #116 in second week (U.S.)
- As of February 2011, U.S. sales reached 102,000

My take away -
I am not one for chart rankings and critic reviews and reception.  I am one for songs and overall albums.  One other song I liked on Red Carpet Massacre was indeed "Falling Down."  Did I like the music video?  Not really because the setting hit a little too close to home.  This in no way meant I denounced the song, though.  I loved the concert on May 14, 2008 and will always feel like it just happened a day ago.  This would be my fan review.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Two for Two Tuesday - Edition 4

I discovered Duran Duran with the release of The Wedding Album...although I was elementary school age, so being a fan was not entirely possible.  I became an official fan with the release of Astronaut, especially when "Reach Up For the Sunrise" was performed live on Good Morning America in their Fall concert series.  I was not able to find the performance on GMA, but found a performance on The Ellen Show...which is ironic because I did not become an official fan of Ellen DeGeneres until 2010...when Duran Duran performed "All You Need Is Now."

In this Two for Two Tuesday, I thought I would look back at the history of both songs as found in their ironic way.

"Reach Up For the Sunrise" - Honors
(Wikipedia source)

- #5 on UK singles chart (October 2004)
- #1 on U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play (December 2004)
- First top ten since "Ordinary World" in the UK

"All You Need Is Now" - Honors
(Wikipedia source)

- Initially a free download on iTunes in 2010
- #38 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs

Duran Duran Performs 'All You Need Is Now'

Duran Duran Performing Sunrise on Ellen Degeneres Show - 2004

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wake Up Monday - Special Edition

On May 14, 2008, five days after college graduation, my mother and I celebrated with tickets 15 rows back on the far right side of the venue.  This concert was my first ever.  I did not know what to expect...until the opening act came on.  The drums sounded like a fighter jet passing over the building at a very low level.  The electric guitar was indeed electric.  We were relatively close to the speakers...of course, everyone was relatively close to a speaker.  I lost the ability to hear by the end of the night.  My heart pounded out of my chest with every tap of the drum kit.  The opening act set the tone for what to expect when...everyone jumped to their feet when the one and only Duran Duran walked on stage.

Stage lights, audience cameras, action.

The band was touring for Red Carpet Massacre, so some of the songs were from the album.  Some were songs I had not listened to in quite some time and so forgot the lyrics.  Some were classics.

At the halfway point, they left the stage and I remember asking my mom if the concert was over.  This experience was my first, so I truly did not know. 

Keyboards were quickly set up on stage for Simon, Nick, John, and Roger to play for some of the songs.  I remember Simon once saying how much he disliked playing the piano (documentary option following the 2005 Live from London DVD), so seeing him at a keyboard was rather ironic.  "Last Chance On the Stairway" was one of the keyboard-featured songs.  I only heard this song once and was not a personal favorite.

I was rather keen on Nick at the time and was in straight line vision with him.  I was able, though, to get decent camera shots of all the members. 

Goodies!  A T-shirt, posters, key ring, flip-through book.

I wrote down every song in exact order the next day so I would never forget the set list or the concert memories.

I chose to feature "Red Carpet Massacre" and "The Valley" today for two reasons -

1.  "Red Carpet Massacre" following the title of the album.
2.  "The Valley" is a personal all time favorite.

And so on this Wake Up Monday, I choose to turn up the volume to Duran Duran concert memories.

Duran Duran The Valley

Duran Duran-Red Carpet Massacre

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Favorite

In today's edition of Sunday Favorite, I am honoring the Sunday Favorite edition from one week ago.

There were two parts to the Sunday Favorite one week ago, but I will keep both posts within this one.

Sunday Favorite - Part 1

A reflection of Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special (the link for this post is within the link just above).  In the Anniversary Special, I honored my Set List launch anniversary as of May 1, 2010.  I touched on my many reasons for launching Set List and what to expect from the posts to come.  Follow the link above for the full post.

Sunday Favorite - Part 2

A reflection of Sunday Favorite - Birthday Edition (the link for this post is within the link just above).  This year's birthday edition was rather unique.  I always post the "Thriller" video on my birthday because that song happened to be on the air when my mother went into labor with me.  Of course, I have other reasons for liking the song.  Anyway, in this year's birthday edition, I opted to highlight a relatively recent favorite - "Fort Knox" by Goldfish.  I am not sure what inclined me to go an alternative route on my birthday, so perhaps following the link above will explain better.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday Special : Flash Fiction Series 4

Play It : First Day

First day in the recording studio after a ten-year breakup.

First day jamming to the formation of a twelve-song album.

"First Day" launched as the album solo single.

First day of rehearsal for the reunion tour.

First day of reflection -

Why did we work so well together early on?

What drove us apart?

Where do we go from here?

One day at a time.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Remember When Friday

On May 10, 1982, Rio made its debut.  The profound impact Rio would have in music was unprecedented.  The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were well established in the United States.  In my opinion, Duran Duran was the profound 1980s invasion.

In due belated honor of the Rio release, this Remember When Friday will reflect on the history of the album.

(Wikipedia source)

Honors -

- #2 in the UK ... #1 in Australia
- Gold disc on March 1, 1983
- Platinum on April 26, 1983 (Good luck for Roger Taylor perhaps...)
- Double Platinum status
- #6 on U.S. Billboard 200 album chart
- Remained on Billboard 200 for 129 weeks

Singles Honors -
- "Hungry Like the Wolf" ... Released in the UK in May 1982 ... #5 in June 1982
- "Save a Prayer" ... Released in August 1982 ... #2 UK in September 1982
- "Rio" ... Released worldwide in November 1982 ... #9 UK in December 1982

Although my research yielded very little results about the "Rio" video itself, it remains the most iconic video and song in Duran Duran history.

Happy Friday

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Anything Goes Thursday - Edition 2

In today's edition of Anything Goes Thursday, I thought I would briefly share the origins of "playit08."

My first concert was Duran Duran in May I have 08.

"Play it" is a motto I created upon launch of Set List in 2010 to always remember enjoying music of all genres, musicians, music channels, and musical experiences.

In the world of music, what would be your motto?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday Once Over - Edition 2

Wednesday Once Over is meant to add revisions to posts well within the archives.  As I look back over the years -

2015 is rather flawed for too many reasons to share in one post

2014 is decently detailed

2013 is a year I cannot recall...

...As is 2012

2011...I do not know why I am passing on that year

Which brings me to 2010...where nothing could go wrong.

In today's Wednesday Once Over, I am not in "red pen" mode (editor, rather).  Instead, I am choosing to highlight a post from May 2010 -

Set List - Always There

As a refresher, I reflected on profound musicians who always withstand the test of time and are always there.  The examples I included are -


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Paul Simon

Robert Palmer

And the post will say the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Two for Two Tuesday - Milestone Edition

This post marks a tremendous milestone in Set List history.  As of today, I have surpassed my launch year, 2010, in the number of published posts.  In 2010, I topped out at 106 posts.  This post, which will combine the Two for Two Tuesday special edition, will be my 107th since March.

To celebrate this profound milestone, I thought I would dig into the archives for lighthearted posts from 2010. 

Post #1 - Duran Duran Humor Archives

December 27, 2008

Simon Le Bon's favorite quotes...and responses -

Quote:  "I've turned on the seatbelt sign 'cause we've just hit some bumpy air.'
Simon:  Bumpy Fucking Air???

Quote:  "Enjoy"
Simon:  Enjoy what?

Quote:  "Party's over"
Simon:  Because it's just so sad

Quote:  "Have a good one"
Simon:  A good what, exactly?

Quote:  "Would you?"
Simon:  No, would you actually?  Would you mind finishing your sentence please?

Post #2 - Nick Rhodes Rock Couture Guitar (YouTube)

Monday, May 7, 2018


Wake up to the live rendition of one of Journey's classics - "Don't Stop Believin'.

On this Monday, take a journey down Journey.

(Wikipedia source)

Honors -

- Formed in San Francisco in 1973 ("Lights" is a huge personal favorite)

- Greatest success 1978 - 1987

- "Don't Stop Believin" (1981) ... No. 3 in iTunes downloads (2005) ... top selling track in iTunes history (2009)

- Escape ... 8th and most successful album ... No. 1 on Billboard 200 ... "Open Arms" another popular single

- Frontiers (1983) ... No. 2 in the United States ... No. 6 on UK Albums Chart

- 2 Gold albums ... 8 multi-platinum albums ... 2 Diamond albums

- 18 Top 40 singles in the U.S. (6 Top 10 & 2 No. 1 on Billboard charts & No. 6 on UK Singles Chart) ... ("Don't Stop Believin' was the No. 6 rank on the UK Singles Chart)

- Recording Industry Association of America source - 48 million albums sold in the U.S. ... 25th best-selling band

- 75 million records sold worldwide

- 2005 USA Today poll - Journey ranked 5th best U.S. rock band history

- No. 96 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

- inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017

Band History -

- Refer to the Wikipedia link above

My take away -

Journey is an American would be Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Aerosmith (of course, all three have different sounds).  Steve Perry will forever be the best lead singer in the band.  Yet, I have never known of any band to make so many changes as they did.  When Andy Taylor left Duran Duran, there seemed to be a smooth transition into bringing in Dom Brown as electric guitarist (although only Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John  Taylor, and Roger Taylor are listed as the band members). 

I find Journey to be emotionally driven in tone but in a rock genre way.  On the other hand, I find Chris Botti to be emotionally driven but in a jazz genre way.

My ultimate point is this - Journey, whether with the original members or members coming and going, is an iconic band in musical history.

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live in Houston)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday Favorite - Part 2

In this Sunday Favorite post, I will reflect on a special Sunday Favorite - Sunday Favorite - Birthday Edition.

Although "Thriller" is a staple on my birthday every year, this birthday edition took a different route which, personally, is fine by me.

On April 29th of this year (being a Sunday), I posted my love for Goldfish and their iconic song, "Fort Knox."  I further shared my take on how I discovered the song and the duo musicians as well as the honors received. 

Without going into great detail, follow the link above to read more.

Happy Sunday

Sunday Favorite - Part 1

In today's edition of Sunday Favorite, there are two posts that stood out the most this past week - Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special and Sunday Favorite - Birthday Edition.

In this post, I will reflect on Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special.  The following post will reflect Sunday Favorite - Birthday Edition.

And this post says the rest of it.  This is Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special.

On May 1, 2010, I launched Set List for so many reasons - personal interest in the niche, passion for blogging, hope to tap into interest and intrigue among readers and passersby, and yes, financial gain.  Eight years later, I maintain all reasons from that very first day.

On May 1, 2010, I stated what to expect on Set List - eclectic.  My taste in music will always be everywhere, from classic rock to classic jazz to smooth jazz to pop to blues...the list could easily go on for some time.

In Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special, I looked back at my first post to show just how eclectic my interests are.  Follow the link above to read more.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Saturday Specilal : Flash Fiction Series 3

Play It : The Graduation Gift

As she walked across the stage for the last time in her educational career, she could not help but wonder what life had in store for a college graduate with a degree in History.

"You'll be a rock star for a day!"


"Your graduation gift.  You get to shadow your favorite band while they rehearse tomorrow afternoon AND stand off stage DURING tomorrow night's concert!  Congratulations, sweetheart."

"Wow.  Thanks Mom!"

The next day was like a dream.  She got to tap on the drums, strum the bass and electric guitars, and warm up her voice by singing alongside the front man.

The concert was amazing.  Standing off stage was as thrilling as walking across one.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Remember When Friday

In this edition of Remember When Friday, I am highlighting Duran Duran's "Is There Something I Should Know" live from London.

Although I am certain I posted "Is There Something I Should Know" in the past, I did not dig through the archives today (where normally I would to remember when).  Instead, I am featuring this song on this particular day because earlier in the week, "Is There Something I Should Know" lyrics were on Twitter as a tune in special.

I have the Live from London concert DVD and am forever in awe of how synchronized the band was within the first second.  I can only imagine how many times they had to practice so that no one member started early.  On cue indeed.

While the opening lyric, "Please, please tell me now" sparks immediate interest, the common agreement on Twitter and Duran Duran fan blogs is the more favorite lyric, "There's a dream that strings the road with broken glass for us to hold."  Admission...I like this lyric too.

Leave a comment to share your favorite lyric from "Is There Something I Should Know."

Happy Friday!

Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anything Goes Thursday - Edition 1

Anything Goes Thursday will be random in topic.

I've written posts that are personal in nature.  I've written posts about music, of course.  I think I will post about the blog title "Set List."

Musicians have a set list ready for concerts, knowing what songs to play and the order in which to play them for, I imagine, audience reaction.

I took this "set list" cue when naming this blog.  Creativity driven for the name and the lasting content. 

Set List, as a blog, is not defined by what songs to play and in what order.  Every post has its own direction.  The title is out of pure curiosity.

Eight years strong and Set List as the title is perfect.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wednesday Once Over - Edition 1

In the post, Set List - It's Just One of Those Days, I wrote about genres and songs that best define any given emotion I am feeling.  When I feel intense, I want loud.  When I feel down, I want simple and soothing.  There were two songs that immediately stood out - "Eruption" and "In the Air Tonight."  And so in today's first edition of Wednesday Once Over, I thought I would go into more detail about both.

"Eruption" (Wikipedia source)

- guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen
- "one of the greatest guitar solos of all time"
- leads into "You Really Got Me"
- both played together on radio stations
- album - Van Halen

"In the Air Tonight" (Wikipedia source)
- Phil Collins ... Debut solo single and lead single on debut solo album, Face Value (release January 1981)
- No. 2 on UK Singles Chart
- No. 1 in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden
- No. 19 on Billboard Hot 100 in the United States
- Certified Gold by RIAA with 500,000 copies sold
- "Signature song"
- "...especially famous for his climactic drum break..."
- "...the drums...setting the template for all the Eighties drum songs after that..." (The full quote by Stuart Maconie can be found in the Wikipedia link.)
(Side note - Roger Taylor of Duran Duran referenced "In the Air Tonight" during the filming of the Rio documentary.)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special Videos

"Tom Sawyer" - Rush
"Rush" - Aly & AJ
"Ordinary World" - Duran Duran
Kind of Blue - Full Album

Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special

Set List is eight years strong on this May 1st. 

I will always remember the excitement I felt with my first published post on a blog I knew would be my career.  I was eager to post every day.  Although some years were devastating, words cannot express how happy I have been so far this year.

My days are themed, so I have structure and purpose.  Therefore, I can successfully move forward.

With that said, I will reflect from the archives on this Two for Two Tuesday - Anniversary Special.

Set List - Rush - May 2, 2010 ... My most well-received post to date.  Highlights -

"For die-hard music enthusiasts, you will know the name of this entry - the band Rush. ... "Tom Sawyer" ... This song, like the band, has an edge and is unique in sound and beat."

"For Disney fanatics, you will know the name of this entry - the song "Rush."  This song was the theme to a recent Disney Channel movie. ... "Rush" is haunting in its fast pace and young beat that clearly attracts any age."

"So what can you tell by these words?  One word - eclectic."

Set List - And All That Jazz - May 4, 2010 ... Clearly defining my eclectic taste in music.  Highlights -

"Rush, Duran Duran, and jazz...I said my taste in music is eclectic (and this will continue to be evident in future entries."

"There is a mystery to jazz - whether you are swingin' to swing or groovin' to smooth, or catchin' a much-needed breath to the style of Miles Davis..."

On this eighth anniversary of Set List, always remember to play it!