#SongLyricSunday ♫ “Beauty In the Beast” – Gavin Rossdale

Am I the only one blown away by the fact that it’s already time for Daylights Savings again? Ugh. I think all the states in the same time zone should have the same practices, therefore I vote that we jump on board with Arizona and put an end to the nonsense! While I’m waiting for that to [never] happen, you should hop on over to Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, to check out all of the song picks for today!

This week’s theme is: Animal

Soooooo many choices! But I already posted at least 3 of my favorite animal themed songs during #Rocktoberfest and didn’t want to do a repeat this soon. Def Leopard’s “Animal” is my ALL TIME favorite for this theme – but also “Mouth” from the American Werewolf in Paris soundtrack and “Rooster” by Alice In Chains. I came really close to choosing Maroon 5’s “Animals”, simply because I love it and I love Adam Levine and why not watch him get naked? (Don’t laugh, that was a serious question.) And while the video is quite disturbing in so many ways, it’s also not, because Behati Prinsloo is his wife in real life, so is it really stalking? LOL

Mostly, I just didn’t pick it, because there’s a good chance someone else will and I prefer to broaden musical horizons with songs people are less likely to already know about. This song is off Gavin Rossdale’s 2008 solo album Wanderlust, which is a hint to the musical style used for the tracks. This isn’t “Bush” style grunge rock, it’s altogether different. You’ll have to decide for yourself, but for me, the whole album makes me want to write an epic, futuristic and most likely dystopian tale. Enjoy!

In the heart of the city,
I'm awake now,
I'm in the buzz, open to the night.
You're the libertine.
You're philistine
When I first saw you,
I knew I was done.

You are the fuel again,
You, I arise
Feeling invincible, this moment's mine.

Strangest landscapes,
See the sky flip inside out,
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.

In the blink of an eye,
You seem to get me.
You are my fox, but I can't see your lie
I am the wheel,
Another on my heart,
I know this road goes back to the start

You are the fuel again,
You, I rise
Feeling invincible this moment's mine

Strangest landscapes,
See the sky flip inside out,
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.

Yellow moon works while everyone's asleep.
Sometimes what you want is just out of reach.

Strangest landscapes,
See the sky flip inside out,
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.

Strangest landscapes,
How you make me come around
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around
There's danger in the street [Repeat: x 5]
(Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
That's the beauty in the beast

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Songwriters: Gavin Rossdale / D. Stewart
Beauty in the Beast lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Rooster” – Alice In Chains

Somewhere along the evolution of my musical life, when I was supposed to be moving away from my parents’ influence and discovering my own bands, songs and tastes, my mom pulled a 180, embraced her inner rocker and introduced ME to Alice In Chains in the early 90’s; not the the other way around. It was awesome! “Man in the Box” was her favorite and that’s still a popular hit, but when “Rooster” was released, it immediately became my #1 pick.

“Rooster” was written by Alice In Chain‘s guitarist, Jerry Cantrell, about his dad in the Vietnam War and the kind of emotional and mental state it left him in after. In interviews, Jerry reveals that “Rooster” had been his dad’s family-given nickname. The song was not only a huge commercial success for the band, it more importantly helped mend Jerry and his dad’s estranged relationship. The official music video has an interview with his dad in the beginning. I couldn’t stomach the graphic footage for the rest of the video, as my dad is also a Vietnam Vet, but it’s on YouTube for those who are interested. Enjoy!

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

♫♪ Rocktober Musicfest is hosted by Mary B. at Jingle, Jangle, Jungle. Check out her website if you’d like to join the event. There’s no restriction against joining after October 1st or limit/requirement to how many times you have to post for the month. It’s really easy and fun! ♪♫

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Future Nostalgic Melody

We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?

music-and-memory-1I have had some of the craziest songs trigger childhood, teen or even young adult memories in a snap – not even realizing that they were – well, Music Markers, as the Daily called it.  Music that acts like an Event-Marker on your own personal timeline.  It just so happened that you were listening to that song then, or it was playing on the radio someone thought to bring to the beach… I don’t know why or how our brains select that ONE song out of the Top 100 Hits of the week, month or decade.  And I’m fairly sure that I had more than one song that I absolutely loved and just had to listen to over and over and over and over….. you get the point.

So, for the Summer of 2014, I’m afraid I just don’t know how to answer that question.  I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately.  Some new, some old, some I wish I could permanently delete from the memory cells of my ear drums – and you know it has to be bad to make my face scrunch up in distaste, when I like everything from Alice in Chains to Eminem, Louis Armstrong to Taylor Swift, Opera, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Old Country, Bluegrass, Swing, Alternative Rock, Heavy Metal… yeah, so… way off track now.

Oh, right – I’ve been listening to quite a lot of new music since the summer began, but I’ve yet to have anything major happen, and maybe that’s what those Music Markers really need: an event to mark.  If everything goes right, I’ll be moving tomorrow, so maybe it Bruce_Springsteenwill happen then, with whatever I’m listening to in my car or my new apartment.  As I write this, Ed Shareen’s “Give Me Love” is playing in my head, so maybe it will be that song triggering memories of these moments 20 years from now.  It has a nice Southern Rock sound to it and his voice is deep, which I find captures my attention more in male singers (sorry Adam Lick-My-Tattoos Levine, I still love you!) and probably stems from the fact that I grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen.   The deeper, the grittier, the yummier, that’s all there is to it.  Hey, he’s not The Boss for no reason.