#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Again” – Flyleaf

“All Around Me” was the first song from Flyleaf I heard on the radio that captured my attention and led me to becoming a huge fan of this band. “Sorrow” will always be my favorite song of theirs forever. It’s one that I can listen to and never get tired of hearing, because the lyrics are so poetically captivating.

Sometimes life seems to quiet, into paralyzing silence
Like the moonless dark, meant to make me strong
Familiar breaths of my old lives
Change the color in my eyes
Soon he will perforate the fabric of the peaceful by and by…

Ahhh…have you ever seen more beautifully constructed lyrics? Unfortunately, I’ve already posted that song and “New Horizons” in previous posts.

“Fully Alive” and “Red Sam” are good recommendations for new listeners, and if you’re human, “Supernatural” will bring you tears. Flyleaf has released many albums since their debut, but I couldn’t tell you anything about their newer music, because I stopped listening to them when their lead singer, Lacey Sturm, left the band. Their new lead singer might be awesome, I don’t know and I don’t care, I love Lacey. #SorryNotSorry. She’s like the size of a Polly Pocket, yet can belt out a voice that would knock The Rock on his ass – which you’ll hear later this month during my Halloween Playlist. For now, I present “Again”, a song that still displays some of Lacey’s vocal range, only without reaching her impressive screamo skills. Enjoy!

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♫♪ 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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#RocktoberMusicfest ♫ “Comfortable Liar” & “Brainiac” – Chevelle

“The Red” was the hit single that turned me onto Chevelle back in my early-to-mid 20’s and I still love them. I had a hard time choosing which of their songs I wanted to highlight, because like most bands who’ve been around for awhile, their sound has gone through some changes. Luckily, Chevelle‘s one of those bands who can manage a range of sounds and still rock the eff out of it. Pete Loeffler just has one of those voices that can span the spectrum from super smooth to screamo.  So, today I’m offering two choices:

“Comfortable Liar” is from the same album as “The Red” and another one of those songs that grabbed me due to the guitar. Chevelle never ‘over stimulates’ their fans with their talents on the guitar, but sneaks extra little things into certain songs, kind of like getting a present “just because”. This is definitely one those songs.

“Brainiac” is one of the songs that I love listening to when I’m driving, but is also the most dangerous for me to listen to while I’m steering a motorized weapon down the street – because, I’m already a little impatient as a driver. The super fast pace of this track will get you moving, for sure, but then when you start actually hearing the lyrics, you’ll like it even more. Or maybe that’s just me and my twisted sense of humor. 😀 Enjoy!

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♫♪ 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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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Warm Machine” – Bush

I was in my early teens when Grunge took over the music industry. Local bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam (yeah, they’re from my neck of the woods) lit up the airwaves and inspired countless bands to follow. Even so, the genre of grunge just didn’t have the power to suck me in to the point of spending all my allowance on flannels the way it did for everyone else. Then, there was Bush. When Gavin Rossdale started filling my eardrums with his sexy, gritty voice, teaching me how to breathe properly, only to take my breath away with every other song, I declared him my future ex-husband. Of course, he’s still my first future ex-husband of choice, but more have been added to the list, so I’m over it…a little. Maybe.

Anyway, I know I’ve already used this song in a previous post for a different music event, but hopefully it’s been long enough that no one quite remembers. And I love SOOOOOOOOOOO many different Bush songs, I should be able to pick one I’ve never posted about before. Honestly, I think I have Gavin Rossdale songs most people have never even heard of, so why do I keep choosing this song over every other track in my extensive collection???

That damn guitar. It just gets me every freaking time…

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♫♪ 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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#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!

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♫♪ 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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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Nothing Else Matters” – Metallica

I usually say I’m the daughter of a musician, because my dad can play different instruments – BUT – first and foremost, I’m the daughter of a guitarist. Acoustic, electric, steel, ukulele, banjo, dad can jam on just about anything with strings.

You have to watch him at family BBQ’s, though. This is where he likes to sneak the banjo out and pick the creepy chords from Deliverance.

“Daaaaaaaaaad…”
“Oh c’mon, it’s funny.”
“You’re scaring the neighbors.”
“I know, that’s why it’s funny.”

Yep, my twisted sense of humor is all natural, folks, what can I say? 😉

And my dad’s one of those musicians who can play by ear, too, the brat. He doesn’t need sheet music like the rest of us. Growing up with the sound of live guitar music definitely influenced my love for the instrument and there are certain songs where the guitar will instantly cut right through the fabric of my reality, put me in a trance and I’m a slave to it for life. It will always have that power over me, even years later.

Metallica is known for their guitar rifts and intros, it’s one of their trademarks, so it’s not easy to pick a song that demonstrates that better than the rest. And I know, I totally picked a “girly” song from the lot, but you just stick around and I’ll show you some real girly metal [insert evil grin here]. This is my Metallica Guitar Song, the one that did me in from the first note. (Fade to Black is a very close second.) Enjoy!

Man, I totally forgot how bad I used to crush on Lars back in the day…*sigh*

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♫♪ 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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#RocktoberMusicfest ♫ “You Could Be Mine” – Guns N’ Roses

I went through the same phase all kids eventually do, where I started listening to newer rock bands that my parents weren’t necessarily fans of; Beastie Boys, Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, etc.. Guns N’ Roses had enough mellow songs like “Patience”, “Sweet Child of Mine” and of course their remake of Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” for just about everyone to like them, though.

The reason why I chose this theme song from T2, rather than one of their earlier songs, is because seeing the movie with my friends is a great memory and I still think this is one of the best music videos ever made. In fact, the Governator should be in every music video, I don’t understand why that isn’t an industry standard yet. 😉

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♫♪ 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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#RocktoberMusicfest ♪ “Animal” – Def Leppard

I’m not sure why this memory has always stuck with me, but I clearly remember when my mom pointed out to me that Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard, only had one arm. I think it was one of those parenting moments where she was trying to instill in me the virtue of never giving up on your dreams no matter what. That and she genuinely admired him. I had never noticed before, honestly, I suppose I’d just been too busy rocking out to the music. At that moment, I thought Rick Allen had to be the greatest musician ever in the history of music.

Sometime after this, I announced that I was going to grow up to become a drummer and my mom was thrilled. Turns out, Rick Allen was already the best musician in all of rock history, along with every other drummer out there, because drum lessons are the most boring lessons on the planet! I think I lasted 2 weeks – much to my mom’s disappointment. She was hoping I’d be able to play “Wipe Out” for her someday.

Anyway,  I couldn’t get through my 80’s binge without posting at least one Def Leppard song. They had SO many great hits that I still love, but my top picks were always “Photograph” and this one…

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