• Musical Alphabet

    Set 15 2007, 7h24

    For every letter of the alphabet, pick just one artist (preferably an artist you like, even one song) whose names starts with that letter. If you can't think of one, just skip it.

    A) Alan Menken
    B) Bob Dylan
    C) Creedence Clearwater Revival
    D) Dire Straits
    E) Elton John
    F) The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    G) Gerry & The Pacemakers
    H) Herman's Hermits
    I) Iwashira Taro
    J) John Williams
    K) Keiko Matsui
    L) Lawrence Welk
    M) Mark Knopfler
    N) The Notting Hillbillies
    O) Oleg Pogudin
    P) Peter, Paul & Mary
    Q) Skip
    R) The Righteous Brothers
    S) Simon & Garfunkel
    T) Tomita
    U) Skip
    V) The Ventures
    W) "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Y) Yes
    Z) The Zombies

    Boy, that was hard!
  • Songs that Touch Me

    Set 14 2007, 21h57

    I listen to a lot of music, and have heard probably thousands of hours worth over the years. There are songs I like, songs I love and then songs that touch me emotionally, whether I like them or not. Here a few of them.

    Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
    Rocket Man is really a tragic story masked as a timeless pop song with a catchy hook. This song is best listened to in the dark, without headphones... close your eyes and envision what you hear: a futuristic story of a man, isolated and alone as he works on the red planet. Yes, that's literal, but fitting. Listen to the weeping steel guitar, or the emotion in Elton's voice. The saddest line in the whole song is quite definitely "Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone..."

    North Country Blues by Bob Dylan
    Though enjoyable, this song is downright depressing, which makes it difficult to listen to often. He tells the story of a girl growing up in a mining town and the tragedies that befell her, in her own words. It's quite simple, honest and blunt: there is nothing fancy or pretentious about the song. It is simply Bob and his guitar, not even a harmonica I don't think. The song is well written and unforgettable, which is partly why it's so strongly emotional.

    Hand In Hand by Dire Straits
    "Hand in Hand" is Mark Knopfler's saddest song, I think. It's pure sadness and heartache, and you can really hear it in Mark's voice. If you just focus your attention on what he's saying and singing, I'm sure it will touch you, also. Its emotions are subtle and quiet, you must listen to the song intently which is why I appreciate it. It's just one of those great, great love songs that says"I love you -- what happened to us?" He conveys depression, confusion, melancholy and anger all in the span of five minutes. The song is not an outright Kleenex moment, but it certainly moved me.

    The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel
    Ah, the song in my list that won't bring you tears, but will humble you emotionally. It is a perfect song, flawless in every way. The power that is hidden in the words is truly remarkable... the song moves with a rhythm of its own, it rolls along as the duo delivers the lyrics to one of the greatest songs ever written, in my opinion. But not to be forgotten is the chilling melody that Paul Simon composed, a melody that grabs your attention and never lets go. I can listen to this song at any time of the day and feel the same emotions that I felt when I heard it for the first time.

    Sailing to Philadelphia by Mark Knopfler
    "STP" is specifically touching to me for certain reasons that other probably won't feel in the same way, but besides that, Mark strikes again with a very melancholy melody intermingled with wonderfully and beautifully poetic words that are just... elegant to hear. And after that, we are treated to a lovely extended outro sprinkled with guitar playing reminiscent of Brothers in Arms or Ride Across the River, or Feel Like Going Home. A very beautiful song, one of his best.

    I Dug Up A Diamond (Album Version) by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
    I really relate to this song, but it's also a quintessential love song written in symbol with a wonderful melody. We all feel that when we find something when we least expect it, and it's something (or someone) special, we want to hold on to it forever. That is why this song is so incredibly true to life. Amazing song, and I really applaud Mark and Emmylou for this one.

    Feel Like Going Home by The Notting Hillbillies
    This song hits you in two parts: first with the incredibly moving, almost depressing words and second with the weepy guitar solo, played by none other than Mark Knopfler himself. Mark doesn't sing on this one, but he speaks through his guitar. It's just an incredible song in every way.

    Anyways, that's my two cents.
  • Return...?

    Set 13 2007, 1h53

    As you may have noticed, I abruptly ended my music roll on the website, oh... I can't remember how long ago, probably close to a year... but yeah, I think I've returned.

    I've been listening to a lot of Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Billy Joel. *nods*

    On July 17th, I attended my first concert, the immortal "Weird Al" Yankovic and the experience was just... life changing *giddy* I hope Mark Knopfler comes to town when he promotes the new album, for which I am waiting excitedly.

    I'm also a new college student! :D
  • New Weird Al song!

    Jun 8 2006, 6h19

    Okay for all of you "Weird Al" Yankovic fans like me, Bermuda just like yesterday posted a download for a brand new song called You're Pitiful by Al, which you can get at the official site! Front page, scroll down! It's a spoof of James Blunt's song, "You're Beautiful". I totally looove this song :D
  • Just forget the words and sing along

    Abr 25 2006, 18h29

    I've been listening to a marathon of "Weird Al" Yankovic and I'm having such a good time :D I love his stuff! It's like my creative music... I turn it on when I need to create something or I need to "get psyched up". Haha, of all music to get psyched up to... :D

    I have a habit of making up disease/syndrome names based on my personality (hermititis, for example and EVERYONE thinks it's real!), and now I've come up with a new one: playamania. The signs of this disease are only one symptom: the inabiity to stay with one media player for an extended period of time, thus jumping between various programs almost monthly. Also known as player hopping. And that, my friends, is what I have. Since I've been consciously aware of a world outside of Windows Media Player (years now), I've hopped between probably four different music programs repeatedly such as iTunes, WinAmp, JRiver Media Center, Windows Media Player, back to iTunes, back to WinAMp, back to Windows Media Player and now I'm with iTunes again. Windows Media Player pisses me off in more ways than one so I don't use it. I don't like it creating hidden album images in each folder than contains my music. But I digress! :D

    Due to the fact that not all media players are created equal and thus some support Japanese characters and others don't AND that it's annoying never knowing which one will read my JPOP folder, I've converted all of my Japanese Pop files back to English characters with Romanji. Tis sad, but I kind of prefer it this way. I LIKE knowing how to say one of the songs on 上戸彩's new album. *shrugs*

    And in case you're wondering why "Apolo Anton Ohno" is on my artist list, it's not that he's joined a garage band from Seattle but that they are audio clips of his wonderful speaking voice giving out his great motivational quotes that I love to listen to :)

    By the way, I'm looking for a new pair of headphones. I prefer the kind that wrap around the back your head versus the original kind that go over your head. Can anyone suggest a good brand? I'm tired of finding a good but cheap pair and have to get new ones within three months when they wear out. Thanks!

    Ouch, what a rambly entry! :O Blame it on the morning sun peaking through my tiny window and "Weird Al" :P

    Where the heck is the preview button for this thing? :X
  • Sora wo koete, umi wo koete

    Out 27 2005, 20h53

    Recently I discovered a duo called やなわらばー, and I love their music! They both have pretty voices and their music is very relaxing. I definitely suggest these two!

    Yesterday I converted all of my タッキー&翼 track names to their original kana, as they appear on the CDs. However, I did leave the titles if they were in English. Today, I had hoped to do the same for my 上戸彩 CDs, and 安室奈美恵, too.
  • Ayu

    Set 29 2005, 18h25

    So a few days ago, I downloaded Hamasaki Ayumi's single Heaven. I can't stand the title track, but Will and alterna are my favorites, Will especially. But I don't really like her voice, and I think I'll pass on any of her other albums. Ueto Aya and Tackey & Tsubasa forever! \^_^/