Changes- David Bowie
This song is one of my favorite Bowie songs. The beat is catchy and it is impossible not to sing along once it hits the chorus. I really relate to the lyrics, life is a constant set of different challenges that one must face . Although change can be frightening, unexpected and difficult it is needed. Without change there wouldn’t be growth. I wanted to do this song also as a tribute to David Bowie, thank you for all the music and remaining true to yourself. You and your music will live on always.
David Bowie’s career spanned over 5 decades. With 26 studio albums starting with the self titled David Bowie (1967) and his last album Blackstar (2016) he experimented in many genres and inspired many different musicians. He also starred in many movies, many remember his role in Labrinyth as Jareth the Goblin King. He remained active in music until his death on January 10, 2016 after a battle with liver cancer.
Under Our Spell- The Dazzlings
This week is a special Play, Repeat. Today my niece celebrated her birthday and I had her choose her current favorite song for the post. I had to do a little research as I have never watched My Little Ponies : Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. The Dazzlings are a trio consisting of Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk. I really like that all of their names come from music terms: Adagio– meaning the tempo of the music is to be played slowly, Aria- a long, accompanied song for a solo voice, and Sonata- a composition for an instrumental soloist. The Dazzlings are revealed to be sirens that feed off of negative energy and are able to control others through their singing. They are loosely based off of the sirens of Greek mythology which would lure sailors to shipwreck with their songs. The song is quite catchy and has a good beat to it. My niece said that she loves how the bad girls sing and that she likes to sing it. Perhaps she has been put under their spell?
Let It Be- The Beatles
Today it has been 5 years since my Mom lost her battle with lung cancer. I wanted to chose a song that she enjoyed and that she “chose” so to speak. After looking through her music collection I decided that this was the song. This song is for you Mom.
The album Let It Be was the twelfth and final album by The Beatles. It was released almost a month after the groups breakup. The Beatles formed in Liverpool in the year 1960. They are considered the most influential act of the rock era. The group experimented with many genres of music throughout their career.
Careful You- TV On The Radio
I really enjoy listening to this song. It has some very catchy lyrics and an addictive beat. I enjoy the play on words in the chorus “..And I’l care for you, Oh careful you”. I also like the blending of French and English lyrics. It gives the song a unique sound.
TV On The Radio is an indie rock band that formed in Brooklyn in 2001. The band consists of Tunde Adebimpe (vocals, loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars, keyboards, loops), Kyp Malone (vocals, guitars, bass, loops), Jaleel Bunton (drums,vocals,loops,guitars). Sadly they lost Gerard Smith (bass,keyboards) in 2011 to lung cancer. He had been a member since 2005. TV On The Radio has released 5 EPs, a demo album released in 2002 called OK Calculator and 5 studio records. The first was released in 2004 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, followed by the 2006 release of Return To Cookie Mountain, the third was released in 2008 Dear Science, followed by the 2011 release Nine Types Of Light, and their most recent album in 2014 Seeds.
I really enjoyed the album Seeds and would recommend giving it a listen!
The Game- Motörhead
December 28th 2015: Another huge loss in the music world occurred when Lemmy Kilmister lost his battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.
The first song that came to mind after hearing the news was The Game. I remember watching WWE and hearing this amazing entrance music for Triple H. Motörhead definitely knew how to make an entrance. I admired the raw gritty vocals, it was unlike any vocalist I had ever heard. There was such an energy emitting from Lemmy. He was an amazing musician, multi-talented frontman, songwriter and bassist. He lived his life the way he wanted to with no regrets. The music lives on always. Thank you Lemmy.
Motörhead was formed in 1975 by Lemmy after his departure from the band Hawkwind. The band went on to remain active into 2015. In their 40 year career they have released 22 studio albums, 9 live albums, 4 EPs, 12 compilation albums and 29 singles. After Lemmy’s passing the remaining members of Motörhead confirmed that the band would not continue.
Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth- Bing Crosby & David Bowie
This is by far one of my favorite Christmas songs. The combination of the two songs and both Crosby and Bowie’s voices bring out the best of both worlds. Bowie’s higher range blended with Crosby’s lower tones creates a beautiful sound and create a new depth to the music. I feel that this is a very unique Christmas classic.
This track was originally recorded for Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas television special in September of 1977. Sadly Bing Crosby passed away the next month and did not see the recording air on television.
Big Empty -Stone Temple Pilots
I woke up for work on Friday morning and was in shock when I heard that Scott Weiland had passed away. I wanted to make this Play, Repeat a special dedication to his many great contributions to music. I don’t think that people should focus on the negative from his personal life but rather focus on how much of a talent the music world has lost. He was a very gifted frontman and lyricist. I decided to share one of my favorite songs Big Empty as a way for me to say goodbye and thank you Scott for being a voice of inspiration. R.I.P. Scott Weiland