Music To Get You Through The Trump Years…

Hi all,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I felt inspired to share a playlist I procured. The last couple of years and particularly the last few weeks have been terrible for our country, future, the world, and our sanity. With all the disgusting things being done now by the Trump administration and some of his uniformed and bigoted supporters and how far it has and will continue to set us back, I find myself more hopeless and angry than ever. When I feel like I’ve reached a breaking point, I’ve been listening to a playlist I created called “Revolution” which is exactly what we need! We have tried and are still trying peaceful revolution via protests and political discussions via social media and in person, but it doesn’t seem to have gotten us anywhere. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” (JFK). You can save and listen to this playlist whenever you want by clicking “Follow” at the top of the playlist in Spotify. The playlist is embedded at the bottom of this article.

There are songs on this playlist that address the Democratic Primary and the rigging, cheating, and sandbagging of Bernie Sanders. Thanks a lot Hillary, DNC, and the media for screwing us of the only decent person to run for President in 2016 and probably since the 50s or 60s! Bernie would have won! The opening song “Disco Inferno” is a direct deference to Bernie, as it became an unofficial anthem for his campaign and is a fun note to start such a dark and angry playlist on. Bern baby Bern! There are songs that directly address Trump and his Facist mentality. There are songs that address the government at large and how we got to where we are. Many of these songs express the anger that is stirring and that we will need to harness to overthrow the current regime and shape a better future than we have had for the past 30-40 years. There are songs about our dying planet. There are protest songs. There are songs about the militarism of the Police. There are songs about race. Black Lives Matter! The only song missing from the playlist is Prince’s Black Lives Matter protest song “Baltimore” since his music is unavailable on Spotify. If you want the full experience you can insert that song after Bruce Springsteen and before Pussy Riot. There are also songs about income inequality. And  toward the latter half of the album, there are songs of hope and love, which is just what we need. Obama was a good step further and he made some good changes, which are now being undone, but he never went far enough. He wasn’t allowed to because he was still owned by Wall Street and Corporations like almost every other politician. He answered to them ultimately. Not us. We need a real Progressive in office who doesn’t take money from Wall Street or Corporations, who can’t be bought, and whose only concern is the betterment of life for the poor and middle class of this country. Like Bernie! Bernie and/or Tulsi Gabbard 2020! We shall overcome…someday, but until then, I hope this playlist is cathartic and helps you push through the dark times we are living in. Power to the people! Viva la revolucion!

KENDRICK LAMAR’S NEW #1 ALBUM

Kendrick Lamar shot straight to #1 on the Billboard 200 last week, with his new EP “untitled unmastered.”!

Now I’m not the biggest Kendrick fan, but I have a great deal of respect for him as a performer and an artist. His style and substance are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of Rap right now. He even far over-shadows Kanye, who has taken some bad and weird steps backwards as an artist as of late. Kendrick is definitely the best thing going on in Rap right now, which unfortunately isn’t saying much when pretty much everyone wants to sound like Future or something. I really miss when Rap was FUN and not all of this droning on, bland, boring mush.

I liked and respected Kendrick’s last album, “To Pimp a Butterfly” and of the Grammy nominees, it should have definitely won Album of the Year. Certainly over Taylor Swift’s predictable “ear-poop” album “1989”. I didn’t quite get ALL of the hype for “TPAB” since about two thirds to half of the songs on the album were bland-ish filler. Certainly the very talented Kendrick could do better. One of my friends doesn’t get how I can be critical of “TPAB”, but I hear half of the songs on “TPAB” plus a bunch from his previous album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” and know he can do even better. My favorite song from the album is by far “King Kunta” by the way.

Now just over a week ago Kendrick dropped his aptly named “untitled unmastered.” EP of some unfinished, unmastered and untitled songs from the “To Pimp a Butterfly” sessions. Low and behold, here are the songs that were missing from “TPAB”, instead sidelined by the filler. If he had included at least 4 of these 8 songs on “TPAB”, I would have enjoyed it even more and gotten all of the hype. And that’s just what I did. I removed the songs I felt were filler and replaced them with the best songs from “untitled unmastered.” Below is a Spotify playlist I made of this leaner meaner album. This is what it could have been and should have been from the beginning.

In closing, don’t get mad at me for being critical of Kendrick, because I like him. He can just be even better if he fine tuned just a little bit. I’m not quite sure how, I’m not the genius like Kendrick., but I’m sure he’ll figure it out. By the way, congrats on your new #1 album, Kendrick!

Guess Who’s Back!?!

Hi all! I know it’s been very long since I last posted. I got busy and then kind of forgot about this great blog. 😦 It’s time to turn it back up to Volume 11! 🙂

I was reading through some old posts today and realized how much fun I had writing for Volume 11 and sharing my love of music with everyone and getting in to discussions with my readers. We’ll it’s official, I’m back! Back again! We even have a new look! Stay tuned for some new stuff! In the meantime, enjoy some Eminem! Guess who’s back…back again? Danny’s back! Tell some friends!

2012 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

I know I haven’t posted on Volume 11 in many months. It has been a very busy time in my life. I got married for one  and god knows that takes up a lot of time the planning and whatnot. Starting in 2013 I will pick up where I left off with some slight changes. In the meantime check out some of the stats of Volume 11’s first year. Thanks for reading and I will be bringing you more in 2013!!! Long live the music!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

R.I.P. Robin Gibb

Disco took another hit this week with the death of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, one of the biggest Disco acts of all time. He passed away yesterday due to cancer at the age of 62. The Bee Gees are known for their impeccable harmonies and accessible brand of Disco. They have sold over 100 million records and in a 2 year span in the late 70s racked up 6 consecutive #1 singles.

Some of their hits include “You Should Be Dancing”, “Stayin’ Alive”, “More Than A Woman”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Emotion” and more. Some of those hits come from the 70s Disco film “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta. The soundtrack for the movie won Album of the Year at the Grammys in 1979. They also starred in the 1978 film adaptation of the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which had a little “Abbey Road” thrown in for good measure.

As I write this post I am listening to the Bee Gees and realizing how many great hits they had and how Disco got a really bad wrap over the years. Between the death of Donna Summers and now Robin Gibb, I’ve been listening to more Disco than usual and it’s hard to not get caught up in these awesome, funky Disco grooves. What can I say, I got Disco fever!!! A lot of us did at some point and that is due in large part to the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, of which we have been dealt two loses from in one week. R.I.P. Robin Gibb.

 

R.I.P. Donna Summer

The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer passed away today, after losing her battle with breast cancer at 63 years old. She was without a doubt, the biggest star of the Disco era. Some of her hits include “Last Dance”, “Bad Girls”, “Hot Stuff”, “She Works Hard For The Money” and many more and she is the first artist to have 3 consecutive double albums go to #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart. She is a music legend and her legacy will live on for a long time to come. Disco is what helped to shape modern Pop music and without Disco and her as the most influential artist of the genre, music would have been very different over the course of the past 40 years or so and on. I grew up listening to her songs with my Mother, who was a big Disco and Donna Summer fan growing up. R.I.P. Donna Summer.

Song Of The Day: 5/7/12 (Cosmic Girl)

Today’s song of the day is Jamiroquai’s “Cosmic Girl”. It popped into my head today because I’ve been addicted to the T.V. show, “The Universe” on History and H2. It is such an interesting show, explaining the wonders, vastness, extreme beauty and ridiculous amazingness of the universe.  We are ceritanly not alone in the universe(s). There is a more life in the universe than we can even wrap out heads around. And it’s likely that a multiverse exists, which infinitely multiples our universes infiniteness. Watch the show and see what I’m saying. In the mean time check out the song. It’s from my favorite Jamirquai album.

Song Of The Day: 5/6/12 (Don’t Kick The Chair)

Today’s song of the day comes from the “real” winner of season 1 of The Voice, Dia Frampton, with the live performance of her song “Don’t Kick The Chair” featuring Kid Cudi, from the last episode of The Voice. She may have only come in second last season, but she definitely turned out to be the winner in the end, selling more records than the actual winner, Javier Colon and showing a lot more potential as a current, popular artist. Check out the live performance. What do you think? Who do you think deserved to win season 1? Who do you think should win season 2?