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!

Follow Me On Spotify!!!

Spotify is an amazing music subscription service that puts millions and millions of songs at your finger tips, instantly. It’s like Pandora Radio, but better because you can choose exactly what you want to listen to (artist, album, song) and not be forced to listen to what Pandora thinks you want to listen to, but if that’s what you want, Spotify also has their own Pandora style radio stations as well.

I’ve used it basically since it first became available in North America, back in July 2011. It started in Europe first and was such a huge success there, it’s now spreading worldwide. It’s also a great place to share music and playlists with your friends. Recently, they have also added really cool music apps that help make the music listening experience even cooler. There is a Rolling Stone app, a Billboard app, a last.fm app and a bunch of other really cool and useful apps.

I’ve explained how exactly the service works, from the free to paid options in a previous post, so I wont bore you with those details again. If you would like to learn more, you can read the previous blog post at the link below:

https://volume11blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/try-spotify/

Or you can go to:

http://www.spotify.com

Anyway, on to the purpose of this post. Join Spotify if you already haven’t and enjoy the expansive universe of music available. If you have already joined and/or when you do, follow my Spotify account and check out what I’m listening to and take a listen to one of my MANY playlists. Hey, you never know I may even start doing special Volume 11 playlist just for you guys.

Keep in mind one of the flaws with Spotify is how it tracks your listsens. It puts up a list of your most listened to artists, albums and songs, but it can be very inaccurate. Right now it says my most listened to artist is currently Common, but I’ve been listening to far more Phil Collins, Matchbox Twenty and Grateful Dead, as of late. Also whatever music you actually own and is loaded into your computer, will automatically be loaded in to your Spotify library, but since artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin aren’t on Spotify they and other non-Spotify artists won’t be tracked, even if your listening to your own Beatles CD’s through Spotify. Otherwise you would see The Beatles and Pink Floyd on top of my listens list a lot. Anyway, follow my Spotify account by clicking the link below and then clicking Add To Favorites when you get to my account. Once you are following me, message me, so I can follow you back. We can start a great little community.:

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Song Of The Day: 3/25/12 (Comfortably Numb)

This is a rare recording of 2 of my very favorite artists, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd and Kate Bush singing “Comfortably Numb” live. This is one of my very favorite Floyd songs. It’s from their epic double album “The Wall”. An interesting fact is that David Gilmour discovered and helped get Kate Bush started in the music industry in the late 70’s. I have to say a big thank you to David, because I absolutely love Kate. They should totally do an album together. They compliment each other well and are both such amazing, legendary artists.

Song Of The Day: 2/25/12 (#9. Pink Floyd) (Money)

Number 9 on my top 10 favorite artists/groups is the one and only Pink Floyd and today’s song of the day is their funky hit “Money”. I’ve been listening to Floyd since I was about 17 years old and with each passing year I grow fonder and fonder of them. I would have put them even higher up on my top 10, but to be honest other than “Dark Side Of The Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “The Wall” and a bunch of random songs from various other albums, I’ve never heard the majority of their discography, although I desperately want their new complete box set of all their albums. I can be a big sucker for box sets (being that I’m very much a completist) and I’m sure a box set doesn’t get much better and/or more epic than Pink Floyd’s. They made some of the most stunning, beautiful, rocking, mind blowing music ever recorded. I’m certain that once I get the chance to process their complete works, they will rise up 2 or 3 or maybe even 4 notches on my top 10. They are certainly my #2 favorite Classic Rock band after the Beatles. They always say every kid needs to discover the Beatles and Pink Floyd (among others). I’m so grateful that my ears are in tune to be able to fully appreciate all that Pink Floyd had and still has to offer the world. In July I will be seeing Rodger Waters (the mastermind behind much of Floyd’s most successful material) at Yankee Stadium, on his “Wall” tour. He will be playing the album “The Wall” in it’s entirety with grand theatrics to boot. Needless to say I can’t wait and I’m chomping at the bit to see him rip it up!!!

Try Spotify

Spotify is a great music subscription service that just came to America in July. It started out and exploded in Europe, so they brought it to America and it’s been taking off quite well here in the States. I use it and LOVE it!!!  I buy around 20 CD’s a year, but like the opportunity to listen to an album before I buy it. Yes I buy actual, physical CD’s. I’m old school when it comes to music. I still buy CD’s and load them into my iTunes then to my iPhone. I also collect vinyl records. I have a collection of about 100 currently, but haven’t added to the collection in some time now. I don’t buy MP3. Maybe it’s because I’m a collector or maybe because it doesn’t feel like quite as special or as much of an experience if I can’t hold the album in my hands. I think it’s a combination of both.

CD’s and vinyl also make me nostalgic of the days before pirated music. I think that pirating has taken more than just a financial toll on the music industry, but also a creative toll. Artists don’t have as much motivation to make great, original music anymore, because they aren’t getting compensated as well as they used to. I’ll admit to having pirated music in the past, just to have a chance to test an album out before I buy it, but it started to get too difficult to find quality files of albums, so I started looking for an alternative in the form of a subscription service where I could get quality sound files.

Since I started using Spotify as my subscription service, I’ve actually bought more CDs. Through Spotify, I listen to any album I want and if I really like it, I go out and support the artist by purchasing a hard copy of the album, if I think the album is just okay, than I’ll just listen to it when I want on Spotify and if I don’t like it I just get rid of it and I don’t have to waste any money buying a CD that might let me down.

The way Spotify works is you have access to basically any album you could ever want in an instant, save a few great, valuable artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. It works sort of like Pandora, but you can actually pick the exact song/album you want to listen too. It’s not random. Although they do have a radio option that works just like Pandora too.  There are 3 teirs of subscriptions you can choose from:

1. Free = Unlimited music with commercials

2. $5 a Month = Unlimited music without commercials

3. $10 a Month = Unlimited music without commercials and is also accessible from your mobile device so it can be used as your MP3 player.

I subscribe to the $10 a month option. It’s great. I no longer use iTunes or my iPod app to access my music, although I do prefer Apple products and programs. If Apple had a similar service, I’d probably go with them, because I like how Apple products are sleek, easy to use and streamlined. But Spotify is a great service and I recommend it to everyone, weather you listen to music casually or you are a complete “audiophile” like myself. Try it out!!! You have nothing to lose. You can try the free service and if you like it and want more out of it, you can later upgrade to the paid services.

Go here to download the program today:

http://www.spotify.com/us/

I Am……Music

So I LOVE music!!! All music, from Rock to Pop to Rap to R&B to Folk and Country to Classical to just about any other music genre you can think off. Just as a basis, you should know that my very favorite musical artist are  The Beatles, Michael Jackson, OutKast, Kate Bush, Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC, Matchbox Twenty, Billy Joel etc. From that wide range of artists I just mentioned you can get a little feel for my wide range of musical tastes, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of how expansive my tastes are and how deep my love of music goes.

I’ve always had this love for music and have had many different influences in my life that have shaped my eclectic tastes. I grew up listening to music around my Mother mostly and she had me listening to a lot of Pop, R&B & Disco. My father was more into Classical Rock. Being that I was raised by my Mother, I wasn’t exposed to as much Classical Rock in my early years as I would have been, had my Dad been around me more playing that short of stuff. So in my early years I was very much into the type of stuff my Mother listened to and my earliest favorite artist I can remember was Michael Jackson and as I’ve just stated he’s still up on top for me. My older Brother listened to a lot of 90’s Dance music and Rap while I was growing up which later changed to Metal and Hard Rock. So with the combination of my Mother’s influence and my Brother’s influence, by the time I was about 13 to 15, I started to discover my own music taste.

Some of the first artists I remember finding and liking all on my own were *NSYNC, Matchbox Twenty, OutKast, Eminem and The Beatles. Between about 2000 to 2010, throughout high school, college and post college, I dabbled here and there with all sorts of music. Learning about new stuff from friends, media and my own quest for great music. In 2003, OutKast released the incredible “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”, which is my very favorite album and had a huge impact on me. The reason I love it so much is because it, like me and my musical journey, experimented with all different genres, styles and sounds. It is still the only pure Hip-Hop album to ever win Grammy for Album of the Year. This album opened me up more than ever to new sounds and adventurous music. I started listening to other experimental artists and groups like Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley and more.

I always said the only genres I didn’t really care for were Country and Metal/Hard Rock, but in recent years that wall has started to crumble. When it comes to Country, I actually had a phase when I was around 10 and Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus came out that I listened to a lot of country, but that phase passed pretty quickly. Now a days I enjoy listening to some of the more poppy stuff like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, but also some more gritty Country Rock, like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. When it comes to Metal/Hard Rock my likes don’t stretch to far because I’m a sucker for Harmony and Melody and I personally find it difficult to hear those elements in Metal and Hard Rock, but I do throughly enjoy System of a Down, early Linkin Park, AC/DC and some others.

I’ve always had a VERY strong desire to create music, but never had the opportunity or resources to learn to play an instrument, so I joined chorus in school and acted and sang in school musicals to exercise that desire as much as possible. In high school and early college I actually started rapping over instrumentals with friends, which was a great way to make music without having to know how to play an instrument. It was a great creative outlet for me, but after a certain point, just rapping wasn’t enough for me and I felt boxed in and unable to really express my musical ideas anymore, because I didn’t have the theoretical knowledge or the knowhow with an instrument to be able to further my creative growth in music.

I stopped making music in about 2006 and since than I haven’t thought to much about creating, but in the last few years and especially the last year as I’ve been trying to step a little more out of mainstream music and into more unexpected artist as well as classic/legendary artists, I’ve realized my desire to no longer be solely an observer (listener) of music, but also a participant (creator) or music. So I have made it my new goal to get a guitar and to start practicing and taking lessons. This leads me to the reason I wanted to start this blog in the first place, which was to have an outlet to share my pretty vast knowledge of music and learn more about music from all of your vast knowledge of music. I also want to document and share my musical journey as I discover more music and learn to play music myself on the guitar and hopefully one day on the piano. I hope that Volume 11 can become a community of passionate music listeners, players and creators. A place where we can share and enjoy all that the music world has to offer. So let’s turn up the music to Volume 11 and jam out!!!

Me, about 4 years ago cranking the music up to Volume 11 and rocking out with my air guitar. I really need to learn to play a real guitar; air guitar isn’t cutting it anymore.