I’ve Been Obsessed With: Ska

The sounds of those trumpets, the frat boy attitudes, the casual take at serious subjects, I love ska. Recently, I’ve been ever so completely obsessed with this genre. One part blues, two parts reggae and rock, a beautiful recipe to make delicious songs. Take the Big Bad Bosstones’ The Impression That I Get, a song all about being fearful of doing anything because things might go wrong, never having to knock on wood, that fear making the life worse than if bad luck had consumed them, never having been tested, but if he was, he’d like to think he would pass, but, he doesn’t know, he’s never had to knock on wood.

Or, another one, look at Reel Big Fish, and their songs like One Hit Wonderful a song about the frivolity of being a one hit wonder, like these guys were, how no one really cared about them, only that one song that happened to be popular, ironically, a song about the frivolity and falseness of being a celebrity with a big record deal. Another one I’ve quite enjoyed is She Has a Girlfriend Now, a self deprecating, humourous look at something that’s happened to a good deal of guys, being a beard, dating a lesbian. It’s quite possibly the closest to home of any of these songs, but I digress.

There’s something about this music that brings a smile to my face, and makes me think, it’s lighthearted drama, a painful reality tied up in a candy coloured packaging. It’s upbeat, optimistic, and yet sad, thought provoking, and cynical. Ska truly is a wonderful genre.

A Fairytale of New York – Obligatory Christmas Special

The bells are ringing out, so it must be Christmas day. This song is a tradition in and of itself in my life, it’s a song that tells a glorious story, full of loss, pain, and realization, but I’m getting too far ahead of myself, now aren’t I?
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Skinny Love-A Skinny Tight Rope to Walk

My my my, my my my, my-my my my, what have we come across here? Skinny Love was originally written by an American Indie Folk band called Bon Iver, and is not only able to show how a song can create more feelings beside happiness, but also a testament to how white my music taste is. It’s a song that I learned about from a good friend of mine, her being more familiar with the cover by Birdie, a song which I will touch more upon at the end of this post. So, without further adeu, I must start with how I do every other post, the song and the lyrics. Continue reading

The Fun was Mandatory, but it Didn’t Have to be

Tonight, I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun Tour Concert in my area, and let me tell you, it was superb. I’ve grown up with Weird Al’s music since I can remember, and this show was one that filled me with happiness because of it. I know this isn’t my normal analysis, but please, stick with me, you may like it.
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Smoke and Mirrors- Is it All What it Seems?

Smoke and Mirrors is a song off of Gotye’s Making Mirrors album, glorious album, by the way. The song in question has a sound similar to that of lounge music and, although it may seem straightforward, could it be hiding something in plain sight? What if the song is more than meets the eye? Autobots, Roll Out!

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Smoke and Mirrors- Is it All What it Seems?

Smoke and Mirrors is a song off of Gotye’s Making Mirrors album, glorious album, by the way. The song in question has a sound similar to that of lounge music and, although it may seem straightforward, could it be hiding something in plain sight? What if the song is more than meets the eye? Autobots, Roll Out!

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