Here is the playlist.
The World We Live In
It was a different song (the original music was used to new lyrics and renamed “Faith In Life”).
Who would have thought that a little muck around demo with some simple chords and western country lead would hook me in so easily and make me re-write the song?
Oh My God – Sixx AM
It has a D, Bm, A, G chord progression, which when transposed to the key of G is G, Em, C, D and when transposed to the key of C is C, Am, F, G.
I call it the “Stand By Me” chord progression as that was one of the first songs I heard which used it, however as i got older, i saw that the 60’s was awash with this chord progressions. Anyway, I was already hooked when I heard the song use that progression and when you add the message of the lyrics and the vocal melodies, the song was an instant like for me.
Its My Life – Bon Jovi
It’s My Life is in a different key, but when the song is transposed to the key of G major the chords are Em, C, G and D.
This chord progression is the most used chord progression in pop music today. “The Scientist: by Coldplay uses it, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii uses it, “Counting Stars” by One Republic uses it, “Hall Of Fame” by The Script uses it, “All of Me” by John Legend uses it, “Apologise” by One Republic uses it, “Small Bump” by Ed Sheeran uses it and so on.
This song came out at a time in music when i was questioning what i like and what gets me going. I was always waiting for an artist of the 80’s to take the new sounds of the 90s. With “It’s My Life”, Jovi delivered on all fronts and I was hooked.
Sambora also with his trusty talk box makes the simple riff sound epic.
And then you have the message of living your life the way you want to live it, and don’t let opportunity pass you by.
Disarm – Smashing Pumpkins
It’s a great song, which has the Chord progression of Em, C, G, D/F#, which delivered a hit for Smashing Pumpkins and a few years later, “Zombie” came on the scene with the same chord progression and had another hit.
I used to cover this song with bands and the vocal melodies are unique enough to make this song stand on its own.
The Unforgiven – Metallica
I dont know where to start with this one.
When i first heard it, the intro hooked me in, the verses where okay, but when the chorus came in and James Hetfield sang the melody in a way i’ve never heard him sing, i was hooked.
And the lyrical message of a child been controlled since birth and growing up to be a bitter old man, is personal.
Plus that lead break from Kirk Hammett is one of his best. If you want to see why great lead breaks are created, you need to watch the Classic Albums documentary on the making of the album. Kirk turned up with a lead that was all show and flash and Bob Rock laughed it off, told him it doesnt make sense and that those kind of leads destroy great songs. Rock also told him to go and work on it some more, give it more feeling and so forth. Weeks later, Kirk was ready to deliver.
In life, you need someone to push you out of your comfort zone, to make you reach greatness and in this case, Bob Rock was the man. He pushed Lars to get drum lessons so he plays more in the pocket, he pushed James to get vocal lessons and questioned him on his lyrics, told him to use less words, or to find words that would say the same thing with one word instead of four.
Rock also told James to write more from personal experiences, hence “Nothing Else Matters” about a relationship breakdown, “The God That Failed” about his mums devotion to her religion which refuses all medical help, and as her body was getting destroyed by cancer she still believed in her god to save her, and of course this song, about being raised in a restrictive family with devout beliefs.
Hold On To My Heart – WASP
The story on “The Crimson Idol” about a kid escaping home to chase their dreams to be a rock star is cliche, but Blackie Lawless makes it work. And while the album is solid from start to finish, its this ballad, when the main character Jonathan, is asking his audience to remember him, to love him and to be there for him, because without them, he is lost and alone that is the unsung hero of the album.
The Chorus vocal melody hooks me, and the arrangement, with the simple drum beat is perfect.
Quicksand Jesus – Skid Row
How good is this song?
From the Em to C intro, to Sebastian Bach taking centre stage towards the last 2 minutes of the song, and a guitar solo to close.
And the lyrical theme is so relevant.
How do you move on when you lose faith in the only thing you believed in?
It doesnt have to be just about religion. You might have had a dream to be a professional sports star, and you invested all of this effort and time to build your skills into being a professional sports star. But, you didnt make it.
What is next?
Where do you go?
Iron Sky – Paolo Nutini
I heard this song last year purely by accident and i loved it. The lyrical themes, the sampling from a 30’s speech about Fascism and the Em, D, C chord progression all hooked me in.
But no one
Can give you the power
To rise over love
And over hate
Its all up to the individual to decide. No one else can make them.
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful
To make this life a wonderful adventure
Let us use that power!
Let us all unite!
Yes, let us all unite.