Here is the playlist.
Raise Our Voice
We should be free to think and decide and love what we want. And terror, religion or greedy politicians on the payroll of corporations should not be able to take away our rights.
The work we do every day, the connections we make, the memories and stories we create, gives us the ability to make an impact more than we expected.
It’s time to raise our voice for freedom of thought, freedom to love and freedom to create what we want.
The Burning Red – Machine Head
It’s a simple guitar song, with an Em to D to C to B chord progression (in the tuning of C#) and an addictive vocal melody courtesy of Robb Flynn. Actually, Robb Flynn is one hell of a singer when it comes to clean tone melodies and of course he’s got one of the best thrash voices around, rough as nails but still defined enough to understand it.
And I love those opening lyric lines, echoing the despair and hopelessness of the song, before the ocean’s waters start to feel colder and colder.
And that ohhh ohhh outro, gives me chills, reminding me of “Black” from Pearl Jam.
Starry Eyes – Motley Crue
It’s the Em to D chord progression which connects and the feel and groove of the song overall is a rocking melodic listen.
Deja-Vu – Iron Maiden
The music connects from the opening arpeggios (Am to F to Em) to the harmony leads in the key of Fm and that pre chorus vocal melody from Bruce (when he is singing Cause you know this has happened before And you know that this moment in time is for real And you know when you feel Deja-vu) is desk breaking stuff.
The chords under that vocal melody can be transposed to C, D and Em (in the song, they are Db, Eb and F).
Seven Years Gone – Richie Sambora
The sadness in the verses, and that arena rock Chorus hook me in, but when the song goes into that riff for the “Time, time, time ticking away” vocal line, I was all in.
Plus the lyric line “It’s hard to see the thunder when you are living with the rain” connected straight away. You see, how can you try something new when you are surrounded by comforts. No one wants to lose in this day and age, because if you lose, it means someone wins.
Emotionally, how can you see the sun, the bright side of life, when you are surrounded by people who want to weigh your down with their own problems and devices.
Bother – Stone Sour
It’s the Em to D chord progression which connects and of course, coming from Corey Taylor, a brilliant vocal melody.
“Never had a voice to protest” is the lyric which connected, because no one tries to use their voice. Of course, if you do, it doesn’t mean it will be well received or heard, especially if everyone is using their voice to get heard. But you need to start, and you need to keep at it, and you need to be committed to it. Otherwise don’t bother.
Looking For Love – Whitesnake
John Sykes goes to town on the outro solo on this one, and it’s another song in the key of Em with chord progressions which hook me in.
The theme I got from this song is that the horizons will only get further away if you are waiting for the courage to seek them.
I look in the mirror
Don’t like what I see
In my reflection
A stranger is staring at me
To self-evaluate is hard, because we are not truthful as to how we see ourselves. That’s why the magic of film is important. When you are filmed being the person you are, you will always find a person captured on film that you would argue black and blue is not there.
Soldier Of Fortune – Deep Purple
After discovering Whitesnake first, I had to track down all of David Coverdale’s earlier work and there are so many great tracks from his Deep Purple days like Burn, Mistreated and Stormbringer, but this one floored me straight away.
Dust – Tremonti
Mark Tremonti is a guitar hero like all of the guitar heroes from the 70’s to the 90’s.
For “Dust”, the chorus vocal line hooked me, and the guitar solo sealed the deal. It brought back memories of when guitar solos were little songs within a larger song.
In The Fading Light – Andy James
Andy James is another guitar hero in my book.
Listen to the “sing along leads” in the verses and chorus section of this instrumental, and the heavy groove under it all. Plus when Andy wants to push the pedal to the metal, he does it with such ease and with such clarity.