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"Birth of the Boogie", Bill Haley and His Comets →

This is one of those songs that makes me wonder how different my life might have been had I heard it when I was a kid. I mostly knew Bill Haley and His Comets from the Happy Days theme song “Rock Around the Clock” (read my blog about it here), but my Mom didn’t have any of their records so I didn’t know many of their other songs.

Yellow curry and avocado maki

Yellow curry and avocado maki

#Tremont

#Tremont

#Tremont

#Tremont

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, Oasis →

The first three Oasis albums, as we all know, are the best. And the B-sides compilation The Masterplan is also amazing. I listen to those albums all the time, and my favorite changes depending on mood. I had not listened to Standing on the Shoulder of Giants for quite a while before sitting down to write this essay, but it’s got some wonderful music.

"Start Me Up", The Rolling Stones →

The opening riff is legendary. You know exactly who this is right away. That’s the power of The Rolling Stones.

So the song is about stamina, perseverance, keeping it up. However you want to take it. And don’t be a cock tease! Don’t start it if you don’t want Mick to finish it.

If you start me up
If you start me up, I’ll never stop
If you start me up
If you start me up, I’ll never stop
I’ve been running hot
You got me ticking, gonna blow my top

Your Music Belongs to You →

There’s been some extra music in my life this week. I have had some online discussions about music I love, and in one of those discussions I defended bands I love who were being criticized by someone who hates them. And I attended a 4th of July concert in the part that made me feel somewhat relieved about the preservation of the music I grew up with.

Cucumber water, ‘cuz I’m trendy!

Cucumber water, ‘cuz I’m trendy!

Happy Pride! #Pride #gaypride #lgbtpride #equality #marriageequality

Happy Pride! #Pride #gaypride #lgbtpride #equality #marriageequality

"Bicycle Race", Queen →

It’s just a really fun song to sing! First, it’s always fun to sing like Freddie Mercury. Second, it’s just a great little tune about riding your bike. When I was thinking about what to say about it, my first thought was about how simple and sweet it is. The narrator just wants to ride his bicycle, not concern himself with Vietnam, Watergate, or even Jaws! He seems to be longing for the uncomplicated and undemanding days of childhood. So yes, the topic of this song is very simple. But then I considered the song’s structure, both musical and vocal, and realized that it’s a typical Queen song that defies expectation and conventional rock and roll sounds. And of course, this is why we love Queen so very much. They did whatever they wanted to do, aiming to please only themselves and just having a grand old time with their impressive talents.