38 lyrics of the day gives one a lot of time to think of lyricists. A common question when anyone discusses lyrics is the simple who is the best. Yes, every band (unless they are an instrumental band which is okay just not for this section) has someone who writes their lyrics. In my opinion one of the greatest lyricists of all time is Lou Reed, the lead for The Velvet Underground. His lyrics are beyond truthful. Until the late 60′s a lot of the real was blocked. By the real I mean the drug-filled war-torn 60′s. Reed always was truthful and he did not hold anything back in his lyrics. This is best displayed by one of my favorite songs off of their 1967 debut album, “The Velvet Underground and Nico,” called “I’m Waiting for My Man.”
“I’m waiting for my man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to Lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive
I’m waiting for my man
Hey, white boy, what you doin’ uptown?
Hey, white boy, you chasin’ our women around?
Oh pardon me sir, it’s the furthest from my mind
I’m just lookin’ for a dear, dear friend of mine
I’m waiting for my man
Here he comes, he’s all dressed in black
Beat up shoes and a big straw hat
He’s never early, he’s always late
First thing you learn is you always gotta wait I’m waiting for my man
Up to a Brownstone, up three flights of stairs
Everybody’s pinned you, but nobody cares
He’s got the works, gives you sweet taste
Ah then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
I’m waiting for my man
Baby don’t you holler, darlin’ don’t you bawl and shout
I’m feeling good, you know I’m gonna work it on out
I’m feeling good, I’m feeling oh so fine
Until tomorrow, but that’s just some other time
I’m waiting for my man”
You know I have had similar links before. I posted a link of Tommy Emmanuel, the guitar freak, playing the guitar incredibly fast, and I have posted a set-list of a new Rock Band Game. So today, I will not stray far away from my past. Some guitar hero 5 tracks and a video of a guitarist who equals Mr. Emmanuel, Roy Clark.
Guitar Hero 5 has just announced that Bob Dylan and Kings of Leon will be added onto their growing set-list which already includes Deep Purple’s “Woman from Tokyo,” and Tom Petty’s, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” Check out the rest of them over here: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/07/09/guitar-hero-5-adds-bob-dylan-kings-of-leon-to-eclectic-set-list/
Roy Clark is awesome. Here is a video of him displaying his amazing quickness and proficiency. Really Really Really cool: http://www.fark.com/cgi/vidplayer.pl?IDLink=4498403
Okay it is a little tasteless but still rather comical
One of my favorite things on televsion has recently become the ESPN Make A Wish specials where they take a child who has suffered ten times more then anyone should ever have to suffer and they grant them their wish to meet their sports idol. It is not only touching but it humbles sports idols who are on top of the world. It is both inspiring and touching and I love watching the stories and how our sports stars, while they may be fantastic athletes, are all human just like us. So, inspired by the optimism displayed in these brief stories between highlights and top plays I am taking a completely different route and choosing “Optimistic,” the 1991 gospel hit by Sounds of Blackness.
Yes, gospel. I know not usually my cup of tea on this site but it is necessary to touch upon all genres (except for hardcore rap because that is not music). You know gospel is an incredibly important genre. It is true roots music that is the main inspiration of blues and soul music. Without blues there would be no rock. Without rock and soul no R&B. Without R&B no hip-hop and Rap. You can see how important it is now. While Sounds of Blackness is more a fusion band which combined elements of gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz together, gospel music is still noticeable in a majority of their songs. “Optimistic,” is a good example of this.
The 1991 hit has inspiration lyrics that plead, “Don’t give up and don’t give in, Although it seems you never win, You will always pass the test, As long as you keep your head to the sky, You can win as long as you keep your head to the sky, You can win as long as you keep your head to the sky, Be optimistic.” It is a catchy song which focuses on great vocals as well. But, it really is the lyrics that pull the song together. Optimism is key in order to live life the correct way. Look at these kids for example. They have suffered terribly over their short lives. So, next time you may be stressing about work or a sports game for example, trust me, many have it much worse then you. So smile like them and stay hopeful.
Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML_QydtOae8