Damn! Is school back in already?!?!?! I feel like I've woken up from a bad dream. Considering my rough summer, I don't even feel like I left these knuckleheads. These 3rd graders are gonna be a trip!
Anyway, now that I got that out the way, I owe Nicole a post for tagging me a while back. And since its about music, it's probably gonna be the hardest tag I'll ever have- not because it's a difficult subject, but because music is so near and dear to my heart that it'll be damn near impossible to trim it down! I'll play by the rules and keep it short and sweet, I promise! Here's the deal:
I must make a list of ten songs that influence me- yes, ONLY TEN! Chances are most of you won't know a lot of the songs I'm talking about anyway considering my varied/strange taste in music, but who knows, maybe you'll pick up a cd or two. Here we go.....
#10 "No Surprises"- Radiohead. OK Computer is one of the best records ever made, and for some reason, this tune stands out above the rest. I think the intro reminds me of an ice cream truck rolling down the street and gives me a nostalgic feeling of childhood.
#9 "Stinkfist"- Tool. Whenever I'm in a foul mood, I can put the Aenima album on and the first angsty song of rage automatically lifts my spirits. Daniel, you know what I'm talking about!
#8 "Think"- Curtis Mayfield. This is one of the most beautiful guitar instumentals I've ever heard! It goes to show that all these fast playing guitar viruosos lack the most important musical element of all- SOUL.
#7 "El Cuarto de Tula"- Buena Vista Social Club. Mi corazon esta alguno parte en Cuba! My heart is somewhere in Cuba....
#6 "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"- Poison. I know it's a cheesy 80's tune, but it was the very FIRST song I learned to play on the guitar. I'm not ashamed of it at all. I AM ashamed that I've found myself watching Bret Michaels' ridiculous VH-1 FlavorFlav-like, desparate groupie show though. Stab me in the eyes, PLEASE!
#5 "Zero/In the Meantime"- Spacehog. Yes I'm one of the few remaining Spacehog fans around! The basslines are simply genius. I hate to say that their other albums aren't nearly as good as the first....
#4 "Idle Moments" - Grant Green. What a mellow, mellow tune- one that would put you to sleep at night when you need a good night's rest.
#3 "St. James Infirmiry"- Red Allen. I heard this song while watching BETJazz and this guy's voice was off the charts! I had to get a trumpet after seeing him play- and of course I made sure this tune was one of the first I learned.
#2 "Just the Two of Us"- Bill Withers. No words needed.
#1"Peace and Love"-Third World. Those people who speak Spanish know that "paz y amor" means- peace and love. That's the one thing I wish upon each and every soul roaming this earth and a mantra I try to live by....well.....except when them damn crackheads broke into my house. I wasn't very peaceful or loving then.
Rock, Daniel- yes you Mr. Winn, Slick, Eyechan, Mama Zandile, and Ambandenva!