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Month: May 2016

Midweek Music Break: Sugar Ray – Every Morning

Sugar Ray is one of those funny bands from the 90s.  They started out as a punk metal band, and then manage to turn out a series of alternative pop hits into the early 2000s.  While “Fly” is their iconic hit, and “Falls Apart” is probably my favorite from the band, “Every Morning” falls squarely in the middle, combining catchy with more complex lyrics.

As they temperature rises, this is quintessential summer music for me.  Relaxed, fun and generally upbeat.  When it comes on, I just want to cruise along in the car with the windows down and take in a beautiful sunny day.

And sometimes, just those snapshots of nostalgia are worth the listen…

Midweek Music Break: Gorillaz – Rhinestone Eyes

I just realized that the Midweek Music Break, took 80 posts to feature one of my favorite bands: Gorillaz.  Beyond their great music, there’s this whole intricate alternate world with Gorillaz, and each of their songs and albums tells a part of a larger story.  “Rhinestone Eyes” is a song/story that didn’t get the full animation treatment, but is a great song nonetheless…

With their trademark catchy and unique beats, combined with intricate lyrics that are delivered very plainly, it’s basically the antithesis of a pop song.  Yet, it’s beautiful and mesmerizing.  This is what Gorillaz is all about.  Yes, it’s a great song that stands on it’s own, in their style but distinct from the collection, but is part of something bigger.

When I first started listening to Gorillaz, I thought the whole animated personas was a bit of a gimmick, but fun and unique.  However, as the albums progressed, the world grew, the stories evolved, and it was clear that the characters were a storytelling platform.  It lets the band grow, change and evolve over time.  And while it looked like the journey had come to an end several years ago, it looks like there may yet be another chapter

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