Category Archives: Music

School’s Out (1972)

“School’s Out”, also known as “School’s Out for Summer” is a 1972 title track single released on Alice Cooper’s fifth album.

Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life?”. Cooper said: “There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you’re just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning. I said, ‘If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it’s going to be so big.'”

Cooper performs the song as the closing act of his episode of The Muppet Show where he dances with various large Muppet monsters who gleefully act out his lyrics, including causing numerous explosions.

Imagine (1971)

“Imagine” is a song written and performed by the English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisiveness of religions and nationalities, and to consider the possibility that the focus of humanity should be living a life unattached to material possessions.

Lennon and Yoko Ono co-produced the song and album of the same name with Phil Spector. Recording began at Lennon’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England, in May 1971, with final overdubs taking place at the Record Plant, in New York City, during July. One month after the September release of the LP, Lennon released “Imagine” as a single in the United States; the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and the LP reached number one on the UK chart in November, later becoming the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of Lennon’s solo career. Although not originally released as a single in the United Kingdom, it was released in 1975 to promote a compilation LP and it reached number six in the chart that year. The song has since sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK; it reached number one following Lennon’s death in December 1980.

BMI named “Imagine” one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century. The song ranked number 30 on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the 365 Songs of the Century bearing the most historical significance. It earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. A UK survey conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book named it the second best single of all time, and Rolling Stone ranked it number 3 in their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Bridge over Troubled Water (1970)

“Bridge over Troubled Water” is the title song of Simon & Garfunkel’s album of the same name. The single was released on January 26, 1970, though it also appears on the live album Live 1969, released in 2008. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 28, 1970, and stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks. “Bridge over Troubled Water” also topped the adult contemporary chart in the U.S. for six weeks. The single has sold 6 million copies worldwide.

This song’s recording process exposed many of the underlying tensions that eventually led to the breakup of the duo after the album’s completion. Most notably, Paul Simon has repeatedly expressed regret over his insistence that Art Garfunkel sing his song as a solo, as it focused attention on Garfunkel and relegated Simon to a secondary position. Art Garfunkel initially did not want to sing lead vocal, feeling it was not right for him. “He felt I should have done it,” Paul Simon revealed to Rolling Stone in 1972.

Garfunkel said that the moment when he performed it at a 1972 Madison Square Garden benefit concert, as part of a one-off reunion with Simon, was “almost biblical.”

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Such a great video:

The making of…

Naughty Boy – La La La ft. Sam Smith

Love this song and the video. Sometimes you just want to put your fingers into your ear to avoid some peoples talking.

Diana Ross and Michael

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How cool isn’t this picture of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

And why not a video of the two together,  lets just ease on down

Happy 80 year to Willie Nelson

Was going to go for Shotgun Willie but found this one instead and loved it, this is the way I want to go…

Hail to the king

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January 8, 1935 a star was born. Happy birthday Elvis.

Love this concert, what’s your favourite Elvis song?

Etta James – I just wanna make love to you

I just love this song, Etta James was a goddess…

By the way… Tragically hip

My new favourite band.. This album has been on replay for a whole week now and since I already done one post about Canada might as well post this great song from Tragically hip.

I hope it works for everyone because all their official music videos are not allowed for me to watch :(

Watch “PSY – GANGNAM STYLE @ Summer Stand Live Concert” on YouTube

I truly love hate this song but damn he can really get an live audience going..

Posted from WordPress from my S2 phone.

Green Jello and their classic video ‘Little pig, little pig’

Remembered this great song and video due to I want Ice waters reflection on accents (it will make sense if you check out his blog post, yes really… Smile )

Anyway, awesome song from my teen hood.

Vem vet – Who knows

Great lyrics and a great swedish songwriter/singer Lisa Ekdahl.

in case this one doesn’t work in the states, this vimeo should do the trick but no captions I’m afraid so have added the translation here.

Lisa Ekdahl – Vem Vet (Who knows)
Du är en saga för god för att vara sann (You’re a fairytale too good to be true)
det är en saga i sig att vi funnit varann (It’s a fairytale in itself that we found each other)
vi kunde lika gärna aldrig nånsin mötts (We could just as well never ever have met)
eller var vårt möte redan bestämt långt innan vi fötts? (Or had our meeting already been decided long before we were born?)
vem vet, inte du (Who knows, not you)
vem vet. inte jag (Who knows, not me)
vi vet ingenting nu (We know nothing now)
vi vet inget idag (We know nothing today)
vem vet, inte du (Who knows, not you)
vem vet. inte jag (Who knows, not me)
vi vet ingenting nu (We know nothing now)
vi vet inget idag (We know nothing today)

Swedish Ingénue Amanda Mair ‘Sense’

The future is looking Super Nova bright for this über-talented girl from Stockholm, Sweden with the voice of an angel.  The 17-year-old wunderkind – who began playing music at age four (she plays piano, bass, guitar, and drums but piano is her instrument of choice) – was discovered by pure coincidence when her music made its way to a Labrador exec before she even had a MySpace page or played in front of an audience.

read more at Blurpy

The Cure–Friday I’m in love

and one of the proto Goth bands is of course The Cure.

PJ Harvey–Down by the water

One of my favourite singers (ok, have a lot of favourites but this is one of them).

Av längtan till dig (Longing For You)

Had a Winamp moment when you have it on shuffle and among those thousands of songs in the library it randomly picks one of my all time favourite Swedish songs which I haven’t heard in ages. I just got so homesick when hearing it, aaahhh need to go to IKEA now and cry with a herring and some clothes hangers. Crying face I hope you enjoy and an english translation is at the bottom for the lyrics.

Put up the sound (mixed quality), sorry this is the best one with the nyckelharpa included, most only has the singer alone but this was a song made for Asa Jinder on nyckelharpa

This blog poster said this better than me, from Multemusic:

“Av längtan till dig (Longing For You)” is a much beloved song in Sweden and is often sung at weddings.

I suppose some Swedes will look at the headline of this post and think, “Shouldn’t the name on the post be Cajsa-Stina Åkerström (the Swedish singer who made it a hit)?”

No, because that’s not what I want to emphasize about the song.

What some don’t know is that the text for the song was written by a well-known Swedish musician and nyckelharpa player,  Åsa Jinder. 

I was recently able to find the Swedish text with an English translation of “Av längtan till dig”:

Av längtan till dig
Lyrics by Åsa Jinder & music by Jan Krantz

I en evighet levde jag som om du inte fanns.
I alla drömmar var du ändå nära
så underbart nära,
Och jag trodde jag fann dig, men du var någon annanstans;
Varenda gång jag funnit nån så såg jag att drömmen inte var sann.

REFRAIN:
Tänk alla famnar jag lämnat av längtan till dig
För jag trodde att du fanns och väntade mig;
Alla dagar jag vandrat så sorgsen och trött
För att möta den vackraste människa jag någonsin mött.

Det var enkelt och vackert, du sa att du väntat mig.
Jag kunde ana att det fanns en himmel
på jorden jag såg den,
Och du bad mig att leva mitt liv alltid nära dig;
Jag följde dina steg och allt jag någonsin drömt om fanns där för mig.

Det finns ingen som lockat mitt hjärta så underbart.
Med all din ömhet får du sorg och smärta
att sakta försvinna.
Alla skuggor, allt mörker som förr var så uppenbart –
Det skingras, och tillsammans ser vi ljuset, som stiger med solens fart.

And the translation:

Longing for You
Lyrics by Richard Hacken

An eternity long I lived as if there were no you.
In all my dreams you were so close beside me,
So wonderfully by me,
When I thought I had found you, again off away you flew;
Each time I found somebody else and saw that the dream clearly was not true.

REFRAIN:
Think of the phantoms I chased out of longing for you
Till I learned you existed and hoped for me too;
All the days that I wandered with lonesome regret
Before meeting the loveliest person I’ve ever met.

You said simply that you had been waiting so long for me;
Now I could sense a heaven on earth before us,
In heavenly chorus.
And you asked if I’d live my life with you and endlessly;
I followed where you led, and all I ever had dreamt of was there for me.

No one ever has captured my heart as your love has done.
Your tenderness has caused all pain and worry
To melt away smoothly.
All the shadows and darkness with which my life had been stunned
Are gone forever, and we see together the light of a rising sun.

BGT: Charlotte and Jonathan – a must see

This just blew me away…

I hope this works to see in the states as well… otherwise do try the direct youtube link.

Peter, Bjorn & John ‘Young folks’

I hate myself when I listen to this song and two days later still whistling to it… aaaahhh…

My probably most hated Swedish song

There is not enough hatred I can have for this song but play it on the dance floor and I will belt out to the lyrics like a moose on fire. Enjoy the Final Countdown by Europa a la Spongebob Squarepants.

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