More Noise

More Noise

The post from the other day on Nightwish's new single, in concert with my other recent post on personal "brands", has stayed on my mind. Apparently, there's a significant contingent of Nightwish fans that are "WTF" and not quit sure they like it, or will come to like it. I can see that. Not my concern. A lot of people have seen the first layer - the strong criticism of social media. What keeps pulling my attention is how the name and symbolic elements encompass far more than that. First - the video, more than the song itself, takes a…

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Noise

Noise

Like Peter Grant, I have something of a love-hate relationship with Nightwish. I love their music, but the themes they touch on at times... eh. That said, it looks like it's time for a new album, and a new single has been released: Noise. Before we go there, a segue: If you want to skip the video, it's a discussion of how every public space is utterly polluted by sound - and not even beauty in music, but horrid stuff meant to be ignored and fill the silence until nothing is left, not even room for thought. Twenty One Pilots…

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What is a Song?

What is a Song?

Sounds like a simple question at first. The good news? I'm not going to go into music theory. Nevertheless, the question is serious. What exactly is a song? Pick up a score, a set of tabs, but it's not a song. Sure, I could learn to read it, and to some extent then, "hear" the music in my head, but it's not the song. Compare the following: Are they the same song? Why not? Sure, the arrangement is different, the singers are different, and in this case, the styles are radically different, yet there is a commonality there that any…

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A bit of Country

A bit of Country

A friend of mine introduced me to the below Corb Lund song. It's a haunting little bit about the hazards of mercenaries. The album it is off of, Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier, is an excellent piece of work, focused on horses and horse people.…

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More Sabaton History

More Sabaton History

As we enter the Christmas season, it is appropriate that Sabaton cover the last stand of the Swiss guard at the Vatican in 1527. I've said before - I am not sure where their beliefs truly lie, as they publicly eschew the title of "right wing." Nevertheless, the very fact they can and will discuss subjects like the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party with some sympathy for the German people, as well as the effectiveness, heroism, moral courage, or bravery of the ghost battalions, the German army holding Berlin and escorting civilians to safety in the…

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A bit of Music

A bit of Music

Some nifty stuff, over at soundcloud Glacier Music Part I, by jaredburrell.comtrack by jaredburrell.comBandcamp Album of the Day Sep 14, 2017jaredburrell.com…

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Sabaton and the WW1 Memorial

Sabaton and the WW1 Memorial

Sabaton was in Atlanta Sunday night as the third show of their tour for The Great War. What a show. Hammerfall opened, and did a great job as well, with a large percentage of the crowd also being fans. It was also a nice touch to play the orchestral arrangements from the Soundtrack to the Great War during the setup after Hammerfall's set. Joakim handed off his sunglasses near the end, this time to a seven year old girl with huge ear covers sitting on her parents shoulders. The mosh pit wasn't huge, and when "Swedish Pagans" came on, sat…

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