Some Day We’ll Find It, The Rainbow Connection….

It’s no surprise that my earliest memories involve music. I remember singing and dancing along to the Jungle Book soundtrack. When my parents got me in a car, I would sing Jingle Bells all twelve months off the year. (How they managed to not strangle me, is a miracle.) And I remember my first album I ever owned. It was the Muppet Soundtrack. And on it, was Kermit singing “The Rainbow Connection.” That must have been my very first favorite song and favorite album.

Last night, at the Aaron Lewis concert, I was ecstatic, and VERY shocked to hear this song again. For those of you who don’t know who Aaron Lewis is, he’s the lead singer for Staind, an alternative rock band. We went to see Aaron last night at his acoustical show. It was just him, his mic, and about five different guitars. It was THE BEST concert I’ve been to

Anyway, it the midst of his angst-ridden rock, he breaks out with this song. It was quite an experience, seeing and hearing this tattooed rocker singing a children’s song. But, it was awesome, hearing one of my favorite singers as an adult sing my first favorite song. So, for those of you who haven’t heard “The Rainbow Connection, or Aaron Lewis, I’ve included both for your listening and viewing pleasure.

“The Rainbow Connection”
Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
and someone believed it,
and look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
we know that it’s probably magic….

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa

For now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of a much needed weekend off. This Queen needs her rest.

Here’s to great music, then and now. 🙂

Cheers!

I’m out!

Top Five of ’09

I was reading through some of my blog subscriptions earlier today. That’s one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday. I can get caught up on some of my favorite bloggers, and I can get some ideas of writing ideas for the next week.

Stephouse Lifehack posted a blog recently on their top blog posts. I thought that would be a great idea. I’ve acquired a few new subscribers recently so maybe a little walk down memory lane with some of my older and more popular posts is in order.  So, here we go. Here are my “Top Five Posts of ’09”

1. “Guys, Tattoo, and Anne Rice”

I never thought that one would be as popular as it has been. That is actually my top post of all time, not just for 2009. It does have one of my favorite quotes ever, a quote from Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned.

2. “Tribute to New Orleans”

Surprisingly enough, this blog is actually a shout-out to another blog. Just goes to show how networking can add readers to your blogs.

3.  “Happy Endings and Unfinished Stories”

This is one of many blogs inspired by one of my good friend Cowboy and how his little nuggets of down-to-earth wisdom keeps me grounded and growing.

4.” You Take the Breath Right Out of Me”

https://soonergirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/you-take-the-breath-right-out-of-me/

I’ve always been inspired by music and lyrics, and this is just one of the examples of one of my musical blogs. This one is about that one love that just drives you crazy. And not in a good way. It leaves you banging your head against the wall, and wondering just when you lost your mind.

5.” Do These Shoes Make Me Look Fat?”

https://soonergirl.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/do-these-shoes-make-me-look-fat/

A humorous look at body image and how we perceive ourselves…

That’s it. That’s my “Top Five for ’09”.  Hope you enjoy!

I’m off to check out some more blogs! Thanks so much for checking out mine!

Peace! I’m out!

*To see the blog that inspired this blog, see below.*

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-90-best-lifehacks-of-2009-the-year-in-review.html

Les Claypool is the (Bass) Man!

One of the perks of my second job is the internet jukebox. All kinds of different people come in playing all kinds of different music. I get exposed to artists that I probably listen to otherwise.

One of my new favorite bands is Primus. Well,  Les Claypool, the bassist. I love the way he plays the bass. It’s so different, and to me, unique. I can’t think of another bassist that sounds the same. If you listen to their other songs like “Mr. Krinkle”, the music revolves around his bass.  I love it.

I’m all about different and unique. 🙂

Anyway, just thought I would share. For now, I’m off to get some rest. I have a big day of painting tomorrow. Fun, fun!

Here’s to great music!

Peace! I’m out!

BTW, if you have a moment, check out the blog nod I got from the Authentic Times Blog! Woo-hoo! I’m getting noticed!

http://authentictimes.com/authenticblogs

Kings of Leon

My New Favorite Band…..

You know how much I love music. If I’m not writing about life or relationships, I’m writing about music. I go through my phases. I go through my country, 80’s, heavy metal, weirdly alternative phases. And lately I can tell my tastes or phases changing again. My new favorite bands are not as heavy as they were, I’m not listening to as much Deftones, A Perfect Circle, or Alice in Chains. I’m listening to Lifehouse, some country, and my new favorite band, Kings of Leon. A friend of mine played this song on the jukebox a few weeks ago, and seriously, I thought this was an 80’s song that I’d never heard before. It reminded me so much of Bruce Springsteen or Eddie and the Cruisers. But, it’s not. It’s a band that is new. I was surprised. So, if you haven’t heard this song or any others by Kings of Leon and you like a little 80’s sounding band, you should check them out.

For now, I’m off to enjoy a nice, quiet weekend at home.

Peace, ya’ll.

I’m out!

You Might Want Some Wine With This Cheese Part II

Well, five days until Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect day to continue my cheesy love songs post. And speaking of Valentine’s Day gifts, what are some of your favorite gifts you’ve received, or even given for that matter? As of right now, I have no clue what I’m getting for my Valentine. And if I did, I wouldn’t post it. Who knows which of my posts he reads. If he reads any of them at all. J
Hmmmm…… I guess I have some thinking/shopping to do……

For now, I’ll continue my Top Ten Cheesy Song List

5. “Crazy for You” by Madonna


“Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all
Slowly now we begin to move
Every breath I’m deeper into you
Soon we two are standing still in time
If you read my mind, you’ll see “
Puh-leeeze…Does this really happen? And yet, I still know every one of these lyrics.

4. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias
“(Whispered) Let me be your hero

Would you dance if I asked you to dance?
Would you run and never look back
Would you cry if you saw me crying
Would you save my soul tonight?
Would you tremble if I touched your lips?
Would you laugh oh please tell me these
Now would you die for the one you love?
Hold me in your arms tonight?”
This is the only song on my list that truly makes me want to hurl with it’s over-top-sugary-sweetness. Would I tremble if he touched my lips? ROFL….. Jeesh.
3. “From Here to Eternity” by Michael Peterson
“I saved a year for this ring
I can’t wait to see
How it looks on your hand
I’ll give you everything that one woman needs
From a one woman man
I’ll be strong I’ll be tender a man of my word
I will be yours.”
Now, this one is a little less well known than the others, but omygod it always makes me sappy. I think I even tear up a little. Well, maybe I exaggerate just a little. But it always gets an “Awwwww” outta me.

2. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks
“When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love
I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong
I’d go hungry, I’d go blind for you
I’d go crawling down the aisle for you
There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love”
Every time I hear this song I think of Harry Connick, Jr. in Hope Floats. That man can feel my love any day.  But, is it cheezy? “I’d go hungry, I’d go blind for you?” Yep. That’s pretty darn cheezy.

1. “Open Arms” by Journey


“Living without you, living alone
This empty house seems so cold
Wanting to hold you, wanting you near
How much I wanted you home

But now that you’ve come back
Turned night into day
I need you to stay”
There’s no way you can have any kind of top love song list without including this song. Cheesy or not. It is simply one of the best love songs there is. In my opinion anyway, and it’s my list so there. You can’t help but get a little starry eyed when you hear those first few notes on the piano and Steve Perry starts with….”Lying beside you, here in the dark, feeling your heartbeat with mine….” Everyone who knows this song and loves it is singing it by the time it gets to “So now I’ll come to you…..”
I think that would make the hardest heart melt, if only just a little bit. J

And that concludes Alisha’s Top Ten Cheesiest Songs.

Feel free to disagree. Feel free to add your own. J

For now, I’m off to burn me a cheezy song CD.

Here’s to Valentine’s Day, cheese, and great music. Well, except for the “Hero” song.
Cheers!
I’m out!

5 More Great Voices in Rock

Under the “Lagniappe” section of my blog, I have a post titled “5 Great Voices in Rock Music”. Well, anytime you post a blog like that, I’ve discovered that as I’m listening to music, I think of even more songs/artists/lyrics, etc. that I should’ve added.

So, here’s five more great voices for your listening pleasure…..:)

1. Maynard James Keenan, A Perfect Circle

Maynard is actually the lead singer for Tool. I prefer A Perfect Circle over Tool. I don’t really like Tool to be honest, so it’s quite ironic that Maynard appears on this list.

2. Chino Moreno, Deftones

The Deftones are a little dark, not nearly as “Poppy” as Daughtry (who appeared in my original list), but once I heard this voice, I was hooked on this band.

3. Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin

How in the world this one got left off my original list, I have no idea! How can you leave Zeppelin off any list of the best in rock?

4. Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart

5. And my personal favorite at the moment, Layne Staley, Alice in Chains.  Great lyrics and great vocals, how can you go wrong with that?

And there you go, five more great voices in rock!

Cheers!

I’m out!

This Year’s Love

“This Years Love”
“This years love had better last
Heaven knows it’s high time
And I’ve been waiting on my own too long
But when you hold me like you do
It feels so right
I start to forget
How my heart gets torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Feeling like you can’t go onTurning circles when time again
It cuts like a knife oh yeah
If you love me got to know for sure
Cos it takes something more this time
Than sweet sweet lies
Before I open up my arms and fall
Losing all control
Every dream inside my soul
And when you kiss me
On that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain’t this life so sweet
This years love had better last
This years love had better last

So whose to worry
If our hearts get torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Don’t you know this life goes on
And won’t you kiss me
On that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain’t this life so sweet

This years love had better last”

-David Gray

You ever listen to a song a hundred times, but not really hear it?

This is one of those songs for me. I have heard this song I don’t know how many times, but never really listened to what the song was saying. I’ve always loved the melody, the piano, his voice.

Finally, I looked up the lyrics a few days ago, and now I think this song is one of the most romantic and beatiful songs ever written. The words are simple, elegant, and timeless. It is now my MySpace song, and it’s a song that I would dance to under the stars, by the beach, or at my wedding (If I’m still young enough to dance by then!).

Maybe it just strikes a chord in me at this particular time in my life. Maybe I’m just tired of Alice in Chains. Who knows? Maybe it’s just reflecting my more mellow and softer side that’s showing these days. Yes, my friends, the Queen does have a softer side.

It is still one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.

For now, I’m off to take my mellow self off to work on another query letter for the book I wrote. I received my first rejection letter today!

Here’s to David Gray!

Cheers!

I’m out!

The Crue, Live!

I was lounging around last night, reading some blogs, when I came across one that I just had to share by Music Review Zone. Most of you know my love for the great hair bands, and Motley Crue was one of the best. “Home Sweet Home” is probably the BEST power ballad ever.

Motley Crue and DeepRockDrive have teamed up to televise a concert from the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Never having had the opportunity to see them live in concert, this is an intriguing prospect for me. Granted, I’m not in Vegas, I’m not at the concert, but I’m able to view the concert live in real time from the comfort of my home.

No crowds, no lighters to catch my hair on fire, a great seat, and all the beverages I want within arms reach.

And guess what?

All you have to do is go to DeepRockDrive’s website, register, and on Friday August 1st, tune in to see the concert.

I think it’s a pretty cool idea.

I’ll definitely be checking it out.

For more info…..check out Music Review Zone’s blog on the concert….

http://www.musicreviewzone.com/2008/07/26/motley-crue-free-online-gig/

Here’s to the Crue, concerts, and hair bands!

Cheers!

I’m out!

I Want MY MTV!

Remember when MTV was videos only?

Remember Adam Curry and his big hair?

Downtown Julie Brown?

Martha Quinn?

Headbanger’s Ball?

What the hell happened to my MTV?

Pimp My Ride?

Parental Control?

Cribs?

Maybe I’m just old, but when did MUSIC TV stop being about MUSIC? What’s musical about taking someone’s old beat-up car and making it into something I wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Or, the show that caught my attention this morning, Parental Control. Apparently this show is about parents who don’t like who their child is dating. They get to choose two other potential mates for their child, I say child because from what I observed this morning that’s what they are. CHILDREN. The child goes on dates with these potential mates and then gets to choose who he or she wants to be with.

As I’m sipping my coffee, waiting for my toast to cook, I watch this trainwreck.

The parents are sitting there with their daughter’s current love interest. This girl is watching with the parents as their daughter goes on dates. The mom says something snarky about the current g/f.

The current g/f calls her an idiot.

An idiot.

If that were me, and that were my house, and my son’s girlfriend, we would’ve went from Parental Control to Jerry Springer in about three seconds.

Imagine the nerve.

I may have thought one or two of my signifigant other’s parents were idiots, but there was no way I would have said something so disrespectful.

Idiot.

Why, I would’ve kicked that girl outta my house and told her to not darken my doorstep EVER again.

Idiot.

And people watch this crap?

I want my old MTV back.

I want my Headbangers Ball.

My V-J’s giving me music news. Carson Daly is so NOT a V-J.

Maybe we need to petition the networks to create an “OPMTV”.

Old People’s MTV.

LOL!

Bring back the hair bands!

Play some Alice In Chains, Pantera, and Ozzy in Headbanger’s Ball.

Make MTV about music again. Not pseudo-reality tv.

The Yo-Mama show can stay, actually I kind of like that one.

Ugh.

I’m officially old.

Greeeeaaaatttttt.

Until next time……Keep rockin’. 🙂