Friday, October 29, 2010

Greatest musicians of all time

OK, I guess this really is, predominantly, a music blog. But hey, it's what I know! So today, I am gonna break down who I consider the greatest musicians of rock, and the song that best demonstrates that skill, in my opinion.

Guitarists:
1) Eric Clapton (Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, Blind Faith, solo): "White Room"
2) B.B. King: "The Thrill is Gone"
3) Jeff Beck (Yardbirds): "A Day in the Life"
4) Jimi Hendrix: "All Along the Watchtower"
5) David Gilmour (Pink Floyd): "Comfortably Numb"
6) Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave): "Like a Stone"
7) Chuck Berry: "Rock and Roll Music"
8) Pete Townshend (The Who): "Won't Get Fooled Again"
9) Slash (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver): "November Rain"
10) Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers, Derek and the Dominoes): "Layla"

Drummers:
1) Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Asia): "Karn Evil 9: Second Impression"
2) Keith Moon (The Who): "Baba O'Riley"
3) Ginger Baker (Cream): "Sunshine of your Love"
4) John Bonham (Led Zeppelin): "When the Levee Breaks"
5) Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters): "In Bloom"
6) Nick Mason (Pink Floyd): "Time"
7) Stewart Copeland (The Police): "Everything she Does is Magic"
8) Tre Cool (Green Day): "Basket Case"
9) Zach Starkey (The Who, Oasis): "The Shock of the Lightning"
10) Phil Collins (Genesis, solo): "Turn it on Again"

Bassists:
1) John Entwhistle (The Who): "My Generation"
2) Jack Bruce (Cream): "Tales of Brave Ulysses"
3) Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings): "Come Together"
4) John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin): "Hey Hey What Can I Do?"
5) Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers): "Can't Stop"
6) Roger Waters (Pink Floyd): "Money"
7) John Deacon (Queen): "Fat Bottomed Girls"
8) Adam Clayton (U2): "Bullet the Blue Sky"
9) Sting (The Police): "Every Breath you Take"
10): Paul McGuigan (Oasis): "Live Forever"

Keyboards:
1) Elton John: "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
2) Jerry Lee Lewis: "Great Balls of Fire"
3) Little Richard: "Good Golly Miss Molly"
4) Billy Joel: "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"
5) Ray Charles: "Georgia on my Mind"
6) Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings): "Maybe I'm Amazed"
7) John Lennon (The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band): "Imagine"
8) Freddie Mercury (Queen): "Somebody to Love"
9) Fats Domino: "Blueberry Hill"
10) Leon Russell: "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Songwriters: (It's a tie at the top)
1) John Lennon: "A Day in the Life"
1) Paul McCartney: ""Hey Jude"
2) Bob Dylan: "The Hurricane"
3) Pete Townshend: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
4) Roger Waters: "Wish you were Here"
5) Neil Young: "The Needle and the Damage Done"
6) George Harrison: "Here Comes the Sun"
7) Noel Gallagher: "Falling Down"
8) Paul Simon: "Sounds of Silence"
9) Kurt Cobain: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
10) Bono: "Pride (In the Name of Love)"


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jason writes a new song

Any of us who have dabbled in songwriting in the past are aware of the fact that inspiration is what inspiration is, if you'll pardon the Forest Gump-ism. Sometimes it can be a phrase that sticks in your head. Sometimes it's something you see on the street. Look at a guy like Paul McCartney (not that I am equating myself with one of the greatest songwriters of all time). He saw, in a market in Atlanta, a product called "Run Devil Run." He promptly wrote a song using just that, called "Run Devil Run." Great tune in fact.
Well, just lately, I've been feeling a lil inspired. And today, I wrote a new song. Thought I might share.

"I Need You"

I thought
I was done fighting
I thought
What I was doing was right

But what I really know
Is that I can't go on
That there's nowhere to go
Not without you

Chorus
I need you tonight
I need you always
I need you to fight
I need you to stay

It's such a simple thing
Or so it would seem
Someone to take away the sting
Someone to set you free

And all those lonely nights
Would begin to lose their strife
And the sun it seemed so bright
Because you came into my life

CHORUS

MIDDLE EIGHT
Someday perhaps you'll see
What you mean to me
And that I need you now
Now and the rest of my life
Someday maybe you'll understand
That without you I'm nothing
Without you I can't sleep
Without you I can't dream
Without you I can't see
The hope anymore

So I wait for the day
Patiently waiting for you
To say what I know you want to say
That you love me too

And I'll sing this song
Hoping somehow you'll hear it
Yes I'll sing this song
Wishing, hoping, against hope, you hear it