Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ted's Song of the Week - Spring Cleaning pt.1

I know it's been awhile since Ted's Song of the Week has made an appearance on the Lonely Note, but I've fixed up a little something to make up for lost time. I've done a little spring cleaning in my music library and have found six songs (3 old, 3 new) to share with you. The feature will be split into two parts, because this thing is not going to be small. Therefore, I present you with the first set of songs, which will range from being eight to three years old. Enjoy!

Why, Part.2
Collective Soul

I’ve always had a soft spot for Collective Soul’s music. Anyone who listened to rock in the 90’s was bound to run across major hits like “The World I Know,” “Smashing Young Man,” and “Run.” Unfortunately, the band was unable to keep up their musical pace when nu-metal emerged to pollute the airwaves. With bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit gaining popularity, Collective Soul was forced to stand aside and let disposable music rule the realm. Before fading into obscurity, Collective Soul released “Why, Pt.2” on their Blender album in 2000.
I always thought this song was pretty decent, despite being a little different from their traditional fare. However, I’ve grown pretty fond of the song in the last month after it appeared on my itunes random shuffle. Now I can’t go anywhere without hearing the song. Most recently, I was having drinks with fellow contributor Steve at some seedy bar when a crappy cover band tried to tackle the song. They butchered it, but I give them props for the effort.

Collective Soul - Why, Pt.2

Walking After You
Foo Fighters
X-Files soundtrack

The Foo Fighters have received a lot of my attention lately, due to an assigned research project. I was obliged to go beyond the music to understand who the Foo Fighters really are. It was a month long project, so I let the Foo’s dominate my playlist to ensure a complete understanding of their music.
I’m always liked the Foo Fighters, but they’ve never been among my top ten favorite bands. However, after the time I’ve spent listening to them endlessly, they might have found a way to crack the list. If this is so, I give credit to “Walking After You” on the X-Files soundtrack. The song, originally featured on The Colour and the Shape, was specially edited for the movie soundtrack. I prefer this version to the original.

Foo Fighters - Walking After You (X-Files edit)

New Sacred Cow

I just got done reading Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. This book blew my mind! Anyway, the main point of bringing this up was a specific chapter in the book which highlighted the music of Kenna. In a nutshell, Kenna has suffered album sales, due to the regimented process of distributing an album. Through the use of focus groups and special music surveys, Kenna was shuffled back and forth as his label struggled to find the proper way to classify his genre and market his music.
“Freetime” was the first single off of Kenna’s debut album. It received a decent amount of airplay on MTV 2, but if you haven’t heard of the artist, it obviously didn’t sink in too deeply. Nevertheless, don’t let anonymity get in the way, because this track rocks! If one needs more convincing, a lot of music executives love this guy, so don’t rule out the possibility that Kenna can still hit it big.
If you wish to find out more, I recommend reading the book. You may or may not agree with the subject material (the ability to make informed decisions in an instant), but it’s something to become aware of.

Kenna - Freetime

1 comment:

Steve said...

In reference to the book Blink, be sure to read its antitheses, entitled Think. The combination of the two leaves some obvious confusion.