It’s time for the very first entry for Nate’s Mix Tape Monday! The first song I’m going to introduce for your listening pleasure is from another one of my favorite front men (musically, off the stage he’s sort of a dick) Jonny Craig. I have been following Jonny Craig’s career since I heard him in Dance Gavin Dance, I then went backwards and finally found his very first cd by Ghost Runner on Third, he was 17.
Upon leaving Dance Gavin Dance he joined a band called Emarosa. I’ve been in love with this band since it’s release of the Relativity album. The Mix Tape Monday’s featured song comes from that album, in fact it was the very first song I’d heard from this band.
As always, I attached a YouTube video, and as always it really doesn’t do the song justice… I strongly recommend going to buy it from iTunes or purchase the relativity album, you won’t be sorry!
I’ll place a bandage on my wounds
It will soak the blood that tells me to leave
The blood that stains my brain
With temptations to just drive away
I’ll get lost and picture what could of been
If I would of just tasted the feeling within
I’ll take my journey someone else decided for me
That someone else likes watching me bleed
I’m following road signs away from home
It’s leading me on a downward slope
Save the melody that is my reality
For I want to dance…not accomplish “things”
What is this sensation that’s making me itch?
I feel cold and when I awake I cringe
But I am sleeping, but not dreaming
My dreams have turned their back on me disappointed
I neglected their say in things
I will come back to you, please don’t leave me.
After reading HiFi Dave’s blog post about digital downloads and the death of albums, I decided I’d do some what of a compliment post to that. Only I’m going to discuss the topic of “Greatest Hits”…
I have a huge problem with “Greatest Hits” albums, almost a hatred. First of all, Lindsay Lohan has a greatest hits album and she only has one or two albums, I find that hard to cope with… Not to mention she’s Linsday Lohan. Anyway, who gets to pick these “greatest hits” songs that go on this album? I’m sure it’s based off the “charts” that are diluted with garbage and corporate advertising. I used to buy a couple Greatest Hits albums. Mainly I got the artists who had a large collection. Recently, I looked over what artists I had a “greatest hits” album for and got the rest of their discography and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I missed out on.
As HiFi Dave talks about in his post, most albums have a type of flow it’s part of the creative process of creating the art that is music. It seperates the great artists from the good ones. I think the album that best shows this in my eyes is Thrice’s “The Illusion of Safety” I’ve heard so many people positively describe the flow on this album and I agree hands down.
An album could have good songs, but horrible flow and it is less likely you could sit there and listen to the whole album if the transitions in songs isn’t there. It’s like reading a book but reading the chapters in random sequence. Especially for artists like The Dear Hunter and Coheed and Cambria. These artists often do “concept albums” which usually tell a story.
I know another reason “Greatest Hits” albums exsist is so they artists can make more money… I can’t even count how many “greatest hits” albums Aerosmith has… I love Aerosmith but come on man, how many albums is Dude Looks Like a Lady going to be on?
Would you buy 1/12 of a painting? Would you buy 1 chapter of a book? Would you read 1 line of a poem?
If you answered yes to those questions, slap yourself.
Music is art, just like all those above… Treat it like art, embrace everything the artists gives to you. Listening to music is a gift.
Thanks HiFi Dave, for helping educate the masses.
Remember the days of cassette tapes? Rewinding… Turning over to side B? I can specifically remember the first time I ever heard a CD was in someone’s car, it was a red convertable. I was amazed that you could just skip a track and it would start at the beginning you didn’t even have to look for it by fast forwarding and rewinding! You didn’t have to wind up the tape when it got thrown off track with pencil…
I got my first CD before I even got a CD player. I remember it was All 4 One because I liked the song “I swear”. I played the crap out of that CD and that’s where my collection began.
What was your first CD? Do you have a specific memory of when you first heard about CDs? Let me know, I’m interested.