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Wake Up! Songs That'll Keep You Awake at Work
Tuesday is still far from Friday, and no it's not Monday so we're making progress. Re-invigorate your workday with these exciting tracks from the past. Too tired to function? Look no further than this playlist! Edgy and classic rock acts like The Stones and Bowie can make anyone feel like a rock-star, even when you're on the verge of drooling all over your desk at work. 1. Jumpin' Jack Flash / The Rolling Stones It's hard not to imagine yourself being the coolest person in the world when you listen to this song. The Rolling Stones are rock and roll at it's maximum and their lengthy career proves that. This classic track is made for amping up. Play this when you're falling asleep at your desk. 2. Rebel Rebel / David Bowie Bowie is the farthest from boring that you can get. His enigmatic stage persona and flashy style has cemented him as a rock and roll legend, and today you can feel like one too. After you grab your second cup of coffee, turn up this Bowie classic for elevated energy. 3. Rock The Casbah / The Clash Another classic group, this time from the punkier side of things, The Clash have always been a belligerent, energetic rock act. Rock the Casbah is a song that everyone can recognize, but nobody knows what it means. And for you, that's just fine. Turn up, ragga out and wake back up! 4. My Generation / The Who My personal favorite who song is full of piss and vinegar. My Generation is a punk song masquerading as a classic, and it will be sure to get you going around 2:00 when your lunch-time energy fades away. 5. Get Back / The Beatles This late addition to the Beatles catalog, Get Back encapsulates the paranoid doubt experienced by people who once belonged to the 60's counter culture movement. Let it get you through the paranoid doubt of the end of the work day. For more playlists, follow the "Soundtrack To Your Life" collection, and to request a playlist for a mood, type of weather, an event, whatever! Comment below.
5 Lyrics That'll Make You Think Twice About Giving Up On Love
Music is often a direct link to the soul, and I know of a lot of lyrics that have made me think twice about giving up on love. I've been so disheartened by people, and situations in the past, that I have strongly considered just living a life of solitude. But you know what, that's a childish way to deal with your emotions. As I get older, I'm starting to realize that human interaction is way more important than I used to think it was. Life isn't about the things you have, it's about the people you share it with. It's about the love you cultivate. Yes things get hard, and the road can be long to finding happiness, but you know what, if it's worth it...the right person will come. So sit back and read some of my favorite lyrics. They inspire me every day to try and keep going. 1. “Stand up beside the fireplace/ take that look from off your face/ You ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out.” - Oasis / Don't Look Back In Anger If we can admit to ourselves that we can stay strong despite the things that happen to us in love, or otherwise, we can open ourselves up to new, better relationships right? We can't let anyone take our power. Love isn't about that, it's about sharing the power, and growing together. 2. "You say your heart ain't ever been broken / you think you know where you're going. You say this life hasn't given you nothin'/ you've got another thing coming." - The Killers / Tidal Wave If you haven't been in a relationship, and you don't think you know anything about love, and don't want to...it's easy to get jaded, but don't give up. Because somewhere out there is the perfect person to teach you all you need to know. 3. "Darkness comes and I will/ Sing you a song / I will love you forever / Or at least till morning comes." - Lady Don't You Fall Backwards / Peter Doherty Sometimes love is temporary, but that's what makes it exciting. There is finite time for some of us with others. It's just a part of the exquisite pain of being in love and dealing with falling out of it. 4. "I'm in love for the first time/ Don't you know it's gonna last?/ It's a love that lasts forever/ It's a love that had no past." - Don't Let Me Down / The Beatles We often put a lot of pressure on our relationships, we think they'll end in marriage or commitment of another kind, but you know what, that's not always the case. But that's no reason to give up on love. The nature of it is wonderful because for the moment, if we're in love, we have that feeling forever, whether the person leaves or not. There's something eternal about it. 5. "You are what you love / not who loves you." Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll We all must remember though, that love isn't always about people. Sometimes it's about the things we love, our passions and hobbies. Sometimes it's about our families. Remember: Love does not have a definition or an expectation. It merely exists in the people we spend time with and the interests we hold dear.
I Can't Believe It's Not ____!: Songs you didn't know were covers
Full disclosure: Neither butter nor its evil counterpart, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, have really anything to do with the rest of this card at all. But the name is just so damn catchy and malleable, so, forgive me. Moving on, I'm here to give some love to the original composers and performers of songs that you may not know deserve credit. Sometimes, a song gets buried for years, only to be picked up by a totally different artist (often in a different genre and style), and it's the second version that blows up. In lots of these cases, there is little mention of the original. Let's change that. I Can't Believe It's Not LED ZEPPELIN! Song: "Dazed and Confused" (1969) Original: Jake Holmes (1967) Eerily enough, Jake Holmes actually has some real Robert Plant qualities to his voice. Or maybe Plant ripped his vocal style off of Holmes just like he did one of his best songs. I don't know. Is nothing sacred? I Can't Believe It's Not AMY WINEHOUSE! Song: "Valerie" (2007) Original: The Zutons (2006) The Zutons are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. They're a not-very-good mid-2000s Brit rock group, but something about the lead singer's voice is really appealing to me. Amy's version is damn-near perfect and is the basis of every A Capella group's top hit, but it wouldn't have been possible without The Zutons. Which is not something that you can say for many things in this world. I Can't Believe It's Not ARETHA FRANKLIN! Song: "Respect" (1967) Original: Otis Redding (1965) Ok, this one is legitimately surprising. I've heard the Otis version a million times and I didn't know that it was his song until recently. The two versions are really, really different, and each is awesome in its own right. It's hard to go wrong with Otis or Aretha. Everyone wins. I Can't Believe It's Not THE BEATLES! Song: "Twist and Shout" (1963) Original: The Isley Brothers (1962) The Isley Brothers didn't actually write this song - Phil Medley and Bert Burns did - but they were the first to chart the song, before The Beatles did a year later. Fun fact: The Beatles recorded Please Please Me, the record that contains this hit, in just 10 hours. Their producer knew that "Twist and Shout" would totally ruin John Lennon's voice because of its demanding style, so he saved it for last, with just 15 minutes of scheduled recording time left. Indeed, it totally blew out Lennon's voice, and, while the producer wanted to do a second take, Lennon just couldn't manage it. Ended up fine, if you ask me. I Can't Believe It's Not ELVIS PRESLEY! Song: "Hound Dog" (1956) Original: Big Mama Thornton (1952) Oh man! OH MAN! Who is Big Mama Thornton, and where has she been? This woman is a force! She also recorded "Ball n' Chain" before Janis Joplin made it a hit. Give the lady some love! This version is fucking awesome! But, yeah, Elvis's is better. Sorry Big Mama. Which one surprises you the most? Do you like the originals better, or the more popular covers? Music community folks: Reveal yourselves!
6 John Lennon Quotes To Honor A True Revolutionary
Today marks the day that legendary John Lennon was murdered and @tessstevens wrote an amazing card honoring him that you can read here! John Lennon has been a staple in my house since I can remember. In fact, my Dad told me that on the day Lennon died he cried hysterically and since then has hated the book Catcher In The Rye (which was held by the shooter). It was very awkward when I had to read it in high school. But in honor of John Lennon, here are some of his most famous (yet still amazingly revenant) quotes that will live in infamy. This is my all time favorite quote. Because it really shouldn't matter what you are doing or where you are in life. As long as you are happy, then everything really is okay. "All you need is love" right? It might not work out, it might not be your only love, and it might not be the right love, but at any point in your life love is always a blessing. Speaking of love, they only way to find perfect, lasting love is to first find a way to be happy by yourself. Looking for happiness in another person will only leave you feeling empty. Bombs, beheadings, and blood are scattered across the screens. We look refugees fleeing war in the face and turn our backs. Yet god forbid someone posts a nipple on social media. Thank you John Lennon, for validating my existence and reminding everyone that being weird is what makes you special. And the words that will get me through any hard time, if I am not happy, it is not the end.
10 Rock and Roll Couples That'll Give You Instant #RelationshipGoals
Love is a hard thing, it comes and goes, in and out faster than any of us can keep up with. Although the lonely days can seem like forever, the ones we spend with someone we love can seem just as quick. Most of these relationships end in tragedy. Is that the nature of love, or the nature of rock and roll? I guess we'll have to find out. Here are the 10 most rock and roll couples of all time. Romantic and beautiful, toxic and tragic. It's all the same. 1. Paul and Linda McCartney Linda may have started off as a rock and roll wife, but her music career ended up blossoming as a result. Receiving an Oscar nomination for her co-writing of "Live and Let Die" this duo will never be forgotten. Linda died of breast cancer at age 56, but her love and legacy live on in Paul and Linda's children. 2. Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love Musicians have a way of finding each other. Some people compare Courtney love to Yoko Ono in terms of steering Nirvana off track a bit, and adding to the destructive ways of Cobain, who died tragically at the age of 27. Whatever your take on these two, they are the perfect example of a rock and roll couple. 3. Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder One might say this love story ended in tragedy, but I beg to differ. They loved each other, completely and the sadness only comes with the tragic end of Amy. Gone but not forgotten. 4. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful Ultra cool and devil may care, this couple was a quintessential of early rock couples. Big sunglasses and hats, draped patterns and scarves, they were almost as fashionable as they were unique. 5. Peter Doherty and Kate Moss God. Goals. So many goals.This was the relationship that nearly derailed Moss' modeling career, as she was photographed doing cocaine with Doherty. That didn't matter though. Despite all of the media coverage, and the rumors, these two will live in infamy as yet another incredibly destructive and beautiful rock and roll couple. 6. John Lennon and Yoko Ono Although this couple is controversial, one can't deny the power of their love story. Enduring and timeless, the bond formed between these two in the 70's transcended music and became a cultural phenomenon for years to come. 7. Sid and Nancy Although it ended tragically, it started off as a rock and roll fairy tale: British punk meets American girl, both head to New York City. One ends up dead, and the other charged with murder. Most rock relationships end badly, but not as bad as Sid and Nancy. Beward of toxicity. 8. David Bowie and Iman Together till the very end, these two created a legacy of love and affection that will outlast them both. Every rockstar needs a muse, and there's no better muse than the beautiful Iman. 9. Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks Ah yes, the old "guitar player and lead singer" trope. Can't say I haven't fallen pray to that myself...but we won't get into that. It's hard to imagine the success of Fleetwood Mac without the relationship between Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. Come on, their greatest album Rumors? Wouldn't exist. 10. Elvis and Priscilla Presley I've got to round out this list with one of the most prominent rock and roll couples of all time, Elvis and Priscilla, who inspired an entire world of women to want rock and roll husbands. A beautiful and tumultuous relationship that is remembered to this day, Elvis and Priscilla will always stand as the president and first lady of early rock and roll.