Monday, June 16, 2014

Music is My Aeroplane

Wow this is my 411th post and I can't believe this is the first time I've used a Red Hot Chili Peppers song for the title!  I love the Chili Peppers.  Without a doubt the best concert I've ever seen was the Foo Fighters opening for them.  Both bands are great in concert!  Btw, worst concert I've ever seen - Aerosmith.  "But Aerosmith is awesome," you say?  Sure they are, but they were drunk off their ass, you could tell.  The Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters bring it every night even if you are in Des Moines!  I also love bass and drums and Flea is the bomb and Will Ferrell plays drums for them!

You know blogs are really supposed to be for and about oneself, personal.  I really have always admired those bloggers who are really just writing for themselves, getting their thoughts out for their own self-actualizing purposes.  I think I started out that way but I ended up truly writing for what I believed was the audience - you'se guys. Perhaps, in my own way, that is in fact me.  I've worked in a service industry all my life and, in fact, tend to live my life to serve and appeal to others.  So, yeah; I do write for myself.  Even if it is usually done to shamelessly grab attention!  :)

That being said today really is about me and the perfect blog post!  Yes, this is one of those bucket-list type posts I've been meaning to write for probably over a year.  See that's the big promise I make and now I give you a key image and a few sound-bits and then I transition back to some theme I hit on earlier and tie it to a song lyric.  Oh well, you can read below.

Well, really this is just some analysis.  See in real life I love numbers, analysis, and assessment - so here goes.  And no this is probably not the perfect blog post but who cares this is just for me, you know.

I've been using music quotes, largely, for post titles for almost four years now.  What are the results? Any correlations?  Any congruency?  Or is it all just random?

Let see, here are the numbers by genres of music I've used for post titles.

Musical (and non-musical) Categories:

Bluegrass               9    Jam Band               7     Techno                  2
Country-politan     5     Jazz                       2      60's (pop/rock)   24
Country               18    Local                      1      60's (psychadelic) 2
Disney/Kidz Bop  15    Chick-Music           2      60's (art rock)        2
Elvis                      2    Modern Pop          12     70's (funk)             5
Sing/Songwriter  17    Punk/New Wave     10     70's (pop)            12
Hair Metal             9    Rap                         7     70's (power rock) 11
Holidays                7    Stadium Rock       13     80's (alternative)  29

the 80's (pop)                   29         FFF                                          38
the 90's (XM Lithium)     15         Movie Quotes                            5
the 90's (pop)                     5         Non-Music                               11
Soundtrack/Show-Tune     7         Repeats                                    52
Spiritual                              1        TMI                                          10

Well let's see the first assessment outcome I see is that at 52 post or 12.5% Ryan's propensity for laziness is certainly apparent here!  And thanks to Ad, Three Spelling Mistakes, and Panser for hosting FFF which has been so much fun over the years!

As for musical choices... No surprises my college years were spent in the late 80's/early 90's and that is reflected in my musical tastes.  In fact, as I've mentioned on the blog, my satellite radio mostly toggles back and forth between XM First Wave (alt 80's) and Lithium (alt 90's).  As a result about 40% of my blog post titles come from songs of the 80's and 90's.  Of course, I'm usually in the car with my girls and when they are there they dominate as little girls do with their daddies.  And thus the prevalence of kid music. All too often a lyric by Cher Lloyd or some other Disney channel cutie catches my attention as I'm mentally writing a post.  As a result Disney/Kid related music represents 5th largest music category and around 1% of my titles.  Of course breaking that further down a lot of those Disney-song posts were food and travel posts to Disney so there is the congruency.  But yet and still one of my most reflective posts was my 100th where I did use lyrics from a Jessie J song (one of those cuties) so "one never knows, do one?"  Except those are lyrics from a Fats Waller song I once used to describe the parallels between my wife and the real Shannon from my high school days.

And yet I pride myself on being eclectic so I am happy that I have a lot of balance with post titles ranging from Country and Bluegrass to Punk and Rap.

Not surprisingly here are my top bands by usage:

REM                                          6     * if I had to name one fav band it would be them
the Beatles                                 5     * tax day's an annual fav of mine and they have the best tax song
Jimmy Buffet                             5     *  two were part of a part I and II post
Talking Heads                           4     *  that just happened, I really can't stand them

the Damned                               5     *  all part of one series of posts
Allison Krauss
 & Union Station (AKUS)         4     * all part of one story; the song really is the story of me

In retrospect many posts I think are good, many are meaningful to me, but here are the songs that felt the most connected to the story I was telling.  At the time these songs seemed to fit the post so well that they haunted me to some degree. Often I would fall in love with the song a bi and even if I had heard the song many times it became new to me and I couldn't get enough of it as if I was addicted, as if they were a fine Northern Coast Pinot.  These songs now always bring a gleam to my eyes and a smile when I hear them on the radio as I remember the post and/or the times I was living.

It's funny now that often when I hear a song I have to catch myself before I lean over to Shannon or Sandee and say "I used that song on the blog once."

Anyway, here are those songs and those posts:

AKUS - You're the Lucky One           *   the story of Ryan in fairy-tale fashion.
Jimmy Buffet - One Particular Habor   *   a shamelessly stolen Gen-X parable
the Damned - Alone Again Or             *  the one that got away, or did she?
Christopher Cross - When You Get Caught        *  this might be my best

Elton John - Where to Now St. Peter           *  sadness = reality, reality beauty, is sadness then beauty?
Love and Rockets - It's All in My Mind     *  we all have a story of the one that went poof
Manfred Man - Fox on the Run                 *  Just LOVE this song!
REM - Don't Go Back to Rockville         *  Actually Driver 8 is my favorite REM song
Three Dog Night - Shambala                  *  good deeds done with someone you've done bad deeds with
Tony Rice - Carolina Star                         *  a stab at fiction, though the background is stolen; so me
Steeley Dan - Deacon Blues                       *  I worked so dang hard on this and nobody commented!

And the song I've used third most behind Alone Again Or and You're the Lucky One - well that would be good old Cookie Monster's version of "C is for Cookie!"  :)

I suppose looking back it's odd that I have not used the Stone Temple Pilots, Heart, or the Clash.  STP's "Interstate Love Song" is my favorite song of the 90's so it kind of makes it my song of my generation.  It's certainly odd that I have not used Heart as they are one of my all time favs.  I used to listen to "Crazy on You" before big games to get pumped up back in the day.  Or maybe it's that I used to like to look at Nancy Wilson and then got all pumped up!  And then I just love the Clash.  I love percussion and they (including Big Audio Dynamite) always had great songs that got you feeling good.

I have also used (not exhaustive) the following bands:  Abba (2), AC/DC, Ace of Base, Adele, Bryan Adams, America, Adam Ant, the Baha Men, Baltimora, Bananarama, the Bangles, the Beach Boys, the Beastie Boys (2), Berlin, the Black Crows, the Bloodhound Gang, Blondie, the Beatles, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Garth Brooks, Lindsey Buckingham, Jimmy Buffet, June Carter, Greyson Chance, Ray Charles, Chicago, Eric Clapton, Kelly Clarkson, Paula Cole, Earl Thomas Conley, Harry Connick, Counting Crows, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cornerstone, Elvis Costello, Christopher Cross, the Cult, Culture Club, the Cure (2), the Damned, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode, Neil Diamond, Dido, Dire Straights, the Doors (2), Duran Duran, Bob Dylan, Echo and the Bunnymen, ELO, ELP, Fatboy Slim, the Foo Fighters, the Four Freshmen, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, the Gin Blossoms, the Gleaming Spires, Gary Glitter, the Grateful Dead, the Guess Who, Guns 'N Roses (2), Arlo Guthrie, Haircut 100, Heaven 17, Hole, the Hoodoo Gurus, the Human League, Donnie Iris, Inxs (2), Iron Maiden, Jane's Addiction, Jessie J, Joe Jackson, Elton John, Billy Joel (2), Journey (2), the Killers, Allison Krauss & Union Station, the La's, Led Zepplin, the Left Banke, Cher Lloyd (2), Gordon Lightfoot (2) Love and Rockets, Bruno Mars, Martina McBride, Don McLean (2), Meatloaf, George Michael, Missing Persons, Modern English, the Monkees, the Moody Blues (2), the Motels, Van Morrison, Nena, Ricky Nelson, Night Ranger, Nirvana, Oingo Boingo, One Republic, Buck Owens, Ozzy, the Partridge Family, Pearl Jam (2), Phish, Pink, the Pixies, Charley Pride, Queen (2), REM, REO Speedwagon (2), Eddie Rabbit (2), Cliff Richards, Johnny Rivers, the Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Sawyer Brown (2), Seal, the Sex Pistols, Sir Mix-a-lot, the Sparks, the Specials, George Straight, R. Dean Stanton, the Stone Roses, the Smithereens, the Smiths, the Split Enz, Steeley Dan, Styx, the Supremes, Suzy and Banshees, the Talking Heads, James Taylor, Three Dog Night, Robin Thicke, TLC, T'Pau, Tripping Daisies, the Tubes, Tommy Tune, the Turtles, Twisted Sister, U2, Ugly Kid Joe, Van Halen (2), John Waite (3), the Waitresses, Fats Waller, the White Stripes, Hank Williams, Roger Williams, Richie Valens

Guilty feeling for using Cher Lloyd, Haircut 100, Fun Boy Three/Bananarama and OMG Abba on two occasions?  Hey using Abba on two occasions reminds me of that famous quote "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice...... uh, er, ummmm; you can't get fooled!"  :)

Nah, no embarrassment here!  I'm mean I'm just the fry guy at the Chevy Chase McDonalds after all! And those two Abba post were pretty darn good!  Here is the other one!  Hey, at least I never used Barbara Streisand although sometimes we do boot camp to that Duck Sauce song.

And here is my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers song:

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