Nothing Else Matters

Woke up with this song prominently singing itself through my brain. Typical girl liking the slow song of a heavy metal band the best. But this really is such an awesome song. I like Metallica, I like their heavy stuff too. It’s just this song is so full of passion artistry and meaning. It shows off many reasons why they are such a good band with the longevity they have had.

Another thing that shows off how Metallica is a musically awesome band is the show they did with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. I like the whole S&M (Symphony and Metallica) album, all the music melds well with the orchestral additions. So here is that version too.

The reason, most likely, this song was stuck in my head, is that I have been listening to a very interesting instrumental cover lately. Nothing says heavy metal like renaissance lute.


Gimme Gimme Gimme that Swing!

How fun to get Swing music stuck in my head! The electro swing movement has been a sheer joy for me.

A Faun Song

This is the song stuck in my head this morning. Don’t know if has anything to do with dreams of camping on a mountainside or not.

I learned about Faun when somebody told me about the Faerieworlds festival in Oregon.I managed to visit that wonderful festival a few times, but have never gotten to see an appearance of Faun. Oh well, we have the internet and downloads, so I have been blessed with their music in digital form at least!

Funny Smiths

With songs like “How Soon is Now” “Girlfriend in a Coma” or “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” being the more familiar fair, how does one come off saying, the Smiths are funny.

I recently watched an interview where the person being interview said he found the Smiths funny. The interviewer looked at him like he was being very odd. Like how could one think the Smiths are a funny band… I don’t think the interviewer was as familiar with the Smiths as the interviewee was.

I think the Smiths are funny. One of my favourites being “Sweet and Tender Hooligan”  Today’s song stuck in my head is one of the funnier ones.

Flowers and Vampires

Woke up this morning with the music of “Flower Duet” from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé.

I don’t think it’s the first place I heard this piece, but the first place I definitely remember hearing it from was the 1983 vampire movie, The Hunger starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It also featured the band Bauhaus. I had a friend who said she watched this movie because David Bowie was in it, but after the opening sequence bar scene with Peter Murphy toning out Bela Lugosi’s Dead, her reaction was “David who?!”

Anyway I found a few sketches I did from back then. I had some poems somewhere I had written and thought at the time if I created enough of this kind of thing I would create a book entitled “To my Beloved, Nosferatu”.  This is all that seems to be left of that wisp of an endeavour.

nosferatu x3

Golden Brown

Was watching many music videos before bed last night, so no surprise there would be something stuck in my head this morning.

I had completely forgotten about this song until last night, but back in the early 90’s I liked this song very much. Golden Brown by the Stranglers.  (I know it was released in the 80’s but I didn’t get my Stranglers’ Greatest hits until the 90’s which is where I was introduced to the song) I like almost any music that incorporates vintage or antique sounds and instruments, so the harpsichord is what got me hooked on this song.

What I found last night though, that reintroduced me to this song did not have a harpsichord. Nope. No Harpsichord. Try Mariachi! How fun.


I need a change…

Are we given ear worms for a purpose? Is there a hidden message somewhere in repetition of a line of a song, or the title of the song? I don’t know, maybe I do need a change, but I don’t know what kind or how.

Today’s earworm is brought to us by the Yoshida Brothers and their collaboration with Monkey Majik. I first heard the Yoshida Brothers on the Nightmare Before Christmas tribute album with the song Nabbed. I really like the sound of the instrument they play, the shamisen, so of course an internet search for more of their music brought me to the video on YouTube with the band Monkey Majik, whom I have never heard of before and in spite of the rapping I really found I liked their song Change. The video with everyone wearing fox masks fascinated me as well.

So whether or not I need a change, I thought I would share this song that was stuck in my head this morning.


Born of Frustration

Born of Frustration by James is today’s ear worm. I think I was dreaming about being in a music performance class and this was the song I was going to perform but they never got to me. Teachers pet was Iggy Pop who freaked out and was all no no no when it was suggested he could be gotten a gig.

It finally happened.

It would have been more likely to happen around high school or college because I listened to them so much in those days. My favourite band finally planted an ear worm. I woke up with the song “Winning Side” by Oingo Boingo going through my head. It was Danny Elfman’s solo video of “Gratitude” quickly followed by the album “Dead Man’s Party” that got me wildly into this group which I have followed since then until now, where Danny Elfman still creates music for the movies, even though he has retired from the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.


Fan Art created in High School. Also my first linoleum print.

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