Mercy Street

I am posting 2 versions of Mercy Street. One because it’s the one that planted the ear worm and the other because it’s a beloved song and the original version of the song.

I like the first version well enough and Fever Ray is fascinating on so many levels and wouldn’t share this if it was awful, I would have just shared Peter Gabriel’s version. Of course for me Peter Gabriel could never be supplanted by anyone or anything and everyone should be reminded of his genius.



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.

While my Shamisen Gently Weeps

This song is one of those enduring classics, and there are many covers, but this one maybe my favourite version, even on par with the original. Perhaps because it is so different, yet keeps the qualities that makes the song so good. It is featured in the end credits of the movie Kubo and the Two Strings which is also a work of art on it’s own. Never a complaint when this song gets stuck in my head!


How do I feel?

Tell me now how do I feel?

Blue Monday originally released by New Order in 1983. It was re-released several times. Here is the video for the 1988 version.  I liked the song then and I  like many of the cover versions that have cropped up over the years.

Knowing I was going to talk about this iconic music, I thought I would look around and see if there were other interesting versions. I was not disappointed when I came across a slow ethereal version by Flunk.

The Klutae remix I found is so creepy dance goth so of course that makes the list.

For years though I have liked Orgy’s version the best until I saw the video of  Orkestra Obsolete  playing it using instruments only available in the 1930’s. Wow!

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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