Operation: Mindcrime Turns 30

You know how you have those desert island albums – the ones that you would take with you if you couldn’t listen to anything else?  Well, that’s Operation: Mindcrime by Queensryche.  In fact, I’d go further than that, it is my favorite album by any band, anywhere, anytime.  Nothing is better.  Not anything by Black Sabbath, not anything by Judas Priest, not anything by Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, not anything.  Mindcrime is #1. Period.  End of story. [Read more…]

The Final Cut is 35

I’m going to write a little about an album that turns 35 years old today (Mar 21, 2018).  Originally came out when I was still in High School (!!) – Mar 21, 1983.  I’m speaking of “The Final Cut” by Pink Floyd.  It was the final Floyd album with Roger Waters, and the only one of the 15 Floyd studio albums without keyboardist Rick Wright on it.  Was originally called “Spare Bricks” (which speaks to it’s origins in the “Wall” sessions).

“The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done.
Two suns in the sunset
Could be the human race is run.”

Those are lyrics about nuclear war (“Two Suns in the Sunset”).  If you’re someone who has followed Pink Floyd for a very long time, there’s three things you know about Waters lyrics: [Read more…]

My Meaningful Music

A friend of mine recently posted a list of his favourite albums. I read it, and thought “I can do that”, and then realized that quickly the list would get out of hand, because I have a LOT of music, and I’d list way too much stuff.

So, I decided to do a list too, but change the parameter. This isn’t just a list of albums that I really like, or albums that are really good – heck one of them is downright embarrassing. There’s a million great albums out there, and I own a lot of them. Having said that, the albums here have some significance to my life. Either some personal connection, or after listening to them, it changed the kind of music I listened to in general. I also gave a little detail as to WHY.

So here goes a bunch of albums that mean something to me in no particular order.   You can click on any of the cover art images to be taken to Amazon, where you can check out samples, and maybe even buy one.  :) [Read more…]

I Need a Miracle

He lost his job and all he had in the fall of ’09
Now he feared the worst, that he would lose his children and his wife
So he drove down deep into the woods and thought he’d end it all
And prayed, “Lord above, I need a miracle”

Until the Whole World Hears

Lord I want to feel your heart
and see the world through your eyes
I want to be your hands and feet
I want to live a life that leads

ready yourselves
ready yourselves
Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night
ready yourselves
ready yourselves
May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise
Until the whole world hears Lord we are calling out
Lifting up Your name for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness we’re crying out
as the day draws near
we’ll sing until the whole world hears

Lord let your sleeping giant arise
Catch the demons by surprise
Holy nation sanctified
Let this be our battle cry


we’ll sing until the whole world hears
we’ll sing until the whole world hears

Want to be your hands and feet
Want to be a life that leads
To see you set the captive free
Until the whole world hears
and I pray that they will see more of you and less of me
Lord I want my life to be the song You sing
Until the whole world hears Lord we are calling out
Lifting your name up for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness we’re crying out
as the day draws near
we’ll sing until the whole world hears
we’ll sing until the whole world hears
we’ll sing until the whole world hears
we’ll sing until the whole world hears
we’ll sing until the whole world hears
we’ll sing until the whole world hears

Federal Law Enforcement

I’m a big fan of the band Queensryche, who tend to write a lot of politically charged songs. Anyway, their 1991 album, “Empire” contained a song with the following lyrics.

In fiscal year 1986 to 1987, local state and federal governments spent up to a combined total of 60.6 million dollars on law enforcement.

Federal law enforcement expenditures ranked last in absolute dollars, and accounted for only 6% of all federal spending.

By way of comparison, the federal government spent 24 million more on space exploration, and 43 times more on national defense and international relations than on law enforcement.

I wonder if those stats are the same with the Dubya administration. Course we didn’t have the “Homeland Security Department” back around 1991 when these lyrics were written.

Raping a Dead Guy

You’d never actually want to do that, but that’s what someone is doing to Jimi Hendrix. The best way to honor one of our best all time guitarists is to name some sort of energy drink after him, isn’t it? I mean why not dig up his corpse, and set what’s left on fire? Wouldn’t that be just as honorable?
Here’s the whole story. Sigh.

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Wayanay Inka

Several years ago my wife and I ran across a band by the name of Wayanay Inka at the State Fair of Texas. We got rather enamoured with them, and their appearances at the State Fair were one of our favorite things to look forward to. Unfortunately in 2005 and 2006 they were not asked back – I hope that changes.
These guys are Andean music from Peru. Not something that’s my usual cup of tea, but we really enjoyed their stuff, we’ve bought a few CD’s from them at the State Fair gigs we saw ’em at. In this post is a video they have of probably my favorite song of theirs called “Coral”. You can check out more information about them at their official website.

They have a few other videos on Youtube as well. Here, here, & here.

Walk Like an Egyptian

My wife and I just got done watching one of those “Top 100” things on VH1 Classic, as that’s what they do best. This one was specifically about 80’s music, and after watching it, I have this random comment to make:
The Lyrics for “Walk like an Egyptian” are quite stupid if you try and figure ’em out
I mean really. They’re quite dumb. Yeesh. Course the Beatles are no big winners either.. “I wanna hold your hand, yeah yeah yeah” – oh stellar lyrics on that one, too!
/me rolls eyes.
All the old paintings on the tombs
They do the sand dance don’t you know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They’re falling down like a domino
All the bazaar men by the Nile
They got the money on a bet
Gold crocodiles (oh whey oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette
Foreign types with the hookah pipes say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Blonde waitresses take their trays
They spin around and they cross the floor
They’ve got the moves (oh whey oh)
You drop your drink then they bring you more
All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (oh whey oh)
They’re walking like an Egyptian
All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Slide your feet up the street bend your back
Shift your arm then you pull it back
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac
If you want to find all the cops
They’re hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
Spin the clubs cruise down the block
All the Japanese with their yen
The party boys call the Kremlin
And the Chinese know (oh whey oh)
They walk the line like Egyptian
All the cops in the donut shop say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian

After Forever

Have you ever thought about your soul – can it be saved?
Or perhaps you think that when you’re dead you just stay in your grave
Is God just a thought within your head or is he a part of you?
Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were in school?
When you think about death do you lose your breath or do you keep your cool?
Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope – do you think he’s a fool?
Well I have seen the truth, yes I’ve seen the light and I’ve changed my ways
And I’ll be prepared when you’re lonely and scared at the end of our days
Could it be you’re afraid of what your friends might say
If they knew you believe in God above?
They should realize before they criticize
that God is the only way to love.
Is your mind so small that you have to fall
In with the pack wherever they run
Will you still sneer when death is near
And say they may as well worship the sun.
I think it was true it was people like you that crucified Christ
I think it is sad the opinion you had was the only one voiced
Will you be so sure when your day is near say you don’t believe?
You had the chance but you turned it down now you can’t retrieve.
Perhaps you’ll think before you say that God is dead and gone
Open your eyes, just realize that he’s the one
The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate.
Or will you still jeer at all you hear? Yes – I think it’s too late.

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