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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I run a site about one of the most classic heavy metal bands there is. I do work for some metal musicians. Yet, this artist still intrigues me. No idea why, but this song really hooked me.

It’s “Hung Up” by Madonna from her “Confessions on Dance Floor” album.

New Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic has a new album coming out next week (Sep 26) entitled “Straight Outta Lynwood“. As usual, he’s hit a home run with the first single from the album. This is “White & Nerdy”, which is a parody of the song “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire (. I’ve been listening to Weird Al since his first album was new in 1983, and I’ve found as time has passed, the songs he parodies I tend to know less and less as I don’t care for most current “new” music. That makes the parodies and some of his better quality originals seem more the same to me, as I have never heard “Ridin” before.
Al has produced a seriously funny video to go with the song, which can be viewed below. You should also check out Al’s website, his Myspace page, and the Wikipedia entry for White & Nerdy, all of which contain more information. In particular, the Wikipedia entry contains a lot of explanations for things in the video.
I’ve had this on pre-order for ages, and if the rest of the album is as strong as this (which is always a gamble with Weird Al original songs) parody is, then it’s a definite must purchase. You can order it by clicking on the album cover art above.

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Welcome to Operation Mindcrime

I remember now. I remember how it started.
I can’t remember yesterday, I just remember doing what they told me.

April 4th – it’s coming! And I can’t wait. I’ve been waiting for this album to be released since 1988 when the original came out.

March will be excellent

Operation: Mindcrime II

Not only is Queensryche releasing a sequel to one of my all time favorite albums by anyone ever, but David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is releasing a new solo album, too. It will be a good month for music.
Ronnie James Dio is Dr X – that’s so cool, I can’t describe it. Can’t get here fast enough.

New David Gilmour album coming in 2006

There’s a new David Gilmour album coming out in 2006. It’s going to be called “On an Island”. It’s been 21 years since Gilmour last released a solo album, and 11 since the last Pink Floyd studio album, so this is very welcome news.
I don’t know anything more about it other than it’s title and release date – Mar 6, 2006. I saw some tour dates listed on a Floyd news site I visit. Also, his official site has just launched, too:
We can confirm that on his birthday David will release his new album which has now been completed. Plans for a European and American tour are in the works and some firm dates are set (see below). David wants to tour between March and May of 2006. There is information that David will utilize an orchestra and chorus on his tour.

U2 are better than the Beatles

The Beatles are founding fathers of music, and they deserve some respect for that. However, U2 has been more solid over a far longer period of time releasing NEW MUSIC. Yeah, the Beatles have been around for a far longer number of years, but put together the years they were together, and compare it to the number of years that U2 has been around.
U2 had a few down years in the 90’s (Zooropa, Pop), but they have more rock solid albums from front to back than any other artist I can think of. U2 wins hands down over the Beatles.
That is all.


Read this and weep.
It’s scary how nonsensical the MPAA is. These people need to go away. I’m not advocating anarchy and no control, but if you read through all of what I link to above, it’s scary. Spend some time and read this.
It made me so mad, I can’t say anything about it, because every other would would be obscene.

I Wanna Learn a Love Song

Harry ChapinSince I’ve become a father, I’ve spent a lot of time lost in my own memories of my childhood. Most of it is good, and I attribute that to the care and guidance I received from my mother. What I remember that isn’t good is mostly attributable to the fact that I didn’t have a father. At the time I didn’t think much of it, as I was a kid, and I took things as they came. To an extent I still take most of life as it comes, but I’m old enough that I can reflect on the past and understand it better than I used to be able to.
Anyway, my dad left when I was 12, and while I don’t have a ton of positive memories from before that there’s a few that I do have. The one I wanted to talk about now is Harry Chapin. Harry Chapin is a folk music singer from the 70’s who was a pioneer in pushing the agenda of eliminating world hunger, which was in the media (for about two seconds, but that’s a rant for another time) recently with the Live 8 concerts. The Harry Chapin Foundation is still active in trying to stop world hunger, and I have to believe that if Chapin was still alive now he would have been involved with the Live Aid concert from 85, and probably Live 8 now as well.
Anyway, one of the few really good “All four of us” memories I have of my family from back then was listening to Harry Chapin music. In specific his “Greatest Stories Live” album. While I don’t have a visual memory of the four of us sitting down listening to it in the living room or something like that, I do recall that the four of us all liked the same thing. For Ed and myself, I believe most of that was based off of his “30,000 pounds of bananas” song which is a bit of a goof – it’s a silly song. It’s also the first time I can recall hearing the word “sucks” in a song, which of course to a 10 year old or so is highly amusing.
As time went on, I listened to more songs, and it was with great sadness in 1981 that Harry Chapin died of complications due to a car crash. I recall at the time my mother saying something about wanting to go see him in concert with me, or she had tickets or something like that – the exact coversation is lost over time. I remember being depressed about that, as he had died, and I liked his work, and that I wouldn’t get to see him live. It would have been my first ever concert had it happened. Now as anyone who knows me will know I tend to be forgetful about a few things. However, these thigns are lifelong memories that have stuck with me over the years. A special message to my brother and mom – if I’m flat out wrong about either of these things, don’t tell me – let me live in my happy land with these memories. :)
Anyway, now that I’m much older, I still break out the old songs from time to time and give ’em a spin. Yesterday I did that, I was listening to my own favorites of Harry’s songs, and every time I listen to them it almost brings me to tears. Partially because of the emotion in his songs, but mostly because of the draw to my childhood, and the lack of a father in my life. I can also grasp the complexities of the relationships and emotions he talks about in his songs, and couple them with the feelings I had from my youth, and his music is EXTREMELY powerfully emotional for me. Several of them bring me to tears for no particular reason that I can discern when listening. As I’m writing all this, I’ve got my usual playlist of my favorites of his going. The songs are:
Mail Order Annie
Danceband on the Titanic
WOLD (Live)
I Wanna Learn a Love Song
Cats in the Cradle
30,000 Pounds of Bananas
I’m not going to go over all of them, but “I Wanna Learn..” is a very powerful song to me. If I remember my childhood memories correctly, it was a vision I had as a kid of what it would have been like to have a woman love them. There’s a very big message in there about “making him a man”, and while sex is a small part of the end of the song’s lyrics, that’s not what I’m referring to – there’s a very tender message in there about a woman who just wanted to have the kid (Harry in the song) around to show her some tender affection. Something I latched onto a lot when I was younger.
And then there’s Cats in the Cradle. This is by far his most well known song. It’s also the one that I’ve had the most problem with over the years emotionally. As anyone who knows the song can attest, it’s an intensely powerful “daddy” song. Even if you’ve had a dad in your life all the time, I’m sure you can appreciate the lyrics there. While my father and I aren’t exactly as the lyrics appear in the song, it is about a Father who is not involved with his son’s life. For years and years I couldn’t even listen to the song, it was just too painful. I never played it intentionally (except in moments of real bad sadness), and if it came on the radio, it was a quick switch elsewhere, but just the couple of opening notes was usually enough to set me off, as I’d think about it. It got worse when the band Ugly Kid Joe covered it in the 90’s and it was played a lot more again. Now in 2005 as I’m a father I have a completely different outlook on this song. It’s no longer completely a depressing song to me. I now view the song as an inspiration to me to NOT be the same thing to Samantha that my dad was to me. I’m very determined to be there for my daughter when she needs me.
Do I have “daddy issues”? Probably – although I’ve gotten better in dealing with it as I’ve gotten older, and thanks to my psychatrist, “Mr. Blog”, I can get these things out there.
But to sum it all up, despite listening to an awful lot of heavy metal, I can appreciate the emotion and power in Harry Chapin’s music. Chapin was one of the first artists I believe I ever really listened to as a kid (Billy Joel was the other). His music stays with me today and is a lot more powerful on more levels to me than almost any other kind of music I listen to.

When the Tigers Broke Free

I’ve been a Pink Floyd fan for a very long time. I bought the Wall when it was new, which was right around the time I started High School. As a kid when this was new, that album was very influential in my musical landscape. I’d heard of Pink Floyd before, but it wasn’t until the Wall that my appreciation of them crystallized (right around the time the band started to implode). Keyboardist Rick Wright was gone, Dave & Roger were at each other’s throats, and Nick, well I don’t know about Nick, but given the bad blood that I read about in the press at the time, I’m shocked we got anything.

Anyway, since the Wall had already been released, I was waiting for the next “new” Pink Floyd release after the Wall. That ended up being a rather disappointing greatest hits album called “A Collection of Great Dance Songs” (which in itself is a joke, as you can’t dance to Pink Floyd). So I waited. We then got the Wall movie, and to that there was a single released. It was called “When the Tigers Broke Free”. This was an extra/new song for the Wall movie. The single said “From the forthcoming album ‘The Final Cut'”. At the time, the album The Final Cut was to be a soundtrack to the movie, as about 60% of the music wasn’t from the original album.

So time went on, and the soundtrack was never released. The Falkland Island War came around, it got Roger Waters to write some new songs, and those were coupled together with some leftovers from the Wall sessions to make what was released in 1983 as The Final Cut. It’s a very disjointed album. It really feels more like a Roger Waters solo album than a Pink Floyd album. At that point, the Keyboardist (Rick Wright) was gone, there were some real personnel battles behind the scenes – any semblance of “Band” left was destroyed during the making of this album. But out of the sessions came some really good songs for me. Not Now John (the hardest song of the lot), The Final Cut (a Wall leftover, so much so that the lyrics say “behind the wall” in them), The Gunner’s Dream, The Fletcher Memorial Home (named after Rog’s dad, Eric Fletcher Waters).. All good.

In 2004, the album was remastered again (with a much cleaner sound than it had before), and after all this time, the song “When the Tigers Broke Free” was finally added back into the album. I’d been listening to it for 20 years, so having Tigers in there really jarred me in terms of what I knew was coming next when listening. But now that it’s been out for about a year (I’m writing this in the summer of 2005), I have to say it fits well. So much so that I probably can say the song “When the Tigers Broke Free” is the one Floyd song that envokes the most emotion for me out of any Pink Floyd song – on any album – and there’s a lot of them.

What’s odd is I love the thing despite it’s wonderfully depressing atmosphere. The music is minimalistic, I think it fits the theme of the lyrics well. As much as I love this album, I don’t think it is for everyone. Definitely one of the least accessible Floyd albums (although it really feels like Waters solo material).

So yeah, I love the masterfully depressing album The Final Cut. It was about the death of Roger’s dad, it was the death of Pink Floyd, and my favorite song on the album (Tigers) is all about death and sadness. Go enjoy the album – if you put some thought into it, I think you’ll like it too. I should point out that the album was also remastered in 1997 as well. The 2004 edition has a better sound, I think. The Tigers song does not appear on the 1997 version – make sure the version you’re getting is the 2004 release.

UPDATE FEB 2012: The album was again re-released and remastered in 2011 as part of the “Why Pink Floyd” packaging.  The 2011 version also has Tigers on the album, and is (to my ears) a sonic match for the 2004 version, I don’t notice any difference.  So the 2011 version and the 2004 versions are fine to get.  :)

UPDATE JAN 2016: The previous “sample” I had on this blog is now no longer available, so I’ve just put the whole song on here from Youtube.

Here’s the lyrics to When the Tigers Broke Free, I wanted to add them to this article.

It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black forty-four
When the Forward Commander was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn
And the Generals gave thanks
As the others ranks
Held back the enemy tanks for a while
And the Anzio Bridgehead was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives

And kind old King George
Sent Mother a note
When he heard the Father was gone
It was, I recall, in the form of a scroll
With gold leaf and all
And I found it one play
In a drawer of old photographs
Hidden away
And my eyes still grow damp
To remember His Majesty
Signed with own rubber stamp

It was dark all around
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free
And no one survived
From the Royal Fusiliers Company C
They were all left behind
Most of them dead
The rest of them dying
And that’s how the High Command took my Daddy from me