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Words cannot describe how beautifully a simple flash animation has captured the raw emotions of Pink Floyd’s epic song – Time. Every effect blends perfectly with the emotion produced by the guitar and the vocals. Also, the surreal colors used in the animation give you some kind of trip. Watch it for an amazing experience!

A big hello to my readers! I know I’ve been for quite a long time, but you should already know the reason. During the long and stressful holiday I took from blogging, I happened to stumble onto a band known as ‘The Ventures’. Now, don’t get me wrong here. I’ve known The Ventures from a very long time. But just recently did I have the pleasure of putting my headphones on and listening to the beautiful cover songs they produced. I shall be putting up my top 5 Ventures cover songs post this Top 5 review.

Aah, guitar solos. Where would we Rock fans be if it weren’t for those soul stirring moments wherein the guitarist makes his instrument cry? While the previous sentence may sound oddly sadistic, it’s very much true. That squealing sound of a guitar, finely tuned to the craft of its master, can send shivers up the listener’s skin. The high pitch notes, which send an electric zap right through your skin, and those low pitches, which match the beats of your heart – a true Rock enthusiast would surely know what I’m saying here. Not only does a guitar solo have the power to make one move to its rhythm, but also possesses the unreal ability to express what the singer can’t. Some artists have signature solo styles, some don’t. The quality of a guitar solo doesn’t depend on the duration, but on the skill exhibited. According to my knowledge, there are 2 unique skills which clearly distinguish guitar artists:

  • Shredding
  • Bending

Shredding is generally used in Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, etc. Shredding is basically playing the guitar at an unreal speed. The speed required in this technique is sometimes so much that the fingers aren’t visible in the video. Shredding can be related to a vengeful, hateful or upbeat mood (depends on the mood of the song and the band). Shredding requires a LOT of talent. Bending, on the other hand, is a very unique skill only few maestros possess. It is a slow technique wherein the focus is more on the notes, not the speed. Bending, if performed properly, can bring out emotions nothing else can express. Anyways, back to the showdown!

Number 5: Avenged Sevenfold – So Far Away

So Far Away - Syn

So Far Away – A7X

I am a huge fan of Avenged Sevenfold. They’ve helped me in almost all of my sorrows. Their songs are a bit different than the mainstream Rock bands, but once you start developing that taste for music, you’re hooked. My idol from this band is Synyster Gates. A superb guitar player, who relentlessly shreds his guitar and chokes us with emotions. This song, however, is not about vengeance, nor anger. It’s about sorrow, regret, remorse – This song was made on account of the passing away of the band’s primary drummer – The Rev. The solo is so beautiful, it made me cry like a baby (not just the first time I heard it. I still cry every time it plays).

Solo timing: 02:22 – Rest of song

Download linkhttp://www.maplespace.net/wp-content/plugins/mp3-player-plugin-for-wordpress/mp3/so%20far%20away-Avenged%20Sevenfold.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/avenged-sevenfold-lyrics-so-far-away-w69ngcn

 

 

Number 4: Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Santana

Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Let’s face it – There is no one like Santana. His style and technique are completely different than everyone out there today. The confidence this man shows when he holds the guitar is baffling. Santana shares a place is Rock and Roll’s most famous list – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has collaborated with countless artists and helped them get recognized. From Maria Maria to this song, every tune composed by Santana haunts the very living out of you. This song was originally written by The Beatles, after whom Eric Clapton made a different version of the same. Santana covered the original, and boy does it make you move. India.Arie’s voice and Santana’s amazing technique are guaranteed to leave you spellbound for the remainder of the day.

Solo timing: Full Song

Download linkhttp://www.santana.com/audio/Supernatural%20Legacy/WhileMyGuitarGentlyWeeps.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/santana-lyrics-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-6359drz#axzz2tOHO2Nmm

 

 

Number 3: Eric Clapton – Layla

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton – Layla

Absolute genius. A master of the guitar, Clapton can make his guitar sing and awaken the dead. His technique – relentless. His style – unmatched. This solo helped me understand what Rock really is about. The very first notes of the solo tell you that the forthcoming is going to be amazing. His skill is not bound within the constraints of an electric guitar – His acoustic versions are to die for too (Tears in Heaven).

Solo timing: 02:56 – 04:02

Download link: http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~ap87/index_files/Eric%20Clapton-%20Layla.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/eric-clapton-lyrics-layla-6zlf5ds#axzz2tOHO2Nmm

 

 

Number 2: Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)

Dire Straits

Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)

This song – My oh my. I have NEVER seen so much energy output from a song. And that too from a Live version. Mark Knopfler ABSOLUTELY demolishes it with his crazy licks. Terry Williams (the drummer) has probably ripped the coating of the drum skin. It is the SECOND best live performance I’ve ever seen. I know for a fact that if I was present at this concert, I would’ve died from the sheer ecstasy of the energy and the atmosphere. There are two solos in this version – and both are mind boggling. The first one is performed in between the  second last and the last stanza, and the last one kicks off as soon as the last stanza ends. If you survive the intensity of the first solo, you’d better brace yourself for the next one. Because it contains one of the most amazing guitar riffs I’ve ever heard! And yes, you HAVE to see the video for the live version too. It’s one of the many reasons why I’ve grown to love Dire Straits so much.

Solo timing:

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pa9x9fZBtY

Download linkhttp://simant.ru/pub/multimedia/mp3/.fg/D/Dire%20Straits/1984%20-%20Alchemy%20Live/06-Sultans%20Of%20Swing.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/dire-straits-lyrics-sultans-of-swing-llgkkwc

 

 

Number 1: Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (Live in Gdansk)

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

If God can play the guitar, well then this man is God. I’ve never seen anyone else who handles the guitar as exquisitely as this man does. David Gilmour is the inventor of a technique known as ‘bending’, wherein the guitar  chords are strained to their maximum potential to get every last ounce of sound they can deliver. If executed perfectly, it sounds heavenly. A perfect example of how solos should be played can be taken from this song. Once the solo starts at 04:31, you’ll be void of everything around you. The highs and the lows are perfectly blended together. Seeing a man like David Gilmour performing so brilliantly in his 60′s just goes to show the extent of experience he has under his belt. Add an orchestra backing up this solo, and you’ve got yourself the arguably best guitar solo playable. The song brings out so many emotions simultaneously – peace, happiness, respect and gratitude. The way he effortlessly handles the guitar  seems as if he does it because he has no other thing to do. I was in complete awe when I heard the  solo for the first time. The original Live version’s solo is amazing, but this is GODLIKE. If you’re a fan of Rock music, you CANNOT afford to let this solo go amiss.

Solo timing: 04:31 – End of song

Youtube linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY8EwM3vah8

Download linkhttp://muzon.co.ua/audio/103412591/47683686/David_Gilmour-Comfortably_Numb_Live_In_Gdansk(myfreemp3.eu).mp3

 

Well, that’s about it. Feel I did some song injustice? Tell me the name of the song in the comments section, and I’ll get to it straightaway. Adios!

Many of you may/may not know about this young prodigy, but I’m going to tell you anyways. Sungha Jung is playing the acoustic guitar since he was 5 years old, and he recorded his very first acoustical cover when he was 8. The first song? ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ by The Beatles. This kid has got EXCEPTIONAL talent. I just watched, mesmerized by how effortlessly he played the guitar.. He’s made some amazing cover versions, but the most amazing piece (according to me) was his cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’..

Just switch on the video, watch the kid do his magic and sit there slack-jawed. After the first time, hit replay and close your eyes and feel the music flow through you.. It’s absolutely soul stirring! I’m sure Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would be very proud!

*NOTE* – Sungha Jung performed this song when he was 13, and he’s almost 18 now. I urge you to go check out his Youtube channel: jwc

Okay, this one’s not as popular as the other songs I’ve reviewed lately, but I’ve grown a liking for this one. This is a song which the world (unfortunately) doesn’t know much about, but is still a ‘masterpiece’ in it’s true sense. So what’s the name of the song? I just said it. No, really; I just said it – ‘Masterpiece’. And it’s from a Pop group that didn’t quite make it to the top – Atlantic Starr. Actually, Atlantic Starr did make it to the top of many R&B charts, but the genre of songs people favored in those years was Rock, not R&B; and hence the virtually invisible status of this group. But that’s what we’re here for, right? For knowing the unknown. There are countless other groups out there that produced exceptional music, but never got the chance. And now, we have Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha and what not with their pathetic behavior and antics, hogging the spotlight and Youtube views. Anyways, back to the times when music was actually good!

Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr (Band)

History: ‘Masterpiece’ is a R&B song released by Atlantic Starr (with the help of Kenny Nolan) in the Mid 90′s. A single was first released, after which it was re-released as a part of the album ‘Love Crazy‘. It gained some recognition from the public after it’s re-release, resulting in a sudden jump to the Number 3 position on the U.S Billboard Top 100 and the U.S Hot R&B Singles. It also went on to grab Number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. Not bad, huh? Too bad the song didn’t stay on the charts for long – the world would’ve known what an amazing Pop group it was. There is just one version of this song – The 4 Minutes 53 Second Album Release Version.

Review: The song starts off with a gentle synthesizer vibe, followed by soft background hymns. David Lewis puts things in motion at 00:15, initiating the vocals. His voice, I have to say, is simply outstanding – soft, composed and full of emotion. The way he says ‘touched my heart’ at 00:45 demonstrates the qualities mentioned above. The soft background vocals also add another layer of class to the song. The first chorus begins at approximately 01:10, going all the way till 01:37. The chorus has David singing in a slightly different (higher and slower) pitch than that used in the normal verse. I personally love the chorus for it’s simplicity and efficiency, and the way David Lewis has beautifully crafted each word and presented it to us. The second verse is stitched to the chorus, as the time spacing in between the chorus and the second stanza is virtually null. The second verse is a tad longer than the first one, extending for about 55 seconds; OR it could be that two verses have been merged together (two short 30 second verses). The chorus starts for a second time at 02:34, with minor changes and administrations. At 03:02, a slightly changed verse indicates the start of the third stanza (or rather, a post-chorus, because it’s just 3 lines long), after which the chorus interleaves itself at 03:16, and loops a second time, extending to 03:42. The latter part of the song (03:43 – 04:53) is an interleave of chorus loops and a few vocal notes. The song slowly spirals down and fades off 04:38.

 

Lyrics For ‘Masterpiece’http://artists.letssingit.com/atlantic-starr-lyrics-masterpiece-24gtk2d#axzz2kdvKH2iG

Download Link For ‘Masterpiece’http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_lljuqzSj8c1qaowhxo1.mp3 (Right Click on link, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

'Masterpiece' is a song from Atlantic Starr's album titled 'Love Crazy'

‘Masterpiece’ is a song from Atlantic Starr’s album titled ‘Love Crazy’

When was the last time you listened to a song with lyrics so simple, it seemed like a poem; but at the same time amazed you with the effect those simple words had on the song? I’m guessing you’ll have to recollect songs from the past thirty years and then sort your way through them. I came across this song on the morning of Christmas Eve, whilst I was strolling around in a mall, wondering what I should buy for my family. The moment the song was played, my ears commanded my brain to stop analyzing the discounted goods and listen to the song. I stood still, enjoying the warmth generated as the simple lyrics echoed through my ears. Thankfully, I could muster up some common sense and whip out my smartphone, start the ‘Shazam‘ app (thank God for technology), and identify the song. As soon as the result came up, I breathed a sigh of relief and continued with my not-so-successful shopping venture. The simplicity of the song really got to me, and I was so obsessed with the tune of the song that I drove past my house three times. Go ahead, give it a listen.

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg

History:Same Old Lang Syne‘ is a song composed by Dan Fogelberg. The song was released to the public in 1980 as a single, only to be re-released as a part of his album titled ‘The Innocent Age‘ (1981). The song peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is also one of the most frequently played songs on Christmas Eve (keep your ears open in the mall!). The song, as I suspected, is an autobiographical incident. He was visiting home after a long musical tour, when he happened to run into his old lover in the nearby grocery store. As the song suggests, they awkwardly exchanged pleasantries and decided to spend some time catching up. What follows is accurately described in the song. Jill (Dan’s former girlfriend) heard the song, and pointed out two mistakes he made – Her eyes were green, not blue; and the man she married was a teacher, not an architect. The fact being that she didn’t come forward with these inaccuracies, as it would disrupt Dan’s marriage. For the complete story, click here. There is only one version of this song, viz. the 5 Minute 20 Second Album Version.

What the song conveys: It’s painfully simple, really. The song is written in First person, and it starts with a man stumbling upon his former lover in a grocery store. They exchange awkward formalities, and decide to catch up on all the time lost. They go to have drinks in a nearby bar, but find it’s closed. Hence, they get a six-pack from the liquor store and carry on with the conversation in her car. She tells him that she’s married to an architect and, though she’d love to say it, isn’t really happy. She acknowledges his success as a singer, and proceeds to leave by giving him a kiss and driving away to her normal life.

Review: The song starts with a soothing piano note (Fogelberg), and Fogelberg initiates the vocals at 00:19. As you must have already heard, the lyrics are dreadfully simple, and powerful too. This song stands up proudly among many others and proves that it isn’t necessary to have complex words thrown in a song just to make it listenable; and that sometimes, all it takes is a simple poetic approach. The first verse, which describes their meeting, ends at 00:54. A short piano interlude ensues, after which the second verse follows suit at 01:12. Again, the simplicity of the song is the winning formula. This verse describes the transition of their conversation from the grocery store to her car. The chorus follows right after the second stanza has its share of the spotlight (01:48). The chorus features Fogelberg in a slightly higher pitch and tone. The third stanza, however, brings things back to normal (02:04). This part describes the current happenings in the woman’s life (with a nice little double entendre added in there. Tell me what you thought it was in the comments). As the third verse ends at 02:58, the chorus takes over again, and loops a second time (with slight modifications in the last two lines). The song audibly slows down after the second repetition, with the beats fading off, and extra emphasis added to the piano. The last stanza always seems to catch my attention, as the last four lines (for me) are the best lines of the song. They are:

“Just For a Moment I Was Back In School,

And Felt That Old Familiar Pain;

And As I Turned To Make My Way Back Home,

The Snow Turned Into Rain”

Beautiful, isn’t it? The song gradually fades off, ending with the original ‘Auld Lang Syne’ piano piece. If you’ve really liked the song, I’m sure you won’t hesitate hitting the repeat button again! R.I.P Dan Fogelberg!

 

Lyrics For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://artists.letssingit.com/dan-fogelberg-lyrics-same-old-lang-syne-hpx5xm1#axzz2k98mbQcV

Download Link For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://www.dididoo.com/fordid/ddd/SameOldLangSyne.mp3 (Right Click on Link, Click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

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“Same Old Lang Syne” is a song from Dan Fogelberg’s 1982 album titled ‘The Innocent Age’

I’m sorry for the ‘tremendously’ long break guys. We had completions, vivas and exams simultaneously, and I couldn’t salvage time and write my blogs. Anyways, I’m back with another Pop classic, and I hope people who haven’t heard this masterpiece will get to it right away! Here goes nothing!

George Michael – what does the name remind you of? Uncannily good looks, amazing love songs, and rhythm you couldn’t get your mind off for weeks. ‘Careless Whisper‘,’Father Figure‘,’Faith‘ and finally, ‘Last Christmas’ – All classics. In a recent interview with the soul-stirring musician, he revealed the secret of the power behind his lyrics: Heartbreak. He wrote his masterpieces when he went through a bad breakup (Note: He didn’t know he was gay before). But hey, he made amazing love songs, which still keep us warm in the cold winter nights. My top three George Michael songs are: Careless Whisper, Father Figure and Last Christmas.

Wham! (Musical Duo)

Wham! [L-R]: Andrew Ridgeley, George Michael

History:Last Christmas‘ is a single from the Pop duo Wham!, which was released in 1984 via Epic Records. The composition was done by George Michael. Since Wham! was a popular group in the UK and the US (especially in the UK), they had no problem snatching pole positions on the Christmas charts. It did, however, fail to grab the Number 1 position in UK, creating a record in the process – Being the only song in UK history to sell well over million copies, and NOT feature on the Number 1 position. The song performed quite well in Japan too, selling around 600,000 copies and featuring in the Top 10. To view the complete chart performance of ‘Last Christmas’, click here. While this song was on the charts, George Michael was also involved in another band called the Band Aid (it was actually a collaboration of the top UK artists at that time). Interestingly enough, Band Aid’s ‘Do You Know it’s Christmas?‘ topped the charts, and Wham! finished second. The royalties received after the success of both these singles were donated to the Ethiopian famine in 1984. There are currently two versions of this song, a 4 Minute 27 Second long Single version, and a 6 Minute 45 Second long (don’t laugh) Pudding Mix. Interestingly, the Pudding Mix (can’t stifle that chuckle, can you?) sold more copies than the Single Version; and hence, we’re going to review the Pudding Mix.

Review: The first 27 seconds of the song seem slow, with the occasional synthesizer rifts and effects. The second you hear George Michael whispering “Happy Christmas”, the beats kick in, holding a high and energetic tempo. The vocals make their move at 00:46, and the velvety voice of George Michael takes over. The piece of vocals you’ll hear is actually the chorus. The catchy moments are when George Michael says ‘gave’ and ‘save’ (go ahead, give it a listen and hear for yourself). It sounds funny, but it makes the song all the more listenable. At 01:04, the chorus loops again. The Christmas bells effects are added in the brief interlude between the chorus and the first stanza (which initiates at 01:40). As usual, George Michael and his soothing vocals send you in delirium, making you forget all your worries completely. The tempo of the beats will make you think this is actually a jolly song, which, in reality, is not. The second stanza starts after the chorus (starts at 02:15 and ends at 02:51, followed by a short interlude till 03:10). This stanza also holds the post-chorus part of the song, viz. “A Face On A Lover With A Fire In His Heart…” If there’s one thing which annoyed me, it’s the fact that there are too many choruses in this song (not that it any less enjoyable). The chorus starts (I know, once again! This time, however, George includes some snazzy off-beat vocals to spice things up) at 03:46, after which the post-chorus begins at around 04:20 (commenced after George Michael says “Special”). This also (more or less) marks the ending of the song, because the post-chorus and the chorus are looped and interleaved, and a few extra lines are added to avoid being too monotonous. I know, 2 minutes and 44 seconds of virtually nothing sounds quite boring; but this is George Michael we’re talking about! An extra tip: Edit the song from 06:09 till the ending – It’ll make for an amazing ringtone. Overall, the song is amazing. Of course, if you’re not a big fan of choruses being repeated (4 times [X 2], to be precise), you’ll probably choose to live without this one.

Lyrics For “Last Christmas”http://artists.letssingit.com/wham-lyrics-last-christmas-7mjhsm7#axzz2k2LT18NX

Download Link For “Last Christmas”http://mediafreedom.at/user-media_mf/maclink1/17112007_gV2Cp_0201wham-lastchristmas.mp3 (Right Click on Song, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

Last Christmas - Album Art

“Last Christmas” is a song presented by the English Pop duo Wham!

This may be the most controversial line on my blog: ‘Nights In White Satin’ is the best song produced by The Moody Blues. Now, I don’t want to start any kind of fight here, but this is my opinion; and music is a field wherein everyone has their own opinion regarding a certain song/artist. I know, I know… You all may be asking, “Why this song? Why not the other masterpieces like Question, Melancholy Man and Tuesday Afternoon?” Well, the answer is quite simple: ‘Nights In White Satin’ was the first (and the best) Moody Blues song I ever heard, and that dates way back to 1996. I still remember vividly – I was just 4 years old, and snoozing comfortably on my mom’s lap. There was apparently a power cut, so we had to resort to the battery powered radio to fulfill our entertainment needs (my family just can’t live without music). The song ‘I’d Love You To Want Me‘ (Lobo) just ended, and the next song which was on air was this. I’ll never forget that haunting melody. Anyways, back to the review!

The Moody Blues (English Band)

The Moody Blues (Band) [Random]: Pinder, Edge, Hayward, Thomas, Lodge

History:Nights In White Satin‘ is a song produced by the English rock band The Moody Blues. The song was included as a part of the album titled ‘Days of Future Passed‘. The song also has a quirky feauture – Majority of the background rhythm is monotonous (it is played in the E minor key and the Neapolitan chord F). The song did amazingly well around the world, grabbing the Number 1 position on several occasions such as the Cash Box (US), Canada, and many other instances. It also just about ended up losing the race with ‘Hey Jude’ (The Beatles), settling for the second position on the Billboard Hot 100. Other honorable mentions include the Number 9 (1972) and Number 14 (1979) on the UK SIngles Charts. For the complete list of Chart performances, click here. Here’s a very mysterious incident that occured with this song – After being demoted to Number 17 on the Hot 100 List (unfortunate, really), the song COMPLETELY vanished. How spooky is that? It did, however, reclaim the Number 9 position (1979 re-release) on the UK charts. Band member Justin Hayward wrote this song after a friend of his gifted him a satin sheet for his birthday. The last part of the song was composed by the London Festival Orchestra. There are three total versions of this song, which are the 7 Minutes 38 Seconds long Album Version, 3 Minutes 6 Seconds Single Edit, and another Single Edit spanning for 4 Minutes 26 Seconds. [Source - Wikipedia]

Review: Okay, I have to be frank with you – Getting a song which fitted the official release timelines was a very hard job. I happened to have a 5 Minute 3 Second song with me, and the Moody Blues CD that I own (Best Of The Moody Blues) has a 4 Minute 56 Second version of the song. However, I did find one that just about suits the timeline.

The reason why I call this song a masterpiece is because the song is composed of nothing but light use of percussion instruments (Ray Thomas & Graeme Edge), a heavy bass guitar (John Lodge) and haunting vocals (Justin Hayward) (and a flute [Ray Tomas] too, but later on). The song starts with a heavy bass outline, and the mild percussion instruments are heard in the backdrop (might have to strain your ears a bit). The vocals (starting from 00:23) are awesome, but the emotion Justin Hayward has put in this song is almost unreal. They seem to be a surge of emotions breaking – Desperation, loneliness, love, frustration, depression, hope, and the list goes on and on. My favorite line of the song?

“Letters Are Written, Never Meaning To Send”.

At around 00:44 (and henceforth), you can hear the alternative board percussions. The chorus is initiated for the first time at 00:59, which is like a roller coaster of vocal and instrumental pitches. To be frank, it really shouldn’t be called a ‘chorus’, because it is repeated two times after a short stanza; but we’ll go with the flow anyways. The flute interlude begins at 02:19 (right after the chorus). Now, I’m not accustomed of hearing flute interludes in a Rock song, but I have to say, this one gave me the chills. It is a touch on the psychedelic side, so if you close your eyes and let the soothing music flow through your ears, you’ll never know when sleep hit you. I have to admit, it’s the best damn flute solo I’ve heard – 53 seconds of pure ecstacy. Hayward commences the vocals at 03:12, with a previously looped stanza. The song spirals down to a trippy rhythm accompanied with “Cause l Love You”. The beats get dramatic, and slowly fades off, until it ends at 05:30. When it does end, I recommend checking your forearm, for if there aren’t any goosebumps, you definitely haven’t indulged yourself in the song. Yet another masterpiece from the amazing band! Hats off to the oldies!

Lyrics For ‘Nights In White Satin’http://artists.letssingit.com/the-boat-that-rocked-lyrics-the-moody-blues-nights-in-white-satin-oncjpxm#axzz2cy0p3iOM

Download Link For ‘Nights In White Satin‘: http://fs.tistory.com/attach/4790/1081696519.mp3 (Right Click on link, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

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‘Nights In White Satin’ is a song by the band ‘The Moody Blues’ and a part of their album titled ‘Days Of Future Passed’.

The very first song one would recollect when I say ‘Sting’ would be ‘Desert Rose‘. Granted, the artistically made song captures everyone’s mind, but what about his former hits like ‘Shape Of My Heart’ or ‘Fields Of Gold’? Now, I’m going to go straight out and say it – I like ‘Fields Of Gold’ more than ‘Desert Rose’. Why? Probably because the song has a more ‘realistic’ approach to it, it’s much softer and pleasant to the ears, and the main reason – The lyrics. The song I’m reviewing today has amazing lyrics, compared to those in ‘Desert Rose’. So, let’s get to it!

Sting (Singer)

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (a.k.a Sting)

History: ‘Fields Of Gold‘ is a song from the English artist Sting, a former member of ‘The Police‘. The song was released as a part of the 1993 album titled Ten Summoner’s Tales. The song didn’t do particularly well, reaching Number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, Number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The best position it secured was that of Number 2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. All in all, the song did pretty well in the western hemisphere. What I have to say after reading all these facts is – pitiful. In my opinion, this song should have fared more than ‘Desert Rose’. The number of Youtube hits the Official Video of this song has is also something to be ashamed of – nearly 5 million. In today’s time, a measly viral video of a drunken man falling off his car gets 5 million+ views. What people really need to do is forget new age music (which are completely ruining the English language) and indulge in oldies like this. The duration of the song is 3 Minutes and 41 Seconds (Album Version).

Review: Sometimes, you know the song is brilliant just by listening to the starting. This song gives you the chills as soon as kicks off. The bass creeps in sharply, and the subtle undertones of the Northumbrian smallpipes (courtesy Kathryn Tickell) and harmonica (Brendan Power) add a haunting overlay to the song. Add Sting’s deep vocals to the mix, and you have a beautiful song in the making. The lyrics – Not overtly mushy, but hitting the perfect notes to make your heart melt. They (the lyrics), however, compose the winning formula for this song. They’re simply amazing! Take this piece of the second verse for example:

“So she took her love for to gaze awhile
Upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold”

Can a song get any better than this? Simple, yet elegant – Just the way everyone loves it. The interesting part about this song is that it doesn’t have a chorus, and every verse ends with (more or less) the same line. The only time when Sting breaks his rhythm is at the fourth verse (starts at 01:47), after which the song proceeds to the interlude (02:11). The guitar solo, well, is just indescribable. It’s very soft, and literally gives you the motions. It’s perfectly tuned (between an acoustic and a Spanish guitar), so it’s 18 seconds of pure, unadulterated heaven.A short verse ensues post the interlude, after which the first verse is looped again (02:48), which marks the end. The song dies down elegantly after a looped “As We Walked The Fields Of Gold”. Ending notes? Amazing song, but very unlucky. People should really look back to the past and reflect upon what they’re listening to now.

Lyrics For “Fields Of Gold”http://artists.letssingit.com/sting-lyrics-fields-of-gold-4gr5cqz#axzz2cPmUt6n5

Download Link For “Fields Of Gold”http://jdmanagement.com/hughpadgham/music/padgham.sting.fields.mp3 (Right Click on link, click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

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‘Fields Of Gold’ is a song written by the artist Sting, for his album titled ‘Songs From The Labyrinth’

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since July 2012, and this is the first time I’ve experienced this – I can’t comment on anyone’s blog page! It’s been going on from the past two months now, and it’s getting very frustrating.

This notice is for all my fellow bloggers – Please don’t think I’m not leaving comments on your posts. I regularly visit everyone’s blog, and read all the amazing things they have to share.

The site has probably mistaken my page for spam and blocked my IP address. I’ve contacted them and told them to undo it as soon a possible. Till then fellow bloggers, don’t think I have forgotten you! I will be back to commenting on your pages as soon as this scenario gets behind me.

Keep up that love for music,

AudiophileParadise

 

—————UPDATE————————————————————————————-

Beetleypeter just suggested that I give a shout out to all my fellow bloggers and ask them to check their spam mails. If, by chance, WordPress has mistaken me as a spammer, I request you all to undo it as soon as possible. Please, please check your spam mails as soon as possible.

Thanking you in advance,

Your music buddy,

AudiophileParadise

It’s raining outside, you’ve cuddled yourself in the warmest blanket you could find, you have a hot cup of cocoa kept in your reach, and a melodious, soothing playlist is playing softly in the background. What else can you ask from life in those moments? Unfortunately, sometimes we choose a song which is either too loud/harsh or too soft/mushy to suit the rainy environment. The songs we choose should be fresh, just like the newly wet earth; and the combined feeling of the aroma of the ground and the music should make the hair on your skin stand up.

I’ve had many people ask me for a suitable playlist on a rainy day, and I decided to make a universal playlist that everyone can listen to. But what if its not raining in your country? Fret not, there is a website that will make you feel right in the middle of a heavy downpour.

I really have to thank the creators who came up with this amazingly ingenious idea – and actually got it to work. I’ve seen websites where you can morph your voice, virtually make coffee, and what not. But this? Completely out-of-the-box thinking.

Okay, so the website is as follows:

http://www.rainymood.com/

Can the name of the website get any better? Probably not. When you’re in the mood for a virtual downpour, just head on to this site, and turn the speaker volume up. It has an awesome background too- that of a fogged up window, with rain pellets knocking on it. Really, all you need now is a shower hose drenching you, and you have a mini downpour!

Okay, getting straight down to business, here are the top 10 songs that I personally think HAVE to be on everyone’s rainy day playlist. Some are old, and some are relatively new. So here we go!

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Rain Songs

Number 10: Coldplay – The Scientist

Why I included this - The song’s tempo and the rhythm suit the noise of the rain perfectly. The vocals also make the rain much more enjoyable. Sit back and enjoy!

Number 9: The Eagles - New Kid In Town

Why I included this - This song has a bass and rhythm that compels you to get out of your chair and jump in the rain. It’s subtly paced and has a smooth flow of vocals to it. This is one song you don’t want to forget adding in your playlist!

Number 8: Simon And Garfunkel – The Boxer

Why I included this – Does it need an explanation? Soft melody, powerful lyrics, and a feel-good atmosphere all around when you hear the song. Beautiful vocals are just the topping to the cake. Hum to this one while it pours outside!

Number 7: Michael Learns To Rock – The Actor

Why I included this – The vocals are probably the softest ones I’ve ever heard. The pace of the song, the steady beats and the mild rhythm in the backdrop make it a must-listen-to song during the rains.

Number 6: Pink Floyd – Time

Why I included this - Ah! Nothing like sitting inside and reflecting on the time spent in your life! You, dear reader; just sit back, turn the rain volume up, close your eyes and relax. Sir Gilmour will do the rest!

Number 5: Abba – Fernando

Why I included this - ABBA – Enough said.

Number 4: Chicago - If You Leave Me Now

Why I included this - Probably the best vocals (next to SImon & Garfunkel), this song just flows! The song may sound all mushy, but it’s not. Listening to this song whilst the rain actually brought a tear in my eye – it sounds that beautiful!

Number 3: Credence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain

Why I included this – Isn’t the song name quite ironic? But no; nobody wants to stop the rain. The classic country vocals and the lively beats make for a memorable evening in the rain. The lead guitar is the main reason I recommend this song to you.

Number 2: Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love

Why I included this – Absolutely mesmerizing vocals and a soft, subtle melody and soft beats are the factors which make this song Number 2 on the list. Don’t miss it!

Number 1: Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Why I chose this as the Number 1 – The “If I Just Lay Here” part seems so relevant to the rain outside. It creates a totally different atmosphere altogether.  Okay, maybe the song is a little romantic, but I urge you to listen to this song in the rain. I’m sure it’ll be the most memorable downpour you’ll remember! The chorus was enough to move me to tears. Don’t you dare miss this one!

Hope you like the collection! To download the complete list, I have provided a link to 4shared below. Sign in using your Social Network id and password to download! Enjoy!

Link To Download Above Songs: http://audiophileparadiserainmusic.4shared.com

Again, don’t forget to type in this website and leaving it on for the rain sound:

www.rainymood.com

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