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Stormy_The_Goddess

Godsmack - I Stand Alone

Вторник, 05 Августа 2008 г. 19:08 (ссылка)
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Stormy_The_Goddess

Godsmack - Serenity

Вторник, 05 Августа 2008 г. 16:59 (ссылка)
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JaguarFiend

Music

Понедельник, 12 Мая 2008 г. 11:27 (ссылка)

About a year and a half ago I got into music for no real reason other than I wanted to be able to do it and I never could before. I've had at least one little keyboard since 1994 (still got my little Casio) but never really did much with it. Of course I was a kid then, and now I've got patience and determination. The first thing I did was to teach myself drums, then started getting into guitar, an instrument that I've always thought to be counterintuitive and confusing as a kid, with its redundant notes and two handed action to produce sound. I was comparing it to piano. Now I'm one of those weird people that I would have never imagined myself like in the past. I'm the crazy guy who owns 5 guitars! Actually, I've got everything. Guitars, Bass, Drums, and even a decent keyboard (the one thing I can barely play). I've got amps, a mixer, the whole works. I'll post some pictures of some of my gear at some point.

Before I talk about taste in music, I want to add that I am self taught on all of these instruments. I've used books and internet resources and even some tips from more accomplished musicians, but I had no real teachers. I've actually done more teaching than learning (from others). I was at one point somehow convinced by my mother to try piano lessons. I think I lasted one lesson. I hated it--I had no desire to learn. While the thought of being able to do it was cool, the sound itself that I was making was boring and lifeless to me. But when I picked up drums and guitar, I was playing along to and emulating music that I liked. That made all the difference. After picking up a friend's electric guitar and striking a powerchord I was hooked. That mighty roar put a wicked grin on my face and sent shivers down my spine. "I made that amazing sound, with my own hands!" I haven't been able to stay away from guitar since. Being motivated, and loving every second of the sound you make is what gives one the drive to stay with it and build skill. If you love it then you enjoy it and you'll improve!

As far as music goes, I listen to anything that sounds good to me. If I enjoy it I don't care how mainstream or how underground it is. I don't much care whether it's labeled as rock, pop, country, classical, or whatever. In fact, while genres are fun to ponder, one shouldn't get too carried away with classification of music that is often too unique for a simple genre-label. When we moved to the USA in '94 I remember listening to lots of pop on the radio. I liked the music, and when occasionally I'll hear a song from my childhood it instantly brings back memories and sensations of times past. I didn't like heavy stuff and didn't understand how anyone could. I never saw myself liking music like that. Now it's rare for me to hear something that I would deem "too heavy". I did, however, always find appealing the sound of distorted electric guitar. In retrospect I can see now why I have an affinity towards it, as lots of tv shows and cartoons and computer games that I played back then had guitar laced music in them (more on that in another post). Of course I wasn't conscious of it then, being a kid, but anytime you'd hear a powerchord riff you knew something cool or menacing was about to go down.

I don't know when the changes happened or over exactly what period of time, but as I got older I began to get more and more into hard rock and heavy metal. I absolutley fell in love with the sound. The power, the raw force. What drives metal is the guitar and the drums. The awesome roars, saws, and squeals that charge the air around you and make your blood boil. The distorted electric guitar is an extremely versatile instrument. Think, for example, how many unique types of sounds one can get out of it. Single notes, chords, muted sounds, harmonics, slides, bends, hammers and pulls, and more... and that doesn't include an endless array of effects and distortion models on the output end. Rock drums are bold and strong, pacing and accenting furiously to support the guitars. It makes you want to throw your fist into the air and bang your head. There's a certain feeling of euphoria that you experience after you leave a good show. Your body tingles from the bass kicking you in the chest and the snare drum smacking you across the face and you feel like you just won a great battle.You feel alive!

I think that while pop is very much vocal-centric, rock places a big emphasis on the instruments, often with demanding writing for them, which I respect. In pop the main instrument is the vocalist(s). This isn't to say that vocals aren't important in rock and metal. If you take out the vocals in rock, though, you're still left with cool music. If you take out the vocals in pop, you're often left with thin beats and scarce grooves fit for a ride on the elevator.

There's also plenty of music that simply does nothing for me. Most people are astonished to learn that I don't really care about The Beatles... or The Rolling Stones, or countless other bands. "But dude, those are what made your rock'n'roll, without them it wouldn't exist. Well sure, but that doesn't mean I will enjoy that retro sound. It's not that I don't like the music it's just that it doesn't move me. It's like trying to get excited from jumping-jacks after doing backflips and 540 split kicks... or.. Just because I enjoy Rammstein doesn't mean that I enjoy their influence, Laibach, half as much.

The other major type of music that I am known to enjoy is all kinds of electronica. Dance, trance, ambient, etc. This must be a window to a happier, brighter side of me. I don't often pick out specific artists (with some exceptions) and I probably wouldn't go to any shows for such music, but I do enjoy it.

One of the main things that I will post in my journal is music that I enjoy and perhaps a word or two up about it and why I like it.

Today I want to post a video of a band I like very much, one of the ones, infact, that played a role in transferring me from pop into the heaviness. Godsmack. Last spring ('07) they were finally playing in Toledo, after not being here for a very long time. I had never seen them and really, really wanted to. They were in town the next day after I left for Europe with my parents. Gaaahh. I suppose I shouldn't complain; seeing Europe was great.

This is one of their first songs that made it big from their debut album. I love the moderate-paced chugging guitar sound, and Tony Rombola's wah-driven solo, as always, is very original and unique to his style. As an interesting fact the solo in this song occurs without a rhythm guitar playing in behind it. Only bass plays. This is quite uncommon and sounds quite refreshing here. Aaahh, listen to that sweet sawing metal sustain.

For some reason UniverslMusicGroup decided to not allow this video to be embedded. So just CLICK HERE to open a youtube window and watch it.

Just for show I'll embed the shorter, poor-quality TV version that someone else put up. Don't bother with it just click the link above.


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Нынчезябка

Godsmack - Awake

Пятница, 21 Марта 2008 г. 09:44 (ссылка)
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Satannet

Godsmack - Serenity

Вторник, 05 Февраля 2008 г. 17:23 (ссылка)

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Сольгрэ

Godsmack - I stand alone

Понедельник, 10 Декабря 2007 г. 15:09 (ссылка)
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Многим песня известна как саундтрек к Царю Скорпионов. Мне как саундтрек к игре Принц Персии.

Ive told you this once before cant control me
If you try to take me down youre gonna break
I feel your having nothing that youre doing for me
Im thinkin you are a fake, you are that way
I stand alone
Inside I stand alone
Youre always hiding behind your so called goddess
So what you dont think that we cant see your face
Resurrecting back before the final fallen
Ill never rest until I can make my own way
Im not afraid of fading
I stand alone
Feeling your sting down inside me
Im not tired forever
I stand alone
Everything that I believe is fading
I stand alone
Inside I stand alone
Now its my time
Its my time to dream
Dream of the sky
Make me believe that this place isnt made by the poison in me
Help me decide if my fire will burn out before you can breathe
Breathe into me
I stand alone
Inside I stand alone
Feeling your sting down inside me
Im not tired forever
I stand alone
Everything that I believe is fading
I stand alone
Inside I stand alone
Inside I stand alone inside

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Никотиновая

Godsmack-Re-Align

Вторник, 27 Ноября 2007 г. 23:05 (ссылка)
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Блин насколько мне нравится эта песня передать словами нельзя!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Никотиновая

Godsmack - Re-align

Воскресенье, 18 Ноября 2007 г. 16:41 (ссылка)

Desicions made from desperation
No way to go
Internal instincts craving isolation
For me to grow

My fears come alive
In this place where I once died
Demons dreaming
Knowing I...I just needed to re-align

Fell in a river of illusion
And apathy
Drowning in a self-induced confusion
I'd rather be

My fears come alive
In this place where I once died
Demons dreaming
Knowing I...I just needed to realign

My fears come alive
In this place where I once died
Demons dreaming
Knowing I...I just needed to realign
Yeah!

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