All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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25 Songs, 25 Days: Let It Be

Day 23: A song that you cannot stand to listen to

Let It Be | The Beatles

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I’m so tempted to repost yesterday’s song in response to today’s prompt because I stand my comment that it is, without doubt, one of the worst songs ever recorded. But that would be a cop out, as there are certainly songs other than I’ve Never Been To Me that I cannot stand listening to. And Let It Be by the Beatles is one of them!

I’ve never been a huge fan of this massively popular musical group. I accept they are instrumental in musical history, but I find a lot of their songs somewhat banal and uninspiring. In fact, I rate only Hey Jude and Yesterday as songs that I would recommend to other people. But the nadir of their musical output, for me, is Let It Be, a most turgid, grating and unpleasant song that I simply cannot stand to listen to.

So, if you’re a Beatles fan…enjoy!

If, like me, you’re not…perhaps go listen to nails on a chalkboard instead!


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25 Songs, 25 Days: It’s All Your Fault

Day 12: The last song you heard

It’s All Your Fault | P!nk

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When I’m suffering from writer’s block I tend to turn to music that speaks to me. Runrig, Serena Ryder and the music of Hans Zimmer, all do this, but today I turned to one of my favourite contemporary musicians; P!nk. I first became aware of P!nk’s talent via the Moulin Rouge soundtrack song ‘Lady Marmalade’ in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2008 that my fascination with this artist peaked. I purchased the album Funhouse for my then girlfriend, Diane, who was a huge fan. Listening to the album I realised how P!nk’s music wasn’t your usual run-of-the-mill top 40 garbage. It was poignant. It was humble. It was brilliant.

Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name P!nk (pronounced Pink), is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with her debut solo album, Can’t Take Me Home (2000). The album was certified double platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits, “There You Go” and “Most Girls”. She gained further recognition with the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack “Lady Marmalade”, which gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Pink took more artistic control and pursued pop rock direction for her second album, Missundaztood (2001). It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and yielded three U.S. top-ten singles, “Get the Party Started”, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, and “Just Like a Pill”.

Pink’s third studio album, Try This (2003), generated considerably lower sales, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pink revived her popularity with her fourth and fifth studio albums, I’m Not Dead (2006) and Funhouse (2008), with the latter containing her second U.S. number-one hit, “So What”. Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010), which featured the chart-topping single “Raise Your Glass”. Her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned the top-ten singles “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, “Try”, and “Just Give Me a Reason”, with the latter becoming her fourth U.S. number-one single. In 2014, Pink recorded a collaborative album, rose ave., with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me.

Noted for having “a strong signature voice and a literally acrobatic ability on stage”, Pink has received mostly positive reception from music critics. She has sold over 136 million records worldwide. She has sold over 16 million albums in the United States. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and six MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind Madonna. VH1 ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year in 2013. At the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards, she received the BMI President’s Award for “her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry.

~ from Wikipedia ~

Seven years on from fully discovering P!nk’s outrageous talent and I am a committed fan. I have all of her CDs. I have some of her live DVDs. If I could find one, I would have a poster of her on my wall. She is beautiful both outside and in. Her music – especially the song F**kin’ Perfect – speaks to me on levels that I never thought possible.

So, for today’s song in the 25 Songs, 25 Days Challenge, I present my favourite track from P!nk’s Funhouse album.

Enjoy! :)

 


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25 Songs, 25 Days: Naked

Day 01: A song from your childhood

Naked | Louise

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What better way to start the 25 Songs, 25 Days challenge than with the first single I ever purchased. There I was, a pimply faced teenager, naive to the ways of music and what makes it such a powerful medium. All I cared about were the pretty girls; girls who kept me entertained with their luscious legs and plunging bosoms. I didn’t care about the music, it was just throwaway bubblegum pop. For me it was about who bared the most flesh, who danced the most provocative dance and who made my heart skip a beat when I gazed upon them. I was, after all, a teenager, and teenagers can be forgiven for being slightly misogynistic! ;)

First and foremost of my musical based fantasies was Louise. She began her career as a member of Eternal, then left the band to cement her musical prowess with a solo career, her first release being the sensually titled Naked. How could a pimply faced teenager, obsessed with pretty girls, ignore such a title? It promised all sorts of sexual fantasies and illicit (wet) dreams. So I journeyed to the local music store – some twelve miles from where I lived – and picked up the CD single. A song that began a year-long obsession with Louise and her unique brand of ‘music’.

To this day I am not ashamed by my first musical purchase. Sure, I would love to say that my first single purchased was by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd or Queen, someone with actual music credibility, someone who doesn’t produced titters of amusement when talked about in conversation, but it wasn’t. My first musical purchase was a song called Naked by a woman who looked good in skin-tight attire; Louise. I can’t change that. All I can do is celebrate it. So sit back, turn the volume up to eleven and relish in a song that captured my heart when I was but a young wee thing.