Why You Should Listen To The Kinks Preservation Act 2

“In a world full of jive, full of homicide, and suicide there’s no room for love and romance.”

Let that sink in for a second. That line is the opening lyric to Oh Where Is Love from the album Preservation Act 2. The follow up to Preservation Act 1 is an album that strangely mirrors a world nearly 40 years older than the one for which the album was written. Maybe its just that corruption, poverty, the want of power over the masses never truly goes away? Maybe those concepts are those that one doesn’t truly see until they are old enough to understand the way the world works?

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The May Playlist is Very, VERY, Late – Apologies

To say May was full of events that had me otherwise occupied would be an understatement.  It definitely became a month of reflection, question, refocus, and an exercise in patience.  While during those types I time, I have normally turned to writing here on the Easel, this time, I just wrote in my journal, spoke to people I love and whose opinions I respect, and thought before typing.  A stretch for me, I know….but I’m glad I did that.  It gave me a perspective that otherwise I wouldn’t have, and a chance to work through some difficult feelings that arise with the loss of a friend.

May wasn’t all bad news though, which is what made the month so much a reflection of what life is like.  Two of my absolute favorite people got married and wanted me (ME!!) to be a part of the ceremony – which was amazing, and beautiful, and reminded me of what can be good in a relationship.  I was able to attend a camp out/birthday celebration with my Dad where we played music, threw baseball, and just enjoyed the trip down and back.  These Bischoff camp outs have become something I look forward to all year.  I love seeing this extended family of ours and spending time with those wonderful souls.  It’s the time with my Daddy though that really makes it all worth while.  He’s just an amazing man and I don’t tell him that enough….mainly because he would tell me to stop it.  We’re a lot a like.

Anyways, here is the late – very late – playlist for May.  I hope it entertains and gives you an insight to a band or two you may have otherwise not have thought of.

1. Mixed Emotions – The Rolling Stones: I have always loved this song.  You have to understand, my Dad wired our house for sound BEFORE surround sound was something you bought (his is an engineer after all, and he uses his powers to ROCK!).  This is a tune that whenever I hear it, it makes me move (poorly, but I move). Enjoy the 80’s video!

2. Losing My Religion – R.E.M.: My Dad’s friend from college, Richard, plays this song at the Bischoff cookout/camp out, and it’s what my Dad looks most forward to music wise.  Pops loves music, and the opportunity to play with his friends and sing just makes his day and, in turn, mine.  (I play rhythm for them.  I should say, they are nice enough to let me play rhythm for them.)

3. House of the Rising Sun – the Animals: There is something about the gravely voice that just pulls you in right?  At least, it does for me.  I have also enjoyed this song, and have recently been learning how to play it.  That’s a goal for me this summer: learn to play AND sing several songs.  This is among those song choices.  I’m sure there are other, more traditional versions, but this is the one that grabbed me during the height of my British Invasion obsession my 8th grade year.

4. Hey, Snow White – the New Pornographers: Burn Notice is back for it’s final season – sad, but it’s time.  This song introduced me to the New Pornographers at the end of the Burn Notice film: The Fall of Sam Axe.  If you don’t know, I have a love for Bruce Campbell that rivals my love of the Doctor – yeah, it’s big time.  Burn Notice always has a great soundtrack if you are interested in checking it out.

5. Waterloo Sunset – the Kinks: It’s been a Kinks heavy month.  Heck, it’s been a Kinks heavy existence for me since I discovered them on my adventure through high school.  You see, I would “discover” a band (ex: the Beatles), and then I would read about how they were influence/inspired/challenged by another band (ex: the Who), and rinse and repeat.  To say I would become obsessed in the music is an understatement – ask my bro-ness, I drove him NUTS!  Anyhoo,  Waterloo Sunset is just bittersweet and truthful.  You believe what Ray Davies sings about – all. the. time – and this is no different.  I love this song, and have since I heard it.

6. Angie – the Rolling Stones: Now that school is out and I have some free time, I have proceeded to take about my house in the name of cleaning/re-arranging.  While doing so, I have come across some family pictures that I had put away last fall when I first moved in to what was my Granny and Papaw’s home.  Old pictures have always intrigued me, especially those of my Aunt Angie.  Since I was little, I remember being compared to her because it seems we share similar features.  Sadly, I never had a chance to know her.  She passed away before I was born, but her presence has always been there in stories my parents, grandparents, and others have always told of her.  When I see her picture, I think of this song.  When I hear this song, I think of her and, more importantly, how fleeting this all really is.

7. Centerfield – John Fogerty: Have I saddened you enough?  Sorry…like I said, it’s been a rough month and I try to put on this list songs that reflect the songs I listen to most during those 30/31 days.  This song should help bring you back up.  If not, there are two things possibly going on. 1) you have no love for the American pastime 2) you can’t find the beat. John Fogerty seems to hit the common ground for the average American – whether playing solo or with CCR.  This song just reminds me of summers playing baseball on Little League teams, in the yard with my brother and Dad, or softball games with the best group of girls you could ever meet (BHS softball ’96, ’98-’99).

8. 20th Century Boy – Placebo: This is a version of the T-Rex song from the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack.  Remember when I mentioned earlier that I would find one band and they would lead to another band?  Well, that’s how I went through my parent’s albums and found David Bowie – which, in turn, led to Glam Rock.  While I was in high school, Velvet Goldmine came out and I had to watch it (I was, and probably still am, THAT kid).  I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I knew that Ewan McGregor was in it and that was enough for me.  Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, were happy surprises.  Yeah, at the time, my 17 year old self wasn’t prepared for what I saw in that movie, but the soundtrack was amazing!  I’ve listened to it for years and come back to it every summer.

(on a side note, the movie has an excellent cast and is an entertaining watch)

9. Cocaine Blues – Johnny Cash: This song is….interesting.  It is a favorite of my great friend Sherry and she sings it every year at the Bischoff camp out.  For as dark as it is, the music is peppy and it’s fun – in a twisted kinda way.

10. Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy – the Kinks: Two by the Stones, two by the Kinks – it seems only right.  If I were true to my iPod, this would be a total Kinks list – at the very least, Kinks dominated.  Still, this song is one dedicated to four very happy, very awesome people: Adam and Dez Lynch and Brad and Sara Given (I know, I know…just roll with it Sara).  I hope someday, everybody will be as happy as you two fantastic couples are.

Enjoy the tunes my friends!  I am always up for comments or suggestions.  It is my intention to make sure the June list doesn’t come out in the middle of July.

Silver Linings Playlist (April Playlist)

I love Silver Linings Playbook.  I love the movie.  I love the book.  I love the idea of silver linings – and we all need them from time to time.  After the day at work I had yesterday, I need silver linings.  Job postings that I am not qualified for….students who seem to insist on arguing/fighting/pushing…….I need a silver lining or two, and, thankfully, I have them.  Family, friends, moments, these are all my silver linings.  So, instead of the very straight forward title of April Playlist, I decided to dedicate this list to the songs that either show me, or remind me, of the silver linings in life.  I hope you enjoy! More

February Playlist

February is an unfairly short month to have so much awesome in it.  President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, mine and several groovy people’s birthdays – just noting that there is a lot of punch packed into those 28 (sometimes 29) fabulous days.

Following the first of the month though, it got busy for me.  A trip to see the Who with two of my favorite people, my 32 birthday, and the fight to complete a yearbook on time have kept me pretty busy and exhausted.  That being said, here is my February playlist based on the music popping in my vehicle right now.     More

I’ve been trying to write for two weeks now…

and I have nothing but “fail” to put here.  Not that I feel personal failure, not really…I just have been jumping from one subject to another and can’t seem to focus on one theme.  Finally, I’ve decided that I’m not going to focus on a single theme.  We are going to do some free-form writing baby – watch out!

Let me share how excited I am to have finished Pete Townshend’s autobiography, Who I Am.  Pete Townshend, and the Who, have long been a part of my musical holy trinity (the Beatles and the Kinks round out my analogy).  This book provided an insight into the life of one of rocks most private individuals.  Reading about the man’s thoughts on how he created some of the most amazing music EVER and how he dealt with issues that haunted him throughout his life was inspiring.  A side note, it proved my paper I wrote as a freshman at UK that dealt with how Tommy was about Pete Townshend’s spiritual journey – bonus!!
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Music for Your Soul

So, My soul thrives off of music. I do believe if I had to live without it, I would shrivel up and die! I come from a very diverse musical background. My dad and his brother (and sometimes grandpa) made extra money DJ-ing…and they did this a lot! J&J Productions they were called (so 90’s) So much so, most weekends were spent in Louisville looking for new material. They played a lot of venues, one of their regulars being this club on Ft. Knox (the name slips my mind now…that was a ling time ago!) and their normal crowd were R&B/funk group…yes…I said FUNK! You have all heard it! Parliament, Earth,Wind,andFire, Kool and the Gang, Cameo…just to name a few! If you haven’t heard of any of these artists…stop reading right now, got to YouTube and start watching now!! I will be here when you are done dancing around the living room playing your air bass guitar!….

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Link Round Up! *Beware…Mind blowing ahead*

So, since I am between projects (the painting and the new sock…which are both coming along beautifully!) I thought I would share with you some of my favorite links! Of course they are mostly photography and knitting, but peppered in there are some other fun sites that I know you will love! Enjoy! Oh, and Thanks to all those people that are reading our blog! I know we are all excited that our creativity excites more that just us!
okay….here’s some links!

Ravelry  If you like knitting, most prolly already know about this site…but it’s one I am obsessed with! Oh, and this place is especially good for patterns from movies!  That’s where I go for all my Harry Potter inspired knit patterns! The people that are on this site are amazing! Most of them see the garment and make the pattern off of memory…they are that awesome!!….hmmm…one day…I will do this…yes…

photojojo This website is amazing!! I buy so much from these people.  This is a very modern photography site, and they understand budgets!  Don’t get me wrong, there are some expensive stuff, but they offer a lot of accessories to meet you half way to the new lens you wanted, or that rare film you couldn’t find anywhere!  I normally find everything I need on this site! They also have a facebook page, and they have really great articles!

DIY photography So, as a photographer on a budget, I love love LOVE! sites such as this one!  When you put all your money into things like a camera or a new lens, you have to save money else where such as studio lighting!  which they have a tab specifically for that!  They also have a lot of extremely useful tips for your camera and photo editing, and other techniques!

Indie Rock Cafe So, when I am working on anything…I mean ANYTHING (cooking, cleaning, blogging, working, photo editing, knitting…etc) I have to have good music.  Indie Rock Cafe is one of the best sources for indie artist of all kind!  I have found so many new favorites through this site.  My favorite part of this site…they make mix tapes of songs….they have had anything from winter music to help beat the winter blues (one of my personal favorites) to now I remember seeing a mixed tape for Bonnaroo.  Indie Rock Cafe also has a podcast that’s always a pleasure to listen to!

Knitting to stay sane I recently found this blog on one of my crazy pattern hunts for something, and right away what I love about this lady and her site….there is a tab that says FREE!….I didn’t care what was free….but I loved it before I clicked on it….I mean I am American….I loves the free stuff!  Well, of course it’s free patterns, which is like gold to knitters….if good yarn was ever given away for free…then that would be gold….but until that happens…the free patterns will do! This is a lady after my own heart! She knits beautifully, and I really enjoy looking at her work, and seeing what she is doing in the knitting world!

Rebelle So this is one of our local yarn stores, and so far it’s my favorite!  all the ladies that I have seen in there so far are all knitters, and I love all the patterns they have around the shop, and of course I love all the yarn they have! yarn heaven.  Oh boy and do they sell everything for your knitting/crocheting needs!  I  have to watch going in there when I have extra cash!! We (ladies of Errant Easel) are hoping to take a spinning class there at some point or another…drop spindal style.  We support local here hard core, so I had to show some love to one of my favorite places to shop!

 

Well, I guess that’s all for now…there are oh so many more places I frequent on these here internets….but I don’t want to blow your mind completely! I DO want you to come back!