Things that “might have been” and things that “became”… Part III

Starting with this blogpost, I decided to list the top 5 songs that really meant something to me over the years since I was a young boy. Songs I even remember where I was and what I did when I heard them the first time. I decided to do this for the sake of my daughter to read when Im dead so maybe (I wish) she can take care of thoose original vinyl recordings and treat them with the respect they deserve and know the reason why she should.

This is for you honey – Dad

Cream – SWLABR (Spotify link)
This is a record I stole from my father’s neighbors… I was about 12-13 years old. Below my father’s apartment lived two very strange guys. One was a guitar player (whom I later became friends with) and the other one some academic who lost he’s way during endless studies at the university. They rented and shared an apartment owned by my father. There were always parties with lot of strange people; this was during the mid 70’s. I could come and go as I pleased and listen to whatever records I wanted. During the years to follow I even learned a lot of guitar licks from them both. I lerned a lot of other stuff too.. But I wont go into that subject here.. (If your mother’s still alive, go ask here… – Dad)

One day I found a strange looking record…
It was pink and orange with lot of strange pictures and patterns.  I just picked out a random track, I think mostly cuz the name of the song (SWLABR) sounded so crazy. The cracked, squeaky sound of Eric Claptons guitar during the first seconds had me hooked right away The soft voice of Jack Bruce and the jazzy hard drums by Ginger Baker framed it all perfectly. The guitar solo was amazing. Two guitar tracks evenly panned out in left/right mono to create the illusion of stereo. Pure magic. I simply had to have it so I stole it…

Transforming the shape of rock music
Recorded in New York, ‘Disraeli Gears’ was Cream’s breakthrough in America, cementing their superstar status. according to Q magazine, the second album from the original super-group of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker “was a huge, Top 5 success on both sides of the Atlantic, transforming the shape of rock music, which still draws deeply on its power-trio innovations”.

Please don’t sell it !
Later I realized Cream was actually one of the (if not the first) real hard rock band.
The Album “Disraeli Gears” taught me that that you could record almost anything and anywhere as long as the song or the band itself was strong enough. Some of my own bands best recordings are still from 20 years ago, done live, or live in Studio.

(Honey, you will find this original vinyl from 1967 framed behind glass somewhere with all my guitars and stuff. It’s worth quite a lot of money and in mint condition. Please don’t sell it – Dad)

Things that “might have been” and things that “became”… Part II

Starting yesterdays blogpost, I decided to list the top 5 songs that really meant something to me over the years since I was a young boy. Songs I even remember where I was and what I did when I heard them the first time. I decided to do this for the sake of my daughter to read when Im dead so maybe (I wish) she can take care of thoose original vinyl recordings and treat them with the respect they deserve and know the reason why she should.

This is for you honey – Dad

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (Spotify link)
I was about 10 years old and up until this moment I had only some experience of Jimi Hendrix. I learned to play the guitar and I knew there was something about hard rock that just stuck a nerve in me. Hendrix was nice, but I knew there had to be more out there, heavier, harder… I just got my first record player (Yes honey, we played Vinyl records and there was no Internet streaming – dad)

I had almost no records of my own so whenever I visited my father I “raided” he’s record collection. He was probably too drunk to ever notice I did… I came home with “Beatles” “Hendrix”, “Cream”, “Robin Trower”, “The Hombres” etc. (All original Vinyl, still out in the garage honey. Ask your older sister and she’ll know where to look – Dad)

One time I came home with a very dark and mysterious record.
I think I picked it because it looked scary and I knew my mother (your grandma – Dad) would absolutely hate it. When I played it all I heard at first was the sound of rain, thunder and a lonely church bell. The ambiance of something really scary – remember I was only 10 years old.

And then the whole band kicks off with this bombastic intro… Oh my god, I had never before heard a guitar sound so dark and heavy. I was totally blown away by it.

I still suspect this was some kind of anxiety attack
Seconds later the mourning sound of Ozzy screaming in agony; “What is this that stands before me?”. The air in my room got nonexistent. I almost fainted. I still suspect this was some kind of anxiety attack because I actually passed out on the floor.

The sound and the darkness of it, so different from anything I had ever experienced before. The whole album is one of the best hard rock albums ever made and it marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new darker time ahead (in many different ways). Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom, and later on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album has been categorized as the first major album to be credited with the development of the heavy metal genre. I personally have to disagree, you can find out why in my next post on sunday 🙂

As a 10 year old boy it was the beginning a of a life long journey, and from that day I knew I had sold my soul to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Bringing Spotify to N900

QT team just posted a early version of a application running spotifty on the n900.
Qtify should be in the extra-devels optified and ready. Still a lot of bugs and some crashes but thats what testing is for!

Read more on meamosweden.com (in swedish)

Spotify + Symbian = Symbify or Spotian?

Finally Spotify arrives to Symbian, just in time when I’m about to enter the world of Maemo and N900.. Doh!
Anyway it’s great news and my initial test is overall positive on the Nokia E71. You need a premium account ofc (and a mobile phone.. eh).
Actually i wish they could make more applications like this for Symbian – nice, tidy, fast and easy to use (that kinda says a lot about most applications for Symbian – ugly, sucks ass and hard to use..).

Head over to m.spotify.com with in your phones browser and see if you can run it on yours!

If youre still in doubt, head over to Symbian-Guru.com to check this overwiev out
http://www.symbian-guru.com/welcome/2009/11/spotify-for-symbian-overview-video-demo.html

I love Spotify!

spotify

Finally we get a tool that lets us listen and pay for music legaly!

https://www.spotify.com/en/

Anyone still downloading music illegally must be stupid or a real criminal.

Streaming is the way to go and personally I signed up for a paying premium account just 2 hours after I had tried out their free service – thats how fucking good this idea is and worth to support.

I strongly recommend anyone with at least half a brain and a genuine musical interest to just sign up for a premium account right away!

This weeks album would be The danish band “The Sandmen” with their laidback kick-ass rock ‘n’roll.
Check it out http://open.spotify.com/track/7b4A4kZGDznzhVE6I1OsgL