Thoughts: an interesting musical exercise

Over on another network, a week ago I was challenged to post a song each day for seven days.

There were no specifics attached to the songs, for example: songs that inspire, songs that challenge, songs that move etc.

Given I tend to overthink most things, I kind of focused on bands or artists that influenced, as well as new discoveries.

Here’s the list:

Day 1: Toto – Rosanna – where musicianship began for me!

Day 2: Aerosmith – Hangman Jury.

Day 3 (early as I’m on the road in the morning): Extreme – King of the Ladies. An influential hair-band who still rocks awesomely today. With Nuno. Who doesn’t appear to age, and shreds so great.

Day 4: Mark King is the bassist who influenced me the most in my formative years. Him, and Level 42. Here he is doing a German TV show performance of Mr Pink.

Day 5: Thought I’d change it up. Most people think I have the emotional depth of a puddle on a Summer’s Day, A Fine Frenzy was introduced to me a few years back and this song managed to get through my defences and get under my skin.

Day 6: As a long-time Duran Duran fan I had to post one of theirs. I chose Girl Panic from ‘All You Need Is Now’. Old School Duran sensibilities and DNA makes for a very strong album. This clip is super clever too!

Day 6b: because it’s important to include NIN. I discovered Nine Inch Nails about five years ago. I’ve seen Trent live twice. Absolutely love the angst and performance. There are other tracks I’d like to post but this will suffice :

Day 7: I was introduced to Jeff Buckley about 4 years ago. Couldn’t believe I’d not come across him before. It was then I started actively filling in the gaps of my musical awareness. 7 days simply isn’t enough time to highlight artists I love.

Through this its occurred to me that it’s hardly representative of my musical tastes. Seven days simply isn’t enough time.

It would be fun to do ‘seven days, seven artists that you think no one knows about’, or ‘seven artists I’ve discovered in recent years’.

It’s been good though. Having a wee think about artists and which tune to reference.


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