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MJ004 The Musical Journey Show – The Mad Ones

Monday’s Musical Journey Show in case you missed it.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”

– Jack Kerouac

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You are what you listen to

Spotify.me can show you who you are through your music. Interesting. For instance, 75% of my music is energetic and is 68% of that is Rock music.

And this is the playlist it suggested for me based of my musical listening habits:

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going all in

My friend Sarah and I met for a coffee. We were both trying to figure out where the heck to go to next with the podcast we’ve been working on for nearly 2 years. It’s a habit now, one that we want to grow. I can think of worse habits than a philosophically oriented podcast. One that helps us kind of figure out what the hell we’re doing here. And sometimes, maybe, if we’re lucky, it helps us figure out why we’re here.

My overarching conclusion was it’s time for an all out assault! Time to go all in to infinity and beyond and whatever other trite saying that means it’s time to commit in the way the pig is committed.

It was blues night on my radio show last night. If you like the blues – listen. If you don’t like the blues – listen. In conclusion, just listen. It’s a good show. If you want to listen on the move, download the Mixcloud app and follow me there. Otherwise you can listen right here:

Oh yeah and here are the visuals for the show on my Pinterest board:

 

Alright. It’s time for me to face the day. Let’s see what this bitch named Tuesday has in store for me.

See you on the socials,
Clay

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The Musical Journey Show reboot – 1982

After about an 18 month hiatus, The Musical Journey Show is back. I’ll be kicking off the reboot with a trip back to 1982 when all us MTV babies were discovering bands like Dexys Midnight Runners, Culture Club, Men at Work, Soft Cell, Duran Duran and others. Yet still rocking the radio with the likes of The Steve Miller Band, America, Toto, A Flock of Seagulls, Fleetwood Mac among others.

Join me Monday nights at 8:00PM on Radio Warwickshire ( www.radiowarwickshire.com ).

For the best experience listen from our main site. I’ll be in the Musical Journey Show Chat Room to expand on the tunes. You can also listen using the TuneIn app.

Check out this neat Pinterest board featuring visuals from 1982:

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Soundtrack of My Week no. 34

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Do what you came here to do (and dream a little too)

Listen!

If you’re not doing what you want to do in this life, it’s on you. We live in a time where you can just about make a living doing anything you set your mind to provided you have the heart, the stamina, and the patience to succeed. If you’re willing to hustle and by that I mean, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, then you can make your dreams a reality. This is a pep talk for me as much as it is for you.

Note: the some of links in the following paragraph are NSFW or around small children.

And here’s why I’m saying this. If people like Blue Tiger, Bruce P. Grether, Other Elias, and Vanessa Marin can make a living as masturbation coaches, then anything is possible. I’m not trying to take anything away from these guys, in fact, I applaud them. Imagine telling your friends and family that you’re about to set up a coaching practice centred on masturbation. Enough said.

So no more excuses. Do what you came here to do!

Alright. Let’s get the weekend started.  I made this playlist for you. And actually, it’s very apropos to the previous topic. It’s a playlist about dreams – the wild kind, the fun kind, the dark kind, and the aspirational kind. As Tupac would say, you can pop this in your iPod, sit back and smoke a beedi to it (or drink some Gin) and day dream about how you’re going to change the world with your mission.

I’m driving down to Bristol this evening. I have some family stuff on Saturday and then I’m either going to go on a little urban adventure or sneak off to the Brecon Beacons for a little mountain air.

Enjoy your Friday night.

Peace,
Clay

Oh yes and here’s a new poems for you.

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My Music Friends

Hi Friends,

If you’re on Spotify, I’ve created a collaborative playlist, called, My Music Friends.  I’d love for you to drop some tracks on there like what songs do you have on repeat right now, or something new you’ve discovered or just a song that you LOVE.

Anyway, hope that you’ll join me there: https://open.spotify.com/user/1150838290/playlist/6LTiLHAMxebfUrLnEWo1k9

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My year in music based on my most played tracks on Spotify in 2016

Spotify has curated a playlist of my most played songs in 2016. There are a few tracks on here that I don’t remember playing, but then again, it’s been a long year.  I don’t seem to be much into new music with exception of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’s The Getaway album.  What probably skews this playlist though is my workout playlist of which most these songs do appear.  Man, I workout a lot! 😉

Without further ado, my most played songs of 2016 according to Spotify:

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For your ears

Katalina Kicks – Guns

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I hate my life

This past week Spotify rolled out the Daily Mix. So in addition to the Discover Weekly (which I like very much), Spotify are now serving up a daily mix of songs based on your listening habits.

Tapping into your own history of albums and tracks that you have listened to on the platform, Daily Mix brings together a selection of these alongside a few new things to create long, “bottomless” playlists of music to keep you listening. – TechCrunch

Well on Thursday, I was in the middle of blasting my hamstrings on the leg curl machine and this tune by the Theory of a Deadman came on:

Hate My Life

The song tickled me so much, I had to stop lifting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really hate my life, but I could totally empathise with Tyler Connolly.

I mean just check out these lyrics:

So sick of the hobos always begging for change
I don’t like how I gotta work and
They just sit around and get paid

Homelessness ain’t no joke. But there are few characters out there (I know some of them) who are totally gaming the system and making out like out like fat rats.

I hate all of the people who can’t drive their cars.
Bitch you better get outta the way
Before I start falling apart

Heck just this past week I nearly got run, bumped, scraped at least least 5 times while driving into Leamington Spa. It was like something was in the air giving people the case of the dumb driving shakes.

I hate how my wife is always up my ass
She always wants to buy brand new things
But I don’t have the cash.

I’ll plead the 5th on this verse, in case my wife reads this!

I hate my job, all of my rich friends
I hate everyone to the bitter end.
Nothing turns out right
There’s no end in sight
I hate my life!

How come I never get laid nice guys always lose.
How could she have another headache
There’s always some kind of excuse
I still hate my job, my boss is a dick
“I don’t get paid nearly enough
To put up with all of your shit”

I hate my job, all of my rich friends
I hate everyone to the bitter end.
Nothing turns out right
There’s no end in sight
I hate my life!

Ok, I don’t have a job. I left that path a long time ago. But, I left full time employment, well because, I hated my job!

I hate that I can’t tell when a girl’s underage,
You know, I tell her she’s a nice piece of ass,
Then her daddy punches me in the face

So if you’re pissed like me
Bitches, here’s what you gotta do
Put your middle fingers up in the air
Go on and say “Fuck you!”

I hate my job, all of my rich friends
I hate everyone to the bitter end.
Nothing turns out right
There’s no end in sight
I hate my life!

So much at stake, can’t catch a break
I hate my life
No, it’s nothing new hear “it sucks to be you”
I fuckin hate my life

If you’re hating your job and and your life right now, go ahead and pop this puppy in your player and turn it up loud. It’s sure to make you chuckle and feel a little better.

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A southern soul searcher, a northern agitator and the girl from outer space

Meet Katalina Kicks, an awesome 3-piece rock band out of London.  I say London, but actually London is just the city that drew them together, hence the title – a southern soul searcher, a northern agitator and the girl from outer space (well, Brazil to be exact).

I love these guys.  I first heard them play at the All About the Music battle of the bands competition in Leamington Spa, an event organised by a friend of mine – Dermot O’Flynn.

And then on Friday, I saw them play at the Musicians Against Homelessness event at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa:

(note: excuse the wonkiness of this Periscope video.  I don’t use it very often, so it took me a couple of seconds to get orientated)

If you were wondering about the name of the song in the intro video, it’s called “Guns”.  It’s a fabulous song and one with a strong message.  Have a listen:

Here is Katalina Kicks at the Musicians Against Homelessness gig:

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Katalina Kicks are: Ian George (vocals/guitar), Nadia Silverstone (bass/backing vox), Jase Wilkinson (drums/backing vox)

You can check out the full set of photos here.

Before I sign off from this post have a listen to another one of my favourite Katalina Kicks track:

And finally head on over to their website and checkout some of their other tunes and videos. Let me know which is your favourite track.

Peace,
Clay

P.S.  I know folks don’t buy music anymore, but why not help an independent band out and for far less than a cup of coffee:

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‘Black or White’ by Michael Jackson Played on 64 Floppy Drives, 8 Hard Drives, and 2 Scanners

This is some totally geeked out stuff, but pretty cool.

Pawel Zadrozniak (a.k.a. “Silent“) recently created a great rendition of the song “Black or White” by Michael Jackson on The Floppotron, which consists of 64 floppy drives, 8 hard drives, and 2 scanners.

Hmmm…I’m looking around my office now to see what I can make music out of.

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What I’ve been listening to this week

Hmm…lazy Sunday.  But hold on a minute, I had a lazy Saturday.  I probably should unhinge myself from this chair and move my body about today.  Although, saying that, my body is in need of some downtime.  I did move some heavy weights this week, 180kg on the benchpress:

4 plates today! | #Stayfit #benchpress

A video posted by @soulcruzer on

The sun is just starting to make an appearance now.  Perhaps some longboarding or cycling are in order today, but we’ll see…

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been listening to this week:

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Listening to music together is key to good relationships

Music moves souls closer together.  I know I share playlists with you.  I would love to get to know you better through your playlists.  Send me link to one of your Spotify playlists or Youtube playlist or just type the titles in the comment section.

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What I’ve been listening to this week

Hello beautiful people.  It’s Saturday.  It’s raining. And I’m suppose to be at a food festival.  Somehow the idea of eating a soggy burger just doesn’t appeal.  Maybe tomorrow.

Meanwhile…

Over the coming weeks, I plan to add some regular columns to the blog, like this one ‘What I’ve been listening to this week.’

I do realise not everyone has or likes Spotify, so I’ll try to mix up the format from time to time.

On that note, what music streaming service, if any, do you use? I’ve been thinking about trying Apple Music, but feel so attached to Spotify, that I can’t bring myself to actually click the button to start listening to Apple Music.  I will work up the courage soon though.

In the meantime, here’s this week’s music I’ve been listening to:

Btw, if you are on Spotify you can link up with me here.

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In a room full of emptiness, play these tunes

As I sit listening to these tunes, I realise they are all pretty intense in subject matter. I know it’s Friday and usually folks pop in the party mix, but if you find yourself with a spare hour and you’re looking for an intense ride, then this is the playlist for you.

1. Prostitute – Guns ‘N Roses

The last song on the Chinese Democracy album, possibly my favourite track of them all.

What would you say
If I told you that I’m to blame?
And what would you do
If I had to deny your name?
Where would you go if I told you
I love you
And then walked away?
N’ who should I turn to
If not for the ones
You could not save

Awesome!

2. Like a Stone – Audioslave

I love everything about this song, the drums, the bass, the awesome guitar solo and the lyrics.

On a cobweb afternoon in a room full of emptiness
By a freeway, I confess I was lost in the pages
Of a book full of death, reading how we’ll die alone
And if we’re good, we’ll lay to rest anywhere we want to go

3. Shake Me Down – Cage the Elephant

Pretty melancholy stuff, but it reminds to appreciate the people in my life now and to appreciate my life as it now, no time for wistful thinking about the past or wishful thinking about some distant future.

4. Stuck – The Heavy:

Love, man,  is brutal.  This song speaks to those trying to hang on to a relationship that has clearly run it’s course, but one person doesn’t want to let go. Don’t put this track on if you’re in that position now or you’ll just cry.

And I don’t know if I can do it by myself
I just feel like I’m responsible
And I don’t know if I can do it by myself
I feel loved but I’m not capable
And how can I breath
Till you make your mind up
How can I think of leaving you when

I’m stuck

5. Undisclosed Desires – Muse

I love just turning this track up and dancing to it with my eyes closed.

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognise your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

6. The Great Beyond – R.E.M.

I wonder if they are any answers in the great beyond. I’d like to think so, but sometimes I’m not so sure.

I’m breaking through
I’m bending spoons
I’m keeping flowers in full bloom
I’m looking for answers from the great beyond

7. One Last Breath – Creed

Please come now I think I’m falling
I’m holding on to all I think is safe
It seems I found the road to nowhere
And I’m trying to escape
I yelled back when I heard thunder
But I’m down to one last breath

8. Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen

I think might possibly be my all time favourite Springsteen song, but ask me tomorrow and I’d probably tell you a different song. The Boss just has so many great tracks.

Tonight I’ll be on that hill cause I can’t stop
I’ll be on that hill with everything I got
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town

9. Unconsolable – X Ambassadors

Another one of those intense tracks for me that merit closed eyes and swaying body.

I hope we stay
Thick as thieves, butter and bread
Pillars of colonial homes
And I wish I could shout you out
False start
Don’t get your cane caught in the cracks
Buckle your seatbelts, polluting the airwaves
Single and lonely

10. Police Station – Red Hot Chili Peppers

I saw you on a TV station and it made me want to pray
An empty shell of loveliness is now dusted with decay
What happened to the funny paper?
Smiling was your money maker
Someone ought to situate her
Find a way to educate her
All the way, time to come and find you
You can’t hide from me girl, so never mind what I do

11. Astral Weeks – Van Morrison

I put this one last so you can drift away on a slipstream between the viaducts of your dreams. Enjoy.

If I ventured in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of your dream
Where immobile steel rims crack
And the ditch in the back roads stop

Here’s the full playlist on Spotify:

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Help! My brain is about to explode.

Sometimes I get myself so excited about things that my brain freezes up like a 286 computer trying to run a Windows 10. I’m too hyped to meditate, so the next best thing is to take a long walk or a cold shower. Because of time restraints, I opted for the cold shower. That at least cleared enough space for me to sit down and write this blog post.

Last night, I had the pleasure of doing another pop-up radio session. This time with Mister Networker, Gary Jones of @LeamingtonHour. I was also one of the interviewees. I’m usually the one doing the interviews! You’ll be able to listen to it on Wednesday.

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Oh and the lovely Taylor-Louise Thomas was on-hand to provide the music for the evening.

And lastly, here’s another drawing I made for you:

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You can buy the sticker or postcard here.