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    Stuck In The 90s

    I may very well be stuck in the 90s. That’s where I first heard 75% of the musicians I still regularly listen to. So last week I was hanging with none other than THE Dylan Awesome from GAIN Music. Somehow we ended up listening to 90’s tunes and taking turns on Youtube trying to what only can be described as “Out 90ing” eachother.  Here’s a few tunes we played that day that you may have forgotten about.

    Where’s My Self Control?

    What a great pop song. It’s pretty much perfect in all aspects but for me I love when it’s over. Rather than dragging the song out repeating the chorus twice at the end like a lot of songs do, it sounds like Age Of Electric is about to start another verse. Then the song is over. Timing is everything…Or not.

    Fade Away

    Moist’s Silver came out right around the same time I started driving back and forth from Guelph and Bradford. One of my favourite driving CD’s for sure. What I really like about this song is the delivery. There is a certain desperation or panic behind every syllable. The video performance is amazing as well. Learn your craft, rock singers, delivery can make or break you. I feel the words because of the emotion put forth, behind the voice and the facial expressions. It makes me believe every word David Usher says. This can be essential for your audience to feel connected with you. To see this in action, check out Joshua Doherty (be ready for the 1:50 mark of the video) of Among Millions. They play every couple months in Guelph, I’ll make sure I give you lots of notice for their next show.

    Left Behind In A Troubled Time

    I remembering buying Scenery & Fish on impulse, because it was on the charts at Sunrise Records next to Alice In Chains Unplugged, which is the album I had gone in to the store to buy. It quickly became one of my favourite records. Somewhere along the line though, I lost the record. I forgot about it. Until the big breakup of 2006. I took all the money I intended on spending on my ex, it was her birthday shortly, to The Beat Goes On. It was the only time I’ve ever gone through the store A to Z and through the discount bin. I may have walked out with over 30 CDs. Scenery & Fish was $3. $3! I ran into THE Aaron Levy on my way home. We grabbed a few beers and went through the big bag of music. He liked my choices. I miss that guy! What a great music conversationalist.

    Strong & Free
    I just realized this whole list is made up of Canadian artists. Nice to remember the how good the pre-Nickel Back era of Canadian music was. Actually, if you live in the Guelph area, you should check out our homepage. Tonight’s shows are amazing and I’m still having a problem deciding which one I’m going to go to. What a great problem to have!

    What are your favourite 90’s tunes? I need more nostalgia!

    Resolute This

    Have you got your list of New Year’s resolutions? I’m generally not a big believer in resolutions, but I’ll make some up special, just for you. All I really want to do is make sure you listen to good music while reading my blog. Here are a few songs to motivate you through the delicate starting stages of your resolutions.

    Make ‘Em Scream & Shout

    First thing I need to do this year is get more focused. Music Lives seem to have a great umbrella effect taking place. We’re listen to the community we’re serving and trying to adapt. How can we better facilitate musicians, bands and promoters. How can we help get more people to more shows, allowing promoters to throw even BIGGER shows? Being able to bounce ideas off of bands like Wakeless & Among Millions, and promoters, like GAIN Music & Fortnight, has been of huge value. Thanks for having the patience with answering all my questions about the biz! I think a great goal for 2012 is to make Guelph a non-stop tourist attraction, just based on our thriving music scene.

    He’s Ordinary

    Maybe I’ll be more brave this year. I think I’m too scared in a lot of situations. In the past I think that I’ve associated quick thinking and reacting in the moment with increased odds of making mistakes. I’m starting to think that sometimes mistakes can be fun. How am I going to learn anything if I’m afraid to commit to new things? I’m pretty sure I’ve missed out on more opportunities because of my approach then I’ve actually taken advantage of. This year I’ll put more of myself out there and stop over thinking. Like RUSH said, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” I do this all the time. No more!

    Like A Tiger Defying The Laws Of Gravity

    So my last fake (but real) New Year’s resolution is to be more awesome. Less dark, more fun. I will turn down the suck knob and turn up the good. I hate negative people, which I’m not. I rarely ever complain aloud. I keep all my negativity all pushed down deep inside me to fester. This year I’ll try to live exactly like this Queen song. The lyrics are amazing!

    Same In The End
    So it turns out I do have so real resolutions. What started as a joke, as always, managed to become thoughtful and reflective. For me at least. Thanks readers! You’ve helped me out once again. Have any great resolutions you want to share on the internet for all the world to see? Have any ideas to make mine easier to accomplish? Share away! Let’s have a great 2012 and go out with a BANG!

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