“Legendary” guitar solos

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I try my best not to download apps because I already waste enough of my precious time on trivial activities *ahem* Instagram and Facebook. But, I promise you, Spotify is different.

Ever since it’s been on my cell phone, I’ve forgotten Pandora even exists–yes, it’s that great. As of recently, I’ve been scrolling through pre-made playlists and came across some fantastic stuff.

Exhibit A: Blues Masters
Exhibit B: Legendary Guitar Solos
Exhibit C: What a minute, let’s go back to Exhibit B.

Now these “Legendary Guitar Solos” are classics but I think the list is lacking.

Here’s what the playlist entails:

  • Eruption – Van Halen
  • Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  • Hotel California  – Eagles
  • Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
  • All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
  • Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
  • Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynrd
  • Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Layla – Derek & The Dominoes
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers – Jeff Beck
  • November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
  • Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) – Santana
  • Highway Star – Deep Purple
  • Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan
  • Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
  • Shock Me – Kiss
  • Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
  • Working Man – Rush
  • Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Hitch A Ride – Boston
  • Aqualung – Jethro Tull
  • 25 Or 6 To 4 – Chicago

Now, I like pretty much all of these songs but I’m not going to lie… I’m surprised to see some of them on this list.  For example, “Reelin’ In the Years” by Steely Dan.  To be completely honest it is not a song that I immediate think, “wow, those are some sick solos.”

Out of curiosity, I just wanted to know if anyone thinks the list is lacking.  If so, what would you add or take away?

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Rainy day, bad news

In fear of sounding like a cliché sap, I rarely admit this sort of thing… But this post seems well-suited for the disappointed, nostaligic yet hopeful mood I’m experiencing after hearing bad news today.  And I’m sure thousands of others are just as heartbroken.

My favorite band, The Dangerous Summer (TDS) is pretty much… kaput. I’ve followed this band since 2009, crushed on AJ Perdomo (naturally), had the pleasure of meeting AJ and Cody, collected their records and have been changed forever by TDS’s lyrics.

Although AJ will be a father next month, I know this will not be the the end of his music career.  As musicians, we must recognize when we’ve outgrown our environment.  I, personally, know a few people who stay in the same band knowing the members stunt their growth and creativity.  It’s a difficult situation but it’s more important to get out than stay for the sake of avoiding confrontation and hurt feelings.  I never sought out the band’s internal conflicts.  Instead, I just hoped it wouldn’t get in the way of music.

I have high hopes for the members of TDS as they close this chapter in their lives and start anew.  They’re the only band that’s had such a huge impact on me and today, reminded me to keep pushing the boundaries of my own dreams and success.