Monday Playlist

I haven’t done this in a while – so let’s see what’s changed!

1. Rush – Snakes and Arrows – This CD over the past six months shows up in my cd player every once and a while. Full of great songs, philosophy, incredible musicianship, and an agnostic overtone that makes me glad to know the Creator, but gives me a glimpse of what my thoughts might’ve been if I didn’t.

2. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now – I heard some critiques over this album; people complained that it was overproduced and didn’t have the same organic sound that previous Punch Brothers albums have had. Pfff, forget that – this is progressive bluegrass at its finest and it reminds me of how much I miss Joy Kills Sorrow being together.

3. Within Temptation – The Silent Force – I literally hadn’t listened to this album in years. I came upon it today while I was cleaning. For a pop album (according to Finnish/Swedish standards), the orchestration and development is out of this world. Within the verse, chorus, bridge, etc., form – the composers and orchestrators build their orchestrations and motifs well enough to make a classically trained composer smile. Reminds me why I got into writing metal to begin with.


… I’ll just leave this right here.

Currently Listening To | Week of 11/25

  • Theatre of Tragedy – Storm
  • Theatre of Tragedy – Forever is the World
  • Rush – Test for Echo
  • Rush – Vapor Trails
  • Pearl Jam – Ten

    Cover of "Forever Is the World"
    Cover of Forever Is the World

This past week, Theatre of Tragedy has been high in my rotation; however, only their last two albums because of their switch to Nell Sigland on vocals. She doesn’t do anything especially technical; however, her tone is incredible. That could be a good lesson for us all that a good tone can trump the most technical of virtuosos. Nell also did vocals for The Crest, which is also another good listen. I hadn’t listened to Rush in a while and I’m especially fond of their songwriting on Test for Echo and Vapor Trails – I may be alone in these feelings, but those 2 albums offer something especially pleasing to the ear and mind. And finally, I’m greatly disappointed that I never really listened to Pearl Jam’s Ten album with it being such a staple of 90’s culture and the launchpad for PJ’s career. Simply songwriting at it’s finest.

– Johnny