Friday, 8 March 2013

Working Day


Simply a collection of songs taking me from waking up to going to sleep. I've generally chosen them for their titles, and the beat/tempo matching the ups and downs of the day - opposed to the meaning of the song (with some exceptions). A good cross section of the all the music I like. If any theme at all goes through it, it's that 90% of the bands have amazing guitar players.

Wake Up is a kick out of bed with maximum energy. Then relaxing into Breakfast At Tiffany's, getting ready for the day ahead. Chuck Berry comes in with No Particular Place To Go for the drive to work...  an excellent driving song and as much as I'd like to have 'no particular place to go' we end up at work with Rush - Working Man. If this song doesn't get you ready for a long day at work I don't know what does... and they're an amazing band with a guitarist that sounds like a wall of sound and achieves that effect better than some modern bands with 3 guitarists.

Lunch time is with Mike Oldfield - Five Miles Out - just because it's got a nice light feel to it after Rush, it clears the head...

Back to work to get Money for Nothing with the Dire Straits. Again an amazing, but sometimes under-rated guitarist. Metallica then end the day with For Whom The Bell Tolls - this just reminded me of a school bell ringing to end the day... and the song is excellent.

Then the drive home from work with Lynyrd Skynyrd. The evening starts with Does Your Mother Know by Abba because it has that nostalgic summer, long day, chill-out feel to it - and it's my favourite Abba song. Following this Guns N Roses and Racer X takes things up a notch because the day doesn't end when work does. (Racer X are an amazing technically proficient band... the guitarist was the lead guitarist in Mr Big(!) he shows what he can really do in Racer X).

The night ends with Vai and Satriani taking us to sleep with some instrumentals (I must have listened to their back catalogues 100 times over to go to sleep to - when I was single!), followed by My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes simply because it's one of the most relaxing songs I've ever heard (CKY have a song called To All of You which I believe was inspired by this, also very good)

Then we end with Metallica and one of their best songs reminding us we're just sleeping, not dead :-)

Track List

1. Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine

2. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

3. No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry

4. Working Man - Rush

5. Five Miles Out - Mike Oldfield

6. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits

7. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica

8. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

9. Does Your Mother Know - Abba

10. Nightrain - Guns n Roses

11. Into The Night - Racer X

12. Whispering a Prayer - Steve Vai

13. Flying In a Blue Dream - Joe Satriani

14. Sometimes - My Bloody Valentine

15. Fade To Black - Metallica

Mix by - Karl Flynn