Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #34

Today’s song pick has everything in it. Every single thing I could dream of being part of a song. The 1960’s guitar sound that sounds like the old James Bond movies or Westerns, the Latin influence with its glorious trumpets, Kirsty MacColl's sultry vocals. Kirsty MacColl’s lyrics are about things proper ladies shouldn’t write or sing about with these brilliantly orchestrated songs and it’s a genius work of art. I’ve said before that Kirsty MacColl’s album “Tropical Brainstorm” is one of those rare albums where every song on that album is amazing. Please enjoy my scratch track version of Kirsty MacColl’s “In These Shoes?”


In These Shoes
Kirsty MacColl


I once met a man with a sense of adventure
He was dressed to thrill wherever he went
He said, "let's make love on a mountain top
Under the stars, on a big hard rock"
I said, "In these shoes?
I don't think so (What do you say, love?)
I said, "Honey, let's do it here"

So I'm sitting at a bar in Guadalajara
In walks a guy with a faraway look in his eyes
He said, "I've got a powerful horse outside
Climb on the back, I'll take you for a ride
I know a little place
We can get there 'fore the break of day"
I said "In these shoes?
No way, José"
I said, "Honey, let's stay right here"

No le gusta caminar
No puede montar a caballo
Cómo se puede bailar
Es un escándalo

Then, I met an Englishman
"Oh, " he said
"Won't you walk up and down on my spine?
It makes me feel strangely alive"
I said, "In these shoes?
I doubt you'd survive"
I said, "Honey, let's do it"

Let's stay right here
No le gusta caminar
No puede montar a caballo
Cómo se puede bailar
Es un escándalo

No le gusta caminar
No puede montar a caballo
Cómo se puede bailar
Es un escándalo

No le gusta caminar
No puede montar a caballo
Cómo se puede bailar
Es un escándalo
Let's stay right here
No le gusta caminar
No puede montar a caballo
Cómo se puede bailar

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #33

Alanis Morissette is certainly a major Canadian musical superhero to me. This song is raw, honest, and intense and a beautiful way to explain addiction no matter what your specific journey has been thus far if it applies. For me, singing this song today was music therapy at it’s finest. There are parts that are vocally rough but I left it all in today. I couldn’t dream up a better music video and I posted her lyrics because they are courageous. Please enjoy my humble tribute to this songstress. Here is my scratch track version of Alanis Morissette’s, “Reasons I Drink”. Please keep well everyone. Things feel strange right now.


Reasons I Drink
Alanis Morissette

These
Are the reasons I drink
The reasons I tell everybody I'm fine
Even though I am not
These are the reasons I overdo it
I have been working since I can remember
Since I was single digits
Now
Even though I've been busted
I don't know where to draw the line
'Cause that groove has gotten so deep

And nothing can give reprieve like they do
Nothing can give a break for this soldier like they do

Here we are
I feel such rapture and my comfort is so strong
Ohhhhhhh!
One more hit
It feels so helpful in my need for respite
Ohhhhhhhh!
Ohhhhhhhh!
Ohhhhhhhh!

And here are the reasons I eat
Reasons I feel everything so deeply
When I'm not medicated
And so that's it, I am buying a Lamborghini
To make up for these habits
To survive this sick industry

Nothing can give reprieve like they do
Nothing can give me a break from this torture like they do

Here we are
I feel such rapture and my comfort is so strong
Ohhhhhhhh!
One more sip
It feels so helpful in my need for some long overdue respite
Ohhhhhhhh
Ohhhhhhhh
Ohhhhhhhh

And these are the reasons I don't even think I would quit
And these are the reasons I can't even see straight, and
And these are the ones whom I know it so deeply affects
And I am left wondering how I would function without it

Here we are
I feel such rapture and my comfort is so strong
One more rip
I go from one lilypad to another to stay lit
Ohhhhhhhh!
Ohhhhhhhh!
Ohhhhhhhh!

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #32

Today I decided to cover one of Madison, Wisconsin’s own rocker chick band, Garbage! I have so much love for Shirley Manson. Actually! Rob Miller, our rhythm guitarist for Sweet Jelly, was the one who got me into Garbage’s music in the first place. And Kirsty MacColl come to think of it! While building Sweet Jelly, I was working for a corporation that dealt with toys. Besides commuting to band practice every week in Milwaukee during that time, I also had a 30 minute commute to work so I used that insane amount of time that I was in my car practicing my vocals. This song was one of those tunes I’d sing to on the way to work before I went into my silent cube all day. Please enjoy my scratch track version of Garbage’s “Stupid Girl”. This took me back to a good place. Please keep safe and well.

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #31

I love the bassline in this song. It kind of reminds me of Aaron Johnson’s live bass playing at Sweet Jelly gigs. Infectious and most of all: FUN. And that makes me happy. Along with the words to this song. I remain vigilant (though not terribly successful) in my battle against spring’s erratic and chaotic energy with music therapy and singing. And that’s what Carolaoke on Mondays is all about. Please keep well everybody. Vibes be crazy out there.

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #30

Today’s Carolaoke track was quite a ride on the magic nostalgia carpet ride. I’ve expressed before that I’ve had a great fondness for Canada and its people for many and various reasons so today we will visit Songstress Sarah McLachlan. The person who introduced me to her music was Mr. Lance Dobersek of Sweet Jelly. In 1997, we were working at Karen Johnson Productions Animation Studio in Racine, WI. We were assigned to make animations and games for this brand new thing called “The Internet”. The word, the concept, the logistics, ALL completely foreign in my world. The closest I had come to a computer prior to that was breaking down sound files in Adobe Premiere and chart it all (on paper) for the animators to use. The phone hanging on my parent’s wall was about as high tech as I was at the time. I personally did everything on film and paper.

I’m not exactly sure why Lance and I were were “chosen” for this new uncharted territory in 1997, but we were, and it was a super crazy time in retrospect and even crazier thinking about all of that in modern present times. So, we’d work these long assed hours sitting in front of that screen. I was making animations and Lance was making it all happen on this here “internet”. Since we worked a million hours together, there’s a lot of time to pass while you’re working and staring at a screen for days and weeks on end, so we started sharing new music to pass some of the time. I told him about my weird fascination with Canadian musicians and the next day he brought in Sarah McLachlan’s CD in for me to listen to and the rest is history.

Please enjoy my scratch track karaoke version of Sarah McLachlan’s “Sweet Surrender”.

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