Monday, January 30, 2017

Lita Ford /Ozzy Osbourne - Close My Eyes Forever with lyrics

Romeo and Juliet on steroids. That's how I would describe "Close My Eyes Forever" by Liita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne.
Although the subject matter is a bit morbid for some people, this is an absolutely awesome song. Simply defined, it's about a couple that can't handle their breakup, and are contemplating suicide. The rhythm, tempo, pitch, and reality of the song, makes it's nearly the perfect ballad.

"Close My Eyes Forever" was released in 1988 and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I am sure that this would have hit #1, but for most people, reality scares the hell out of them.
The primary footage for this build was from the original Video recorded in 1988. Of course I had to cut it up and edit in my own "cool ranch flavor" just to make it different from the 100's of the same video on YouTube. Hope you all enjoy it.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man with lyrics

"Simple Man"  is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most popular songs.
Since the song became available for digital download, it has become Lynyrd Skynyrd's third best-selling digital song after "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". It has sold 1,333,000 copies in the U.S. as of November 2013. The song charted in the Hot 100 for the first time in May 201
Shortly after Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother and Gary Rossington's mother died, they got together in Van Zant's apartment and started telling stories about them. Rossington came up with a chord progression, and Van Zant wrote the lyrics based on advice the women had given them over the years. They wrote it in about an hour.

Even though the lyrics state, "Sit beside me, my only son," Ronnie was not the only son. He had 2 younger brothers along with one older sister and one younger sister.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Cars - Drive (extended version) with lyrics

A very melancholy song by The Cars, "Drive" was written from the perspective of a guy who's watching a woman (who he presumably used to date) "going down the tubes," trying to get her to take a hard look at what's going on in her life.
 "Drive" became The Cars' highest charting single in the United States, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; on the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went to No. 1


I searched through hours of video footage, trying to find the right clips to put together, that would relay this song visually. This is what I come up with. Hope you all enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Castle Walls" by Styx; was the first video I built when I first decided to start creating videos as a hobby. That video has gotten several views and some nice comments, but I didn't think it was a very good video, it was just my first video. Just a bunch of still images edited together to somewhat visually tell the story of the lyrics. Not bad for my first video, but I have learned a lot more since then. And since "Castle Walls" is one of my favorite Styx songs. I created a MUCH MUCH BETTER video to sync the lyrics to.
The intended meaning of the song lyrics is still the same, that will not change.
The song’s primary allusion is to leave a castle for some mysterious and compelling reason. Something, apparently desirable, is out side the boundary created by the castle. Ultimately, a castle is device of protection, but if that protection is perceived to be too important to shed, then the castle becomes a prison. The only way to discover and experience that which is “calling”, is to abandon the safety and protection it provides. That is what the song is about, but in my "new and improved" video, I created a much more interesting and entertaining version of the same song.

The video begins with a modest looking Victorian era girl who is about to confess to her priest, either a brutal story of revenge, or a frighteningly real illusion in a dream. She is a princess, the daughter of a very powerful and influential King and Queen. But she abandons her lavish and privileged life to rule in a modest castle many miles from her native kingdom. She leads a small, peaceful, and content city of people. But one day a group of pillagers raided her castle. She formed a small army to defend, but was defeated and the castle was overtaken. Forced to set out on foot, she begins a journey. At first not really knowing where she was going, but clearly going back to the King and Queen to beg forgiveness for her abandonment was the only choice. The journey is long and painful by foot. She reaches small villages along the way, where she collapses and is barley able to ask for food and drink.
Half way through her journey; unable to take one more step, she reaches the castle of her sister who ruled in a portion of their parents kingdom. Hearing her sisters' story of woe, she provides her with food, drink, rest, and a strong horse to ensure that she safely reaches their parents castle. 
She reaches the castle; and on her knees cries to her mother for forgiveness. The Queen immediately forgives her as does the King. They are both overjoyed that their daughter is home, but after hearing her story, the King is furious with anger from the injustice done to his daughter. He sends out an order to his armies across his Kingdom to ride with and avenge with his daughter. "Leave no one alive, and no stone standing". The mission was accomplished and the princess got her revenge, and fulfilled her destiny to reign as Queen of her own Kingdom. The video ends by reverting back to the beginning, where we see the meek and modest Victorian girl confessing to her priest, confused if it was all real, an illusion in a dream; or both?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You w/lyrics

REO Speedwagon was one of the first Rock bands to score big with power ballads in the '80s. They had the good fortune of being one of the hottest bands in America when MTV launched on August 1, 1981
Most of the band's videos were dominated by performance footage, and they weren't photogenic enough to compete on the network with the likes of Duran Duran, Van Halen and other acts who did a better job 
matching a picture to the sound.

I built this video with some performance footage, but created a storyboard to fit the song as well.
"Keep On Loving You" is lead singer Kevin Cronin's response after he found out his wife was cheating on him. In the song he says he'll keep on loving her no matter what. 
Before REO Speedwagon recorded this, they were known as a hard rock band. Keyboardist Neal Doughty initially had concerns about recording this love ballad, but his fears were calmed when "Keep On Loving You" proved to be a breakthrough hit for the band.
The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity. It was the first REO Speedwagon single to break the top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981. The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over one million copies.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cheap Trick - The Flame with lyrics

"The Flame" is a power ballad written by British songwriters Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. The song was first offered to English singer Elkie Brooks, who turned it down, and was then released by Cheap Trick,

The song appeared on the band's Lap of Luxury album in 1988. Considered as the band's comeback album following the failure of the 1986 album The DoctorLap of Luxury produced three top 40 hit singles and one minor hit single. After "The Flame" topped the American Billboard Hot 100. 

The success of "The Flame" brought Cheap Trick out of a years-long commercial slump and back into music industry prominence. It was Cheap Tricks' only number one single in America. It also became the band's first hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, reaching #29 there; "Don't Be Cruel" then hit #32 on the AC chart.

Reportedly, the band disliked the song at first;  Rick Nielsen disliked the song so much on first hearing that he yanked it from the tape player and ground the cassette beneath his boot heel.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Heart Of The Matter - Eagles live

‘The Heart Of The Matter’ was released in 1989 on Don Henley’s album ‘The End Of The Innocence’ (which also features ‘New York Minute’, another Henley heart-stopper). The song was revisited by the Eagles in 1994 on their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ live album, which is by far the superior version, stripped of any lingering ‘Boys Of Summer’ production, and infused with those soaring Eagles harmonies. Henley’s vocal is more raw too; the heartache still seems new, which is a testament to how emotive a vocalist he can be. Or maybe five years still wasn’t enough time.

Henley lived in the fast lane, sure, but he didn’t realize he was speeding in the wrong direction. By the time he bothered to look in the rear-view mirror, she was gone.
The chorus is so stark, a portrait of a man slowly working his way through heartache. It’s all so elementary; a broken man rebuilding himself without a reliable guide. It’s small and simple, and never angry. “But I miss you sometimes” hits all the harder for not being obscured in metaphor. “The things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.” There’s a lot of trying, and learning, but also a complete surrender to things outside his control. He misses her, his will gets weak, his thoughts scatter – she doesn’t love him anymore. He can’t steer any of it. All he can do is try, and learn. It’s beautiful.