Sunday, July 11, 2010

Most Favorite

There were too many days in the past when people came to me and asked. "Mister," they said, "what is your favourite genre of music?"

More than expected, I have no answer in particular. I listen to mostly every genre of music; I listen to songs I find pleasingly suiting my demands for auditorial orgasms, and I do not to every other ones that I find strictly unpleasing. My personal selections of songs are usually on the basis of their melody first, then their lyrics.

So far I have 25 gigabytes worth of MP3 songs, roughly 5000 pieces of them from both international and local music industries in the forms of discographies, live performances, complete albums, singles and remastered singles. Most of them bear audio bitrates of 160kbps and above, and I usually keep my eyes on this in order to keep their playback quality and to avoid any loss of audio. With higher audio bitrate, it can be easily ensured that the songs will bring maximum impressions to anybody's satisfaction when played.

But still when people come to me and ask the same question about my favorite genre of music, I can't easily say, though statistically in my keeping, by amount, the highest score will be rock in general, followed by pop and ballad, and then hiphop/RnB/soul and then the rest of them: composed concertos, string assembles, orchestra performances, instrumental and whatnot. I still do listen to just everything as long as it is good to listen to.

For strange reasons even I cannot explain, I have a clip of the Devil laughing in the keep, somewhat.

Now that we are already here, why not I share a few of my most favorite songs with you? :D

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The legend themselves, Led Zeppelin had successfully shaped the world of Rock'N'Roll since their first involvement in music sometime in the sixties. From thereon they pioneered the new order of rock involving a whole new approach in electric instruments and harmonical sounding in often longer-than-usual, time-extended lists of songs.

Favourite Song: Stairway to Heaven from the album Led Zeppelin IV
But Why?: Talking about solitude and finding glory by oneself, of leaping to the stars, buying heavens.
Quote It!: "Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run; There's still time to change the road you're on"

Must Listen: Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter

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Often misunderstood as an all-American band, Seether is actually a South-African band that is widely known for their good pieces of rock and wisely-written lyrics. Originally known as Saron Gas, Seether with its main vocalist Shaun Morgan has definitely brought the band forward to entertain the avid rock fans with his rather masculine, mild voice. Following Morgan's bitter breakup with Evanescence's vocalist Amy Lee and then the suicide of his brother, he and his music became way, way bitter but somewhat hopeful in a sense of 'seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, don't know what it is, could be shimmering sunlight, could be an incoming train'.

Favorite Song: Fine Again from the album Disclaimer II
But Why?: The same thing Shaun in the end went through with Amy.
Quote It!: "And I am fine, again."

Must Listen: Needles, Driven Under

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Inducted into the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, the Southern US band Lynyrd Skynrd renounced its glory since the tragic lost of three members from a plane crash in 1977. First emerging from the underworld in 1973, the band was prominently-known worldwide for their excellent guitar works in their songs.

Favorite Song: Free Bird from the album Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd
But Why?: Responsibility of a man in leaving the lady who loves him, and the conscience of being oneself as an individual, realizing one's mistake. And it's excellent guitar solo.
Quote It!: "Lord knows I can't change; Lord help me I can't change; Lord I can't change."

Must Listen: Sweet Home Alabama

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Goo Goo Dolls is one of my personal favorite of all time. Their unique, sometime strange guitar pieces often intrigue me into listening more and more of them. Strengthens by lead vocalist John Rzeznik's superfly voice, the band made it to stardom following their release of the song 'Iris' that Rzeznik was approached by the crews of the movie 'City of Angels' to write, later causing the band to stay at the top of the chart for a record-breaking 18 weeks, although Rzeznik admitted that he had writer's block during the writing part of the song and nearly quit the band to from his frustration.

Favorite Song: Name (single)
But Why?: Painful walks of life and what does it feel when loving someone who is a star.
Quote It!: "I think about you all the time; But I don't need the same; It's lonely where you are come back down; And I won't tell 'em your name."

Must Listen: Slide, Iris, Sympathy, Let Love In, Home

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Manchester-bred The Smiths and the band's most influential lead voice by Steven Patrick Morrissey or just Morrissey had brought an entire revolution in the history of music. An entirely English rock band, they changed the way Britons and later the world look at music by bringing in the seeds of alternative rock, later making them to be one of the most important alternative rock band to ever emerge in the scene of undie music in its early days. The success they had made them a constant cult in rock music lovers, and now with Morrissey running solo since the band's breakup sometime ago, the legacy continues to making The Smith as one of the most memorable English band ever existed in the history of mankind.

Favorite Song: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out from the album The Queen is Dead
But Why?: What do you do when you are thrown out by life and the only savior is the one you find worth to die with?
Quote It!: "Take me out tonight; take me anywhere I don't care, I don't care, I don't care."

Must Listen: Everyday Is Like Sunday, I Know It's Over, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

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And the list goes on:

1. The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow
2. Morrissey - Let Me Kiss You; The First of The Gang to Die
3. Oasis - Wonderwall; Stand By Me
4. Lifehouse: You and Me; Hanging by a Moment; Sick Cycle Carousel
5. Aretha Franklin - Respect
6. Green Day - Macy's Day Parade; Time of Your Life; Hitchin' A Ride; When I Come Around and the rests.
7. Disagree - Osaka; Stay; Slip Away; Haley; Suicide Note

Ah, there are too many actually. Hard to remember all of them. If you can see, most of the songs I listen to are old songs. I do have some pretty worthy-to-listen-to new songs too, but they are very few since these days people have this habit to create songs with nothing than just rubbish of ke-chah ke-chah ke-chah bub bab bub bab disco bass dubs.

I'll update them some other time then. Ahahaha :D


i am mai said...

ah, the kinks, my fave. first heard 'em after seeing the darjeeling limited.

and hi, my first comment.

woody said...

lynyrd skynyrd

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

i am mai: definitely one of the best band, mate! and o hi hello hey :D

woody: terbaik bro! goreng pecah kepala punya!

Anonymous said...

me luv milli vanilli & tommy dorsey (ever heard of 'im?)

SlipOn said...

great post!