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Mixed Tape Monday:Colors

Welcome to another installment of Mixed Tape Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and remembered to call, visit, or at least think about your dear old mom. 

Today’s topic is Colors:

Song:              Orange Sky

Artist:              Alexi Murdoch

Album:            Time Without Consequence

Song:              Back In Black

Artist:              AC/DC

Album:            Back In Black

Song:              Blue Sky

Artist:              The Allman Brothers Band

Album:            Eat A Peach

Song:              Black Tambourine

Artist:              Beck

Album:            Guero

Song:              Brown Eyed Blues

Artist:              Ben Harper

Album:            Diamonds On the Inside

Song:              Gary Indiana Blues

Artist:              Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Album:            Riviera

Song:              Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye

Artist:              The Black Crowes

Album:            The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

Song:              Big Blue Sea

Artist:              Bob Schneider

Album:            Songs Sung and Played on Guitar at the Same Time

Song:              Black Cowboys

Artist:              Bruce Springsteen

Album:            Devils & Dust

Song:              Red Dust

Artist:              Calexico & Iron & Wine

Album:            In the Reins

Song:              YellowBlues

Artists:             Charlie Robison

Album:            Beautiful Day

Song:              Soldier Blue

Artist:              The Cult

Album:            Sonic Temple

Song:              Green Light Girl

Artist:              Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack

Album:            Welcome

Song:              The Deepest Blues Are Black

Artist:              Foo Fighters

Album:            In Your Honor

Song:              Whitewash

Artist:              Gin Blossoms

Album:            Congratulations…I’m Sorry

Song:              Mr. Brownstone

Artist:              Guns ’N’ Roses

Album:            Appetite for Destruction

Song:              Dress Blues

Artist:              Jason Isbell

Album:            Sirens of the Ditch

Song:              Yellow

Artist:              Coldplay

Album:            Parachutes

Song:              Far Away Blues

Artist:              Joe Purdy

Album:            Julie Blue

Song:              Pink House

Artist:              John Mellencamp

Album:            Uh Huh

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Ben Harper

Today’s hot topic is slide guitar extraordinaire and multi band leader (Innocent Criminals & Relentless Seven) Benjamin Chase Harper! 

Ben Harper (In all incarnations) Discography and Best Song From Each Album:

  • Pleasure & Pain (1992)
    • This is a limited edition release prior to Harper signing with a major label.  It is the only album of his that I do not have nor do I have track listing.
  • Welcome to the Cruel World (1994)
    • Waiting on an Angel
  • Fight For Your Mind (1995)
    • Excuse Me Mr.
  • The Will to Live (1997)
    • Glory & Consequences
  • Burn to Shine (1999)
    • Please Bleed
  • Live from Mars (2001)
    • Sexual Healing
  • Diamonds on the Inside (2003)
    • Amen Omen
  • There Will Be Light (2004)
    • Wicked Man
  • Live at the Apollo (2005)
  • Both Sides of the Gun (2006) (Double CD)
    • Morning Yearning
    • Better Way
  • Lifeline (2007)
    • Having Wings
  • Live at the Twist & Shout (2007)
  • White Lies for Dark Times (2009)
    • Faithfully Remain

Top 5 Ben Harper albums:

  1. Diamonds on  the Inside
  2. Welcome to the Cruel World
  3. Live From Mars
  4. Burn to Shine
  5. Fight For Your Mind

Top 10 Ben Harper Songs:

  1. Amen Omen
  2. Please Bleed
  3. Burn One Down
  4. Touch from Your Lust
  5. Steal My Kisses
  6. Glory & Consequences
  7. Fool For a Lonesome Train
  8. Skin Thin
  9. I’ll Rise
  10. Walk Away

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Lyrically Speaking: Great lyrics in music!

I’m always impressed when an artist writes his own material and has the ability to play an instrument.   As I’ve gotten older, I have come to better appreciate all the subtleties of a song and the work that goes into its creation.  To me, the key to great music is the lyrics. I appreciate the instrumentation and all the musical components, but the lyrics are what draw me in. 

The beauty of a lyric is that it can be a simple, well placed line or it can be the entire composition of a song.  It is the artist’s ability to convey a thought or emotion that connects personally to the listener.  In my opinion, it is poetry set to music.  Witty, quirky, rambling thoughts, scathing sociopolitical commentary, beautiful, fluid observations, or emotionally charged lyrics, in my opinion, are the cornerstone of music.

So, I’ve compiled a list of great lyrics.  This will certainly be a reoccurring topic on the blog as there are so many areas to mine for genius lyrics.

Here is the first installment of great lyrics you should be listening to:

Lyric Song Artist
So you’ve been broken and you’ve been hurt, show me somebody who ain’t.  Yeah I know I’m nobody’s bargain but hell a little touch up and a little paint.  Human Touch Bruce Springsteen
A candle throws its light into the darkness, in a nasty world so shines a good deed.  Make sure the fortune you seek is the fortune that you need.  Tell me why the first to ask is the last to give every time. What you say and do not mean follows you close behind.

 

Diamonds On the Inside Ben Harper
People walk a tightrope on a razor’s edge carryin’ their hurt and hatred and weapons.  It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen or a thought or a word or a sentence.

 

Ain’t No Reason Brett Dennen
Soak me in the sunshine, rinse me in the rain, the smell of hate surrounds me and I want to love again.  Wrap me in feathers lost from angel’s wings, they’ve broken my reflection and I am in need.

 

Broken Reflection (Troubadour’s Prayer) Wade Bowen
Those little demons ain’t the reasons for the bruises on your soul you’ve been neglecting.  You’ll never lose your mind as long as your heart always reminds you where you left it.  And don’t ever let them make you feel like saying what you want is unbecoming. 

 If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt your eyes would be above it

 

Gravity’s Gone Drive-By Truckers
Your words just a bloody fallacy a house of cards you painted white. You tried to recreate Normandy but you made up the reason to fight.


And now red oil is spillin’ down on the street and your eyes too big for the belly is weak.

Will you not refuse this currency or is blood money just money to you is blood money just money to you

 

Camilo State Radio
Well I looked my demons in the eyes lay bare my chest
Said do your best to destroy me. I’ve been to hell and back
So many times I must admit you kinda bore me.
There’s a lot of things that can kill a man there’s a lot of ways
To die yes, and some already did and walk beside me.

There’s a lot of things I don’t understand so many people lie. It’s the hurt I hide that fuels the fire inside me.

Will I always feel this way so empty so estranged?

 

Empty Ray LaMontagne
I dreamed you, I saw your face. Caught my lifeline when drifting through space. I saw an angel, I saw my fate I can only thank God it was not too late.

Over mountains I floated away across an ocean I dreamed her name. I followed an angel down through the gates.

I can only thank God it was not too late

 

Angel Dream(No. 2) Tom Petty
Boy, don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself. Follow your heart and nothing else. And you can do this, oh baby, if you try. All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfiedand be a simple kind of man.
Oh, be something you love and understand.

 

Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd
There’s a red barn in the half light and a white frost on the shade. And in the bars down off the main drag they’re drinking down what they got paid and I wonder in all my leaving if I ever could have stayed. I’m coming home There’s a junked out car in the tall grass it ain’t ever gonna sell. And Jimmy’s raising daughters and Jack’s out raising hell.

And I always said I loved you, I never said I loved you well.

 

Cross of Flowers Jeffrey Foucault

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You should be listening to Ben Harper!

Whether Ben Harper is playing with the “Innocent Criminals”, “The Blind Boys of Alabama”, or “The Relentless Seven”, he is making some pretty amazing music.  His style is as varied as his influences: Funk, Soul, Blues, Gospel,Reggae, Rock, and R&B, it all comes out in his music.  He is renowned for his ability on the slide guitar.

 Ben had a cult following in the decade of the 90’s and started to gain some commercial success in 2000 with the single “Steal My Kisses” from his album “Burn to Shine”.  His expressive voice and varied musical styles offer his fans a kaleidoscope of ear candy.  Another example of this is his stunning 2004 collaboration with the Blind Boys of Alabama “There Will Be Light”.   With each album it seems that he further embraces his influences such as Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and of course, Jimi Hendrix, while continuing to explore and expand his own.

 To really appreciate Ben Harper, you must see him live.  I have had this privilege on three separate occasions and in three different phases of his career.  The first time I saw him was four or five years ago at Austin City Limits Music Festival.  He was energetic and engaging and had the entire crowd of thousands completely enthralled.  The next occasion was on his “Lifeline” tour with his backing band ‘The Innocent Criminals” at the Majestic Theater in Dallas.  The tour was billed as acoustic and intimate and it was indeed both of those things.  The fans were seated for the entire show and captivated by the music.  The most recent concert was the 2008 Austin City Music Festival.  He was touring with his new band “The Relentless Seven”.  His hour long set was tight and focused on his new material from “White Lies for Dark Times”.  He was in fine form and his new band sounded great.

Ben Harper Discography

  • Welcome to the Cruel World
  • Fight for Your Mind
  • The Will To Live
  • Burn To Shine
  • Diamonds on the Inside
  • Live From Mars
  • There Will Be Light
  • Both Sides of the Gun
  • Lifeline
  • Live at the Twist & Shout
  • White Lies for Dark Times

 Top 5 Ben Harper Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Amen Omen (Diamonds on the Inside)
  2. Having Wings (Lifeline)
  3. I’ll Rise (Welcome to the Cruel World)
  4. Excuse Me Mr. (Fight for Your Mind)
  5. Better Way (Both Sides of the Gun)

 If you have never listened to Ben Harper, then I highly recommend “Live From Mars” as your introductory sampling. It is a great selection of his music and some covers songs from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, and The Verve.

 Give Ben Harper some love and let me know what you think.

 Ben Harper’s music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.benharper.com.

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