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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Shannon Hoon Songwriting

         Shannon Hoon was certainly a brilliant an ambitious songwriter. He had a jock type of personality. He certainly carried a message with his music. He was a highly energetic songwriter. He did use drugs like Cocaine to heighten his creative focus. He just overdid it and crashed. But he accomplished far more in music in his short life than most musicians do in a lifetime.

          To illustrate how Shannon Hoon carried a message look to Blind Melons performance of Galaxie on David Letterman. Letterman gives him this insincere handshake like he wants to get away from Shannon. Hoon purposely holds the shake and goes up and down lol. On their first Letterman performance Hoon had a huge question mark written on his forehead. Kurt Cobain's death was the reasoning behind it.
Late 1995 Shannon Hoon sings with intensity and diction

          Hoon was great at personalizing his observations into his songwriting. One example of this is the song St. Andrews Fall. Blind Melon witnessed a person fall off a building while in St. Andrews. This definitely personally affected them. You can hear the song's music crescendo into absolute madness. This simulates the fall. Then the music then pauses. So he was an energetic songwriter.

More examples of his energetic songwriting with his personal message include:
Walk should be considered an all time great folk song. The song is original. Walk features great harmonica. 
If you study the lyrics: You can tell it is all about Shanon Hoon's struggles.

St. Andrews Fall
I still don't know the instrument at the end of St. Andrews' Fall. If you do write the instrument name in the comment section below.

Mouthful of Cavities

Mouthful of Cavities has funny to hear lyrics. Yet the song is sung and played in a very somber or sad way.

Change is so good it baffles me how someone can come up with such powerful lyrics. Hoon has the courage to say things he tried to but may have not been able to do himself. What courage! Haters will say this song is hypocritical, but it is simply a moving song about courage and humility.
Late 1995 Shannon Hoon is tired yet Triumphant

2 x 4
2 x 4 may be about heroin but I think of classic mountain rock when I hear it.
Needle fetal someone's pourin' warm gravy all over me
The way it's delivered is just amazing. He might be alluding to the fact that doing Heroin is like being hit by a 2 x 4.

Toes Across The Floor
The aroooooa chants in toes across the floor. The music video seems to suggest hallucinations. Tripping on acid. etc.

Bill Watt highly recommends The VH1 Behind The Music Documentary of Blind Melon. In part, because it illustrates the following point: On one hand the drugs completely ruined Shannon Hoon's life. On the other hand he came up with these brilliant songs in which the drugs must've helped him focus more on the creative part. There's a clip of Blind Melon playing St. Andrews Fall less than a month before Shannon's death. It's like his body's there but he's not actually there.

Shannon Hoon was clearly losing it don't know how he could write and sing so well. Check this out at the Live At The Metro Concert. Less than one month before Hoon died and he appears to be suffering from drug addiction. His eyes either suggest cocaine come down or Heroin usage. I cannot verify either. The most fucked up I've seen Hoon (not in person) is in their performance of 2 x 4 at the Metro.
          If you recall last article the destination video was Blind Melon at Woodstock. Where he was tripping on acid. Sadly he kept relapsing on drugs that seemed to Shannon to solve his personal problems so well. The past year of Hoon's life the drugs had taken over. Like most addicts he was probably able to justify this. But he looks good in these final concert pictures from late 1995. He died October 21, 1995.
Late 1995 Shannon Hoon gets the crowd into his words

       Bill Watt thought Hoon was pretty high during Soup. Based on the VH1 documentary on Blind Melon he definitely pushed the limits of Cocaine. A drug that turns anyone into an angry jock type figure. Supposedly Hoon dealt with Heroin as well. Some people say his eyes were the result of Heroin. But he might have been coming down from Coke.

If you don't already have it. Here is a link to Soup and you can also navigate to get Nico while you're there. Enjoy!

Blind Melon Rock Studio Album Entitled Soup

       Shannon Hoon sang on Nico and wants to be heard. He died before the release of a major Blind Melon album. He had plenty of reason to keep going. As discussed in the other Blind Melon article. I don't believe Hoon wanted to die. Many people simply find that drugs like Cocaine and similar stimulants sharpen their creativity and focus. Even Dr. Wayne Dyer lived by this theory. Shannon Hoon is another case of a person going to far for their art / music. He accomplished a great deal while he was here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Youtube Game. Universal and Convenient

I invite everyone to play the youtube game. Find a buddy anywhere in the world on another computer. You both Start at any video and the first one to get to the chosen destination video by only clicking on and watching featured or related videos wins. In this case, start with this video:

and end with any Blind Melon Woodstock video. The catch is you can only click on the featured or related videos. You have to watch each video in its entirety. So if you keep clicking long videos it will take a while! But enjoy the videos you come across. Videos you would not have watched any other way! Obviously the first person to piece the connection together and arrive on the winning video wins. 

In the case of Bill and I.  Bill Wins! Bill states,

"Got it. The key for me was Lindsey Buckingham who did the holiday road song. Then tried to find Axl Rose who was friends with Shannon Hoon. Got to the alt rock songs and somehow made it."

Meanwhile, Youtube distracted me by featuring a very personalized video. I picked a 52 minute video of Fr. John Corapi speaking LMAO.

Bill has a winning record over me. 
But remember to watch an enjoy each video. Don't be joylessly focused on winning. Win with soul. You should always be able to talk about an interesting video you went through to get to the destination video. ENJOY

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blind Melon: The Rise and Fall of Shannon Hoon

Shannon Hoon is out of control, endlessly jumping on a car. He did this a lot more than the 1995 Blind Melon Galaxie video shows. This was the burning out of Shannon Hoon. Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn says, "I get nauseous when I see that video, just watching Shannon just disintegrate in front of your eyes. . . "

Five years earlier, in 1990 Blind Melon formed. Guitarist Roger Stevens, Brad Smith bassist,
Shannon Hoon vocalist, Christopher Thorn guitarist, and Glen Graham drummer. I love bands with two guitarists. Often times a combination of lead and rhythm guitar produces great rock n roll. The Blind Melon name came from Brad Smith. Blind Melon's biggest hit is their first eponymous album Blind Melon.

Blind Melon: Blind Melon is produced so that you can hear the guitar playing of Christopher Thorn in your left ear, and the guitar playing of Roger Steven's in you right ear. Thorn plays rhythm guitar and occassionally mandolin. While Roger Stevens plays lead guitar.

The album has a mellow 70s retro rock vibe that makes you feel slight darkness. From the very first chord of Soak the Sin to Time. And there is a dark tone of Hoon being rejected; by religious people in Holyman and by an ex-girlfriend in Dear Ol' Dad. Hoon is expressing his feelings and thoughts for being a highly energetic, sometimes jocular man. He is often misunderstood.

Tones of Home has a great beat. Very simply you relate it to your home whether materially or spiritually in the sense of the people and thoughts you feel most comfortable. Much of the album can be related to one's own mixed up life. I always interpreted drive to be about the human trait rather than driving around.  

One of the biggest songs of 90s rock music is No Rain. Blog contributor and musician Bill Watt has no idea what it was about when it came out and still doesn't. Other than the song could be about the simple life. 
All I can say is my life is pretty plain
          I like watching the puddles gather rain . . .

         So stay with me and I'll have it made

 Others say the song is about having a lover sticking with you through the lowest points of addiction while you are getting your life together. Blind Melon No Rain is a good place to discuss the No Rain's meaning. The guitar rhythm is possibly the coolest I've ever heard. The wolf calls are also cool. The girl in the bumble bee suit ( Heather Deloach) is now an icon. 

Sleepyhouse is an awesome song. Sleepyhouse is a unique guitar song about being content staying at a residence called Sleepyhouse. Friends stayed in a yellow house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

A look at the album's booklet simply gave me a strong impression that the lyrics are personally meaningful to Shannon Hoon. They are well thought out. To buy the album or shop on amazon click on Blind Melon.

Blind Melons eponymus debut album as a whole is trippy, but simply clean fun compared to their next album Soup.

A strong track from Soup is Car Seat God Presents. Listening to the song is creepy when you realize it is about a story in the news where this lady (Susan Smith) drowns her kids.

Skinned is about a serial killer Ed Gein who lived secluded in a dark farmhouse for many years. He would kill and skin people. He would use their skin to make lamps and furniture. He obsessed over his mother.

Blind Melon galaxie signals the end of Shannon Hoon. He must be suffering from cocaine use during this infamous concert. But seriously galaxie may be their best song. However the galaxie video creeps me out.

Something eerie about it. The kid playing with the chemicals. And him (Shannon hoon) dying shortly after that. The jumping on the car thing apparently went on for much longer. And the band mates were sad because he was clearly losing it when he was jumping on it. Guitarist Christopher Thorn was quoted saying, “ I get nauseous when I see that video, just watching Shannon just disintegrate in front of your eyes . . .”

That’s Timothy Leary as the old guy. I guess the theme is the decline of Shannon Hoon. The kids playing with potions, Denis Leary as a wizard, talks about past relationships. Shannon loved his 1963 Ford Galaxie and would drive it around town when he was aggravated during recording sessions, particularly during the video filming.

To Bill Watt the whole thing is as if Death is next to Shannon Hoon. The car gets thrown in the potion, I think the kids supposed to be Hoon. His first love and break up are explored. Shannon Hoon has been this way as a kid. All this energy; he is truly an adventurous man. He was on drugs filming this video. And it's all literally a crash course waiting to happen. I can't help watching it. It's an amazing song but it's one of the eeriest things I have seen.

The whole Soup album is beyond eerie buy you can't help but play it over and over. Definitely pick it up by clicking Soup.

Both Woodstock '94 and Intimate and Interactive are strongly preferred concerts to check out. While Woodstock '94 got Shannon Hoon good press for bringing his old magic, the Intimate and Interactive concert shows Hoon close to death. Check out the concert version of Galaxie above, Toes Across The Floor or the heart breaking version of Change during this concert. Shannon Hoon looks terrible during the concert. Even going back a year earlier he looked much healthier. He has fantastically maniacal energy into his unmatched songs. He was an incredible songwriter and performer.

8 short weeks after the release of Galaxie video Shannon Hoon died of an accidental cocaine overdose on a tour bus. He didn't intend to die despite career dissatisfaction. Photographer and good friend Danny Clinch said, "He wasn't at wit's end. He didn't want to die."
Shannon Hoon in interviews seems like a douche. But I believe his jocular personality was necessary to release his brilliant songs. It's a shame the demons get the best of him. But he was an adventurous guy and took risks with Cocaine. Bill says, 
Hard to say if he had the personality to stop he prob wouldn't have had all those good songs to begin with. Unfortunate but it is what it is. 

Blind melon is unique because every song on their debut album is intensely personal and doesn't sound like anything else you have heard. Blind Melon's second album Soup featured the song Galaxie that spawned eight weeks before Hoon's death. Post death releases include Nico. This is named after Shannon Hoon's daughter Nico Blue. She had just been born before Shannon's death. All proceeds of the album's sales went to Nico's college fund. This was the last album to feature Shannon Hoon as vocalist. For My Friends was released in 2008, their fourth album. The first album to be released in ten years with a new singer. The band sounds great but will never be the real original Blind Melon. Today Nico is in her early twenties and continues to sing Change at Blind Melon concerts. Bill has never bought Nico because it reminds him too much of Shannon's Hoon's awful demise. But I believe Nico is Hoon's legacy. And it's an album to explore by clicking

Shannon was a great storyteller. He told you all about his life through Blind Melon songs. You feel you know him. He is a tragic figure but he made his musical contribution. Shannon Hoon gave Blind Melon's music and his life an inimitable maniacal energy. His creativity burned very bright before fueling his demise. Hoon is appreciated by true musicians and music fans. He was a true musician's musician despite being a very underrated musician. Truly one of the most talented artists.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Oasis Morning Glory, Champagne Supernova, and Wrap Up

       How great does the song Morning Glory make you feel?
       This is the song you most look forward to on Oasis's 90s rock album What's The Story Morning Glory. You become excited listening through the playful She's Electric. The reason the song pumps up your heart is no accident.
       The song is straight up written about Cocaine.
All your dreams are made when you are chained to the mirror and the razor blade.
In fact, if you are recovering from a drug addiction, especially one to stimulants the song might serve as a good substitution. Oasis' Morning Glory gives you the feelings of a cocaine high. This is straight up rock and roll. No artistic expressions (unless you consider the helicopter intro artsy) just loud forceful guitars.

          I know you Oasis fans are mad fer it already. So here is some free Oasis music.

This is a decent music video.  As it acknowledges the climatic guitar solo by having someone score a soccer ball past another. But the video doesn't give full justice to the ear splitting intro and outro of the song. Only the Oasis Morning Glory vinyl album can do that.
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? [3 CD][Deluxe Edition][Remastered]

The next song on the album is Champagne Supernova. People have their own meanings to this epic closer of the What's The Story Morning Glory album. But I love the live versions of Champagne Supernova because the ending was stretched out by 5 minutes with Noel Gallagher improvising solos. Magical! But Noel's take on the song is interesting. Summarized from Wikipedia is a combination of many things:

Someday You will find me caught beneath the landslide in a Champagne Supernova in the sky
Noel Gallagher says, "That's probably as psychedelic as I'll ever get. It means different things when I'm in different moods. When I'm in a bad mood 'being caught beneath a landslide is like being suffocated'."

According to Noel the song was also about believing in a group such as a band ( the sex pistols for him) to conquer the world but they fail to live up to that promise. 

And lastly the lyrics 

Slowly down the hall faster than a cannonball 
is about a British television series called Camberwick Green. It took the host twenty minutes to walk down the hall. Noel couldn't rhyme anything with hall except cannonball.

More free 90s rock music
But when the music company takes that down, Here is the album.

To wrap things up, Oasis What's The Story Morning Glory is ear candy. It's just melancholic enough in terms of the British sensitive voices to make it poignant. And the guitar riffs and energy make it a great way to start a glorious morning!

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? [3 CD][Deluxe Edition][Remastered]

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Oasis She's Electric

       This song is certainly about a woman Noel was infatuated with. Oasis She's Electric lyrics describes the song's meaning perfectly. In short, Noel is referring to a women's family. At the end he writes, 
She's got one in the oven, 
       But its nothing to do with me. 

This is referring to  her having someone else's baby. 
      She's Electric fits perfectly into Oasis What's the Story Morning Glory as the fun and relaxing song. It is the Digsy's Dinner of the album. This 90s rock Oasis album is very wholesome. The songs have an edge but you could listen to this album with a pastor. So you can very much be at ease. And the lyrics aren't devoid of God. 
She's  got a sister and god only knows how I've missed her
So the song is simply soft rock that gives you a great feeling. Another enjoyable part of this song is that one of the repeated lines is: 
And I need more time

I like taking my time with things to make sure it's done right. In the case of the song it is having enough time for Noel to square his life together to have a future with the girl. In our lives it may mean more time on a project, fitness goal, etc. 

So in conclusion, on its own She's Electric is nothing groundbreaking. However, as part of the Oasis What's The Story Morning Glory album it's a relaxing, fun song. The Digsy's Dinner of What's The Story Morning Glory. Enjoy the album!
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? [3 CD][Deluxe Edition][Remastered]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Oasis Cast No Shadow

  Noel Gallagher wrote Cast No Shadow on a train ride back to the studio while recording the 90s music album What's the Story Morning Glory. This was the last song written for the 90s album. Noel Gallagher wrote Oasis Cast No Shadow as a dedication to the genius of Richard Ashcroft. But he is saying Ashcroft has no soul. This is because the song states

As he faces the sun he cast no shadow
In searching the symbolism or meaning of shadow we find it is the essence of a person. Their duality, whether their doppleganger or their alter ego. Their unconscious. To not have a shadow is to be more in never never land than Peter Pan, who desperately fought for his shadow. The Shadow is important.

One great interpretation of the song Cast No Shadow from one of many great Oasis albums is by Tayrn Manning from the Wall Street Journal. Her Interpretation of Cast No Shadow is about an artist's struggle with being heard. Feeling misunderstood and questioning if their music is being felt. Decent interpretation. Below is my fan made video of Oasis Cast No Shadow from their album What's The Story Morning Glory.


Because there is little information on the great track Oasis Cast No Shadow I will convey my opinion on the track. And what I think it means.

     In general, the lyrics present someone being chained down unable to move. And someone that doesn't have his alter ego or doppleganger. Someone who goes through life quite simply. And Richard Ashcroft I think has a very strong shadow. So I think his tribute A Northern Soul is more complimentary towards Noel than Cast No Shadow is to him. To say someone has no shadow is to say the have no soul. But musically Cast No Shadow is absolutely beautiful. Chorus, harmonies and acoustic melodies.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Oasis Some Might Say

Oasis Some Might Say single artwork

Official Oasis Some Might Say music video

Liam Gallagher didn't show up for the video shoot. And so the video is simply footage of other Oasis  videos. And what a shame for a career defining song that there is no real video. At least, I really don't like this video. For one, the album version contains the awesome intros and outros and middle guitar solo this video doesn't  have. That's unjust. Secondly, you almost get a seizure watching the flashing images in the video. Thirdly, it doesn't line up with my own image of the song which I see as enjoying a summer's day. That was the case when I first received the album for my birthday in 2006. And I listened particularly to Some Might Say on the way to my cousin Kristen's graduation that was celebrated outside on a hot sunny day.
Some Might Say we will find a brighter day

Some interesting tid bits about Some Might Say are that it is quintessential Oasis. And they were on fire during the recording because Some Might Say is an extended play (EP) which means the single contains more music than a single but less than an album. Some Might Say included for b-sides: Acquiesce, Talk Tonight, and Headshrinker. Which all made it to the greatest B-sides album - The Masterplan.

Noel is known for being critical of Oasis' works. If you need proof watch Noel Gallagher Oasis Commentary, but he said that Some Might Say and Acquiesce defined Oasis. Beautiful rock and roll with simple lyrics. The album artwork above is done well. Many of the lyrics in the chorus are showcased in the photo. Not an easy song at all to play on guitar. Some Oasis songs require two guitarists. Have a look at playing an oasis song.

Finally, if you read down to here and are what they call "prudential" than I have for you a better alternative to the Oasis Music video. Yeah I won't leave you hanging. Enjoy this free music from 90s rock and roll. The album version!


If you decide you like it and want a more permanent version. I highly recommend either getting the album What's the Story Morning Glory. Or Download the mp3 of this song for $.0.89 and have it risk free forever by clicking the blue link. Some Might Say

I firmly believe Oasis were on their peak during the Be Here Now tour. And I love their Gmex 1997 (Back where we Belong) performance of Some Might Say.

Some Might Say marked the goodbye of drummer Tony McCaroll. Alan White was ushered in .