Morbid Topic - Death in RnR Music

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    Morbid Topic - Death in RnR Music

    The music of our generation has not just been about love, sex and politics. Death in one manner or another has been addressed as much as any other subject matter in Rock and Roll. The music has covered it all from the Kent State shootings to the tragic plane crashes that took Buddy Holly. Richie Valens and the Big Bopper; Randy Rhoades and L.S.; the slow suicide of Bon Scott and Steve Clark by alcholism, to death in the streets, war and every other way.

    I am sure we could al list a hundred songs that have touched us, but are there any in particular that have stuck with you - helped you get over a the loss of a loved one or just sent chills up your spine.

    I understand if this subject matter is one that no one cares to touch.

     

     
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    My experience is that Rock is about everything. Rock has embraced just about any topic you want to mention.

    Examples include love, war, wealth, lack of wealth, sex, lack of sex, depression, happiness, cars, buses, trains, airplanes, various animals,sleep,lack of sleep, comedy, occupations, politics, society, friends, lack of friends, drugs, dreams, alcohol......well you get the picture.

    Why not death? This is indeed something we ponder. It is something we don't fully understand. It is something that makes a frequent appearance in movies and in many best selling books, why wouldn't it be a subject for a songwriters to elaborate on?

    I am not sure a piece of music can be pivotal in getting over the loss of a loved one. Music in general can make life more tolerable. It is one of the undisputable good things we have always had. Comedy is another. Sports, can be a distraction from real life as are movies and T.V. ( part of the reason I hate "reality" T.V. is that unlike fantasy it focuses on, rather than distracts us from real life).


    I think if you want to get comfort from music, just listen to the artists you love most. They will never fail to make you feel better. If you liked it then and you like it now, chances are you will feel good when you hear something you have always liked.

    I am not so sure songs that address death directly ar the best choices when you are mourning the death of someone close to you. Perhaps a real psychologist would have a better idea than a huge reptile , who thinks he is a know it all but frankly just makes up alot of stuff as he goes along....especially if it sounds logical.

    "All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway." - Harry S. Truman

     
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    I have posted this song before. This is one of the most moving songs about the death of a loved one that I have heard.

    "After You're Gone" - Iris Dement

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLspEHysE4M





    "Hold it fellows, that don't move me. Let's get real, real gone for a change."

    -Elvis Presley

     
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    I have 2 songs that really stuck with me about death.Rather than to get into the personal reasons they mean so much to me,I'll just list them.

    The first is fairly obvious and I'm sure would be the choice of many.

    Elton John's - "Love lies bleeding/Funeral for a friend"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p_xAToFzck

     The second,which touches me much more emotionally,is:

    Linda Ronstat's - "Good-Bye my friend"  

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBHcUv_42zI
     
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    "Late" - Ben Folds

    (written about Elliott Smith; it's one of the best recent examples, IMO.)

    "Bandstand in the Sky" - Pete Yorn

    (a little more obscure; Pete says he wrote it about Jeff Buckley, but he's been known to dedicate it to other late musicians (i.e. Smith) when performing it live; another standout)

    "Say Hello To Heaven" - Temple Of The Dog

    (about Andy Wood of Mother Love Bone, et al.)

    ...plus any number of Neil Young 'devotionals':

    "Down By The River", "Tonight's The Night", "After The Gold Rush", "Unknown Legend", etc.

     

     

     
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    For some reason, I have always been fixated on this subject matter:


    Song and Emotion - Tesla (Dedicated to the late Steve Clark)

    Whatever Happened to Jayne - LA Guns

    Michelle - Enuff Z'Nuff

    Fly to the Angels - Slaughter

    Don't Close Your Eyes - Kix

    Tout Le Monde (Megadeth - this is my funeral song)

    But have to agree with Matty in that "Say Hello to Heaven" by Temple of the Dog is the one that moves me like no other.

    In the space of two years 93 - 95, I lost a cousin and an ex-lover to AIDS. Verses one and two could literally have been written about them. I have the lyrics to this song framed with pictures of both of them on the lyric sheet.

     

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    Matty - speaking of Andrew Wood, if you have not listened to it before, check out "Mr. Lovedog" by Faster Pussycat. This was also written about Andy. Some say Andy was one of the fathers of Grunge but he was heavily influenced by the Glam scene and that scene in turn paid their respects to him.




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flx2ZTfzalk

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    Get high - high - high  on a new thing.

     
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    Eva Cassidy's version of "Over the Rainbow"   (or any version you may prefer ...)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccCnL8hArW8

     

    Bright Eyes -- Art Garfunkel (from Watership Down)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a502RejLz8s

     

    Magic  - Ben Folds Five

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz1KDZe4j1k

     

    Sunny Side of Heaven -- FWM (Bare Trees) 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dp95cSVff4

     

     
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    In response to jesseyeric's comment:

    Matty - speaking of Andrew Wood, if you have not listened to it before, check out "Mr. Lovedog" by Faster Pussycat. This was also written about Andy. Some say Andy was one of the fathers of Grunge but he was heavily influenced by the Glam scene and that scene in turn paid their respects to him.




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flx2ZTfzalk

    Took myself a small vacation, kind of on investigation. Checking out a new sensation, finding much invigoration. Hand is on the buzzer and i'm walking through the door.

    Get high - high - high  on a new thing.



    Thanks.

    Yes, I know the song well.  For only being on the scene a short time, Wood inspired many of the people around him in profound ways.  The inclusion of "Would?" (AIC) and "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" (MLB) on the Singles soundtrack were both overt tributes to the man and indicative of the scene.

    I did a research project once on the whole Seattle music scene of the late 80s/early 90s that pivoted mainly off of Andy Wood and Chris Cornell (who were close friends and roommates) and The Melvins...kind of a nexus of underground music at the time.

     

     
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    I think a lot of people haven't looked as deeply as they should with Andy. He started
    Malfunkshun back in 1980 and did some excellent music.


    Took myself a small vacation, kind of on investigation. Checking out a new sensation, finding much invigoration. Hand is on the buzzer and i'm walking through the door.

    Get high - high - high  on a new thing.

     
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