Apparently it’s been 18 years since Californication came out. I came across this article recently and it reminded me how much I love this album. Otherside is one of my favorite songs, so here you go.
I was inspired last week after posting John Frusciante’s cover of How Deep is Your Love to listen to the original. I never listened to The Bee Gee’s, and I spent most of the week going through their old records. This video is hilarious, but what a great song.
I’m not a fan of Dream Theater in general. Maybe that’ll change over time, but I really like their guitarist. The opening riff to this song is awesome. I wish I didn’t dislike their singer so much because I have that opening riff stuck in my head.
I can’t believe I haven’t put up a Tool song yet. Tool is easily the most important band for me and my musical tastes. They’re a hard rock band which is how I got introduced to them, but their weirdness is what really made them important to me. Up until I discovered Tool, I was listening to mostly radio friendly hard rock music. Tool opened my eyes to prog music. I’m a huge modern prog fan because of Tool. I listened to Lateralus on repeat in my first car all the way through high school. Easily the single most important album of my life. As I was learning to play guitar and learning more advanced techniques, I learned how to play almost every song they’ve ever made. I can’t recall all of it now, but I still have a lot of that muscle memory in my fingers. Tool has a weird reputation now, and Tool fans have an even weirder reputation. That’s unfortunate, because they’re a really smart band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
This song is basically the anthem of my teenage angst. I absolutely love this song, and Maynard‘s scream at the end was so identifiable. He was screaming all the frustration that I had as a young man trying to figure out how to navigate life. This song is a classic, and I can guarantee there will be more Tool posted in the future.
Last week I talked about Linkin Park and how much simple riffs helped drive and motivate me to stick with the guitar. Basket Case is literally the first real song I ever learned on the guitar. I had a crappy little knock-off amp and my Squire, and I could not believe I was making the same sounds I heard in this song. This is literally the song that drove me to learn the guitar. Basket Case (and the whole Dookie album) showed me that music can be heavy and melodic at the same time. I love the song, the album, and it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
I haven’t listened to Linkin Park in years. One of their songs come on the radio while I was driving around, and it reminded me of when I was first learning to play the guitar. The main song from this riff is one of the very first things I ever learned to play. The song is tuned to Drop D, and the riff is made up of three power chords. At the time I was just getting into heavier music, and the ability to replicate the sounds I was into at the time was a revelation t0 me. It was those early experiences that made me fall in love with the guitar. My musical tastes have moved past Linkin Park, but this song will always have a special place in my heart.
I’m a humongous Jack White fan. I loved the White Stripes and I was heartbroken when they broke up. While I’ll always miss Meg and Jack together, Jack’s solo career has been amazing. Jack White is always pushing himself to do new and interesting things. I love this song and I love Jack White.