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6th Song You Should Be Thankful For: Weezer – Say It Ain’t So

Well, well, what do we have here? This song is a cult classic to say the least. The problem with reviewing a song like this is that while the artist has an extremely specific meaning for the song, it means something different to everyone who listens to it. So let’s get it out of the way right off the bat: Rivers Cuomo wrote this song as a direct outlet for his disdain for alcohol and the fact that it ruined his parents’ marriage and threatened his mother’s second marriage. Cuomo was always outspoken about how he spent many years not talking to his father because of how much he hurt his mother, but I view this song (and also this time of his life) as the reconciliation period where he finally forgave his father. That’s my take on the facts, only Cuomo actually knows the truth. Say it Ain’t  So off of the “Blue Album” Weezer (never understood why they did that, but eh, whatever) is so much more than Cuomo’s anti-alcohol-teenage angst-come-reconciliation; it’s an anthem of a generation. Hoards of angry teens and twenty somethings rallied around songs like this and Teenage Wasteland to cry out against all the wrongs in their lives, whether real or manufactured. And I can see why people would want to rally around this jam; it’s just simply “good”. I could end this review right here: “This is Weezer, this is good”, but let’s take a slightly deeper look into the song. Continue reading


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5th Song You Should Be Thankful For: Lee Brice – I Drive Your Truck

I heard this song almost a year ago when I was first put on to Lee Brice, and I knew back then that this song was going to be a single, and if it wasn’t going to be a single it was at least going to be an exceptionally important song, at least to me. The song is about a sibling who lost his brother overseas in the war and the only way he coped with the loss is to drive his brother’s truck and displace his grief into the accelerator. I’ll be completely honest and say that I’m an unapologetic patriot, and I support the troops 100% even if I don’t agree with the policies that got them there in the first place. That being said, I can’t imagine how anyone can’t sympathize with this song, the loss of a sibling is extremely tough and sometimes you need to just vent. Jimmy Yeary (the co-writer) said in an interview that he heard on a radio show about a mother who coped with the loss of her son in the war by driving his truck around and that it touched him so much he wanted to commemorate it in some way. I’d have to say I agree. Continue reading


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So uhh…yeah

A little note, I know it’s been precisely 7 months since I last posted a song, and to be honest I’ve had a couple song reviews written and ready to be posted, but according to my manifest, as soon as that fifth song was written, I’d have to start posting reviews every week, and frankly my schedule at the time didn’t warrant me to be able to spend a few hours a week listening to one song over and over again and writing about it. I’m not much better off now, but I’m much better than I was then. I know I haven’t marketed the site or anything yet, so chances of you stumbling on this is very slim but that’s my mea culpa, and without further ado: More Music You Should Be Thankful For!


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Fourth Song You Should Be Thankful For – John Mayer – Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January, 1967

Now to be completely frank, I really don’t prefer John Mayer’s music. I never could get into his sound, it seemed contrived and forced. When I was in high school, he was all the rage, it seemed like everyone was listening to Your body is a Wonderland on a nonstop clip and I maybe it was just my idea of rebelling against pop culture (to be quite honest, I had really weird taste in music back then) and I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t that his music was bad or that I didn’t particularly like it or anything, but I just never felt that it was particularly special. Nothing about John Mayer’s old work screamed to me “Hey! You need to appreciate the music that I’m making!” and that was really all the chance I gave it.

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3rd Song You Should Be Thankful For: Jay Z – Meet The Parents

The Blueprint 2 was never really regarded as one of Jay Z’s classics, and to be honest there were a lot of songs on it that felt like pure filler material. But to my 12 year old mind there was literally nothing better. I loved every single song on the album and the dual disks were a prominent fixture in my CD player. I loved the club bangers, the intellectual songs, even the songs that really had no reason to exist: I loved it all. As I grew older and got a bit better at critically listening to music, I realized more and more that the album was pretty bad. Not in an un-listenable way, but more of a “what the hell was he thinking?” sort of way. Jay-Z was coming off of one of the most critically successful rap albums ever made (The Blueprint) a platinum seller and Grammy nominated for I.Z Z.O. Don’t worry, I will get to some songs on that album in due time. To call the Blueprint 2 ambitious is giving it too much credit, Jay-Z had an idea, make an album for those that like the fun Jay-Z and make an album for those that like the intellectual Jay-Z and combine them and make a double feature. The problem with double features is that it would almost always invariably make a better single disk album, and The Blueprint 2 did, when it was rereleased as The Blueprint 2.1 (which yes, i bought, For the two bonus tracks). 2.1 had a perfect mix of just his GOOD fun and intellectual songs, and Meet the Parents is a prime example of just how good Jay Z can be when he puts his mind into making an impact. Continue reading


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2nd Song You Should Be Thankful For: Bayside – Masterpiece

I know I’m going to start off by reviewing two very alternative bands; but I want to assure you that I have VERY diverse tastes in music. In fact, one of my favorite genres is country, right next to hip-hop and rap. Today I want to discuss a song that we all need to be thankful exists because not only does it send a great message (one that I tend to forget at times) but its masked in a heavy handed rock jam that can grab you in and you might not even realize that there is a great message to the song. Continue reading


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Welcome! 1st Song You Should Be Thankful For: The Bravery – The Ocean

So this blog has been a desire of mine for quite some time. I know blogs come and go, I’ve been a prime example in the past; but hopefully this time it’ll be different. I’m going to start off by posting 5 songs as kind of a way to kick off the blog and then afterwards on Mondays I’ll add a new post so that maybe you’ll have something fun to read to start your work week! I’m going to go on record and say don’t hold me too it just yet, if I miss a Monday, I’ll let you know. I also welcome comments, I will be moderating comments to start so if you disagree or hate a piece just be respectful. I’m not here to censor you, but I’d rather not have 100 comments a post about male enlargement and mail order brides. I use profanity, in moderation, so you can too, but anything that’s just a string of profane or racial/sexist offensive language will not be tolerated. So without further ado! Music You Should Be Thankful For!

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