Contents tagged with Music

  • On the Podsafe Music Network's good behavior policy for members

    Joel sent me an intriguing article that was critical of the Podsafe Music Network's policy for member podcast producers to swear to an oath of responsible 'Netizen behavior.  Since the PMN provides royalty-free, podsafe music for open use in podcasts, the catch is that registered members who play said tracks on their own shows - myself included, hence Joel's forward - must implicitly agree to not engage in "referencing 'software piracy (warez, cracking, etc.), hacking, phreaking, emulators, ROM's, or illegal MP3 activity' or saying anything 'deemed unsuitable or harmful to the reputation of PodShow or the Licensor.'"


  • Will/can there ever be a Metallica podcast?

    I'm a huge Metallica fan.  Let's get that straight.  But a thought crept into my brain this evening, which made me wonder if the whole Napster controversy will prevent possible fans from producing and distributing Metalica podcasts, with MP3s being the format in which podcasts are produced.


  • Kick-ass cover songs by folks from the UK...and the circle of life

    I fortunately stumbled across an online radio station (whose name I tragically can't recall at the moment), which played a phenomenal 11-minute cover of Radiohead's “Creep” by U2.  It was amazing.  This proved to be prophetically significant, as on the drive home from work I tuned into a local rock radio station (my company's competitor, no less), and heard Radiohead covering “Wonderwall” by Oasis. 

    Which of course, is a name 'borrowed' from an old George Harrison album.   Who was of course, a member of The Beatles.  Who Oasis said they were superior in their mainstream heyday.  Which U2 rightfully chastized them for.

    I'm gonna go rent “The Lion King“ now, continuing this “circle of life“ theme.  :)



  • My next music project: 80's/90's songs featuring the word "love" in the title

    A few weeks ago I started what I considered to be an ambitious side project, collecting the greatest 80's power/monster ballads.  Apparently, many of you felt this was also a noble effort.  J


    Now, I'm going to try and take this a step further.  I'm going to try to get a CD together of each and every 70's/80's/90's song with "love" featured in the title.  I was going to include the 60's, but hey…I've got to go to back to work some time.  Now a little about me: I'm a lifelong rocker, but I like all genres of music, so there's some dance, some new wave, perhaps some country, and some Top 40 pop stuff.


    Here's what I came up with off the top of my head:


    q       Depeche Mode – "Strangelove"

    q       Def Leppard - "When Love & Hate Collide"

    q       Book of Love "I Touch Roses" (OK…this is the band's name, not the song title, but it's a great new wave dance song)

    q       Erasure – "Chains of Love"

    q       Nazareth – "Love Hurts"

    q       Scorpions – "Lovedrive"

    q       Scorpions - “Still Loving You“

    q       Def Leppard - “Love Bites“

    q       Kiss - “I Still Love You“

    q       Kiss – "Love Gun"

    q       Tesla - “Love Song“ (these guys started gigging on Guam in the 80's!  For realz!)

    q       Saigon Kick - “Love is on the Way"

    q       The Cardigans – "Lovefool"

    q       Pantera - "This Love"

    q       Motley Crue – "Too Young to Fall in Love"

    q       Kelly Clarkson – "The Trouble with Love Is" (Kelly and I have the same birthday - April 24!  And ironically, so does Barbara Streisand!)

    q       Dokken – "It's Not Love"

    q       Tonic – "The Way She Love Me"

    q       W.A.S.P. – "Love Machine"

    q       FireHouse – "Love of A Lifetime"

    q       Queensryche – "I Don't Believe in Love"


    What I need is your help…feel free to add your own songs…there are undoubtedly many I missed out on.  Have fun with this!


  • 80's guitar tablature request: Winger's "Miles Away"

    One of the side projects I'm working on is getting together a really kick-ass list of 80's monster ballads.  Part of this is because I'm personally covering all the tunes for my own amusement.  However, one song that's eluded me for years is Winger's “Miles Away” (the acoustic version by Kip Winger is awesome).  I've always been terrible at transcribing music, so if anyone has the chord progression or a link to it, I'd be most appreciative.


  • My lil' side project: compiling the greatest 80's monster ballads

    To keep my waning sanity from completely leaving me, I'm doing something I haven't done in years...made a mix CD (OK...way back when it was tapes, but I've since caught up with the times).  Actually, there's a dual meaning...I'm also gathering all this stuff so I can make a CD of me covering all them, with me playing all the musical parts.  So, I'm still compiling, but of a different nature.  Ha! 

    The theme is 80's monster/power/rock ballads, and I've got a decent collection going...I'd like your help on what else should be in this, the ultimate in cheese and emotion:

    • Steelheart - “She's Gone“
    • Winger - “Miles Away“
    • Europe - “Carrie“
    • Warrant - “I Saw Red (live)“
    • Stryper - “Honestly“
    • Scorpions - “Still Loving You“
    • Scorpions - “Send Me An Angel“
    • Scorpions - “Always Somewhere“ (what can you say?  These guys are the kings!)
    • Def Leppard - “Bringin' on the Heartbreak“
    • Def Leppard - “Love Bites“
    • Def Leppard - “When Love and Hate Collide“
    • Kix - “Don't Close Your Eyes“
    • Cinderella - “Nobody's Fool“
    • Great White - “Rock Me“
    • Kiss - “Beth“
    • Kiss - “I Still Love You“
    • Bon Jovi - “I'll Be There For You“
    • Dokken - “Alone Again” (live from One Live Night...the best track ever!)
    • Tesla - “Love Song“ (these guys started gigging on Guam in the 80's!  For realz!)
    • Saigon Kick - “Love is on the Way“
    • Giant - “I'll See You in My Dreams“
    • Krokus - “Screaming in the Night“
    • McCauley Schenker Group - “Anytime“
    • Vixen - “Cryin'“
    • Queensryche - “Silent Lucidity“
    • Simple Plan - “Perfect“ (I'm letting this one just came out this year (2004), but it's too good of a song)

    These also are excellent songs to write code to.  I've been using them as the impetus for a blogging app I'm doing and it's coming along nicely.  So tack on your favorite tracks...thrash, glam,'s all welcome.

    Thanks for your input!


  • Slipknot rules on The Tonight Show

    OK, this actually happened a couple weeks back, but we get our TV programming tape delayed out here in Technical Purgatory (Guam), so my station showed an episode of The Tonight Show with Slipknot as musical guest.


    The Des Moines 9 totally ripped it up, launching into "Duality" from their new album.


    Jay Leno had a shocked look on his face as he closed the show.  Classic.


  • Music hath soothed the savage developer

    I've been a musician since I was 5 years old, playing guitar, piano and drums (I turn 30 (YIKES!) next month).  I've learned that in software development, as in life, music helps to calm the soul.  Some old friends - Def Leppard - came through for me yet again this morning.

    Working up against an insurmountable deadline with big-time money on the line, I was getting nowhere, running circles on a mobile app with ASP.NET.  So, I spun my “Pyromania” CD.  The band has saved my butt before, and didn't disppoint this time.  I don't really believe in superstition, but this is something that worked before, so I might as well stick with it.  Productivity increased by 500% and I flew through the inevitable debugging process.  By the time I got to “Rock of Ages“ I was nearly finished.  (For the record, I've had similar success with power ballads and classical music.)

    My guess is that because the songs were familiar to me, they took my mind off programming completely directing focus on the problems I was having.  And indirectly the rhythm of the music paced my keyboard-laden labors, creating a “developer's metronome“, if you will.

    Perhaps  when you don't have complete, total, undisturbed focus on something it helps one's workflow.  It makes sense - step away from the forest a bit to see the trees.  It's strange it worked out this way, because in college I was just the opposite.  I wouldn't study until late at night so as not to be bothered by anyone or anything and have total concentration.

    But...I have noticed that there's one genre of music I just can't code to - techno.  Something about the repetitive nature of house, rave or techno music for some strange reason just throws me off and actually promotes more mistakes.  However, I work with creative people who swear by it. 

    Oh well, to each his own.  Long live metal!

    How about you...does music help you write better/faster/cleaner/more efficient code or work better in other ways?  If so, what genre(s)?