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John Arnold

Song of the Day - Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Passenger, The Once & Stu Larsen

Not had one of these for a few weeks. Found this last night and thought it was kinda lovely. So have a random song of the day.

John Arnold

Song of the Day - Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence

This is something I've been meaning to pick as a song of the day and this is as good a time as any because Richard suggested posting a discovery of the month and this is certainly the song I've loved most this month. I've listened to it OVER and OVER.

It's remarkable to me first of all because I *LOVE* Simon and Garfunkel, the original artists to write and record this song. And this is one of my all time favourite songs of theirs. But it's also remarkable because Disturbed is a pretty hard core rock band. Listen to some of their other stuff and you'll see what I mean. So I was expecting this cover to be a travesty turning a beautiful song into some thrash metal abomination. But I have to conclude, taking into account their fantastic cover of Genesis Land of Confusion as well, that Disturbed are an amazingly astute and talented bunch of musicians. They serve the song - in both cases performing them in their own style but with respect for the original and wherever possible enhancing what made the original great.

You might not agree with me but *I* think this version of The Sound of Silence is fantastic and well deserving of a second spot for Disturbed on my "better than the original" playlist.

John Arnold

Song of the Day - Asia - Valkrie

Song of the Day - Asia - Valkrie

I just have to close the loop on this little Asia kick I've been on. So Wetton/Downes/Palmer/Howe started Asia and eventually came back together for the reunion album Phoenix in 2008. That was an absolutely *stunning* album. I loved it right away. Up to that point I'd enjoyed the John Payne version of Asia but hearing John Wetton back at the helm made me realise what I'd really loved in the original Asia albums. So I would be picking something off Phoenix right now but Ruth has forbidden me from doing that for a couple of weeks at least. So instead here's the lead single of their 2014 album Gravitas. It's also a kick-ass album and was the first to feature Sam Coulson on lead guitar after Steve Howe retired from the band due to heavy work pressure from being in both Yes and Asia and that being a bit too much for a chap who's getting on a bit. Fair play I guess.

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Song of the Day - Asia - Feels Like Love

Song of the Day - Asia - Feels Like Love

So this is the second main generation of Asia. The post Wetton years saw John Payne take lead vocals and honestly he's got a pretty great voice. I know it's not a popular view but I quite like the Payne era Asia and they're still performing as Asia now I believe even though John Wetton got the original Asia back together, kinda. Curse you Steve Howe. 

So this is one of the better songs from the Payne era in my opinion. All the songs on this album, Aria, are pretty good. I remember listening to it endlessly when it came out. Sadly it didn't sell to well, though.

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Song of the Day - Asia - Don't Cry

Song of the Day - Asia - Don't Cry

I was looking at Asia thinking I really wanted to pick something from them. Loved them for years and years and finally got to see them live last year. Bucket list thing for me.

Anyway Alpha was the first Asia album I heard. I bought it cause I liked the album cover. I was shallow back then. :) But then I was looking through the list of tracks and how the hell do you choose? Every song on that album is a worthy pick. And then I started searching YouTube and discovered this gem. OMG I had no idea there was a music video for Don't Cry. And it's an awesomely bad Indiana Jones rip off featuring bad acting, bad special effects and some sets worthy of early Doctor Who. And I realised another thing too. Steve Howe has always looked old.

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Song of the Day - Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill

Song of the Day - Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill

I absolutely LOVE Peter Gabriel. He's another one of those true creatives. And this is such a joyful song. It's no wonder it's one of the fans' all time favourites. I *really* hope I get to see him live one day. Check out the live performance. The guy is amazing.

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Song of the Day - Marillion - Beautiful

Song of the Day - Marillion - Beautiful

This came on today and I was suddenly struck with the desire to pick it as my song of the day. I love this song. I used to have it as my phone ring-tone and it kinda ruined the song for me for a long time because whenever it came on I reached for my phone. Now, some years later, I can actually enjoy the song again. Yay.

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Song of the Day - Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn

Song of the Day - Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn

I'm going to pick a great track for all the wrong reasons. Like many my age I became aware of Peter Gunn because it was the music to the arcade classic Spy Hunter. Before that it's less well known as the theme tune for 50s TV detective show Peter Gunn. There are many versions of this including a great one by The Art of Noise with Duane Eddy himself on guitar. But as far as I know this is the original and it's bloody great.

John Arnold

Song of the Day - Chris Hadfield - Space Oddity

Song of the Day - Chris Hadfield - Space Oddity

Because space is cool and Chris Hadfield is cool and Bowie was super cool.

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Song of the Day - David Bowie - Lazarus

Song of the Day - David Bowie - Lazarus

I'm having such a "don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" moment. I have always admired David Bowie as one of those artists that is truly unique and creative. So I can't honestly claim to have been a massive fan. But now I really wish I'd paid more attention.

This video is incredible. Clearly it was made to be released around the time of his death. The words and visuals are so powerful they leave me quite heartbroken and afraid. An incredible body of work that has been true art from start to finish.