Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 5:Queensryche-Silent Lucidity

Not just an epic ballad, but THE ballad. Well at least in my opinion, however, I am a bit bias when it comes to Queensryche, especially from the time when Geoff Tate was still the lead vocalist.

Lyrics
Hush now, don’t you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You’re lying safe in bed


It was all a bad dream spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you, leaving the game of life


So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day, your dream is over
Or has it just begun?


There’s a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run to in the night
Relax child, you were there


Only didn’t realize, and you were scared
It’s a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years


And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you’ll hear and see


This magic, new dimension
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through


I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you
In silent lucidity


Visualize your dream (yes)
Record it in the present tense
Put it into a permanent form (yes)


If you persist in your efforts, you can achieve dream control (help me)
How are we feeling today, better?


Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)


If you open your mind for me
You won’t rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within


Come tumbling down and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You’re safe from pain in the dream domain


A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize


Your dream’s alive, you can be the guide but
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through


I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you


Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Chris Degarmo
Silent Lucidity lyrics © Tri-ryche Corp.

Epic Rock-Episode 3-Queensryche-Suite Sister Mary

Dr. X: “Kill her. That’s all you have to do”
Nikki: “Kill Mary?”
Dr. X: “She’s a risk, and get the priest as well”
10 P.M., I feel the rain coming down
My face feels the wet, my mind the storm
Flashing lights as people race to find shelter from the pour
Moving silent, through the streets, they’re mine, they’re mine
Midnite, she sings praises in the Hall
To saintly faces hallowed be their names she can’t recall
Sister Mary, virgin Mary, silent with her sin
“What are you doing out in the rain?”
She feels me, I can taste her breath when she speaks
“I’ve been waiting for you, Come in”
Mary, Mary just a whore for the underground
They made you pay in guilt for your salvation
Thought you had them fooled?
Now they’ve sent me for you
You know too much for your own good
Don’t offer me faith, I’ve got all I need here
My faith is growing, growing tight against the seam
What we need is trust, to keep us both alive
Help us make it through the night
I’ve no more want of any faith
Binds my arm and feed my mind
The only peace I’ve ever known
I’ll close my eyes and you shoot
No Mary, listen, you’ve got to pull your strength from my lips
I pray I feed you well
Your precious cross is gone, it made me wait so long
For what you gave to everyone
The priest is cold and dead on his knees he fed
From my barrel of death, he turned the Holy water red
As he died he said thank you
I just watched him bleed
I feel the flow, the blessed stain
Sweating hands like fire, and flames
Burn my thighs, spread in sacrificial rite
The hallowed altar burns my flesh once more tonight
Mary, sweet lady of pain
Always alone
Blind you search for the truth
I see myself in you, parallel lives
Winding at light-speed through time
No time to rest yet
We’ve got to stop his game
Before madness has the final laugh
Too much bloodshed
We’re being used and fed
Like rats in experiments
No final outcome here
Only pain and fear
It’s followed us both all our lives
There’s one thing left to see
Will it be him or me?
There’s one more candle left to light
Don’t turn your back on my disgrace
The blood of Christ can’t heal my wounds so deep
The sins of man are all I taste
Can’t spit the memory from my mind
I can’t cry anymore
Mary, my lady of pain, always alone
Blind you search for the truth
I see myself in you, parallel lives
Winding at light-speed through time, you’re mine
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: De Garmo Chris / Tate Geoff
Suite Sister Mary lyrics © Tri-ryche Corp.

Cover up-Episode 1: Gonna Get Close to You-Queensryche and Dalbello

Every self respecting Heavy Metal fan will know “Gonna get Close to you” by Queensryche. But how many know it was actually a cover version?

The original was released in 1984 by Lisa Dalbello.

I like to look at shadows sweating on the wall
I get excited when I hear footsteps in the hall
Outside your balcony I have a room with a view
And I’m watching you
I dial your telephone each and every afternoon
I wait by your door till you’re asleep at night
And when you’re alone I know when you
Turn out the light
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m gonna get close
You fumble for your keys
I’m six or seven steps behind you
I’m so close to you
Are you terrified of me? What do I know about you
How did I find out?
You think I’m a fool or maybe some kind of lunatic
Say I’m wasting my time but I know what to do with it
It’s as plain as black and white
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh so close
If you knew my infinite charm
There’d be no reason to be so alarmed
Maybe I’m wrong maybe I’m right
Maybe I’m some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting all of my time
But I know what to do with it
It is plain as black and white
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m like a hungry Criminal
and your protection is minimal
So minimal
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Lisa Dalbello

ROCKTOBER-Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime

It is rare that a song gets better when it has been re-released , but this is the case with “Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime”. It was originally released as “Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann” on October 5,1984 by Nena, written by Jörn-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen and Carlo Karges.

The original song was a commercial success in Europe and it reached number 3 in the German charts in 1984.

It was the last top-five entry Nena was to have in her homeland for 19 years until in 2003 she reprised the song as the duet “Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime” with another 80s icon, Kim Wilde. as part of Nena’s 2002 career revival brought about by the triple platinum Nena feat. Nena album. The song also featured in all three seasons of the 2017-2020 Netflix German science fiction thriller series Dark.

There is a slight musical twist to the 2003 version.

The twist is not so much relating to the song but rather to the person who wrote the English lyrics, Lisa Dalbello.

Lisa Dalbello had a hit single in 1987 titled “Tango” .But that is not the twist I am talking about. She also wrote and released “Gonna Get close to you” which was covered by Seattle based Heavy Metal band Queensryche, it was their version that really got ne interested in the band and I have been a fan ever since. It is also a case where the cover version was better then the original.

I am ending the blog with Queensryche’s version of the song.

It’s the Singer not the Song.

Vital Signs is a 1984 album released by one of my all time favourite bands Survivor. I was a bit reluctant to buy the album because Survivor had changed singers, from Dave Bickler to Jimi Jamison. However it turned out to be one of their best albums.

On it there was a track called “It’s the singer not the song” and I actually forgot how good that album and that particular track were.

I also think it is a true statement that a good singer makes the song. I was never a great Bob Dylan fan but I like a lot of his songs , sung by other singers.

This blog is a tribute to some of the finest Rock singers, well at least in my opinion. So sit back, relax and enjoy.

The trend of Retro

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Just when you think that the whole world has gone digital and cyber-crazy a new trend emerges. It is the trend of’ old stuff coming back’, the ‘trend of Retro’ so to speak.

The above picture is of a Nokia 3310. Nokia announced that in the midst of all things ‘Smart’ they are bringing the 3310 back. It make sense I suppose because people are getting more and more frustrated(me included) about the battery life of the Smart Phones. At the end of the day regardless of all the fancy features, the primary function is still a Phone.

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I had a 3310 and the battery would last forever. You could leave the phone alone for a month and you’d still have 99% battery life.

I grew up listening to Vinyl albums,singles and cassette tapes.

 

Then around 1982 this new invention was released, the Compact Disc player.(even though Philips already had the first concept of a CD player in 1968) The CD’s were supposed to be indestructible, they could even survive nuclear disasters.

The CD’s were the future and would replace all vinyl and tape formats.

 

Then come 21st century and the world has gone on-line. Apple came out with this pocket size device called the iPod.intro_originalipod

It allowed customers to download music from the internet on the iPod. Many people think that the iPod was the first MP3 type of music player but in fact , the first MP3 player was developed in the early 1990s by Frauenhofer, but this player was unsuccessful. In 1997 Tomislav Uzelac of Advanced Multimedia Products invented the AMP MP3 Playback Engine, which is recognized as the first successful MP3 Player.

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These devices were portable and would replace the Walkman’s and Discman devices. So the days of tapes and CD’s were surely numbered.

But the last few years there has been a revival of the Vinyl albums.And because it is now trendy to buy Vinyl albums again, record companies can charge these ‘Trendy’ new customers twice the price.

Even the cassette tape is set to make its return to a retailer near you. As for the CD’s they didn’t actually disappear.

Streaming is now the new format to threaten all other formats, but for some reason I don’t think that is really going to happen.

As for me I am holding on to all formats of music I have. I made the silly mistake in the 80’s to give away all my vinyl albums to replace them with CD’s. Not realizing that some albums were never going to be released on CD.Although in my collection at the time I was told that the debut  EP Queensryche by Queensryche was very unlikely to ever be released in a format other then Vinyl.

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Lucky for me they were wrong.

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