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I Love Rock 'N' Roll


Do you know this great song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts? In a recent post, I mentioned the band ZZ Top not expecting many Russians to know them. But most did! Many American bands have a global reputation, but I didn't think ZZ Top fell into this category. Once again, you taught me something new. :)

Travel is my primary passion in life and music is a close second. I love both for the same reason. Travel and songs provide an escape. They transport us to different worlds or bring us back to a familiar one. Both evoke real emotion for me. Some songs and places even make me teary-eyed. When I visit Amish land in Lancaster, Pennsylvania I almost always cry. There are endless examples of songs flooding me with the full spectrum of emotions that it is nearly impossible to list them, or convey how they symbolize some past or present internal struggle, joy or mood.

I spent most of my 20's going to concerts and clubs listening to live music, and still do so today. Almost all of my boyfriends back then were in bands or somehow connected to the music industry. So I went to many concerts for free, got backstage, and lived in this rock 'n' roll world. It was great! Over the years, I've kept all of my concert tickets. Hundreds of them piled up in a memory box, tucked neatly in the midst of other momentos. Here's a small sampling from the past few years. If these tickets could speak, oh the stories they would tell! :)) I suppose now I have moved on a bit from musicians, or at least am more open-minded about the men to which I'm attracted and date. But creativity is still a must, in any form. :)

You probably know by now that I'm not the type of woman who wears jewelry, fancy clothes or carries designer handbags. Instead of a diamond ring, I'd prefer that a guy strum his acoustic guitar, sing to me or write beautiful lyrics or prose. Romance! :)  And if I could have one talent in life, I'd wish for an angelic voice. Sadly I have zero musical skills.

In honor of my second passion, let's dedicate the weekend discussion to music! Which American bands or singers do you like? Do you play any instruments? I'm insanely bored today. Tired from the big holiday celebration, and it's too hot to be outside. Entertain me!


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Jul. 5th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
ZZ Top is actually a well known band in Russia. Well, among those who listen to rock anyway... What surprises me more is that not many people ever heard of Journey outside of the U.S. I consider it one of the greatest american bands.
Jul. 5th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Journey is great and I think more widely known now since their song was featured on the popular show "The Sopranos." And how insane is it that they found a new singer who sounds exactly like the original lead singer Steve Perry! I think this new singer was discovered on YouTube. The power of the Internet! :)
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Jul. 5th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, when I was young, I'm going to concerts and clubs to:).
Rock'n Roll ferever!:)

Nirvana, Metallica, Dream Theater, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Offspring - my favorite US bands.
But the favorite European bands more:))
Jul. 5th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Metallica - one of the greatest live bands! Sadly I never saw Nirvana. Did you know the Offspring singer, Dexter Holland, is a genius? Valedictorian for his high school and then a doctorate candidate in molecular biology. But he abandoned his doctorate to purse Offspring. Well, rock 'n' roll and touring sounds more fun for sure! And much easier to pick up chicks. :)) What European bands do you like?
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Jul. 5th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! I didn't think that you love rock'n'roll music so strong! We're on the same wave then :) I like American band such as: Metallica, Nirvana, System Of A Down, ZZ Top. By the way, do you know about Joanna Stingray? She were popular in Russia and she helped Russian musicians. She tried to promote Russian bands in the US.

I play the acoustic guitar but I have awful voice. Unfortunately,now I don't have time for this.

Shannon, do you like concerts in the clubs or you like open-airs?
Jul. 5th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
System of a Down - I've seen them in concert at a big metal festival. :) They're good, and I think the singer is from Armenian heritage. I don't know Joanna Stingray. Sounds interesting, I'll read about her. I tried to learn acoustic guitar also but lost patience.

I like concerts in smaller venues like clubs because they're more intimate and singers sound better in this environment. In large or open air stadiums, the quality of vocals is often lost. A lot of people just focus on the actual music but for me lyrics also are very important. So I want to understand what someone is saying. :) We're very lucky in the DC area because all big acts come here and we have a lot of different places for live music.

Btw, I like all types of music but rock music is my favorite. My sister listens mostly to country music and I sometimes go to country concerts with her.
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Jul. 5th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Music is like breathing for me. I need it. I am so passionate about it. A song can directly affect my mood good or bad, happy or sad. I love all kinds of music, except not a lot of mean angry screamy metal music. I usually like not mainstream artists the best, but also Love a good catchy pop or rock song. I used to play instruments. The cello, saxaphone, clarinet. And i taught myself to play basic piano. I havent done any in years, Im not sure if i would remember how. I sang in choir in school, but my voice is crap anymore. Reserved for the car, shower or putting little ones to sleep. Okay or while cleaning the house. Thats also where i flex my dancing skills. I would rather listen to music, especially live, than almost anything else. Great topic woman! Loves!
Ps- I think we saw that Tom Petty concert together. Aah.. Memories..

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Jul. 5th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you played those instruments. Cool! I know your passion for music and remember many concerts together. Especially Tim McGraw, where all the drunken rednecks were tripping over us or trying to hug us. :)) Good times!
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Jul. 5th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
From US - Metallica, Nirvana, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Buckethead (my favorite guitar player in the world)
From Canada - Metric, Grimes
And almost all of my favorite bands from UK :)

Also I like Gogol Bordello. They are American or Russian or Ukrainian? I'm not sure.
Do you heard?
Jul. 5th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Buckethead - interesting character! :)) I don't know Gogol Bordello. I'll check them out, thanks.
Jul. 5th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
I don't listen music much. But I would say, that my the most liked american singer is Louis Armstrong.
And, if we talk about foreign bands, my favourite band is swedish "Roxette".
Jul. 5th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
My mom is like this, she never listens to music. It's strange for me! I like hearing jazz music live. It's perhaps one of the most soulful music genres.
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Jul. 5th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
These are hardcore bands! I like "chick metal" as my male friends say. :)) But they're still dragging me to these types of concerts all the time. Do you know the band Lamb of God? I saw them a few years ago. Scary! :)
Jul. 5th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I play piano and keyboards, percussion and drums (a little bit) and I am a composer. You can listen to my music at http://www.moebiuscat.com and download my last CD for free.

I have a fairly broad spectrum of musical interests and I know many American bands. But for the last couple of years at least my favorite bands are not American: I like prog rock and I listen most to Jethro Tull (I'm sure you know that one) and Porcupine Tree, or Steven Wilson's solo project now. Amazing musicians, intricate arrangements, great energy, and still very accessible. I've been to Porcupine Tree and Wilson's concerts - they are sold out every time he visits Toronto.

Try this for size, but listen in its entirety, as it's long as many prog rock pieces are, but it doesn't disappoints if you like this kind of music. Best enjoyed full screen, loud and on a good speakers - my "computer speakers" are about my height when I'm sitting in front of my PC, plus a decent sub :-)

Jul. 5th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what am I doing wrong, but I tried to post comments with link and a video and it gets marked as spam, and even without any links it's the same... Maybe something in your LJ settings? I hope this one gets through..
Jul. 5th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I un-spammed it. Thanks. :) I'll check out your site. It's cool you have musical skills. Envious. :)
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Jul. 5th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
80's Hair Bands
Dokken ..Bon Jovi ..Poison ..Guns N Roses..
Motley Crue...Woo Hoo..
Jul. 5th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: 80's Hair Bands
You didn't have to leave your name for this one. I immediately knew it was you! Register a username on LiveJournal. It's easy. :)

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Jul. 5th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
ЗиЗиТоп просто очень запоминающиеся чисто внешне.
Jul. 6th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Their beards are so cool. :))
Jul. 5th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
If you ask about US rock 'n' roll I like old , Presley, Chack Berry ,Chubby Checker , for example. Upon the whole I like good music from around the world. On of my favorite is Meiko Kaji "Flowers Of Carnage"
Jul. 5th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
What's your favorite Elvis song? I used to listen to him a lot in high school.
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Jul. 5th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
And your ? :-)
Jul. 5th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
I like Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, Blue Suede shoes. Lots of others!
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Jul. 6th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
REM are cool.
White Stripes are funny.
And till this day I was pretty sure Tom Petty was British (facepalm)
Of course mid-80's chick-metal like Bon Jovi and all his kin.
A bit apart of them there was Great White - excellent hard rock band and one of the most underrated.
They do LedZeppelin tributes now.

And yea, Joan Jett rocked, Crissie Hynde also rocked there and then, and to my surprise Pretenders still do concerts.
Jul. 6th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Jul. 6th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
I like the Eagles and also Don Henley's solo stuff. I met him once at a book signing and he was very nice. He edited a book called "Heaven is Under Our Feet," a collection of essays by famous actors and figures. The essays were tributes to nature and proceeds benefited the Walden Woods Project, which pertains to the legacy of one of my favorite American authors (Henry David Thoreau). Here's the book page he signed for me. :)) The Eagles come to the DC area almost every summer.

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