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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rock Music Videos: SongWriter X and the Skeleton Band part 3 (Formerly Calavera Skeleton Band).

May I introduce to you the one and only Songwriter X and the Skeleton Band. Our third installment begins:

Wondrous Night

What's on the top of tree? I assume Wondrous night is about Christmas. The peace is Christmas is in fact when you feel all is well with the world. You have done people right and can finally relax! But that pesky clown is stealing the top ornament. 

To search for him we head back to the Arroyo Grande tunnel. Let's just enter that orange and Blue vortex already! Once we enter we will find the costumes they are all wearing. Back to the house. Is the ornament there? 

Time to learn about the Art of War again. I am going to read that at my family's Christmas this year and note the reaction. 

Indeed, who cares if the world does come crashing down on you. On such a beautiful night as Christmas, you can listen to a terrific Christmas song. A song with beautiful vocal and instrumental melodies. 

On My Sleeve

A Byrdsy opening guitar riff. The vocals compliment the music perfectly. I like the variation in both the music and vocal verses. The Songwriter X and Skeleton Band members wear their hearts on their sleeve. 

A fun song. Because 1:48 is a magnificent sound. How is the guitar tuned? 

The band plays as a cohesive unit. They each play their parts. Susi and Songwriter X dance in sync to the song. The song ends with transcendent guitar playing. Introduce yourself in the comments Guitar Aficionado. 

And I want to hear from YOU. Let me know what you think of this great rock band.

Rock Hasta La Muerte


This is obviously the Spanish version of Rock Til you die with a few changes.
For one the Spanish Pirate ship is different.

Oh no! Here comes those pesky kids that are unaware of the danger they face in a dark castle. If they were ever challenged to a guitar hero competition these musical skeletons would destroy them. At last, they have realized how to fit in. They must wear Skeleton costumes. The two clones are inviting you back to the castle.

In conclusion, don't pay $500 for Rosetta Stone Spanish. Just study this video to enjoy your trip to Barcelona, Spain.


Gonna Be Myself
I love the watery guitar riff. This is a sound I crave. The beauty of sound I cannot describe. The playing of I cannot comprehend.

True to the lyrics, Songwriter X and the Skeleton Band certainly live their own way. They are bold and do their own thing. Firstly, they travel in a Green hearse Cadillac with the license plate abbreviating Mortician.

Secondly, Songwriter X and Susi are trying to ride a horse fossil that has 0 horsepower inside Socrates cave. But they can't care. They refuse to care. They are enjoying life.

And the wall graffiti rings true,
there is always hope
if you can adapt the be yourself concept. As psychologists say,  "as long as you are not hurting anyone else it is an acceptable way to be." Rather, this rock song is the avoidance of being hurt or judged.

Yet with Transcendent guitar solos towards the end of this song, Songwriter X and the Skeleton Band deserve your praise, likes, shares, diggs, and plus ones.

Those nincompoop kids are back fighting on top of the columns. As a British YouTuber would say
I can't be bothered to help them. 
Support the band Songwriter X and the Skeleton Band first by:
Checking out the other two reviews: http://rock43.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-calvera-skeleton-band-2.html, and http://rock43.blogspot.com/2015/09/folks-i-introduce-to-stage-tonight.html

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Smash Mouth Astrolounge

For anyone who's our age (born mid to late 1980s) the rock album Smash Mouth Astrolounge is a big part of our childhood whether we realize it or not. I still listen to this rock album when driving with friends. There's something retro about the rock group Smash Mouth.

My favorites are: Waste, Then the Morning Comes, and Can't Get Enough of You Baby.

This rock album is based upon a space theme. I get this great nostalgic feeling as though the 60s are actually kinda around; and that I'm living in them.

Greg Camp is a very talented rock songwriter.

Waste has great guitar

Then the morning comes is a classic song that could've been popular in the 70s.

Can't get enough of you baby was in a Pizza Hut commercial w a bunch of 20 somethings.

So I kinda associated that rock song with our age group.

We want to hear your comments about Astrolounge. Let the discussion begin.

By Bill Watt


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SongWriter X and The Skeleton Band 2 (Formerly Calavera Skeleton Band)

I have watched more of the Calvera Skeleton band videos. I will share my comments.
Roll The Bones 
Roll the Bones has a title that I expected a more poppish tune. But an old 50's swing era singer leads this soft and slow song. A female trumpeter takes center stage who I may have recalled seeing in another video. The video is simple with the band members performing on a bright-colored twirling platform. One lyric that stands out is
Dance away the sins of old
This theme appears again in Red. The song ends with a peace-inducing jazz instrumental. Only this has a clearer shallower sound with better percussion.


When Everything Was Alright

When everything was alright has a 90s power rock beat that would be perfect for radio. The vocals and music have variety going from each verse and chorus. The few sentences that are repeated enough and the heavy rock beat make this a perfect song to be performed live at clubs. 


The Clown Who Stole Christmas


An Australian Didgeridoo is played at the beginning of The Clown Who Stole Christmas. A video that is part of the Skeleton world series. This screams ORIGINALITY. Settled in a nice mansion by a warm fire on Christmas day. Looking out the window, are they in London? Some really nice paintings with golden frames. Apparently these videos are paying off big time for them. I think the audio recording was from a band member's actual Christmas experience! Haha this should be a one act play at high schools. 

The clown is a very strange looking cat. And when the main couple meets family or friends at the Arroyo Grande. They appear to be meeting 3 very strange magi that want them to step into the orange and blue vortex. Why is Al Roker with the voice of Macy Gray part of their family? 

The Art of War is read with AUTHORITY. They realize the spider has been taken from the Christmas tree.  And the guy on the far right has very nervous guilty energy. They try replacing it with an orange palm and Garfield. Neither one fit on top of the tree. Nervous energy dude brings her a pot holder. She rightfully hits him with it. But she thanks him for his kindness. We know that he is innocent. And the clown has appeared. He is captured and wrapped with Christmas Lights. 

Man! I thought my holidays were rough. The Skeleton Band song Wondrous Night plays. A decent peaceful Christmas song. And a main reason I enjoy their videos is that despite the skeleton masks there is a warmth and humor to each video. 

I Wanna Be A Beatle

I wanna be a Beatle at midnight. The fake band Wanna Beatles has wannabe etched into their title. The beginning of the video gives off this Hard Day's Night crazy fame vibe. During the video Indy Rock Skeleton Band alludes to the following Beatles songs and characters:
Norweigen Wood,
Within You Without You
No Reply
Won't Be Long
Penny Lane
Abbey Road Cover
spoof on Abbey Road Cover
Paul McCartney look a like
John Lennon look a like (most notably on penny lane portion)
Helter Skelter
Strawberry fields
Eight days a week
Revolution
Because
I am The Walrus
Word

Such a wide variety of Beatles songs are alluded either in obvious visual ways or sung. And more subtly with different vocal beats. They also used British decorated guitars. The Beatles had such a unique brand that gave each of their songs a signature Beatles sound.

But Michael Jackson sneaks in as the man on the far right at 3:25.


Red


Red has Calvera Skeleton band signature guitar sound. However, the lead singer is trying a different type of singing. A more classic rock, even 80s rock style. I don't know the significance of Red. But I may infer the theme has to do with love. Because of the Roses and because the singer wants to atone for the wrong he has done. When the band comes into the picture watch for the lead singers doppelganger. 

Rock Til You Die 2015

Rock Til You Die 2015 is their signature rock anthem redone. A clearer, louder sound with added solos. They are in simpler more open space. And the song becomes more badass than the older version. 

The video features a moon with buildings sideways like in the interior universe of San Andreas Grand Theft Auto. In fact, you feel like you are in an unknown dimension in a secret world. The ground doesn't look solid. One false move and you could plummet endlessly. A great guitar solo that is as exciting as any I have heard. From the road we go to volcanic beaches. These guys take risks. Back on the moon again. We finish near the Witch's castle. 

Bonehead and the Groupies


Bonehead meets his groupies in a library that needs a new floor. Rock til you Die is played with Hippish sounds mixed in. The wolf-haired drummer is overtaken by his groupies. As they go down the non-fiction section, across to the sports section. This band remains a mystery.