Army of Dolls

Delain is a Symphonic Metal Band from The Netherlands. (Don’t worry – English Lyrics!). Delain was formed when the keyboard player for Within Temptation, Martijn Westerholt, contracted a disease and was forced to leave that group in 2002. In 2005 He joined with Charlotte Wessels to reform the group – originally envisioned as studio only – not live. (That was in 2002.) They have had a lot of guests over the years

This song is “Army of Dolls” by Delain from their 2014 album The Human Contradiction. Use the link above if YT tells you the video is “unavailable.” They hate the privacy controls in your browser.

The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King’s novel, The Eyes of the Dragon.

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Flower Humming

Don Tiki is one of the groups that brought Exotica Jazz back in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

Don Tiki is a creative collaboration of Lloyd “Fluid Floyd” Kandell and Kit “Perry Coma” Ebersbach. The band features Hawaii’s top musicians with cumulative experience ranging from jazz fusion to world beat to the Honolulu Symphony to Waikiki Showrooms.

This is “Flower Humming” by Don Tiki, from the 2002 album Skinny Dip With Don Tiki.

Cafe Carnival

Here’s a song for while you’re drinking coffee. (If you’re not drinking coffee, you have all my sympathy.)

Craig Chaquico was playing in clubs when he was 14. In his 20s he was on stage with Jerry Garcia, David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Carlos Santana. He joined Jefferson Starship at 20. I find most of his music, restful, even when it has energy, it is calming somehow.

This song is “Cafe Carnival” by Craig Chaquico, from his 2000 album Panorama. Though that is a “best of” album, but this is apparently one of two songs that were new on that release. (If/when YT tells you the video is “unavailable” use the link above. Today it is working on Windows, but not on Android.)

Ænema

Tool is a Progressive Metal band, though it is hard put that square peg into one of the round holes created by the suits in the American music industry. (The Wiki lists them in different ways in different places.) What they are is a Progressive Rock band with a Heavy Metal foundation. (They do have one of the best drummers in all of Rock, after all.)

Anyway, after I concentrated for a while on their new album, which was released in August, a bunch of their older stuff started showing up in my “recommended” tracks on my streaming services. I both love the chorus of this song…

It’s a bullshit three ring circus sideshow

[Chorus]
Of freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call L.A.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away
Any fucking time, any fucking day
Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay

And this verse that appeals to the prepper in me.

Some say a comet will fall from the sky
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves
Followed by fault lines that cannot sit still
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits

Full lyrics at this link.

This song is “Ænema” by Tool from the 1996 album Ænima. (And yes, they really are spelled differently.)

On the subject of “Arizona Bay.” (See the lyrics.) Bill Hicks and “Goodbye you lizard scum.”

Why Me?

Swing underwent something a revival in the late 1980s and 1990s. There was even a revival in ballroom dancing, though it never really caught on in a big way. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was part of that. (They still are I guess.) And if this video doesn’t make you smile, then I’m sorry that your day is going so badly. This song (and video) always make me smile.

This is “Why Me?” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from the 2012 album Rattle Them Bones. When/IF YT trips over the privacy settings in your browser, use the link. (They seem to be changing things again, so it is working more than not. Today.)

Statistics That Make You Scratch Your Head

So I wrote a Musical Interlude on Alan Parsons’ “Games People Play” way back in 2016. For some reason (I think somebody found one of my newer Musical Interludes interesting and started looking through the past) someone picked up that post and has been sending it around to friends. Maybe they never heard of Alan Parsons. Maybe they can’t believe that music from 1980 is actually any good.

So far this month, that post has gotten more views than it did in all of 2016. And it is either coming from an email list, WhatsApp group or the like, or … Is it possible for a site to block the “referrer” stats from WordPress (for privacy I would assume)? I don’t pay for the enhanced statistics, so while I don’t have complete visibility, I do see enough to make me think Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot.

Blue Rondo à la Turk

It pains me that I haven’t featured Dave Brubeck since 2010 (during the reign of what is now the archives), and all those links are gone. But the Dave Brubeck Quartet is one of my go-to jazz ensembles. Piano, Bass, Sax and Drums.

This song is “Blue Rondo à la Turk” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It was originally on their 1959 album Time Out.