The Lonely Shepherd

RZA (of The Wu-Tang Clan) was responsible for the soundtrack for Kill Bill. He didn’t write all the music, (I think he did write and produce 1 song), but he was fan of Kung Fu movies, and so Quentin Tarantino recruited him for his Kung-fu/Samari/Whatever movie.

This song is sort of the quintessential melding of Spaghetti-Western-meets-Eastern-Spiritual-Kung-Fu. Which is crazy, because Gheorghe Zamfir is a Romanian Pan-flute player. (I think that the flute reminds me of the original TV show, Kung-Fu.)

Anyway this is “The Lonely Shepherd” from the Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack album. The only place I know it is playing is in the scene where Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) is giving The Bride (Uma Thurman) the sword he has made for her.


Aretha Franklin: March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018

I think most people should know Aretha Franklin, but then the lyrics from Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen” come to mind.

Hey nineteen
That’s ‘Retha Franklin
She don’t remember Queen of Soul

The Wiki says she had a 112 charted songs on Billboard. So people should know her.

White Rabbit

I featured a Craig Chaquico song a while back. That got me thinking about Jefferson Starship, which got me thinking about Jefferson Airplane.

This is “White Rabbit” from the 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane. This song was recorded just as Grace Slick was invited to join the group. (The previous female lead had departed.) “White Rabbit” had been a preformed by Slick when she was member of The Great Society.

YouTube asked me sign in “because this video may not be suitable for younger viewers” when I first started looking for this song. (Though it may have been a different version…) Which is strange, because this song was on the radio back in the day – reaching number 8 on the billboard charts. Which confirms my suspicion that the 21st Century is completely insane. The lyrics – taken from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass include “One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, and the ones that Mother gives you don’t do anything at all.” Which I guess is over the top for this War on (Some) Drugs™ era. (They 86ed Underdog because his “super energy pill” was a substance abuse issue.) Anyway, enjoy the music.

March of Mephisto

The Black Halo is a concept album from Tampa-Bay-Area Power Metal band, Kamelot. The album is based on Goethe’s Faust. The Black Halo is actually Part 2. Part 1 is told in the earlier album Epica. It seems that the various divisions of Heavy Metal have taken up the concept album baton from Progressive Rock.

This is “March of Mephisto” featuring vocals by Shagrath, from the 2005 album The Black Halo by Kamelot.

When The Sun Goes Down

WAGTAIL (it is all in caps on the LastFM page?) is a country/blues/folk/whatever band out of Vermont. I only know them because they come up on one of my Pandora stations.

This is a cover of a Kenny Chesney song, “When The Sun Goes Down” from Wagtail’s album One Clear Moment from 2007. I quite like it.

No More Regrets

Can’t ever get enough of Arch Enemy and Alissa White-Gluz with her signature Death Metal, death growl. And the stereotypical heavy-metal screaming guitars don’t hurt.

Arch Enemy is a Swedish Melodeath Band. (Melodic Death Metal) And don’t worry, the songs are in English. (Even if death metal can be a bit hard to understand.)

This is “No More Regrets” from the 2014 album War Eternal.