Ten Songs That Have The Single Word Title of Hollywood

Obviously aspiring actors would be drawn to Hollywood, where lies their best chance of getting in films or on television. For some reason, that city has been the focus of a lot of songwriters as well.

Pop-rocker Ryan Adams scored with s song called “Good Night, Hollywood Boulevard” from his Gold album in 2001. Two and a half decades prior to that, Piano Man Billy Joel charted with “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” from his Turnstiles album.

Many songs about the city of stars are simply titled, “Hollywood” as if that town needed no adjectives or modifiers for recognition. Here are ten bands with tunes using just that city in their one-word title of “Hollywood.”

Shooting Star

The eighties rock band dedicate this ode from Hang On For Your Life to a girl who “takes advantage of her long blond hair” before the slow piano bursts into an electric onslaught when “she sells herself to the producer’s couch.”

Boz Scaggs

Down Two Then Left, the follow up to the platinum album Silk Degrees, is highlighted by this gem to a woman whose name should be up in lights.

Codeine Velvet Club

The indie band has just one album to date, and the song “Hollywood” is definitely the star on it.

Marina and the Diamonds

The second single from The Family Jewels album, “Hollywood” reached number twelve in the United Kingdom but did not do nearly as well in America.

Nickelback

This tune titled after the celebrated city comes from Silver Side Up, the rock band’s third album.

Beyoncé

Jay Z did the original version of this “Hollywood” but his wife’s rendition has become more well-known.

Collective Soul

If you had wanted to own this track and the Afterwords CD when it was released in 2007, you would have had to go to Target to get it because of an exclusive deal the rock band worked out with that company.

Nada Surf

The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek produced this “Hollywood” and the entire first album by the alt rock band.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The subtitle is “Africa” because it was inspired by a funk band’s single from the seventies, and the alt rockers got one of their first hits when it appeared on their second album Freaky Styley.

Wallflowers

Bob Dylan’s son Jakob was heard for the first time when his band released their self-titled debut album, which included the seven minute epic “Hollywood.”

Things to Remember When Buying a New Guitar

Buying a beginning guitar can be a tricky problem for a new guitar student. Sometimes it can be a hard job to find a guitar that will last through many years of practice and performance. In this article you will find some guidelines to find a guitar that is comfortable, produces nice sounds while remains on the budget.

The first step is determining the style of guitar you would like to learn; the electric, acoustic or classical guitar. The choice of your guitar will vary according to the style you would like to implement. The choice of strings will also vary depending on the type of guitar and the type of music you play. But as a general rule, nylon strings are preferred by many beginning guitarists since they are easier on the fingertips until calluses which helps to produce clearer sounds with less effort as you press on the strings will develop on your finger tips.

Another important factor when choosing a guitar is the width of the neck. Whereas acoustic guitars have narrow necks with easy to grip and play feature, the classical guitars have thick necks which may be challenging for the beginner students. The height of the strings above the frets on the neck is also important because it can be hard to press the strings and thus produce a quality sound when the strings are far from the neck of the guitar. Make sure you measure the height of the strings where the neck and body of the guitar met and is around the ideal height of 1/8.

When buying a new guitar, you should also consider purchasing a case if you intend on travelling with your guitar for lessons or performances. There are two kinds of cases on the market; soft covers which are much lighter and cheaper than the hard cases which are heavier and more expensive but will provide a better protection against outside forces. Depending on the type of guitar you want to buy, you may need some extra accessories as well such as an amplifier and cord for an electric guitar, and also you may need guitar picks and extra strings and strap for all types.

The price range is another big problem when deciding which guitar to purchase. Cheap ones may give you a poor quality guitar sound which may frustrate you. So always keep in mind that you purchase an investment. As you test and play different guitars before purchasing it, you better be flexible with the price as you might find a really good one for yourself. In case you cannot afford the price of a new guitar, you may purchase a used guitar as well. In such cases extra attention should be given to check the condition of the instrument; i.e. you examine it for any cracks, damage or other defects that may affect the sound of the guitar.

How A Country-Inspired Album Has Influenced Today’s Hard Rock Icons

An album that owes its origins to old time country music has often been cited as the all-time favorite of headlining hard rock bands like Guns N Roses, Metallica, and Motley Crue. For their iconic record, Rocks, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith drew inspiration from country music for what is often considered the band’s most rocking album.

The disk, which turned forty this year, is rife with images, instruments, and idioms from the heartland of country music. A look at some if its memorable songs reveals the album’s rural origins.

It opens with a tune that beckons the country-western star Gene Autrey, a song with the same title as the cowboy’s most well-known song “Back in the Saddle.” In spite of of a shared title, Steven Tyler has hinted that his band’s song may have more of a human reference rather than an equine one.

The second tune, “Last Child”, was the most successful single on the album. It, too, has country characteristics, including the use of a banjo. The five string instrument most closely associated with old country or bluegrass music is picked by Paul Prestopino, a guest of the band on the recording of Rocks. The song’s lyrics also have a country feel, mentioning “hands on the plow” and “get out in the field, put the mule in the stable.”

“Sick as a Dog”, the fifth track on Rocks, was inspired by a popular country rock band. According to bassist Tom Hamilton the song was strongly influenced by the Byrds, a group that helped merge the country genre with rock in the sixties. The adage that serves as the title is one that is mainly used in the South, making it a perfect fit for this country-influenced album.

Similar idioms that followed Scotch and Irish immigrants to the Appalachian regions are used for the titles of other songs on the album. “A Lick and a Promise” has a country connotation, as does “Get the Lead Out”

“Home Tonight” closes the record as a country ballad. It features a lap steel guitar, an instrument mostly characteristic of classic country-western music.

The album cover displays diamonds, perhaps a prescient indication of how valuable Rocks would become to new generations of electric music. Guitarist Slash of Guns N Roses, Kirt Cobain of Nirvana, James Hetfield of Metallica, and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crüe are all big fans of the fourth Aerosmith record, in spite of the fact that its origin comes from an entirely different genre.

Create in Your Own Way

Whenever creativity hits me, I go through spells of spending days on end just working on various projects simultaneously. I can’t just have one project alone. I need to have a few things happening at the same time.

I read books like that as well. I’ll have three, four books on the go. A chapter here, another one there.

I create like that – another solo album, a film score for a documentary, a children’s fiction story idea, an autobiography and another idea with short musings that pop in my head from time to time.

Did I mention I also blog?

I don’t really have a set plan, just to spend time with each one every other day and do a little more at each creative sitting.

I like compartmentalizing my mind and days like that. Two hours on film scoring, another hour practicing classical, another three hours writing.

It’s days like these, that I wish I had 36 hours in a day. And that I don’t need so much sleep.

But it also happens when things pile up. It’s a strange thing but I never have a time when I’m just working on just one thing alone.

I wish I could spend four hours just practicing guitar, or reading, or writing/blogging or working on a film score. But I can’t.

I’m not too sure if I can work that way to begin with.

I’m always curious as to how other creative folks work. Do they disappear into their studio/darkroom/cave/bedroom/wherever and just work till they’re finished?

Or do they take breaks, go to lunch, watch a movie or do the dishes to get inspired.

Strangely enough, ideas come to me when I’m either waking out of sleep, or when I’m doing the dishes.

No correlation whatsoever, but that’s when it usually happens.

I wish I had a cook and a butler so I wouldn’t have to stop working to go to the grocery, or get a meal ready, but alas, I don’t have that luxury.

And to be honest, I wonder if such a luxury even exists. Because if I had all the time in the world, would I work at it that much? Or would I waste time? But then again, what exactly is wasting time? Not making good use of time or just not maximizing all the waking hours in a day?

But then again, who is to say having a good cup of tea with your girl on the balcony is not a great way to spend the afternoon. Who is to say that doesn’t show itself in a creative way?

I think it might.

Francesco Emmanuel is a classically-trained guitarist who is madly in-love with the electric guitar. He teaches guitar for a living, and when he’s not composing music for film/TV, he’s off touring with Canadian world-beat group Kobo Town.

Ten Little Known Facts About Number Ones And The Artists Who Sang Them

While perusing the latest volume of the history of Billboard’s Number Ones, I uncovered a modest collection of musical trivia. I even discovered two pieces of trivia I did not know regarding The Beatles.

First of all, the Fab Four were the warm up band for Tommy Roe, singer of the number one hits “Dizzy” and “Sweet Pea,” in a United Kingdom tour in 1963. Also, the popular folk rock artist Donovan can be heard on the title track of “Yellow Submarine” and it is Paul McCartney himself who whispers “Mellow Yellow” on Donovan’s hit single.

Here are ten other bits of trivia I found of interest in the book, which spans the top hits from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Bobbie Gentry, the country star who hit number one in 1967 and a few years later even inspired a movie with “Ode To Billie Joe,” was married to “Spiders and Snakes” singer Jim Stafford.

Guitarist Ed King, who co-wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” as a member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, previously played in the psychedelic group Strawberry Alarm Clock on their 1967 number one single “Incense and Peppermint.”

The Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” inspired a teenager named Jeff Lynne to form Electric Light Orchestra, after he heard cellos used in a rock song for the first time.

Tommy Roe co-wrote the number one hit “Dizzy” with Freddy Weller, who was a member of “Indian Reservation” group Paul Revere and the Raiders.

“This Masquerade”, which topped the charts in the George Benson version, was composed by Leon Russell, whose sister was the girlfriend of Bread’s David Gates.

Edgar Winter came up with the title “Frankenstein” after all the cuts and patches he made to it trying to shorten the instrumental version that went all the way to number one in 1974.

Foreigner founders Mick Jones and Ian MacDonald first met at a concert of Ian Lloyd, who was the lead singer of 1973 chart-topper “Brother Louie” group the Stories.

David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers, whose “Let Your Love Flow” hit the top spot in 1978, wrote Jim Stafford’s most famous single “Spiders and Snakes.”

Bill Danoff of the Starland Vocal Band, famous for the 1976 smash hit “Afternoon Delight,” co-wrote “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with John Denver.

Artist/singer Toni Basil played a prostitute in the 1969 cult classic film Easy Rider before hitting number one in 1983 with “Mickey” and its memorable cheerleading video.

You and I Make A Great Title For Artists From Queen To Lady Gaga

A popular soft drink company has been running a musical promotion all summer, placing famous song lyrics on their bottles. While I usually enjoy reading the words to see if I recognize the particular song, I have discovered that many of their selections have become repetitive.

Just yesterday I grabbed two twenty ounce bottles from the local convenience store, only to discover that both had the exact same lyric on them. I was left to wonder if Lady Gaga’s “I was born this way” was some kind of secret message to me, having appeared on both drinks I purchased.

I decided to revisit that album, Born This Way, which coincidentally turns five on August 23. The song that remains my favorite from that record is the fourth single, “You and I.” I like the fact that Gaga sampled Queen’s We Will Rock You, and that Brian May himself plays a guitar solo on the song.

It was forty years ago when May and his band released a song by the exact same title, “You and I.” It is from A Day at the Races, the follow up album to A Night at the Opera and “Bohemian Rhapsody.

The order of those two pronouns in the title have appeared frequently in the history of rock music, and several times those songs have reached the Top Ten. That number could be even higher, had the band Life House and the artist Alice Cooper been more grammatically correct when assigning titles to their songs. Both of them scored huge hits with different songs called “You and Me,” even though the context of each one required the subjective use of the first person singular pronoun (I) rather than the objective use (me).

At least a half dozen other songs have worn the same title, and here are the bands who recorded them.

Wilco

Jeff Tweedy does a duet with Feist on this track from his band’s self-titled album.

John Legend

The R & B artist subtitled this hit “Nobody In This World” and it quickly became the fourth single from his Love In The Future album.

Michael Buble

The popular crooner include this cover of the Stevie Wonder song on an album called It’s Time.

10CC

Eric Stewart and Graham Goldman co-wrote this catchy tune for Bloody Tourists, which opens with the smash single “Dreadlock Holiday.”

Jason Mraz

Waiting For My Rocket To Come is his debut album, on which he composed a single called “You and I Both.”

One Direction

The English-Irish boy band placed this single on the Midnight Memories album, replacing the “and” between the pronouns with an ampersand.