I love a good banger to get me off on one and dancing sometimes I have to restrain myself but then sometimes I can’t restrain it anymore and just let go. …
To celebrate releasing an album Neon Live a Synthwave/Electro Funk album, I thought I’d do a special blog post on why I personally love the 80s and hopefully highlight some of …
To celebrate releasing an album Neon Live a Synthwave/Electro Funk album, I thought I’d do a special blog post on why I personally love the 80s and hopefully highlight some of the better times. Even though I was born in 1985 I can remember the kid years and anyway looking back now thanks to Youtube and other sources I can tell you what I liked about the era of the yuppie and more advanced technology amongst other things.
Now people say there wasn’t any good music in the 80s probably mostly the youngsters but you would be surprised who says that but I always say and forget about Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson cos they killed it obviously but what about all the Hip Hop, Synth Pop, the start of House, Electro Funk, New Wave and Pop in general which is not like Pop now a days. Would I say is it better than 90s music now that’s a hard one and I can think of many genres from the 90s I like some genres were upgraded like R’n’B and Hip Hop but there was a lot of genres coming out of the 90s so that’s a tough one. I will say though I like both but 90s was my era so it has to be the 90s but as I said there were many genres coming out of that era I still love and listen to today. It was a mix bag of music in the 80s and 90s too but rock was dominating most charts thanks to the attitude of MTV another good thing to eventually come out the 80s though it’s not the same no more and it seems they have wondered from music videos and went for more fly on the wall documentaries instead. I don’t think it’s better but it’s similar to 70s music where they had those rhythms and instruments to make you go wild it is something I am passionate about and get quite excited when I hear it. I guess it leaks out in my music I make and especially with this album I just made Neon Live which is all what I love about 80s music that good vibe and rhythm to it, honestly you got to listen to the right stuff but I still think mainstream was okay you know.
Now I know I’m a adult now but man do cartoons suck these days with their youthful looks and PC morals just stick to the script Toxic Man is going to blow up the world again and they have to save them, on second thoughts that’s a bad idea but you get the point cartoons just ain’t the same as they were. I seen a meme on Facebook and it was two pictures old skool scooby doo with the gang and new scooby doo with the gang and it was upsetting, Thelma had a phone in her hand but I get it she needs it cos she’s gadget woman but it shows what times we are living in. I loved all the cartoons when I was growing up I started off on Postman Pat the good stuff then it was He-Man and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Yes I charged around like a lunatic like the above and thought I was the above but I know we were all doing that. I see a lot of things are being cut like Tom And Jerry I do understand but it’s not as funny even though you know it’s coming it’s like telling a joke then running off into the sunset a complete waste of time. I’ve also seen new episodes of Tom And Jerry and again they looked Disneyfied all cute and cuddly practically kissing I was like this is not Tom And Jerry so I turned on the old ones instead, yes I still enjoy cartoons but that was some years ago though. Now with the knowledge of what they can do to a child it has all been toned down heavily in most cartoons and that is a good thing but it’s not the same and feels like they are nannying people instead of preparing them for the world cos that is a better option I think but okay nuclear and terrorist disasters are too much.
Mixtapes & Walkmans Baby
I’m not sure when I had my own walkman but it was at a early age and I loved it walking around with it on blasting it. It wasn’t so much the walkman as that got replaced with a more better option the Ipod and MP3 player but it was the cassette tape I still miss. You can tape stuff of the radio, you could tape anything you wanted really just as long as you had a cassette player with a record button on and you’re off. The other thing I liked was you could make mixtapes for your friends or even lover and it was that special touch to it that said it. I myself made mixtapes for my own use mainly stuff recorded off the radio I used to sit there and stop and start the machine every time I heard a song I liked but I figured out how to do it by the countless times I would record over it when I would rewind the song to check if I got it forget then record over it and sometimes they didn’t even play the song again but that was more 90s. Don’t get me wrong I do like the new technology and so easily transferable but there was something about tapes that were special for one you can carry them around quite easy though the walkmans were quite chunky until the slim line ones but unless you were wearing tight jeans it would fit in your pocket quite easy, though you had to have deep pockets and if I remember correctly pockets were quite deep in the 80s and 90s probably not so much except for that Jnco jeans faze. We shouldn’t forget the tape cassette though as it did pave the way for other things like the CD which was replaced by computers and Ipods etc and we all have had our happy days with our tapes bootlegging and buying cassettes for our enjoyment. That is the other thing as well back in the 80s and 90s there were more of a market for music where people would buy music and that doesn’t happen as much now and that’s only if you have a push behind you but people just don’t want to buy music now any more. This is why I am grateful and would like to take the opportunity now to thank anyone who has bought a song or album from me and to let you know I do appreciate it very much and it always makes me smile when I get a contribution.
Public Information Films
When I was young around 3-7 when I used to wake up in the middle of the night I used to watch a bit of TV or radio. I always used to dread the breaks as them bloody public information films they used to stick on frightened the life out of me. The worse one was the fire one with that horrible woman in that demon voice and witchy laugh it was terrifying the first time I saw that I was running for my bed I tell you. Even though it did scare me and temporarily scared me I did learn a lot from those short videos and stuff I still take in mind till this day say smoking in bed or when feeling sleepy for instance I know that’s a no no. Did you know I don’t own a deep pan fryer cos of those public information films it has put me off and I live in a block of flats so it would be dangerous for me to get one I don’t like taking risks. I think they should be brought back again and played to kids who are still learning the ropes of life I know they helped me for when I was older and I think a lot of them would benefit from it like I did. It’s funny the stuff you remember not to do when when you do get older and some of them you still do anyway as you are a rule breaker. I know they have made a world wide comeback after the COVID-19 thing so maybe they might stay who knows but I know I want them back as it really does save lives down the road.
This is something I wished happened later on in life but hey you can’t turn back time. Yes illegal raves in various fields, hangars, abandoned warehouses where a lot of people gathered and danced while high on that ecstasy talking crap to friends and strangers that’s just a guess but that was my Friday or Saturday night for sure at a club. There’s something exciting about going to a unknown location to get high and dance the night away not knowing where you are going until you finally know where you are going and I think if it was done right it could work quite well. There is no where to go without having to have money and those events drove people out of their homes and that’s a good thing as it is really better to be outdoors than in even though I do stay in a lot. If it was now I would be going all the time and getting out there and meeting new people but things have changed now and people aren’t so friendly no more or that’s how I see it in my world. So I’m not sure if it still would work most people don’t get the word unity no more and that’s a shame. There is more violence in the air and those type of places don’t need that type of mess getting in the way of people enjoying themselves. But if it was back in the 80s now that would be bliss and I know I would be attending as many of those events as possible I would always be excited cos I don’t know what random stranger I would meet next. I do understand about the noise and that but did parliament really have to shut it down it was probably a knee jerk reaction to some of the snooty residences but okay I do see your point though and it is a fair one but did you have to kill all the fun.
Video Camera Recorders
Who would of thought it a camera on your phone it’s like something out of James Bond films but we are here baby, it’s either a invention you love or hate and that is down to how camera shy you are. Even though they were still quite big compared to more recent models compared to studio equipment which came before that it was still a okay size to carry around or at least after a certain point but I know they were quite hefty in size and weight. The first video camcorder was released in 1982 and was on betamax but VHS stole the show as people favored that more than the betamax but there was stiff competition between the two for years. They were good but they have been greatly improved in the last decade where they got rid of the tapes and went digital which made things so much easier when recording and looking back at in later years to come. Also the noise you would get on the playback with all the grains and flickering yes the tape has become worn I don’t miss that one bit you know. It wasn’t cheap for blank tapes either and depending how much you used it, it might cost you quite a bit though buying in bulk helped but that was £40 that’s a lot for a teen back then I was lucky to get £5 every week for pocket money. Now that it is all digital and everything is easy to do it’s not as fun recording I feel well not at first but I found it a little I don’t know just not as exciting but I rarely record stuff now a days. I don’t really like being in front of the camera I tried but I get nervous and start acting weird not a good look but when I’m with friends I can trust I am alright it’s just youtube and instagram I hate putting myself out there but I don’t mind at the same time. I remember having my first camera recorder it was when I was living abroad with my gran I was given one and I remember filming everything and documenting my life as it happened vlogging before vlogs were a thing. I wished I kept it as I would like to play that back and see what I was like then as I barely don’t remember but there would be some good footage on there.
Start Of The Gaming World
Okay looking back now it doesn’t look all that but back then it was of it’s day and something we all loved. I didn’t have a Nintendo I had a Sega Master Drive and that was in the early 90s but I have played on a few in the 90s. The games were hard or at least I found some games hard and got frustrated quite a lot but I’m more calmer now a days as I just turn it off or though I did have a little outburst recently a couple of months in fact back when I was playing Kingdom Hearts 3 lol. I always remember blowing on the cartridges quite a lot happy days and compared to discs they were quite big so were the boxes that come with them they were quite big too. Even though Super Mario Bros was out in 1985 it dominated for many years after and I remember playing it all the time at my friends house. My favorite levels were the the wooded one and one near the end which I can’t remember now yes not good at names, I tried to look it up but after 5 minutes of searching I gave up. Obviously both the Nintendo and Sega consoles paved the way for more improved models and has won the hearts of many children who are now adults who are now gamers. Even though I had a console I didn’t play it that much same with friends maybe sometimes but we were mainly out playing and having fun not locked in doors with the curtain shut kind of scenario. My favorite Nintendo game is either Mario or Donkey Kong I did like that when I played on it. I think I liked Donkey Kong better though as I found the controls to be a bit more easier and it was less frantic but still quite fast paced. It’s hard to compare the difficulty in both old skool and nu skool gaming as I wasn’t that good at it back then but I have got a lot better after the PS2 that is and now I think I can play just sometimes not good with anger issues. I suppose they are harder in a way as we advance in our skills so do the games but that is all on the game and your knowledge of the game like RPGs for example you need to know what you are doing. If it wasn’t for arcade games we wouldn’t have the Nintendo, Sega Master Drive and eventually the Playstation and XBox so we have a lot to be thankful for though at the same time I’m glad I wasn’t stuck at home all the time looking at the box so I’m grateful for that too. I wouldn’t call myself a gamer any more well I’m on and off I’m more creative stuff now a days but that is down to playing so many games and getting bored of the whole thing so I look for other things to do and just so as it happens I love to be creative as my Facebook intro states.
CD’s And CD Players
I think some people take advantage of the CD player now a days as it’s easily manufactured for cheap prices hell you can get a CD player for less the £20 but I doubt it would last long though. It was a blessing having CDs in our lives and it is much better than having to carry around tapes which does add weight if you stick a few in the bag. Even though they were new they could be quite pricey and compared to tapes they weren’t cheap except for singles which were a okay price. Not only that you needed a CD player and that wasn’t cheap so it all adds up but I’m talking about the 90s mainly when CDs were more accessible but still not cheap but cheaper. It’s funny first it was vinyl, then tapes then it was CD’s and after that came the digital download which crashed everything and caused many people out of pocket. I do like the download era but I do miss going to the record shop and buying my music there was something of a exciting and happy time but I do enjoy having music at my fingertips ready to play when I feel like. It is a blessing when you can just type in a song and it comes up and of course all that hidden talent that is not so hidden no more thanks to the internet it has made a lot of celebrities. But there is nothing like the old days when you had to buy the whole album for that one track you liked or wait several hours until a music video came on horrible now I think about it but it was living life. The CD walkman which was released in 1984 two years after the mass sale of CDs and is another good thing to come out the 80s. I had my first CD walkman around 1992 and always remember it used to skip when I walked around, all of them did that so I went back to tape walkman as that was more stable then the CD player walkman. No surprise it has been discountiend by Sony as I feel they were good but not quite there with the whole skipping thing I could imagine a joggers pain with that one. It feels like heaven now having a MP3 player and phone now where you can just upload tracks via wires or even bluetooth and have them on the go or in your surroundings. We are lucky in a way well we are as we have that convenience of having everything on hand and with no much trouble where in the past it was like jumping through several hoops to get to the end.
As I mentioned I made a Synthwave album and this is to go with the album. I’m actually trying to get in that mood of writing blog posts related to the album I just released so this is just the first one of many. The album is full of feel good tracks and range from Electro Funk, 80s House and 70s to early 80s hip hop so it is a combination of the three but it is all Synthwave.
Following on to the other two 10 tracks I thought I’ll do another one but this time 10 tracks that have meaning to me. The songs listed are tracks I’ve heard …
Following on to the other two 10 tracks I thought I’ll do another one but this time 10 tracks that have meaning to me. The songs listed are tracks I’ve heard in certain times of my life for good and for bad and are songs, when played brings back good and bad memories but always puts a smile on my face. Music has always been a helper and major part in my life and has helped me through my most difficult times so I have a lot to thank music for, If it wasn’t for the music I reckon I would of been in a worst place so thank you for the music for giving it to me (happiness.)
I saw a good idea on Facebook I thought I’ll repeat to pick 10 albums one per day of albums that influenced your music tastes so I thought it would be …
I saw a good idea on Facebook I thought I’ll repeat to pick 10 albums one per day of albums that influenced your music tastes so I thought it would be a great idea to do one 10 in a row maybe a caption anyway here it is my 10 albums that influenced my music tastes, I hope you enjoy and learn something new.
Today I have 10 songs released around Christmas but are all club remixes starting on my year of birth 1985 skipping some of course cos no one wants to hear bewitched …
Today I have 10 songs released around Christmas but are all club remixes starting on my year of birth 1985 skipping some of course cos no one wants to hear bewitched and anyway I couldn’t find a good version to show and tell if any at all.
Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love
Europe – The Final Countdown
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe And Wine
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Band-Aid _Do They Know It’s Christmas
Queen – Bohemian Rapsody
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
East 17 – Stay Another Day
Micheal Jackson – Earth Song
Boxing Day is here and we’re getting ready, To go out Gotta be steady, The excitement is brewing I’m doing the most, Can’t wait to get down At the Boxing Day …
Boxing Day is here and we’re getting ready,
To go out
Gotta be steady,
The excitement is brewing I’m doing the most,
Can’t wait to get down
At the Boxing Day Roast,
We leave at 11 and take a drive,
The city buzzing
And is alive,
With partygoers as larry as can be,
Singing and laughing,
Waiting to be set free,
We stand in line the queue is big,
To smoke a cig,
Feeling nervous but full of excitement,
I can forget about the stress,
I can forget about the indictment,
It’s time to get drunk and get loose,
I going need a drink
Call it a confidence boost,
Now after a couple I’m on the floor,
Screaming at the DJ
Give me some more,
The underground styles just knocked me down dead,
No time for the bitches
And what they just said,
Just on the dancefloor working it out,
Clear the floor
I would shout,
The sounds will cut you and I would be vocal,
The crowd are friendly
Just like my local,
People ask where you from,
I reply Bristol
That’s where I belong,
Then they ask if Bristol has a club scene,
I say it’s dead
But I’m quite mean,
Cos once you been to the big city,
you never look back
And make’s other places look shitty,
I mean Bristol is alright,
but London is better
You’ll be up all night,
It’s 6 in the morning and the party still going,
I swear it’s got more packed in here
Mc’s are now flowing,
At this point I was beginning to feel sober,
People still awake,
On that stuff that comes from Dover,
There was the talk of an after-party,
The promoters were getting friendly
And were being quite hearty,
I haven’t got the energy that I once had,
All I wanted was my bed
I found that quite sad,
But before I knew it we were getting our coats,
then off to get some food,
Spend some more notes,
The city is now awash with workers and ravers,
Watching the drama unfold
With their silly behaviours,
It was that time of the morning things were getting tense,
But we were all up
Like a fence,
The taxis here time to go home,
I had the best night
Going reconnect the phone,
Put it on charge and talk about last night events,
One things for sure
I’m glad I went,
I remember in my raving days it used to be a horn and a glowstick now there are so many LED accessories to buy, today I will be running down my …
I remember in my raving days it used to be a horn and a glowstick now there are so many LED accessories to buy, today I will be running down my top 5 Christmas club accessories gifts that you can buy. I will be getting them from one site Raveshopcz.com and I’m not paid by them to make this post but I wanted to do it as I thought it would be a good blog post. I first came across this site I think last Halloween on Facebook adverts not something I usually appreciate but these caught my eye and thought about buying some of the products but never had the money for them.
5. LED Shining Bracelet
This glow in the dark bracelet is probably not the first gift I would want but I would be a proud owner of a glow in the dark bracelet. I like it as it glows in the dark and makes you stand out it also doubles up as a glow stick which is handy lol. It comes in a few colours and is retailed at the price of £5.04 (5.83 Euros) ($6.52.) In the description, it says it responds to sound which I think is a cool idea and would have definitely bought this in my raving days. I’m not usually the one for flashy things but this really appeals to me and as I said before I would have bought one of these in my rave days. I guess they come in handy if you lose a friend in a rave that shining bracelet might come in handy when trying to find your mates I’ve found mates in raves before recognizing them by their glowstick bracelets. Even though it’s a rave accessory I can see myself wearing this at night time at all different occasions so I think it’s not just for the rave scene it’s for anybody who wants to be seen in the dark.
4. DJ T-Shirt Timmy Trumpet Skull
I like most people like to wear vibrant t-shirts and something with a music theme on is a must-have for me when I have the money. I like the design of the logo with the skull and bone and trumpet for the skull and crossbones, I think it’s a cool looking logo and like the hat and shades, he’s wearing. Usually, I don’t bother with T. shirts but when going to a rave that’s a bit different and know I’ll be stripping off to my t-shirt when I get on that dancefloor so I know to wear something smart. I remember once I went to a rave in some smart clothes but when I got to the coatroom I noticed that my Tshirt looked a mess and was embarrassed so make sure all layers are smart and this is definitely smart and something I would personally wear at a rave, you can buy it for £18.47 (21.46 Euros) ($21.03.)
3. LED Shining Earrings
You know if I saw this on somebody’s side I would mistake them for a flashy ariel you used to get for your Nokia but nope they are earrings that glow in the dark. They are a pretty basic item but I think it would go well with another item from the list just two items you don’t want to overdo it and look like a walking amber traffic light. It takes me back to my much younger days when they had glow in the dark earrings I thought they were pretty cool I think you can get a ring to go with it but I’m not sure now it was a long time ago and my memory ain’t that great. They are priced at £7.74 (8.94 Euros) ($10.02) and come in different colours so you could easily buy more than one for when you feel like changing your earring piece. What I like about them is you don’t have to hold anything it sits in your ear so you don’t have to wave your hands around all night just whip your head back and front lol. I’m not sure how you change the battery and what battery you might need there’s not a lot of information about the products but I know they will catch anybody’s eye and make you stand out from the crowd.
2. Glowing Glasses
These neon light glasses are a must-have if you are going out raving and would look flashy on anybody wearing them. Priced at £13.49 (15.60 Euros) ($17.46) they come in different colours and for that price I would buy myself a pair as well maybe in more than one colour. If you couldn’t tell by now I have a thing for neon lights so I am attracted to this quite a lot. It has three settings to fiddle with steady, light and fast flash so I guess they are good for setting the mood. They are definitely futuristic and is something out of Back To The Future that’s what they remind me of sort of anyway, I should say something out of the 80s really. I could see these being worn not just on the dancefloor and could be worn at various places or though you might look at bit out of place at some places though. If you want to stand out in the crowd then you’re going to need a pair of these glasses, I saw a kid wearing them at a bonfire show I went to last year and it was my first time seeing them and I thought I need a pair of these but never did bother getting them.
1. Rave Mask
I fall in love with these when I first saw them on facebook I couldn’t believe how good they looked and wanted one straight away. This would do more than make you stand out from the crowd and you would get all the attention when wearing it. I can see DJ’s wearing these on their set and would make the crowd go crazy but there will be some who would be turned off by the site of them. What I like about them is they could double up for your Halloween costume and would be the icing on the cake in my opinion. There are many different masks to buy and can be bought from £16.88 (19.51 Euros) ($21.81) and comes in three settings steady, light and fast flashing. After seeing the price I have already decided to buy one for myself not sure when but I’ll be getting one and I’m not sure what for but I’m sure I’ll find a purpose for it I always like to have a purpose for the items I buy it must double up as something else lol that’s just me. There are too many choices in the shop and are from Mr Annoymous to Jigsaw from the Saw movies in all different colours they are all pretty cool and I would wear any of them to be honest with you.
Today I’ll be sharing a mix I made from some of my tracks I also made to get you in the party mood as it is the party seasons so go …
Today I’ll be sharing a mix I made from some of my tracks I also made to get you in the party mood as it is the party seasons so go wild.
- REMIND ME (DON’T REMIND ME)
- EN ROUTE
- SHOW Y’ALL
- INSIDE OUT
- YOU SHOULD KNOW (BY NOW)
- YOU KNOW (THAT YOU KNOW)
- DON’T WANNA BE WRONG
- DANCEFLOOR ROMEO
- GET @ ME
- DREAM GIRL
Welcome along to the special blog posts I will be doing throughout this month starting today on the 1st. Each week up until the 28th I will be doing special Christmas …
Welcome along to the special blog posts I will be doing throughout this month starting today on the 1st. Each week up until the 28th I will be doing special Christmas posts on different topics which will change each week. It will cover videos, mixes, blog posts, poems and many more topics each day up until after Christmas. This week it will all be about House and focusing on a club theme from house to other electronic genres all in a Christmas theme. I thought this would be a great way to celebrate Christmas on my website and I hope you enjoy the posts I create, let’s kick it off, shall we. I will be sort of talking about an old album I’ve made for Christmas last year Called Four Calling Birds and is a 12 track house album of famous Christmas carols, I will be picking my favourite carols from that album and tell you why I like them and some information about them.
The first carol I chose which was written in 1857 by John Henry Hopkins JR is We Three Kings and is my favourite as I like the melody and tells the story of three kings travelling to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus. In fact, the story goes after Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’ After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. It has a good start to it with the opening lines “We three kings of orient are” even though as my friend points out it doesn’t make good English I still don’t know what they are saying on that line but it doesn’t matter. I also like the way it tells the story of the three kings travelling far to see the new king. I once sang this at school in the choir and fell in love with it then but on the low of course, lol. It reminds me of my gran and she was singing this a couple of Christmas’s ago around Christmas time when I went to London to visit family. It is definitely a carol to get you in the mood for Christmas and is moody but still good to hear when they sing it or play it in a band, you can’t beat the Salvation Army band playing it.
Good King Wenceslas is another favourite of mine as I like the melody to it and the lyrics and melody are catchy and sucks you into the Christmas spirit. It tells the story of a king who was duke of Bohemia (Czech Republic) who gives the presents out to the poor, he reigned during the 10th century. He was assassinated on September 28th 935 AD by his younger brother Boleslaus The Cruel as he wanted to take over and be king, they made him from duke to a king after his death, he was crowned by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I. It was written by John Mason Neale in 1853 but the melody dates back to a 13th-century spring carol called Tempus Adest Floripum (The Time Is Near For Flowering.) The song wasn’t well-received as they didn’t like that it was changed from the spring carol and was associated with comic verse (funny poems.) Just for you singers and producers out there, his works are now in the public domain and can be used in any way you see fit. There is an interesting story of when he was 13 in 921 AD his father died and his grandma Ludmila came regent his mother Drahomira became jealous and arranged for the grandmother to be killed the grandmother was assassinated on September 15th 921 AD it was alleged she was strangled by her own veil and the mother became regent. When Wenceslas turned 18 he had his mother exiled to Budec, it’s not clear what happened to her but probably didn’t end that well for her after having his Grandma killed. In September 935 a group of nobles and his brother plotted to kill him he was invited to the feast of Saints Cosmas And Damian, he was stabbed to death by three of the nobles and as he falls to the ground his younger brother ran him through with a lance. His loyal servant Podevin avenged his death by killing one of the chief conspirators but was caught and executed by his younger brother. Wenceslas was made a martyr and saint straight after his death when a cult of Wenceslas grew up in Bohemia and in England.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing is another catchy melody which always sounds good when a choir sings it. It is another carol you think of when you think Christmas carols and is one I was brought up with. My favourite bit is the line “Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled” I don’t know why I just like the line and the way it’s sung. It was written by Charles Wesley in 1739 AD and in 1754 the opening line was changed by George Whitefield to the familiar hark the herald Angels sing, the original line was “hark how all the welkin rings.” In 1855 the melody we know today was added to it and was added by William H Cummings and was adapted from Felix Mendelssohn’s secular music from Festgesang. The background story is that King Herod otherwise known as Herod The Great or Herod the first was born 37 BC and died 4 BC and was a Roman client king of Judea and was king during the birth of Jesus. It was rumoured he was meant to have ordered the massacre of the innocents but some scholars dispute this. If you didn’t know King Herod ordered the killing of all male children under the age of two because the three wise men stopped by and told him of the prophecy of Jesus. He was guilty of many things including the killing of his wife, brother in law, three of his sons and three hundred military leaders, he was a paranoid king which explains his actions quite a lot. The Herald Angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is a classic carol and is my favourite out of all the carols and I have quite a few. I don’t know what it is, I love the melody to it and the way it’s sung, it really touches me and I get in the whole thing when singing it. I remember once around Christmas I was in London near to Christmas not sure when but it was before but I went to church with my gran and I tried to sing it but couldn’t it, sounded like a nerd trapped in a church hall absolutely horrific and my timing was off but it’s all good I was embarrassed though. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of our oldest carols dating to the 16th century or earlier. The lyrics were changed to God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen by Charles Dickens in his book A Christmas Carol in 1760. In the mid 18th century it was documented by James Nares under the title The Old Christmas Carol, it is also known as Tidings Of Comfort And Joy.
What Child Is This otherwise known as Greensleeves is another favourite of mine and I’m not sure about lyrics I ain’t too familiar with it but again the melody is catchy and always gets me in the Christmas mood. I am more familiar with the traditional English folk song Greensleeves than What Child Is This but they both remind me of the songs. What Child is this was written by William Chatterton Dicks in 1865 and was working as an insurance manager and was struck down with a severe illness, whilst recovering he underwent a spiritual renewal that led him to write several hymns. He first wrote it as a poem called The Manger Throne and was about the shepherds encountering baby Jesus in Bethlehem. It is said the original to What Child Is This which is a folk song called Greensleeves is attributed to King Henry VII and was written about his lover and future queen Anne Boleyn. But there is evidence that the piece is based on an Italian style of composition that didn’t reach England until after henry’s death, making it more likely to be of Elizabethan origins. I find it interesting that the song Greensleeves could be interpreted as a promiscuous lady or even a lady of the night (Prostitute) at the time the word green had sexual meaning. The melody of Greensleves is also referenced in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives Of Windsor in 1597.
The last one on the list is While Shepherds Watch Thier Flocks By Night and is another one of my favourites. It’s more of a gentler song and is one to relax to. I like it as it brings back memories of singing it in school and of course hearing it around Christmas, for some reasons it reminds me of Silent Night and Christmas Eve it has a lot of good memories. It was composed around 1700 with lyrics by Nahum Tate who was England’s poet laureate the melody comes from a song called Winchester Old by Christopher Tye in 1553. The song is about the shepherds watching the birth of Jesus after they were told by an angel of Jesus’s coming. In the 18th Century, this was the only Christmas Hymn that was approved of by the Church Of England. The song was slightly changed from whilst to while and most book publishers print the while version.
Once again we are near to Black Friday and some online shops have already got the sales on. Today I’ll be looking at one of the online shops called Loopmasters an …
Once again we are near to Black Friday and some online shops have already got the sales on. Today I’ll be looking at one of the online shops called Loopmasters an online sample boutique where I used to get my loops from but now I make everything myself so I rarely shop there. I’ll be looking at some of the sample packs on sale from one label called Connected Audio my favourite label on their site to get loops and one-shots from. All the samples I own so are tested and in case you are wondering I’m not sponsored by anyone to make this blog post and is from a few suggestions saying they would like to see more informal posts about shopping online so here it is. Also, I will be pulling up some of my older tracks to showcase the sample pack off all made with the sample pack, they are my older and longer tracks then the average song but I managed to cut back the length nowadays so please forgive me if it goes on a bit. The sample packs I chose have all been made with the sample packs in this post and the albums they are off too, oh the sale is on till the 3rd of December and there is plenty to choose from if House ain’t your thing.
Organic Deep House is a nice collection of loops and one-shots ideal for the real deep house sound. It draws inspiration from various artists like Jimpster, Detroit Swindle and Maya Jane Coles. If you are looking for house grooves then this sample pack is for you and covers all the instruments from drums to vocals to of course synths. I like the vocals on this one and the synths weren’t bad either. The BPM ranges from 118-120 so still danceable though I describe the sample pack as laid back vibes. The only downside to the sample pack it’s a bit stingy on the one-shots as there ain’t that many but there are plenty of loops to chop up like I’ve done on many tracks now. so keep that in mind. I like the vibe it has and also I like the whole laid back approach to it definitely one for those who are looking for a chilled but clubby vibey vibe. The usual price is £18.95 (22.01 Euros) ($24.33) but at the Black Friday sale, you can get it for £7.58 (8.85 Euros) ($8.38).
If you are looking for upbeat Jack music then this is the sample pack for you. It’s all about the analog jack tracks and bumpin’ basement jams seamlessly blended vintage house, contemporary tech and classic Chicago grooves. It’s sampled with the best hardware like the Roland 909 and 707 drum machines and synthesizers like SH 101, Moog Sub Phatty and rare Juno keyboards and tape machines plus the MPC and E-mu sampler. Again it has all you need in there including vocals and FXs even some midi files, I liked the bass and vocals the best in this sample pack wasn’t too keen on the synths but they were okay. What I also wasn’t keen on was the midi files in the same place as the synths which I would like to have it in different folders but it wouldn’t put me off buying it if I knew that. Once again a little dry with the synth and bass one-shots which I like to collect and use but it is a well put together sample pack. It’s usually priced at £18.95 (22.13 Euros) ($24.45) but with the Black Friday sale on you can get it for £7.58 (8.85 Euros) ($9.78.)
Chords Pads & Awesome Stabs is a collection of keys, synths, bass and melodics one-shots and loops and for the use in House, Garage, Techno, R&B, Hip Hop and Downtempo productions. They have been made with a mix of analogue and digital hardware so it’s best of both worlds. You get some good house tracks out of it and I would describe it as both upbeat and laid back but more upbeat. You get 100 one-shots though most of them are variations of the same note which is a downside but it still a cool amount but that’s the only thing I didn’t like about this sample pack. It does come with a few basses I suppose that’s the other thing I would like to see more basses but the ones you get are all useable and good to use. This sample pack is new to my collection after getting for free on the Loopmasters website so I’ve only used it on one album at the moment but I see myself using this sample pack when I’m looking to make a banger of a house track and know it works well. The usual price is £12.95 (15.12 Euros) ($16.71) but with the Black Friday sale on you can get it for £5.18 (6.05 Euros) ($6.68.) Sorry, this album is not released yet so I haven’t got a full album to share yet so you have to make do with this track I made.
Classic House and US Garage delivers over 530mb of essential, on-point samples which effortlessly run the line between bumpin’ US house, soulful club dubs and classic mid-nineties underground garage. They got inspiration from the likes of Grant Nelson, Kerri Chandler, Masters At Work and Mentalinstrum as well as the sound of seminal labels Nice N Ripe, Strictly Rhythm and King Street. It’s all sampled from classic hardware such as the SH-101, Juno 106 and E-Mu SP1200 to bring you the true house and garage bounce. This sample pack has a lot of good vibes and you really do get that mid 90’s US House feel to it. I love the basses, synths and vocals on this one and is definitely underground music and has a good old skool feel to it. They are a bit more generous with the synths one-shots and you get 30 one-shots in this pack which isn’t bad.but you only get 3 basses which is a shame and would have liked to seen some more bass one-shots as it would complete the whole 90s look of the album but it’s all good. The usual price is £18.95 (22.13 Euros) ($24.45) but with the Black Friday sale on you get it for £7.58 (8.85 Euros) ($9.78.)
If you’re looking for a good house vocal sample pack then this might be the one for you and it’s perfectly suited for all genres of electronic music. There are 2 folders and inside you will find all sorts of different cut and ready-made hooks for your projects. From pitched main room phrases right through to RNB style UK Garage cut-ups, deep house diva workouts and more. It has got a nice collection of vocals and are all usable in your projects it didn’t disappoint me. It definitely added more flavour to the production and I think I used all the samples in this pack now and not one didn’t I like, maybe one or two actually. It does come with 100 vocal one-shots for your glitch and non-glitchy productions so I think that’s a nice amount plus the 100 loops which is a bonus in my eyes. Normally the price is £9.95 (11.62 Euros) ($12.84) but with the Black Friday sale on you can get it for the price of £3.98 (4.65 Euros) ($5.14.)
Hello friends how are we all today hope we are good and ready for a new decade in under two months how exciting is that? As always I’ve been busy making …
Hello friends how are we all today hope we are good and ready for a new decade in under two months how exciting is that? As always I’ve been busy making music and doing not that much just taking it easy away from the stresses. I didn’t go out Halloween or Bonfire night as I was busy with other things I get to later but I did watch a horror film The Banana Splits which was a 70s children’s show in America if you didn’t know. I wasn’t born in the 70s so I didn’t know the characters or the show but it was fun to watch on Halloween and I would like to say it was scary but it wasn’t but it did have some gory finishers but overall I enjoyed the film. Usually, I’m not the one for films and struggle to sit all the way through one without getting bored and falling asleep but this film made me watch it to the end without feeling bored. The reason why I liked it so much was I like creepy kids shows and toys like those china dolls you get and unused Barbies from long time ago so that’s why I liked it so much. In other news in my life, I finally got my kitchen tap fixed so no more leaking after a year of it drip dropping and making high pitched noises feels weird now all that has stopped it’s kind of like when the voices stopped that was weird for me. As I said before I’ve been busy making music and got 4 albums done in a month, I seem to be cutting down the time and the way I approach making the tracks so this has seemed to help me make them quicker. They are an acid house album on the 8th November which is already released on Bandcamp but available on the 8th on all other platforms like Spotify and Deezer. Then a vaporwave Christmas album coming out on the 18th November which is this year’s Christmas album and is Christmasy/winter tracks. Then on the 2nd December another house album then finally another house album of remixes of famous tracks coming out on the 20th December. I also have two other albums in the works one is nearly done and the other has only one track but it should be done before I need it done. One is definitely being released on the 28th December and that’s my new year’s eve party album do look out for that if you are a house fan I have some upbeat bangers for you. I’ve been busy putting something special for next month all the way up to the 28th of December. I would say to subscribe to my website and get updated when I post another post to stay up to date with next months advent you don’t want to miss it. I came to the decision to abandon my radio station after a long think I decided it was weighing me down and I wasn’t getting the listeners so I thought it would be best not to continue with it for now anyway. I would like to thank those who tuned in and I might be back one day under some conditions who knows. While I am on the thanking tip thanks to those who have commented on my website and I am amazed that people like it so much and glad to know I’m doing something right. I’ve been getting loads of comments on Soundcloud too with the music I make and a lot more shares than usual thanks to the small foot army that recognize good music and promote good music, without sounding too big-headed. Well that’s it for this month I won’t be back next month as I have something special as I said before, I might do one before the new year’s eve I’m not sure yet but until then take care.