My December Playlist- Let It Be Your Guide This New Year's
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
So, why wait for New Year's Eve to celebrate? Life is happening right now. Why let it slip away? The songs in this playlist are in no particular order. Most of them have a message strong enough to keep me going. The others have my childhood in them. If they work for me, chances are they will for you too. In the comments section below, do let me know what your playlists look like too.
The Other Side - Aerosmith
2014 is almost over. You are on the verge of a new beginning. Let this song take you to “The Other Side”. And when you get there, may you find love and light of the kind that blinds you, yet opens up your eyes. Enjoy the ride, and let your conscience be your guide.
The Wicker Man - Iron Maiden
"Say goodbye to gravity and say goodbye to death. Hello to eternity and live for every breath." How about that for a New Year Resolution as opposed to the many you make and break every year? Follow your heart. The universe rearranges itself to make miracles happen for those who do. Pay attention to the chorus. Remember, no matter what you are going through, "your time will come."
If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback
Each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less travelled by
That first step you take is the longest stride
Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts 'cause there's no second try
So live like you'll never live it twice
Don't take the free ride in your own life
If these words resonate with you, so will the song. Turn up the volume. Make it your own.
It’s My Life - Bon Jovi
They say your life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you like. But you can spend it only once. Don’t let it pass you by. Live while you are alive. You may have watched this video a million times before. One more time wouldn’t hurt. The song is just that good.
Hush - Deep Purple
So here’s what happens. It’s 1968. Deep Purple takes a moderate hit by Joe South and makes it a chart topper. And the song becomes timeless. That’s the power of Ian Gillan’s voice and Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar. And let’s not discount the funky keyboard runs by Jon Lord (RIP), the very dance-able drum groove by Ian Paice, and the neatly layered bass lines by Roger Glover. Now that’s a band that’s even bigger than the sum of its parts. Sorry for my bias. I’m a fan.
We Didn’t Start The Fire - Billy Joel
Time is like a fire that has been burning since the world has been turning. We may not have started it. But it will keep burning on even when we are gone. May the light from that burning fire shine on you. May time salute you like never before. Enjoy the song. Don’t resist the urge to whip your hair.
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Not every band retains a drummer who loses an arm in a car crash. Not every band endures downtime like that at their peak. Then again, some bands are founded on love and friendship. And that is what makes them who they are. Thank God for Def Leppard. If you are not a fan, you should be one.
Stayin’ Alive (Tribute to Bee Gees by Ozzy) - Ozzy Osbourne
Not everyone can take a disco classic and turn it into a face-melting piece of heavy metal. That's why we have Ozzy. Turn up the volume. Flash them devil's horn. And dance like no one's watching. Be warned. The guitar solo will hit you between the eyes.
The Final Countdown - Europe
Picture this. A teenage singer in Stockholm borrows a friend's keyboard and composes a riff so epic that it catapults his future band to superstardom. They ride every wave of success that comes their way before disintegrating into nothingness. But life gives them a second chance. They get invited to play at the biggest celebration of the millennium – NYE 2000 – in their hometown. That same old keyboard riff tears through the air at the stroke of midnight, and fifty thousand enthusiastic fans greet them. And they make a telepathic promise of reunion to each other. Needless to say there has been no stopping ever since. Here's how it all started back in 1986.
Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
"Oh my God, this is the highest I've ever been in my life. I can barely hold on. Sweat is is pouring out of me, my eyes sting like hell, and my gut is jumping. I'm completely soaked, my arms and legs flail, my head shakes, and my heart is thumping out of my chest. I am flying, and I love it. I desperately want this feeling to go on forever. I'm Steven Adler, the drummer of Guns N' Roses, and tonight we opened for the Rolling Stones. It's October 18, 1989, and after a brutal but amazing journey, this should be the happiest moment in my life. But as we explode into our last song, 'Paradise City,' I'm already terrified of leaving the stage and losing this incredible buzz."
That's the excerpt from Steven Adler's autobiography that I've been reading out to introduce 'Paradise City' as an encore at the Guns N' Roses tributes that I've been playing lately. The sound of the audience's reaction — no matter what the venue — could shatter glass (and may be it has). Small wonder why the song is featured here on this playlist.
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Article By: 2Blue
2Blue (a.k.a Tirthankar Poddar) forayed into the Mumbai rock circuit in 2000. Having gained notoriety for his powerful high-pitched singing and on-stage charisma, he was soon invited to sing for Vayu. After 5 years in Vayu and countless monumental shows, 2Blue formed the hard rock band Zedde (pronounced z?d). Always a man for his heroes, the self-taught singer attributes his vocal prowess to his childhood heroes: David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Gillan, Ronnie James Dio, and Bruce Dickinson. For him, if a thing was good once, it always is.
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