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Oh Penelope!

In life, you’ll come to a point that the only choice you got is to learn the art of letting go. Despite of the loss, letting go of someone or something will gain you peace of mind, sanity, self respect, confirmation and sometimes, a chance to move on.

Months ago, I landed on a Yahoo! News article “Jake Reilly’s ‘Amish Project:'”, it is amazing how Jake  unplugged humself off the grid. Deactivated his facebook, twitter accounts, stopped  using email and texting. Main Reason: He noticed that today, People tends to spend more time with thier gadgets and keyboards than we do with the people we care about. yes, we’re all updated with our friends and family through social media and able to like and comment on thier activites via thier posts but c’mon, when was the last time you go out and spend hours talking about random things.It’s not time wasted. Just quality time with your family and frineds without any intervention of any gadget.

His viral video used Pinback’s “Penelope.” (thus the title). its aboiut the vocalist’s pet goldfish who died. That song and Jake’s viral video inspired me to do this artwork. I must say, I was surprised with the outcome. Honestly I’m bad with colors, i dont do colored artworks that well but I must have to try to let go of my inhibitions and do try to add colors to my artwork.

Well, here you go. High Quality version can be seen @


Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed  😀



Declare [14] : Our February Playlist

Yikes! Feb is here. Means we have to deal with the same old love songs all over again. Well, we must admit, some of those songs built some relationships, some songs made those existing stronger.

Me too, I caught myself sharing earpiece with a girl, singing our hearts out while we’re on our way to her province. Though it was my brother’s player, I am surprised that there’s so many (love) songs in it knowing he’s into metal.  More surprisingly that my girl and I whole-heatedly can sing those word by word. Indeed, it made our journey something to cherish.

Three years passed and I’m still  planning to do the same thing but this time, I will not borrow songs from my brother anymore. (thanks for having your player that time but I really  hate metal. sorry bro. no offense hehe. )

I want to spice up the trip, I made a completely new playlist for her. I am confident that we’re into the same genre, hope she’ll like these songs 😀

30. BABY IT’S FACT by Hellogoodbye

(album : Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!)

Just in case their wondering
They’ve got us pinned terribly
They don’t believe our love is real
Cause they don’t know how real love feels
You should know it’s true
Just now, the part about my love for you

29. SAN FRANCISCO by The Weepies

(album : iTunes Live EP)

28. FAST CAR version by Kina Grannis & Boyce Avenue

(album : iTunes Live EP)

I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

27. DEEP INSIDE OF YOU by Third Eye Blind

(album : Third Eye Blind)

I’d know what to do if I just knew what’s coming
I would change myself if I could
I’d walk with my people if I could find them
And I’d say that I’m sorry to you
I’m sorry to you

26. OBVIOUS by Westlife

(album : Turnaround)

I’ve made it obvious
Done everything but sing it
(I’ve crushed on you so long, but on and on you get me wrong)
I’m not so good with words
And since you never notice
The way that we belong
I’ll say it in a love song

25. LOVER LAY DOWN by Dave Matthews Band

(album : Under the Table and Dreaming)

I’m fire-you’re the ocean
I’m energy-you’re the rhythm
Love is somewhere in between
What you believe and what you dream
I’m just trying to make you mine
You’re the ocean

23. OK! IT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME by Eric Hutchinson

(album : Sounds like this)

When Bernadette comes I get lost on her time
She’s much too sweet and she’s always gonna be
And when I return to her arms and her eyes
It might not be the same, but it’s alright with me

22. ONE SWEET LOVE by Sara Bareilles

(album : Little Voice)

The time that I’ve taken
I pray is not wasted
Have I already tasted my piece of one sweet love?
Ready and waiting for a heart worth the breaking
But I’d settle for an honest mistake in the name of
One sweet love.

21. COME ON GET HIGHER by Matt Nathanson

(album : Some Mad Hope)

So come on, get higher, loosen my lips
Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love


(album : Across the Universe Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you
Tomorrow I’ll miss you
Remember I’ll always be true
And then while I’m away
I’ll write home every day
And I’ll send all my loving to you

19. UNDRESS by Howie Day

(album : Sound the Alarm)

In a world full of chaos
Shut out this deafening roar
For just one minute more

18. YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE by Maria Mena

(album : White Turns Blue)

You’re the only one who
Drags me kicking and screaming through fast dreams
You’re the only one who
Knows exactly what I mean

17. LIFE LESS ORDINARY by Carbon Leaf

(album : Indian Summer)

Well I hate to be a bother,
But it’s you and there’s no other, I do believe
You can call me naive but…
I know me very well (at least as far as I can tell)
And I know what I need

16. BUBBLY TOES by Jack Johnson

(album : Bushfire Fairytales)

His dreams are like commercials
But her dreams are picture perfect and
Our dreams are so related though they’re often underestimated

15. STAY TONIGHT by James Blunt

(album : Some Kind of Trouble)

We watched the sunset from our car
We all took it in
And by the time that it was dark
You and me had something, yeah!

14. YOU MAKE IT REAL by James Morrison

(album : Songs for you, Truths for me)

And I am running to you baby,
You are the only one who saves me
That’s why I’ve been missing you lately,
‘Cause you make it real for me

13. NO STOPPING US by Jason Mraz

(album : Waiting for my rocket to come)

Would it take a bakers dozen to get my point to you?
Would it take a half a pound to roll a joint for you
Would it take some hailing mary’s so full of grace to get my sound to you
Will you help me break it down and get on thru

Down to the other side
Its easy of you only try
We don’t lie down on the job
Because once we hit the top there’s no stopping us

12. I CAN’T READ YOU by Daniel Bedingfield

(album : Gotta get thru this)

I’m never shy but this is different
I can’t explain the way I’m feeling tonight
I’m losing control of my heart
Tell me what can I do to make you happy
Nothing I ever say seems to come out right
I’m losing control of my heart

11. HALF OF MY HEART  by John Mayer feat. Taylor Swift

(album : Battle Studies)

half of my heart’s got a real good imagination
half of my heart’s got you
half of my heart’s got a right mind to tell you
that half of my heart won’t do

10. BLISS by Alice Peacock feat. John Mayer

It’s joy, it’s ecstacy, it’s truth, it’s destiny
And even love is not enough to tell you how you make me feel
There’s only one word for this
It’s bliss

9. NO TIME by Just Jack

(album : Overtones)


(album : Hopes and Fears)

And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

7. BESIDE YOU by Marianas Trench

(album : Masterpiece Theater)

If your heart wears thin I will hold you up
And I will hide you when it gets too much
I’ll be right beside you


(album : Hands All Over)

Take all that I have
I’d give it all away just to get you back

5. SPEAK by Nickel Creek

(album : Reason Why)

Well I sat down next to a photograph
Tried my best almost made her laugh
She was my toughest crowd
There in the way was a mountain up in the clouds
Well I can’t sleep and I’m not in love
I can’t speak without messing up
Eye’s tell of what’s behind
And hers showed the way to a long and lonely climb
But through failure I’ll proceed
And she’ll see how far I’ve come

4. SHINE ON by Rascal Flatts

(album : Melt)

Shine on, shine on, shine on me
Whenever something’s missing
You’re exactly what I need
Your love has shown me the light and now I finally see
So shine on, shine on, shine on me, yeah

3. HOLD ME by Savage Garden

(album : Affirmation)

might need you to hold me tonight
I might need you to say it’s alright
I might need you to make the first stand
Because tonight I’m finding it hard to be your man

2. LOVE HOW IT HURTS by Scouting for Girls

(album : Everybody Wants To Be On TV)

Three little words, That’s all that I’ve got
Three little words, Like it or not

Tell me you noticed? Tell me you heard?
For you I’d have run to the ends of the Earth
I couldn’t keep you, but I’ll keep my word
It’s the most beautiful pain in the world
I love how it hurts

1. PLANETS BEND BETWEEN US, The by Snow Patrol
(album : Up to Now)

I will race you to the waterside
And from the edge of Ireland shout out loud
So they could hear it in America
It’s all for you


Apologies for this long post. inlababo lang 😀 hehe. cross fingers.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀

Declare [12] : Weekend Riot

I practically spent whole Sunday reading books and listening to morning rush podcast. Then suddenly, while listening in a Wednesday Riot edition of the podcast, I suddenly got an itch to download albums from some familiar artists.So weird that  “When you say nothing at all” by Ronan Keating is constantly playing in my head. I don’t know why and how, I’m not in love that time..hmmm..must be the book I’m reading.

Well, I ended up downloading some compilation albums of Ronan Keating, Gavin DeGraw, and  Michael Buble

the dude got so many good tunes. Most of them are ballads like “When you say nothing at all”, “when tomorrow never comes”, “I hope you dance” [which I think quite a homage for “dancing with my father’] and “Father and Son”. Those reminds me of the  “Boyzone”.

I like his upbeat songs, I think it is good for some long out-of-town joyride, especially this one 😀

last heard this one is way back highschool, and damn, having it on my playlist feels so good 😀 and aside from that one, I’m also drawn on these two

well, even though this one is not as jumpy as the first three, I’m just intrigued with his version of this song. Does he nailed it? hmmm

that video reminds of “Obvious” of westlife. [wtf, my boyband preferences begins to show up. teehee… my bad, just missed my highschool day tunes badly. anyway…]

Aside from my fave  “Home” and “Everything”, I heart this new jazzy tune from M.B. The music video is cute but M.B. as Justin Bieber? that’s quite disturbing,  it  hurt my eyes a little bit and until now, that image is still haunts me. Well, must appreciate thy music.

Gavin DeGraw reminds me of a college good friend [and yes Abby, that’s you.] I think it’s becasue of the One Three Hill addiction of that girl.

Hmm. I guess I’m not use to hearing Beyonce [or other lads] belting out that much [unless it’s Glee or showtunes] , I just like plain good ol’ music that will soothe my mind on a weekend. no complicated and angry tunes, no octaves…such a treat I must say.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀

Declare [11] : Taste tests

One thing that keeps me busy when I’m preoccupied is scanning someone else playlist, whether someone posted a music video on their facebook wall or tweeting they had experienced LSS on a certain song. I’ll just click their link and listen to my heart if it’ll go straight to my freakin’ playlist. [sorry for the cheesy intro…I know right? :D]

“Terrified” by Katharine McPhee  ft. Zachary Levi

This song was first posted by my dear friend Abby on her FB wall and I fell inlove with it the time I pressed play. I love this song for several reasons. First, It’s my first time to hear my idol Chuck Bartowski [a.k.a Zachary Levi] to sing and with Katharine McPhee, so odd, so surreal.  I can’t help myself to think of Chuck and Sarah, having a stake-out with this one on the background. If next season of Chuck will turn out to be a drama romance, this song fits the OST. Think about a song titled “terrified” for a series about spies and espionage. Great concept huh?  Then the lyrics, boy, they’re great, credits to Kara DioGuardi and Jason Reeves for writing this song.

“Beside You” by Marianas Trench

I heard the whole EP of this band during an oyster stake-out in Jay’s place at Obando Bulacan. You can compare the band to Boys like girls and Panic at the disco but boy, they got this distinct style of music, you can’t easy categories them as scream or pop rock or whatever genre you have in mind. Josh Ramsay and the band got these good vocals, as a proof, try to listen to their recent album “Masterpiece feather”  , one song caught my attention during that mentioned stake-out, remember how I love a capella right? Well, I heard “beside you”  while eating oyster in a gloomy Sunday afternoon and god, the vocals and blending, I mistakenly asked Jay what A capella band it is. Well it turns out to be a rock band. I grabbed a copy of their album on my way home that day and it is worthy, I also shared this one to Shiela during our post production and she fell in love with the band that easy, specially to Josh Ramsay.

“King of Anything” by Sarah Bareilles

Love those piano tunes, those claps and arrangement of the song, it felt like listening to a fast paced tango music yet the lyrics are so dreamy. Anyway, I got this one by checking RX 93.1 countdown top seven update on their site. The video is so simple yet well executed, nice template of colors and visuals, such heaven and so relaxing  for some tired eyes. 😀

“Gravity” by Sarah Bareilles

Well, I don’t love or hate the song, I just love the concept of the video, on how they shot the whole MV guerilla style, no cuts, all rough yet well executed. I imagine their painstaking rehearsals and planning for this single shot MV. Notice how they recreate the galaxy. So nice. Got this one when I scanned through the artist discography

“Sideways” by Sam Isaac

Remember his song  “Bears” that made it’s way to the Chuck series? Well, I found a lot melancholy than that, and that’s sideway, It’s so nice to watch a time lapse video that got this feeling of tranquility; I wondered how many cakes are used in this vid, well, I don’t care to count.

“Be my only” by FM Radio

Heard during Hilda’s wedding on one of Ugly Betty’s last 2 episodes. I fell in love with this song when it was played during the montage made showing the Hilda’s bridal entourage. I posted this one on my wall, and Neil fell inlove to this one as well, too bad, they don’t have any decent copy on the net as well on the iTunes because no one cares to produce and distribute them, what a shame for those producers.

“Top 40 violin mashup”  by Paul Dateh

This guy was  mentioned in a Creative Dork’s blog entitled “Asian-American Acoustic Awesomeness” , out of curiosity, I checked this guys youtube channel and he’s freakin’ talented, he can sing, rearrange and play that violin to the extent that he can pluck it’s strings  while fiddling it. This act is one of my faves.

Speaking of Mash-up, I would like to end the post with another mash-up mentioned over Engr. Moks blogsite [], “United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) – Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits“ by dr Earworm. Listen and let the title tell you the whole story.

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀

Declare [10] : beekeeping easy listening

well, even though I love Kesha, it doesn’t mean I’d go for Gaga. Sorry, but she’s not my thing. Well it happens that Kesha got some party tunes I used to love since Daft Punk, Moony and MashUp king, Norwegian Recycling.   But aside from those tunes, I love female acts that got some nice song in their repertoire, full of meaning and  nice vocals [forget auto-tune]. Some of them are not as popular as Lady gaga, Britney and Xtina, but still they managed to survived years with their very satisfying music. it is because their music created a strong fanbase on a certain genre o group, also their songs being heard as part of underground music industry made them featured on several TV series as music bed or episode soundtrack. And I’m not saying Gaga’s songs are  nonsense dance tunes, I’d rather describe them as too much loud and sell out, too common, well that’s only opinion.

Well, I like to share some infamous female tunes that I’m sure you’ll like.

from KT Tunstall’s 2006 album “Eye to the Telescope”, “Other side of the world” is a sweet love ballad. it’s a good treat for those who misses their better half, or whose involve in a long distance relationship or those who tried to reminisce their past relationship and their exes. Nice video as reminds me of daniel Powter’s “bad day” though. By the way, try to check the A capella version of this song, done by Maryland Faux Paz  as part of Best of Collegiate Acapella 2008 edition

Her songs are inspiring, Tori Amos got this set of songs that tackles gender equality, hope and faith on certain things and empowerment against  specific fears. Tori Amos’ got a huge variety of unique [emphasize on unique]  easy listening tunes, but the songs I most likely to listen  on her repertoire are “A sorta fairytale” and “Sleeping with butterflies”. Also those songs got interesting music videos too.

“Sleeps With Butterflies” is The Beekeeper‘s most popular song, and I find that it is most deserving of that distinction. It is a sweeping ballad with a simple, precious melody, and most importantly, it features the type of completely honest, unique lyrics I love hearing from Tori. “I’m not like the girls that you’ve known, but I believe I’m worth coming home to,” she notes coyly. Though “Sleeps With Butterflies” does not necessarily have a strikingly unique arrangement, it’s totally enjoyable

I think she is not a stranger on our Philippine air waves, we got some of her early tunes played on various radio stations. If my memory serves me right, I first heard her “Just another day” way back second year highschool. Some radio stations catered on Class A and B, got her songs on her playlist, yet she’s not that big here in our country. I got her discography on my player and I must say, It defined easy listening, good for relaxation and sorts. Even though her songs got a strong message, I’m sure you’ll not have a problem listening on them because they we’re presented very lightly. I also love her ballads that dominated her catalog.  So unique, so light, speaking of ballad, check out her song “Nevermind me”.

Even though we don’t see her much nowadays, Mandy still can sing. She got very sweet nice songs from various very good song writers. Her breathy voice is the one I love the most. It so enticing. Even though her co-popstars like Brit and Xtina still got their claws on pop limelight, mandy is contented to go underground, support songwriters in their endeavors and very active on many advocacy campaigns. It is also nice of her to visit the Philippines most often for various event, talking about really appreciating your fans. Well, I think her last movie is “SAVED”, but dont worry no more, I learned that she’ll have a movie project with Disney, this time, as a voice of Rapunzel, if you’re asking why I know such info? Well, as a certified Chuck geek, our spy Agent Carmicheal [Zachary Levi] will be her partner as the prince charming :D.

She got many songs featured in the TV series “SCRUBS” , her song is most likely to lead Avril Lavigne’s genre, type of music. Her music is refreshing and full off kick-ass old school electroguitar tunes.

To add, I also love Katy Perry, this gal got all the quality of a hot female act, she got hot body, songwriting prowess, intelligent and this lad can sing and hit high tunes, can do high raging vocals and party tunes. i think she can sing any kind of genre and sell it with glam and one of a kind brand…[talk about russel brand, well.]. She’s one of my crush and subject of some of my daydream dates 😀

So there you go, try to check out some of these tunes, you might need them while you’re on a relaxation getaway someday or just want to hear some not-so-loud songs and uncommon tunes.

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀

Declare [9] : Pinching half of my heart

“Pinch me” comforts me almost everyday during my highschool years, the message and irony embedded about enjoying time (and not being a bum) . Also making my realizations about things like college, time and love, go easy. No worries about life.

[Bathroom sessions series : acoustic versions of BNL faves by its very own Steven Page, well can’t find the original on Youtube anymore, and I am just curious that Steven  lost a lot of weight between the time the music video came out and at the time of this recording…there’s also a round abouts that he is that true? sad. ]

Bare Naked Ladies Original Members

I only got a chance to heard tunes from BNL by Yahoo! Music, it introduced me to “One Week”, “Be my Yoko Ono” and “Another Postcard”, MTV on the other hand made hooked on BNL’s “Testing 1 2 3”

BNL is one of my fave bands, (next to Dave Matthews Band—I’ll post their music next time) I salute them for their different kind approach to rock/alternative music and for their light-hearted and comedic performance style. The band’s trademarks at live shows are humorous banter between songs and improvised raps/songs, both of which are staples at virtually every concert.

Anyway, I got a copy of BNL’s complete discography last week, almost 7 years after my first encounter with “Pinch Me”. I immediately scanned the whole collection and got amazed by the these songs. I can’t believe it took me 7 years just to listen to their songs completely, also can’t believe that I missed 7 years listening to them.

barenaked ladies - are me Pictures, Images and Photos
(sorry can’t find the album, cover art of “BNL are men” in photobucket…)
A track from “BNL are men” album got my attention, fell in love with it and can’t stop to listen to it during my last weekend trip. it’s “Half a Heart”, an adult contemporary ballad with weird lyrics (clear and simple haiku like poetry) and light guitar strums, drumbeats and soothing orchestrations. this song wants to share it’s listener about a man’s search for his love, seeking for everyone’s help to accompany him to seek his girl before time ends, before the girl lost his patience or before one of them dies…

A sad song of sudden realization but hey, this song deserves a space on your iPod…
well, here’s the lyrics, enjoy the song…

Drunk On Wine, I’m Amazing
Bitter Pill; It’s My Raising
News At Five And At Midnight
Caught On Tape; Serves Me Right

The Crowd Around Me Starts To Grow
I Can Feel The Undertow

Anyone With A Half A Heart Would Help Me Out

Before They Ever Let The Other Half Find Out
But If They Could See How Far I’ve Let You Down
Anyone With Half A Heart Would Let Me Drown

Flashing Lights Couldn’t Warn Her
Paint Myself In A Corner
Bracing Now For The Impact
Losing Hope, Keeping Track

Standing On A Crumbling Wall
Tethered To A Cannonball

Anyone With Half A Heart Would Help Me Out
Before They Ever Let The Other Half Find Out
But If They Could See How High I’ve Built This Wall
Anyone With Half A Heart Would Let Me Fall

In The Space Between Sleep And Sleeplessness
We Redress All Our Wounds
If We Replace All This Hopeless Hopelessness
Then We Could Rest

Anyone With Half A Heart Would Let Me Drown
Anyone With Half A Heart Would Pull Me Down
Anyone With Half A Heart Would Let Me Fall
Anyone With Half A Heart Wouldn’t Care At All

Anyone With Half A Heart Would Help Me Out
Before They Ever Let The Other Half Find Out
But If They Could See How Far I’ve Let You Down
Anyone With Half A Heart Would Let Me Drown


The Barenaked Ladies, including singer/guitarists Ed Robertson (left) and Steven Page, perform Wednesday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse.

BNL is an interesting band, and got many stories behind their songs and performances. They also got an interesting odd start as a band…
if you want some infos about the band,like their discography, awards, and nominations, just give these links a click
(official website of the new line up of the band)
(myspace account) (wikipedia…)

As for their music videos, unfortunately I cant find them anymore, They’re got a lot of interesting videos I must say, the  scenarios equalized the music the group wants us to hear. But good thing Bathroom sessions it there, keeping the true blue BNL music alive

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀

Declare [8] : Walking in Memphis

I first heard this song because of my hunger for A capella music in my college years, (just graduated last year) , the first version I heard is by Blue Jupiter, and after my MP4 was reformatted, it was replaced by Rockapella’s.

After a year, I heard dave matthew’s band version.
I got interested deeply to this song, I don’t know who originally sang it but I think whoever he/she is, it got my heart throuh the melody and lyrics, the songs cradles me in every note, it never made me fell asleep but helps me reckon some of mistakes from the past, remember people i met before and those who i think i’ll never meet again.  But there’s a lot more meaning on this song. It’s either personal, song’s poetry can be understood in different spectrum of understanding or in general, A songwriter’s story about the place.

my questions was answered when it came crossed to me the idea to search for teh real artist who composed and gave birth to the song. the net gave me three choices, lonestar, Cher and Mark Cohn, I hit the button again hoping that my questions will be answered. Youtube gave me Mark Cohn.


I also learned that many has their own version of this infamous song. ( like gavin deGraw, Chaka Khan (urghh…ang chaka),Matt Nathanson, Howie Day, Barry Diamond (I don’t know who the heck he is..) Shut Up and Dance (Britain) Wouter de Clerck, (2nd season runner up of Bulgarian Idol, “Idool”) Master Blaster (German Band–spring awakening? hehehehe) Tom Jones (? WTF!) and Eli Mattson (from America’s got Talent)…the web offered me everything…sheezz…anyway, I uploaded my fave picks…please do comment which version is best for you. If you like a cover of this song that wasn’t including in the lsit please feel free to jot it on my comments space. I’ll upload them for you.

here’s the lyrics

Walking In Memphis lyrics

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy — won’t you look down over me
Cause I got a first class ticket
But I’m as blue as a boy can be

Walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of the Beale
Walking in Memphis
Do I really feel the way I feel

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through
Now security they did not see him
They just hovered ’round his tomb
But there’s a pretty little thing
Waiting on the King
Down in the Jungle Room

They’ve got catfish on the table
They’ve got gospel in the air
And Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven’t got a prayer
But you got a prayer in Memphis

Now Muriel plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would —
Do a little number
And I sang with all my might
And she said —
“Tell me are you a Christian child?”
And I said “Ma’am I am tonight”

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE SONG (just in case hehehehe)
This was the first single for Cohn, who was discovered by Carly Simon. He won the 1991 Grammy for Best New Artist.

Cohn wrote this after seeing an Al Green sermon in Memphis. It is a journey to be baptized in the world of Blues music. Cohn said it is about “Spiritual Awakening.”

“Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale” refers to Beale Street, an actual street in Memphis. Riley B. King became known as the “Beale Street Blues Boy” shortly after he first arrived in Memphis. Later, the nickname was shortened to B.B., the rest is history.

The sounds at the beginning of the song are meant to indicate falling rain.

The line, “Muriel plays piano every Friday at The Hollywood” is a reference to a local artist who played at the Hollywood Cafe, which is a small diner/music joint in Tunica County, Mississippi. Muriel has passed away, but The Hollywood is still there – you drive right past it to go to several of the casinos now located in Tunica.
W.C. Handy, who Cohn refers to in the first verse, is a blues legend. His most famous recording is “St. Louis Blues,” but he also recorded “Beale Street Blues” and “Memphis Blues.” There is a statue in his honor in Memphis.
W.C. Handy was born in Florence, Alabama. Florence, along with Tuscumbia, Sheffield, and Muscle Shoals, is part of this quad cities group usually referred to as “The Shoals” (as immortalized in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”… ‘the Shoals have got the Swampers’). There is a huge festival that takes place every August in the Shoals that honors WC Handy. It is aptly named The WC Handy Festival, and almost everybody, from churches to bars, and even the public library, hosts programs containing Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk, and Rock and Roll.
The reference to “Blue Suede Shoes” is not about Elvis Presley, but about Carl Perkins, who recorded the song in Memphis for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Perkins’ ill-luck in a car wreck stopped him from touring to promote the record, allowing Elvis’ cover version to become a massive hit. Presley’s copy was recorded at RCA studios in Nashville.

The narrator tells of seeing “The ghost of Elvis up on Union Avenue and followed him up to gates of Graceland.” Sam Phillips’ studios were called “Memphis Recording Service” and were at 706 Union Avenue. Elvis’ start on the journey to fame and fortune (i.e. Graceland) is usually attributed to the success of “Blues Suede Shoes” – and that of “Heartbreak Hotel.”

“Security didn’t see him” is probably a comment on the story that Bruce Springsteen once successfully scaled the wall at Graceland, trying to deliver a song he wrote. Apparently, Elvis wasn’t there.

“There’s catfish on table and gospel in the air” marks the dichotomy between secular and sacred. Catfish is the standard Blues metaphor for sexual intercourse. (The word is also interchangeable with the slang expression for the female sex zones). “Catfish” thus would appeal to the bodily instincts, whereas “gospel” would be to the intellect. The metaphor gains more credence since Al Green supposedly renounced secular music after being scalded with grits by a jealous girlfriend.

The lyrics refer to the girl waiting in the Jungle Room. This was the name of the play area at Elvis’ Graceland mansion where he and the crew would take care of business

Cher recorded this for her 1995 album It’s a Man’s World, and released it as a single in the UK, where it hit #11. In her version, Gabriel plays the piano instead of Muriel. It was used in the season 5 episode of The X Files called “The Post-Modern Prometheus,” which was the only black and white episode of the show.

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀