Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Hello once more inmates!

I hope that you’re having a wonderfully manic day today! It’s been a rather nice day for me, though I am in a wee bit of discomfort today. I may or may not have gone for a walk yesterday for a bit too long and with suntan lotion. I’m quite badly burned up one side. Uncomfortable but amusing in it’s own way. Haha! That’s a lesson learned, I can promise you that!

It’s been business as usual here at the asylum really this week. I’ve been uncharacteristically pleased with my recent work. I’m my own worst critic at the best of times, but still. I’m hoping that you are all enjoying my recent stuff and I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to the newest inmates that have followed the blog recently. I don’t feel I can ever thank all of you enough!

So it is time for the next edition of the Harlequins writing music! It’s time to share five musical artists that the Harlequin enjoys listening to while writing. It could be orchestral, it could be metal. It could even be Hip-hop! You never know! I try to vary it as much as humanly (or inhumanly) possible!

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of distinguished artists the world over!

Seether – Remedy
https://www.seether.com/

Bricks + Mortar – Keep This Place Beautiful
https://www.brmr.net/

The Rumjacks – An Irish Pub Song

Live in Athens

WinWel – You Make My Day (Feat. Lua Lua)
https://www.facebook.com/WinWelofficial/

Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful
https://nightwish.com/

So there we have it for another episode of the Harlequins writing music!

Here’s hoping that you give at least a couple of these artists a try! It’s a decent selection is it not? The voices say I may be a tad biased in saying that, but there you go! Haha! I’m torn between doing another writing music post next week or something a little different. We’ll see eh?

As always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thank you so much!

So, until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day inmates!

It’s your friendly neighbourhood Harlequin here, coming at you with a new post. I’m not sure why I opened with that, I wanted to be “street” for once. Haha! One hopes you’re all having a marvelous day. I’ve been getting out and about a little bit on my bike. Partly to break up the monotony of the weeks, but also partly to stop the bikes battery dying altogether. It’s happened before and it was no fun! Here’s hoping for the best eh?

The blog has been doing amazingly well this last week. We had the most views in one day just a few days ago. I was so humbled by it, I must confess. Also a couple days ago was the seventh anniversary of the asylums existence! It’s been one hell of a crazy ride, has it not?

So it’s time for the next edition of the Harlequins writing music! Part 34 already! Where does the time go? Well it’s going to be a “traditional” writing music post today. Five musical artists. Five artists worthy of your attention. In my opinion of course! As always I hope I include something for everyone.

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of dignified artists the world over!

Hearts & Colors – Lion
https://www.facebook.com/heartsandcolors

Frank Klepacki – Act On Instinct
https://www.frankklepacki.com/

Eisbrecher – Verrückt
https://www.eis-brecher.com/

Embrace – Nature’s Law
http://www.embrace.co.uk/

Ava Max – Sweet but Psycho
https://www.avamax.com/

So there we have it for another issue of the Harlequins writing music!

As always my friends, I hope that you give each of these artists a listen. I’ve tried to have a varied list to potentially entertain each and every one of you. Give them all a gander though, you will be pleasantly surprised I assure you. Also, yes I did include a song from an old PC game. Just because I could!

Once again, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! It’d be a real honour!

Until next week, I bid you a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

One hopes you’re all having a great day today! There isn’t very much to report of the asylum front. Things are running smoothly, at a fair rate of knots. I’ve actually been really quite happy with my last few poems, which is a rarity for me I can tell you for nothing. I’ve been sleeping a fair bit better the last week or so though, so that has definitely been a significant morale boost as well. Routine. Routine. Routine.

And as always, i’ve been humbled and charmed by the incomparable kindness of my fellow inmates! Your comments really do bring a smile to this old painted face. It has caused quite a contented chuckle from the other voices as well. We love you guys!

So, it’s time for part 33 of the Harlequins writing music! I have decided to do something a tiny bit different today. I’m still going to include five different musical artists, but this time all of the songs I pick will be covers. I find a good cover gives a new meaning and life to even an archaic song. The context could even change, a twist on the original. They most certainly have merit in my eyes. That is not to say that songs are bad because they’re older though of course! You can always have both! Here’s a few of my favourites!

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of covering artists the world over!

Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Home

Mr Strange – It’s A Sin (Pet Shop Boys cover)
http://www.mrstrangemedia.com/

Frog Leap Studios – Duality (Slipknot Cover)

Home

Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel Cover)
https://www.disturbed1.com/

Machinae Supremacy – Gimme More (Sid) [Britney Spears Cover]
https://www.machinaesupremacy.com/

So there we have it for another drop of the Harlequins writing music!

I hope that you enjoy all of these covers today my fellow inmates! I just fancied doing something a tad different for this weeks writing music post. As always, I hope you give each of these artists a try, whether it be their covers or original songs.

Once again, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for all the support!

Until next time, I shall bid you a good day, doff my hat to you and wish you a very crazy day inmates!

Hello again inmates!

I hope that I find you all on a good day. Things have been going rather swimmingly here at the asylum this week. The weather has been a tad on the bipolar side, but it’s been warm enough at least. I’ve gotten outside more than last week, so there’s a positive. The poetical muse has been working overtime as well, I seem to be having more ideas than I have writing paper right now. Better than the other way around I suppose.

On another positive note, I made some new friends this week. Some kindred souls from across the world. This group of people have been a real morale boost for the last week or so. It’s almost been like joining a support group actually. Almost a internet family in some respects. I’m not sure where I was going with this particular point, but I simply wanted to include a thank you to any of those guys who may be reading. Hehe!

So, it’s time for part 32 of the Harlequins writing music! It’s rather amazing that i’m still able to think of musical artists to include in these posts. I clearly have been listening to far too much over the years. Here’s hoping that I include something for everyone eh?

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of startling artists the world over!

Heart – Barracuda
https://www.heart-music.com/

Nina Chuba – I Can’t Sleep
https://www.facebook.com/chinanuba/

Puddles Pity Party – Helena
http://www.puddlespityparty.com/

Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix
https://www.facebook.com/cradleoffilth/

Semblant – What Lies Ahead
http://semblant.com.br/

So there we have it for another edition of the Harlequins writing music!

I don’t think i’ve had a selection quite that radically varied before. Extreme metal at one end and soft acoustic vocals at the other. It’s just what I love about music though, it comes from all sorts of places and all sorts of people. There is merit in all of it!

Once again, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for all the support!

Until next week, I shall bid you auf wiedersehen and hope you have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day my fellow inmates!

I hope that you’re all having a nice day. I think I jinxed it last week when I was praising the wonderful weather that we’ve been having here in the UK. The weather for most of this week has been rather lousy. Lots of rain and a fair amount of heavy winds as well. The only saving grace really is the fact that I don’t have to go out at all right now, with quarantine still being in effect. It has created something of a nice ambience for writing I must admit. A sense of chrysalism, if you will. All we need is some thunder and lightning now!

Things are, once again, running at a steady rate here at the asylum. The ideas fall into my lap as readily as the rain outside. I’ve been having a wonderful time, I must confess. I also would like to extend a massive “thank you!” to all of the new inmates of the blog, the loyal inmates who’ve followed me for a long time and lastly, the wonderful people who take the time to write such lovely comments on my poems. It truly means the world to me. Thank you once again!

So, it’s time for the next edition of the Harlequins writing music. Unlike last week, this is going to be a ‘traditional’ edition, meaning that I shall be presenting five separate artist, rather than focussing on just the one. Variety is the spice of life, or something like that…

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of ‘fantabulous’ artists the world over!

Teflon Sega – Lonely And Free
https://www.facebook.com/teflonsega/

Falling In Reverse – The Drug In me Is You
http://fallinginreverse.com/

The 69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
http://69eyes.com/

Whispered – Dead Cold Inside
https://www.whisperedband.com/

Jay Ray – The Great Art Of Living
https://www.facebook.com/jayrayfinland/

So there we have it for another iteration of the Harlequins writing music!

I suppose that’s a bit of an alternative cluster bomb of music artists this week eh? I hope you all give at least some of these artists a gander, I genuinely feel they all deserve the recognition. Let me know what you think, if you’d be so kind?

If you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for all the support!

Until next weeks edition, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

Here’s hoping that you’re all having a great day in quarantine. I’ve most certainly been enjoying the fantastic weather here in the UK the last couple weeks. I’ve not been out as much as I would have liked, but there you go! It is still seeming like a rather scary time out there. Very rare to hear good news right now, which is a pity. Too many people are losing loved ones. Deaths that many of which could perhaps have been avoided. But I am still fairly confident that we shall get through this virus business and return to regular (or not) life.

So, it’s time for another edition of the Harlequins writing music! We’ve finally come to part 30! The big number thirty! I’ve been really humbled by the response to these posts, especially since I find them really quite enjoyable to make. I’m going to do something slightly different for this week’s edition. I’ve only done this once before so far. I’m going to focus on a single musical artist that I truly adore and that regularly inspires me.

This time, the artist i’ve chosen is the Poets Of The Fall. This is an absolutely fabulous rock band from Finland. Pretty easy to listen to, with deeply emotive lyrics and a staggeringly high variety of styles in their songs. Their lyrics tend to be highly surreal and metaphorical. Also, they’re delivered by the tremendous vocals of Marko Saaresto! Quite possibly my favourite vocalist out there right now. I’m going to share with you five of my favourite songs by this energising band.

Join me as we delve into the singular musical minds of Poets Of The Fall!

Poets Of The Fall – Drama For Life

Poets Of The Fall – Late Goodbye

Poets Of The Fall – My Dark Disquiet

Poets Of The Fall – Moonlight Kissed

Poets Of The Fall – Daze

So there we have it for another special volume of the Harlequins writing music!

I hope that you give this truly marvellous band a try. Their music is so varied that I feel they will likely have something for everyone. They definitely deserve further exposure! Here’s the link to their website.

Also, I hope you look forward to tomorrow’s poem. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it…

If you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for everything!

Until next week’s edition, have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day fellow inmates!

I hope that you’re all having a lovely day. It is a rather crazy time right now isn’t it? Almost out of a horror movie! No slashers or creatures of the void in sight. This whole virus business seems to have brought out the very best in humanity, but also some of the worst. I suppose humanity and fear are the ultimate horror antagonists.

Things are running fairly smoothly here at the asylum. I’m actually finding myself getting out into the sun recently. Primarily to do some gardening, but i’ve found myself sat on one of our benches to write or read. Almost fell asleep out there yesterday! Haha! It’s a glorious time of year in that sense. Pity about all the misery going around really.

So, it’s time for another volume of the Harlequins writing music today. Keep the spirits up you know? We’re almost at number 30! Originally I didn’t think I would do more than 2 or 3 of these. They are rather entertaining to create though. Plus they’re something of a mental exercise trying to remember the full names of bands or songs from the past. The noggin doesn’t work as well as it used to! So, here goes…

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of sensational artists the world over!

Apashe – Lord & Master
https://www.facebook.com/Apashe.Official/

Miracle Of Sound – The Path
https://www.miracleofsound.rocks/

The 1975 – A Change Of Heart
http://www.the1975.com/

Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache
http://www.killswitchengage.com/

Within Temptation – Memories
https://www.resist-temptation.com/

So there we have it for another tome of the Harlequins writing music!

As always, I hope that you all give some of these artists a look. Bring some rhythm into your quarantine! One hopes that these artists (and ones from previous editions) help you all cope just a tiny bit.

If you’re totally insane and you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for everything!

So, until next time, have a very crazy day inmates!

I have a furnace within me,
I think we may all do,
A source of flame within,
An internal hephaestus,
We are all smiths,

Pain is fuel,
Struggle is simply material,
Anguish another paint stroke,
The hurts of life,
Become as grist for the fire,

Our experiences are the forest,
From which we draw our lumber,
Statues,
Scribblings,
Sonnets,
Our products come in many forms,

From flames,
The artist creates beauty,
And messages,
Still hot from the forge,
We can all be artisans,
Ready to take the hammer,

To the furnace within.

Hello there fellow inmates!

I hope that you’re all having a wonderfully crazy april the 1st. I’m not entirely a fan of april fools day. Always seems like the very definition of a recipe for disaster. Too many people have too many different views on what a joke comprises of. Never ends well in my experience. So, with that said, i’m not going to try to make some outlandish claim in the guise of a joke. The voices don’t find it funny you see!

Anyway, I do hope that you are all surviving your particular nations version of lockdown. It’s not really affected my life if i’m honest. We’re quite secluded here at the asylum as it is. It’s just like any other day (or week, or month). But regardless, I hope that you’re all keeping safe and making the most of this time at home. It shan’t last forever after all!

So, it’s time for another edition of the Harlequins writing music. It’s hard to believe this is the 28th edition of these! I also seem to have managed to get them to an almost weekly routine now too! This is very much unlike me. I wonder how long it shall last! Haha! Let’s have some more quarantine music shall we?

Without further adieu, join me as we delve into the musical minds of hellacious artists the world over!

Hollywood Undead – Hear Me Now
https://www.hollywoodundead.com/

Call Me Karizma – Quarantine With Me
http://www.callmekarizma.com/

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
https://thelateryears.pinkfloyd.com/

WinterGatan – Marble Machine
https://wintergatan.net/

Bryce Fox – Bodies
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/bryce-fox-mn0003607798/biography

So there we have it for another volume of the Harlequins writing music!

I hope that you all give at least one of these wonderful artists a look! I varied it a reasonable amount today, to hopefully appeal to everyone just a tad. All of these artists deserve the attention in my eyes!

Oh, and before I forget, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks as always!

So, until the next time we meet, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello to all my fellow inmates!

Here’s hoping that you’re all having a suitably crazy day. I suppose you could say the world has gone mad recently. More mad than any asylum! I don’t believe i’ve seen the likes of this worldwide panic in my lifetime. It’s safe to say that this panic is very much justified though. I’m down to my last two energy drinks! It’s simply a scary time to be alive.

I hope that you are all keeping safe regardless. Try to think about other people in these trying times. It is a case of helping each other, even if that means simply staying at our homes. The medical services need us to help contain this coronavirus. As an aside, i’d also suggest calling people that are alone at the moment, such as the elderly. Just a phone call to check they’re doing alright, aren’t alone and aren’t desperate for any supplies. There’s a PSA from me to you. Haha!

So, it’s time for another edition of the Harlequins writing music today. My regular (or not so regular) carnival of musical artists whom I listen to while I write. They offer company and inspiration to me in a vast array of ways. I’m thinking that I ought to display some positive and upbeat sounding music today. We all need a little dance in our quarantines eh?

So, just me as we delve into the musical minds of virtuous artists the world over!

Reel big Fish – Sell Out
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Earth, Wind & Fire – September
http://www.earthwindandfire.com/

Smash Mouth – All Star
https://www.smashmouth.com/

The Ohmz – Seven Nation Army
https://www.facebook.com/theohmz/

Major Lazer – Lean On
https://majorlazer.com/

So there we have it for another edition of the Harlequins writing music!

As always, one hopes that you give all of these artists a gander. They certainly all deserve it. It should also be said that they may help keep your spirits up in your quarantines!

Just quickly, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks!

So, until next time, I bid you a very crazy (and safe) day inmates!