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40 Songs of Lila Lyric

When hitting a milestone like 40-years-old it can either consume you with thoughts of getting old or it is just another day in your life. I am Team ’73 and this is our year. I won’t say that I’m consumed with the fact that I’m turning the big 4-0, but I’m also not letting it be just.another.day. I want to recognize the years I’ve lived through and what better way to do it than with music!
These are songs that shaped me, songs that had impact on my 40 years of life. They are certainly not my favourite songs and some I even despise *cough*manilow*cough*, but when researching songs released in each year I chose the one that jumped out at me. I went through the songs from each year when I was younger and selected songs that I may not remember in that year, but perhaps later discovered. They were songs my parents were listening to on 8-track in the big gold Thunderbird, they were on the turntable in the basement rec room, they were songs my mother would play on the piano and sing horribly out of tune too.

So here they are in chronological order. Enjoy my 40 songs in all shades

1973 – Elton John “Crocodile Rock” – this song was on a children’s LP that I had later in years and I adored this and would constant play this over and over again.

1974 – Barbara Striesand “The Way We Were” – one of few songs I learned on the piano, because my mother made me!
1975 – Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” – I blame all country songs that I know on my grandfather! He was not a glittery cowboy but I think he influenced my mother who then in turn influenced me.

1976 – Barry Manilow “I Write The Songs” – pure torture. I hate this song, but I had to hear it when all I wanted to listen to was Sesame Street Fever. My mother was evil 😉
1977 – Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night” – Rod was a staple growing up. I still like his raspy voice.
1978 – The Bee Gees “How Deep is Your Love” – the be all end all of music according to my father. Ask me anything Bee Gees related. Barry Gibb to my father is Ryan Star to me. Nuff said.
1979 – Billy Joel “My Life” – lip sync duo with Kevin, my older brother from a K-Tel album that had this song …it was the first song on the second side of the LP…..the album cover was green. I’m such a visual person!
1980 – Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – I wanted to put ‘Another Bites the Dust’ but that would be the Queen song for my brother’s list. This isn’t my favourite Queen song but I do like it’s groove.

1981 – Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” – Yep. I was born at the perfect time to be one of those Rick Springfield lovers. I thought he was soooo cute, but I was more drawn to Bull Terrier on the cover of the ‘Working Class Dog’ LP.
1982 – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” – so many to choose from this year, but I had the headband, my mother refused to buy me the leotard. Smart woman.

1983 – Musical Youth “Pass the Dutchie” – don’t judge me….81, 82 and 83 were me discovering music on my own with no parental or brotherly influence. Honestly though, I think this was the beginnings of my diversity in music. Such a rap/reggae influence right? 😉

1984 – Van Halen “Jump” – the beginning of the metal years, thanks to my bro. We were just like every other kid jumping from the couch to couch playing this song, swinging out arms playing air guitar.
1985 – Metallica “Fade to Black” – I’m still not over Cliff Burton and still angry that Jason Newstead left the band. Love the bass players, no longer care about the rest of the band!
1986 – Run DMC “Walk this Way” – I was deep in Metallica at this point but intrigued and fascinated by rap, and when Aerosmith did this song with Run DMC it took my breath away.

1987 – Beastie Boys “Fight for your Right to Party” – nuff’ said.
1988 – Leonard Cohen “First we Take Manhattan” – I remember watching the video for this song on Much Music. I wasn’t sure I like the song at that age, wasn’t sure what is was, who he was, but I remember it vividly and came back to it years later.

1989 – The Cure “Pictures of You” – The Cure hold a special place in my heart. My first concert – CNE Grandstand – 8th row center – I could see Robert Smith’s sweat drip from his brow.
1990 – Jane’s Addiction “Three Days” – The 90’s were a great era for Team ‘73ers. A time of self-discovery. Perry Farrell had much much influence over me. Ritual De Lo Habitual is still part of me.

1991 – REM “Losing My Religion” – Again, the age of video. I can visualize this entire video in my head. The song is still great. I am not a fan of REM post Out-Of-Time though. Automatic For the People did so well and people love it, but it bores me.

1992 – Pearl Jam “Jeremy” – Eddie Vedder what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man. He booted me in the head once – he was crowd surfing and Steph (another Team ’73) and I bounced around the mosh pit.
1993 – The The “Love is Stronger than Death” – god I love this song. If you haven’t heard it go listen. Hell listen to the entire Dusk album.
1994 – Tori Amos “Cornflake Girl” – Girl Power.
1995 – Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” – oh Thom thanks for coming out. Thanks for being a staple in my life for 20 years.

1996 – The Wallflowers “One Headlight” – this is likely not the best song Jakob Dylan has ever recorded, but I still throw this one on my running playlist. It still has a hold on me.

1997 – Hanson “mmmmBop” – i put this in to see if you are still reading….actually it’s Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” but I didn’t want to repeat a band 😉
1998 – Matthew Good Band “Apparitions” – this is my CRTC Canadian Content. No, I do love Matt Good and thankfully he continues to put out great music!
1999 – Moby “Natural Blues” – how can you not crank this tune and drive fast?
2000 – Coldplay “Yellow” – I’ve always had a thing for Brit Pop. Coldplay are like U2, they are consistent and well loved by the masses. This song reminds me of the favourite yellow t-shirt I once had.
2001– Nickelback “This is how you remind me” – this is only here for the pure fact that it showed that 2001 and was a terrible year in the history of music. Ick.
2002 – Damien Rice “Cannonball” – and we recover with Mr. Rice. “O” is a fantastic album, and it needs to be listened to from beginning to end.
2003 – The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” – this is where I begin my love affair with a weirdo.
2004 – The Killers “Mr. Brightside” – I don’t care what you say this is the best running song ever.

2005 – Imogen Heap “Hide & Seek” – Oh the song from The OC (as show I never watched). I love Imogen and her weird hats. Especially love her collaborations with Jeff Beck.
2006 – Ryan Star “Back of Your Car” – and so it begins. Rockstar Supernova airs and I fell hard. I know that BOYC isn’t a 2006 song, but it is for me. I don’t think it was Ryan’s first original I had heard, I looked him up previously to him rockin’ it out on the show – but I chose it here because I love every form of this song I have heard. I adore Ryan acoustic, on the piano and being all mellow – but I love love love when he gets all nasty and rocks it out.
2007 – Radiohead “Reckoner” – Radiohead swooped in and stole my soul in 2007 with this song, this album.
2008 – Portishead “Magic Doors” – brilliance comes around again! I chose this song because the beeping at the beginning. Every time it came on in my car I thought my car was alerting me to something wrong. Every.Time.
2009 – Florence + The Machine “Rabbit Heart” – Lungs is a great album and this song is my favourite. The lyrics are fabulous.
2010 – Ryan Star “Breathe” – A worthy repeat of an artist wouldn’t you say? 11:59 was released in this year and I may have listened to it a wee bit.

2011 – Bon Iver “Flume” – I know Bon Iver puts people to sleep. I was being put to sleep from early on in the release of this album. I also adore Peter Gabriel’s cover.
2012 – Jack White “Love Interruption” – This song makes me appreciate a different sound out of Jack, also makes me want to have love bite me, and slam my fingers in a doorway. Kinky.

2013 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Sacrilege” – can’t get enough of this song so far this year and anticipate the album release later this month!!! Woohoo new music!

There were so many songs I could have chosen, so many that had impact in certain years and then there were years where pickings were slim! So odd. There are artists that didn’t even make the list, like Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Love and Rockets, Iron Maiden to name few. I wouldn’t call this my Top 40 songs, as there are many songs that were made pre-1973 that I adore, and there are likely many songs released in one year that would fill spots.

So as I prepare to turn 40 in 2 days….I do hope to remain young at heart in my music tastes. Is that possible or am I delusional?


Wrap It Up & Move On (2012)

A 2012 wrap it up and move on.

Being honest here, I have no desire to do a year-end recap, to blog about what we blogged about, what we listened to in 2012. I admit and accept that 2012 was a slow for us on Beat & Lyric….maybe we were busy? Maybe we were lazy? Maybe we just didn’t have the desire to chit chat about music?

I will say my year was consumed by Jack White. If you have 75 minutes to spare watch Conan’s sit-down with Jack here – http://teamcoco.com/video/serious-jibber-jabber-04-jack-white

Here is a sample of what I was listening to in 2012, it’s not all new, some of it is old some really old but it is what passed through my headphones on a regular basis. I ran to it, I clean my house to it, I drove (likely too fast) to it…..I may have even sung along (no one needs to hear that). I

She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart
Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows
Tegan & Sara – Closer
Yuna – Lullabies
Willy Moon – Railroad Track
Stateless – Bloodstream
Silversun Pickups – Bloody Mary
The xx – Islands
Franz Ferdinand – Lucid Dreams
The Black Belles – Wishing Wells
Ryan Horne – Terrible Tommy
Tribes – Sappho
Gin Wigmore – Man Like That
The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
Tanlines – All of Me
Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger
Ryan Star/Stage – The World Has Come Between Us

I tried not to list stuff that I blogged about. Obviously I over-listened to Jack White, Ryan Star and Hesta Prynn, Florence + The Machine, to name a few I blogged about this year. I had a iPhone/iPod/iTunes malfunction part way through the year and had to re-load everything. I’m sure there is a song or two floating out there that I missed.

Cheers and here is to a promise of more music blogging in 2013.


11 Songs for the 11th Hour

The Rapture, The Apocalypse, The End of the World.  If it happens tomorrow than you have tonight to listen to these tunes, in that 11th hour.  I did nott want to post the typical ‘Eve of Destruction’, ‘It’s the End of the World as we know it’ tunes, I dug a little deeper.  I also used my infinite ability to tie Ryan Star into a blog post, it’s my super power and  I bare proudly!

1) Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays

A band from the 90’s, Harriet Wheeler has a cheerfully delightful voice but this song is dark.  The story may not be the end of the world, in this case it reads as the end of the ‘fling’ or ‘relationship but to some (especially teen girls) a relationship ending is the end of the world!

2) The Four Horseman – Metallica

Kill ‘em All is still one of my favourite LPs, thanks to my brother.  I have a soft spot for hardcore/thrash metal and Kill ‘em All was the introduction.  Having seen Metallica live numerous times pre-Black album gives me street cred right?  “Time, has taken its toll on you, the lines that crack your face”  This line hits home for me.  Wrinkles are cropping up as I turn the corner into a new decade of age, I welcome the end of the world!  Rock on!

3) All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan

This song haunts me.  Both Bob’s original and Jimi’s cover.  I give credit here to Bob Dylan as he wrote the lyrics.  The song is poetically dark, the fog roll in as you listen, gloom and doom is near as …”the wind began to howl”

4) Earth Died Screaming – Tom Waits

I’m pretty sure that Tom Wait’s vocal chords have already been through an apocalypse and survived…..just barely.  If you are labeled ‘experimental’ as an artist I’m damn sure you are going to be singing about death and destruction and Tom Waits delivers with Earth Died Screaming.  The end of the world happens when the earth screams.  Nothing says end of the world like raining fish, and mud in your eye….the locusts, that creeps me out a little.

5) The Future – Leonard Cohen

More vocal chords that have an apocalyptic existence, how fitting for a blog about the end of the world.  I think Lenny and Tom should batten down the hatches together in a concrete bunker because if anyone can survive this impending doomsday it would be them.  They should invite Keith Richards and hot box themselves for a decade, I bet they all come out looking younger, but the question here is…..’if three shoulda been dead decades ago genius musicians survive an apocalypse would anyone hear them?’  Bruce Cockburn might be the only one.

“When they said repent repent”

6) The Sky is Broken – Moby

The visual this song creates is totally a 3D Hollywood movie scene. The two notes on the piano give me shivers – ‘speak to me’ oh Moby you do, you do.

7) Here Comes the Flood – Peter Gabriel

Peter has said that this song is about a mental flood.  It’s seems too obvious to think this song is about a real flood that washes over the earth and destroys the world as we know it.  With Peter referring to a mental flood he says it’s about a telepathic society where can read each other’s minds.  The Truth.  Wouldn’t that invoke an end of the world response?

8) Cannon – The White Stripes

This song to me is how Jack White prays, his internal struggle.  His rapture is coming, he lets in his spirit – which to him is a tribute to an old blues song – and then he repents and waits for his punishment.

9) No Depression in Heaven – The Carter Family

This is a song about going to the other side and leaving a sad and turbulent reality.  It’s fitting for today as tomorrow may not be and with all the horrific tragedies we’ve seen in this generation.  There are people in Connecticut tomorrow that will say ‘our world ended last Friday’.  So very sad.

10) Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones

This song isn’t necessarily about the end of the world.  The song is about getting back to someone you love, tremendously, someone you would want to be with if the world was ending “I’m just living to be lying by your side” is a lyric that says it all.

11) Back of Your Car – Ryan Star

Another song about making the most of things as the ‘world’ comes to an end with someone, someone hopefully that means something to you.  Stripping down and being vulnerable, no holds barred, getting it on and feeling every inch of who you really are inside your head and inside your body.

If this is the last blog ever by Beat & Lyric, than Happy Rapture, hope you have repented your sins 😉


Jack White: Brought to you by the Letter “E”

An Eternally Enigmatic Entity, that is Jack White.  Clearly this review is brought to you by the letter E.  It is also brought to you by the number 22 as that is the number of songs that Jack played with the Los Buzzardos on Thursday, October 4th at the Sony Centre in Toronto (set list below).  This was show number 2, the male band night after likely an Epic first show the night before with The Peacocks – the female band.  I only had the pleasure of attending night 2.

There was still a cloud lingering from the much talked about Radio City Music Hall show in New York City a few nights previously.  Jack decided that a 45 minute set was enough on night one.  I wasn’t letting that cloud my judgement of the show I was attending.  I was there to Enjoy.  Jack Effervescently Emitted his Essence, his heart and soul, Evocatively strutting the stage Endearing himself, his Energy to those previously Enlightened fans and those just Experiencing it for the first time.  Engaged, that was me and my sisterly concert comrades.


Ok, I’m done with the E thing.  That was fun for two paragraphs.  Honestly I was slightly worried that Jack wouldn’t give us the full set – I didn’t want to be punished.  Ok, that’s a lie, I would like to be punished by Mr. White just don’t tell Mr. Lyric……who am I kidding, he knows!  I was so close, I could smell Jack, luckily Eau de Rockstar is a scent I enjoy.  When I say the audience was engaged, that me and my comrades were engaged it wasn’t just so I could use an e-word, it was the truth.  Perhaps that NYC Night #1 lacked that connection?  Jack is a hard read, I’m sure he likes it that way, he may work hard at it or it may come naturally to him, he is for sure good at it.  Even being able to see his facial expressions up close and personal it was hard to read him…..until one point in the show.  The crowd (or at least the pit) was bopping up and down, every person surrounding me was enthralled (I can’t help myself with the E thing now) and Jack glanced left, glanced right, then glanced down in the general vicinity of Ms. Lila Lyric and friends and the stoic look we typically see turned to silly grin and then big smile.  I’d like to think that us getting our groove on front and center brought the Guy Smilie out in JW. We were likely but a small factor in a completely A+ crowd that Jack seemingly enjoyed playing to that second night in Toronto.


This show for me is tops. I’m still contemplating where it sits, definately Top 5, likely in the number 2 spot.  When a show hits you like a sucker punch you have to give it top billing.  I’m sure my location, my proximity to main attraction and the energy of the band, being able to watch the guitar playing by Jack, see how eloquently but with mass intensity as his fingers stroked the keys of the piano.  The visual experience when that close is always a pleasure with fabulous musicians, and it sure helps when the music emanating from the stage equals in intensity.
To say I enjoyed the show is an understatement. I snapped a picture or two (shown here) discreetly with no flash and no stealing of Jack White’s soul.  I bid you farewell as I still relish in the moment of experience the Jack White Phenomenon.


Set List Sony Centre, Toronto Ontario Thursday October 4, 2012 
1. Missing Pieces
2. Sixteen Saltines
3. Cannon/Wasting My Time (The White Stripes song)
4. Freedom At 21
5. Love Interruption
6. Blunderbuss
7. Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
8. I Cut Like A Buffalo (The Dead Weather song)
9. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
10. The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (The White Stripes song)
11. Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather song)
12. Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
13. Two Against One (Danger Mouse cover)
14. We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
15. Weep Themselves to Sleep
16. Broken Boy Soldier tease >
17. Hello Operator (The White Stripes song)
18. Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
19. The Hardest Button to Button (The White Stripes song)
20. Take Me With You When You Go
21. Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes song)
22. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)

Agnes’ Birthday Wishes


Agnes Worthy (nee Armour) was born August 4, 1922. Her history states that she attended the London Teacher’s College, worked as a Federal civil servant and from 1942-45 was a radio operator under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. She has participated in the London Fanshawe Symphony Chorus, the Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA) and the Women’s Intitute. She has travelled extensively, is an incredibly strong, smart and sassy woman and, having just turned 90, I have to say is pretty awesome.


She is my Great Aunt. Great-Great Aunt to my Little Beats. That’s a whole lotta “great”. Deservedly so.


Generally speaking we cover modern music and new finds here at Beat & Lyric. However, today was about celebrating the 90 years my Auntie Agnes has lived with so much vigor and vitality. Plus, I tend to believe that it is highly impressive that I have a Great Aunt (actually, I have two of them – shout out to my Aunt Grace as well) who comes to hang out for lunch, enjoy amazing food and memories while sipping a vodka tonic and laughing. 90 looks pretty good.


So, today, a Top 10 list in honour of my Dear Aunt Agnes (kudos to those that gets the TVO reference there). 10 of the best songs from the last 90 years that I hope she likes as a dedication for her birthday. Happy Birthday Auntie Agnes! So much love and hugs!




West End Blues – Louis Armstrong (1928)



(Side note – what is it with trumpets? Love this sound)




It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie – Fats Waller (1936)




God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday (1941)







All Shook Up – Elvis Presley (1957)







My Way – Frank Sinatra (1969)







You’re So Vain – Carly Simon (1972)







Bad Reputation – Joan Jett (1981)





Winter – Tori Amos (1992)




Who Will Comfort Me – Melody Gardot (2008)






Blunderbuss – Jack White (2012)



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