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Rock Ballad of The Week: Pearl Jam “Just Breathe”

Yes I understand
That every life must end
As we sit alone
I know someday we must go

Yeah I’m a lucky man
To count on both hands
The ones I love
Some folks just have one
Yeah others they got none

Stay with me
Let’s just breathe

Practised on our sins
Never gonna let me win
Under everything
Just another human being

I don’t want to hurt
There’s so much in this world
To make me believe

Stay with me
All I see

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
What if I did and I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
‘Cause I come clean

I wonder everyday
As I look upon your face
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take
Nothing you would take
Everything you gave

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
What if I did and I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
I come clean

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me ’till I die
Meet you on the other side

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Written by Eddie Vedder • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Just Breathe” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. “Just Breathe” was released on October 31, 2009 as the second single from the band’s ninth studio album, Backspacer (2009). The single was released as a double A-side along with the song “Got Some”. The song was triggered by a chord from “Tuolumne”, an instrumental from Eddie Vedder‘s soundtrack for the 2007 film Into the Wild It peaked at number five on the Billboard Rock chart and number six on the Billboard Alternative chart, which makes it the band’s highest-charting follow-up single since “Wishlist” in 1998.

On January 22, 2014, “Just Breathe” was certified platinum in digital sales by the RIAA It is the band’s first platinum-certified song.

The song has been featured in several TV shows and movies including Castle, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, Life as We Know It, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, The Night Shift and iZombie in addition to the documentaries Buck and Gleason.

Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band’s line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass). The band’s fifth member is drummer Matt Cameron (also of Soundgarden), who has been with the band since 1998. Boom Gaspar (piano) has also been a session/touring member with the band since 2002. Drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are former members of the band.

Formed after the demise of Gossard and Ament’s previous band, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with its debut album, Ten, in 1991. One of the key bands in the grunge movement of the early 1990s, over the course of the band’s career, its members became noted for their refusal to adhere to traditional music industry practices, including refusing to make proper music videos or give interviews, and engaging in a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster. In 2006, Rolling Stone described the band as having “spent much of the past decade deliberately tearing apart their own fame.

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Ten “You’re In My Heart”

I’ve come to know the magic in your eyes,
I’ve come to know the way it feels when a love is real,
You taught me not to hide behind disguise
To let my heart reveal in time, the belief inside
That as long we are together
I’ll be on your side forever
Beside you all the way, to love you come what may
Now until the twelfth of never
You will guide my life’s endeavours
You’re everything I need, you put the strength in me.

You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul,
When we’re apart, it’s strong enough to hold
I never doubt or question why
You are my life, the truth it never lies
This love will never die

To paint with all the colours of your smile
To sail the ocean in your eyes is a paradise
Along the road we chose to walk in time
We’ve created other lives, from yours and mine
Hidden in the way I held you
Hidden in the way we kissed
A spark became an ember that waited to exist
I could never live to tell you
All that I have left to say,
For every moment I’m beside you
Takes my breath away

You’re in my heart, your in my soul
You give me hope and shelter from the cold
For when we laugh and when we cry,
It’s in those eyes, this love will never die

Ten (also typeset as TEN or ten) is a British melodic hard rock band which was formed in 1995. Up until June 2015, the band has released twelve studio albums, four compilation albums, four EPs, a double live album, six music videos and three lyric videos, with the last one being “The Dragon And Saint George”, from their latest EP release The Dragon And Saint George. In March 2016, the band announced that they have returned to Frontiers for a multi-album deal, starting with the release of their thirteenth studio album entitled Gothica and a reissue of their back catalogue in box-set format entitled “Opera Omnia”.

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of the Week: The Outfield “Alone With You”

I see your face across a crowded room
I hear you say that you’ll be leaving soon
I know it’s late but all that I can do
Is close my eyes and dream that I’m alone with you

I’d like to talk to you so much but I don’t know your name
I bet there’s not a man in here that doesn’t feel the same
As you’re walking out the door there’s nothing I can do
I close my eyes and dream that I’m alone with you

Yeah it’s once in my life
Wish that I wasn’t alone with myself
I feel like a child
Seems that I can’t think of anyone else

The night is over an’ I guess you’re gone
I try and tell myself forget it and just carry on
But as I walk these lonely streets with nothing else to do
I close my eyes and dream that I’m alone with you
I close my eyes and dream that I’m alone with you
I close my eyes and dream that I’m alone with you

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SONGWRITERS
JOHN FREDRICK SPINKS

The Outfield were an English rock band based in London, England. The band achieved success in the mid-1980s and are best remembered for their hit single, “Your Love“. The band’s lineup consisted of guitarist John Spinks, vocalist and bassist Tony Lewis, and drummer Alan Jackman.

They had an unusual experience for a British band in that they enjoyed commercial success in the U.S., but never in their homeland. The band began recording during the mid-1980s, and released their first album, Play Deep, in 1985 through Columbia Records. The album reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200 list and then reached triple platinum in the United States. The band’s singleYour Love” reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and it became their signature song. The band continued to record and tour through the 1980s and then into the early 1990s. While subsequent albums Bangin’ (1987) and Voices of Babylon (1989) saw some chart successes, the group’s popularity waned.

Drummer Alan Jackman left and, now as a duo, they recorded Diamond Days in 1991. After the disappointing response to their 1992 album Rockeye, which represented a shift towards progressive rock and arena rock, the group essentially disbanded in the 90s. They resumed touring in 1998, and thereafter released two live albums via their website, along with a new studio album, Any Time Now in 2006.  In 2011, the band released their final album, Replay, with original drummer Alan Jackman re-joining the band. Spinks died in 2014 after which the group officially disbanded.

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of The Week: John Waite “How Did I Get By Without You”

There was a time
When I thought I knew
Everything about
this great big world
Until I met you
Into my life
Like a brand new sun
Now I find my home
inside your eyes
Wherever you are
It’s hard to say it
Cause I hide things so good
But you make me say it
Like only you could
I love you
More than any man could ever say
I need you
Baby let me count the ways
And I’ll be here
I believe in everything you do
So how did I get by without you
For the longest time
Playing games of solitaire
Taking my wine
But now I’m with you baby
And I can dream out loud
You’re as pretty as a picture
And you make me so proud
It’s hard to say it
Cause I hide things so good
But you make me say it
Like only you could
I love you
More than any words could ever say
I need you
Baby let me count the ways
And I’ll be here
There ¹s nothing in this world I couldn’t do
So how did I get by without you
You love me
Now I know that I’m the lucky guy
You’ve got me
And there’s nowhere I can hide
So I’ll be here
I believe that all my dreams came true
So how did I get by without you
In the morning light
To see you wake up next to me
It ¹s a beautiful sight
Now everything’s alright
Yeah
I love you
More than any words could ever say
I need you
Baby let me count the ways
And I’ll be here
I believe in everything you do
So how did I get by without you
You love me
Now I know that I’m the lucky guy
You’ve got me
And there’s nowhere I can hide
So I’ll stay here
I believe in everything you do
So how did I get by without you
How did I get by
How did I get by without you in my world
How did I get by without you as my girl
You’re beautiful
Beautiful
So how did I get by without you
Without you
Without you

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SONGWRITERS
WERNER, DAVID/WAITE, JOHN CHARLES/SPIRO, MARK

John Charles Waite (born 4 July 1952) is an English musician. He was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English. As a solo artist, 1984’s “Missing You“, was a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart.

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of the Week: Giant “Now Until Forever”

Sometimes love feels like an empty room
It’s cold and silent, you got nowhere to go
And sometimes the feeling’s over way too soon
‘Til you find someone who tells you so
And don’t you know, you’re my reason for tomorrow

And I need you, now until forever
All my life I’ve waited for someone like you
Love won’t die if we put our hearts together
You and I can make this dream come true
Now until forever
I need you

We thread emotions to be strong enough to withstand all elements of time
When we’re together where there’s only love
Never felt a heartbeat so close to mine
Don’t you know you’re my reason for tomorrow

And I need you, now until forever
All my life I’ve waited for someone like you
Love won’t die if we put our hearts together
You and I can make this dream come true
Now until forever
I need you

It’s our love, a love that lifts us high enough
We can survive any storm, where no one’s ever been before
And tomorrow will be brighter now, even yesterday is new
And all our promises ring true, and everything I have, I give to you

Sometimes love feels like an empty room, but now that all seems oh so long ago

And I need you, now until forever
All my life I’ve waited for someone like you
Love won’t die if we put our hearts together
You and I can make this dream come true
Now until forever
I need you

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Written by Dann Lee Huff, Robert White Johnson • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Giant is an American melodic hard rock band that was formed in 1987. The band consisted of founding members Dann Huff (lead vocals & guitar) and Alan Pasqua (keyboard), and had Dann’s brother David Huff on drums and Mike Brignardello on bass. The Huff brothers were part of the founding members of the Christian rock band White Heart.

The band scored one hit, the 1990 power ballad “I’ll See You In My Dreams”, written by Alan Pasqua and Mark Spiro.

Giant disbanded in the early 90s after recording two albums, but resurfaced in 2000 minus Alan Pasqua and released the album III in late 2001.

*source: wikipedia

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Rock Ballad of The Week: Steelheart “All Your Love”

Gave me your heart, gave me everything you had
When I was down and needed you the most
Showed me love when I knew not what love was

You shared your laughs and kissed away the tears
You’re my life, you’re the hand that leads me through
Forever, baby, I’ll keep on loving you

I would crawl for a million miles, just to kiss the lips that made me smile
Oh, that made me smile
I was blind, I was on the run
The night has a thousand eyes, a heart but one, oh, the heart but one
I just melt when your eyes meet mine
Oh the thought of holding you, oh just the thought of

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough

For all your love

Tell me, child, will you love me when I grow old
Will your tender touch be the same?
Cause your heart means to me a world of gold
And without you, baby, I’d be lost and cold

You make me feel like a superman
I could take on the whole world with just one hand, oh, just one hand
Girl, you make me feel so alive
I could climb the highest mountain and touch the sky, oh, yes I can

I can’t wait to make love tonight
Just the thought of holding you, oh just the thought of

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough

It keeps me hangin’, keeps me hangin’ on

It’s all your love that keeps me hangin’ on

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps my dreams alive
And girl I can’t thank you enough for all your love

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Written by Michael Matijevic • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (guitars), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and Miljenko Matijevic (vocals). Frank DiCostanzo joined as a second guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson. Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990.  The second single “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” reached No. 14 on the Billboard charts.

Steelheart’s second album, “Tangled In Reins”, was released in 1992, reaching No. 144 on the Billboard charts. The single “Mama Don’t You Cry” charted No. 1 in many East Asian Countries, including Hong Kong, leading to an Asian tour in September, 1992. Towards the end of their tour of Asia, Steelheart was asked by Slaughter to open for them at a show in Denver, Colorado on Halloween night, 1992. During the performance Matijevic was struck in the head by a lighting truss, knocking him to the ground face first and injuring his skull, jaw, nose, and spine. The accident and the shifting musical climate cause the band to go on hiatus shortly thereafter.

in 1996 a revamped lineup of Steelheart emerged with guitarist Kenny Kanowski, bassist Vincent Mele and drummer Alex Makarovich, leaving Matijevic the only original member.  The new Steelheart recorded and released the album “Wait”. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Though the album failed to chart in the US, the track “We All Die Young” was featured in the motion picture, Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg.

In 2016 Steelheart appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival, held in Nottingham, United Kingdom on Saturday, October 22, as the headline act of the second day.[9] Reviews of the band’s performance were mixed. 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: W.E.T. “Love Heals”

Theres a voice thats crying from the wasteland
Says I dont know where to go from here
Ive been gone so long here in the wasteland
My days and months turn to years

Noise inside my head
It scares me half to death

But love heals, love feels alive
Cause loves here when youre by my side
And love frees, loves real this time
And love sees the man here inside
Love heals
Love heals

I have tried so hard to be a sane man
But my demons never disappear
I have hurt you, cursed you but you still stand
Helping me to see my fear

Noise inside my head
It scares me half to death

But love heals, love feels alive
Cause loves here when youre by my side
And love frees, loves real this time
And love sees the man here inside

Love heals

Whoa oh, oh oh
Whoa oh, oh oh
Whao oh, oh oh oh

And love heals, love feels alive
Cause loves here when youre by my side
And love frees, loves real this time
And love sees the man here inside

Whoa oh, oh oh
Whoa oh, oh oh
Whao oh, oh oh oh

Cause love heals
Yes love heals
Its true, love heals

Jeff Scott Soto (born November 4, 1965) is an American rock singer of Puerto Rican descent. He is most well known for being the lead singer for the group Kryst The Conqueror, the vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen‘s first two albums, and the lead vocalist for Journey on their 2006–2007 tours after Steve Augeri had to leave the band because of an acute throat infection. His style ranges from Hard Rock to Heavy & Power Metal, but he is also influenced by classic soul music singers such as Sam Cooke as well as Journey vocalist Steve Perry, and Freddie Mercury from Queen.

Soto has also come together with musicians of Work Of Art and Eclipse to co-create the new band W.E.T., Soto being of Talisman, hence the first initials of each band spells: W.E.T. The new band has released a self-titled debut album, out November 2009. Videos have been made for the tracks “One Love”, “Comes Down Like Rain” and “Brothers In Arms”.

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source: wikipedia