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Poetry, creative writing and a desire to inspire….. Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.


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Rock Ballad of the Week: Kip Winger “Everything You Need”

A life spent searchin’ for bridges
That cross through the pain of hollow places
When heart call you from out of the night

Now that loves found you, it surrounds you
It’s everything you need
There’s nothing you can’t do, it’s always in you

As long as you believe

A life spent dry-eyed, wondering who let you down
Until you can just let it go
When heart comes to help you shine your own light

Now that loves found you, it surrounds you
It’s everything you need
There’s nothing you can’t do, it’s always in you As long as you believe

Life can turn you, even burn you
If you look the other way
If the grass is greener read between
Where the meaning got away

Now that loves found you, it surrounds you
It’s everthing you need
There’s nothing you can’t do, it’s always in you
As long as you believe

Charles Frederick Kip Winger (born June 21, 1961) is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist. Winger was born in Denver, Colorado to parents who were both jazz musicians.  At age 16, Winger began studying classical music after hearing the works of composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky in ballet class. At that time he sent a demo tape to Alan Parsons, from whom he received a personal reply. Years later, when Winger was chosen to be the lead singer of The Alan Parsons Live Project, he presented Parsons with that letter from 30 years prior.

In 1982, he studied with Sam Guarnaccia in Denver then moved to New York City and waited tables while studying composition with Edgar Grana. 
Kip Winger’s first commercial break came in 1984, when he co-wrote a song for Kix’s third album, Midnite Dynamite. During that time he was working closely with the record producer Beau Hill, recording bass and vocals on various records. While Reb Beach was working on Fiona Flanagan’s Beyond the Pale record at Atlantic, Winger and Beach were introduced to each other and later began recording demos. In 1985, Winger joined Alice Cooper’s band. After making two albums with Cooper, Winger left in March 1987 to focus on his own band. Winger returned to New York to work on songs with Reb Beach. They were joined by drummer Rod Morgenstein and keyboard player Paul Taylor. They initially performed under the name Sahara, but eventually changed their name to Winger, at Alice Cooper’s suggestion.  

The band Winger released three albums (Winger (1988), In the Heart of the Young (1990), and Pull (1993) before moving on to solo careers.

*source: Wikipedia 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: The Shadows “Let Me Be The One”

Tonight, tonight, tonight.

Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight

Let me be the one who really holds you tight

I’ll even bring along a magic moon

Just to make you feel alright

So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight.

Let me be the one who takes you by the hand

Let me be the one who always understands.

Ev’rybody knows we’ve been good friends

But I think the time is right

So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight.

You and I could have an affair

Make sweet music go anywhere

Building highways

Taking a bend

As long as I know you really care

Won’t you show that you care-oh come on

Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight


The Shadows are a British instrumental rock group, and were Cliff Richard’s backing band from 1958 to 1968, (though they have collaborated again on numerous reunion tours) . The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom,  were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.

*source: Wikipedia 

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Rock Ballad of The Week: Gary Hughes “It Must Be Love”

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Gary Hughes (born 5 July 1967, Manchester, England) is an English hard rock singer, songwriter and musician. Apart from his work as a solo artist, Gary Hughes is the front man and main songwriter of Hard Rock/Melodic Rock band Ten. He has also worked as a producer and songwriter on Bob Catley’s first three solo albums and more recently on Serpentine’s third studio album Circle Of Knives. He has also produced Hugo’s first album and has appeared on Vinny Burns’ The Journey solo album and on the Ayreonauts Only album by the band Ayreon.

*source: Wikipedia 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Shinedown “I’ll Follow You”

If I can find insurance
To leave you behind
I know my better would fade
And all my doubts
Is a staircase for you
Opened out on displays
The first step is the one you believe in
The second one might be profound

I’ll follow you down
To the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm
I’ll follow you down
While we are passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you down

You can have the money and the world
The angels and the pearls
Even trade my heart for color blue

Just like the tower we never built
And the shadow of all the guilt
When the other hand was pointing at you

Yet the first step is the one you believe in
The second one might be profound

I’ll follow you down
To the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm
I’ll follow you down
While we are passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you down
To where forever lies
Without a doubt I’m on your side
There is no where else I’d rather be
I’m not about to compromise
Give you up to say goodbye
I’ve got you through the deep
I’ll keep you close to me

I’ll follow you down
To the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm
I’ll follow you down
While we are passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you

If I can find insurance
To leave you behind
I know my better would fade
I’ll follow you down

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Songwriters: SMITH, BRENT / BASSETT, DAVE / BASS, ERIC
Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. Formed by Brent Smith in 2001 after the dissolution of his prior band, Smith, still with a contract with record labelAtlantic Records, recruited the band’s original lineup of Jasin Todd as guitarist, Brad Stewart on bass, and Barry Kerch on drums. Consistent for the first two album cycles, a few lineup changes followed in the late 2000s, eventually stabilizing with Smith and Kerch, as remaining members alongside newcomers Zach Myers on guitar, and Eric Bass on bass. The group has released five albums: Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), and Threat to Survival (2015). Shinedown has sold more than ten million albums worldwide, and has had eleven number one singles on the BillboardMainstream Rock charts, the third most of all-time, behind Van Halen and Three Days Grace.
*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Night Ranger “Goodbye”

As the sun hides his head
For another night’s rest
And the wind sings
His same old song
And you on the edge
Never close, never far
Always there when I needed a friend

Yet it’s hard living life
On this memory-go-round
Always up, always down
Spinning ’round and ’round and ’round

And all this could be
Just a dream so it seems
I was never much good at goodbye

There once was a time
Never far from my mind
On the beach, on the 4th of July
I remember the sand
How you held out your hand
And we touched for what seemed a lifetime

Now it’s hard
Leaving all this behind me now
Like a schoolboy so lost
Never found until now

And all this could be
Just a dream so it seems
I was never much good at goodbye

Yet it’s hard
Living life on this memory-go-round
Always up, always down
Turning ’round and ’round and ’round

And all this could be
Just a dream so it seems
I was never much good at goodbye

And all this could be
Just a dream so it seems
I was never much good at goodbye

Goodbye

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Songwriters EARLE, STEVE

Goodbye” is a power ballad by the American hard rock band Night Ranger. It was released on November 9, 1985, as the third and last single from their album Seven Wishes. It was written by guitarist Jeff Watson and singer Jack Blades.

Reaching No. 17, the song is the last U.S. top 20 hit for the band to date. The music video for “Goodbye” was good rotation on MTV at end of that year.

Night Ranger is an American rock band from San Francisco that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. The band’s first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and have sold 17 million albums total. The quintet is perhaps best known for the power balladSister Christian“, which peaked at No. 5 in June 1984.

After their success waned in the late 1980s, the band split up in 1989 and its members pursued other musical endeavours including group and solo efforts. Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy teamed up with bassist Gary Moon and released an album without the other original band members in 1995, but the band soon re-united to release two new albums in the latter half of the decade. Despite the departure of original keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald and guitarist Jeff Watson, the band has continued to tour and remains very popular in Asian countries, particularly Japan

 

 


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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