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Playlist : When you feel like the king of the world.

You know that moment, when everything seems perfect ? When you feel like your favourite movie’s hero or heroin the time they save the galaxy/defeat the bad guys/ catch up their soulmate at the airport and tell them their life would be miserable without them and then make out in front of a bunch of people -yeah, we watch chick flicks too here-, and all you need is a good background music ?

Well, today, I propose to you a whole playlist of good music that’ll make you  feel like “the king of the world” –dixit Jack from Titanic, but we all know how it ended up, hein ?-

You can listen to these songs wherever you want, and whenever you need to brighten your day or make the moment even more perfect than it already is. For me, this moment is the one right before the sunset, when birds are going back home and the sky is glowing and it looks like Mother Nature is, just for a few seconds, catching her breath to welcome a new night, full of possibilities, with its stars and moon and whispery voices. For some of you, the perfect moment might be the one when you’re just doing what you enjoy the most, writing, reading, laughing, working out, taking a walk, thinking, working –yeah, some people love their work ! Dreadful, I know- or even murdering people –Nah I’m just kidding, but hey, whatever makes you giggle, we don’t judge here-

After all this mumbling, I assume you’re tired of reading my psychotic thoughts, so just hit up the “play” button and enjoy some good music. Don’t overanalyze the lyrics, just feel the rhythms and let them sink in you.  And why not, tell us in the comments what is your feel good song –please, don’t say it’s Pharrell’s Happy, don’t be a walking cliché-.
Feel good by Houda Laabadi on Grooveshark

The Monday playlist

The weekend is over, goodbye good mood , parties and lazy mornings. Hello bad mood, stress, and fatigue. Yes, it’s Monday again .. But let’s look to the bright sight; it’s a new dawn and a new day waiting for you and VinyleMAG is here to help you keep fishing . No more stress and long live the good mood! I looked for all kinds of songs that can boost your mood even when the weekend is over, when it’s raining outside, when you need to wake up early morning and a long and hard day waiting for you. I hope that when you listen to this playlist you go to your school or job with a huge smile on your face.

Enjoy !

Monday Playlist by Imane B on Grooveshark

I know

The best album of 2013, still number one not just in the United State but all around the world, Tom Odell did a great work.

The song “I know” has a deep meaning, even if his lover asked him to stop chasing her, the spark of his love couldn’t vanish.

Cold house, white light, the lyrics mean the absence of the lover when we really need him. To illustrate, in the real life, love is hard to find but once we are face to face to love, or should I say the pretty monster or the device, which our lover could kill us easily, we deny that it has two sides.

The first side when it’s all about sex vanilla and sweet love, you could never doubt the love of your partner, but once problems start everything change or sometimes just because your partner had found someone new, it’s hard isn’t? , and this was the second side of love, it kills you inside of your soul with no mercy.

Love can be also the reason of the new style of life, dominated and the submissive, 50 shades of Grey, the book of the year, has described this new style.

Once Mr. Grey had found Anna he wanted to be her submissive, there is a huge number of people who choose this style of life are also the one who defends masochism, they find their pleasure when they feel the ache caused by their lover, in reality when we are unwanted, We don’t accept it easily; we even could invent some moronic arguments to keep the contact with our ex.

To sum up, life isn’t always about love especially when we have our finals or real problems, but love is like strawberries in a sweet cake made of chocolate to make our life even well again.

Dhafer Youssef: A Musical Genius

Perfect music was always something that attracted me, inspired me to learn music, and motivated me to play an instrument. Perfect music gives a better taste to life; It revives and shakes one’s feelings, relieves him of his burdens. Perfect music, the true elixir of life.

November 19th, 1967. Dhafer Youssef was born. He grew up as a simple kid and studied at a Qur’anic school. He comes from a long line of « Muezzins », so for him mastering vocal performances was a heritage and a must. Although he used his voice mainly to recite Qur’anic verses, that didn’t stop him from listening to Jazz now and then, in which he grew an interest.
Moved by his beautiful voice, the local Muezzin asked him to record the call to prayer on tape. Even though he used a cheap plastic microphone, his voice resonated so strong as it flowed from the top of the minaret. That’s one of the experiences he could never forget despite all the albums and live concerts he made later.

Youssef would later leave Tunisia in 1990 for Vienna, where he wanted to start a carreer and shine as a Jazz musician. He jammed in bars and clubs, meeting other musicians and expanding his musical knowledge pool and finding more influences.
His first album « Malak » came out in May 1998; A collaboration with a bunch of musicians. Himself on vocals and oud, Paolo Fresu an Italian trumpeter, and Nguyên Lê on the guitar, etc… The album had a wide acceptance among critics.

« Achingly beautiful vocal » ~ The Guardian

Indian and Norse music are his main influences, from which he drew the wilderness and mystique that you can hear on his musical creations. A purely spiritual artist, his music connects to the soul and rejoices the heart.

There is much more to say about Dhafer Youssef and his Quartet, but even if I tried to I wouldn’t have enough words, so I will just leave you with this beautiful song, a perfect illustration of perfect music, the kind of music that Youssef was born to make.

Oriental Waves Playlist

A fine collection of rare oriental songs that will boggle your mind. Ranging from Egypt, through Lebanon, to Turkey and Greece, this music has a unique soothing air to it.
The Oud‘s majesty combined with Jazzy progressions in one resplendent mixture, these artists truly grasp the meaning of oriental music, and know how to keep the balance between modern and traditional.

I had to dive through the depths of the internet to come up with something this exquisite, I’ll let you be the judge.

Oriental Waves by Imad Salimi on Grooveshark

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory

If you’re a fan of mysterious stories and great progressive rock/metal music, Dream Theater‘s fifth studio album « Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory » is a must-listen. Recorded and released in 1999, the album came as a sequel to their song « Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper » on the magnificent studio album « Images and Words ».

The album was voted #1 all-time progressive album in a poll done by Rolling Stone in July 2012. The main reason is that there is more to it than just the songs; This album tells a story… Get ready to go on a journey filled with excitement, love, deception, and treacherous murder.

Album Cover
Album Cover

Act 1 – A Regression Into the Past…

Scene 1:  Year 2000 – Nicholas, the main character, starts it off in a past-life regression therapy session. The hypnotherapist relaxes him as he enters another state of mind and travels back through time, to meet a stranger girl called Victoria.

Scene 2: Year 1928 – Nicholas is now in a state of trance, he’s lost in the comfort and exoticness of this place.
Some parts in the beginning of the song can be heard on « Metropolis Pt. 1« , the song where Victoria‘s name already figured.

That place and that girl were recurring Déjà Vus for Nicholas, as he says that everytime he closes his eyes he dreams of being in this ghostly, haunting house. He walks into the house and sees Victoria fronting a mirror and wonders why he’s there, and what he has to do with her.
She then expresses her lament in the next verse, saying that something’s tearing her heart into two, and she needs to tell Nicholas about it. « I’m not the one The Sleeper thought he knew » is a reference to Julian Baynes, her husband, whom she had cheated on with his brother, Edward.

Nicholas is out of the trance and back into real life, but he’s still dazzled by this mystery and won’t find peace until he finds some explanations.

Scene 3: Nicholas thinks so much about Victoria and comes up with the only possible explanation; He was Victoria in a past life. They share the same thoughts, the same visions, the same eternity.

Maybe he knows he was Victoria a long time ago, but what her story was, what she was involved into, he never knew. Nicholas sets to find out, and asks an old man who knew what happened long ago in that house; A murder took place, Victoria was its victim.
But that’s still a mystery to Nicholas, he realised that until he solved it, he can’t live his current life, « there can be no peace of mind ».
The song ends to the voice of the Hypnotherapist taking Nicholas to the night « his » murder took place.

Scene 4: « Murder: Young girl killed. Desperate shooting at Echoe’s hill » this is what Nicholas read on the headline of a newspaper from 1928. An unknown witness heard gunshots and tried to help, but he found a woman shot and a dead man next to her holding a gun and a suicide note.

Victoria had a switchblade on her, meaning she expected something to happen, and the murderer’s suicide letter never mentionned his intention to kill or harm Victoria.

Scene 5: Nicholas goes back to real life again, so sad after learning that Victoria was brutally murdered, and grieves her death in her grave. He’s learning about his life through her memories, and the unfairness of her sort was too much for him to take.
He had to regain his composure and accept her death, to move on and try to understand how Victoria really died and why their lives are connected this much.

Act 2 – A Sad Close to a Broken Love Affair

Scene 6: Now it’s Julian‘s (The Sleeper) turn to tell us his side of the story. We learn about his addiction to gambling and drugs; « Lines, take me higher ». He’s begging for help, he wants to stop these bad habits and get Victoria’s love again.
His brother Edward (The Miracle) too narrates that Victoria is crying over his shoulders because of her breakup. « I remember I was told there’s a new love that’s born, for each one that has died » is a line heard on the first part of Metropolis. The Miracle is tempted by Victoria, and wants to make love to her, even if it takes deceiving his brother.
Midway through the song a woman moaning can be heard, along with the sound of a slot machine and a man encouraging a player to keep wagering. This depicts the affair between Victoria and Edward, while Julian is satistfying his gambling addiction.

Scene 7: The Dance of Eternity
This instrumental song is what made this album complete, technically and melodically. The song goes over 128 time signature changes, making it the most complex prog metal/rock song ever.
The last phrase in « Metropolis Pt. 1 » was « Love is the dance of eternity », this could represent when Victoria and Edward make love, a dance that they will remember forever… Or so they thought.

The next song begins with Nicholas going over the whole story in his head, it doesn’t make sense to him. From what he saw so far, the newspaper account can’t be the truth. Did Victoria wound Edward‘s soul and bid him farewell?
We then hear Victoria saying « One last time, we’ll lay down today », this will be her last time seeing Edward, and she wants to make it memorable.

Scene 8: Nicholas is now out of the trance, for the last time, reiterating that he shouldn’t fear death anymore, because no matter what, his spirit will carry on. Victoria shows up and tells Nicholas to move on with his life, she had revealed the truth to him, and now her story won’t plague him anymore.
 Nicholas now feels that the reason all of this happened, is that death is not the end, but only a transition, as the Hypnotherapist has already pointed out.

Scene 9: Finally Free
This last song holds information that Nicholas isn’t aware of, because the hypnotherapist brings him out of the trance and he leaves in his car. As we hear thunder rolling in the background, things are about to take a dark turn.
Victoria and Julian run into each other and decide to meet up later in secret so they can talk. She is excited because Julian is the one she has always loved, she’s « no longer torn in two », and is going to break it off with Edward. But she knows Edward would « kill his brother if he only knew » of their affair.
They meet without anyone knowing, or so they thought. Edward shows up, and fights with Julian who brings out a switchblade. Edward shoots his brother. Victoria screams. Edward tells her « Open your eyes, Victoria » and shoots her dead. Julian crawls over to her and murmurs his last words « One last time, we’ll lay down today.. ».
Edwards writes the suicide note and leaves it in Julian’s pocket, and then runs for help to play his part as the « witness ».

As Nicholas arrives home and is comfortably listening to the news, another car pulls up. The Hypnotherapist enters the room and startes Nicholas with a « Open your eyes, Nicholas ». The phonograph gets bumped then we hear static noise, which fades to black. What happened remains unclear.
But on the live DVD of the album, it was revealed that, just like Nicholas is Victoria‘s reincarnation, The Hypnotherapist is Edward’s too.  And he has killed Nicholas to complete the cycle yet again…

Overall, it’s only natural if this album would be voted #1 prog rock/metal album of all time. It combines perfect melodies, with an ideal storyline. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, because I personally did. I find its ultimate message of « Death is not the end, but only a transition » something really beautiful to believe in.