Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Guns n Roses Countdown (and a quick catch up)

I haven't blogged since September.  What was once an outlet for my thoughts has become just another forgotten page on the internet; a diary that you find in the back of your closet while cleaning it out.  It will probably never be what it once was (thanks to Facebook keeping everyone up to date with my life in a much simpler fashion), but I'll never get rid of it.  Hell, in December the blog will turn TEN years old.  That thought just boggles my mind.

And it isn't like I have had nothing to blog about.  Since my last post, we took a memorable trip to Europe, a fellow blogger that I became friends with because of this page passed away, I had work stresses, and Jess became pregnant.  This blog has tons of stories in the archives about our pregnancy struggles.  Like I said, this was essentially my diary for many years. 

But I was inspired to return to blogging a few days ago while listening to nothing but Guns n Roses, my all time favorite band, on a two hour car ride.  I thought to myself, "How difficult would it be to come up with my top ten favorite songs by this band?"  I tried to come up with a short list on that ride home and have spent the last couple of hours looking at track lists to try to narrow it down to 10.  I finally did... kind of.  We'll start this series by doing #10 on this blog post.  Enjoy because I know I did.

#10 - Mr. Brownstone

Off the first album, Appetite for Destruction, I think this song fully symbolizes early Guns n Roses: raw, vulgar, and drug related.  The opening guitar is the unmistakable sound of Slash, my favorite guitarist.  His sound is so recognizable, and that is something I love about him.  When I heard the first single from Velvet Revolver and heard that guitar sound I hadn't heard for years, I was hooked.  But it is this early sound that got me started.  Sure, I couldn't relate to this song because I clearly wasn't a heroin addict, but I still love this song because it reminds me of those early Guns n Roses days.  We don't have rock n roll bands quite like this anymore.

I'll be back in a few days with #9. 


Jasen Buch said...

Love this tune and you reminded of something else.

I listened to Chinese Democracy and couldn't get into it because Slash is so conspicuously missing.

Welcome back to the world of blogging.

Mom said...

I have a ton of memories for one of their songs. That was a great summer. Hope it made the cut.
Welcome back to blogging. FB is great for keeping in touch but your blogs have more depth and insight. I love your writings.