Monday, May 27, 2019

Heaven and the Other Place #MusicMovesMe

It's Monday.  In the United States, it's Memorial Day.  And what else is it?  It's time for #MusicMovesMe.

Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only on this music train, please!)   First, there is XmasDolly,   Her co-conductors are:   Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and me.  Callie of JAmerican Spice blogs from time to time.

Our guest conductor for the month of May is Michelle of Angel's Bark, who has declared the theme of Heaven or Hell.

The directions the Music Moves Me bloggers are going to take with this one are going to be interesting.  Myself, I struggled with this the past three days.  I'm not sure why it was hard, but I ended up with this.

 I warn you in advance, much of this post is going to get a little grim.  But first, how about a little fun?

For Heaven: as much as I like Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", I prefer the cover by Guns and Roses.  So, let's start with them.

 Who lives in Heaven?  Angels, of course.  Here's the group Real Life, singing "Send Me an Angel".

From 1987, The Cure and "Just Like Heaven".

Switching gears a bit, the group Heaven 17 and "Temptation".

Heaven and Hell - I chose this cover by Dio of the song Heaven and Hell.

For Hell, I am going to work in another tribute to our soldiers and their sacrifices in keeping us free. We who have never fought in a war can not imagine what it is like and I can not even try.   Their suffering doesn't end when the war is over, either.

From Five Finger Death Punch, Wrong Side of Heaven.

And now to Hell.

As someone who grew up among Holocaust survivors, I want especially to shout out those soldiers still alive who fought in World War II for the freedom of the entire world.

From Rush (the parents of their bassist, Geddy Lee, were both Holocaust survivors) - Red Sector A, which sings about a hell on earth that some insist never happen, or did happen or was exaggerated.  The saddest part of that denial is that mankind has made hells for others throughout our history - and we still do today.

Not quite about Hell, but Hell is in the title, so I bring you Pink Floyd.

Run Like Hell.
One last song, if you have the time to linger.  Yes, you knew I was going to include it, and I am.  From 1971, Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven.

To all my readers, may you have a wonderful week.


  1. Great play list! Warren Zevon also recorded an excellent cover of Knockin on Heaven's Door (sadly, as he was dying from lung cancer). I had a hunch Stairway To Heaven would be featured a few times, today. ☺

    I'll never understand how anyone can deny the Holocaust existed, or any number of other atrocities in the world.

  2. Some very interesting choices. The Rush song .... no words.

  3. Grim, yes, but a well-done playlist.

  4. Beautiful songs. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Alana,

    5FDP my DS introduced me to years ago and while their style of mewsic isn't my genre of choice they do have a few songs that are pAwesome. The thing I respect about them the most is their dedication to our troops going on USFO tours and possibly hiring former servicemen. I'm not sure about the latter but they have fondness for the military which really rocks in my opinion. Great choices. Thanks for the dance, my friend!

  6. Alana, you kicked ass with this one! I love your spin on the theme and your selections were outstanding. Five Finger Death Punch's "Wrong Side of Heaven" is fantastic and the video is so powerful. Wow!

    It was so cool hearing the Cure. I totally forgot about that song. Was a nice little trip back to the 80s.
    And I love Dio's "Heaven and Hell". I didn't think of that one either. Another perfect choice!

    Loved how you thought outside the box and gave us "Send Me an Angel". I know the song but I don't think I ever heard of the group Real Life. I'll have to check into them and see if I would recognize any of their other music.

    I never heard that Rush song. Thank you for bringing it to us! Another powerful message song. It absolutely blows my mind that there are actual holocaust deniers. How can people be so blind?? But here we are today and I find myself saying the same thing.

    I went to YouTube to check out Heaven 17's "Temptation" (The Five Finger Death Punch video plays in place of Heaven 17). I never heard of them before either and I liked the song. Interesting female vocals on that song.

    As for "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", I gotta say: Guns 'n Roses does do a fabulous cover of the song. So many people don't realize that Bob Dylan did that song before GNR. I like both. I don't know that I could say I like one over the other: I'm pretty tied to Dylan's version because of the memory tied to it in my mind, but GNR is fabulous with it so I'll just take both please. :)

    Excellent 4M post Alana. Thanks for the introduction to some really good new-to-me songs.

    Have a great week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

  7. Great songs, Alana. We liked that song of Rush, but didn't know the band, so we looked into it and WOW! they're good! We found ourselves a real Bob Dylan (live with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) after you pointed it out that this was a fakey one, so I think we solved that purroblem ;) Now we can dance on :) Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞

  8. Cool selection of songs. Of course I'm partial to GNR, the Cure and it was nice to hear Pink Floyd again. Thanks for the tunes.


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