Day 1 of Mike’s Daily Jukebox: The Beatles, Linkin Park, Elton John

Day 1:   Music has affected my life daily.   My IPOD has close to 20,000 songs on it!   I’ve been to almost 200 concerts.   I’ve had friends in major bands, music industry veterans, and love hearing new music or finding “hidden treasures” from the past.    Today, I’m starting a daily blog of some music favorites.   I look forward to sharing concert reviews, share the latest music videos, and hopefully introduce you to a variety of music you may have missed!  Let’s kick it off with three all-time favorites by The Beatles, Linkin Park, and Sir Elton John:

“REVOLUTION”                     THE BEATLES

My favorite Beatles LP is the White Album.   An amazing collection of  rock, country, punk, humor, blues, pop music all on 2 magnificent albums.     There are 3 versions of Revolution, a slowed down version on the White Album, the harder rock version that I’m sharing here, and John Lennon’s eclectic Revolution #9.  The Beatles changed music forever, influenced pop culture, and left a deep impact on the world. There is no better band to introduce my new website!

“IN THE END”                  LINKIN PARK

I’ve seen Linkin Park in concert more than any other artist.   They made music mashups before anyone had a name for the technique.  Linkin Park’s dynamic mix of Mike Shinoda’s hip hop style with the blistering vocals of Chester Bennington became the perfect blend of two genres and earned them the title of the best Nu-Metal band.  When Linkin Park released their breakthrough CD, Hybrid Theory in 2002 they were touring as part of the OZZFest lineup.  Many thought they were just another Nu-Metal band that would quickly fade away like Limp Bizkit.  Ten years later, they’re still creating great music.   “In The End” is my cure for any bad day. 

“YOUR SONG 2002”                    ELTON JOHN

The first 45 I ever owned was “Your Song” by Elton John.   A brilliant song written by Bernie Taupin that got a makeover in 2002 as a charity single for Tsunami Relief.  This new version features opera singer, Alessandro Safina, plus a children’s choir that exponentially amplifies the emotions.  “Your Song” has stood the test of time. For all of Elton and Bernie’s amazing epic singles, who would have guessed their first song together would remain their ultimate collaboration. If you’ve never heard this 2002 version, it deserves a listen!

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