It seems like lately I’ve done a lot of doom and gloom posts (well, it is kinda gloomy out there), but rather than dwell on it in this post I thought I’d pose a tough SHTF question for you.
First of all I have to write a little preface…
Music. It’s always been important to me and I like all types from classical to hard rock depending on my mood. I like to play the guitar when I have a chance even though I’m not all that good at it. I find it therapeutic and the kids and Mrs. Jarhead seem to like it, so I guess that’s all that counts.
My favorite band of all time (I’m listening to them as I write this) is Pink Floyd. Oh yeah. This is one of those bands that has timeless music. Other bands that I lump into the “timeless music” category would be – in no particular order – Aerosmith, The Eagles, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, etc. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but you start to see the pattern of the music that formed my taste today.
I consider that to be my “core” listening music , if you will; however, as I mentioned earlier I love everything from classical to the serious head-banging barely intelligible metal groups like Metallica and most stuff in between.
I know you’ve heard it before, but now here’s my tough question for you: it’s The End Of The World As We Know It and you have the opportunity to pick one album (or CD) before you bug out. What’s it gonna be?
It’s torture to pick just one isn’t it? My runner-up bands would have to be Lynyrd Skynyrd (I friggin’ love southern rock – so what if I’m from Maine), Red Hot Chili Peppers – their album Blood Sugar Sex Magic is brilliant, Led Zeppelin – all of it… man! There’s so much good music out there I’m hard pressed to make the hard decision.
Now here’s the thing – one of my all time favorite songs is Simple Man, by Lynyrd Skynrd. Or maybe Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Or would it be Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, a song I dedicate to my brother – gone but never forgotten these last ten years now. Hmm, impossible decisions!
For an entire album though… it’s gotta be Pink Floyd’s Animals CD. It’s a brilliant commentary on the music/business world that you’ll have to listen to yourself and gain your own understanding.
How about it? What album do you take with you to your bug out site? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Did you know Shinedown does a decent cover of Simple Man? Brent Smith has a kind of raw talent that does the song serious justice.