#MusicMonday October 14th
Written by Total Meyhem on 14th October 2019
This week’s #MusicMonday choice comes from #FirstPlays host JayRock.
Usually #MusicMonday choices highlight new music, as well as up and coming bands.. however this weeks choice is a little different and has been chosen for a more personal reason.
This week’s choice is Alter Bridge’s Blackbird which is taken from the album of the same name, which was released on October 8, 2007, by Universal Republic.
At nearly eight minutes long, it is the band’s longest song to date. It has received critical acclaim since its release, having often been cited as the crowning point of both the album and the band’s career by critics, fans, and the band members themselves.
In March 2011, Guitarist magazine listed the song’s guitar solo, which is performed by both Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, as the greatest guitar solo of all time.
It was composed and arranged by Alter Bridge, and the lyrics were written by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy, who said that the creation of the song was difficult and that it took a long time. “We beat our heads against the wall for months,” he told TuneLab, “so when it finally came together it was a good moment.”
He also said that he feels that “Blackbird” is one of the most gratifying songs that the band has ever written. The song is inspired by Kennedy’s friend Mark Morse, who died as the song was being written:
“Blackbird” was inspired lyrically by a friend of mine named Mark Morse. He sold me my first guitar when I was a kid, and we stayed friends for years and years. He actually passed away right as that song was being completed so it was dedicated to him and his memory. It’s really about seeing the suffering he was going through and hoping he would find his solace soon and be free from all of that.
Kennedy explained that the idea for the chorus of the song came from an experience in the recording studio:
We were trying to find a chorus for it, so we were banging it out for a few hours, not having [any] luck, so I went into the other room. And they were still working on something, and there was an urban dance group in the next room, because it’s a rehearsal studio. And there was just this cacophony of sound: I heard them, and I heard this over here, and it was just noise. And it was weird—it was like, out of those two noises, even though they were playing something completely different, came this idea for the chorus of “Blackbird.”
As our Track Of The Week, we will play this every day at 6am, midday, 6pm and Midnight.
Myles Jaydon James