What If You Never Existed?

Have you ever thought about this? What if you were never born? And what would life be like for your family & close friends if you never existed? I have thought about that and you know what? It can’t be that bad for them!

After my sister was born my dad & mom waited 6 years before having me. My sister could have easily be an only child. I suppose my folks would be living here, just the two of them in a house or in an apartment like this one, eating dinner and watching crappy shows & reality tv before going to sleep. Not much would change there but my mom’s obsession with ‘pissing me off’ would not exist.

How many friends & acquaintances would have their lives changed or be less good if I never existed? Would they go about their lives thinking subconsciously that something is missing! Some spice is missing in their lives. Some pizazz, some sizzle and some sexiness. Seriously, how many people’s lives would be less of a life without you in it? That’s something to think about.

Tomorrow is Sunday. Get some coffee, play some music in the background, sit by the window and think about it. If atleast a couple of people’s lives would be poorer without you, then everything is worth it. If now, might as well go jump out that window!

Slash (Deluxe Edition) By Slash

Slash’s last studio recording with Guns n’Roses was back in 1993 & the Spaghetti Incident. Two years later he came out with a semi-super group rock band Slash’s Snakepit and came out with It’s 5’0 Clock Somewhere. A totally different band with less famous musicians joined Slash for the follow up Snakepit album called Ain’t Life Grand. My interest in his work was very minimal as I couldn’t really get into the first album post GnR. Then came Velvet Revolver and I just didn’t like them much, mostly cause I didn’t like vocalist Scott Weiland. Now in 2010 out comes Slash’s first truly solo work – but as he is a guitarist and likes to work with singers, he has a ton of guest vocalists. Self-titled and stocked with a bunch of adrenaline, I’m finally getting back into the top hatted guitar player. Slash is now relevant for me!

Ok, without further ado let’s get into the album. Hot off the start, my favourite slash riff, solo hits me bang on the forehead. Ghost is my favourite track on this record. Featuring the vocal chops of The Cult singer Ian Astbury, it’s that fun rock n’roll track that I love. Ozzy Osbourne is someone that Slash considers to be a guru, as does a multitude of rockers across the globe. So no wonder the Ozzman has been asked to contribute his vocals to a track – Crucify The Dead. Musically it does sound more of an Ozzy song rather than something Slash would put out but that is probably intentional. Ok next track, Beautiful Dangerous, is where I don’t like it so much. Because Fergie comes on and sings! If you listen to this song, you get the feeling that this chick is looking for that rock image but I don’t get it! I guess the song was written with her in mind. I also get this as a song that strippers will dance to on one of their routine! Ok, maybe it isn’t so bad!

One of the big singles from the albums comes up next – Back From Cali is about leaving the big bad city of Los Angeles and going back to wherever the hometown is. Featuring the vocals of Myles Kennedy, this song is a live crowd favourite. Myles has been so important to Slash’s live shows that the tour supporting this albums is attributed as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy, as the singer is doing most of the songs on the tour. Chris Cornell does a very good job in Promise, a weird sounding little ditty that I like so much. Cornell sounds as earnest as possible pleading to never change the fire in you. Next comes the big one going by the music industry’s reaction – Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother’s vocalist) does a wail and a howl in By The Sword, a song about how to face death when the time comes. I’ve seen a couple of live renditions of this song and it’s even better live. One of the surprises on the album is the song Gotten. The way it sounds stylistically and lyrically, I’m finding it hard to picture Slash behind the song. Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine lends his vocals for the song.

Ancient rocker Lemmy lends a hand and his vocals in Doctor Alibi. Again this song sounds more like a track from Lemmy’s band rather than Slash featuring Lemmy. We get an instrumental in Watch This feautring Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) on drums and Slash’s old buddy in both GnR & Velvet Revolver Duff McKagan on bass. This track sounds nothing like Slash has done before and hence comes as being rather fresh. Kid Rock can actually sing – I thought he was just crap err… rap! Kidding, I have heard him sing properly so was aware of his chops. He lends his vocals to I Hold On, a song about holding on to the one you love. I have never heard the band Sevenfold or their singer M. Shadows. The song Nothing To Say sounds nothing like I expect from Slash but the singer sounds a bit like Axl when he sings in a lower tone. The song is ok. Myles Kennedy returns with Starlight, a song about love, broken hearts and making things better and finding a place to belong.

I’ve never heard of Rocco Deluca who sings Saint Is A Sinner Too. The song basically sounds like a song by Deluca and his band The Burden with Slash guesting on guitar, rather than the other way round. Again, I dunno if that is a good thing or a bad thing; it’s a good song nothing against it. Iggy Pop features on the next track; We’re All Gonna Die tells you that since it’s inevitable let’s gets high, be nice to each other & jump and pee on the ground! Very cool song though and oh he also likes your tits! An initial shock was that Cypress Hill have done a rap version of Paradise City – THE song that turned me on to GnR as a 12 year old kid – a holy song as far as GnR fans are considered. Even bigger shock was the bombastic vocals screaming out the chorus and other lines – fuck it’s Fergie! Sounding like Axl’s baby sister she shows that yes she is a rocker chick in hiding, dolled up and singing nonsensical lyrics with that wimpy crap Black Eyed Turds hasn’t dulled  her natural big vocals. Grudging admiration.

As this is the deluxe version of the album we also get acoustic versions of Back From Cali & a very good & excellent acoustic version of Sweet Child Of Mine featuring Myles Kennedy. Maybe Myles should never go back to Alterbridge and stick with Slash and form a strong duo. And going by majority of the comments in Youtube, most fans agree. Good album; I’d give it 8 outta 10. So I like Slash’s music again and things are good. Enjoy the video for Back From Cali.

My 5 Worst Vices

Chocolate & chocolate biscuits/cookies
Dealing with loneliness, tough days/weeks at work and whenever I get depressed, I turn to chocolate. I buy a big bar and sit with it for a long time at my computer.

Laziness
I am extremely good at procrastination. I often regret it later but it’s always there.

Day Dreaming
Especially on a somewhat dull day at work, I can day dream. Yesterday I was off in outer space fighting aliens while piloting my space ship while staring at a report I had made on Excel. I was apparently staring at it for 45 mins, as pointed out to me by a girl who sits near by.

Coffee
Is drinking coffee a vice? Maybe drinking lots of it is. I can drink 6 to 7 big mugs of it a day but have recently slowed down and I’m sticking to 3 or 4 at the maximum.

Untidyness
Seriously I need to get my act together. I put off clearing my stuff – I have lots of used up disposable razors in my bathroom, used batteries (for my USB mouse), old newspapers/magazines and stuff in my bedroom. I need to clean it up.

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