#90

Hey!

As per what I had planned sometime during the start of the month, there should have been at least three shares before Christmas, but I was only able to manage one. The one I’m sharing today, was put together sometime last week but I didn’t find time to share it. I’ve decided to stick to the same playlist- Christmas carols included.

Season’s Greetings folks!

Here’s a really fun song to kick things off. It’s Beirut with the song Scenic World. I beirutremember hearing this one not so long back, and loving how positive it made me feel. That accordion riff is so catchy and mood-enhancing. Makes you envision dancing around in a street while talented street-musicians treated you to a song quite similar to this.

Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon, and later expanded into a band. Beirut’s music combines elements of indie-rock and world music.

-Wikipedia


Next up is Stevie Ray Vaughan with Pride and Joy.

srvI’ve known this song for really long, unsure why I didn’t share it before. Most of what I share depends on how I feel and how the song makes me feel. There are times I feel suddenly inspired to add a song to a playlist; a song I would have listened to over a thousand times before, but wouldn’t have been inspired the same way.

Ahh… I love how magical music can be.

Pride and Joy is a great piece of work if you’re looking into technical guitar finesse. The riff is so catchy, and those fillers add so much more appeal to the entire song. There’s a lot of George Thorogood in that style of playing.


Portishead is something else.portishead

Strange sort of way to start off I know, but I was just expressing exactly what I felt as I listened to The Rip– the song I’m sharing with you.

I’ve been exploring Portishead’s work with a little more interest and attention to detail, and my findings astound me. I am not only enjoying their work more, but am really getting drawn to the beautiful portrayal of darkness in all their music.


the-cardigansAnd now I have The Cardigans for you with Lovefool.

This one is really popular so I’m willing to bet you’ve heard it before. Heard it again recently and thought, “why not put this on a playlist. It’s a fun song, and should help bring back good memories of the 90s.”


This next song that I’m sharing with you holds a very special place in my heart, so treat it machine-headwell.

It’s Machine Head with Descend The Shades of Night.

If my memory serves me right, my first encounter with this brilliant piece of work was about 12 years ago. I remember listening to it extensively and intimately over earphones, and I can still remember the goosebumps it gave me then.

None of that has changed till date.

I have of course explored Machine Head more, but this one is the best in my opinion. I would like to go ahead and give you my detailed opinion on the track, but I might ruin it for you.

So instead, I’ll suggest you listen to the track the way I did. And give it a good chance. Even if it isn’t your genre, it should impress you.


cloutI now have South African band Clout with their song Save Me.

My brother introduced me to this song rather recently, and I was drawn to it instantly. Not only is the song catchy, it’s got a lot of ABBA element to it, and I really enjoy the diction on these women singing! 😀

Okay. I’m listening to it right now as I type this bit, and I have decided, I really like this song. Repetitive as it may be, it isn’t tiring itself out on me.


Sufjan Steven’s Joy To The World is the sufjan-stevenscarol I just didn’t have to heart to take off the list, despite the appropriateness of it being lost a little. The version is by far one of the most beautiful renditions I have ever heard (maybe this has something to do with how I think all Sufjan Steven’s music is the most beautiful sounding).

My brother and I attempted to put together our cover of this over guitar, piano, and voice (with just about 10 minutes of practice), and while it comes nowhere close to the original’s perfection, it was still good to try and we enjoyed it.


george-michaelI decided to add in George Michael’s Faith to this playlist because 2016 managed to take another good, talented man, whose musical contributions have quite literally defined several genres, over at least three decades of music.

I chose Faith because this is one my friends and I love singing along to (even though we suck at it), and because of how fitting it seemed given its amazing lyrical quality, and general feel-good nature. And of course there’s George Michael’s amazing vocal abilities which I have always regarded as one of the finest.

I woke up to news of George Michael’s passing and it made me sad. These are artists I would have loved to watch performing live.


And that brings me to the end of playlist #90, also the last playlist for the year 2016. I’m glad to have ended the year with George Michael’s Faith. 🙂

Have a good end of the year everyone!

Happy Listening!

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#89

Hey there!.

Logged in to WordPress to put this piece together for you and my site tells me it’s been a month since my last post. Pity I wasn’t able to share this one sooner. While this post will remain shorter and crisper than usual, I’m promising you a good one. Go ahead and check it out- I’m sure you’ll like it.

This first song brings back such good memories for me. I’ve known it for longer than I can climax-blues-bandrecall, and I love every bit of it still!

It’s Couldn’t Get It Right by the Climax Blues Band.

For a typically classic rock band from the peak of the classic rock era, this song sounds way too contemporary. Not that I’m complaining though. I can’t in fact point out singular aspects that I love about it. I can however talk about the one thing that I don’t like- how short the song is.


the-bugglesLooks like the general direction this playlist is taking is one of an upbeat, jovial, and peppy mood. This second song I have for you is called Video Killed The Radio Star, and is by the British band The Buggles.

The song was originally recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club for their album ‘English Garden’. Haven’t had the opportunity to check that version out yet. The Buggles’ version is the only one I know, and I haven’t yet had too much of it.


Here’s another classic- this one from the early 1960s. It’s The Kingsmen with Louie Louie.The Kingsmen.jpg

I’ll be honest and tell you I don’t quite know how to describe this song or why I like it. Must be the bluesy-ness of it (Yes, let’s make that a word for now), or how unique it sounds. I have heard enough music over the course of my life time (which isn’t a lot of time, but is still a lot of music), but I have never heard anything that sounds quite like Louie Louie. Sometimes I have this song stuck in my head all day.


relient-k-4e1d0a4be567a.jpgLet’s travel forward in time from that last song, back to music we can relate to more because of the timeline. I have for you Relient K with their rendition of Silver Bells.

Yay! It’s Christmas! Whoot!

Relient K is a Christian contemporary band from the United States. I really dig their work. It appeals to me in so many ways. The only stuff that I’ve heard by the band is their collection of Christmas carols from the album ‘Let It Snow, Baby… Let It Reindeer’, but I’m pretty sure they sound just as fantastic in all their work.


Dio for you now with All The Fools Sailed Away.Dio.jpg I have brought up Ronnie James Dio’s Oh-so-awesome-I-can’t-get’enough-of-it voice before, so let me not dwell on it too much.

My God Man! His Voice!!

Not too many days back, I had the chorus of this song stuck in my head for over half the day. Easily one of the better days I spent that week.


I now hWhite Mambazo.jpgave a very interesting track for you. I wish I could recollect where and how I first heard it, but anyway. The important thing is I’m sharing this beautiful piece of work with the world.
The track is called Bazoyidela Inkani, and is by a South African choral group.

Here’s some trivia-

White Mambazo is a South African choral group consisting of the sons of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph Shabalala, with his eldest son Nikosinathi leading the group. They sing in the traditional style of isicathamiya, like their parents in the above group. Formed in 1976 by Joseph and his late wife Nellie, the group came to local prominence in 1987, when they recorded a full album that October.

-Wikipedia


And to close this off, I have another carol (tis the season after all).celtic-thunder

Here’s Celtic Thunder with Our First Christmas Together.

I simply cannot get enough of this carol. It’s just so beautiful sounding, has just the right structure, the right words, and Damian McGinty’s voice (heart-eyes. Or whatever that emoji is called.)

So yeah, in the spirit of the season, of great music, and all that is right in the world, I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.


That closes playlist 89. I only just now realised how close I am to 100 playlists. Whoa.

So anyway, I’ll talk to you soon.

Happy Listening!

#88, A Tribute.

Hello world.

In the wake of the world losing another musician who changed the world of music for the better, a close friend of mine suggested I dedicate a playlist to him. I knew that it would be the right thing to do, but decided to do a little better than that-

This playlist numbered 88, is a tribute to all those prominent musicians we lost this year- Musicians who really made an impact to the industry, and are no doubt huge contributions to how far the music industry has gotten today.

I chose to start off with Pete Huttlinger, a well known solo guitarist- famous for hispete-huttlinger finger picking and unique acoustic guitar deliveries- and also famous for performing with artists like John Denver and LeAnn Rimes.

I was looking for a track by Pete Huttlinger that would be just perfect to start a playlist off with, and I found his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely. Words wouldn’t do any justice to how beautiful this rendition is, so I’ll just let you explore the track as you listen. Feel free to lose yourself in it. There really is no other way to enjoy music like this.


mott-the-hoopleThe next song is English glam-rock band Mott the Hoople with their 70s hit called All The Young Dudes. The track is listed among the 500 Greatest  Songs of all time.

We unfortunately lost Dale Griffin, the band’s Dale Griffin.jpgnotable drummer, earlier this year. He was a founding member of the band, and has seen the group through all their years of success- quite literally being the rhythm that drove them on.

Interestingly, and I only found this out white looking up info to share with you, this song was written by David Bowie- an artist who is featuring later on this very same playlist.


Earth Wind and Fire.jpgWe also lost Earth, Wind & Fire’s unique, talented, and entertaining front-man Maurice White this year. And in memory of all the good disco songs they gave us, I’m sharing with you the band’s Boogie Wonderland.

Say what you want about the colourful Maurice White.jpgattires, the glam, the afros, or the heavy bell-bottom influence, this band is still everything that disco stood for in my opinion. I enjoy Earth, Wind & Fire to this date, and hope to do so for the rest of my life. The band also comprised some seriously talented musicians over their years, and explains why so much of their music is so memorable.


Merle Haggard.jpgMy dad was talking to me about Merle Haggard the other day. I didn’t know who he was, country music not being my strong suite, but I did give Merle Haggard’s music a listen. Among all the songs I heard, I decided to share with you I’m A Lonesome Fugitive.

Listening to this song, I can see why Merle Haggard got so popular. He has a unique countrygrass style, and a rich thick voice and diction. His music stood out during the peak of his career, between 1960 and 1980.

We lost Merle in April this year due to ill health and age.


Next up is a song I’ve grown up to. It’s Jefferson Airplane with White Rabbit.jefferson-airplane

This song is really interesting in so many ways. Let’s start with the music. It takes on this unique march tempo, and despite there not being a distinct riff, verse, or chorus, the structure the song takes is splendid. Another awesome thing is Grace Slick’s voice. There’s a rich huskiness to it that’s everything I have loved about Jefferson Airplane. On the contrary, I do hate that the song is really short. It barely touches two and a half minutes, which leaves me feeling so incompletepaul-kantner at the end of it.

Jefferson Airplane is credited with pioneering the psychedelic rock movement in America in many ways. This song White Rabbit is a good example. Paul Kantner, the band’s guitarist and founding member died at the start of this year, and it’s rather sad because of how much he contributed to the rock scene itself.


We also lost John Berry from The Beastie Boys earlier this year.

The Beastie Boys have always stood out as one of the mostthe-beastie-boys influential punk rock, electro rock, and rap rock bands that grew in the 80s and 90s decades, and if you spent some time exploring their music, you’d understand why. The track I’m sharing with you is called Intergalactic, is one of their most famous work, and is one of my favourite Beastie Boys songs.

John Berry.PNGWhile I maintain I am not a huge fan of electro, rap, or the punk music genres, The Beastie Boys did what they did well. Real well.

Hell, I enjoy this stuff.

RIP John Berry.


Glenn Frey was a founding member of The Eagles, and was also a huge success as a solo artist. We lost him this year, and I’m yet to cope with this.

Let’s just talk about The Eagles and how much they’ve influenced the rock, country-rock, glenn-freyfolk-rock, and ballad scene across the globe. Don Henley and the boys really put some of the best live performance acts together, and are what aspiring performers like myself aim to cover to their bench-marked perfection. It’s sad that if I ever do get to see an Eagles reunion tour in future, Glenn Frey will no longer be a part of it.

I remember listening to The Heat Is On since I was a child. I had no clue who the artist was, but that never really mattered. This was a lively dance number, and did its years on the charts, and I’m glad I spent a good part of my childhood listening to it.


I’ve now got David Bowie for you.

DAVID BOWIE AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - 1983I was conflicted about which song I wanted to share. In my opinion, the song Heroes isn’t Bowie’s best, but it just felt so right for all the appropriate sentimental reasons on this playlist, and so I chose to go with it.

I think Bowie’s death is one my brother and I took hardest, in comparison to all other artists I’ve featured on this playlist. His music still has a major share in our extensive collection, and we’ve always had these interesting takes about the man’s talent in music, art, film, and the like.

Yup. Heroes is the right song for this playlist. I’m sorry you’re gone Bowie.


We also lost Prince. I don’t think that loss is one to easily forget considering how much of princean influence Prince and his music were not just in the United States, but the world over.

The song I’m sharing is called Little Red Corvette. I chose this one because I think the song really stands out as one of the man’s best. It also really showcases why Prince was… well… Prince – The undisputed icon of funk and pop music.

I think it’s also important to address the way these two men (Bowie and Prince) influenced fashion over their more dominating years in the industry. Were they eccentric? I don’t know. Were they geniuses? I don’t really know this either. I guess the facts should speak for themselves. Icons don’t become icons for no reason.

P.s. I apologize for the terrible audio quality on this track. Couldn’t find a better version on YouTube.


Leonard Cohen.jpgI’m closing this playlist with Leonard Cohen and Hallelujah. Appropriate in a lot of ways I think.

I have helped people learn to play this one over piano for some years now, and to be honest, the song found a lot more meaning after Cohen’s unfortunate demise. I’ve also heard several versions of this one song- covers that are splendid in so many ways, they give you goosebumps- but it seemed fitting that I share with you The Man’s version.


After-note: Cohen is the artist my friend suggested I dedicate a playlist to, and while I may not have done exactly that, I believe this playlist should stand testament to all the good things that music really is and stands for, and all the artists who collectively make it what it is. We’ve got musicians all over the world touching and changing lives with the purity of their work, and I love that they can inspire me in so many ways.

And with that, I’ll say goodbye for now. I hope you enjoy listening to this playlist. I’ll be back soon with another.

Happy Listening!

 

#87

I was up for real disappointment while putting together this week’s playlist. I’ve reached that stage where the number of songs I’ve shared are 14 songs short of 500, and I am starting to lose track of what I’ve already shared. Imagine that- Being real excited about sharing a song, and then noticing you’ve already shared it.

On the positive side- Yay! I’m touching 500 songs!

Take a look at what I’ve got for you this week-

After getting over the disappointment that I talked about earlier, I decided to instead sharethe-beach-boys with you I Get Around by the Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys are such fun music! I think it impossible to not succumb to the groove of any of their songs. On this one- my brother and I love singing and clapping along. And of course singing along with the highest vocal pitch.


whitesnakeUp next is a classic rock favourite by English 70s rock band Whitesnake. The song is called Love Ain’t No Stranger.

I can in no way compare or justify a comparison between the American and the British contribution to the rock scene. It would be unfair to do so. But it’s quite an interesting thing to note that despite several bands being distinctly identifiable as either British or American, and despite all the years I’ve spent knowing this genre of music, it still pleasantly surprises me when a band I thought American turns out to be British; or vice versa.


Up next is Wolfmother with Joker and the Thief. (If you’re listening to the playlist as is, wolfmothernote how perfect the transition from Whitesnake to Wolfmother sounds).

Since we were on the subject, let me not fail to mention the rock scene in Australia. I mean, despite the small number of bands or musicians who made a significant impact to the growing global rock scene, you can’t deny that the few Aussie bands that did make it large, made a huge impact  between the decades of the 60s and 90s. Wolfmother of course got into the scene only in the 00s, but I don’t think them any less influential.


Van Halen.jpgSo up next is Van Halen with Ice Cream Man.

Let’s just talk about how awesome a band Van Halen is for starters. They’re a significant American contributor to classic rock from the period. (Looks like this playlist also serves as a brief history lesson on music and culture, so take note folks.)

Both men who fronted the band over the years have been amazing. Each, his own style, and the beauty of it being that both styles worked splendidly for Van Halen as a band.

Ice Cream Man, sung by David Lee Roth, is just so Lee Rothy! (I think that should be a word.) One listen to the song and you’ll know why.

Clearly one of the most expressive, dynamic, and talented singers in the industry. And such a performer!


I wish I could say I saved the best for last, but I honestly can’t rank most songs on the basis of which is best. There can’t be such a thing.bon-jovi

I’m giving you Bon Jovi with It’s My Life.

I have grown up to the album version, and of course the iconic video. But while a little older, I had also come across a beautiful acoustic piano version of the song. I then forgot about it over the years.

I was filled with a pleasant warm feeling (like the one when you meet a fond old friend after ages) when I recently heard this acoustic version at a lounge I was at. It really made the rest of my evening.


So there you have it- Playlist #87. Enjoy it over the week. I’ll be back with the next one soon.

Happy Listening!

#86

Hey world.

This one will be a brief post since I’m not at my best but still am determined to share this one. The playlist is good though (It always is).

blue-oyster-cultI’m choosing to kick things off with a really awesome track called Godzilla by Blue Öyster Cult.

I do remember sharing another track by this band in the not so distant past, and while I did, I remember saying I was rediscovering them. That part is still true. Sigh… Gives me goosebumps how there’s such fine music out there and yet so much I haven’t explored.


And now, It’s The Doors with Moonlight Drive.the-doors

I’ve been enjoying The Doors’ music more and more off late. There’s a really nice chilled-out feel to their sounds. This one called Moonlight Drive is quite a popular one, and it’s peppy as much as it is smooth. You can always count on Jim Morrison and the boys to deliver music that really picks your senses up.


status-quoI now have another really fun song for you, from back when some of the world’s finest rock musicians delivered their sounds to us.

It’s early 60s English rock band Status Quo with Whatever You Want.

What I really love about this song is that beautiful transition and picking up of pace and rhythm that happens sometime in the twenty-sixth second or so… It just keeps picking up from there and makes me want to let my hair down, sing out loud, and jump around in beat to that perfect driving rhythm.

The guitar solo on this song is enjoyable too. Short but interesting.


I’ve had Porcupine Tree’s Arriving Somewhere But Not Here on my To-Share playlist for aporcupine-tree really long time, and I finally found an appropriate space for it on this playlist.

There’s several things about this song, or Porcupine Tree’s music in general, that makes it what it is, and that gives them that special place in music history itself. It’s hard to describe so I’ll just trust that you’ll experience it and know what I mean when you listen to this song.

To talk about their music as a musician… Most musicians build a song around a defined structure. You have chords, you have a rhythm in mind, you have a skeleton of an idea. Even psychedelic music could be said to follow that definition and structure by some extent. I haven’t seen this similarity in Porcupine Tree’s music. Their music seems to mess with the musical forces too much. And Damn! The results are brilliant! There’s more raw emotion in this music than I’ve found elsewhere.


queensrycheClosing this playlist off is a really popular ballad by American heavy metal band Queensryche. If you haven’t already guessed which one, the song is called Silent Lucidity.

I’m afraid I’m going to wear this one out a little too soon because I’m listening to it too much off late (I recently rediscovered it). But it’s just one of those beautiful ballads that I cannot get enough of. Everything about the song is perfect, and it drives home a really beautiful message.


So I’ll leave you with these for now. Will be back again shortly with a few more interesting songs and stories.

Happy Listening!

#85

Hey there!

Been less than 7 days I’m aware, but decided to share another playlist anyway. Check out what’s in store for you this week-

ben-howardFirst off, is the song that stands out on this playlist for me. I’m giving you Ben Howard with Old Pine.

There’s a lot of things that I think are the best thing than happened to me, ever. Finding out about Ben Howard and his beautiful earthy music is one of those things. This song called Old Pine is from the man’s debut album ‘Every Kingdom’. I can’t in fact rank his music because I love several of the tracks the same; I will instead tell you that this one is special because of the lyrics, the simple but beautiful video, and of course, Ben Howard himself.


Throwing in a cover of a classic Beatles track for you now. It’s Godsmack with their versiongodsmack of Come Together.

There’s several artists who have covered this song and have done quite a good job of it too. You may want to listen to Aerosmith’s cover as well. I like Godsmack’s because it picks me up, fills me with energy, and most importantly- I like Godsmack.

I also like The Beatles.

Hell I’m not going to ever compare their original to any cover. Would be a sin to.


emmylou-harrisInteresting story as to how my brother and I discovered Emmylou Harris.

This was probably three years ago- We were tuned in to Absolute Radio and there was an advert that would be played which contained a parody of Emmylou Harris’ Mister Sandman (which is a really fun awesome song btw, so do check it out. It features Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton). So anyway, my brother tried to gather more information on the artist who has sung the original Mister Sandman, and as a result- we like Emmylou Harris’ music. We also love saying her name. Like over and over.

This one I’ve shared with you is called Wayfaring Stranger.


This next one is a favourite.stray-cats It’s the Stray Cats with Stray Cat Strut. The video is amusing, and so is the song, so go ahead and enjoy it.

I’m looking into information about the band and I see that they’re listed as falling into the genre Rockabilly- whatever that means.

You may have also heard these two songs ‘She’s Sexy + 17’, and ‘Rock This Town’, both of which are by the Stray Cats.


the-troggsAnd finally, to close this playlist off, I’ll leave you with another favourite because it’s just so much fun to listen to- It’s The Troggs with their 60s hit Wild Thing.

I love how music from the 50s and 60s did not need as many lyrics or as much technical difficulty. It’s like they just jammed a little in their garage and came up with a “concept song” and then built a simple-structured song around it. And it’s absolutely fun to listen to!

Here’s something that tells you more than you need to know about me- I sometimes love kicking off a solo dance party to this song. I follow it up with a few other good 70s and 80s disco tracks and have the time of my life!


So on that note, I’ll say buh-bye for now and be back again soon with a few more songs to share with you.

Until then.

Happy Listening!

#84

Hey there!

I have a really exciting playlist for you today, so without stalling, here it is-

The most exciting song on the playlist in my opinion is this one I’m choosing to start offSting.jpg with. It’s Sting with A Thousand Years.

I don’t think any efforts to describing Sting as an artist will do him justice- brilliant and exemplary a musician that he is.

My brother had me check this one out very recently, and my senses were immediately flooded with nostalgic memories of when we used to hear this one played nearly everyday on WorldSpace Satellite Radio.


INXS.jpgAnother track from the good ol’ simpler days for you- It’s Australian rock band from the 70s, INXS with Never Tear Us Apart.

Australia has given us some very fine musicians, and these bands are somewhere at the top of my list of favourite bands of all time. Although INXS still plays, I don’t think their current music even remotely compares to when Michael Hutchence fronted the band.


If my memory serves me right, this is my third The Fratellis share on this blog. Their music is just so fun and relaxing to listen to!The Fratellis.png

The one I’ve chosen to share is called Baby Fratelli.

This song is the personification of all the fun elements I associate The Fratellis with. And while we’re on the subject, what is it with me and British vocalists anyway?! I can just never get enough of all that pizzazz the accent adds to the music.

Oh also, the riff on this song is crazy catchy!


Bette Midler.jpgI’ve been meaning to share this song for close to a year now but just didn’t find the right playlist for it. I hope this slot is going to do it justice.

It’s Bette Midler with The Rose.

Now go ahead and call me a romantic if you will, but this is one love song that really hits home for me. I mean, it’s not even just the lyrics I’m talking about. The overall simplicity of the song, Bette Milder’s voice, the emotion conveyed throughout the song… There’s just so many aspects of the song that make me want to close my eyes and just be in a happier place for a while.


I hate when I’m not able to accurately trace back to my Great Lake Swimmers.jpghistory with every single song I’ve heard. But unfortunately, there’s some pieces of music I just cannot trace back to. This one called Your Rocky Spine by the Great Lake Swimmers is one.

So a little about the band- Great Lake Swimmers are a Canadian melodic folk rock band from the early Noughties.

Their style resembles Neil Young a lot, which is rather interesting, and reminds me that there’s a Neil Young song sitting on my To-Share playlist, patiently waiting its turn.


CCR.jpgCCR for you now, with Lookin’ Out My Back Door.

I have a confession to make out on this public platform. For a really long time, I didn’t think much about CCR or their music. I didn’t dislike it at all, I just wouldn’t voluntarily play any of it either. That has now changed. I seem to be at that stage in my life where I’m rediscovering a lot of bands I’ve grown up listening to. And the result/conclusion- CCR is such a fun band!


Choosing to close this playlist off on a jazzy mellowThe Dave Brubeck Quartet.png note, I’m giving you The Dave Brubeck Quartet with Strange meadow Lark.

I’ve listened to this track several times before, and for the purpose of sharing this playlist, about five odd times. Fine piece of work it is indeed! Really relaxed you.


Hoping those seven songs that I’ve shared really make your day, I’l be back soon with a brand new playlist altogether.

Until then.

Happy Listening!