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February Set List

February Set List
1.  The Way You Look Tonight 2.  At Last 3.  I Just Called to Say I Love You 4.  Send Her My Love 5.  No Ordinary Love 6.  Come Undone 7.  My Heart Will Go On 8.  Faithfully 9.  I Will Always Love You 10.  Crazy Little Thing Called Love
And there you have it - February 2020 Set List.  Would you add anything to this list?  What would be on your February set list?

Set List Recommended

In this edition of Set List Recommended, I am featuring two noteworthy posts honoring the one and only - Eddie Van Halen.

zZounds Signature Collection 

In Honor - Eddie Van Halen

A brief background was given in the In Honor - Eddie Van Halen post, so I will let that post speak on its own.

The iconic black and yellow professionally made version of Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstein" guitar is worth the investment ($899.99) whether as a novice or as a professional because having a genuine, brand new replica of an EVH guitar in your personal collection is, quite simply, too cool.

The design is in the details.  The zZounds Signature Collection post will speak on its own.

There is one reason alone that led me to choose the two link posts above as my Set List Recommended - 


Friday zZounds Showcase

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In this edition of Friday zZounds Showcase, I will showcase a unique drum kit by the Pearl brand.

Pearl EX725SPC Export Drum Kit, 5-Piece, Black
$799.99 OR 12 Payments $66.67

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--PEAEX725SPC



The Pearl Export was once a top seller and is now back by popular demand as a reissue.
According to zZounds, the Export series is perfect for entry-level drummers.
The description behind this drum kit is quite detailed, so consider the video below that showcases the features of the Pearl Export series kit -

If you are curious about the Pearl brand and this Export series especially, explore the link above.  If you are seriously interested in this Pearl EX725SPC Export Drum Kit, follow the link above for full details and a payment plan.

Set List Reader's Choice

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase.

In this edition of Set List Reader's Choice, your favorite post is -

Andy Taylor - Solo Debut

I will let the post link above stand on its own.

With that said, I was curious to know what guitar brand Andy Taylor prefers.  According to Music Players, Andy played the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, and of most interest - the Gibson 335.

In this post, I am featuring an example Gibson 335.

Gibson ES-335 Dot Electric Guitar (with Case), Vintage Ebony
$2,999 OR 12 Payments $249.92

!Only 1 left!

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBES3500


According to zZounds, this Gibson ES-335 electric guitar is a favorite of many established guitarists since its debut in 1958.
I would recommend the Gibson ES-335 to Gibson enthusiasts with spare finances to afford the expense.  
If you are seriously interested, follow the link above for details and a payment plan.  Note that there is only 1 left in stock.  

Plat that *f*

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In reference to John Taylor of Duran Duran, welcome back to zZounds Bass Guitar!

In this edition of zZounds Base Guitar, consider the bass below -

Gibson Thunderbird Electric Bass (with Case), Ebony
$2,299 OR 12 Payments $191.58

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBBAT400


What is special about the Gibson Thunderbird?
According to zZounds, the Gibson Thunderbird Electric Bass has been a preferred favorite among bassists for quite some time.
The description of this bass is exceptionally brief.  
If you are curious about the Gibson Thunderbird, explore the link above.  If you are seriously interested in the Gibson Thunderbird to play or add to your personal collection, follow the link above for specs and a payment plan.
As always,
Play it!

Andy Taylor - Solo Debut

Duran Duran launched their career with the 1981 debut album, Duran Duran.  Little did they know, though, what the rocky future held for the band.  The original line-up to break up to side projects to reunion to Andy Taylor's official departure.  The original line-up will never be again.
So where did Andy go?  
Thunder is Andy Taylor's first solo album, released in 1987.  Thunder reached No. 46 on Billboard 200 and No. 61 on the UK Chart.  Two noted singles from the album include "Don't Let Me Die Young" (No. 36 on Mainstream Rock Tracks) and "I Might Lie" (No. 17 on Mainstream Rock Tracks).  The album went out of production in 1990 but later was reissued on iTunes.
(Wikipedia)
Andy's two other solo albums include Dangerous (1990) and The SpanishSessions EP (1999).
On his own, I am not sure.  In my opinion, Andy fits well within a band where his contribution is profound and truly impressive.  If only the original line-up...

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

"Personal Jesus"
Background - - Lead single from Depeche Mode's 7th album, Violator (1990) - Released in 1989
Success - - No. 13 on UK Singles Chart - No. 28 on Billboard Hot 100 - No. 368 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (2004)
Certifications - Gold in the U.S. Silver in the UK Platinum in Italy
Point of interest - "Personal Jesus" has been covered numerous times by such artists as Marilyn Manson, Johnny Cash, Sammy Hagar, and many more.
Marilyn Manson considered "Personal Jesus" and Depeche Mode to be inspirational.
Johnny Cash considered "Personal Jesus" to be "the most evangelical gospel song I ever recorded."
Sammy Hagar admitted his interest in "Personal Jesus" despite not being a fan of synth music.  
(Wikipedia)
To inspire musicians who may otherwise pass is impressive and honorable.
Depeche Mode - Class of 2020 in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

5 key tips and trick to help you overcome the fear of public speaking

Be brief; Be sincere; Be seated.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is a popular belief that most people rate the fear of public speaking higher than the fear of death. In other words, they would rather die than speak in front of an audience.
This does not have to be the case for you. Honestly, I was one of those people but through courage and the recognition that public speaking is inevitable in my field of study and where I want to go in the future, which is entrepreneurship.
My personality is generally quiet and reserved. Every time I had to speak, I experienced symptoms of stage fright. Sweaty palms and forehead, racing heart, fast breathing and shaky voice.
I remember back in 2013, I had a braai/picnic to celebrate my birthday in one of the beautiful dams in Pretoria, Roodeplaat dam. I invited a couple of friends including a classmate who knew me for some time before this event.
Moments before I was asked to say a few words, my classmate said she had never imagined me speaking in a c…

Versus Tuesday

Astronaut2005 Drummer v. Original Performance

In this edition of Versus Tuesday, I am featuring "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode and the drum cover take by Astronaut2005 Drummer.

Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" Astronaut2005 Drummer Cover

Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" Official Music Video

In Honor - Eddie Van Halen

I have posted record loop topics often on Set List - where from time to time I will write about the same topic over the course of months or years.  I  suppose this is out of passion for the subject matter.

In this post, I am record looping Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption" solo as performed live.  This is out of pure passion for the performance.

Eddie Van Halen brief - - Born in Amsterdam ... Naturalized U.S. citizen - No. 1 in Guitar World magazine's  "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (2012) - "Eruption" - No. 2 in Guitar World magazine's "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" - Never fully learned to read music - Learned to play the piano ... Learned to play the drums - Learned to play the electric guitar after hearing older brother, Alex, play - Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page were primary influences - Van Halen, Side projects, Tapping style
(Full background on Wikipedia)
Eddie Van Halen's profound talent will say the rest of it.  Enjoy the video above…

zZounds Signature Collection

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zZounds Signature Collection

In this post of the limited edition series, the spotlight is on Eddie Van Halen.  

Below is what zZounds has to offer -

EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Electric Guitar
Black and Yellow
$899.99 OR 12 Payments $75

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--EVH5107902?siid=121740



What makes this guitar special?
It is a brand-new, professionally made version of Eddie Van Halen's iconic "Frankenstein."
The complete design is in the details.  Follow the link above to explore.
The guitar's most profound use -

Whether a novice or a professional, the EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Electric Guitar, Black and Yellow, is worth the investment to add to a personal collection or, if a professional, play in the studio or even on stage!  Channel the EVH rock star and perform to impress.
As always,
Play it!

zZounds Music Sunday

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In zZounds Music Sunday, I highlight the bass guitar and keyboard for both professionals and beginners.

In this edition of zZounds Music Sunday, I am going down a different route - a studio recording or listening session essential and on a generous budget.

Consider the following -

Samson SR350 Over-Ear Stereo Headphones
$14.95

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SAMSARS350?siid=189029


Details - Sound isolation Cushioned ear pads Lightweight - perfect for music recording, practicing, and listening Adjustable headband   1/4" adapter included
Curious?  Interested?  Follow the link above.
Samson HP30 Stereo Headphones  $24.95

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SAMHP30?siid=127499



Details - On the go or in your home studio Lightweight Adjustable headband
Curious?  Interested?  Follow the link above.
Samson Z25 Closed-Back Studio Headphones $49.99
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SAMSAZ25?siid…

Set List Recommended

In this edition of Set List Recommended, I am featuring an exceptional trend - Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise.  This trend highlights the background, success, critiques, and certifications for "Another Day in Paradise" - Collins' first single from his 1989 album, ...But Seriously.
The subject matter of the song dealt with homelessness.  Critics did not feel Collins was qualified to address the issue given his wealth at the time.  His defense, in my opinion, was justified -
"...It's a misconception that if you have a lot of money you're somehow out of touch with reality..."
I concluded the post with examples of major rock bands reflecting similar political and social awareness in their songs.
In the end, "...if music recognizes social causes, taking action is inspired..."
For this reason alone, I recommended Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise.

Friday zZounds Showcase

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In this edition of Friday zZounds Showcase, I will showcase a limited edition Epiphone electric guitar with an iconic name behind the instrument.

Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Firebird Electric Guitar
Transparent Black
$649 OR 12 Payments 54.08

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--EPIEDSL


The background behind this Limited Edition Slash Firebird is exceptionally detailed and best noted by professionals.  As a novice, however, owning a limited edition guitar designed by Slash is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
And so if you are curious about the Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Firebird Electric Guitar, explore the link above.  If you are seriously interested in this once in a lifetime opportunity - such as adding to a collection, playing in the studio, or perhaps at a gig or on stage - follow the link above for more information and a payment plan.

Set List Reader's Choice

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In this edition of Set List Reader's Choice, your favorite post is - 

Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

I will let the post link above stand on its own.

With that said, I was curious to know what brand of drums Phil Collins prefers because although he took over as lead singer of Genesis after Peter Gabriel's departure, he is best known behind a drum kit.  

In this post, Phil Collins' favorite brand is Gretsch.  

An example Gretsch drum kit is -

Gretsch CMI1-E825 Catalina Maple Drum Shell Kit, 5-Piece
Deep Cherry Burst
$769.95 OR 12 Payments $64.16

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GRECM1E825


According to zZounds, this Gretsch Catalina drum shell kit is ideal for both studio use and on stage use.  The dimensions define why this kit is so popular and desired by drummers - 22 inch bass drum, 10 inch and 12 inch rack toms, 16 inch floor tom, 14 inch snare configuration.  
Importa…

Play that *f*

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In reference to John Taylor of Duran Duran, welcome to the launch edition of zZounds Bass Guitar!  As with zZounds Drums (On the drums...), this series will feature a variety of the deep bass guitar sound and contributing beat.

With that said, play this bass guitar -

Ibanez SR505E Electric Bass, 5-String, Left Handed
$749.99 OR 12 Payments $62.50

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--IBASR505EL



The description of the Ibanez SR505E Electric Bass is detailed and complicated to follow as a novice first learning how to play.  Therefore, I recommend this guitar to professionals and perhaps semi-professionals who have seasoned experience in jam sessions, recording sessions, and on stage performances.    
Nonetheless, if you are curious about the Ibanez brand and this unique lefty bass, explore the link above.  If you are seriously interested in the Ibanez SR505E Electric Bass, 5-String, Left Hande…

Sting - Solo Debut

(Wikipedia)
The Police gained profound recognition, critical and commercial success, and honors from their debut album, Outlandos d'Amour (1978), to their final album as a band, Synchronicity (1983).

Consider The Police honors -
3 Brit Awards
6 Grammy Awards
1 Juno Award
1 People's Choice Award
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2003)
No. 70 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
No. 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
One of the world's best-selling artists of all time 
(over 75 million records sold)

Consider Outlandos  d'Amour
No. 6 on UK Albums Chart

Consider Synchronicity -
No. 1 in the UK and in the U.S.
Over 8 million copies sold in the U.S. alone

(Wikipedia)

When The Police disbanded in 1986, where did the members go?  Sting, of course, went solo.  As a solo artist, Sting had to start somewhere.

Solo debut - The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
Samples hit singles - 
"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Fortress Around You…

Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

"Another Day in Paradise"
Background -
- First single from Phil Collins' 1989 album, ...But Seriously - Subject matter dealt with homelessness ... Major departure from pop rock and dance rock genres of previous album, No Jacket Required (1985)
Success - - Seventh and final No. 1 single onBillboard Hot 100 in the 1980s and first No. 1 in the 1990s - One of Collins' most successful songs of his solo career - Grammy Award for Record of the Year - Grammy nomination for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance Male, and Best Music Video Short Form - Brit Award for British Single
Ironic note - "...the song also generated some controversy over its subject matter and has received a largely negative reaction from music critics..." (Wikipedia)
"...criticism from the English rock press at the time of its release, who found him unqualified to sing about the poor due to his wealth...." (Wikipedia)
Phil Collins response - "When I drive down the street, I see the sa…

Versus Tuesday

Astronaut2005 Drummer v. Original Performance

In this edition of Versus Tuesday, I am featuring "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins and the drum cover take by Astronaut2005 Drummer.



In Honor - Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton
Background - Influenced by the Blues genre, Eric Clapton taught himself how to play the guitar (at the time, a Hoyer guitar) and blues music chords.  By the age of sixteen, Clapton's guitar skills were advanced to the point that he played gigs around Surrey with fellow blues artist, David Brock.  When he was seventeen, he joined the English R&B band, The Roosters, until August 1963.
In October 1963, Clapton joined the Yardbirds, a blues-influenced rock and roll band but departed in March 1965.  During his time with the band, however, they played at the Royal Albert Hall in London (Clapton's first appearance).  The success of the band's first major hit, "For Your Love," caused disagreement.  The Yardbirds wanted to go pop-oriented and Clapton wanted to stay in the blues genre.  (He was considered the most accomplished member by the time of his departure.)
In July 1966, Clapton joined Cream, where he developed into a singer and songwriter.  The band…