BACKSEAT BALLADS

"The best places are in your backyard or backseat"
My fellow HSM/Music and Lyrics/human nature fanboy TK (at Upper Coliban Reservoir)

My fellow HSM/Music and Lyrics/human nature fanboy TK (at Upper Coliban Reservoir)

Chillin’

Chillin’

All round amazing guy (with a shitload of gadgets) @jpatrolla (at Firth Park (wombat State Park))

All round amazing guy (with a shitload of gadgets) @jpatrolla (at Firth Park (wombat State Park))

at Upper Coliban Reservoir

at Upper Coliban Reservoir

First time going fishing during the day and I must say, it’s quite relaxing.

First time going fishing during the day and I must say, it’s quite relaxing.

Good times. (at Firth Park - Wombat State Forest)

Good times. (at Firth Park - Wombat State Forest)

@jpatrolla and his amazing insta-tent. (at Firth Park - Wombat State Forest)

@jpatrolla and his amazing insta-tent. (at Firth Park - Wombat State Forest)

Glad to find a camping spot close to home.

Glad to find a camping spot close to home.

Jabbawockeez - Michael Jackson’s PYT (America’s Best Dance Crew)

Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. [Pretty Young Thing] (99 plays)

Michael Jackson | P.Y.T. [Pretty Young Thing]

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

You gotta love websites like Who Sampled. There’s been so many times you listen to a song and wonder ‘wait a minute, I’ve heard this before’ only to discover later on that it was sampled from another song. Sometimes it can be something relatively recent or it can travel back to tunes from the 1930’s. 

Kanye West’s third album Graduation was one of my favourites in 2007 and his track ‘Good Life’ would definitely have been in my top 20 list of that year. It was only a year later during the ABCD (America’s Best Dance Crew) phase when Jabbawockeez did a dance routine to this MJ classic and I realised Yeezy actually sampled this tune.

It’s always puzzled me how this song can be so overlooked in his entire catalog when arguably it may be one of his best songs off that album. Then again, that album was pretty perfect to begin with.

Donut Cravings

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My cravings for particular desserts can be pretty intense at times. I might be kicking back minding my own business when out of nowhere thoughts of things like scones or cake will enter my subconscious and it’s game over from there. For a long time donuts were my main crux: if you’ve ever been to Olympic Donuts in Footscray will understand just how freaken good they are. 

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Jesse McCartney – Back Together (51 plays)

Jesse McCartney | Back Together

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

It must have been around midway last year when I really started to listen to our boy; JMAC. Now besides Beautiful Soul, I never took notice of his other songs over the years and it was only during our Whatevs Wherevs sessions that Mike introduced me to tracks such as Just So You Know.

Now he’s coming out with a new album and I must admit - I’m kind of excited. We had this debate on whether this or Treasure was the better song and I still believe the latter is much more catchier. Still I remember discovering this song last year and immediately notifying Mike about it. And we knew right there and then:

JMAC IS BACK.

Prince – When Doves Cry (97 plays)

Prince | When Doves Cry

Raye’s Outdoors Mix

And to go back to that night when I was cruising around with Raye in 2012, we had just discovered what seemed to be a godsend at the time: Smooth FM. Or should I say 'SMOOOOTH 91.5'.

At the time most of us got our fix from Love Song Dedications which, sad to say, doesn’t exist anymore. A part of me dies everytime I think about it. We had dropped Peter off home and decided to go cruising around Keilor, singing along to all these great tunes. We reached the main road and just as she was about to take the right turn towards my house, this immediately came on. We looked at each other and knew right there and then:

It isn’t over, this adventure must continue! 

Half an hour later I finally got home.

~

Other songs from that night:

Merril Bainbridge | Mouth

1927 | If I Could