This is the week

Here we are – “Rocket Science” week. The time RS fans have been waiting for since last January when there was a shot of him and the band in the studio announcing that they were working on it. 12219633_10153459169577326_6020387591552106660_n

Some lucky fans have already gotten copies of the CD, some from Japan, where there was an earlier release date, and some as a reward for coming out in single-digit temperatures for CD signings at music stores. So far I’ve only heard five of the songs, but the weather is sunny in the low 80s here so maybe it all equals out?

Even though some fans are luckier with regard to RS – CD signings, intimate concerts in music stores followed by a CD signing, full-band shows (two nights in a row in Nashville), sound checks, meet-and-greets, a Stripped Down Valentine’s Day show – it is OK, because they are so darn generous, sharing their photos and videos so you almost feel like you were there. Although my weekend was dominated by laundry and a four-hour Valentine’s Day visit to the ER with my 9-year-old (he is OK, thank G-d), I still feel like I had some RS fun, too. “Wasted” and “Speak to the Sky” at Grimey’s, the live debut of “That One” on Friday night and the live debut of “Miss Mayhem” on Saturday night. Also a  fun Stripped Down Q&A tonight with an impromptu acoustic performance of “Light This Party Up” and oh yeah, the live stream of the full Friday night concert on Yahoo Music.

Last year I went to three full-band shows (and one Stripped Down show) so between those and watching lots of other RS clips from shows this past year, it’s kind of funny that “Light This Party Up” and “Down” are already so familiar that they don’t even seem like new songs anymore although the CD isn’t out yet. Of course the CD versions with the country influence may have a different sound, but I’m already getting used to those, too. And although I’ve always expressed a dislike for country music, maybe I am a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, because I really like them. (Yes, I used to watch “The Donny and Marie Show,” if you caught that reference.)

RS is looking happy and healthy and hopefully his busy schedule and cold weather doesn’t get him sick again like last year, when he was chugging cold syrup on the stage each night while performing one great show after another. But next weekend he’ll be in sunny southern California where he’ll be doing one CD signing in Long Beach about five minutes from where I used to work in college and another in Los Angeles about 10 minutes from where I used to live in my 20s. For some reason the song “Born Out of Time” plays in my head whenever I think about this, even though it’s a different context and it doesn’t directly apply.

There were several videos of this weekend’s performances, but the ones on Periscope may disappear soon unless the Periscopers end up saving on YouTube. Here’s a sample:

 

Lyrics to ‘Light This Party Up’

Somebody anonymously sent me the lyrics to “Light This Party Up” so I thought I’d post them here in case anybody else wanted to see them. (Thank you to whoever sent them.)

So here are the lyrics to the first song released off Rick Springfield’s new album “Rocket Science.” (Available in a few different versions on Feb. 19, 2016). The lyrics seem very accurate, right down to the “Mmmmm yeah,” although it’s difficult to discern if that’s the exact number of ms.

Sometimes my life feels like one long fall from grace
I chased my dreams, I was getting weary from the chase
I’ve held an angels hand
And I’ve felt the devils bite
Yeah
Now I take my regrets and burn them down
The future’s looking bright
let’s light it up

We light this party up
You better buckle up
We’ll light this party up

Give you a kiss for luck
Love is the deepest cut
We’ll light this party up

I give you love cause it’s all I got left to give
No time for tears we just got this one life to live
I tell the truth it’s time to cowboy up
Mmmmm yeah

No one gets a free ride life is a mystery
Drink from a lovin’ cup
And light it up

We light this party up
You raise your party cup
We’ll light this party up

Give you a kiss for luck
You better buckle up
We’ll light this party up

Come on now
Ain’t no doubt
Shout it out
Don’t keep your pretty mouth shut
Light it up

We’ll light this party up
Love is the deepest cut
Oooo yeah!

We’ll light this party up
Love is the deepest cut
We light this party up

Give you a kiss for luck
Love is the deepest cut
We’ll light this party up

We light this party up
You raise your party cup
We’ll light this party up

Give you a kiss for luck
You better buckle up
We’ll light this party up.

And here’s the song:

More ‘Rocket Science’ details: Miss Mayhem

This just in from MelodicRock.com:

“Rick Springfield announces full ‘Rocket Science’ details.”

So here’s  a recap of what we know so far:

  1. The actual recording of “Light This Party Up”
  2. The live version of “Down” plus bits of the recorded version after the lights go on after a concert. (Written in the middle of an ice storm on a stranded tour bus’with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, according to the article.)
  3. Miss Mayhem:  a “blues-infused rocker,” on which he collaborated with indie artist Tad Kubler of the band The Hold Steady.
  4. The previous version of “Let Me In” (described as a “sensitive ballad.” Awww, love those…)
  5. A few lines of lyrics from “We Connect.”
  6. A mention in an interview that “All Hands on Deck” is a patriotic song (“anthemic,” according to this new article).

And good news – some additional tracks will be made available in coming weeks before the Feb. 19 release, according to the article. Yay!

 

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All’s right in the world

Well, the headline isn’t altogether true because there are many horrible things going on in the world right now, but I’m referring to the RS world. He was back in Syracuse last night – on stage, where he should be, and not in a courtroom.

This great article on syracuse.com sums it up:  …Rick Springfield makes good on a promise. And here’s the review of the concert: “Rick Springfield roars at NYS Fair, thanks fans for supporting his butt.”

He’s back on tour, playing two of his new songs along with his hits, and thoughtful fans are posting videos of him singing the new songs at recent shows, so all is good. Whether you’re seeing RS in concert, watching his new movie, listening to his music or not doing anything RS-related at all, have a happy weekend, everyone.

Muse musing

With the new RS album coming out this summer, I wonder how many women there are who are wondering if it will include songs about them – either from actual encounters from long ago or from more recent imagined or misinterpreted interactions.

Does Sylvia of long ago know there’s a song about her? Does “Jessie’s Girl” remember RS from her stained glass class and know that she inspired the Grammy-Award-winning song or was that class just a long-forgotten blip in her life that she never mentioned to anyone?  Does the toxic muse who inspired the Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance album know she was the inspiration?

When I first heard the SDAA album, I didn’t enjoy it at all. I had just read RS’s autobiography and listening to the songs just made me feel incredibly sad. Knowing that it represented such a painful time for him and thinking about his wife having to listen to those songs distracted me from enjoying the music.

It wasn’t until months later when I was listening to Rowdy Ron’s Saturday Night Springfield Special that I heard some of the songs again. Over and over again, I thought, “Wow, what a great song! What album is that from?!” and pretty much every time, it turned out to be from SDAA. “Beautiful You,” “Will I?” “Wasted” “I’ll Make You Happy” are among my favorite RS songs now. (By the way, Rowdy Ron is planning another Springfield Special  this weekend, which means several hours of RS music.)

I especially like when I find out that a song was inspired by his wife because that is just so cool that she has brought out such inspiration in him for all these years.

Anyway, just waiting for the new album to come out to hear the new songs. One new song – “Light This Party Up”  was posted on his Facebook page, a short video from a Club Med concert. Another video – him playing part of his new song “Walking In” – was also on Facebook for a few days, but for some reason it disappeared from my news feed. I really liked that one and have found myself singing it often, although I’m not sure if I have all the lyrics right.