Easter! Rock? Yes!
Can you believe that it's Easter already? We survived the winter! I went looking for some Easter songs to jam through the weekend, but it's not like rock bands are writing a lot of Easter tunes. We're going to have to s-t-r-e-t-c-h things a bit, but you're jiggy with that, right? I know you are - I can feel the vibes through the keyboard.
Let's start with the Jefferson Airplane. Huh? They aren't Christian rock, right? Nope, but they did do a great song called White Rabbit and that works for me. Here you go, rockers:
As regular readers know, the first live concert that I saw was Loggins and Messina. Number two was a week later: the Doobie Brothers. How does a band named after a spliff end up writing a song called Jesus Is Just All Right? Don't answer that. Anyway, it was a hit for the band, and here it is in all its glory. By the way, it was way cooler with tons of dry ice "smoke" swirling around their feet.
No spiritual rock set list would be complete without a track called Spirit in the Sky. Norman Greenbaum, as Christian a name as you will ever find, did this terrific song. Fuzzed out guitar! Hand claps! Trippy vibe! I've danced to it and I hope you will, too.
I love Chicago. I love New Orleans. Apparently, Jesus does, too, at least according to ZZ Top. Jesus Just Left Chicago has a great blues beat. And the lyrics are funny - turning Muddy Waters to wine in Mississippi, hahaha. Love it.
I almost forgot my Jewish friends. I really couldn't find a good Passover rock songs, but I did find this parody of Uptown Funk that is pretty clever and funky. I was raised Catholic so I don't get all of the cultural references, but I do get the Man, oh Manishevitz wine joke.
I'm not a very good Christian. Nor am I very good at any other religion for that matter. In fact, the most appropriate Easter song for BRP is probably the anti-redemption anthem by AC/DC: Highway to Hell. I love this live version - look at that audience! If you've never seen these guys, I'm so sorry for you, but if you have, you know the lit up devil horns thing. If AC/DC is not the perfect rock band, I don't know who is.
Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Road to Hell!
4/30/2019 07:49:47 pm
Billy Rocks - you know a ton about rock and roll but you don’t know jack about Passover. The spirit of Passover is the spirit of rock and roll. Defiance. Escape. Freedom. Got it? So how about these: “I won’t back down” by Tom Petty. “Exodus” by Bob Marley. “Freedom” by the Isley Brothers. It’s easy. Your turn.
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My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.