Author Archives: Thaddeus

Thank You, Jimmy

Skillz and I attended a Thanksgiving dinner party last night at the family home of her dear friend A. His parents kindly extended the invitation to include me even though we were not formerly acquainted. The food was stellar, the wine was free-flowing, and the conversation was engaging and inclusive. All in all, I had a wonderful time.

It turned out to be a rather late evening though and by the time we returned back to Mental Skillness HQ, neither Skillz nor I were quite in the state of mind to post anything. The last I saw her, she had passed out on the living room settee with a bag of Oreos cradled in her arms.

So we are a bit late in posting the instalment for October 7, but hope you will enjoy this most excellent version of Stairway to Heaven, which was performed live for a BBC recordings session. On this Day of Thanks, I personally am grateful for Jimmy Page’s guitar solo here, which fills me with feelings of wonder, awe and joy.

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Hit Me Down Sonny

You know how every once in a while a song comes along that makes you want to just run down the street and jump around and stuff?

With A Girl Like You

Many Times I’ve Wondered How Much There is to Know

Skillzy and I have had our share of conversations about Led Zeppelin, and one of the things we agree on is that most of their songs, no matter the subject matter of the lyrics, seem to be at heart (or, ahem, perhaps other bodily parts) about the protagonist’s desire to get some action.

Even though this tune opens with the line “Hey lady, you got the love I need”, it is probably one of the few Zeppelin songs that doesn’t strike me as being about sex.

No, for whatever reason, I’ve always thought of it as more of a discourse on the nature of existence and mankind’s metaphysical journey along the road of life.

Either way, please enjoy this excellent tune.

No Fun = Awesome Fun

Happy Monday everyone. Skillz has a crazy work schedule right now so I will be taking over a few posts. That means you will be hearing lots of good music this week!

Here’s my favorite Stooges tune. The title of this song is definitely a misnomer as it’s pretty bloody fun to listen to. Not to mention the spectacle of Iggy’s onstage antics, which are always a good trip.

p.s. The best comment on this clip? “Iggy looks weird performing in a shirt”.
I couldn’t agree more. Seeing him with a shirt on actually freaks me out.

I Let the Melody Shine, Let It Cleanse My Mind, I Feel Free Now

Greetings to you on this fine Monday.

You may have noticed that whenever Skillz asks me to do a guest post, I end up sharing a song with you. That’s because I really don’t have a lot to say about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness that can’t be summed up better with music.

On that note (ha! See what I did there? ;) please enjoy a classic tune from the Verve:

Sick City Sometimes

MSkillz has to work late tonight and asked me to post, so I’ll keep it simple with a song. I’ve always liked this one from the Buzzcocks eponymous 2003 album, and it’s been stuck in my head lately.

p.s. Is anyone else enjoying Steve Diggle’s obvious penchant for polka-dotted shirts as much as I am?