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Another Astrology/Birth Chart Project

This time using MUSIC!!1!1!1!!!!…

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So this is my layout for creating playlist for people based on their birth chart information and how to apply it to music. Feel free to use this however you want; this was inspired by something I found online and just tweeked it some so I take no full credit for this at all; this is just for fun!

1. Dominant Planet* for Birth Chart = Overall Theme of Playlist
2. *Planets = Tempo/Feel of Song
    Sun = Upbeat/Fiery
    Moon = Emotional
    Mercury = Lyrical (either Dancey or Calm depending on overall theme)
    Venus = Slow/Relaxing/Romantic
    Mars = Fast beat/Aggressive
    Jupiter = Upbeat/Dogmatic
    Saturn = Structured/Classic
    Uranus = Strange/Futuristic
    Neptune = Psychedelic/Dreamy
    Pluto = Lyrical; Deep/Powerful
3. Signs = Genre (varies based on overall theme and tempo)
    Aries = Rock n’ Roll / Punk Rock / Jazz / Alternative / Rap / Heavy Metal
    Taurus = Rock n’ Roll / Punk Rock / Classical / Gospel / Jazz / Folk / Alternative / Blues / R&B / Country
    Gemini = Pop / Pop Rock / EDM / Jazz / Reggae / Rap / Heavy Metal / Trendy
    Cancer = Pop Rock / Classical / Gospel / Blues / Oldies
    Leo = Rock n’ Roll / Pop / Pop Rock / EDM / Gospel / Folk / Alternative
    Virgo = Classical / Heavy Metal / Indie / Jazz
    Libra = Pop / Reggae / R&B / Classical / Trendy
    Scorpio = Punk Rock / EDM / Gospel / Jazz / Rap / R&B / Blues / Heavy  Metal / Indie
    Sagittarius = Rock n’ Roll / Pop Rock / EDM / Reggae / Folk / Rap / R&B / Heavy Metal / Foreign / New Age
    Capricorn = Classical / Alternative / TImeless Classics
    Aquarius = Rock n’ Roll / Punk Rock / Gospel / Reggae / Folk / Alternative / Techno / Electronic / Progressive
    Pisces = Pop / Pop Rock / EDM / Jazz / Reggae / Blues / New Age / Dance / Movie or TV Soundtrack / Video Game Soundtrack
4. Houses = Lyrics or Subject
    1st House = Self / Appearance / Self-Identity / Personality / Physical Body
    2nd House = Money / Possessions / Values / Self-Esteem
    3rd House = Siblings / Transportation / Intellect / Early Education / Communication
    4th House = Home / Family / Childhood / Roots / Relationship with Parents
    5th House = Children / Creativity / Interests / Hobbies / Drama / Romance / Dating / Sex
    6th House = Health / Food / Work / Daily Life
    7th House = Love / Marriage / Quarrels / Separations / Cooperation / Sharing
    8th House = Death / Sex / Legacy / Occult / Loss / Transformation / Healing
    9th House = Philosophy / Religion / Law / Morals / Travel / Foreign Places / Dreams / Wisdom
   10th House = Status / Reputation / Honor / Career / Achievements / Responsibilities / Sense of Duty
   11th House = Friends / Community / Hopes / Goals / Wishes / Ambition / Social Groups / Humanitarianism / Liberty
   12th House = Hidden Self / Mental Illness / Escapism / Self-Undoing / Secrets / Grief

Anyway, I’m likely going to be working on this sorta thing after the birth chart analysis’ I’m doing. Have fun using this if so inclined.


TTFN

10 Chuck Berry Covers You Should Listen To

Chuck Berry’s influence on rock ‘n’ roll is so vast, that it’s completely possible to make a dozen compilation albums made entirely of covers of Chuck Berry’s music from various artists.

Here’s a list of ten that would stand out…

Beautiful Delilah-The Kinks

 This obscure Berry track opened the Kinks’s debut album in 1964. It’s easy to here Berry’s influence on the Kinks considering that both he and Ray Davies were gifted lyricists.

 The Kinks version of this song is a bit faster, with Dave Davies playing an unusual wah-wah guitar lick, making this song an early sign of what was to come with the psychedelic sounds of Clapton and Hendrix.

Maybellene-The 101er’s

 Right before the beginning of punk, Joe Strummer, who played in this band under his real name (John “Woody” Mellor) was part of this pub rock band that made a name for themselves on the London music scene.

 The 101er’s frequently covered Chuck Berry songs, like “Too Much Monkey Business” or this version of “Maybellene” that was recorded at a gig they played at Wandsworth Prison in March 1976.

 A few months after this was recorded, the 101er’s split up and Strummer was making music with the Clash.

School Days-AC/DC

 To say that Chuck Berry was a pivotal influence on AC/DC would be an understatement. Both Malcolm and Angus Young’s guitar playing is drowning in Berry licks and Angus has been doing Berry’s signature duckwalk at every AC/DC gig since 1975.

 As a tribute to the man that did so much for them, the band released a cover of Berry’s 1957 single, “School Days” on their second studio album, “TNT”, which was released only in their native Australia.

Tulane-Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

 This track from Berry’s later period was recorded by Joan Jett as filler material on her sixth studio album, “Up Your Alley” in 1988.

 The original song had a down-home country blues feel and featured the Woolies Bob Baldori on Harmonica. Jett’s backing band, the Blackhearts, completely strips that sound off like paint thinner on an old door and drags “Tulane” kicking and screaming into the era of New Wave.

Johnny B. Goode-Peter Tosh

 Of all the covers of Berry’s signature song, this one by Bob Marley bandmate, Peter Tosh, is the most unique.

 For one thing, Tosh alters the lyrics by taking “Johnny” out of the woods of Louisiana and dropping him into the hills of Jamaica. Tosh also alters the chords, doing away with song’s traditional 12 bar blues progression, and although guitarist Donald Kinsey pulls a few Berry licks in the guitar solo, Chuck’s signature intro riff at the beginning is noticeably absent.

Come On-Joe Jackson

 On the 2001 reissue of his 1979, “I’m The Man”, Joe Jackson released a live cover of Berry’s little known 1961 single as a bonus track. Jackson had also recorded the song as the B-side of “I’m the Man” when it was released as a single.

Sweet Little Sixteen-The Beatles

 Officially, the Beatles only recorded two Berry covers (”Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music”).

 However, if you listen to Beatles: Anthology and Beatles: Live at the BBC, you’ll find that a significant portion of their early material consists entirely of Chuck Berry covers, as was the case with many bands in the British Invasion.

 The Fab Four’s version of Berry’s 1958 single was recorded live on BBC Radio in 1963. John Lennon would also go on to cover this song on an album of ‘50s rock covers called “Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1975.

Johnny B. Goode-Jimi Hendrix

 When growing up in Seattle in the 1950s, Jimi Hendrix worshipped Chuck Berry and was inspiration for his playing style and far out fashion sense.      

 Hendrix recorded this cover of “Johnny B. Goode” at a live show at the Berkeley community center in Berkeley, California and features  Billy Cox from Hendrix’s band of Gypsy’s on bass and Mitch Mitchell from Hendrix’s previous band, the Experience on drums. “

 Four months after this was recorded, Hendrix died at his flat in London after overdosing on sleeping pills. This would later be posthumously released on the live compilation album, “Hendrix in the West” in 1972 and would become a minor hit in the UK charts.

Back in the USA-MC5

 MC5 guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith were huge Chuck Berry fans, which is probably why they covered this 1959 Berry and single and named their second album after it in 1970.

 For a band that was highly critical of the US government during the counterculture of the 1960s, it’s unusual to hear this Detroit proto-punk group sing what was right with America.

 Then again, it’s probably not that unusual considering that Berry wrote this song as a form of protest after touring Australia in the 1950s and seeing how poorly Australian Aboriginals were treated.

Havana Moon-Carlos Santana

 This calypso inspired track was released by Berry in 1956, but flopped upon release. In a Rolling Stone interview in the 1990s, Berry attributed the song’s failure to chart to the fact that Cuban revolution was happening at the same time and made American’s think of nothing but Castro and communism.

 27 years later, Carlos Santana would record a Tex-Mex cover of this track for release on an album of the same name that also included covers of songs by Bo Diddley, Booker T. & The MG’s and Bobby Parker.