Archive | April, 2009


30 Apr

So the Greeks have finally figured out that they had gone the wrong way and are now on track to find Helen and Paris in Troy. The first time, they ran out with all guns blazing. Okay, not guns. That’s the wrong time period. But they did come charging and attacked the wrong place. This time, they decided to play it cool and sent Odysseus and Menelaus to talk it over with Priam, who was the king of Troy. Odysseus asked for Helen’s return as well as the return of the treasures that Paris stole. Priam declined and that was the side that war was imminent. Round Two…Fight!

Song 888- “Talk It Over” by Grayson Hugh

Growing up, on Public TV, there was a TV show where they showed music videos with karaoke styled lyric displays. Grayson Hugh was a fixture on the show, so hearing this song brings back so many memories of school days where I was absent. 🙂



29 Apr

The Trojan War section of my history theme continues. Last time, the war had gone to the wrong place. After getting into an unnecessary fight, the Greeks went back home. They had no idea where to find Helen because they really didn’t know where Troy was. In a strange bit of luck, the king of the city that they had just ran wild through was hurt and needed help from the man who injured him to get well. So he finds the man who did the deed, Achilles and trades him info for assistance and that’s how the war got on track. Yes, this here is definitely fiction and it’s really hokey, but it’s part of a story that has lasted the test of time. What do I dedicate to this silly bit of the story?

Song 887- “Right on Track” by Breakfast Club

Why wasn’t this on VH-1’s Top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80’s? Can anyone explain that to me?


28 Apr

The waters were not longer still and the Trojan War was now under way. But there was one teensy little problem. That problem is that they didn’t know where to start looking for Helen. They thought she had been taken by the Teuthranians. The result was a battle full of bloodshed. The Greeks won but not without some losses. Not the best start to a war. I think I have the perfect song for that.

Song 886- “Wrong” by Depeche Mode

How amazing is this music video? In a time where music videos have not gotten the same love as they used to, it’s refreshing to see something this original.


26 Apr

Taking a personal day to do stuff with the family and because of the wonder that is the Nur Ein. What is the Nur Ein? Go check it out at

Here’s my taking a personal day song of the day. Hmmm, how about some hair metal:

Song 885- “Don’t Know What Ya Got Til It’s Gone” by Cinderella

Big Cinderella fan here. I love that band with the scratchiest voiced singer on the planet.


25 Apr

It’s time for the Trojan War to begin. But the Greek Fleet couldn’t get going. The seas were calm. The reason was that Agamemnon, the captain of fleet, pissed off the Goddess Artemis. He killed one of her sacred stags and cursed him. Now, he was already cursed by being related to Pelops who was under a curse, so he was double screwed. The ships couldn’t set sail until he righted his wrong and so he turned to his daughter Iphigenia. He sacrificed her to Artemis and the ships were able to set sail. In a few days, I’ll talk about the fierce repercussions that came from that act. Remember, he was double cursed. He cleared up one issue…he didn’t clear up the other and that one is going to come back and bite him hard on the ass.

Song 884- “My Curse” by Killswitch Engage


24 Apr

Last night on the Trojan War… Aphrodite gave Paris the promise of the prettiest girl in the world. Too bad that the girl was Helen, the wife of Menelaus, the king of Sparta.

Of course, that would be a big problem. Paris decided that since the goddess told him he could have her, he decided that he would go take her. Oracles warned him not too, but that didn’t stop him. He went to Sparta and played it cool and then when Menelaus was otherwise occupied, kidnapped Helen and subsequently married her. That’s when the problems really began. Helen was quite the special woman and she had a lot of men who would do anything for her- not just her husband. And thus, we had the beginnings of a war.

There’s only one song suitable for such a moment, an R&B classic:

Song 883- “Backstabbers” by the O’Jays


23 Apr

This is bound to be my most disputed section of the 10kdays look at history as I’m going to take a few days to look at the Trojan War. The biggest problem with the Trojan War is the question- is the Trojan War actually history. There is a lot of fiction on the war and definitely a lot of it is mystical hoo-ha. But it has some back in history. There are characters there that have a basis in history but there is certainly some hyperbole. But I feel that its worth a mention, so here’s the first part of my look at the Trojan war.

The story of the Trojan War all starts off with a wedding. It all started when Eris, the goddess of Discord, wasn’t invited to Peleus’ wedding. She got revenge but throwing one of her golden apples into the wedding, which started a fight between the women of the wedding party over the apple. Zeus made Paris decide who gets it. He took various bribe offers and Aphrodite took him he could have the most beautiful girl in the world. He took the bribe and she got the apple. But when Paris demanded to have the wife of king of Sparta, all hell broke loose.

Song 882- “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Courtney Love

Some important notes:
– There is no video for this song. The video posted above is someone’s slideshow. Pay it no attention.
– This song is not by Courtney Love. At least, not the one you are probably thinking of. This is not by the singer from Hole. This is by the band Courtney Love, who despite being from Seattle, has nothing to do with Courtney Love except in name.