Songlines Across New Zealand
  It All Started With A Big Bang....

First up when coming up with title for this article I wanted to throw those who knew me off those who know me well would agree i have a somewhat squeaky clean  image and a respectful person so when coming up with titles Ihad 5 in line to make those sit up and take notice those titles were Time out with Barenaked Ladies, I’ve Been Exposed To Barenaked Ladies,I Love Barenaked Ladies,My Experience With Barenaked Ladies but it ended up coming back to the Big Bang Theme as that is where it all started for me.

For the past 11 years there has been one song that has been a weekly staple for me it is the 30 second version version of The Big Bang (I do have the full version available in my playlist as well which I do go to from time to time to get a feel good moment from)

This last fortnight (this musical explorations started on the 26th of Feb 2018 so it has been more than a fortnight since I started. It's now been 5 weeks ending April 1st )I decided to explore the 30 years of rich musical history the band has on offer a great analogy of this exploration would be getting an assorted box of chocolates (or confectionary) and not knowing any of the flavors at all and then picking the first one and loving it and then gorging it to the point of feeling sick of the flavor but still going back to it a couple of times a day and that's what these guys songs are like really great no matter how many times you listen

Songs that I have so far thrashed in my early stages of discovery are 
One Week

Falling For The First Time

The Old Apartment

If I had$1,000,000

It will surely take a while to go through their rich musical history but from the sounds of it it will be a great musical experience/journey (it is now 4 weeks into the journey I have added to my BNL cd library 8 albums 2 best ofs 3 singles and a myriad of digital only tracks all totaling so far 178 tracks to date as of 24th march 2018)

Eleven years ago a tv show began and opening for it was this catchy theme song 11 years later I am now finally touching upon their lush back catalogue and as of this point it has gone from knowing just one song to knowing a small chunk of back catalogue i could get my hands on to having those songs stuck in my head on repeat the songs certainly have personality and energy.

If you watch Big Bang Theory then you will have had a dose of these guys catchy lyrics you just can't get out of your head songs that will have you dancing in your seat and stay stuck in your head (not only did they do the theme song but in the 6th episode of season 2 Be My Yoko Ono played for a montage).
Another note in regards to the Barenaked Ladies getting referenced or heard in tv series their song shoebox it was one of many songs in the Friends episode the one with two parties, falling for the first time appeared on the Malcolm in the middle soundtrack and the band them self were even mentioned in an episode of community the band even appeared in the first episode of season three of the series Charmed.

Cramming 30 years of back catalogue of infectious lyrics over a couple of weeks exploring the lyrics in the songs

A brief history of the band

It formed as a duo of Ed Robertson and Steven Page in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada the live shows have great Comradery (check out the youtube video for Barenaked Ladies - "If I Had $1,000,000" (2/6) 2007) speaking of live session one of the great tests of Ed and Steves mettle were the bathroom sessions where the guys performed with nothing but their vocals and acoustic guitar in Eds bathroom

One thing that in my opinion is you know you have made it when weird al parodies your work (in the BNL case weird al parodied one week into Jerry Springer) another moment you know you have made it is when you write a song about a big named musican and they inturn perform it themselves (case in point Brian Wilson performed Brian wilson live)

Testing 1 2 3 relatable lyrics "If I acted less like me, would I be in the clear

Another postcard whimsical lyrics Another monkey in the mail could make me lose my mind

Lyrical masters and with lyrics such as these whats not to love (catchy lyrics to pinpoint from One week )Chickity China the Chinese chicken You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'

and falling for the first time

Anyone perfect must be lying

Anything easy has it's cost

Anyone plain can be lovely

Anyone loved can be lost)

Yeah, sure there may be some variants
Like colour of skin or the way we dance
At end of the day we're no different
And we gotta break down the invisible fence

Songs you just can't get out of your head
Like a dream you try to remember but it's gone

(Pinch me) Then you try to scream but it only comes out as a yawn

Lyrics that also catch you unaware like in the same track Pinch Me
"I could hide out under there" (You the listener: Under where?) I just made you say underwear

 And I could be good, and I would
If I knew I was understood

One set of lyrics that are a must to be mentioned and to finish this article full circle from a song that inspired this article and that could probably be the most scientifically accurate song to date ((and yes I feel the full song must be shared)

Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait

The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool

Neanderthals developed tools

We built a wall (we built the pyramids)

Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries

That all started with the big bang! Bang!

Since the dawn of man is really not that long

As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this

song A fraction of a second and the elements were made

The bipeds stood up straight, the dinosaurs all met their fate

They tried to leap but they were late

And they all died (they froze their asses off)

The oceans and Pangea, see ya wouldn't wanna be ya

Set in motion by the same big bang! It all started with the big bang!

It's expanding ever outward but one day

It will cause the stars to go the other way

Collapsing ever inward, we won't be here, it won't be heard

Our best and brightest figure that it'll make an even bigger bang!

Australopithecus would really have been sick of us

Debating how we're here, they're catching deer (we're catching viruses)

Religion or astronomy (Descartes to Deuteronomy)

It all started with the big bang! Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology

It all started with the big bang! It all started with the big bang!

Songs are relateable each album has its own musical persona where the songs can do the talking while you listen they have the pop hammer of thor, Pop culture references woven in. overwhelming/breath taking lyrics and melodies

I've listened more than enough, and can't get enough . I've sung it my head, just before bed... Enough said... Testing 123..I've gone DE-LIR-iOS-ly crazy from their melodies

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