Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Sevendust Vs. Ethan Meixsell

Ethan Meixsell is practically “Mister Metal” in the YouTube Audio Library.  🙂  The fun with listening to his contributions to the YTAL is trying to figure out what might have inspired the various tracks.  Some of them remind me of Metallica, others remind me of Van Halen, and then there’s Taking A Beating which reminds me of what shredding guitars around the start of this millennium meant…

…at least it reminds me of a song with real singing though, and not that ridiculous Y2K rap metal fad…  😀


Vibe Tracks – The Calvin Harris/Zedd Of The YouTube Audio Library

Dance music has been something I’ve had a love/hate relationship with for a long time.  I listen to a little of everything music-wise, but sometimes dance music can’t make up its mind as to whether it’s real songs or just some nerd blooping around with a synthesizer.  😛  Any “5 word song” would be a good example, and by that I mean someone sings a single line of lyrics then bleep bleep bleep bloop bloop bloop for twice as long afterwards.  😀

I’ve mostly known Calvin Harris and Zedd as crossing the line from bleep bleep bleep bloop bloop bloop to land on some pop stations, so it’s only fitting that some artist eventually come to the YouTube Audio Library as YTAL’s music selection has expanded and matured.  That artist is Vibe Tracks.  🙂

I initially first encountered Vibe Tracks in 2015 via their Beat Your Competition track, which reminded me of Calvin Harris’ Thinking About You.

If bleeps, bloops, dubstep, and robot sounds are more your thing, there’s Take You.

Not to be confused with Take You Home Tonight, which sounds like it’s begging for some romantic lyrics…  😀

“Girl… I love you…  it’s true…  wanna take you home tonight…”  😀  Maybe those are really the lyrics but they were never put into the track?  LOL.  Anyhoo.

Foundation is a more mellow four-on-the-floor track that goes well in the background of many YouTube videos at some low percent to not overpower the video.

Universal always reminded me of a Katy Perry song for some reason…  😀

… while Nice To You reminded me of 90s songs like TLC’s No Scrubs, probably due to the drum machine, a staple of 90s pop when hip hop affected some of the mainstream…  😀

The crossover into R&B though is massive in tracks like Heart Break, as is some bass.  😀

With more recent WWMJs though, Vibe Tracks songs have shown up with stuff like I Love You, which reminds me of some more recent Top 40 stuff with drum machines…

Most recently though we have tracks related to The Incredible i7 Dellasaurus, like You Like It, the opener from that episode, and my answer to Green Ham going gangsta with the opener to The Incredible i5 Dell.

Likewise with Zoom at the very beginning of the video, though the instrument set is a lot more basic techno that I’ve heard before… 😀

At the end was Alternate, my answer to Green Ham’s Wii Sports track at the end of his video, except without people joking in the comments about “huh huh Wii Sports music.”  Does remind me a bit of Cazzette though.  😀

My favorite thusfar though is Sugar, a strong contender for a main theme if I want to even continue having main themes from here on out.  This sort of stuff is why I don’t have a problem with blippy bleepy electronic music.  😀

In a sense one could say Vibe Tracks is like Silent Partner in terms of how I keep returning to their stuff on the YTAL for background music, and folks like it too, as evidenced by all those times I hear, “DUDE!!!  WHAT SONG IS THAT!!!” in the comments.  Maybe some of those folks’ll stop by the blog to get their answer…  🙂

Regarding YTAL And Silent Partner Being Awesome :-)

It usually appalls me when folks troll me in the comments with “What is this song in your video?!!  You never post what the songs are!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!”  😛

Spoiler Alert – They’re usually all from the YouTube Audio Library these days, usually the Attribution Not Required section, and anybody with a YouTube account (READ:  The folks bellyaching in the comments) can go rock out at the YTAL any time they want.  🙂

That still doesn’t mean I don’t post some awesome tracks from there on here from time to time, attribution required or not.  When YTAL first started I thought it was just going to be tacky tracks from cover bands or something and that it would NEVER replace commercial stock tracks like Smartsound or other royalty free libraries.

As the old Lex Luthor meme from the 2000s would say…

WRONG!!!  😛 

Between the awesomeness of what YouTube has these days and the issues I’ve previously had with Content ID trolls double-dipping stock tracks, I can’t imagine myself using any other music source ever again.

Here’s some zinger tracks from Silent Partner, whose YTAL catalog I perused recently after suddenly noticing that Silent Partner authored many of my favorite tracks of all time.  🙂

First, Awakening, a cool track that reminds me of a cross between U2, Baba O’Riley by The Who, and with enough guitars that sound like bleeps and bloops to make it the perfect main theme for WWMJ and my channel’s 10-year celebration.

Coming in second is Blue Skies, a very similar track that works really well as establishing shot music after the intro sequence, and a rare opportunity for YTAL to have something resembling a stock music package not unlike what news broadcasts use where there’s a variety of tracks with similar chord progressions to tie them all together.  This is the stuff I usually see from stuff like Gari Media Group for broadcasters.  (You’ve probably heard the Eyewitness News themes or Enforcer themes on at least one TV station in your area, and the Eyewitness News theme started with WFSB in Connecticut I think.  🙂 )  Have a listen and tell me if this doesn’t remind you of the music that plays right after a TV show starts that’s similar to the title music that just got done playing…  🙂

The Country section also has a more mellow version of that chord progression called Secrets Secrets.  I recently found this one and use it as closer music at the end or for something more mellow.  🙂

Yeah.  I’m going to miss this stuff when the 10 year celebration is over.  😛  Next up is Bright Future, listed as “Pop” which I’m sure could count as pop fluff of some sort, but some of the guitarwork is rather interesting, though this does remind me of 90s top 40.

Want to go back even further?  Try Hollywood High, a totally 80s track that definitely earns its place among New Wave or other such fluffy 80s big hair stuff from 30 years ago.  I remember those exercise shows at 6:00 a.m. back then that would usually have stuff like this going with some ladies with big blonde hair in loud clothing helping Moms get in shape after the kids got on the bus.  😛

Of course we already know that Silent Partner has 70s-ish stuff too.  🙂

Or better yet, how about DC Love Go Go that would leave people scrambling to find which ZZ Top song this was based on…  😀

Get There is the Silent Partner answer to Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger apparently.  🙂

Cloud Patterns has some nice pop punk to it, minus some guy whining about a bad girlfriend in the heydays of the “Number Bands.”   😛

Moving Over is somewhere between Grunge and Seether, depending on how 90s you want to be.  Where’s my flannel?  😛

Lastly, let’s close with Rooftops, a strong candidate for WWMJ in 2017.  We’ll see how many blog folks are like, “AH HA!!!” next year if I go with this theme, but let’s see just what happens during the rest of 2016…  😀

So yeah.  It’s not what kind of music does Silent Partner put on the YTAL, but what WON’T they put on the YTAL?  Darn this is up there with Ethan Meixsell’s metal tracks.  😀

Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Silent Partner Channels The 70s

Silent Partner has really been on a roll on the YouTube Audio Library lately.  My main theme for 2016 is a Silent Partner song, and perusing Silent Partner’s catalog on the YTAL is like a veritable who’s who of YouTube tracks I’ve liked in recent years.  🙂

How interesting then that Silent Partner would closely brush against Steely Dan’s Peg song…  😀

I don’t really hear much in terms of soundalike tracks on the YTAL.  Maybe that could change someday.  I used to have a lot of fun with soundalike royalty free stock tracks in my earlier years on YouTube.  😀

Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Bach Vs. Not Bach

My involvement with various Lutheran groups over the past several years has had the side effect of introducing me to some baroque music and a slew of “I’ll Be Bach” jokes.  😀  Now as a “YUGE” fan of the YouTube Audio Library, I’m happy to see there’s some soundalike tracks winding up on the YTAL these days…  🙂


Not Bach:

That would be “Baroque Coffee House” by Doug Maxwell and Media Right Productions.  A nice fluffy classical track in the no attribution required section of the YTAL, but I still like giving those tracks shout-outs when they’re really awesome like this.  🙂

Side note:  Kudos to Windows 98 for introducing me to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto by having that piece as a MIDI file in Win98 back in the day lol, so this tech to baroque classical music happens to come full circle.  😀

The YouTube Audio Library Now Has Its Own Category :-)

The YouTube Audio Library has created a feedback loop for my YouTube endeavors lately.  I’ve been liking the tracks more and more, and I’ve been getting more and more compliments about the background music from the YTAL that I’ve been using in my various videos these days, or at least people wondering where the music is from even though I mention YTAL in multiple places.  🙂

Because of this, YTAL now has its own category on here, which is a good thing considering I’m looking at potentially consolidating the categories on here as part of a larger blog cleanup to tidy things up around here.  🙂