The official Shadow Priest song?

So, running that Kara PUG last weekend, we had more Sidhe Devils than just Cassie and I in there. It went over two days, and during that time we had the awesome healing of Daxie and Doodle, plus the hunter fun of Nighthawke’s alt.

Good times were had by all.

At least, that’s what they told me. 🙂

At one point, early on, I’m doing my usual rotations of damage dealing, opening with some mana DOTting Vampiric Touch goodness, followed by Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Blast, Shadow Word: Death, and Mind Flay until a cooldown is up or a DOT expires.

And for those who aren’t aware, Shadow Word: Death is a very fun, very awesome evil little Shadow Priest defning spell you get in end game. It is an instant cast direct damage spell that is very mana efficient and does some slam-bam good damage.

The catch?

If your Shadow Word: Death does not cause a Killing Blow, YOU take a very large chunk of damage yourself. A hefty chunk.

I love that spell.

So, there I am blasting away, having a good old time of it, and I have noticed a time or two that group 1, the melee and tanks, are taking a hammering… but group 2, the casters… the group I am feeding mana to.. is also damn near always at 100% health. Why? Well, with a Paladin tank and Consecrate up all the time, I MAY have been slipping my Vampiric Embrace in there on the rotation… like, all the time. hey, a DOT is a DOT, and as long as I ain’t pulling aggro, and my Vampiric Touch is always up and giving mana back, well… what’s a little group healing between friends?

But it was making it that much more noticeable that group 2 is, like, always at 100% health… except for that damn Shadow Priest that keeps taking 1000 – 1500 or so damage every so often, over and over.

And I swear Doodle at one point asked me what the heck was going on, that I kept taking damage that he was healing.

And I explained that I was a Shadow Priest… “It’s okay, I’m emo, baby, every so often I have to cut myself to see if I still feel. It’s a Shadow Priest thing.” 

And Dax pipes up by starting to sing ‘Hurt’. And I shushed him, not because his singing was bad, as you know he sings great, but because we were in a mixed PUG group… I didn’t want to freak out the straights that short in the run, damnit!

But I was thinking about it… and I think he’s right.

I hereby wish to nominate Trent Reznor’/Nine Inch Nails’ “hurt”, as sung by Johnny Cash, for Official Shadow Priest Anthem.

And if you don’t agree… what’s your choice?
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Damnit, Trollin is absolutely right… I had somehow completely forgotten about Mana Mana, what ratshag had posted and what i’d seen an awesomed at…

There can be no song above Mana Mana.


A little music for Breana

A little music for Breana, and everyone else that has told me they like the Celtic and Irish music, and wish I still shared a song once in a while…

I present to you Silly Wizard… and no, not the Unicorn Song. Instead, this is teh Queen of Argyll, one of my favorite songs of all time.

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Dax has created the perfect WoW song – The Pugging Kara Blues

Earlier, I shared with you the rendition of Wreath of Fire that Dax from Musings of a Nutjob had done.

It turns out that Dax was just getting started.

The only input I have had on this project is to be a listener, as Dax decided he had an idea for a different Johnny Cash tune.

I love this song. It is beyond belief how much I love this song.

While I am putting it up on streaming player here, later tonight I will find a solid place with good bandwidth to host it for your download leasure.

Because this, ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, is a keeper.

This one I’m going to be listening to, at full blast, in my car.

I hereby present to you, the Pugging Kara Blues, lyrics and performance and everything great solelyby Dax of Musings of a Nutjob.

And let me just say, how proud I am to be in the same guild with this man. Rock on, Dax. I’ll be hunting down that other backing track you wanted. Bet on it.

Direct download is;

And the Streaming is;
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Wreath of Fire from a real Nutjob

You asked for it. You all but begged for it.

No, wait. You DID beg for it.

But it took someone with talent, and a serious mental condition to g out there and DO it.

Dax, the mastermind behind Musings of a Nutjob, has provided me with this, his much more melodious, take on Wreath of Fire.

So now, I present to you Wreath of Fire, performed by Dax, lyrics by B^3.

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Technically not a raid song of the week

It’s been a while since I did a straight up song on here, since as some of you may remember, the service I was using had issues.

On the other hand, I wanted to share this song simply because it really is a song I love a great deal.

It’s not a raid song, just a song to listen to and enjoy. No gaming related stuff, totally offtopic.

The song is “What I Need”, by Collin Raye.

The backstory on this, is that Cassie really enjoys the music of Jim Brickman. He plays what he calls ‘romantic piano’, and has done a lot of music that she loves, and that I’ve grown to enjoy as well.

So every year, when he comes to town, we go see him live. He usually does a Christmas show or a Valentine’s show in the area.

The last time he came, he had a guest vocalist, but instead of Donny Osmond he had Collin Raye, a singer we had never heard of before.

Well, that’s not entirely true. After we got back from the show, I looked him up… and I had certainly heard his music back when I listened to country music more often than I do now.

Yes, I listened to country music a lot back in the day. And before you ask; Garth Brooks, George Straight, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, David Allen Coe, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, Chris LeDeaux. Back to the discussion.

So Cassie liked Collin Raye a lot at Jim Brickmans show, and I got her all his CDs which she really liked. So as a treat last year I got tickets to see him at a solo show at a local casino.

Yeah, yeah I know. If your career is at the ‘playing at casinos’ phase, it’s time to hire a new manager.

Anyway, we went, and he did a pretty amazing show. He did a great job, very vibrant and funny and performed very well. You could tell he really enjoyed being up there performing, it wasn’t just another gig. Of course it helped that it was a small venue, a pretty small setting with that private show vibe.

His songs were familiar from listening to the CDs, but he did this one song he really grabbed me, more than any other. And that’s the song I wanted to share with you today.

Somehow, over the years, it just rings so very true for me, personally. So I hope someone else, who hasn’t heard of him before, may hear it for the first time and enjoy it as much as i do.

Also, as you know… it is my goal to try and offend every one of my readers at least some of the time. I’ve gone with hard rock, speed metal, Irish music and bagpipes before.

Time to go the country route. I might have a fan or two left I ain’t chased away. 🙂
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Raid Song of the Week #15 – Killing Machine

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This is kinda a test… I still can’t get eSnips to take my mp3s… even ones of me breathing heavy, so long as they are in mp3 format. At least, not to a shared folder. You know, a folder where more than just me can hear them.

But, it looks like the song I wanted to upload last week is already up there by someone else… so I get to share it anyway. For now. 🙂

So, this song is Killing Machine… by the L.A. Guns. That’s right, this is part 2 of my ‘BBB does the ’80s’ special edition retro flashback.

Back in the day, I loved the CD this came from, and I still have it. I played it to death while truck driving, and a few cuts are still on my “big butt playlist” (copyright pending). I have long thought that this song was oh, so appropriate to how I feel in kitty mdoe, slashing and clawing my way through Deadmines.

I hope you enjoy the hair-band awesomeness.

Raid Song of the Week #14 – BBB Does the 80’s

I apologize in advance.

Recently, eSnips has changed the way they do things so that the music I own I can no longer share with you, even in a format that you cannot download and save for your own personal use.

I really like only sharing an audio track with you, and letting you add your own visuals with your imagination. But it seems, until I can figure out some other way of streaming mp3 files, that I will have to use Youtube to share a Raid Song instead. Which, frankly, sucks. I look at at a cheesy 80s video, and it’s hard to get past the incredible crappiness of the outfits and sledgehammer crudeness of the visual images and suggestiveness to hear the awesomeness of the music.

For those of you that get this blog to your portable devices, or from behind corporate firewalls that block Youtube, I am very sorry. I will try to figure something out.

I’m in kind of a wierd mood this week, and so I present to you Raid Songs… the 80’s version. If only I could get David Hasslehoff or some other hack to do a 5 second VH1-style soundbite before each one. I guess it’s sad when you’re so low budget you can’t afford a VH1 celeb, huh?

Okay, this first track is for my Resto Druid friends out there, and any other friends of the healer-type persuasion. Concrete Blonde was one of my favorite influences in the 80s. This song, technically, came out in early ’93, but sue me… Concrete Blonde, for me, is part and parcel of the 80s’ experience.

While you decide whether that is too emo to enjoy, I’m going to try to figure out how to stream mp3 files to the blog.

I hope you enjoy!