Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
|Come on, come on, come on!|
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Clams on the halfshell|
|...and roller skates|
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Now I am an adult, so it takes a bit more to make me laugh...but not much. I happened to find an "orchestral version" of this song on YouTube. There are several of these videos, which are completely man-made and rather hysterical. I especially love reading the comments when they say "Hey--they're not really playing this. This is fake. This is so dumb!" Well, yes, they are not really playing "this," and that is why it's so funny. This particular video is a mash-up of parts of the San Francisco Symphony performing Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (the composer's names are misspelled in the YouTube notes, unfortunately). Anyway, for classical music geeks like myself, it is amazingly funny. Michael Tilson Thomas is one of the greatest conductors out there, which makes it even funnier. So, I hope you will enjoy this clip. I've added the original Human League video and the "orchestral version."
Friday, March 23, 2012
|Tenor sax with fire in its veins...|
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
|Original alien cult member?|
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
|Not a broken rose...just a pretty one|
So, the song follows the main character in the movie, Alex. She is just a steel town girl who works as a welder by day and an dancer by night. Some of her dance gigs are a bit, well, different. Not obscene or anything--just a bit provocative. She's always dreamed of attending a formal dance school, but she doesn't have the money. She meets her Prince Charming, he pulls some strings at the school, and she gets accepted. She's thrilled--until she finds out he is the reason she got in. She gets mad at him, pummels him (not enough to hurt him, though), and then they make up and everything is okay. They live happily ever after! I don't think he is in the video, but there are plenty of dance scenes complete with legwarmers. I loved legwarmers--still do. Hers were the best. Made everyone back in 1983 want to become a dancer (or at least wear legwarmers and a torn sweatshirt). Ah, the good old days... Enjoy!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Hello everyone. I know it is late, and I really wanted to write about a song this evening. But, alas, I am too sleepy to give you something that would be worth reading! So, I will cop out and give you a link to something I wrote earlier in the week that was just published! Yes, it is in MusicianYou Magazine! Better yet, you can even see a real picture of me with my bass clarinet--as opposed to just the rainbow smoke that is on the "About Me" section of this page. Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy the article. It's about getting started in the music business/arts world. You can find it here: http://www.musicianyou.com/articles/getting-the-gig. Until next time...
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I was reading some commentary about the song, and Colin Hay said it's not really a patriotic song, but rather a bit of a protest against the over development and commercialization of Australia. I can understand that. I am sure it was a nation of immense natural beauty and indigenous people who were kind of trampled over from colonization and all that. Unfortunate, but here in the U.S., everything is one "melting pot" as we've heard so many times. Kudos to Colin Hay for remembering and celebrating the true heritage and beauty of the country--and especially for giving us such an incredibly fun, likable, upbeat, and unique tune. Spotlight on a woodwind instrument never hurt, either! I've included an additional version of the song from a live performance by Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band, which includes Sheila E and John Waite. Pretty cool. Nice to get all those legends together on stage. Enjoy!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The lyrics are ultra positive and inspiring, especially the chorus - "Don't stop believing, hold on to that feeling...." However, the chorus only comes at the very end, after three verses and a repeated section that is similar to a chorus in principle, and come to find out, this particular "semi-chorus" section has caused quite a debate. Is it "streetlight people" or "streetlights, people?" To me, it sounds like he is singing "streetlights, people," but if you read some history and discourse on the song, you'l find that Steve Perry was interviewed for a magazine and talked about seeing people on the street under streetlights when he was in Detroit. He said he liked the line "streetlight people" to describe them. I guess you'll have to decide for yourselves. The other part of the lyrics that has caused a HUGE debate is "South Detroit." Yeah, uh, there is no such place. I think we all know that, but come on folks, he just wrote it because it sounded good with the line. Really. No big deal. Just like Billy Joel and the title/lyrics to"Allentown," which we discussed in my earlier post, "Into the Night." Wow, people get really animated about this whole South Detroit thing. It just makes a good line, that's all. So, hopefully, we can all settle our differences, whether we are from Detroit or not, and enjoy the song--because it is awesome!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The video is pretty interesting... The lead singer is in jail and on death row, or so it seems. But, alas, in the end, it is only a dream. I wonder what this song would be like with a different video--maybe something kind of mystical and supernatural. I think that would make for an interesting effect. Kind of a juxtaposition of fantasy and reality, heaven and earth, darkness and light. Just a thought. In the meantime, this song stands terrifically on its own, video or not. So, ladies and gentlemen, start your radios, computers, iPods, or whatever else you have to enjoy this awesome classic tune!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Well, I think clearly the answer to the title of this post is Eddie Money for sure. I heard this song tonight while I was listening to "Nights with Alice Cooper." I have to say that everytime I hear this song, I have to smile. If someone ever told me they had two tickets to paradise, I would pack my bags and leave tonight :) I don't know why this song makes me laugh, but you know what? It is one awesome song. I guess it depends on your interpretation. Some people may find the lyrics and title to be sort of, well, "cheesy," but in all honesty, I think the lyrics are cool and creative. Definitely has the sense of going on a trip and being swept away when we all know what it's about. According to Wikipedia, it was inspired by Eddie Money's girlfriend, whose parents wanted her to marry a doctor or lawyer--but definitely not a musician. He wanted to take her away--sweep her off her feet (and probably get her away from her parents before they made her marry someone else). Whatever the case, the song has some excellent guitar playing and a real "drive" that kind of makes you want to get up and go. I know I am ready to pack my bags.
Monday, March 5, 2012
So, I hope you enjoy this vintage video. Awesome bass guitar in the beginning. I found a cover of this song from 2007 by an Australian group called "Young Divas," but, well...yeah, I didn't care for it. So, here is the original "Turn Me Loose," along with a recent performance from 2006. Turn yourself loose and crank it up!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
And now on to the video... It is pretty interesting to watch. I had forgotten all about it, but it definitely says 1987. No offense to Fleetwood Mac. I am sure they had stylists on the set with outfits, make-up, etc. You can tell the time period from the poofy crinoline skirt and tight bustier on Stevie. The group definitely has the late-80s glam look, which kind of makes me chuckle when I think about Stevie Nicks. She always really had her own very unique style. She makes the late-80s thing work, though. Kudos to her and the rest of the group. They do look a bit uncomfortable, though, or maybe they are just laughing to themselves. All I know is that if you watch the video carefully, you will see some interesting, tender looks between her and Lindsey. Of course, we all know the history behind the two, and it is quite amazing. You can even see a tear in Lindsey's eye if you watch super-closely. Enjoy!
Friday, March 2, 2012
I chose "It's My Life" to celebrate Mr. Bon Jovi's birthday. After all, it's his life, and he can proudly celebrate (and sing about) himself today! I love this song, and even though it is from 2000, it's perfectly fine for an '80s music blog, because Bon Jovi IS the '80s. The group, and Jon, are legendary. There are several versions of this song out there, including the original, a "Storytellers" version, and an "Unplugged" version. I prefer the original video and the "Storytellers" one. The original video is an action-packed thriller of a piece, with lots of fancy stunt work and all kinds of stuff. The "Storytellers" version lets us focus on Jon Bon Jovi and Ritche Sambora's beautiful vocals, harmonies, and awesome musicianship. The lyrics are inspiring and really make me feel like getting "up and at 'em" so to say. Jon sings, "It's my life...it's now or never...I ain't gonna life forever...I just wanna live while I'm alive. My heart is like an open highway...like Frankie said I did it my way....I just want to live while I'm alive..." Of course, Frankie is Frank Sinatra. Very, very cool. And Jon's heart is like an open highway? Well, who can top that? I feel myself getting weak in the knees... Oh, Mr. Bon Jovi, hat's off to you! We celebrate you and toast you today on your special day. Thank you for being who you are and giving such great music to us (especially the ladies who aren't always paying attention to the actual lyrics but rather staring at you and smiling...).