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Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

This is just one of those songs that I have to stop and listen to when it comes on. The melody (inspired by Bach), the vocal... I've always found this song haunting. It remains in my mind one of the best pop singles of all time.

Runners up:
Prince- Purple Rain
Bob Dylan - It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Coldplay - Yellow
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
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After just finishing "Inferno" by Dan Brown, which was, to me, a page turner with so much going on, I needed to turn to something light, easy and fun. So I loaded the new book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave onto my Kindle. It was written with the original VJs Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. Fifth VJ J.J. Jackson died of a heart attack in 2004.

The book is done very conversationally, as if your'e sitting in a lounge with them just talking and having drinks, bopping between remembrances of each VJ. They talk just a little about what they were doing before MTV came along, and then the fun part, where they relate their various tales, together giving us a picture of what those early days were like at the pioneering music network. They even dish a little bit about some of the bands and artists that came through. For instance, Frank Zappa? THE most difficult interview Nina Blackwood ever encountered. He was, to put it bluntly, an asshole to her. But it's all good, it's all rock and roll.

When MTV launched in 1981, I was 16, and we didn't have cable. Lots of places didn't even have it at that point. But once we did, which didn't take much longer, it was amazing. MTV was exciting. It really WAS all about music then. I feel bad for the younger set today who have the current MTV which is, let's face it pretty far removed from what it started out to be.

I'm still reading it, not even halfway through. But it's taking me back and making me long for the days of Diamond Dave swinging through the air in Van Halen's "Panama" video, Boy George gender bending in the Culture Club videos and Michael Jackson giving us "Billie Jean" and "Thriller". And I feel fortunate to have been able to experience that first wave of an exciting new musical outlet. What are your early MTV memories? Were you there for the launch at 12:01am, Saturday June 1 1981?

This is what that launch looked like:

MTV First Day Saturday August 1st, 1981 12:01... by Dale0823

Pictures came and broke your heart...


Mar. 17th, 2013 06:35 pm
hippie_chick: (Wayne's World / we're not mental)
Thought I'd leave this here. Hope everyone's St. Patrick's is / has been a good one.

hippie_chick: (John / peace)

There's room at the top they're telling you still.
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
if you want to be like the folks on the hill...
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Look at all my trials and tribulations
Sinking in a gentle pool of wine
Don't disturb me now I can see the answers
Till this evening is this morning life is fine...

John 19:41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

Tonight I will be watching JCS as I've done each Good Friday since I was a teenager. :)

If I don't post again before the weekend is over, have a joyous Eastertide and a happy Spring.
hippie_chick: (Bowie in Zoolander / *grimace*)
Top Five on Friday @ The Music Memoirs

Top 5 songs you think it should be illegal for anyone to cover.

1. Rebel, Rebel by David Bowie.
I love it but its had a full life. Even Bowie retired it. Please do the same.

2. Hurt by Nine Inch Nails.
Johnny Cash so took ownership of the song when HE covered it any other attempts would just be complete fail.

3. Without You by Harry Nilsson.
Needs to be left alone now. Harry's is the only version I think got just the right feeling and depth anyway.

4. Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell.
Ever since the Counting Crows/Vanessa Carlton version I've been all "leave it alone now" about this song.

5. Yesterday by The Beatles.
THE most covered song. Ever. Time to leave it alone now I think. Really.

That aside, I really don't mind covers because a great song is a great song. But sometimes, just sometimes it's a bit overdone.
And by the way? I give William Shatner free reign to cover any damn thing he wants. "Rocket Man" anyone? OMG LOL! ♥

hippie_chick: (Donny Osmond / big smile)

I was directed to this, posted on YouTube. Donny Osmond singing Michael Bublé's song Home. This was at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on May 9 at an event honoring the career of music producer David Foster. Donny just sings this so beautifully. Don't really pay attention to the video, it's not that great, rather, listen.

And the words to the song are just so... just so Donny. They fit him perfectly.

Another summer day
Has come and gone away
In Paris and Rome
But I wanna go home

May be surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home
Oh, I miss you, you know

And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you
Each one a line or two
“I’m fine baby, how are you?”
Well I would send them but I know that it’s just not enough
My words were cold and flat
And you deserve more than that

Another airplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky, I know
But I wanna go home
Mmmm, I’ve got to go home

Let me go home
I’m just too far from where you are
I wanna come home

And I feel just like I’m living someone else’s life
It’s like I just stepped outside
When everything was going right
And I know just why you could not
Come along with me
'Cause this was not your dream
But you always believed in me

Another winter day has come
And gone away
In even Paris and Rome
And I wanna go home
Let me go home

And I’m surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
Oh, let me go home
Oh, I miss you, you know

Let me go home
I’ve had my run
Baby, I’m done
I gotta go home
Let me go home
It will all be alright
I’ll be home tonight
I’m coming back home

I do have mp3 ripped from the YouTube if anyone wants it just ask.

David remarked to Donny at introducing him "you have the most amazing voice". Andrew Lloyd Webber commented to him too along the same vein; "where have you been keeping that voice?" and that was after curtain calls on the opening night of "Joseph...".

And he really is GOOD. Getting better with the passing of time. That's the thing that gets me. He's respected among other entertainers of his ilk, but the general public still looks at him as a nostalgia act, a "former teen idol" and don't see past that image. I just wish they'd put that aside and just LISTEN to the man SING.

Well when I hear people say "you know I never realized how good he was!" I'm always thinking to myself "I did! All along." I'm so proud. Ha!



Apr. 16th, 2009 02:52 pm
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I know, this has probably been seen by all of you, but just in case you haven't...

You GO, Susan Boyle!

Singing "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables" on Britain's Got Talent. Embedding disabled, so click through to view.

Proving you can't judge a book by its cover. LOVING the look she put on Simon Cowell's face. What a cool lady.
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John 19:41
"Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid."

I will be watching this movie a bit later for SURE. See this same user on YouTube for a bunch more JCS.
hippie_chick: (Tori Amos / Clyde)

Liking this song. Very Scarlet's Walk with a little Beekeeper flavoring. VIDEO! YAY!
hippie_chick: (earphones / nietzsche quote)
Top Five on Friday @ The Music Memoirs

Top 5 music videos from the 80s.

I love this one!! Makes me pine for the days when MTV meant MUSIC television and not the utter crap they give us now. Here we go...

1. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel (1986)

My favorite. Nothing before looked like this. This award winning video still tops lists of greatest videos ever.

2. Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)

Zombies ahoy! Makeup by Rick Baker, directed by John Landis, this one played out like a Hollywood horror feature. Fantastic.


3. Take On Me - A-ha (1985)

Just really neatly done with the comic effects. I kinda got into the story of it too.


4. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1985)

Tom is cast as the Mad Hatter in this weird trip into Wonderland. Watch them hack into that "cake" Alice!


5. Land of Confusion - Genesis (1986)

Featuring puppets from the hit UK show "Spitting Image", in it the band skewers Ronald Reagan.

hippie_chick: (Rhoda throwing a tantrum yo.)
Just now coming out (happened back in July) is audio of Christian Bale on a verbal tirade against the Director of Photography on set of the film Terminator: Salvation. Initially, this was something that made me uncomfortable to listen to. It went on for FOUR. WHOLE. MINUTES. Anger management issues anyone? Hello? Yeah. But. Gotta admit this is epic...

I bring you, straight from YouTube, Christian Bale: BALE OUT! (Club Mix)

Warning: Lots 'n lots of the "F Bomb"

The creator of "Bale Out!"

It's catchy, has a great beat, and I can dance to it! I give it a 10!

Remind me to stay on Bale's good side.
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Top Five on Friday @ The Music Memoirs

Top 5 songs to rock out to.

1. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

2. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

3. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns 'N Roses

I miss the old GNR!

4. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

hippie_chick: (Morrison / angel - art found on the web.)
Today also happens to be the birthday of one Mr. James Douglas Morrison. The Lizard King.

“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me - ever.”

People Are Strange - sing along!
hippie_chick: (John / peace)

Remembering John Lennon today.
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Just got back from seeing Quantum of Solace. Daniel Craig is bad ass. ♥ He's breathed fresh life into the franchise, IMO. This one picks up half an hour after the events of Casino Royale, with Bond seeking revenge for the death of his lover. And it's action, action, action all the way.

And the theme song was by Jack White and Alicia Keys. OMG. Good stuff, it's a rockin' piece. I was disappointed that Amy Winehouse ended up not taking this, but Jack and Alicia did very very well. It captures the intensity and feel of Bond, his dark side. Jack and Alicia play off each other's voices and this isn't something I expected from Alicia Keys so I was pleasantly surprised. That girl can rock.

Another Way To Die

Off now to decide what's for dinner. But not too quickly as I ate a bit of popcorn at the movie and am still a little full from that.
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So. Not believing it would happen, back in March, Dr. Pepper offered a free drink if Chinese Democracy, the long awaited new Guns 'N Roses release came out this year. It's out, and they're making good on their promise. Free Dr. Pepper for all!

Did you get your Dr. Pepper yet? The offer has been extended until 6pm TODAY due to popular demand, so you still have time to grab your coupon! I'm A Pepper, He's A Pepper, She's A Pepper...

And oh, just because he was so darned CUTE in these commercials, I give you some Retro David Naughton.

Anyway, thanks, Axl! Enjoy.
hippie_chick: (Beatles / Hey Jude)

*sigh* I never get tired of this song. Never. Can't happen.
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I love this. The greatest fun to karaoke to.

Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' - Journey

And yeah, how many of us have been there just like Steve? Love the "na na na"s at the end. Karma is a bitch, innit?

And the voice of Steve Perry. *bows down* Ignore the comments over at the YouTube page. People on there are complete idiots.

ETA - unrelated

WTF, Alanis Morissette? What's up with the gothy hair and lipstick? I love you, but no. NO. LOL!
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Damn you HP! Damn you for using this song in your new touch screen computer ads! It's in my head now!


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