4. Mai. 2009, 16:20Ever wish songs just sang what was happening in the music video? Well they do here: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/e062d7b4d5/take-on-me-literal-video-version-from-dustfilms with Aha's 'Take On Me' Literal Video Version from Funny or Die! Check it out!
23. Mär. 2009, 14:45Songs have been written about every subject, every human experience, every aspect of life ~ they are stories or poetry expressing our world; reaching out to others to enlighten, discuss, or empathize with the human condition or current events, from major concepts down to the minutia which make up our daily lives.
In short, (140 characters or less), what Hasn't a song been written about?
So it was inevitable that someone would come up with a song espousing the joys of Twittering. The Twitter Song video sings the praises of Twitter, but also sings out basic instructions on how to tweet and what to tweet about.
The singer is obviously twitter-pated about sharing snipets of his day via the blue bird site, reminding me of an old song by The Trashmen that reiterates "Everyone's heard about the bird!. The bird, bird, bird; the bird is the word!" Surfin' Bird (You may be familiar with the song if you can remember 1963 or if you're a fan of Family Guy.)
It is uncertain to me if this video is one guy's extreme love to tweet or if it's a commercial for this fastest-growing social networking site (In fact, the Family Guy video of Surfin' Bird could be useful in a Twitter commercial!) But if you're a fan of Twitter or just interested in it, you may enjoy watching this informative yet humorous video that gives an insider's look and passion for micro-blogging.
12. Mär. 2009, 16:13Rock and roll has been part of the music scene in Ireland since the British invasion of the 1960's. Musicians like Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher quickly stood out from the rest and put Ireland on the rock music map. Van Morrison achieved international success in the 1960s with the beat group Them before finding equal success with a solo career. Rory Gallagher formed the blues rock trio Taste but went on to more critical acclaim with his own solo career. Gallagher is still considered one of the finest rock guitarists of all time.
The 1970's saw the emergence of many new rock sub-genres as artists explored the music scene and began to make it their own. There was the hard rocking Thin Lizzy; Horslips fused hard rock with traditional Irish music to create Celtic rock; and folk rock fusion groups like Planxty and Moving Hearts continued blending traditional music into their songs.
Thin Lizzy Horslips
The late 70s was marked by the height of punk rock, a new genre led by Irish groups The Boomtown Rats, The Vipers, The Virgin Prunes, Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones and The Radiators from Space.
Boomtown Rats Fingers
One of the most successful Irish rock bands, and indeed one of the biggest rock bands in the world, U2, rose to fame in the 1980s. While U2 was rocking the 80s, Clannad created a blend of pop rock with traditional music; The Pogues fused traditional music with punk rock; Mama's Boys went full heavy metal; and Sinead O'Connor's unique vocals and style intrigued the world.
The Cranberries, The Frames, Therapy?, and Ash continued the success of Irish rock in the 1990s; while a new sub-genre of rock called shoegazing was being explored by My Bloody Valentine quite successfully.
Bloody Valentine Damien Rice
The Irish music scene is still going strong in this decade with singer/songwriters Damien Rice, Paddy Casey, Duke Special, Damien Dempsey, Declan O'Rourke, Chris Singleton, Cathy Davey, Gemma Hayes, Mundy, and Simple Kid; and groups like Snow Patrol, The Thrills, and the underground band Voodoo Loons.
To expand your knowledge about Irish rockers for this coming St. Patrick's Day, check out a site devoted to their music at irishrockers.com. There you will find a comprehensive list of all Irish rock groups and artists, artists' information, videos, MP3s, news, gig guide, classic albums, a forum, and official band merchandise to purchase.
They have listed their own Top 10 Irish Albums of All Time which includes Van Morrison's Astral Weeks (1968), Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74 (1974), Horslips' The Book of Invasions (1977), The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy & The Lash (1985), Thin Lizzy's Black Rose (1979), Stiff Little Fingers' Inflammable Material (1979), U2's Achtung Baby (1991), My Blood Valentine's Loveless (1991), Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990), and Damien Rice's O (2002).
If one of your favorite Irish bands was omitted here, oops! and feel free to mention them here. The Emerald Isle has made plenty of green with their talented artists on the music scene. This St. Patrick's Day, go beyond enjoying green beer and check out what's brewing with their newest musical offerings. You're sure to luck into a pot o'golden tunes no matter what genres you're into.
Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Horslips, The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, Stiff Little Fingers, U2, My Bloody Valentine, Damien Rice, Sinead O'Connor, Planxty, Moving Hearts, The Boomtown Rats, The Vipers, The Virgin Prunes, The Undertones, The Radiators From Space, Mama's Boys, The Cranberries, The Frames, Therapy?, Ash, Paddy Casey, Duke Special, Damien Dempsey, Declan O'Rourke, Chris Singleton, Cathy Davey, Gemma Hayes, Mundy, Simple Kid, Snow Patrol, The Thrills, Voodoo Loons
Astral Weeks, Irish Tour '74, The Book of Invasions, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, Black Rose, Inflammable Material, Achtung Baby, Loveless, O, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
28. Aug. 2008, 13:09
19. Jul. 2008, 16:53Sesame Street has taught many of us our ABC's and 123's, as well as self-acceptance and acceptance of others. It accomplished this with memorable songs and skits, occasionally joined by popular music artists of various genres. This was great for kids not only to have musical heroes to learn from and look up to, but also to be exposed to different types of music.
The generosity of these musical talents helped make learning fun for kids and made the show more interesting for the adults watching it with their kids. Babysitting as a teen, I was grateful when rockers appeared on the show, no matter how entertaining Bert & Ernie could be!
Here's a collection of memorable episodes where music helped make a difference:
GOO GOO DOLLS
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH
MULTI-CELEBRITIES 'SING A SONG'
MULTI-CELEBRITIES 'PUT DOWN THE DUCKY'
Feist, Alicia Keys, Debbie Harry, James Taylor, James Blunt, Kylie Minogue, Andrea Bocelli, Norah Jones, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie and the Blowfish, NSYNC, Tracy Chapman, Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, Patti LaBelle, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder
19. Jul. 2008, 16:50The previous entry is a collection of music viddies from the children's show Sesame Street. The viddies here are also from that show, but since they're renditions of the same song, I thought they deserved a page of their own.
Besides, it's one of my personal favorites! ('Put Down the Ducky' is also fun!)
So here's the original, sung by Kermit the Frog, followed by beautiful rendtions by guests on the show, Lena Horne and Ray Charles:
24. Jun. 2008, 13:54(article by James Sullivan, June 2008, images & nonsense by moi)
For those of a certain age, a happenstance hearing of Meat Loaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' brings back the 1970s in all its ridiculous, overblown glory. But to hear the song repeatedly, end-on-end, all day long, would be pure torture. Paradise By The Dashboard Light
That is what the U.S. military is banking on, evidently, in the War on Terror. In Errol Morris's 'Standard Operating Procedure,' a soldier says that the ear-splitting playback of songs such as Naughty By Nature's 'Hip Hop Hooray' and Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' is a routine part of "futility," the Army's diagram for getting obstinate prisoners to talk. Many detainees can withstand onslaughts of those songs, the soldier says. It's the country music that kills them. Hip Hop Hooray, Enter Sandman
As Alex Ross points out in the New Yorker, Manuel Noriega was bombarded with heavy metal when he barricaded himself inside a Panama City compound in 1989, and the government rained annoying music on David Koresh's followers at Waco a few years later. The practice, apparently, has been stepped up during the current war. "I remember they played Meat Loaf and Aerosmith over and over," reports one former detainee.
Tortured by Tyler!
Another man, a Pakistani-Englishman who spent time in American prisons at Kandahar and Guantanamo before his 2005 release, has written a memoir. "Once they even played the Bee Gees' 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack all night long," recalls Moazzam Begg. "'Hardly,' I thought, 'enough to break anyone I knew.'" What, does he cater weddings for a living?
Bee Gees Brutality!
Other notable instruments of torture, according to an NYU musicologist who is an expert on the subject, have included the relentlessly benign music of James Taylor and the audiobook version of Ben Stiller & Janeane Garofalo's self-help parody 'Feel This Book.' Most observers, writes Suzanne Cusick, believe that "unwanted" music becomes truly torturous when combined with other interrogation methods, including "nakedness, humiliation, fatigue, and the self-inflicted pain of stress positions."
Not-So-Sweet Baby James!
Personally, I think nearly any song played relentlessly would become 'torturous' eventually. I'm curious though about who exactly chose the music and how they decided which was unbearable enough to force confessions. What research made them opt for the ambient music of James Taylor? Who hated disco enough to nominate the benign Bee Gees?
There are a few experimental songs full of chaos & noise that might work better, I think. And as much as I love Neil Young, after a while his high-pitch quivering voice becomes a definite whining that would drive me bonkers.
It's a bit sad to use art as torture, and I wonder about the effectiveness of it. Is the staff not also exposed to it? Do they dance around when no one's looking or are they handed out military-issued iPods to avoid breaking down too? What music would You consider torture to hear day & night?
Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, Bee Gees, James Taylor, Metallica, Naughty By Nature
18. Jun. 2008, 18:40
13. Jun. 2008, 23:49My final homage to Father's Day (honest!) celebrates my idol David Bowie. As much as I've fantasized about being his lover, sex slave, or just BFF, I'd settle for being one of his kids, just to hear him call me 'baby', kiss me goodnight, and put me to bed! I wouldn't mind being bounced on his knee either! ...well, a girl can dream, can't she?!
Bowie fans are probably already familiar with these shots, but I'm posting them anyway ~ maybe one or two will be new to someone reading this.
There are lots of Bowie fan sites that tell his life story, if you're interested. One cool site is David Bowie - In His Own Words at http://www.superseventies.com/ssdavidbowie.html and another is David Bowie at 60 at http://www.annachen.co.uk/bowiecsm.html
He's an amazing artist, an incredible human being, and, as these pictures show, a loving father. Happy Father's Day David! You're still one hot daddy!
Bowie's Baby Picture
Bowie's Elementary School (can you spot him?)
Angie, Zowie, Bowie
Angie, Zowie, Bowie
Duncan (Joey) Jones aka Zowie Bowie
Bowie & Iman
Bowie, Iman & Baby Alexandria
Best Dad Ever!
Alexandria Zahra (6 yrs old)
Alexandria Zahra (7 yrs old) with Iman
** Click here to see an older Duncan/Joey/Zowie Picture:
12. Jun. 2008, 17:31Yes, I have nothing better to do than create a list and bother You.
It's been 100-105F every day for nearly two weeks now. In the shade. There is no shade. All the trees have disintegrated. Unwary joggers and cyclists too ~ all gone. Beaches are deserted since not even a fire-walker can withstand the foot-frying sand you have to cross to reach the water.
So here I sit, AC set to 'Arctic', hoping the electric stops going off, but since everyone's using the same AC setting, brownouts have occurred daily. So here I sit. Any more movement than typing leads to sweating and I hate to sweat. So here I sit, with just enough umph to type a list. (And by 'umph' I mean cold beers.) I've tried to keep it short, if only to escape the extra heat put out by my laptop.
Since Father's Day is Sunday, I've made a list of some famous (and not so famous) musician fathers whose kids followed in their footsteps. Or tried to! Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to add anyone I've missed or overlooked. That is, if you also have nothing better to do. Or if you're also confined to air-conditioned quarters. Or just to play along with a very bored girl who's hot for all the wrong reasons! Here's my list (kids in blue, dads in red):
Amy Allison of The Maudlins - jazz & blues pianist Mose Allison
Devon Allman of Honeytribe - Gregg Allman
Desi Arnaz Jr of Dino, Desi and Billy; Ricci, Desi & Billy - Desi Arnaz
Shari Belafonte of Shari Belafonte & Chris Norman - Harry Belafonte
Jason Bonham of The Jason Bonham Band - John Bonham of Led Zep
Debby Boone - Pat Boone
Jeff Buckley - Tim Buckley
Rosanne Cash - Johnny Cash
Katie Cassidy - David Cassidy
Jen Chapin of Jen Chapin & Stephan Crump - Harry Chapin
Eagle Eye Cherry - Don Cherry
Neneh Cherry of Rip Rig + Panic, The Slits, The New Age Steppers, Float Up CP, The Nails, cirKus - Don Cherry
Natalie Cole - Nat King Cole
Ravi Coltrane of M-Base Collective - John Coltrane
A.J. Croce - Jim Croce
Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers - Bob Dylan
Sheila E. of Prince's Lovesexy Band, Sheila E.& the E-Train, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band - Pete Escovedo of Santana
Melanie Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Serge Gainsbourg
Lulu (Lucien Gainsbourg) of Lulu & Bambou - Serge Gainsbourg
Nona Gaye - Marvin Gaye
Bebel Gilberto - Joao Gilberto
Gillian Glover - Roger Glover of Deep Purple
Arlo Guthrie - Woody Guthrie
Abe Guthrie of Xavier, G-Babes - Arlo Guthrie
Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke, G-Babes - Arlo Guthrie
Sarah Lee Guthrie of Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, G-Babes - Arlo Guthrie
Jaime Hanna of Hanna-McEuen - Jeff Hanna of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Lalah Hathaway - Donny Hathaway
John Lee Hooker Jr - John Lee Hooker
Enrique Iglesias - Julio Iglesias
Shooter Jennings - Waylon Jennings
Norah Jones - Ravi Shankar
Julian Lennon - John Lennon
Sean Lennon of Peace Choir, Cibo Matto - John Lennon
Crosby Loggins of Crosby Loggins & The Light - Kenny Loggins
Ky-Mani Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley - Bob Marley
Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis & Wynton Marsalis - Ellis Marsalis
Ricci Martin of Ricci, Desi & Billy - Dean Martin
Gaz Mayall of The Trojans - John Mayall
Lorrie Morgan - George Morgan
Shana Morrison of Roy Rogers & Shana Morrison - Van Morrison
Clare Muldaur & Jenni Muldaur - Geoff Muldaur (& Maria)
Matthew & Gunnar Nelson of Nelson - Ricky Nelson
Amy Nelson of Folk Uke & Paula Nelson - Willie Nelson
Kelly Osbourne - Ozzie Osbourne
Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips & Bijou Phillips - John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas
Lisa Marie Presley - Elvis Presley
Charlie Rich Jr - Charlie Rich
Jasmine Rodgers & Stephen Rodgers of Boa - Paul Rodgers of Bad Company
Kenny Rogers Jr - Kenny Rogers
Salvador Santana of Salvador Santana Band - Carlos Santana
Dara Sedaka - Neil Sedaka
Anoushka Shankar - Ravi Shankar
Harper Simon of The Heavy Circles - Paul Simon
Frank Sinatra Jr & Nancy Sinatra - Frank Sinatra
Zak Starkey of The Next, Dead meat, Monopacific, The Rock, Ringo's All-Starr Band, The Who, The Lightning Seeds, Johnny Marr & The Healers, & Oasis - Ringo Star
Chris Stills - Stephen Stills
Joe Summer of Fiction Plane - Sting
Ben Taylor & Sally Taylor - James Taylor
Pam Tillis - Mel Tillis
Steve Torme - Mel Torme
Emma Townshend - Pete Townshend of The Who
Martha Wainwright & Rufus Wainwright - Loudon Wainwright III
Hank Williams Jr & Jett Williams - Hank Williams
Hank Williams III & Holly Williams - Hank Williams Jr
Carnie Wilson & Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips, The Wilsons - Brian Wilson
Ahmet Zappa & Dweezil Zappa - Frank Zappa
Jordan Zevon - Warron Zevon
Correct me if you find a mistake (heat makes ya stoopid)