Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tired of Being Sorry - Enrique Iglesias



I'm standing in the street
Crying out for you
No one sees me
But the silver moon



~ Tired of Being Sorry | Enrique Iglesias ~


"Tired of Being Sorry" is the second international single released from Enrique Iglesias's 2007 album Insomniac. The song and video were featured on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 9, in an episode focused on video modeling.

It topped the Finnish and Romanian singles charts, while also reaching #2 in the New Zealand RIANZ chart. However, it could only reach #20 on the UK Singles Chart.

A version of the song was recorded as a duet with French singer Nâdiya under the title "Tired of Being Sorry (Laisse le destin l'emporter)" with French lyrics was released in France and went straight to number one on the chart edition of April 19, 2008.





The line in the song "maybe I was lonely" is a clue that he has cheated on his woman. There is a certain type of person who can't be true to one person even if they are totally in love with the one they are committed to (I use the word committed loosely in this case). "I've trashed myself – I've lost my way" . . . excuses . . . and tired of saying he is sorry because he is addicted to cheating.

This song so reminds me of an extremely volatile relationship with someone who was a cheater and then could not take it when I left him, crazed with jealousy becoming very dangerous to the point to where I had to involve the police to protect me . . . I can relate to hearing someone saying they are sorry . . . we both got tired of the whole situation.

Although I love this song, I obviously have mixed feelings about what it represents to me and the memories it brings up.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Modern Talking - A Video History





UPDATE 10/24/10

This blog post is a reminder of why I am starting to make my own videos and when I come across interesting articles, I copy and paste instead of linking to the article (articles disappear fast from the original websites).  I'm not into "stealing content" or "copyright infringement", but when videos are used in blogs like mine, it is more like advertising for the artists, record companies and/or whoever owns the rights to the song.  

The person who originally created these videos went through a lot of time and effort to pay tribute to the artists, their career and showcase their songs . . . people like me put these blogs together for the love of music and education . . . more time and effort . . . all in all, it is advertising and promotion for old songs and artists that will be long forgotten.  

Maybe one day they will ease up and realize that fan music videos and music blogs are a good thing for everyone concerned.  In the meantime, I will attempt to recreate this post . . . check back soon . . . 



Although Modern Talking has been around since the 80's, I had never heard of them.

It wasn't until Hamid, one of my most awesome friends introduced me to their fabulous music.

This post is dedicated to my awesome friend Hamid, who shares my love of music and gave me the best gift I've received in a very long time . . . new music that I love so much and have not heard a million times before like all the other music that has been popular in the United States through the years.

Modern Talking is a fabulous trip back to the 80's . . . for US music fans, they have been in a time capsule . . . and I am so very happy to share my love of euro pop and the group Modern Talking with my fellow US music lovers who had never heard of them.

Thank you Hamid . . . you gave me a special gift that will last forever :)



Here is a video history of Modern Talking
The Dieter Bohlen Story


Part 1







Part 2







Part 3







Part 4







Part 5







Part 6







Part 7







Part 8







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Part 12







Part 13







Part 14







Part 15







Part 16







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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ari Hest - I've Got You











Ari Hest is a stunning gorgeous man who writes the most beautiful, sweet, romantic lyrics and performs them with the voice of an angel and a guitar that he makes talk . . . he is awesome in every way.


I've Got You | Ari Hest
Lyrics


Tell me you care
Tell me you're listening
Tell me it is me that you are missing
Tell me I need something more, anyone before
Stay for the moment
Under these covers
We'd lie here all day
If I had my druthers
Honey I haven't a clue
Tell me that it's true that I've got you ...
Pre-Chorus:
Is it my imagination?
Declare to me without hesitation
that nobody could suddenly take my place
and hear my crying teardrops down my face
Sing for me baby, soft as a whisper
Every single breath, a spine-tingling elixir
Honey when will you notice my cure
Tell me that it's true that I've got you...
[Instrumental interlude]
Pre-Chorus
Tell me you care
Tell me you're listening
Tell me that it's me that you are missing
Your answer is long overdue,
Tell me that it's true that I've got you








Sunday, May 11, 2008

Don't Bother - Shakira









Single by Shakira from the album Oral Fixation Vol. 2, released in 2005 . . . co-written by Shakira.

The song depicts a woman dumped by her boyfriend for another girl who is unbelievably superior in almost all aspects. She tells him not to bother making up for hurting her, because she will not be crying for him . . . she will move on with her own life.

This is one of my favorite Shakira songs and the version I loaded in the player is a fabulous dance remix.

Haven't we all experienced being hurt by someone and can somewhat relate to this song? Personally, in addition to being about getting hurt by someone, to me, it represents someone trying to change another person . . . not being "good enough" as they are.



Don't Bother | Shakira
Lyrics

She's got the kind of look that defies gravity
She's the greatest cook
And she's fat free

She's been to private school
And she speaks perfect French
She's got the perfect friends
Oh isn't she cool

She practices Tai Chi
She'd never lose her nerve
She's more than you deserve
She's just far better than me

Hey hey

So don't bother
I won't die of deception
I promise you won't ever see me cry
Don't feel sorry

And don't bother
I'll be fine
But she's waiting
The ring you gave to her will lose its shine
So don't bother, be unkind

I'm sure she doesn't know
How to touch you like I would
I beat her at that one good
Don't you think so?

She's almost 6 feet tall
She must think I'm a flea
I'm really a cat you see
And it's not my last life at all

Hey hey

So don't bother
I won't die of deception
I promise you won't ever see me cry
Don't feel sorry

Don't bother
I'll be fine
But she's waiting
The ring you gave to her will lose its shine
So don't bother, be unkind

For you, I'd give up all I own
And move to a communist country
If you came with me, of course
And I'd file my nails so they don't hurt you
And lose those pounds, and learn about football
If it made you stay, but you won't, but you won't

So don't bother,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine
Promise you won't ever see me cry

And after all I'm glad that I'm not your type
Promise you won't ever see me cry

So don't bother,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine,
I'll be fine, I'll be fine
Promise you won't ever see me cry

And after all I'm glad that I'm not your type,
not your type, not your type, not your type
Promise you won't ever see me cry






The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel





After changes upon changes,
we are more or less the same.

Paul Simon
lyrics from The Boxer







The Boxer is a single released on April 1969 from the album Bridge Over Troubled Water. It is said that Paul Simon wrote this song when critics were writing harsh things about his music. He said he was the boxer, and that if they didn't cut it out he would leave the music business altogether.


This is one of my favorite songs ever . . . and I also adore the early music of Simon and Garfunkel with their perfectly harmonized voices, the soothing guitar sounds of folk rock and lyrics that captured the feelings of the times and beyond.

It was a time of awareness for me and this song represents telling the world to leave me alone and let me have a mind of my own to form my own opinions. My parents were so domineering and strict with the parental concept that the only thoughts and opinions I had should be those shared by them. No wonder I retreated to music and the wonderful world of song lyrics . . . it was my escape from hell.



The Boxer Simon and Garfunkel
Lyrics


I am just a poor boy and my story's seldom told
I've squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles,
Such are promises
All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest, hmmmm

When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go
Looking for the places only they would know

Li la li
Li la li li li li li
Li la li
li la li li li li li
la la la li li

Asking only workman's wages, I come lookin' for a job, but I get no offers
Just a come on from the whores on 7th Avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there

Li la li...

Now the years are rolling by me, they are rocking evenly
I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be
That's not unusual.
It isn't strange after changes upon changes we are more or less the same
After changes, we are more or less the same

Li la li...

And I'm laying out my winter clothes, wishing I was gone, goin' home
Where the New York City winters aren't bleedin' me, leadin' me, goin' home

In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him
'Til he cried out in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains
Yes he still remains

Li la li...



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

When It's Love - Van Halen




"How do you know it's love?
I don't know, but it lasts forever."

Van Halen








From the 1986 Van Halen album release
OU812 . . . When It's Love


It was the most popular song from that album, hitting #1 on the mainstream rock charts and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been a live performance staple since it was released in 1988. The song was also included in the set list for the band's ill-fated 1998 tour with Gary Cherone.

Eddie has stated that this particular guitar solo is a nod to Eric Clapton.



When It's Love | Van Halen
Lyrics


Hey!

Everybody's lookin' for somethin'
Somethin' to fill in the holes
We think a lot but don't talk much about it
'Till things get out of control, oh!

How do I know when it's love?
I can't tell you but it lasts forever
Oh! How does it feel when it's love?
It's just somethin' you feel together
When it's love

You look at every face in a crowd
Some shine and some keep you guessin'
Waiting for someone to come into focus
Teach you your final love lesson
Ooh!

How do I know when it's love?
I can't tell you but it lasts forever
Oh! How does it feel when it's love?
It's just something you feel together

(Oh oh oh oh) Oh, when it's love
(Oh oh oh oh) You can feel it, yeah!
(Oh oh oh oh) Nothin's missin', yeah!

(Guitar Solo)

(Oh oh oh oh) Yeah, you can feel it
(Oh oh oh oh) Oh, when it's love
(Oh oh oh oh) When nothin's missing, ow!

How do I know when it's love?
I can't tell you but it lasts forever
Ooh, how does it feel when it' love?
It's just something you feel together, hey!

How do I know when it's love?
I can't tell you but it lasts forever
When it's love
Ooh, when it's love
Hey! It'll last forever

(Na na na-ah na na)
When it's love
(Na na na-ah na na)
(Na na na-ah na na)
(Na na na-ah na na)
You and I, we're gonna feel this thing together
(Na na na-ah na na) (repeat to end)
When it's love, ooh
When it's love, baby
You can feel it, yeah!
We'll make it last forever
Ooh-ooh, when it's love


The music of Van Halen takes me back to what I consider to be the most awesome music era with a wonderful assortment of all types of music that were popular at the time . . . however, no matter the type of music, the entertainers were larger than life. It was the era of glam rock, big hair, flamboyant makeup and fashion that spanned all types of music . . . just as the "mod look" of the 60's denoted the look of "the British Invasion". The 80's were all about glitz and glamour.





He had his own sense of style and we loved it!





Hearing this song also takes me back to the always entertaining David Lee Roth, who was always made Van Halen videos delightful entertainment and their concerts a feast for the eyes. Yeah, he was all that and definitely larger than life . . . he had the moves!

Yeah, no mention of Sammy Hagar . . . I wasn't real crazy about "Van Hagar" although I loved this song . . .








Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel











It is just one of those days
that a song says it all

It is a song that is timeless
that comforts me on a dreary day

It is like an old friend
from back in the day




Sound of Silence
Simon and Garfunkel
Lyrics


Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of
A neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

Fools said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whispered in the sounds of silence.



Monday, May 5, 2008

A Tribute to 80's Big Hair Bands









This is a repost from my original blog which included a ton of music videos that You Tube has since deleted. I hate when they do that!

While I can appreciate copyright, royalties and all that, I don't understand why the musicians and everyone involved don't appreciate the free advertising that their fans give them in my type of blogs. I'm not giving away music via downloads . . . I'm providing memories that could result in someone who doesn't own a CD of a particular artist and MAYBE I reminded them of how much they love and miss a particular album enough for them to purchase one of their memories on CD.

Anyway . . . this post is a work in progress . . . a sarcastic thank you to the music industry for ruining my music blogs.




My favorite big hair band . . . Bon Jovi









REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL
80's MUSIC VIDEOS



At least one babe (who wouldn't give

you the time of day in real life)



Poofy hair( the higher the better)



Torn clothing



Cheesy keyboards



At least one change of clothing



Stage effects (smoke, lasers, etc.) or visual effects

(artist jumping through a TV, disappearing, etc.)



Wild instrumental or record scratch solo



A storyline



Fishnet stockings (girls . . .usually)



A cool car (although any kind of transportation is

acceptable, like a plane, bus or a motorcycle)



Sunglasses



Silk shirt opened to the navel exposing chest hair!



World Without Love - Peter & Gordon/Early Paul McCartney




"Please lock me away, And don't allow the day,

Here inside where I hide, With my loneliness"

Paul McCartney




World Without Love ~ Peter and Gordon

The loneliness is getting to me tonight and I can so relate to this song. It is hauntingly contradictory, just like me, embracing my solitude, yet fighting this lonely feeling inside . . . a woman holding so much love inside screaming to come out of the cage. "I'm ok . . . here I'll stay, with my loneliness" sounds so familiar.

Music imitates life. This is a song written by a very young Paul McCartney . . . a young man with so much going on in his life, yet only a haunted and lonely soul could write these words . . . unless it was written long before the Beatles became so successful. Who knows . . . maybe success left him empty. Besides, I've had words and music locked away for decades that I have written through various phases of life.


World without love . . . for a person who is in love with love, seems impossible, however, there are different forms of love . . . although the thought of living without romantic love makes me very sad and I hope I don't have to live in that world for much longer.



Lyrics
written by Paul McCartney
performed by Peter and Gordon



Please lock me away

And don't allow the day

Here inside where I hide

With my loneliness



I don't care what they say I won't stay

In a world without love



Birds sing out of tune

And rain clouds hide the moon

I'm OK, here I'll stay

With my loneliness



I don't care what they say I won't stay

In a world without love



So I wait and in a while

I will see my true love's smile

She may come, I know not when

When she does I'll know


So baby until then


Lock me away

And don't allow the day

Here inside where I hide

With my loneliness



I don't care what they say I won't stay

In a world without love



So I wait and in a while

I will see my true love's smile

She may come, I know not when

When she does I'll know


So baby until then


Lock me away

And don't allow the day

Here inside where I hide

With my loneliness


I don't care what they say I won't stay

In a world without love

I don't care what they say I won't stay

In a world without love


The 60's British Rock Invasion


Guess you could say this is the music that I could first call my own. Although I was just a kid, music was so important to me since I grew up in a house where music ruled. The Beatles represent my music roots and the music of this era is where I totally fell in love with music. 

 Some music trivia about
PETER AND GORDON
(Peter Asher and Gordon Waller)
and the song


Peter's sister . . . Jane Asher,
Paul McCartney's girlfriend back in the day . . .
that is how they all met . . .


Peter Asher later became the manager of
James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt


World Without Love, words and music credited to
Lennon & McCartney,
but written by Paul McCartney . . .
it is said that John was given credit
due to a teenage
promise they made to each other before becoming famous.



Thursday, May 1, 2008

Madonna reigns supreme



This complicated life
I tried to do my best
I always tell myself
It's all just a test
For me it's an escape
For dancing makes you beautiful

lyrics from "Heartbeat"



Madonna is like a fine wine that only gets better as time passes. Her new release, Hard Candy, is one of her best . . . well, I say that about all of them . . . maybe it is because they are all awesome.

Since she arrived on the scene back in the 80's, Madonna has remained one of my favorites . . . even through those bizarre days when she walked through the streets naked, had a photographer take photos of her and made it into a book. Although I am a bit too conservative to appreciate Madonna's wild days complete with "erotica" videos that were even too risque for MTV, I still admire and appreciate her free spirit attitude.

She was testing us as a society . . . and it makes me sad that she set a standard that only became more raunchy and tolerated as normal for those who followed.

Despite what anyone thinks of her antics personally, she is a tremendously talented entertainer who is absolutely timeless. I've played Hard Candy over and over again and I still can't get enough of it . . . it is that good. Heartbeat is one of my favorites with musical hooks that grabbed me and have not let go.

If you are a Madonna fan, rush out and get her latest release . . . you will feel the music in your heartbeat and make you want to get up and dance.