Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Cars reunited!!



Ric Ocasek and the Cars Reunite, 
Work on New Album

The band has posted a new song, ‘Blue Tip,’ online, with footage from recent studio sessions

By Daniel Kreps
Rolling Stone Magazine


Photo Credit: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns/Getty


Oct 22, 2010 12:51 PM EDT



The rumors floating around since July have finally been confirmed: After a 23-year break, the Cars have reunited with original frontman/songwriter Ric Ocasek and are working on their first album together since 1987's Door to Door. On on their Facebook page the band recently posted a 73-second clip of themselves in the studio working on a new track called "Blue Tip," and Billboard reports that the Cars are recording a new album and may be planning tour dates.

In July the Cars hinted at a possible reunion with Ocasek, who previously said he'd never take part in one, when they posted a photo of the four surviving bandmembers together in a Boston studio.

In 2005, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and guitarist Elliot Easton launched the New Cars with Todd Rundgren at the microphone, but that project ended in 2007.

Any hopes for a full Cars reunion ended in 2000 when bassist-singer Benjamin Orr passed away from pancreatic cancer. The Cars' official website is currently "under construction," so more information is likely to come.









Spending My Time - Roxette





"Spending My Time" was written by Per Gessle on the same day as the hit single "Joyride" and was the fourth single released from Swedish pop duo Roxette's 1991 album "Joyride." 


It peaked at number 32 on Billboard's Hot 100, reached the top 10 in Canada and Germany, and was a sizable hit in many other places worldwide. It helped to solidify the group's superstar status following the multi-million success of "Look Sharp!"


I've updated this post with a video I created . . . "Spending My Time" is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite groups.  My video is followed by an unplugged acoustic video version of the song.











Spending My Time (Unplugged) - Roxette



What's the time?
Seems its already morning
I see the sky, its so beautiful and blue
The TV's on
But the only thing showing is a picture of you

Oh, I get up and make myself some coffee
I try to read a bit but the story's too thin
Then I thank the Lord above
That you're not there to see me
In this shape I'm in

Spending my time
Watching the days go by
Feeling so small
I stare at the wall
Hoping that you think of me too
I'm spending my time

I try to call but I don't know what to tell you
I leave a kiss on your answering machine
Oh, help me please
Is there someone who can make me
Wake up from this dream?

Spending my time
Watching the days go by
Feeling so small
I stare at the wall
Hoping that you are missing me too

I'm spending my time
Watching the sun go down
I fall asleep to the sound
Of "tears of a clown"
A prayer gone blind

I'm spending my time

My friends keep telling me:
Hey, life will go on
Time will make sure will get over you
This silly game of love you play you win only to lose

Spending my time
Watching the days go by
Feeling so small
I stare at the wall
Hoping that you are missing me too

I'm spending my time
Watching the sun go down
I fall asleep to the sound
Of "tears of a clown"
A prayer gone blind




This post was originally published
on May 8, 2008


Since JR died and I've been confronted with having to live life alone and without love, feeling like I've been on a wild ride at the carnival with bizarre looking clowns laughing at me in a wicked and mocking way as in a nightmare.

This song has multiple meanings for me . . . I've used this song in my writings before because it so fits me and is one of my all time favorite songs from one of my favorite groups . . . I'm still getting used to living life alone and will never get over dealing with losing my soul mate at such a young age. It doesn't feel fair and I feel like I've been cheated . . . and I can't get over it. When I try to move on, I am confronted with disappointment time and time again. And I can relate to this song with every heartache.

In the meantime, I watch the days go by.


I adore the music of Roxette!!





Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jennifer Lopez - Ain't It Funny (original version)




The song Ain't It Funny is from Jennifer's second studio album, J.Lo (2001), written by Jennifer Lopez and Cory Rooney.




Jennifer had written the song for the soundtrack of the movie The Wedding Planner, although it did not make the cut since it had too much of a "latin" sound.  It was released as a single on July 3, 2001.


Ain't It Funny was a huge success in the international market, reaching the top five in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland.  However, due to poor promotion and lack of airplay time, the song was not eligible to chart on any of the Billboard charts.


A new hip hop-oriented remix entitled Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix) appeared on Lopez's 2002 remix album J to tha L-O!:  The Remixes . . . it was far more successful than the original track in the United States.





Monday, October 18, 2010

The Queen is Back - Donna Summer




Donna Summer performed at the Nokia Theater
during the "American Idol" finale.


This post was originally
published May 30, 2008


I have updated it to include videos that I created for
some of the songs from her 2008 release of "Crayons" . . .









The Queen is Back!






Drivin' Down Brazil 

(my favorite song from "Crayons")






The queen is back indeed with an awesome new release that did not disappoint one of her biggest fans . . . me. I've chosen the song "The Queen Is Back" because it is so appropriate and a fabulous song. It is great to have new music from one of my favorite diva queens.

Welcome back Donna . . . you were missed!



Here is an excerpt on an article about
Donna's return to pop music from CNN


LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Donna Summer's reign as the "Queen of Disco" may have begun in the 1970s -- more than 30 years ago -- but that doesn't mean she's slowed down in the 21st century.

With a new album, "Crayons," just out, and a tour coming up, Summer has re-entered the limelight as if she'd never left.

The woman known for "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "She Works Hard for the Money" appeared on the finale of "American Idol" and performed some of her greatest hits with the show's leading female singers. She also did a short duet with third-place Syesha Mercado.

The "Queen of Disco," now 59, sat down with CNN to talk about her upcoming tour, her performance on "Idol" and her status as a "gwammy." The following is an edited version of the interview.

CNN: Let's start with "American Idol." ... How did all that come about?

Donna Summer: Well, you know, I did the show about two or three years ago, the year Fantasia won. And they've been asking me to come back. And so this year it worked out that my album was coming out and ... they wanted to, uh, have a lot of surprises in the last show and so [the producers called and asked], "Do you wanna do the show?" And I'm like HELLO! Of course! (laughs) [It has] like the most high viewership in the world! So I said I'd do it.

CNN: How much fun was that, to see ... [the contestants] singing your famous tunes?

Summer: Exciting! The first day we went to rehearsals, the kids were just starting to rehearse -- and I do say kids (laughs). ... They were doing such a beautiful job, I almost started crying because I felt like wow, what a legacy, my songs are passing to another generation. ... Made me kind of misty, actually. (laughs) [It] really did.


An excerpt from an article by KJ Matthews, CNN
Here is the link to read the entire article . . .













Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Donnas ~ Fall Behind Me





This American all-female band from
Palo Alto, California made their
debut in 1993 with fun and catchy tunes
 reminiscent of 80's punk/new wave
with a twist of hard rock, pop and
alternative music.

The following is a fan video I made
featuring my favorite song from
The Donnas . . . Fall Behind Me.






Brett Anderson, Allison Robertson, Maya Ford and Torry Castellano, junior high best friends and self-taught musicians, formed a band in the eighth grade to play for a school function.

They signed with Atlantic Records in 2002 and enjoyed moderate mainstream success and played the main stage at Lollapalooza in the summer of 2003.

Atlantic also energetically marketed The Donnas through placements in numerous film and video game soundtracks.

For more information on The Donnas, click on the following links . . .


Fall Behind Me | Lyrics


I can't believe she bought it


She got too close and she caught it


Had a point but she forgot it


When you skip steps on the way up


The gaps have a way of catching up


And you can't cover that with make-up


You're gonna fall behind me


You're gonna cry and beg for mercy


'Cause you're not ready baby


And you got nothing on me


Now that I'm getting to know her


Part of me wants to show her


Who she's really screwing over


'Cause she's got nothing real


Taking everything that she can steal


Just like it was her last meal


How long is she gonna be around?


How long do we have to watch her dumb it down?


'Cause when it's cheap it fades fast


How long does she think it's gonna last?


And you got nothing on me . . .





Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away




Fly Away has been one of Lenny's most successful singles in his career, leading him to earning a Grammy Award in 1999.

The song is the fourth single from his 1998 release entitled "5" . . . it landed on the US Billboard Hot 100 of 1999 at #29.



ChartPeak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 10012
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks1
Canadian Singles Chart3
Dutch Mega Single Top 10049
UK Singles Chart1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart8







Fly Away | Lyrics

Written, produced and performed by
Lenny Kravitz




I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high

Just like a dragonfly

I'd fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please

Oh I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah yeah yeah
Oh I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah yeah yeah

Let's go and see the stars
The milky way or even Mars
Where it could just be ours

Let's fade into the sun
Let your spirit fly
Where we are one
Just for a little fun
Oh oh oh yeah!

I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah yeah yeah
I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah yeah yeah

I got to get away
Girl I got to get away
Oh oh oh yeah
I want to get away
I'll fly away
Yeah (with you) yeah yeah
Oh Yeah !

I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah (with you) yeah yeah
I got to get away
I want to get away (4x)
Yeah
I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah (with you) yeah yeah
I got to get away
I want to get away (4x)
Yeah
I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah with you




Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lenny Kravitz Feels Reborn on Baptism





As usual, when I decide to pick a featured song on this blog and creating a video, it is usually one of those off the wall songs that most people have not heard before.  This time is no different . . . the featured song "I Don't Want To Be A Star" from the album "Baptism" by Lenny Kravitz is my favorite song from his 2004 release.


The song is very Jimi Hendrix-ish with cute and quirky lyrics . . . love the reference to the "big fat cigar" and the confusion that comes with fame and fortune is a reoccurring theme in so many songs.  It is something I often ponder since they seem to "have it all" once they make it . . . but it doesn't seem to be enough . . . or is it too much?






I Don't Want To Be A Star | Lenny Kravitz
Lyrics

written by Lenny Kravitz


I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

My friends wonder what is wrong with me
'Cause I don't get off on my fame
I got so much confusion now
Sometimes I don't even know my name

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

Too many distractions run through my brain
So many girls they start to look the same
Too many options no time to choose
Too many clothes, too many shoes

I've had the world I've done it upside down
I played the part and I've been the clown
Now it's my time, it's a brand new day
To be myself in a different way

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

I got to meet all the wonderful people
I drank with Dylan boy did we act a fool
I got to meet all the fabulous people
I got high with Jagger, it was really cool

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need the fat cigar

Never, never, never
Never, never, never
Never, never, never
Never, never, never, hey

I say never no no
I say never no no no
I say never no no
I say never no no
I say never no no
I say never no no no no
Never, never

I don't want to be a star
Just want my chevy and an old guitar
I don't want to be a star
I don't need no fat cigar 








What the "music industry" had to say about
Baptism before it's release . . .

Wednesday, March 10, 2004 7:40 PM EST

Rocker says recording seventh LP felt like the very first time.

by Joseph Patel

Source: VH1.com


Rocker Lenny Kravitz has been recording music for 15 years, but his upcoming album, Baptism, will be his first LP ever — at least, that's how it feels to him.

"When I was making this record, I had the feeling I did when making Let Love Rule," he said recently, referring to his 1989 debut album. "And I thought, it's a blessing to be in the game for 15 years and make my first record again, or what feels like my first record again."

Baptism, due May 18, will actually be Kravitz's seventh studio album, and his first since 2001's Lenny. Kravitz says he intended this disc to be a colorful, '70s-style funk record, but his plans changed when he came to New York last October and started writing new songs on a friend's acoustic guitar. The result was a simple, more straightforward rock album with little frills. "It's really come full circle for me," he said.

Kravitz will film a video for the first single, "Where We Runnin'?," shortly. Sources familiar with the production of the video said the rock star's first casting choice for the video was actress Natalie Portman. She declined because of a work conflict, so Kravitz has set his eyes on Scarlett Johansson.

Whomever Kravitz casts, he'll still carry clout within the hip-hop community. He recently recorded the song "Show Me Your Soul" with P. Diddy, Loon and Pharrell of the Neptunes (see "P. Diddy, Pharrell, Lenny Get Down And 'Dirty Like Aguilera' For Video"). He appears on the song "Maybe" on the new N.E.R.D album, Fly or Die. In 2002, Kravitz played guitar on the song "Guns & Roses," from Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse.

Jay-Z returned the favor by dropping a verse on the song "Storm," the first time Kravitz has ever included an MC on any of his songs. "It was a great experience," he said. "It was very nice of him to reciprocate and be on my record."

Both Kravitz and Jay hail from Brooklyn, New York, so it's no surprise Kravitz was supportive of Jay's involvement in bringing the New Jersey Nets basketball team to Flatbush Avenue (see "Nets Accept Bid From Jay-Z Group; Brooklyn Move Closer"). "Brooklyn Nets! I think it's going to be great," Kravitz exclaimed. "Brooklyn's finally going to have a team. It's going to be cool."

Kravitz said he plans to complete his funk album after touring behind Baptism.

Baptism track list, according to Kravitz's spokesperson:

"Minister of Rock 'N Roll"
"I Don't Want to Be a Star"
"Lady"
"Calling All Angels"
"California"
"Sistamamalover"
"Where We Runnin'?"
"Baptized"
"Flash"
"What Did I Do With My Life?"
"Storm"
"The Otherside"
"Destiny"

This report is from MTV News.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) - Spiller ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor



Awesome song!!!

It was originally recorded as an instrumental, 
produced by Italian DJ Cristiano Spiller in 1999
 and was included in the Mighty Miami EP.

More on the song after the video . . .









The track was completely revamped featuring
 the vocals of Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the summer of 2000.

It went on to number one on the UK,New Zealand, Ireland Dance and Australian charts and number three on the
 American Hot Dance/Club Play charts.


Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Lyrics

Holding you closer
It's time that I told you
Everything's going to be fine
Know that you need it
And try to believe it
Take me one step at a time
 
If this ain't love
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel so good
If this ain't love
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel so good
 
Think of tomorrow
We beg, steal or borrow
To make all we can in the sun
While we are moving
The music is soothing
Troubles we thought had begun
 
If this ain't love
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel so good
If this ain't love
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel so good
 
Will you remember me, boy
Remember me loving you
 
Just for this lifetime
You can be my pastime
Here are the rules of our play
In it together
'Till I know you better, darling
Darling, now what do you say
 
If this ain't love
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel so good
 
If this ain't love
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel (now)
Why does it feel so good
If this ain't love (why, why, why)
Why does it feel so good




Check it out!









Friday, October 8, 2010

La Bouche - Be My Lover



Melanie Thornton always knew she wanted a singing career . . . her career started with voice and piano lessons at the age of six.  She was not an overnight success by any means . . . after many years of singing in night clubs, Melanie moved to Germany with $15 in her pocket in pursuit of a serious music career.


A gig as a studio session singer/musician and assisting producers co-writing dance songs got her the big break.  


In 1993, upon hearing her gorgeous voice, Uli Brenner and Amir Saraf knew she was perfect for their dream, a long time project called "La Bouche."  Melanie was teamed up with Lane McCary and soon after doing the studio session, a record label was interested releasing the song Sweet Dreams as a single.  


LaBouche was born . . . the rest is music history . . . and the subject of subsequent posts on one of my favorite groups.


Be My Lover was the second single released from their debut album Sweet Dreams, launching them as one of the most successful dance music artists of the 90's.


The following is my video tribute of the song Be My Lover, dedicated to the late Melanie Thornton, a great talent taken from her fans and loved ones way too soon.





LaBouche RockAmerica Megamix



More posts to come on one of my favorite groups!

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