Thursday, December 1, 2011

Music memorabilia . . . are you a collector?


When I came across the website, Wolfgang's Vault, memories of my first apartment, posters and black lights came flooding back to me.  Vintage Rock Posters are truly works of art.  I've long since forgotten about those posters, but a nostalgic wave came over me as I thought about my past vintage decor.
From their website . . . "Wolfgang’s Vault offers a unique collection of the greatest images of modern art born of the Rock and Roll era. Many of the posters and photographs within our hold can be found nowhere else and offer unique graphic inspiration for the walls of the most discriminating home or business client that still wants to project a spirited and bold identity."
As a music lover and collector of musical memorabilia I'm thrilled to be a new advertiser for Wolfgang's Vault!  I usually don't do review blog posts, but I had to make an exception for these guys!


My biggest collection is concert ticket stubs since I was obsessed with concerts back in the day . . . I never got to go back stage, so I don't have any prized back stage passes .  I've been saving all the concert t-shirts to make a rock 'n roll quilt.  Then there are the hats, hat pins, patches . . . but what I prize the most are two concert programs from way back in the day when I went to see Elvis Presley and Tom Jones with my grandmother.  Music memorabilia brings back so many awesome memories!


Don't know what happened to all those posters . . . the black lights were tossed out long ago.  


Have you collected any type of music memorabilia?  


For different and unique gifts for the music lover on your list, check out Wolfgang's Vault for an exceptional collection of live music, poster art, vintage t-shirts, concert photos, concert tickets and other rock music memorabilia. The Vault’s 20,000 different perfectly preserved items feature key acquisitions of concert posters, rock photography, and vintage apparel featuring superstars such as the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana.




Wolfgang's Vault

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Live ~ All Over You





All Over You is my favorite of songs by the rock group Live from their 1994 album, Throwing Copper.

Although the song was never released as a single in the US, it reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, #1 on Billboard's Recurrent Airplay chart, #4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart . . . #48 in the UK charts and #18 in Canada.

The following video clip of the song is from MTV's Unplugged . . . I remember seeing the show back in the day and it remains one of my favorites from the series.  Seeing the video again brought back fond memories of MTV the way it used to be.







All Over You | Lyrics

Writers: P. Dahlheimer, C. Gracey,
 E. Kowalczyk, C. Taylor 


our love is like water 

pinned down and abused 

for being strange 

our love is no other 

than me alone 

for me all day 

our love is like water/angels 

pinned down and abused 

all over you all over me 

the sun the fields the sky 

I've often tried to hold the sea 

the sun the fields the tide 

pay me now lay me down







Friday, November 18, 2011

INXS ~ Never Tear Us Apart




Never Tear Us Apart is a single (August 1988) from 
INXS' sixth studio album, Kick.



The music (written by Andrew Farriss) was given to Michael Hutchence 
who wrote the hauntingly beautiful lyrics for this sensuous ballad.

The original video was filmed in Prague, directed by Richard Lowenstein.

The song held on the UK charts for seven weeks, peaking at #24, 
while in the US it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Never Tear Us Apart is thought of by many INXS fans as 
Michael Hutchence's anthem.  The song played in the background
 as his coffin was carried out of St. Andrews Cathedral after his death.

Another great musician
who left us way too soon






Never Tear Us Apart
Lyrics


Don't ask me

What you know is true

Don't have to tell you

I love your precious heart



I

I was standing

You were there

Two worlds collided
And they could never tear us apart

We could live

For a thousand years

But if I hurt you

I'd make wine from your tears



I told you

That we could fly

'Cause we all have wings

But some of us don't know why


I
I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never ever tear us apart


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Daryl Hall


Dreamtime is one of my favorite songs from Daryl Hall.

Here is a video to celebrate his 65th birthday
from one of his free online webcasts 
(click on the graphic to go to his website).

Happy Birthday Daryl!



Sunday, October 9, 2011

No Doubt ~ Sunday Morning



"Sunday Morning" is a song written by Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani and Eric Stefani for No Doubt's third album Tragic Kingdom (1995). It was released as the album's sixth single in 1997.

Source: Wikipedia


Tragic Kingdom remains one

 of my favorite albums of all time!


The song Sunday Morning reminds me of my first days on Blip.fm . . . 
I would play this song every Sunday morning!  It was a time of great changes in my life as one of the most important relationships of my life had started off as an awesome friendship and ended up in marriage years later.


This is the original music video . . .





Friday, September 30, 2011

Michael Jackson ~ This Is It


This Is It is a pop ballad co-written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka.  

The song begins with Jackson singing, “This is it, here I stand / I’m the light of the world, I feel grand / Got this love I can feel / And I know yes for sure it is real” and then he tenderly hits his signature high notes about a new lover he feels he’s known "since 1,000 years." Jackson's brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Randy (credited as The Jacksons) are featured as background vocals throughout the song.  

The song was featured as a track on the album, This Is It (2009), which accompanies the 2009 concert documentary Michael Jackson's This Is It. It was premiered worldwide on Jackson's official website on October 12, 2009.  According to Wikipedia, the song was never available for sale as a single.

This Is It was the first song to chart on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Chart for Michael in over seventeen years.  It became a top twenty hit on charts in Japan and Spain, and peaked at number 18 on bothBillboard's US Adult Contemporary and R&B/Hip-Hop song charts. In 2011, it received a Grammy Award nomination. The song was also accompanied by a music video, directed by Spike Lee, which consisted of footage of Jackson as a child, clips of him throughout his career, and footage of tributes from Jackson's fans around the world.

Source:  excerpts from Wikipedia


As I write this post, Michael Jackson's doctor is on trial for involuntary murder.  The facts coming out about his death all over the news have really disturbed me.  For me, the story of his life and death has to be the very saddest I have ever heard of.  Rather than have these thoughts in my head, I decided to go back to his music and remember him as the greatest entertainer of my lifetime.

I will always appreciate his entertainment genius!





Lyrics

This is it, here I stand
I’m the light of the world, I feel grand
Got this love I can feel
And I know yes for sure it is real
And it feels as though I’ve seen your face a thousand times
And you said you really know me too yourself
And I know that you have got addicted with your eyes
But you say you gonna live it for yourself.
I never heard a single word about you
www.musicloversgroup.com
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand
This is it, I can say,
I’m the light of the world, run away
We can feel, this is real
Every time I’m in love that I feel
And I feel as though I’ve known you since 1,000 years
And you tell me that you’ve seen my face before.
And you said to me you don’t want me hanging round
Many times, wanna do it here before
I never heard a single word about you
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand
This is it, I can feel
I’m the light of the world, this is real
Feel my song, we can say
And I tell you I feel that way
And I feel as though I’ve known you for a thousand years
And you said you want some of this yourself
And you said won’t you go with me, on a while
And I know that it’s really cool myself
I never heard a single word about you
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand
I never heard a single word about you
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand


Monday, September 19, 2011

Til There Was You ~ The Beatles ~ Paul McCartney



This song has to be one of my
 Top 10 favorite songs of all time!

In my opinion, there hasn't been another songwriting team to match the music genius of Lennon and McCartney . . . their music and lyrics are magical and timeless.  However, this song was written by Meredith Willson (who also wrote the song 76 Trombones) for the Broadway musical The Music Man.  It was the only Broadway musical The Beatles recorded.

The Beatles performed this song on their first appearance of The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 . . . Beatlemania was unleashed as the music for a new generation.  Little did we know back in the day that their music would prove to be timeless almost 50 years later.  Amazing and wonderful!

The song was included on their albums With The Beatles (UK release, 1963) and Meet The Beatles! (US release, 1964).

The Beatles remain one of my favorite groups of all time!

Of course the song holds many memories for me . . . the beginning of the musical roots for my generation.  It really made us kids mad when groups like The Dave Clark Five became popular . . . we referred to them as copycats, but as new groups emerged with the new sound of the British invasion, we grew to love them all.  However, The Beatles and Paul McCartney were always first in my heart.  I'm just sorry I never got to see them live in concert, but I was just a little girl . . . not even a teenager yet!

The song holds new meaning for me as new love blossomed in my life.  It reminds me of an awakening of perfect love for the wonderful man who is now my new husband.  We were married 3 weeks ago.

This post is dedicated to you my cute pirate ;)






Paul McCartney's version of the song

video



Lyrics:

There were bells on a hill
But I never heard them ringing
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was you

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
they tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No I never heard it at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
they tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you
Till there was you


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rock Me Amadeus ~ Falco


One of my favorite songs of all time!

Falco has the distinction of being the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a #1 hit in the United States with "Rock Me Amadeus".

The song "Rock Me Amadeus" became a worldwide hit in 1986, reaching #1 in the US and the UK and his album, Falco 3,  peaked at the number three position on the US Billboard album charts.

 Falco died of severe injuries received from an auto accident in 1998, just two weeks before his 41st birthday.

The song featured in my video is the extended version . . . the video is not complete, but the entire song is included.  I'll repost the final version when I finish the video.




Sunday, September 4, 2011

Madonna - Sticky & Sweet Tour



More of my favorite songs from
Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour!








My video tribute to Madonna . . .



video

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Do You Know Where You're Going To ~ Diana Ross


"Diana Ross is one of the most successful female music artists in history" . . . as declared by The Guinness Book of World Records in 1993.


She is one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one as a solo artist and another as a member of The Supremes.  Diana was named "Female Entertainer of the Century" in 1976 by Billboard Magazine.


The song Do You Know Where You're Going To, written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, is the theme to the 1975 film Mahogany . . . was a #1 hit on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Easy Listening charts and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.


Both Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey recorded covers of the song in the late 1990s.


As I was writing a post on my Peace, Love, Happiness blog about dreams, ambitions and "the big picture" of life, the inspirational lyrics of this song came to mind.  


The song takes me back to a time in my life when I should have been asking myself all those questions instead of charging full speed ahead without my life's map of where I was headed.  We live and learn through life's lessons! 






Lyrics

Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know
Do you get
What you're hoping for
When you look behind you
There's no open doors
What are you hoping for
Do you know
Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies
That filled our minds
You knew how I loved you
But my spirit was free
Laughin' at the questions
That you once asked of me
Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know
Now looking back at all we've planned
We let so many dreams
Just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long
Before we'll see
How sad the answers
To those questions can be
Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know
Do you get
What you're hoping for
When you look behind you
There's no open doors
What are you hoping for
Do you know

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One ~ The Bee Gees



One (Dance Version) | The Bee Gees

I was inspired to write this post the other day when this song wouldn't stop playing in my head and I posted it on Facebook in celebration of my wedding week.  

The thought occurred to me that I am already feeling that we are one . . . but that piece of paper makes it official :)  Actually, we have the marriage license, it is just not notarized  . . . I guess that makes us "nearly one" by law.  

Isn't it strange how a single piece of paper makes a huge difference in status? Like a college diploma hung on the wall makes you more intelligent than one who doesn't have that diploma?  

Of course, it isn't the marriage license that makes two people "one" spiritually . . . "The taste of love is sweeter like honey on the vine, like the wind that feeds the fire, two souls become entwined."  Two souls become entwined . . . that is what "being one" means to me.

Someday is here for The Captain and me . . .







 Despite the success of the single "One" in the US (where it made the Top 10), the album only peaked at #68 there. In the UK, none of the singles from the album were hits and the album peaked at #29, but sold better in Germany and Switzerland where it made the Top 10.

The single comes from the album "One" . . . the Bee Gees' eighteenth studio album, released in 1989. 


One | The Bee Gees
Lyrics

Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb

I feel my heartbeat,
when you run your fingers through my hair, oh yeah
I can tell you,
I can feel you by my side when you're not there, oh yeah
Just as my life fades to darkness
you you make me see the light.
Show me that my search is over
I pay the price, I pay the price.

Tell you someday, baby you and I should be one, one.
Do it always, brighter than the eye can see, we hide the sun.

The taste of love is sweet, like honey on the vine,
like the wind that feeds the fire, two souls become entwined.
Someday baby you and I should be one, one.

VERSE 2:
So I'm standing on this corner
Tall enough to touch the New York sky, oh yeah
Love is so blind
I just cannot hear or see the world go by, oh yeah
Someone can love so completely
One kiss should break the seal.
Truth can be stranger than fiction
This love is real
This love is real.

Tell you someday Baby, you and I should be one, one.
Do it always, brighter than the eye can see, we hide the sun.

BRIDGE:
Ah we are one, we are one.

VERSE 3:
I will follow
Count on me, I'll never let you down, oh yeah
My devotion
Loving like an ocean I would surely drown, oh yeah
You'll be my only possession
I'll be a slave to you
We hold the power together
Just me and you
Just me and you.

Tell you someday Baby, you and I should be one, one.
Do it always, brighter than the eye can see, we hide the sun.
Tell you someday Baby, you and I should be one, one.

I think somebody might
I go down on my knees
You see love can be blind
It's there under your fear
I know I must be strong
And go into the night
And see all that I want

[You know my life is in your hands,
and every breath you take is planned
and all this love goes on forever.]

Tell you someday Baby, you and I should be one, one.
Do it someday Baby, you and I should be one, one.
Do it someday Baby, you and I should be one, one....