Too Easy

4 07 2014

Houston

Dedicated to Sheila Jackson-Lee.

The harmonies?  Nice and tight.  But it takes real talent to do that mouth popping thing.





A Song Dedicated to Jason Kidd’s Long Tenure as Brooklyn Nets Head Coach

30 06 2014

Brooklyn, New York





Loving You

15 06 2014

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Music break.

When I hear this song, I sing along with slightly different lyrics at one point in the chorus:

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And yes, I have one of these T-shirts.

 





Music Break

2 06 2014

The lyrics.

This is a pretty new song (2008) by a bluegrass group that’s been around for awhile.  The lead singer, one Del McCoury, has a singing voice that’s reminiscent of Will Rogers’s speaking voice, and of course the song itself has a 1930s Depression era feel.

 





Fly Me to the Moon

28 03 2014

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Music break.

Yeah, Frank Sinatra’s version is the most popular.

But I’ve always thought there was something relaxing about Matt Monro’s slower version.





Music Break

22 03 2014

The most famous version of this song:

Is actually a rock version of his same song in a more slow-jazz arrangement and tempo of seven years prior:

In 1993, Art Garfunkel (as in How to Sustain a Musical Career by Art Garfunkel, sold in the same bookstores as The Book of Virtues by Bill Clinton) covered it:

The station that is now KZQZ 1430 in the Romanik stable was not so long ago WRTH 1430 in the Bonneville stable, and it too had an oldies format, but it was an ABC/Disney national satellite imparted nostalgia-oldies format rather than KZQZ’s current doo woop bee bop shama lama ding dong bubble gum kind of oldies.  KZQZ happens to be the music station my mother listens most often to, mostly in her car, and it was her favorite also back in the WRTH days.  Anyway, while it was piping in the Stardust network from The Mouse, sometimes immediately after the top-hour station ID, it would play Art Garfunkel’s cover of this song.  The only time they would play it is at the top of the hour (not all hours, though), and never any other time.  When I drove her around in my car on occasion to and from this or that for this or that reason, she’d insist on WRTH on the car stereo, and occasionally at the top of the hour, out comes Art Garfunkel.  That’s the only reason I know of his cover of this song.

And I rather like it.

I think his only real hit after the breakup with Paul Simon was 1975′s “99 Miles From L.A.,” though I’ve heard better cover versions of that one.





WWT

21 03 2014

Time for a music break.

The title track from Shania Twain’s first really big release.  If I was just a bit older, I’d be calling it an album.

“The woman in me needs the man in you.”  Nowadays, that might be referring to the same person.





Meet the New Gangs, Same As the Old Gangs

2 03 2014

BRA

AP:

Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

No, because it’s just the next chapter. Malcolm X was essentially assassinated as a part of black gang violence, and now rap is black gang violence set to “melody” and “lyrics.”

Chart-topping rapstress Nikki Minaj provoked widespread outrage with an Instagram post featuring one of black history’s most poignant images: Malcolm X peering out the window of his home, rifle in hand, trying to defend his wife and children from firebombs while under surveillance by federal agents. Superimposed on the photo: the title of Minaj’s new song, which denigrates certain black men and repeats the N-word 42 times.

That came after Minaj’s mentor Lil Wayne recorded a verse last year using the civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a sexual metaphor, and the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons posted a Harriet Tubman “sex tape” video on his comedy channel.

What is happening to mainstream rap music, which was launched by Simmons and is now ruled by the likes of Minaj and Wayne?

“I don’t want to say today’s rappers are not educated about black history, but they don’t seem as aware as rap generations before them,” said Jermaine Hall, editor-in-chief of Vibe, the hip-hop magazine and website.

Caring about history, aka acting white. Leftist white people care more about black history than black people care about black history.

While previous generations had to struggle with the racism and neglect of the 1970s or the crack epidemic of the 1980s, Hall said, today’s young people have not faced the same type of racial struggle – “They’re sort of getting further and further away from the civil rights movement.”

Silly rabbit, tricks are for grownups. When you have no real struggles of your own, the obvious thing to do is to invent them. Photo ID to vote, Trayvon Martin, school-to-prison pipeline, achievement gap, food deserts.

Remember the reason that Malcolm X-Lax was peering out his window holding a rifle. That’s because he knew that the Nation of Islam, who he had quit and left behind not long before, was gunning for his head. The way this article was written, you would walk away thinking the FBI wanted to and eventually did assassinate him.

Jasiri X, a rapper whose music focuses on black empowerment and current events, said many of today’s mainstream rappers use images of revolutionary black icons to promote an anti-establishment image.

“All the while, they’re being funded and pushed by major corporations,” he said.

Otherwise, KKKrazy Glue loses its adhesive qualities.  The people associated with “major corporations” that are funding them and pushing them and the (c)rappers themselves are trying to topple a common enemy.

“Mainstream rap music has lost its reverence for anything besides money,” Gray said.

Today’s rappers threaten to kill people who disrespect them, “but they sit back and let you disrespect our legacy, our culture, our history,” he said.

And that’s completely unlike the way it used to be. After all, Malcolm X lived a long full life and died of natural causes at the ripe old age of 85 back in 2010.





Christmas Music Break

10 12 2013

We need a break from the constant laying on the Africa guilt trip that is the Christmas music on the two St. Louis stations.

Roy Orbison, 1963.  Probably the most unappreciated Christmas song out there.





Tribute to George Strait

7 11 2013

Nashville

The original song:





Asleep at the Wheel

1 09 2013

YouTube

Sunday music break, both from the country group Asleep at the Wheel.

Their 1992 re-release of their own 1976 version of “Route 66.”  And it, the ’92 re-release, is my absolute favorite version of “Route 66″ bar none.  Several years ago, a Korean car maker used part of this song in a TV commercial for one of their SUVs.  I can’t remember which company and which SUV, though.

My theory on why “Route 66″ was such a hit was because it was the song of the average American realizing Manifest Destiny.

Their cover (year unknown) of Tex Williams’s 1947 novelty song.  Also my fav version.





Lost and Found in a Border Town

29 08 2013

YouTube

Appropriate music break, considering immigration is starting to heat up again.

One of B&D’s first songs, from 1991.  Of course Ronnie Dunn was the vocal lead on most of their songs, but there seems to be something really likeable and sublime about their songs that Kix Brooks got to lead, such as this one.

If the Gang Bangers of Eight, almost 100% of the Democrat Party and about 100% of the Republican leadership have their way, every town in America will be a border town.  Hold onto those diamond rings nice and tight.





Wacka

25 08 2013

YouTube

Sunday music break.

Roger Miller, “Do-Wacka-Do,” 1965.  He’s better known for “King of the Road” (same year) and “Dang Me” (a year prior).

Just think, we’ve gone from Do-Wacka-Do in 1965 to Waka Flocka Flame in 2013.

WIll Waka Flocka Flame ever be a lonesome fugitive?

Merle Haggard, 1967.

I don’t think so.  I doubt he’s that smart.





Watching

17 08 2013

This is probably NextMedia’s best animated-parody video yet.  They first came to prominence when they animated the events of that curious night after Thanksgiving for one Eldrick Tont Woods.  I first heard of them when they animated Al Gore’s chakra action.

Based on the following 1984 song by one hit wonder and Motown recording artist who went by the stage name Rockwell.  He (Kenneth Gordy) is Berry Gordy’s son, and of course Gordy founded Motown.  No nepotism there, eh?

This song is often mistaken for a Michael Jackson song.  Both he and Jermaine Jackson provided background vocals.  Ironically, Michael Jackson and all the Jacksons originally singed to Motown, but by this time, they had left Motown for CBS.





Blinders

17 07 2013

America

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If your state is blue, Stevie Wonder ain’t comin’ no’ mo’.  And this is probably an incomplete map, because some states have SYG not as a matter of statutory law, but as a matter of judicial precedent or legal culture.

He’s blind anyway, so someone ought to just tell him he’s in Maine when he’s really in Florida.

Failing that, this is as close as those of you in blue-shaded states are going to get to seeing him:

UPDATE

I think this isn’t just lamestream conservative racial pandering, it’s true.  Think it through:  With the exception of a few years, when black-on-white crime surpassed black-on-black crime, most black crime is black perpetrator on black victim.  And since SYG/CD was largely a sub rosa response to black crime, why wouldn’t black victims disproportionately benefit from SYG/CD?





Yee Haw

25 06 2013

Camden, New Jersey

Here’s the angle everyone is missing for the righteous outrage over the main point of the story:

What is Toby Keith or any “country” artist for that matter doing having a concert in Camden, New Jersey?  That’s like having a country music concert in East St. Louis.

Putting “country” in quotes answered my own question.

 





Mono Not Stereo

23 06 2013

This was the problem with early stereo mixes.  The separation was too wide.

I bet this song was originally and only in mono, as “Walk Don’t Run” was from 1960.  Stereo was out by that time, but it was such an expensive luxury, and this song was not exactly marketed toward the society crowd.  Too, the original mono version was probably also something colloquially called a “hot mono mix,” i.e. really punched up midranges to play well in the cheap speakers of the time that were called to service in teenagers’ record players and car radios (AM only, at the time).

The reason this version is in stereo is because it’s on a greatest hits album, which came out later, (UPDATE:  In fact, two decades later, in 1981), and the engineers probably took the old mono recording and engineered it into the kind of stereo recording that would have been done at the time, namely that wide separation.  By the early 1970s, stereo became both affordable and more reasonable and accurate sounding.





Slim Whitman Dies

19 06 2013

slimwhitman

Television record/album infomercial industry hardest hit.





Secret’s Safe

12 06 2013

Fort Meade, Maryland

Obama-NSA knows about all the phone sex I’ve had, yet millions of illegal aliens are still in the shadows.

Hmmm.

Five, six, seven, eight…

 





You’re Nobody ‘Till Obama’s IRS Audits You

17 05 2013




George Jones, R.I.P.

26 04 2013

Nashville

Another George covered this song and covered it well not way too long ago.

George Jones got a shoutout at about that time:





The Method to Trayvon Martin’s DXM Madness?

22 03 2013

Florida

Rush Limbaugh, yesterday, while talking about his contretemps with Beyonce, had a caller that said this:

Well, I guess it’s make more album sales because, you know, kids, it’s readily available for ‘em to go to your CVS or your Walgreens, get DXM or Robitussin or, you know, even Benadryl, you know, and take as much as they can and turn on this music and listen to it.  It’s an experience that the rappers glorified.

We know that Sir Skittles probably had the Skittles and Arizona watermelon drink to add to Robitussin in order to make a DXM concoction.





Voices Carry

11 03 2013

Washington, D.C.

Yeah, everything might be “hush hush.”  But this, like any big piece of legislation produced by a group of politicians that call themselves the “Gang of x,” isn’t such a big mystery, and isn’t good for us.  And we won’t have to pass it to find out what’s in it, because we already know what’s going to be in it — Amnesty and open borders.

Five, six, seven, eight…





Don’t Talk Too Loudly, Snoop

8 03 2013

Southern California

He wrote this song, because:

The rapper hopes his new song will make a difference when it comes to gun violence. He told [Piers] Morgan, “I kept hearing about all these school shootings and these people getting guns in their hands. … I wanted to say something and I wanted to make some music to try to help the next person who was thinking about loading a gun, going to a school and shooting, maybe helping him put that gun down and think about what he was doing or what she was doing before they did that.”

However, Snoop does not want lawmakers to ban firearms completely. He explained, “I don’t think we should get rid of guns. We just need to get them out of the wrong hands …  because you see the results when they’re in the wrong hands: tragedies, kids losing their lives, people unexpectedly being shot upon. I mean, this is horrific, man. So we have to try to figure out how to control it. … It is a time for change. Some of these laws that were written in the 1800s need to be tweaked for the 2000s … I can go get a gun right now, just like that. It shouldn’t be that easy.”

“I can go get a gun right now, just like that.”  Except you personally can’t “get a gun right now just like that” through a method that involves running your name through NICS, because “Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr” is going to pop up a big fat reject for your felony sheet that has at least two entries, as far as I can discern from Google.  If you’re talking about those “alternate” routes of procurement, if you’re so interested in cutting those off, and you are aware of such routes, maybe you should call the ATF.  They can get to that job right now.





Fifty

5 03 2013

Patsy_Cline-1957_EP

Fifty years ago today.





Drive Home Slowly and Safely

21 02 2013

YouTube

…To this, my second favorite ORB song ever.





Old Days

11 02 2013

Los Angeles

Adele is slipping.  She only won one Grammy last night.

Remember the old days, like last year, when the Grammys were nothing more than the Adele Invitational?





Come Saturday Morning

6 02 2013

USPS

From what I’ve seen, they’ve pretty much given up on Monday through Friday delivery anyway.

And you knew it was coming:

Okay, will someone please tell me the point of this song?  “I and my friend” — Is that supposed to be an allusion to LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH?





I Wish That I Could Be Jessie’s Man

19 01 2013

Fairfax, Virginia

Low information people will want to pay close attention.

The scariest looking gun makes the smallest holes.  The gun that looks like something your grandpa had makes the biggest holes.

Not that I’m a big fan of the ATF, but it is my understanding that a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun worries them more than a bread-and-butter AR-15.  You see in this video the really big holes that regular (full barrel length) shotguns can make.  What sawing off a shotgun accomplishes is spreading out the damage of the slug over a wider cone, i.e making an even bigger hole.  The reason the Feds are so anal-retentive about sawed-off shotguns (and why the FBI assassinated Randy Weaver’s wife, children and dogs upon hearing rumors relating to him having one and not filling out the required paperwork and paying the $5 transfer tax upon getting it), is because once you saw off a 12-gauge, or acquire one already sawed-off, then the person who possesses one need only aim it in the general direction of the intended (usually human) target, shoot, and it’ll hit and probably kill the target every time.  Sawing off shotguns was a favorite Mafia tactic.

Remember, though, none of these things are toys.  Any one of them easily has the power to end the life of a human being.

And also…yeah she’s cute, but could use a little more “in the chest” before I could rate her very highly.

That said, let’s rock out.  Rick Springfield’s original from 1981:

Of course Glee covered:





Compare and Contrast

16 01 2013

YouTube

Eddie Rabbitt…born in Brooklyn, but made a nice career on the other side of that once and future international border.  From 1985.

Compare and contrast to malodorous ghetto noise uttered by amoral sociopaths and psychopaths, many of whom are MAOA-2R sufferers.  Compare first world and third… two whole worlds between them.








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