August 31, 2011 Leave a comment
November 8, 2010 – “Let’s Live for Today” – The Grassroots
I’ve always loved the Grassroots, even before my wife revealed to me that she used to do drill team routines to songs like “Temptation Eyes” and “Sooner or Later”. (Oh, the awesome images!)
But this video has so much to recommend it, I can ignore the timestamp up towards the right-hand corner. It’s got Jimmy Durante making a lame joke about their name. It’s got set elements that make me think it’s from The Hollywood Palace.
And, of course, since it’s the Grassroots, it’s got a young Creed Bratton (from The Office) playing guitar (he’s got the solo at 1:50). So much awesomeness in three short minutes!
November 9, 2010 – “Boy Blue” – Cyndi Lauper
“Name’s the same” Tuesday
On a track from her album True Colors, Cyndi shows off her powerful voice in this live version.
November 9, 2010 – “Boy Blue” – ELO
“Name’s the same” Tuesday
Horns and strings herald the return of ELO to the Song of the Day.
November 10, 2010 – “A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard” – Jeremy Messersmith
“New Music” Wednesday
Where do I find new music? Well, lots of places. Since I don’t watch a lot of TV, then that’s one source that others use that I don’t – at least usually.
This song from Jeremy Messersmith was featured on Chuck several weeks ago, and I liked it enough to listen to the entire CD – and it’s great. It’s called The Reluctant Graveyard.
November 11, 2010 – “Damned If I Do” – Alan Parsons Project
Alan Parsons is an example of things happening in the opposite order than what is expected. He started as a producer and engineer, then decided to make his own music.
This happens to be a song I missed on the “Audio Know-It-Alls” section of the WUOG game show, The Know-It-Alls. Funny how we can still remember our mistakes 30 years later…
November 12, 2010 – “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
The most popular comment on this video extols the song for its representation of being a Jersey Girl. I think it’s a lot more universal than that, even though it was shot on the Boardwalk.
To me, it sounds like the group the Magnetic Fields, especially on the opening verse.
November 13, 2010 – “Woman’s Got the Power” – Clarence Clemons
The Big Man has occasionally broken out with a side project from the E Street Band, like this one with his Red Bank Rockers. Here he and the Rockers’ vocalist, JT Bowen, cover a song by an obscure little band called the A’s.
The video also contains some of an interview he did with the show’s host, Alan Thicke, about meeting Springsteen. The song begins about 3 minutes in.
Note: RIP Big Man.
November 14, 2010 – “Always Something There to Remind Me” – Lou Johnson
Can you tell this is a Burt Bacharach song? As soon as the trumpets kick in, it seems obvious to me.
This is the original, done by Lou Johnson in 1964. R.B. Greaves’ version hit #27 in 1970.