Song of the Day – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” – Eurythmics

Oh my, was this actually thirty years ago? Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were ahead of the curve back in 1983. Do they sound dated now? I don’t think so – but perhaps I’m not the right person to ask.


Song of the Day – “Digging For Your Dream” – Indigo Girls

A beautiful song, but not exactly uplifting in the lyrics department.

Every day that you get up and force your cards
You’re playin’ your story in fits and stars
You take your prospects and your pickaxe
And you trudge down to the stream
And you bloody your hands diggin’ for your dream

From 2009’s Poseidon and the Bitter Bug.

Song of the Day – “Soul Shakedown Party” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

This is my invitation
I’ve got the special vacation
I need your concentration
Just to feel your vibration

Let’s have some fun! Going back to 1970 to a “Soul Shakedown Party” with the Wailers!

Song of the Day – “Out of Season” – Icicle Works

I’m a huge fan of eighties music, and there are few bands that have more of that eighties feeling than Icicle Works, fronted by Ian MacNabb.

This song from their 1984 debut is a bit overwrought. I love the way he pronounces “library” to somewhat rhyme with “inside me”

Song of the Day – “Don’t Call Us – We’ll Call You” – Sugarloaf

Let’s face it – nobody goes into the music business to be a one-hit wonder. If your song is not a one-off novelty, playing upon the current zeitgeist, then you fully expect to have another hit.

In 1970, Jerry Corbetta and his band Sugarloaf hit it huge with “Green-Eyed Lady” (SotD 3/14/11). As far as their label CBS was concerned, that was all they would ever do. But 5 years later, they managed a second hit with a song complaining that they were shoved aside after their first hit. They even included the label’s phone number (in touch-tone) in the song.

CBS had to change their number, but they never changed their mind about Sugarloaf, and the band faded into obscurity.

iPhoneography Apps: Tangled FX Part 1

Have you ever taken drawing classes? Even in basic art classes in elementary school, you can see who some who have the skills to be an artist. There are those whose brushes and pencils move smoothly across the canvas, as if the medium was an extension of their arm. I was not one of them. I was a clutcher. For people like me, holding the brush in a deathgrip so tight your knuckles shine, creating a smooth line was an impossibility. It’s as if we were trying to create by sheer force of will – no gain without strain.

Thankfully, in this digital age, we clutchers can still smooth out some of the rough edges in our lives. Tangled FX, by Orange Qube, can give an illustrative quality to your work that can range from subtle to other-worldly. It is simple to use, but offers great flexibility. I’ll be covering it in a series of 3 tutorials over the coming weeks.


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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Pretty Time Bomb” – Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips started under her given name, Leslie, as a Christian music artist, then moved into pop and married producer T-Bone Burnett. She took an acting turn as Katya, Jeremy Irons’ Russian-babe sidekick in Die Hard with a Vengeance, and released a bunch of records while also scoring the series Gilmore Girls and Bunheads. So why haven’t you heard of her?

This is the first track from her new CD, Push Any Button. I don’t know if that’s a reflection of her own production of the album, but I do know that the audio on this fan video of the song emphasizes the roughness of the sound.