Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Until the End of the World”

U2 – Julee Cruise

At the end of 2013, let’s party with a couple of songs about the end of the world. First, let’s hear from U2, and 1992’s Achtung Baby.

Last time we met was a low-lit room
We were as close together as a bride and groom
We ate the food, we drank the wine
Everybody having a good time
Except you
You were talking about the end of the world

Fun times!


Maybe Julee Cruise can cheer us up a little. Wait, what am I saying? The vocalist for the Twin Peaks soundtrack may be dreamy, but she’s not exactly a party girl.


Song of the Day – “Beat It” – Michael Jackson

I’ve spent the last 50 or so Mondays celebrating the music of 1983 (I started at the beginning of February), and it would seem appropriate to wrap up my look at the music of 30 years ago by featuring a song from the biggest album of that year.

Thriller actually hit the charts for the first time on Christmas of 1982, but didn’t hit #1 until February 26, 1983. Over the rest of 1983 and 1984, it would be the #1 album for a grand total of 37 weeks and spawn seven hit singles.

Song of the Day – “She Became the Sun” – Sleepy Rebels

Sleepy Rebels, who describe themselves as “2 boys, 1 girl, 1 trumpet, 2 acoustic guitars, 2 violins, 1 cello, 1 viola, 1 celeste, 1 ocarina, many hand claps, 1 whistler, 1 electric guitar, 1 bass, 1 piano, 1 organ, 1 drum set, 1 loud bright tambourine, 3 microphones, 572,368,478 fans” on their website, obviously need some support from those fans. Their one CD, World Record, was released back in 2008 and has managed to get two songs onto the Song of the Day. They deserve more recognition than that.

(They actually have a second album that seems to be available in MP3 only, Yellow Tree. Take a look for it on Amazon.)

Song of the Day – “It Only Takes a Minute” – Tavares

Tavares was actually a family group, following in the footsteps of the Jacksons, the Osmonds and the Partridges (well, maybe not that last one).

These five brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts had a number of hits, including “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” and the first hit version of Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone”. This song hit #1 in 1975.

Song of the Day – “The Great Atomic Power” – Southern Culture on the Skids

I know, it’s a cover. But leave it to Rick, Mary and Dave to breathe a sense of fun into what is a fairly depressing number from the Louvin Brothers. From 1994’s Ditch Diggin’.

Are you ready for that great atomic power
Will you rise and meet your Savior in the air
Will you shout or will you cry when the fire rains from on high
Are you ready for that great atomic power

Song of the Day – “No One Is to Blame” – Howard Jones

Keyboard wizard Howard Jones had a hit with this tune from Dream Into Action in 1985. Usually he’s more upbeat than this – you know, “Things Can Only Get Better”? Here he realizes that when things go wrong in a relationship, it’s not always the fault of the participants. Stuff happens.

iPhoneography Apps – Fragment

So, just after I said that I had wrapped up the look at the apps of Pixite and Ben Guerrette, another one was released. It has all the goodness of Deco Sketch, Tangent, and LoryStripes, and it’s called Fragment. Tangent adds colored shapes and patterns to your image, LoryStripes adds 3-D stripes that you can mask so it looks like they go behind objects in your image, and Fragment breaks the image into geometric shapes, giving you control over how the shapes and the underlying photo is handled. Sound confusing? It isn’t – you’ll catch on quickly once you see some examples and start using the app yourself.

As a matter for fact, let’s start out with an example: a moody selfie. It was black and white to begin with; Fragment added the overlapping diamonds, and the green and the blur on the background. After Fragment, I took it through Vintage Scene to add some yellowed grime.


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