Archive for Music

Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – One of the Saddest Songs Ever

Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago.  Campbell faced it bravely and decided on one last tour while he was still able.  Now word is that Campbell in the final stages of the disease and “has been moved to 24-hour care.”

Campbell’s record label has released his final studio recording.  Knowing Campbell’s condition makes it one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard.

 

Source: Bits and Pieces.

“Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees!”

I was seven years old when The Monkees  tv series premiered on September 12, 1966.  I became an instant and life-long Monkees fan.  I wasn’t alone.

The Monkees tv series won two Emmys (one for Outstanding Comedy Series – beating The Andy Griffith Show,  Bewitched,  Get Smart, and Hogan’s Heroes).  In 1967, The Monkees had four albums hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (the only group to ever do that) and they outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

Obviously there were (and still are) quite a few Monkees‘ fans out there.  If you’re one, you’ll want to check out Eddie Deezen‘s post  Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees  at Neatorama.

Cereus Bright’s Cover of “Stayin’ Alive”

Below is Cereus Bright’s cover of Stayin’ Alive.

This goes out to Big John Beatty!

An Epic Game of Pattycake Accompanied by a Beautiful Song

How about an epic game of pattycake accompanied by a beautiful song?  Trust me on this.  It is pure joy.

Behind the Scenes on the Night Elvis Presley Died

If you have any interest in Elvis Presley, you will probably want to check out Do You Remember’s   Behind the Scenes on the Night Elvis Presley Died.

I was 18 years old and on vacation in Tennessee.  It was like a king had died.

66 Things You Probably Don’t Know About the Beatles

Buzzfeed presents 66 Things You Probably Don’t Know About the Beatles.

My guess is you’ll know many but not all.

The Beatles Live 1965 Performance!

 One of the things that I love about YouTube.com is that you can find almost anything there.  You know, like a rare appearance of The Beatles performing in 1965!

Torrance, Stallone & Mitchum Say, “Farewell, My Lovely”

Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back and he’s brought Sly and Robert Mitchum from Farewell, My Lovely  with him!  Over the coming weeks/months I’ll be posting more of Mike’s sketch card commissions.  My goal is to eventually get a card for every character Sly has played.  We’re well on our way!

You can see more of Mike’s art at his Deviant Art siteMike is available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable.

 

Playing The Beatles Backwards Devil Worship Quiz

So, do ya want to take The Playing Beatles Backwards Devil Worship Quiz?

If you do, you’ll probably beat me.  I scored 70% and the average internet player scores 71.54%.  I thought I’d do better, but second-guessed myself on numbers 5 and 9.

I remember being introduced to the whole hidden messages thing about Paul being dead when I was in junior high.  A new conspiracy theory.  I was intrigued.  Hidden messages in Beatles songs and album covers.  Was Paul really dead and the remaining Beatles trying to send messages to fans?

The crazy thing is Paul may end up being the last Beatle standing.

10 Amazing Beatles Covers

Recently Do You Remember posted 10 Amazing Beatles Covers by Del Shannon (who had his cover chart before the Beatles had their first American release), Herb Alpert, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Nina Simone, Ike Turner, Aerosmith and others.

My favorites were the covers by Richie Havens and Tina Turner… of course your mileage may vary.

The Monkees 7 Greatest Hits

You know how on some days you really feel like listening to some music by The Monkees and –

What’s that?  You don’t?  Ok… let me rephrase that.

You know how on some days I really feel like listening to some music by The Monkees?  Well, today is one of those days.

Thanks to Do You Rememberwe I can listen to The Monkees 7 Greatest Hits.

 

Rest in Peace: Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem died today.  Mr. Kasem was 82 and had been in failing health for some time.

Mr. Kasem was best known as the host of his American Top 40 Countdown which appropriately enough counted down Billboard’s best selling records each week.  Casey Kasem also did voice work for commercials, and cartoons (most notably as the voice of Shaggy on the long-running Scooby Doo series).

I was a big fan of the Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown when I was a kid.  In the last few years I made rebroadcasts of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown: The 70’s a part of my Sunday morning routine.  I listened to it as I updated the StalloneZone.

Casey Kasem usually ended his show by saying, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”   Sage advice from a man who did just that.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Casey Karem’s family, friends and fans.

The Infinite Jukebox

Have you seen The Infinite Jukebox?  The Infinite Jukebox is an app that let’s you play your favorite songs on an infinite, ever-changing loop.  

How does The Infinite Jukebox work?  I’m glad you ask and we’ll let the folks at Infinite Jukebox answer…

How does it work? - We use the Echo Nest analyzer to break the song into beats. We play the song beat by beat, but at every beat there’s a chance that we will jump to a different part of song that happens to sound very similar to the current beat. For beat similarity we look at pitch, timbre, loudness, duration and the position of the beat within a bar. There’s a nifty visualization that shows all the possible transitions that can occur at any beat.

Some songs work better than others.  So far my favorite is Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off

 

Did you catch the drum-off between Will Ferrell and his look-alike Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers?

No?  You’re in luck.

Yes?  You know you want to see it again!