A Day For Thinking Back

This morning I was trying something out on my laptop, and went on to YouTube for some reason. Oh yes, that was it. I was at C.E.Ayr’s Sunday Photo Fiction post and he had David Bowie’s Space Oddity on there. I mentioned that it was one of my favourites, as was Billy Don’t Be A Hero by Black Lace.

Since then, I have spent the day playing music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I used to play them all the time, but I stopped for a while and so I went to song after song after song. Going through House of the Rising Sun, Lily The Pink, Matchstalk Men, Where Do You go To My Lovely, In The Year 2525, Seasons In The Sun and many others before going on to the girls – The Bangles Walk Like An Egyptian, Eternal Flame, Manic Monday and then Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earth and Leave A Light On For Me. Tiffany’s I Think We Are Alone Now, T’Pau – China In Our Hands. Then Kim Wilde – Kids In America.

The music of today pales in comparison to how it used to be. There was the melody, there was no swearing (or very little), no rap and the singers played instruments as well. They weren’t formed on shows. They were good from the outset. Well, I say that a couple were one-hit-wonders, but they were still very good.

Two from Chess I watched were I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok.

Music is not as good as it used to be, and sometimes I wish I could wipe the memory of those songs from decades past so I can listen to them for the first time again and be impressed with them.

There are so many good songs from those decades past and so few hours in the day. And then I see links to so many more I want to watch. SO I am going to leave one video here.

Have a great week.

Ming The Merciless Mounts Mayhem

If anyone has seen the 1980s film Flash Gordon with Sam J Jones in the title role, Melody Anderson as Dale Arden, Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin, Topol as Dr Hans Zarkov and Max Von Sydow as Ming The Merciless, with the ever powerful and magnificent Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan, you will know that the beginning of the film starts with Earth coming under attack from Ming and raining fiery hail with a red sky. That is what my thoughts were when I saw the clouds yesterday along with the song in my head “Flash … ah-ahhhh … saviour of the universe” (song by Queen after the photos)

Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

When I was growing up, my mother would mainly listen to two people – Demis Roussos and Julio Iglesias – father of Enrique Iglesias. My father would listen to the music of the Black Watch or the Coldstream Guards.

Jim Reeves was another singer that she would have on. Sometimes we would grab her 45’s and put them on 78 as they sounded better then. More funny was when we took her 33’s and played them on 78. Dad had a couple of big band 16’s. Now they made us laugh so hard our sides hurt when we played them on 78. Don Williams was a Country and Western singer, and I liked listening to one particular track of his.

The effect it had on me was that I vowed I would never listen to Julio Iglesias or Demis Roussos ever again. Even the thought of Begin the Beguine or Forever and Ever makes me want to run for the hills screaming. I tend to listen to anything I like rather than that. When I was a teenager though, I would play Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and AC/DC to try and blot out what my mother was listening – and trying to sing – to. There was always a message on the bottom of the albums, it said “Home taping is killing music” as people would get the albums and record them onto cassette tapes. One band, Venom, had their own version of it:

Home taping is
killing music.
So is Venom

16/33/45/78 are all speeds on a record player – a machine for playing music on large vinyl disks. Very old disks would run on 16 rpm [revolutions per minute] and 78 rpm. Later, full albums would be on 12″ vinyl that played at 33 rpm, and singles would be 7″ and play at 45 rpm. They all had two sides – ‘A’ side which was the main track and ‘B’ side which was a bonus track. Sometimes, there would be two tracks that were in the charts at the same time from the same single, so that would be ‘A’ side and ‘AA’ (double A) side. Sometimes you would get specials which were Picture Disks, or at an odd shape.

Let the music play:
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  5. Hey, Hey Good Lookin’ & Divine Providence | The Jittery Goat
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  8. Great Music Never Dies | Musings | WANGSGARD
  9. My Musical Memory Set List (Volume Two) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
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  11. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves KISS | My Outlook on the World
  12. punk | yi-ching lin photography
  13. A Taste Of Honey | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  14. Sabbatical Songs: growing up in Oxford | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  15. One Crazy Mom » Growing Up With Music
  16. Papa Loves Dylan | The Magic Black Book
  17. To Run in a Dream | The Nameless One
  18. Hats, spurs and belts | Kate Murray
  19. The One That Could Have Been [Ndifreke’s Story] | She Writes
  20. Songs Of Yesterday | Awake & Dreaming
  21. Wednesday’s Run | Oldman
  22. A Dream: An Open Letter to Air Supply | Kosher Adobo
  23. Punk | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  24. Will The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?! | Life Confusions
  25. 281. Hee Haw and Soap Bubbles | Barely Right of Center
  26. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Basically Beyond Basic

Now Darkness Has Descended

When I PhotoShopped the photo of the day, as I always do with my cloud photos, I immediately thought of the Parson in Jeff Wayne‘s Musical Version of H.G.WellsWar of the Worlds. “Now darkness has descended on our lands and all your prayers cannot save us.” I’ve included the song after the images. Phil Lynott is an incredible Parson, and Richard Burton as the Journalist is one of the best castings ever.

Photo of the day:

November 03 2013PhotoShopped version:

03 11 2013 AT

The Spirit of Man: