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Saturday video break: Minnie The Moocher

From the movie The Cotton Club, it’s Cab Calloway’s greatest hit: I saw that movie in the theater back in the day – it was kind of mediocre, but the soundtrack is killer. I’ve owned it on vinyl and on CD, and of course now it’s been ripped to MP3. I suppose I should watch […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 18

I too am working on my masterpiece. I don’t think it will be a random ten list, but you never know. 1. Here With Me – Jennifer O’Connor 2. Keeping Time – Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents 3. Masterpiece – Jessie J 4. I Have Come To Take My Boy Home – Jiggernaut (Deanna Smith […]

Saturday video break: Mine

How about a little old school Taylor Swift? We were so young and innocent then, weren’t we? I confess, I like Taylor Swift (*), and I doubt I’d have ever listened to any of her music if it weren’t for my kids. For music that I have introduced to my kids, there’s Trout Fishing In […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 17

I’m so fancy. You can see it on my list. 1. Diga Diga Do – Hot Club of Cowtown (Elana James) 2. (Keep Feeling) Fascination – The Human League (Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley) 3. The Body Electric – Hurray For The Riff Raff (Alynda Segarra) 4. Fancy – Iggy Azalea 5. Get Together […]

Saturday video break: Mighty Mouse

Did you watch “Mighty Mouse” cartoons when you were a kid? If you did, and you’re around my age, you probably remember this opening sequence and theme song: And if you are around my age, you may not have realized that there was a “New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, and it had a different theme […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 16

I’m not embarrassed. 1. Time (The Revelator) – Gillian Welch 2. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor 3. Wild At Heart – Gloriana (Cheyenne Kimball) 4. Automatic Rainy Day – The Go-Gos 5. The Cruel Sister – Gordian Knot (Cidnie Carroll, Amy Price) 6. The Climb – Hannah Montana 7. Caoineadh Na Dtri Muire – […]

Saturday video break – Merry Christmas, Baby

The Boss and friends bring you greetings of the season: This was recorded in 2002. Seeing Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici again – it’s all the feels, you know? Here’s a much shorter version of this song from Otis Redding: Merry October, y’all.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 15

And on we go… 1. Criminal – Fiona Apple 2. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie) 3. Kiss With A Fist – Florence And The Machine (Florence Welch) 4. Prisoners Of Their Hairdos – Four Bitchin’ Babes (Patty Larkin, Christine Lavin, Megon McDonough, Sally Fingerett0 5. Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You […]

Saturday video break: Mele Kalikimaka

We’re going to have a little Christmas in September these next couple of weeks, starting with this oldie from Bing Crosby: I believe that’s the Andrews Sisters joining him as well. This is one of those songs, which were fairly prevalent in this era, that has one long verse, with no refrain, that gets sung […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 14

Girl groups of old and of new this week. 1. Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby – Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch 2. Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley 3. I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James 4. I Love You Like A Ball And Chain – The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox) 5. Shame […]

Saturday video break: Meant To Be

Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers? I remember them well, and I wish they had made more CDs. I’ve been a fan of various forms of swing/jazz/ragtime music since my earliest exposure to jazz band in school. Of the bands that rode the swing revival wave of the 90s, the SNZs were my favorites. Turns out […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 13

Turns out there are a lot of girl names that begin with the letter E. 1. Oklahoma Home – Elana James 2. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Eliza Lumley 3. Freight Train – Elizabeth Cotton 4. A Little Luck – Elizabeth Daily 5. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald 6. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King […]

Saturday video break: Me and Bobby McGee

I have an acoustic Kris Kristofferson version of this classic that breaks my heart every time I hear it, and a version by the Modern barbershop Quartet that I can’t find on YouTube, so I’m just going to put a few videos for this out there. Here’s an acoustic version by Pink, who shows up […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 12

Feels appropriate to have a Donna Summer song in this first post-Labor Day post. Summer may be psychologically over, but Donna Summer is forever. 1. Mad About The Boy – Dinah Washington 2. I Touch Myself – Divinyls (Chrissy Amphlett) 3. Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks 4. Take You Home – Dominique Star 5. Hot […]

Saturday video break: The Man In Me

Yet another Bob Dylan song to be covered: Pretty good song, but that’s just like, my opinion, man. Now here are The Persuasions: It’s not just my opinion but solid, objective fact that Jerry Lawson has an excellent voice.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 11

Some lesser known names this week, plus a song with “Thou” in the title 1. Be Thou My Vision – David Arkenstone & Kathleen Fisher 2. Sleep – Debi Smith 3. Faded Red Car – Deborah Holland 4. Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp 5. It’s Christmas Time (and I’m still alive) – Deep […]

Saturday video break: Mah Na Mah Na

There are many ways to spell that, but we all know the words. Sing along with the Asylum Street Spankers: Very sad there’s no live video recording of that, it was always a blast to watch them perform it. With the title rendered as two words and not four, here’s CAKE: Yes, I know, the […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 10

Several iconic acts, plus some great covers. 1. I Can’t Stand The Rain – The Commitments (Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle, Bronagh Gallagher) 2. Everybody Knows – Concrete Blonde (Johnette Napolitano) 3. Like A Star – Corinne Bailey Rae 4. Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (Rose Cornelius) 5. Pedestrian […]

Saturday video break: Magic Bus

Get on the bus with The Who, y’all. And as I threatened promised last week, here’s Pete Townshend doing this solo, at The Deep End: Who needs backup vocalists when the whole audience sings along? Also, too: windmilling. I swear, I’ll have a non-Pete Townshend song next week.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 9

Musicals! Silly folk songs! 1. Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn 2. Potato – Cheryl Wheeler 3. The Foggy Dew – The Chieftains & Sinéad O’Connor 4. Something Real – China Anne McClain & Kelli Berglund 5. Any Moment – Chris Pine & Emily Blunt (from “Into The Woods”) 6. Darling Nikki – Christina […]

Saturday video break: Love On The Air

I’m going to indulge my Pete Townshend fixation for the next two weeks. First, here’s former Pink Floyd guitarist and friend of Townshend David Gilmour with a single from his 1984 CD “About Face”: And here he is performing the same song live, with Pete Townshend, at the latter’s legendary Deep End Live show: Gilmour […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 8

Folk songs and disco. What more could you want? 1. Doctor’s Orders – Carol Douglas 2. I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King 3. Snowden’s Jig – Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla) 4. Momma Don’t Like My Friends – Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys 5. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood 6. […]

Saturday video break: The Long Black Veil

Here’s Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris paying tribute to Johnny Cash with a cover of a classic country tune: You’d be forgiven if you thought that was an old folk song, but it’s actually a 1959 Lefty Frizzell song, covered by many artists including the Man in Black. It also has what is surely the […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 7

We’ve made it to the letter C. 1. Fresh Pair Of Eyes – Brooke Waggoner 2. California Christmas – Brooke White 3. Flat On My Back – The Buddhacrush (Amy Price) 4. Ellis County – Buddy and Julie Miller 5. Let It Be Me – Jerry Butler and Betty Everett 6. Waitin’ – Caitlin Rose […]

Saturday video break: Little Things

Here’s Colbie Caillat, whose version of this song has a definite article on it: Did you know that Colbie Caillat’s father Ken co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Tusk? Well, now you do. Did you know that YouTube offers suggestions for other songs while you watch that video? One of the songs they suggested for me […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 6

Lots of well-known names this week. 1. Talking Old Soldiers – Bettye Lavette 2. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé 3. Billie’s Blues – Billie Holiday 4. X Offender – Blondie 5. Fool’s Game – Bonnie Raitt 6. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow (Annabella Lwin) 7. In Our Talons – […]

KUHA sale completed

Say goodbye to classical music on your terrestrial radio. Houston Public Media’s classical musical station transitions to an all-digital format starting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 15. It’s a result of Christian radio station KSBJ agreeing to purchase the KUHA 91.7 FM signal from the University of Houston — which holds the license — in February […]

Saturday video break: Little Saint Nick

Hey, how about a little Christmas music? Here are the Beach Boys with “Little Saint Nick”: Videos of bands where they all wear the same outfit – especially when they all also have the same haircut – will never get old for me. I don’t always include Christmas songs in these video posts because I […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 5

Wow, we’re still in the B’s. 1. Mad About You – Belinda Carlisle 2. Call It Whatever – Bella Thorne 3. I Could Be Persuaded – Bering Strait (Natasha Borzilova and Lydia Salnikova) 4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin (Terri Nunn) 5. Go Now – Bessie Banks 6. Up The Junction – Beth Madden […]

Saturday video break: Little Bird

Here’s the fabulous Annie Lennox, from her hit solo album Diva: The things you learn when surfing Wikipedia: This song was featured in an episode of The Sopranos, and also in the Demi Moore movie Striptease. I remember it from neither of those things. (Yes, I saw Striptease. In the theater, even. It was based […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 4

Girl groups! 1. White Rabbit – Austin Lounge Lizards & Karen Abrahams 2. Complicated – Avril Lavigne 3. June Bug – The B-52’s (Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson) 4. Venus – Bananarama (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward) 5. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson, Michael Steele) 6. […]

Saturday video break: Lithium

The brightest light of the grunge era, Nirvana and one of their big hits, “Lithium”: Kurt Cobain was exactly a year and a day younger than I am, so he’d have been 50 years old next February. Hard to believe, isn’t it? One can only wonder what he would have accomplished if he were still […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 3

More ladies, y’all. 1. Trembles, Part II – Alex Napping (Alex Cohen) 2. Breathe (2 AM) – Anna Nalick 3. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Annie Lennox 4. Fly Me Away – Annie Little 5. Closer – Annie Williams 6. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin 7. Problem – Ariana Grande 8. Burning […]

Saturday video break: Light of Day

Keeping my cred as someone who listens to new music, here’s Aubrie Sellers: I was Not A Fan of country music for a looooong time. I think the main reason for that is that my initial exposure to country was the kind of mainstream/Hot Country Hits crap that Nashville regurgitates constantly. Once I figured out […]