This is actually a website that I learned about in middle school. It archives websites all the way back to 1996. It's called the Wayback Machine. Check it out here: https://archive.org/web/
Search for old websites you used to frequent! Look at AOL:
I used to play games on miniclip:
And I forgot about Ask Jeeves:
Ah, the memories!
A few years ago, I was looking up different frequencies of dial tones on YouTube (don’t ask why, I don’t know) and I stumbled upon this video of the best hold tone ever. And you know what? It just might be. It’s oddly smooth and calming... and it loops perfectly... and I feel myself... falling... asleep... check... it out below....
You might have already figured out that I love to watch music videos. I usually watch music videos and then scour the net to find the directors behind it to see if they’ve directed other music videos that I like. It used to be really hard because a lot of music videos on YouTube don’t include the directors name. I finally found a website, Music Video Database or MVDB, that lists directors, artists, and technicians for a ton of music videos. And the database is growing daily. Check it out: mvdbase.com.
Here's one my most favorite dance scenes from the 1987 movie, White Nights. I find it amazing how Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines are doing the same moves, but so differently. They had different training, so they attack the routine differently, but they stay perfectly in sync. The finesse.
(Also, the song is Prove Me Wrong by David Pack, the lead singer of Ambrosia. A gem of an 80s AOR song.)
I've always loved radio jingles, but it wasn't until I saw this YouTube video that I learned how they were actually made. Here's the video description from the production company:
From 1976 to 1997, JAM created all of the station jingles for BBC Radio 2. They were heard by millions of listeners across the UK. Here is some JAM home-video taken during one of the vocal sessions for the 1984 package. The vocals, as well as the music tracks, were recorded at our previous studio on Insurance Lane in Dallas, Texas.
Check it out! Cool stuff.
Some of my fondest childhood memories go something like this:
I'd wake up around 6 AM to help my mom housetrain (and later on walk) our new puppy, Markie. By the time we'd finish, we'd sit out on the back porch and we'd turn on Weatherscan to play in the background. Around the time we'd settle down on the back porch, Me-Me (my grandma, my mom's mom) would be walking in the door from her morning two mile walk. We would all sit on the back porch and talk while the Weatherscan music played in the background.
At night when I'd get my clothes ready for the next day of middle school, I'd keep the channel on in the background for easy listening.
Now, my dog Markie is 15 years old, my Me-Me is no longer with us, and I've graduated from college, but hearing the Weatherscan music brings back those warm early morning memories that I loved so much.
Someone uploaded a slightly older edition of Weatherscan to YouTube. Here's the video below:
The 1:40:00 mark is the part I remember hearing most vividly, interrupted by the voice that said "Your current condition..." It stinks that Comcast/Xfinity got rid of the channel. I really looked forward to hearing the familiar tunes along with seeing the weather for the week.
I was super excited when I found the entire playlist of Weatherscan music on YouTube. You can listen to it here.
From the comments on YouTube, It seems that a lot of people feel the same way I do. Someone even created a Weatherscan emulator that you can find here. I'm just happy to be able to have my weather jams playing in the background again.
So, I'm signing off today with my top five Weatherscan songs:
Brighter Days by Trammell Starks
Tropical Breeze by Trammell Starks
Reflections in Time by Trammell Starks
Memories of the Past by Trammell Starks
and Late Night Cafe by Trammell Starks. Enjoy!
...to me! Today is my 26th birthday. That is all. :)
(Fun fact: Stevie Wonder made this song to campaign for MLK Jr.'s birthday to be made into a national holiday. Reagan approved in 1983 and the first MLK day was in 1986.)
I feel like talking about interpolated and sampled songs.
I'll make this quick. You ready? Let's do it.
"(You) Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott. The original from 1968.
Which was interpolated by:
Which many don't know was first loosely covered by:
But was shelved and passed along to and made even more famous by:
*dances along to every version*
Saying that I love music videos is an understatement. Saying that I love seeing similarities in different music videos is even more of an understatement.
I. Love. That. Stuff.
With that being said... I had the song "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)" by Jeffrey Osbourne stuck in my head today. It's a sweet R&B song from 1986 with a catchy chorus and melody. The music video is cute too:
So, I'm watching the music video and I'm saying to myself, "Huh. Guy with band... nice. Singing in an empty bar-type place... nice. Random young couple... nice. Bartender lady not paying attention to what's around her... Wait. I've seen this somewhere before."
It took me a little bit, but I finally remembered that the music video for "When It's Love" by Van Halen has the exact same premise as the music video for "You Should Be Mine." Check it out below:
Two totally different songs, two years apart, with two really similar music videos. I love it.
I have NO idea how I stumbled onto this video on YouTube, but here is Bruce Willis singing a duet with Tina Turner around 1996-1997. You're welcome.
And here's the post interview. THE FLIRTING. That is all.