I kinda forgot I had a blog. Well... here it goes. I'm blogging again!
Nothing super special for today, except for two songs that have been lingering in my head all day:
Tell Me If You Still Care - SOS Band (1983)
and Just Be Good to Me - SOS Band (1983).
Both songs were written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and both songs remind me of sitting in the passenger's seat with my mom driving us home from my cousin Lo's house in North Philly, while we listen to the R&B classics on 105.3 WDAS FM with the windows all the way down, and the summer sun silently sets in the distance.
It always seems like I miss the summer the most when the fall chill really begins to hit.
I forget where I originally saw this, but here is a deleted scene from Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Pretty cool stuff.
Ahhh. Here it is. My most favorite commercial from childhood: a commercial for the 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I was obsessed with it because it had everything that I loved: night driving, a highway and street lights, a factory or oil refinery in the background, great music (Days Go By by Dirty Vegas), and a super cool group of people in a super cool car. Watching it still makes me smile.
“Hey, how you’re doin’? I’m sorry you couldn’t get through. ‘Cause this is a message that’s been recorded… especially for you!”
Ready for another Interpolation Station? Here we go:
Name and Number by Curiosity Killed the Cat
Which was sampled by...
Ring Ring Ring Ha Ha Hey by De La Soul
Which sampled these three songs:
Impeach the President by The Honeydrippers
Beat by Lou Johnson...
and Act Like You Know by Fat Larry’s Band.
But many people don’t know that Act Like You Know is loosely covering...
Help Is On the Way by The Whatnauts.
ANYWHO. Ring Ring Ring Ha Ha Hey by De La Soul was then interpolated by...
Ain’t Leavin Without You - Jaheim
And there you go. From Curiosity Killed the Cat all the way to Jaheim.
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!