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.
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.
You know how everyone has a movie that they can never get tired of? The original Karate Kid is one of those movies for me. If it's on and I'm not working, I'll stop everything that I'm doing to watch it like I've never seen it before.
It seems that I have a knack for finding cool behind the scenes stuff, so here I am again sharing the rehearsal footage from The Karate Kid. Straight from John G. Avildsen's YouTube account. He even answered some people's comments on the videos. Enjoy!
Those who know me well know that I love Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's music. For those not familiar with the legendary R&B and pop songwriting and producing duo, think Control and Rhythm Nation era Janet Jackson, Heartbreak era New Edition, and the song "Human" by The Human League. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are behind them.
Not too long ago, I ran across a video of Donnie Simpson interviewing Jam and Lewis in their studio while they were working on the song "Fishnet" by Morris Day. Check out the behind the scenes video and the finished product below!
Yet again, I find myself in the wormhole which is YouTube. This time, I started off watching a video of 8 year old Patti Austin singing the jazz standard "Jeepers Creepers." Check out the video below. Even as a kid she was a super talented singer.
Somehow, one Patti Austin video led to another and I found great in studio footage from the 1984 documentary, I Love Quincy. The footage shows Patti Austin and Quincy Jones goofing off while working on the song "It's Gonna Be Special" for the film Two of a Kind.
Two things struck me in particular during the in-studio video. The first thing was how ridiculously silly they were. Everyone in the studio kept joking and joking, one fit of laughter after the next. Everyone seemed comfortable with each other. The second thing was that after they composed themselves, they got right back to work like nothing happened. No one missed a beat. They went back to recording like the pros they are.
The whole video was a reminder to take my work seriously, but not too serious. It's always important to keep it light and to have fun, but it's also important to reel it in and to focus to get the job done.
With that said, back to work I go. I'll keep things in the Patti Austin and Quincy Jones vein, and I'll leave you with a video of their remake of the Chaz Jankel song, "Ai No Corrida." Funky stuff.