Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Funkytown

8/5/18

Let's travel back to 1979 (the year I was born!) when a little group from Minneapolis, Minnesota went double platinum with a disco-single called "Funkytown" 

I don't care who you are, you have fun when you hear this song:




Maybe 8 minutes is a bit much- but it's fun, right? 

Lipps Inc (pronounced Lip Sync) made 3 studio albums, but failed to even touch the instant hit they had with "Funkytown" which shot to number 1 in 28 countries.  The group disbanded in 1985 and I'd imagine somebody is still making royalties from this earworm.  

Sunday afternoon I turned this song on for my kids as we were driving home-  immediately they were dancing and singing along.  It's just a fun song. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sweet Pea

7/29/18

I suppose this one originated with me singing to my son the other day.

♪ J-T-C (Jude Thomas Cash) Won't you Hang out with me?
Won't you, won't you, won't you hang out with me-e-e-e.  ♫

His response was this  "Dad, I hate when you sing songs about me!  Please stop!"

I don't want to stop. 

Regardless, the playful parody I made with my son brought this 1967 hit by Tommy Roe into my head Sunday morning.  Here's "Sweet Pea"






Have a gr8 week!

Brady

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Maybe

7/22/18

Ingrid Michaelson just writes nice, pleasant music.  And it's catchy.

Here's what was stuck in my head, "Maybe" which is the last track on her 2009 album "Everybody"


Here's the song with the accompanying video which are both pretty great.







Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Vilja

7/15/18

This one is kind of special.

2 years ago I was lucky to see Franz Lehar's opera "The Merry Widow" presented by Utah Opera.  I was supposed to go with my wife, but she suddenly took ill and I was able to take my 8 year old (at the time!) daughter.  We dressed to the nines and took our seats at Capitol Theater.  I respect opera as an art tremendously- at times it can be long, but I think if you focus on what's incredible about it- THE SINGERS!!!- you will have an experience that is rich in both culture and history.

Such was the case for me on this particular night when the curtain rose for the second act and Soprano Caroline Worra sang quite possibly the most beautiful song I've ever heard, Vilja. 

Here's what it sounds like.  Take a moment to enjoy something beautiful and generally unappreciated by the masses:









Thanks, as always, for listening to the song stuck in my head.  

Monday, July 9, 2018

Puppet Theatre

7/8/18

Here's a goofy (catchy) little song by Thomas Dolby from his 1984 album "The Flat Earth"

The song is called Puppet Theatre and are you ready for a shocker?  This song is about being a "puppet" and performing for someone and not being able to control your own destiny.  Check every pop song about puppets for similar metaphors. 

Writing music is hard.  I want to make fun of this song, but I think the whole thing is just way dated.  My wife could hardly listen to this, she made me turn it off.  I don't think the song is bad, but it was definitely in my head pretty much all of yesterday.

There's your warning before you listen- and here's the song.





Have a gr8 week.

Brady