This morning I went to get a pedicure (thanks to Shyla and her generous birthday present) at a popular salon here in Okinawa among Americans called Cocok’s (pronounced Cocoa’s). My favorite seat is at the end of the first row of recliner/stations so I can watch MTV Japan, which is usually on throughout the day there. This video came on and I just loved it. It’s called “Love Letter To Japan” and the group is The Bird and the Bee. Clever, right? So here is the video that has stayed with me hours after seeing it for the first time. If you like the song, The Bird and the Bee’s new album, which will contain this track, is expected to go on sale on January 27th.
I’ve been looking around the Internet for some reading/book challenges but am having trouble deciding on one or some to partake in. Are you participating in any challenges yet, or are there some you know of that will be coming up?
The show we watch consistently every Sunday on AFN is The Grand Ole Opry. One of my favorite performances of 2008 was when The Zac Brown Band appeared on the Opry stage for the first time. They did their hit song, Chicken Fried. I hope you enjoy it.
I would love to share some of my favorite Christmas songs with you here. I hope you enjoy the tunes!
LeAnn Rimes ~ All I Want For Christmas Is You
Percy Faith ~ We Need A little Christmas
Elvis Presley & Martina McBride ~ Blue Chistmas
Kelly Clarkson ~ Oh Holy Night
The Puppini Sisters ~ Jingle Bells
The Carpenters ~ Merry Christmas Darling
Wham! ~ Last Christmas
Barenaked Ladies Featuring Sarah McLachlan ~ God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
My favorite Christmas movie is ELF and my favorite scene is posted below for your enjoyment.
AFN (Armed Forces Network) just aired NBC’s Live @ Rockefeller Center Special this evening. My favorite performance was by Beyonce as she sang a rendition, with added parts it seemed, of Ave Maria. As I was listening the song rang a memory bell in my head. Parts of the song sounded a lot like a Madonna tune from her Like a Prayer album. It was a beautiful song and tribute to her mother called Promise To Try. Now I don’t know if you will hear the similarities too but luckily YouTube had both songs available. Let me know what you think!
Over the years Britney Spears and Beyonce have had huge hits, sold tons of albums and performed all over the world, but it wasn’t until recently that I started taking them both seriously as artists. Now it’s a given that Beyonce can sing her ass off but the music she was putting out wasn’t showing that off until she worked on Dream Girls and was able to really sing. I am so glad that Beyonce had the opportunity to act and sing in both Dream Girls and the upcoming theatrical release of Cadillac Records, where Beyonce plays the great Etta James, because the vocal training that she had to go through in order to sing those songs has obviously carried over to her own recording career and singing style. Beyonce’s latest album, “I am… Sasha Fierce,” is the first one of her solo or Destiny’s Child albums that I have purchased. The whole album is wonderful, all of the songs are singable and range from the melancholy ballad to the empowering and fun as hell single, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” The song “If I Were A Boy” is so rich and beautiful that I never tire of listening to it or of watching the video. Other tracks that stood out on first listen were “Save The Hero”, “Diva” and “Satellites.”
Britney Spears’ new album, Circus, just “dropped” (Hubby would like to know when that term became the norm for when a record is released) this week. Though I have purchased almost all of her previous pop soaked, candy coated CD’s in the past, this one, in my opinion, is her best one yet. I can’t get enough of “Womanizer” and I have started to drive Hubby crazy by singing the chorus over and over again since I finally mastered the rhythm. The video is fun and sharp too. I listened to the whole album last night after downloading it on iTunes and just about every song is catchy, enjoyable, danceable and the lyrics and melodies are reflective and singable too. I especially liked “Unusual You”, “Out From Under”, “Lace and Leather” and “My Baby.”
Is my new found adoration and respect for these two pop sensations a surprise to me? Yes, and I have decided it’s because both Beyonce and Britney are getting older, experiencing more of life (be it good or bad) and expanding their musical and artistic horizons which makes it easier for me to relate to their music and listen as a fan and not just because their music is the hot thing on the charts at the moment.
Well, unfortunately YouTube isn’t coorporating with me today. I am unable to post music videos for “Womanizer,” “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies.” I was able to post a clip from Cadillac Records though.
Today I was listening to NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast while running errands. The episode was the Fall Music Preview. Now, I feel that music recommendations from this show can be hit or miss. I love mainstream music and Bob Boilen and the other critics he shares the mic with for these preview/review shows tend to sway mostly towards the more unpopular, underground artists and groups. That’s fine and dandy and everyone is entitled to their opinion but can’t they discover some tunes that are prettier and more enjoyable to listen too? Songs by musicians that don’t leave me scratching my head in bewilderment.
I have found artists that I have become fans of because of this show but it is rare when I actually like more than one tune on these preview/review episodes. Today I discovered Blitsen Trapperand their new album titled Furr, as well as Kaiser Chiefs from the U.K. Though I didn’t really enjoy the vocals or the all over sound of this next song, I LOVE the chorus. The group is called The Streets and the song is titled Heaven For The Weather. Below I have included the chorus as well as the video.
I want to go to heaven for the weather
But hell for the company
I want to go to heaven for the weather
But hell seems like fun to me
One of my favorite music groups from the 80’s is Erasure. Beautiful vocals, harmonies, melodies and sound . That is Erasure. My little sis saw them in concert (lucky bum) when she was in high school and the whole show was done in a Wizard of Oz theme. I can just imagine what the costumes and set pieces looked like. It was probably a technicolor light show for the ages as well. (Sonja, please share what you can remember of the show in the comments section please!!) Below are a few of my favorite Erasure songs. Enjoy!