Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SPC - 'Favorite Songs' - #3


Every once in a while, I have to load this video on Youtube and listen to Foo Fighters play their entire album "Wasting Light" in an even more "raw" form than it comes across in all of its analog glory in the studio recording. Love to see Grohl's emotion come through so viscerally and to see Taylor Hawkins absolutely *wailing* on the drums. I don't tolerate much "scream" in vocals on the music I listen to, but I could listen to Dave Grohl scream/sing just about all day and not get tired of it.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that "Walk" is my favorite song on the album, but it was the one that occurred to me that I could easily portray visually for the SPC contributions.

If you don't have the 49 minutes to watch the entire thing, here's the start point for "Walk" on that video and here's the goofy music video.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SPC - 'Favorite Songs' - #2

"Drive" by The Cars (1984).

Something about the groove on this song has always appealed to me. A bit of research (Wikipedia - *cough*) merited some interesting facts I did not know about this song. The song was *written* by Cars' frontman, Ric Ocasek, but the lead vocals on the record were sung by the group's bassist, Benjamin Orr. Apparently, Orr also did lead vocals on "Let's Go" and "Just What I Needed."

Sunday, February 09, 2014

SPC - 'Favorite Songs' - #1

Cruel Summer

Sometimes, when I have a bunch of snow shoveling to do, I'll take the time to get my iPod and earbuds and listen to music to pass the time. I almost always have my iPod set for full shuffle and with 3000+ songs, I just never know what I'm going to get next. I have found that certain songs take on unintended meaning while shoveling snow:
Vivaldi's "Spring"
Adele's Bond theme, "Skyfall"
Just about anything by The Beach Boys....

One time, Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" came on and I was amused by the irony.

When I decided to do "Favorite Songs" as a SPC theme for the month of February, it occurred to me that I might employ that irony with this song and a shot of one dressed inappropriately for the elements in this "cruel summer."

I can't hear this song without thinking of the montage from Karate Kid when Daniel is arriving at school on his bike, attending soccer practice and chatting with Ali (with an "i").


Monday, February 03, 2014

SPC - 'Flashback 2013' - #4

So, I think I've covered all eleven themes from 2013 here is this last of the SPC 'Flashback' contributions:

*Video (obviously)
*Widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio)
*tiny words
*white space
*superpowers (origami!)
* Um -- oh crap, I forgot 'internet memes' -- what an.....
(wait for it)