How music is related.

The first two songs I have posted in this blog, “Get Misunderstood” by The Troublemakers and “She’s Not There” by The Zombies are two seemingly unrelated songs that have been turned into relatives of sorts by the third song. The question posed by some about the third is was it a rip-off or is it a piece of music to be enjoyed for the new blend of elements? I do enjoy Malcom McLaren’s “About Her”, but I am glad to have learned the background of it. I think if fits well into Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” soundtrack. The whole “Kill Bill” is an homage to several films and viewers of this film have had the same critique as listeners of “About Her”. In the end, only the viewers and listeners can come to their own conclusion about what they like and what they consider to be good music/film/art.

Thank you to the people who commented on this first video for enlightening me to the origins of this song. In the 3rd video, another YouTube user took the time to put a clip of Bessie Smith singing the refrain, “My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.”

“and the text is actor Jean Pierre Léaud in the beginning of “Liberté , La Nuit”, dir. Philippe Garrel, 1983.
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago
@ELSHADAZERI This is the song that was stolen in 2004 by Malcolm McLaren, and appeared, reworked in Tarantino’s Kill Bill v2. The original refrain is of course Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues”… the refrain being, ‘My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.’
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago”


Shopping List Music en Français.

I’ve come across a few shopping list songs that I adore!

Les Cornichons by Nino Ferrer

Foux du Fafa by Flight of the Conchords

Zooom! by Sukia off the compilation Pop Romantique.(Slide show fan video I created for this track.)

Space. The Final Frontier. A Music Video Tribute.

Us earthlings have a fascination with space. Artists, writers, film makers and musicians continually turn to space for inspiration. Lately, I’ve been on a kick of watching music videos with great music and space travel. Here is a selection for your listening and viewing enjoyment.

I had to include this as it so fits in with the theme of this entry.  “I’ll Sleep When I Die” by Daniel Perez:

“Four Three” by All India Radio:

“Solar Apex” by Chateau Marmont:

“Pump Up the Volume” by M|A|R|R|S:


***This blog is also dedicated to NASA’s last Shuttle launch today.

On The Shoulders of Giants Part II: Amazing Female Vocalists/Musicians

I was so sad to find out that Trish Keenan of Broadcast passed away 11 days ago.  Her voice was so amazing and unique. Her lyrics were not your typical love fare.  She truly was mesmerizing.  I felt a void in my musical heart.  I kept thinking to myself, there has to be something new. This can’t be it.  Please let there be new music to inspire me.  The musical world answered my cries for help in the form of First Aid Kit.  Trish Keenan will never be replaced, but I was very happy to discover Johanna and Klara Söderberg. These two sisters are absolutely amazing!  They site Fleet Foxes, another awesome band,  as a major influence.  Klara and Johanna describe themselves as making Focal Music (Folk and Vocal).  That, they certainly are!  They produce lovely ballads that are so full of emotion. Although, I don’t know of them siting Broadcast as an influence and the fact that they stay more towards the folk side of music, I can’t help but find a similarity. Such passionate vocals with deep lyrics and a tendency towards dream pop.

Music Lives On, Music Inspires Us, Music Connects Us!

Thank you Trish Keenan and Broadcast for musically enriching my life. Trish’s work will keep living on and inspiring.

Their Fleet Foxes Cover that got these two young ladies noticed!

Check out this interview with live performance mixed in.  Johanna and Klara are talented and wise beyond their years. First Aid Kit – 10.22.2010 at Rockwood Music Hall

On the Shoulders of Giants Part I: Lovable Rodents

Caplin Rous’s passing had me looking through some old photos of my little Roborovski Hamster, Thumbelina.  I found some old video of her that I hadn’t seen in a while.  Caplin has had quite a few appearances in videos both directly and in ones done by fans.  His energy inspired me to do this video edit honoring my little love’s memory. Caplin was a giant rodent and Thumbelina was as the story goes, only the size of a thumb.   Despite and because of their sizes they were both amazing creatures with lots of  joy to share. Even though I’m quite the amateur at this, I still had a lot of fun with it and can still feel Caplin’s and Thumbelina’s happy energy.



Tiny Thumbelina and her adorable face.



Caplin Rous stands on his hind legs for a popsicle. Photo from Caplin's Flickr Page.

*** I always found him eating popsicles to be very cute!




It's that Spooky time of year again.

There’s something exhilarating about the end of October as the weather cools and Halloween approaches. Even if I don’t dress up, I love seeing other people’s costumes, hearing scary stories, watching scary movies and enjoying Fall flavors and treats.

My Halloween Photo Edit for this year:

These are not Halloween videos/songs, per se, but they are within the vein of Halloween in the fact that they are eerie.

You really have to listen to the lyrics of this one!