Music


Well. What can I say?

I can say, “I told you so”, for sure, right here in this blog.

In my post dated Jan 1st I published my own top 10 and at #1 was… Replay by Iyaz.

Now please bear in mind I actually wrote that in advance of when it was published after the Christmas chart came out.

When I first became aware of the track I couldn’t actually get a UK download from I-tunes, they only had it on their US site. Why do they do that? The internet is World wide, that why it has www in it. I felt for sure it should be a hit tho and got myself a copy.

So back to my prescient post… In my reply to James and LGS on Jan 3rd I went further “My bet would be for ‘Replay’ or ‘No other one’ to hit the charts sometime in the next month or three.”

Well, even I was surprised by the success of my prediction. Replay has now hit the #1 spot in the UK charts!!

Bounces around going “WoooHooo! I-yam-so-cle-verrr.”

I wonder if the other track I thought was good and commercial ‘No other one’ will do half as well. Even if it doesn’t I still like it and that I guess is the point.

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I guess if you read some of my posts… Hi Mom… you will know I like pop music.

Probably no one who hasn’t lived in the UK at some time will really have all that much awareness of this, but getting UK the Christmas #1 song is quite a big thing. It makes the news.

For the last few years the TV Pop talent show winners have had the Christmas #1 pretty much sewn up. They are screened perfectly for the winner to have a hit on the publicity the show generates at Christmas.

The winner of the X-Factor show Joe McEdlerry released a cover of Miley Cirus’ “The Climb”. It looked like it would be that way this year too…

…until Jon Morter from the County of Essex started a Facebook campaign called “Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No 1” to get Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the name” to #1 instead of the X-Factor song.

It is a ‘least likely to be Christmas #1’ type song with the lyric “F#[& you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

Rage Against the Machine added their support to the campaign by promising to donate their royalties from the song to go to support the homeless. They also promised to do a ‘thank you’ gig in the UK next year, if the campaign was successful.

It worked too! I have to confess even I downloaded it and I really don’t like it much at all. And I quite like Miley Cirus’ version of “The Climb”.

Probably the publicity gained extra sales for both tracks and it will make the lives of homeless people a little better.

When Jon Morter was told the campaign worked after an exclamation he said “I think it just shows that in this day and age, if you want to say something, then you can – with the help of the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. If enough people are with you, you can beat the status quo.”

My personal Christmas chart?

Replay by Iyaz
All this time (Pick-me-up song) by Maria Mena
This is the Life by Amy McDonald
No other one Tao Cruz
Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Untouchable by Taylor Swift
Shark in the water by VV Brown
Summer Wine by VitoValo & Natalia Avelon
Undeniable by Katelyn Tarver

Ok. A nice fluffy post. See I don’t have on my yellow hard hat ^_^

My personal Bill Board top 10 chart in order… plus a bonus track #11.

Oh BTB did you notice my makeover? this is a shot of me in a friend’s place by the sea. It is lovely there especially at dawn and sunset.

The usual disclaimer about the tracks. No secret messages, tho goodness knows what a shrink would make of them ^_^ It’s a bit of a mixture style-wise too, I make no apologies, I just like them.

Enjoy:

#1 No Other One by Taio Cruz
#2 Almost lover by A Fine Frenzy
#3 Confusion Girl by Frankmusik
#4 I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you by Black Kids
#5 About a Girl by The Academy
#6 Shark in the water by VV Brown
#7 Party in the USA by Myle Cyrus
#8 Meet me Halfway by the Black Eyed Peas
#9 You Belong with me Taylor Swift
#10 4ever by the veronicas

and

#11 New York by Paloma Faith

There is also a really great dance version of “Almost Lover” by Manox, if you like dance tracks.

Kate Nash did a version of “I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend…”

MUSIC

Music brings to mind so many different images but here are some of the buskers I photographed yesterday at one of my favourite places, Granville Island, making music for the pleasure of the passersby.

Singing his heart out amongst the chaos which is the market norm


Outside on the lovely cool late Autumn day


A busker has a lot of equipment to cart around. This
one plays guitar and a variety of wooden flutes
to accompany his recorded South American music


The truth is that for many now the musical experience is about being
plugged into an iPod or in my case my iPod Touch
with speakers

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

Moggs, our intrepid reporter, doesn’t get to have all the musical fun you know! Although my musical evening was with a much different crowd from hers.

It was a dinner and private musical performance put on for the clients of a local financial management firm at, of all places, the local River Rock Casino Resort. A cocktail reception and a very nice dinner preceded the musical part of the evening, all taking place in the resort’s dinner theatre venue.

Michael Kaeshammer, the young man to the left, a very talented pianist and singer, entertained us with his special brand of keyboard wizardry playing jazz and boogie woogie. He was totally mesmerizing as he along with bass player Mark Rogers and drummer Mark McLean put together a great performance for the very appreciative audience.

Michael was born in Germany and studied classical piano before discovering boogie woogie and jazz at age 13. Within several years he was touring across Germany playing in clubs and at concerts and festivals. Moving with his family to Canada he soon established himself as a performer at jazz and blues festivals. His career has grown over the past ten years and this gifted young pianist entertains audiences around the globe.

Here is a youTube offering if you are so inclined you can hear Michael and the two Marks yourself and appreciate what great performers they are.

Inspired by JMB’s visit to a concert I thought I would re-visit the top 10 meme I did a post on previously.

Firstly, just to show I am not totally sad, I will mention that the last comparable ‘do’ to JMB’s I went to recently was an IL Divo concert at the O2 Arena. It is a pretty good venue with a huge car park and great public transport connections, one stop down from Canary Wharf and all the facilities there.

It was just marvellous and Il Divo are so great and so cute!

Managed to wangle tickets to a corporate box. Along with arena seats it had a lounge, TV and a bar! How cool is that? Though why you would want a TV at a concert I don’t know.
Unlike the Old Scientist’s musical tastes mine are pretty catholic. Like I said before, I can think of examples of almost every genre that I do like and enjoy.

So… My ‘No hidden messages’ Top Ten, for this week is:

Knock you Down – Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo
Remedy – Little Boots
You Please Me – Dragonette
Number One – Tinchey Strider and N-Dubz
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Crazier – Taylor Swift
Soon We’ll be found – Sia
Sometimes – Matinee Club
Every Word (Wendel Kos Radio edit) Ercola
Everybody but Me – Lykke Li

Bonus track:
The sands of Time – United DJs vs. Pandora

Inspired by JMB’s visit to a concert I thought I would re-visit the top 10 meme I did a post on previously.

Firstly, just to show I am not totally sad, I will mention that the last comparable ‘do’ to JMB’s I went to recently was an IL Divo concert at the O2 Arena. It is a pretty good venue with a huge car park and great public transport connections, one stop down from Canary Wharf and all the facilities there.

It was just marvellous and Il Divo are so great and so cute!

Managed to wangle tickets to a corporate box. Along with arena seats it had a lounge, TV and a bar! How cool is that? Though why you would want a TV at a concert I don’t know.
Unlike the Old Scientist’s musical tastes mine are pretty catholic. Like I said before, I can think of examples of almost every genre that I do like and enjoy.

So… My ‘No hidden messages’ Top Ten, for this week is:

Knock you Down – Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo
Remedy – Little Boots
You Please Me – Dragonette
Number One – Tinchey Strider and N-Dubz
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Crazier – Taylor Swift
Soon We’ll be found – Sia
Sometimes – Matinee Club
Every Word (Wendel Kos Radio edit) Ercola
Everybody but Me – Lykke Li

Bonus track:
The sands of Time – United DJs vs. Pandora

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