Archive for July, 2009

For those who were in middle school, high school, or college in the 80s

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The other night I was flipping through the channels, when I came across a
band so retro I didn’t know if it was a real group or a joke.  I didn’t
know what show they were on, but assumed that it was a genuine show as
the ABC logo was on the bottom of the screen.  The singer kept
repeating the word “bulletproof” over and over, so I figured if I
googled “bulletproof” I would find it, and find it I did.

this group is called La Roux, and they are a real music group.  The
song is indeed called “Bulletproof.”  I found their video online.  It’s
hysterical.  Not only does the song “Bulletproof” borrow a lot
musically from “You Spin Me Round,” but it also looks like the singer
has co-opted the Dead or Alive singer’s requisite punk sneer.  It also
appears as if they resurrected part of the set from Olivia
Newton-John’s “Physical” video for this new video as well.  To me, the LaRoux
chick’s vocal approach has more of a contemporary feel to it, drawing from rock and rap, so it’s not totally
retro, but pretty close to it.

and watching “Bulletproof” brings to mind a comment I read in one of
William Safire’s “On Language” columns in the NYT Magazine years ago. 
He mentioned being kept awake at night by young people playing the guitar
in his attic in the style of “another generation’s disaffected youth.” 
At the time I assumed he was talking about young people from the 1970s
and 80s who mimicked folk musicians/singer-songwriters from the 1950s
60s like Bob Dylan, as I knew many people who fit that description.  At
the time though I never fathomed that the disaffected youth of my own
generation would similarly be imitated in the future.  I don’t know why
I didn’t consider this possibility; I guess I was still too young to
appreciate it completely.  Granted, the lead singer of Dead or Alive is
like a watered-down combination of Johnny Rotten and Boy George, but he
still comes across as disaffected nonetheless.

La Roux – “Bulletproof”:

Dead or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”:

I’m in Heaven Tonight on Top 50 Jazz Weekly Radio Chart – Roots Music Report

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

For the week July 23, 2009, I’m in Heaven Tonight was #38 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Jazz Weekly Radio Chart.

Amy Correia’s New CD

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Singer/songwriter, and fellow Barnard alumna, Amy Correia is currently recording her new CD, Majesty.  Like many artists today, Amy is self-producing/financing this project.  To that end, she has put together a fundraising program, which I would like to share with you.  Please follow this link to learn more about Amy and the new CD:

Amy and I met while students at Barnard.  She started a few years ahead of me and after taking some time off, she came back to school for what turned out to be for both of us our senior years.  We ended up living together completely by happenstance in the same suite (apartment-like dorm).  I had the opportunity to hear Amy working on much of the material included on her first CD, Carnival Love, and I saw her perform many times.  It was actually quite exciting to listen to her first CD and hear all the songs I remembered listening to in 620!!  I think Amy does great work, and I hope you will chose to support her in this endeavor, as I have.

“You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” on Harry Warren tribute broadcast, YouTube

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
With my August due date looming, I am
feverishly working through my pending items.  One thing I definitely
wanted to share was a link
to a radio program, featuring a track from I’m in Heaven Tonight.  On April 4th, Jose
Flavio Garcia played “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” in a Harry
Warren tribute broadcast on UEL FM 107.9 (Londrina, PR Brasil).  Other
artists in this broadcast included Joni Mitchell (sounding suspiciously
like Cassandra Wilson) and Roy Hargrove.  For me, its always such an
honor to get radio play, but to get a spin amidst this kind of company
is even more special!!  “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” is in
“Parte 3”, but I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to the
program in its entirety:

The track “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me” along with Jo Flavio’s
comments in Portuguese is available by itself on YouTube: