I am saying a prayer right now, as I write this, to Whitney Houston…glorious singer with the matchless, powerful, soulful, refined voice…a rare bird indeed. She has chosen to take flight rather than remain here, but her life and her singular talent bear celebrating, even while acknowledging her difficulties over the past years. I am grateful to her always for the gifts she brought to my life by recordingâ€”by so thoroughly rockingâ€”our two songs. So Whitney, from my heart, I honor you and wish you peace and joy wherever you are.
Every one of us who heard her stunning voice for the first time, knew we were hearing greatness.
I’ll never forget the call that came from Narada Michael Walden’s studio, our friends Alan and Preston Glass had just finished the day working with Whitney and called us, and breathlessly said ‘you better hear this’!! They played back “How Will I Know” over the phone, and it was obvious she was about to change the music landscape forever.
Shannon and I enjoyed a three-part interview with Freddie Rodriguez of REALPOPOLIO, one of the best music blogs we’ve seen. It’s about time I included the link; my apologies to Freddie for taking so LONG(!), and hopefully you’ll all enjoy realpopolio as a good source for music news, interviews and fun!!
Though he was largely unknown to folks outside the music community, his contributions helped form the bedrock of pop culture in the 60′s, and into the 00′s. Odds are that sometime today, you’ll tap your toe to a song Arif nurtured to fruition!!
Find out for yourself, see the documentary. Probably available mid-Summer’10.
I WAY enjoyed trapeze and music together; did Pink lip sync, and does it really matter?(Geo: it doesn’t!) (Shannon interjects: LOVED the Pink performance…how does she sing upside down and spinning w/o all the usual mortal consequences??!!) (Geo: well, exactly my point- me thinks she sang it prior to her ascent, that little minx!)
BUT THATâ€™S ALL JUST A LOAD aâ€™CRAP!!!
Truth be known, we use the tools available to be creators, and it has been this way with TV since at least the 1950s-60s with the advent of musical variety shows. I found a great website that explains a bit about the history of television and entertainment programming.
“Video deejay” programming provided another economical means of filling airtime…by the end of 1950 video deejays were firmly established in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as secondary markets like San Francisco, Miami, Louisville, Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland (where pioneering rock and roll deejay Alan Freed held forth late at night on WXEZ-TV). Video deejay programs combined LIP-SYNCH performances, dancers, games, sketches, stunts and film shorts.
So our progression to here, began back there! Ainâ€™t it always so…Burma Shave.