2012
02.12

Whitney Houston 2.11.12

(thank you to Jake Fogelnest and Jim Wilson for the link to this acappella version of HWIK)
Whitney Houston 2.11.12 (click to hear Whitney)

Shannon:
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 recording—by so thoroughly rocking—our two songs. So Whitney, from my heart, I honor you and wish you peace and joy wherever you are.

George:
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.

We’ll miss you Whitney…
whitney

2011
09.15

POPOLIO INTERVIEW HERE!

Reel Life songbook

Reel Life songbook

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!!

George-Fall and into Winter ’11

realpopolio=”pop outside the box”…nice!

2011
04.13

We enjoyed a recent interview with Tim Schoultz for his Back To The 80′s blog- thanks Tim!
George and Shannon

PS: click on Homer for our interview, and everything 80′s:

oldschoolhomer

2010
06.30

ARIF MARDIN

dizzy,arif,chaka'81(joemardin)
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles
hosted the West Coast premiere of “Reel to Reel: The Greatest Ears In Town”, a documentary following Arif Mardin’s illustrious life and career.

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.

2010
05.27

We had fun recently, doing an interview with Russell Trunk, Editor in Chief of ExclusiveMagazine.com-

(thank you Russell!)

-you can find our interview and many more, here:

EXCLUSIVEMAGAZINE.COM

Reel Life songbook(wfastf)

2010
03.31

CHECK THIS OUT!! It’s a remix on a Deniece Williams/Thom Bell song called “Silly”…
I’m enjoying hearing this lovely song all new again!

Rell:iRONIQ

“Stop Makin A Fool of Me, Oh Love, Silly of Me” by Rell/iRONIQ

2010
03.04

What do you think of this? I love it!

Seattle’s Light Railseattle-light-rail

2010
02.22

Gracious to boot

If someone is “gracious to boot”,
Are they unusually respectful
To footwear??

-Burma Shave

2010
02.01

Grammy Awards 2010

Grammy Awards 2010

grammy 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 THAT’S ALL JUST A LOAD a’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.

Museum Of Broadcast Communications

Here’s an excerpt:

“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! Ain’t it always so…Burma Shave.
Geo

2010
01.05

Bono’s Ten For The Next Ten

I enjoyed Bono’s twist on Top Ten Lists. Particularly his Intellectual Property bit.

OP-ED GUEST COLUMNIST
Ten for the Next Ten
By BONO
Published: January 3, 2010
It is time for a Top 10 list that looks into the future, highlighting the ideas with the potential to change the world.