Monday, June 25, 2012

Sway with me

I'm finally off Roy's music for now. But I'm back on Dean Martin. Honest truth. I got Orby out of my head and was singing something completely different at work today (at one point Radiohead's Creep), but I get home and all of a sudden, I'm whistling Sway by Deano.

I know I posted a video and quick blog roll back in November 2010, but it's time to resurrect it. Can't go wrong with The Rat Pack. Although, for a while, I was whistling (more like mouth trumpet - you know, when you make the trumpet noises) Frankie Valli and the Four Season's Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You. Maybe the latter is because I saw the off Broadway production of The Jersey Boys, or maybe I just like that music too much. Either way, now I've done and got both songs in my head...


Saturday, June 23, 2012

It's 2 o'clock in the morning... you know where your sleep is?

I got another Roy Orbison song stuck in my head. This time it was 2 in the morning, I'm tossing and turning, and instead of being sound asleep, Roy is telling me about his first wife Claudette. It stuck with me for at least an hour before I fell back to sleep, and actually was the first thing that woke me up, right after my mobile alarm went off.

What's up with that??


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Up in smoke

I just read an article about Vietnam banning public smoking in the entire country. Like, you light up in the park, you face repercussions. The article did not state what will happen if you are caught smoking outside, but according to the article, the law "will take effect from next May"... until when, prey tell?

Thank you, Yahoo, for posting another piece of shit information. Do us a favour and re-read your text before you post it next time, please. I know less about this tobacco ban now, than I did before.


Stop me if you've heard this before

Again, I've a few songs on Pete and rePete in my head. Every couple of days, Roy 'The Boy' Orbison starts growling, guitar soloing, and then Blue Bayou goes round and round.

I've been singing it all bloody day.

I can tell you one of the "first" times I heard the song, although I most likely knew of it and heard of it prior, it really hit me while watching Dreamcatcher. The movie is from 2003, based on the 2001 Stephen King book.  I don't want to create spoilers for those who haven't read the book nor watched the movie, but Orbison's song is given quite the respect in the movie. It's one of those pivotal tracks that stays with the characters. Needless to say, it stayed with me as well.

Like I said, I have heard the song before, but never made the correlation. Sometimes it just takes a brief moment in personal history to make you realise what is going on. Now, 9 years later, Blue Bayou has been an ever increasing popular song in my head. Considering the track was written and released 49 years ago, Roy's vocal arrangements make it seem new. Then again, all his songs have that "this was released when?" feel.

The other day, I was actually looking up some information, and I read that his wife, Barbara, died 23 years to the day, that he did (December 6, 1988, December 6, 2011). You can't plan that. Honestly.

At any rate, good musician, good song: