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I just couldn't resist: https://i.ibb.co/pvksWb3/linkkasem.png
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
Good welcome to you, joiedevivre2006!
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
This Friday... and no, nothing yet from you... (FYI to all; I will always confirm receipt, so as not to leave you wondering.)
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
Yes, this is odd, thegue. I have received several others via this method, but have yet to receive your Google confirmation email to allow a download. Maybe try via a maildrop, or use something like Dropbox, etc?
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
"Mr. 58." I'm not even Mr. Ed, but thanks, Link. Assignment deadline: officially extended. If I could have stuff by this Friday, we'd be super-good to go. If anyone has any questions about all of this, just let me know. Thanks to all.
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
TNOCS Fall Video Collaboration project update: https://mt58.net/october-2020-tnocs-video-collaboration/ Great responses and great submissions from so many great commenters! Your imagination is a beautiful thing to behold. Go, team! Production is going along swimmingly, so much so that we can extend the original deadline for a few more days. For those of you still on the fence… we sure would love your company. As Barney Rubble himself once said, “The mortar, the merrier.” (So awful. Sorry.) All are emphatically welcomed. In particular, it would be great to see something from some of the esteemed TNOCS women that help to make this place so much fun. OK, putting on another pot of coffee, and heading back to the editing room. Thanks to all.
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
Sounds a little mad-scientisty to me. But it could be fun. Maybe after our latest video collaboration is finished...
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October 16, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”
Such great news! We knew you could do it!
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October 16, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”
We missed you, friend dog. Safe travels home.
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October 16, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”
TNOCS Video Collaboration project update: https://mt58.net/october-2020-tnocs-video-collaboration/ Yikes! We have some terrific submissions already! I’m editing furiously as we speak. Might need more coffee, or at least a power nap. It’s not too late at all… newbies and those that rarely post are super-welcome. And to all our veteran commenters… I’m lookin’ at you. Your presence will be a big hit with your friends here. I guarantee. Please consider sending a quick video, so that you can be included in this possibly epic event. Any questions about all of this nonsense, just ask me and I’ll be happy to reply. Thanks, please be safe and careful out there, have a great weekend... ... and good on you all.
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October 16, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”
"It's strangely comforting for me. " Same here, king. I was never into collecting anything else, but I think I know how a numismatist or philatelist must feel. It is indeed comforting, and yet hard to explain why. Theories and conjecture are welcome.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
Can't wait to see your contribution, Love!
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
We are on an identical wavelength, Stob. That version is one for the ages. I believe every second of it.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
“The Look of Love” is a mini-masterclass on how to make an effective and emotive chord change. When it moves to the chorus, in particular... wow. Just stunning. Hits me smack-dab in the feels, every time.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
It sure is, Link. These little stickers surrounding the record hole were often little artistic statements, or the equivalent of a "generic" grocery store item label. I know that you, and vails in particular, appreciate this stuff. Anyone remember studying the old labels, looking for clues as to how the records were numbered... trying to figure out what came before and after in the catalog... commonality in producer or songwriter names...? You can't beat the convenience and immediacy of digital music. But tangible media, the labels, picture sleeves, and album covers, are things that I miss.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
Maybe we can ask the poll administrator to backdate your vote? This is a unique case where voter fraud is actually justifiable. I'm just saying.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
https://i.ibb.co/QNV1r6J/bullhorn.png To poorly paraphrase an old song… “fall is here, and the time is right… for another, Patent-Pending, copyright-flouting, TNOCS Collaborative Video.™” Some of you might remember when we came together in April for our version of, “All Over The World,” a few months ago. (If you missed it, it was in the April 8 column for ““Another One Bites The Dust”. It was a lot of fun to make for the group, and your participation made all the difference.) I had an idea for a new, (possibly) cool little vidventure for you all. More details at: https://mt58.net/october-2020-tnocs-video-collaboration/ Please spread the word, and consider joining in the fun. Over and out, mt
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
Thanks, Stob, and to everyone upthread for your truly kind responses. Just a silly little thing for you all, in gratitude for keeping me virtual company on Wednesday. You’re all great friends. I’m very lucky.
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October 9, 2020 on The Number Ones: Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”
https://i.ibb.co/NCLpxSZ/fridaysbfinal1.png
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October 9, 2020 on The Number Ones: Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”
You've got this. Stand tall and go get 'em. They will be lucky to have you on board.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
In order to tell this story, I have to make up a fake name. I guess I'll call him “Luke.” As in, “Skywalker,” or maybe, the Lucas McCain character from “The Rifleman.” A gunslinger if there ever was one, except that his weapon of choice wasn’t a lightsaber or a Winchester Model 1892. He wielded a ’69 Fender Stratocaster. And when he did, oh, boy… you’d best fasten your seat belt. He was astounding, gifted; a prodigy, an artist. He could play any style or song that you could possibly think of, adding his own melodic eleven different herbs and spices to the recipe, with a result that defied description. Maybe for some of you, it was the head cheerleader, the accomplished athlete, the talented drama kid, or some other archetypical high school popularity contest winner that you wanted to "be just like." In my case, it was this guy. I was proud that he’d considered me a friend since eighth grade. I really admired him, and I just about lost my mind when he said one day, “Hey, come over after school. We need a rhythm guitar player.” I gave it a shot. But it quickly became apparent to all that I was punching way above my weight. After a few weeks, Luke was cold and businesslike when he told me that he and the band would be better served if I would "step down." Before the end of that year, he'd moved away to literal fame and fortune as a top, in-demand New York studio player. And that was the last I’d hear from him. That is, until one day in the early summer of 1985, when I came home from work to see the red flash on the answering machine. I hit the button and heard a voice from 10 years earlier. “Hey, mt, long time no hear from, what’s going on, man? Hey, I’ve been thinking about something, and thought maybe we could talk. I'll try you again later.” He called back again, at nearly one in the morning. ("Something a real musician would do," I remember thinking.) We ended up meeting the very next day for coffee. He looked a lot older than I thought he would, even after I’d mentally added the 10 years that were now in our shared rear view mirror. We talked for a minute and a half about nothing, when he suddenly blurted out, “I want to apologize about that band thing back in senior year at school. It was wrong.” Before I could muster up any kind of a reply, he had pivoted like a pro. “You know, I heard you’ve been playing, and doing really well. Word gets around, you know? The thing is... I have been having a slow time booking work lately, and I was wondering if you might be able to spare a couple of bucks, so I can help out the fam while I'm at home? I have a ton of gigs coming up in a month. I can pay you right back." I sure hadn’t imagined this was where we were going to go. But, it was true; I was very lucky to have been doing pretty well at the time, and I vividly remembered how bad it felt to consistently be in the overdraft club. I had one of those new fancy-pants ATM cards, with a fat limit for withdrawals. And this was an emergency. An old friend needed help, and any silly old high school drama was now water under the bridge. “Sure, I said. C’mon. There’s a bank around the corner. I’ll drive." He pocketed the $400 in fresh twenties, and then asked about the guitar that I "just happened" to have in the back seat. I had really wanted to hear him play it, but he said, "no, you play." I just riffed on the first thing that I could think of: the final, terrific outgoing solo in a recent hit song that I had just heard again on the radio, on my way to the coffeeshop. He listened, kept his head down and said, "Oh, yeah, this one... yeah, you have it, there. That's it." And without raising his eyes, he quietly said, "I appreciate the help. I'll always remember how you bailed me out whenever I hear this song." A week later, while standing in the rain pumping gas, I ran into a local musician, a drummer named Steve. I said excitedly, "Oh, wow - you'll never guess who I saw last week." "I'll bet that I can," he said. And that's when I learned that my high school music-guy-crush didn't come back to town to help out his mother. She'd died three years earlier. He lived in his car, and hadn't picked up a guitar in years. "He's real trouble," Steve continued. "He's putting the touch on everyone. He stole money from some of the guys. He's a full-on junkie. Nobody wants to have anything to do with him. He’s bad news." And as he looked right at me, he could sense immediately that I, too, had been conned. "I don’t know how much you gave him, but I can say for sure that it all went up his nose, if not into his arm." Then he said, "Look. I get it. I know the two of you go way back, and I'm sure that you meant well. But I'm telling you: if he calls you again, do yourself a big favor, and hang up the phone." This is the part where I'm supposed to tell you all how great it was after that. How I helped him, how he turned his life around, how we are good friends to this day, and how we meet regularly and play the old songs, and that it's all a nice, happy ending. I am unable to do so. I should have reached out, and once I knew the truth, I should have been a friend and tried to help. But I was too preoccupied with being hurt, angry, and feeling sorry for myself about being deceived and used. So I let it drop. And it was only a month after the coffeeshop reunion that I learned that he was to be forever 28 years old. I've thought about it often over the years, and my usual conclusion is that a better man would have found some way to do something. I didn’t step up, and I'm afraid that it’s as simple as that. It's my warped reason why I never listen to the entirety of today's Number One. And I know that’s a considerably unhealthy reaction. So, I decided all way back during our collective TNOCS year of 1980, that today was going to be the day. I’m going to try and take it back, and listen to "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" all the way through, and not hit shuffle or change the station when the outro solo starts to play. I'm goin' for the full fade. And if any of you are not too busy, maybe join me in spirit? Truth be told, something tells me that I might need the virtual company.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
You are reading my room correctly.
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October 6, 2020 on The Number Ones: Wham!’s “Everything She Wants”
"Gee, whiz," is one of those Beaver Cleaverisms that always sounded almost too quaint. It's not easy to pull off, especially in a song lyric. I had to look it up. "All I Have To Do Is Dream" was created by Felice and Boudleaux Bryantt. Nice songwriting, with an inspired delivery by Phil and Don.
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October 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Wham!’s “Everything She Wants”
Yes, Motherboy, this is great. Please keep it going.
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October 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Wham!’s “Everything She Wants”