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When classical music met pop music…

When the classical composers like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and others wrote their compositions, they probably did not think about pop music. In fact, their music seems to be quite different from the modern pop music. Two worlds that will never meet? Well, not exactly… Read the rest of this entry

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Song of the day: Lois Lane- It’s The First Time

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I woke up this morning with the total lyrics of this song in my head, including the music and the intro. I have strange moods, sometimes, and I can’t tell why it was just this song. However, their album, which is on CD at home, is a very good album, although it only has 6 songs on it. One of these songs, the first one, is the song which was one of their biggest hits. In the nineties, they had another big hit, but they never had as much success as with their first album, which featured a lot of hits. Enjoy

Loïs Lane (In America Loïs L.)- It’s The First Time

U2

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With a new album coming up and new hits on the radio, it would be a good time to finally place U2 in the Hall Of Fame. If we’re looking to one of the greatest bands from the last centuries, I would probably go for them. Their album ‘The Joshua Tree’ was a full hit album, with great songs like ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’. Their music was good from the beginning on, and the quality was high in every album. In the nineties they had a very good song, One, the zeroes had Magnificent, and Ordinary Love is one of the biggest hits in the 2010s. I can’t wait to hear their new album, and for their work which they have already done, they are granted a place in the Hall Of Fame! Carry on!

Song of the day: Oasis- Wonderwall

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A nineties classic today! These two brothers made some amazing records, and after that they didn’t want to work together anymore after they had a fight. End of the band, goodbye good music! Fortunately, we have their old records, and maybe (wishful thinking) they will come back in some years if they have decided they can go on tour again together… For today, the programme is as follows: we listen to one of their biggest hits, namely:

Oasis- Wonderwall

Song of the day: Supertramp- It’s Raining Again

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Yes! A saxophone song by Supertramp! It’s one of the reasons why I’m a fan of Supertramp. Because almost all their songs feature a saxophone! The text is applicable for the autumn, and especially for these days: rain, rain, nothing like the rain. But that’s another story, probably for some other time. Supertramp had their hits in the eighties, and they made quite a lot. If it would be possible, I would love to see them sometime live! Probably wishful thinking… The nice thing about this song is that it has some sort of lullaby in it, the childrens rhyme: “it’s raining, it’s raining”. I like that twist in the song! So for today, enjoy this rainy song:

Supertramp- It’s Raining Again

Summer Song of the Day #16: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince- Summertime

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Yes, more classics on their way. Again nineties, and this time made by a duo. One of the two is Will Smith, the Fresh Prince.
I did not know this until I was looking for the greatest hits of Will Smith (I wanted a CD with Miami, Gettin’ Jiggy With It, etc.), and there were songs of DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince on the CD!
What? That’s strange, I thought. Well, no, apparently not.
But okay, they have scored a neat 16th place in the Summer Song Of The Day Top 20, with their song Summertime. A real big summer hit!

Number 16: DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince- Summertime

Music documentary 2: About the Bee Gees

If you ask me to name a band which was important in different streams of music, I will think some time and then give an answer: the Bee Gees.
They had lots of hits in different years, varying from the sixties to the nineties, and they were important in the music for the disco. As they say in the documentary, they actually made the disco.

The documentary I want to discuss is called In Our Own Time. It is made up out of several interviews, with some nice performances. In the documentary, all their years come along, and it is build up logically. Starting with a live performance, then going on with the prehistory of the Bee Gees, then the start, the “in between” years, and then the Fever.

Unfortunately two of the three members died in the past years. The strange thing is that the oldest is still standing!
Enjoy this documentary, you can find it in several parts on YouTube. Here’s part 1 of In Our Own Time.

Song of the day: Aretha Franklin- Respect

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Since 1952 active, still active, and hits in the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and the zeroes.
There are not a lot of people who can say that. Aretha Franklin can.

She had a lot of hits, and a lot of them are on this 2cd collection. And there is another nice detail: She also appeared on the soundtrack of the Blues Brothers, a few days ago. That song was called Think, an really good song!

However, it’s not the song of the day. And a lot of other hits are not song of the day either: there’s one song lucky.

And that is Respect! Respect for this woman, who enriched the music a lot!

Song of the day: Cher- Believe

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Yes, the song of the day is one of the hits of Cher. And she had quite a few, I dare to say.
What do you think about It’s In His Kiss, maybe better known as The Shoop Shoop Song. Or Walking In Memphis?
And not to forget: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.

But there is one song which you all know, and it is really good. Enjoy Believe!

Song of the day: Culture Club- Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

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Whilst listening to the radio, a song came by and I thought: this is the song of saturday!
It’s a song from the early eighties, 1982. Since eighties music = good music, this is a very good song.
The group had more hits that this one, and one of the best known is of course Karma Chameleon.
However, that’s not my choice.

Do you remember the song Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

Tomorrow another song!

Song of the day: Donna Summer- Hot Stuff

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It was a year ago when she died. On the 17th of May, 2012, Donna Summer died.
Unfortunately, I forgot when she died, otherwise this post would have been there on the 17th of May.
It is not too late!

The Queen of Disco still lives in her hits, and one of her biggest hits is the song of the day.
Actually, I’m doubting a bit. She made some great songs, like MacArthur Park and On the Radio, but these aren’t exactly disco…
Oh! I know the solution.

What do you think of Hot Stuff as song of the day???

Song of the day: Elvis Presley- Blue Suede Shoes

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Oh dear! Shame on me! That I’ve not chosen Elvis Presley earlier on.
But okay, it’s time to make that right. This is the definitive Rock & Roll Album, one of the five albums with all hits by Elvis Presley.
He has had different periods, and like many other singers, you can’t catch him in one song. But because I choose one song of the day, I will choose for the Rock & Roll phase a song which you know.
No doubt about that: Blue Suede Shoes was a big hit by him, and one of my favourites.

Song of the day: Johnny Hates Jazz- Turn Back The Clock

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Yes, here he is. Johnny Hates Jazz, a group which is active again after a big break.
And I can tell you: The album track which is the same as the title will be the song of the day.

Boring? Yes, but I can’t help it that it’s such a good song! My favourite and title track is:

Turn Back The Clock!

Song of the day: Mika- Relax (Take It Easy)

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This is maybe one of the most beautiful covers in my album collection. Colourful and with a good eye for detail.
And if you look into the booklet, you will see that the drawings inside the booklet (which are beautiful, too) come back on the cover too.
As an example: Under the title at the right, you see a little girl. This girl has to do with the song Lollipop.

And there were some big hits on this album: Not only Lollipop, also Grace Kelly, Big Girl (You Are Beautiful), and the song of the day.
Which song might that be?

It’s one of my favourites, although the whole cd is good: Relax (Take It Easy)

Song of the day: R.E.M.- Man On The Moon

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This is an album of which I firstly believed that it was a greatest hits album, because so many songs on the album were hits.However, digging into it a little deeper, I found out it just was a studio album which had a lot of hits on it.
On this album is the beautiful song called Everybody Hurts, but also the song Drive, which I think is very good, and the song of the day.

It’s also a very good song, but mostly it’s Everybody Hurts or Losing My Religion what you hear, and not Man On The Moon.
However, it is song of the day today, so lets enjoy it!

Song of the day: Alphaville- Big In Japan

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This is one of the covers which I think is a bit mysterious. If I see it, it captures my eye and I have to watch out that I don’t watch it for too long.
One of the questions which I have is who the man on the front is.

But okay, let’s move to the music. It is a very good album, has some big hits on it, like Forever Young, and it was the debut album of Alphaville.
The song which I think is very nice as song of the day is Big In Japan.

Enjoy listening to it, and listen to the other tracks of the album, too! Tip!!!

Song of the day: Depeche Mode- Enjoy The Silence

Hi there,

The new song of the day is here! A very good song, made by a band which has released a new album lately!
That album was called Delta Machine, and it sounds marvelous! Their older hits are also very good, I really recommend their albums if you don’t have them yet!

The song of the day is one of the older songs, and if you didn’t know already, the band is called Depeche Mode.
The song of the day is called Enjoy The Silence.

Tomorrow TWO new songs!

And please vote for the Song of the day top 50!

Song of the day: Billy Joel- We Didn’t Start The Fire

Hi there,

Today a song which is made out of all small scraps without a connection.
However, it’s a good song, made by a singer who has made a lot of good songs.
He sang Uptown Girl, but also New York State Of Mind and many other songs…

It’s Billy Joel with We Didn’t Start The Fire!

Tommorow another song!

Song of the day: Laura Jansen- Queen Of Elba / Alexis Jordan- Acid Rain

Hello everyone,

Today I’ve got two new songs for you…

The first song is made by a singer who was away for around a year, but she is back!
In a short period she had a lot of hits, like Happiness and Hush Hush.
Her new single is out now and it sounds very nice!
It’s Alexis Jordan with Acid Rain!

The second song is made by a Dutch singer, who is releasing her new album in one and a half week.
Her new single is already released, and it is very good!
It’s Laura Jansen with Queen Of Elba!

You may have noticed that both artists are women, and that is for a reason.
Today it’s International Women Day, and for that reason I will later today release a post…

Song of the day: Snap!- Rhythm Is A Dancer

Hello there,

Here’s the new song of the day!

The song of the day can be defined as dance track from the nineties. It was a German group with hits in mostly the first part of the nineties.

Of course it’s Snap! with Rhythm Is A Dancer.

Tomorrow we will go on with dancing, somewhere else than in the discotheque…

Song(s) of the day: Kensington- Home Again / Emeli Sandé- Clown

Hello there,

Today two songs, and both are new!

The first song is made by a Dutch band, and they have named themselves after a part of London.
They are busy since 2005, but their new single is really good!
It’s Kensington with Home Again!

The second song is made by a singer from Scotland. She is busy since 2009, and has had a few big hits in the past year.
The latest hit was together with Labyrinth.
Yes, it’s Emeli Sandé with Clown!

Next week I’ve two other selections for you!

Song(s) of the day: Miss Montreal- Giving Up On You / M.K.T.O.- Thank You

Hello there,

I have some new songs for you!

The first song I know already for some weeks, but I was still waiting for it to be a hit.
And that lasts and lasts, and still I couldn’t find it in the hit charts.
So here is it on my blog, hoping to become a hit: M.K.T.O. with Thank You!

The second song is made by a Dutch artist. She is really good, and even better if you keep in mind that she stummers when she speaks!
Luckily, she doesn’t stummer when she sings, so she makes really good music. It’s Miss Montreal with Giving Up On You.
And do I like these songs! Wow!

Song of the day: Alcazar- Crying At The Discotheque

Hi there,

Today the song of the day comes from the beginning of the zeroes.
It’s a song made by a Swedish band, which didn’t have a lot of hits.

One hit, though, is very famous, and it was a big hit. This is Alcazar with Crying at the Discotheque!

Yeah!

Song(s) of the day: Ilse DeLange- We Are One / Coldplay- Up In Flames

Hi there,

Today there are two new songs for you!

The first song which I think is very nice, is a song of a Dutch artist.
She is called Ilse DeLange, and she has made a lot of hits already. Her new single was for her father, but he died soon after releasing the single.
This gives the song an extra load.
The song is called We Are One.

The second song of this day is made by Coldplay. For the song, they used a drummachine.
It sounds good, but I do not entirely agree with the use from this machine. I like Coldplay, because they use real instruments!
But, okay, the song is very good. My top-tip from this week is Up In Flames.

That were my first tips for the new month!

Song of the day: The Beatles- Penny Lane

Hi there,

Here’s another song for you.

The song of today is in a cartoon. The song is made by four men, who have had a lot of hits, and who all had long hair.

Yes, it are the Beatles, with Penny Lane. The cartoon is quite funny, and the song is very good, of course!

Enjoy listening to it!

Song of the day: No Doubt- Just A Girl

Hello everyone,

Here’s the new song of the day. It’s a song from a band which I think is very good.
I just bought a CD from them, with all their hits.

The band is No Doubt, which still exists. The song of the day is called Just A Girl.

Lots of fun with it!