Songs that will make you cry aka bring out the kleenex

March 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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In the last results show of American Idol, we saw David Archuleta weep openly when Alexandrea Lushington was voted off. Alexandrea sang Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now”; I can’t make fun of David for crying because that song makes me cry like a baby too. It got me thinking to what other sad songs would make me cry like David Archuleta and I came up with several songs (Bill also helped with this list, thanks sweetie!).

Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” will start off this list. have you ever noticed how Peter Cetera keeps his teeth clenched when he sings? This song is a classic breakup song, you can hear the pain and heartache as Peter Cetera begs his love not to leave him.

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “All Cried Out”:  Lisa Lisa was very popular when I was growing up, she was best known for her dance songs like “I Wonder if I Take You Home” and “Head To Toe” but with “All Cried Out” she showed us that she knows how to bring us to tears too.

Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time”: This song was the 2nd single off her album “She’s So Unusual”; we knew that she just wanted to have fun but this song showed that she was not a one hit wonder.

Toto “I Won’t Hold You Back”: The first line of this song is used in a Roger Sanchez song, quite brilliantly I may add. Listen to the lyrics in the original and if that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re not human.

Michael Jackson “Stranger in Moscow”: Remember when Michael Jackson was good-looking? Yea, that was a long time ago. Seeing him the way he is now is downright depressing, no one takes him seriously anymore and his career is all but over in the US.

Bill’s choices for sad songs are:

Starship “Sara” : I don’t really have a clue what this song is about but it sure is sad as hell.

Pearl Jam “Last Kiss”

Honorable mention goes to any song by Creed especially “Take Me Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open”; these songs make me cry simply because they suck.

I know there are a wealth of sad songs; there are no Cure songs, Depeche Mode songs, and no Morrissey songs either. I can make a separate list from these groups but that is for another day.

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Happy Monday

December 3, 2007 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Blast from the Past, Movies, Music | Leave a comment

I started off this Monday morning with a dentist appointment.  I don’t have any cavities, so to celebrate this little piece of good news let’s take a little trip back 20 years to this movie, and this very funny song.

Things I Always Wanted to Know

November 20, 2007 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment

Today, Neil Diamond revealed the inspiration behind “Sweet Caroline”, one of his biggest hits. It’s very refreshing to hear such an innocent story behind a song, this stands out amidst all the booty shaking songs that are so popular today.

Guess Where Maya’s Going on Vacation Clues 3 & 4

November 15, 2007 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Blast from the Past, Music, Outings | 2 Comments

Clue 1 and Clue 2

Now for the final clues, I will show a couple of videos and by that point you should know where I’m going on vacay.

The name of the city I’m traveling to is included in some popular songs, I have not heard this song in years.

I’m sure everyone is familiar with this song:

My Halloween with The Police

November 1, 2007 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Blast from the Past, Music, Outings | Leave a comment
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Alot can change in two days. If you looked at this post, then you know what I am referring to. Thanks to craigslist, I was able to find good tickets under $100 that did not involve sitting in the nosebleed seats and/or behind the stage. I got these tickets on Tuesday so it shows that if you wait long enough, there will be someone who will sell these tickets for way under face price. You just need to be very patient.

My friend, Shay, told me that The Police would be in New York again. I didn’t get to see them in August so I did not want to miss out on them again. We talked about how cool it would be to go, she already saw them in August so this would be like icing on the cake for her. You must be wondering, who is Shay? She moved to New York recently, and I met her with Bill in the Hamptons house one summer weekend in July. Bill and I bumped into Shay and her brother at a Shabbat dinner right before Rosh Hashanah and we amused each other endlessly during the main lecture.

Shay and I start off with a relaxing dinner at Mendy’s on 34th St. Since we decided that we had no interest in seeing the opening act, that meant we could have a nice relaxing dinner. We get to Madison Square Garden around 8:45. On our way, Shay is telling me how she saw Shaquille O’Neal at the Walgreens in her hometown and how he is the nicest guy ever. One of the cops by MSG overhears us and he says “Wait, I’m the nicest guy ever” or something like that. Only in New York…..

Our seats were awesome, we were in the third tier level, 5 rows from the front of that section, and we had a very nice view of the front of the stage. I did not appreciate the person in our row that was smoking weed. I can understand people smoking weed during a Grateful Dead show, Phish, or Dave Matthew Band, but The Police, not so much.  The Police started their set a little after 9:00 with Message In A Bottle and they proceeded to play for 2 hours straight. They were dressed for Halloween and I hope I can find a video of them on YouTube later today. Words would not do their costumes justice.

The band was in top form last night, Sting and Andy Summers were walking around the stage during a few songs, Sting kept having the audience sing his “e-yos” during some of the bigger songs. There were some incredible guitar solos, and Stewart Copland was amazing behind the drums. He came out on stage and banged the huge gong behind the drum set; he also played some of the cymbals and other assorted drum-like instruments.  The only thing I didn’t like is in the middle of “Roxanne” when Sting did his extended sing along thing, Roxanne is better as a shorter song. But that is one thing among many and you bet I would love to see them again in concert. I saw Sting twice in concert and I enjoy him more when he is with The Police.

I did not think they would ever perform together on stage, I am very glad that they resolved whatever differences they had and started touring again. They can teach some of those younger bands how to put on a show.

I was very happy with their song set, they played more of their earlier stuff than I thought they would. Their earlier stuff has more of a rock edge than their later songs and the lyrics are pretty funny too. I took the liberty of writing their set down (thank g-d for cell phones) and if you are curious, here it is:

Message In A Bottle, Synchronicity II, Walking on The Moon, When The World Is Running Round….,Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Driven To Tears, Hole in My Life (?), Truth Hurts Everybody (?), Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Wrapped Around Your Finger, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da, Invisible Sun, Walking In Your Footsteps, Can’t Stand Losing You, Roxanne; encore featured King Of Pain, So Lonely, Every Breath You Take, and to finish off things, Next To You.

Blast From the Past

October 26, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Blast from the Past, Music | Leave a comment

It seems that the concert circuit is full of acts from the 80s and 90s; Morrissey, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, and this band who I just found out is back in New York for Halloween. I didn’t get to see them when they performed here in the summer so I’m hoping I get a chance to see them on Wednesday. My friend and I are looking to spend under $100 per ticket so if anyone has any leads on how we can do that, please fill me in. In the meantime, I guess I will have to make do with one of my favorites:

A Night With Morrissey: Finding My Inner Misery Chick

October 24, 2007 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Music, Opinion piece | 1 Comment
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Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Morrissey at the Hammerstein Ballroom. I went with my friend, LR.  We always see each other at the monthly Shabbat dinners at our friend’s apt. in the neighborhood and we bond over our shared taste in music (Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Smiths) and fondness for putting lame cliches in conversation and cracking each other up.

When I told LR that Morrissey is in town and I can get cheap tickets, of course he agreed to accompany me. We start off our evening with a yummy dinner of chicken soup and french fries at Kosher Delight and then head down to the HB. First thing I do is ask if there’s a coat room, and to my surprise, there is no coat room. After a minute of whining, I get over it and we look at the merchandise and gasp at the $35 price of Morrissey T-shirts. We make our way to the left side of the floor for the opening act.

Kristeen Young opened up for Morrissey. She started at 8:00 on the dot, not 8:00 on rock n’roll time. Her voice could be described as ‘haunting’ and paired with a hard rock edge could be an interesting combination. After 3-4 songs of the same thing, I was tired of the whole thing. You know you don’t like an opening act when you are texting your boyfriend in the middle of it. After 40 minutes, she got off the stage and we had to watch 20 minutes of random videos while they prepared the stage for Morrissey.

At 9:00, Morrissey comes out, decked out in denim. His hair is now gray instead of black and he has put on some weight but he still has such presence and command of the stage.  The first words Morrissey says to the crowd are “Welcome to the Frankenstein ballroom” and starts the show off with an awesome rendition of “Stop Me”. Some other songs he performed were “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”, “Irish Blood, English Heart”, “Tomorrow”, “Sister I’m A Poet”, Disappointed”, and “The Boxer”.

Morrissey is one of those artists whose upbeat songs even sound sad. His lyrics are always thought provoking and the melodies of his songs range from rock n’ roll with incredible guitar solos to slow and may I say, depressing melodies with mournful violins thrown in for good measure. I did not know of at least half the songs he performed and I thought I knew alot of his music. Sometimes the quality of an artist’s music decreases a bit with age but I find with Morrissey his music has always been the same high quality and sometimes even better. I would get his latest CD (I think it’s the one with Irish Blood, English Heart).

The mark of a good concert is if I would see the artist again and I would absolutely love to see Morrissey perform again, the only thing I would change is if Kristeen Young were to perform again as opening act I’d make sure to be late to the concert.

PS: Dan, if you are reading this post, I did not forget your question. He did perform “How Soon Is Now”, it was the next to last song he performed and it got quite the reception. Here is his performance of the song from Monday night.

Which one is better?

October 15, 2007 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment

In this post, you will get to hear two versions of the same song; the original vs. the cover. The song in question is “Stop Me…”. The first video up is the original

Now we have the cover

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