Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams w/Lyrics

I can not possibly imagine how this band, and or this song needs an introduction. But for those who may not know.
Fleetwood Mac is a British-American rock band formed in 1967, in London, England.
By the mid '70s, Fleetwood Mac had relocated to California, where they added the soft rock duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to their lineup. Obsessed with the meticulously arranged pop of the Beach Boys and the Beatles, the band become one of the most popular groups of the late '70s.
While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade.
During the sessions for the Rumours album (one of the best selling albums of all time), everyone in the band was going through a breakup, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham with each other, John and Christine McVie with each other, Mick Fleetwood with his wife Jenny Boyd. They were able to work together, but most of the songwriting was on an individual basis. Stevie Nicks wrote "Dreams"
The line "Players only love you when they're playing" was directed at Lindsey Buckingham. Stevie Nicks was not pleased when he brought "Go Your Own Way" to the sessions, which was clearly about her. Stevie told Q magazine in June of 2009: "It was the fairy and the gnome. I was trying to be all philosophical. And he was just mad."

Released in June 1977  "Dreams" reached the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,  the band's only number-one single in the U.S., it sold over a million copies. In Canada, "Dreams" also reached number 1 on the RPM chart.
Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

In 1998, Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Warrant - Heaven w/Lyrics

This one is definitely for the ladies. This power ballad was Warrant's biggest hit. Their frontman Jani Lane was also their primary songwriter, and in this track, he sings about how heaven is right here on Earth as long as he's with the girl he loves. "Heaven" spent two weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. Warrant took a lot of crap for this song from folks who felt it was too limp for a rock band. Much of the criticism came from other West Coast bands that seemed to resent their success.

You'll never guess what band was holding "Heaven" back from making it to #1... that would be the lip syncing duo  Milli Vanilli, who was clinging to the top spot throughout 1989 with hits like "Blame It On The Rain."

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Monday, November 21, 2016

REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run w/Lyrics

Technically; by definition; "Take it On The Run" by REO Speedwagon is not a rock ballad. Because of it's faster tempo, it is classified as Hard Rock genre. However, much more often than not, "Take It On The Run" shows up on Power Ballads playlists, and I'm bringing it in on my YouTube channel as a Classic Rock Power Ballad.
This song was Gary Richrath's answer to fellow band co-leader Kevin Cronin's "Keep on Loving You" on the same album (Hi Infidelity). The album was recorded September 1980, "Take It On The Run" reached #5 on the Billboard hot 100 chart, while "Keep On Loving You" simultaneously reached #1 early 1981.
"Take It On The Run" can fall into multiple Rock genres, but "Keep On Loving You" is without question a Power Ballad, and in fact one of the most popular Power Ballads of all time. I will most definitely build a video for "Keep On Loving You" sometime in the near future, but that one is going to require a little more creative thought to make it well.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

White Lion - When The Children Cry w/Lyrics

"When The Children Cry" was the biggest American hit for White Lion, a Brooklyn-based band that fit every criteria for the  "Hair Metal" genre when they released "Pride" their 2nd album, , in 1987. Many of their songs took on social issues and were softer ballads. "When The Children Cry" and "Wait" were huge radio hits, but didn't fill concert arenas. I didn't search for any statistics on how this song is doing presently, I haven't heard the song on the radio lately, but then I live in Nebraska, not a lot of classic rock genre stations here. I would stream national stations on my  P C, but that's a direct distraction when I'm building videos, which is pretty much all I do anymore, I don't even play poker that much lately. But if I had to guess, my guess would be that it is making a comeback with those of us that remember the song well, considering all that is presently going on in the world.
In a March 1988 interview Gary Blockus of "The Morning Call" asked Mike Tramp about the sentiment behind this and other antiwar songs, Tramp shouted in reply, "Without a doubt! You've gotta be f--king blind not to see what's going on today. All you have to do is turn on the 5 o'clock news. It's just problem after problem". Nice response Mike, I was blind , literally, for nearly a year, but still very much aware of all that was going on.

"When The Children Cry" had always been to me, a very powerful ballad, and was one of those songs that filled me with a barrage of emotions from sad, to empowered, to inspired. And now that I have Grandchildren I love, care, and worry about, this song now is much more powerful to me than ever before. I built this video based on those emotions, and it's going to jerks some tears out of many viewers. But that's okay, that's what it's meant to do. I worked frantically on this video to have it published by November, 20 which is Universal Children's Day. It's now 11:45pm  Saturday November, 19. I made it!!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Full Version w/Lyrics

In 1983, Bonnie Tyler's hit "Total Eclipse Of the Heart" reached the #1 spot on U.S. and U.K. charts.  Really cool and well written, I've always liked this song. And  I like the original official video. However, as much as I appreciate thinking outside the box, I always thought the video was just way too far out there somewhere, and didn't make any sense in relation to the song. The Gothic video, was story-boarded by Jim Steinman and was inspired by the film Future World, the follow-up to the Yul Brunner futuristic thriller Westworld. It was filmed at Holloway Asylum, which was built by a doctor out of the proceeds of a drug he'd invented to help his patients. Again, I'm not knocking the video, it is kinda cool. I just think it makes no damn sense. If you've ever seen the original video, you'll recognize most of what I did here. I cut parts of the original video and edited it in with cuts from  1984 live footage to make it still cool, but much more closer to our solar system. I hope you all enjoy it.

Also; I have had  couple of comments from subscribers that some of my videos were rendered with the volume too low. I didn't realize that, and going back and playing them all, there are indeed 2 or 3 that the sound quality isn't the best. I normally edit my videos in Adobe After Effects, build them in Movie Maker, and then render them in Filmora. I now render them in Sony Vegas Pro, which has much better sound editing. Y'all will be much happier with this. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cinderella - Nobody's Fool w/Lyrics

The '70s and '80s was an awesome era to be a young adult in America, and some of my best memories were born from cruising J & L streets in downtown Sacramento on Saturday nights in the summertime. Our sole purpose was to have fun and of course "pick up girls". That however required some necessary elements to accomplish in the '80s. #1 you needed  cool car. #2 You needed a full tank of gas. #3 You needed  few good crazy, but personable good buddies. #4 You needed a loud stereo system in your car. And most importantly #5, You needed a good supply of "Glam Band" tapes blaring on your car stereo.
"Glam Bands" ( or what I used to call "posers") were quite popular in the late '70s up until nearly the end of the '80s, particularly with young women. And in 1986 Cinderella joined the "Glam Band" popularity bandwagon with their very successful smash power ballad "Nobody's Fool" from their Night Songs album. Then followed up with another successful power ballad "Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone)" in 1988 from their Long Cold Winter Album.
Nobody's Fool, is a very simple ballad about a girl that uses her rock star boyfriend for his money and popularity, he finally gets a belly full of it and dumps her. Pretty simple, but nevertheless reached #13 in the billboard hot 100 chart.

I didn't spend a lot of time on creating this video, (it only has 2 verses). I simple took the original footage and cut the hell out of it and added my own "flavor" to it. The biggest challenge here was to sync the song to the video I built, which is much harder than you may think, but I think I pulled it off pretty well. Hope you all enjoy it

Monday, November 7, 2016

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight w/Lyrics

The meaning of this song became an urban myth. The story, which is not true, is that Collins watched as a man who raped his wife drowned. Another version has Collins writing this about a man who watched another drown, and singing it to him at a concert. Yet another variation claims that when Collins was a young boy, he witnessed a man drowning someone but was too far away to help. Later, he hired a private detective to find the man, sent him a free ticket to his concert, and premiered the song that night with the spotlight on the man the whole time.
The truth is;  Collins wrote this song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, in 1980 - he was so devastated that he left Genesis for a short time. All of the original songs on the Face Value album, including the hit "I Missed Again," were at one time intended to be "messages" to his first wife in an attempt to lure her back to him. The tension caused by the divorce led Collins to the title, as these negative feelings were "In The Air," and affecting not just the couple getting divorced, but the entire family.

However, the urban myths make this song much more interesting and fun to build a video around. :-) . So I took the young boy witnessing a drowning and ran with it to create this video. It's slightly morbid, and outside the box, but interesting as hell. Check it out.