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Published On: October 2, 2020

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Published On: October 2, 2010

I think I might have to buy two copies of this.  One for myself, and one for my Mom, who is (or was at one time) a fan of both Phil Collins -and- Motown.  (In fact, it was her record collection that got me into Motown in the first place, and finding out Collins was the lead singer of Genesis is the only reason she agreed to take me to see them in concert when I was a teenager. *grin*)

Phil Collins: ‘Going Back’ To Motown : NPR:

One such classic is Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave.” He says the song encapsulates the entire Motown sound for him.

“It’s just got that optimistic [sound], and you can feel the sun coming out,” he says.

Collins’ versions stay true to the original arrangements and instrumentation. He says he never lost track of the fact that he was trying to emulate these songs rather than change or update them.

“The most important thing to me was actually getting them to sound authentic,” Collins says. “I didn’t really want to mess with the arrangements. I didn’t really want to mess with the kind of instrumentation. For me, I just wanted to see if it was possible to re-create a feeling that I had when I first heard these records.”

Published On: October 2, 2010
  • 07:14:10: Slept for 12 hours last night. I think I must have needed that.
  • 08:13:45: @JohnFugelsang Somewhere, there’s a “Mama Said Knock You Out” parody waiting to be written by someone…
  • 09:07:18: @mattyglesias @ezraklein It would be fairly trivial to do as a web app. The %s of budget are known, so easy to calculate for any amount.
  • 11:03:22: @rslatkin Nights In Murfreesboro is the name of my new country/western jazz band.
  • 11:27:46: @ljellis Because you’re not on Facebook, that’s how. Makes you an easy target!
  • 11:58:18: @mariancall If you check the labels, you’ll find a lot of that history was imported from Europe back in the 17th and 18th century. 😉
  • 13:15:29: @JewelStaite #CSINY is one of my don’t-miss shows. Glad to see AJ getting some more screen time!
  • 13:49:50: @mariancall Perhaps someone can ship those to one of your upcoming stops?
  • 23:00:40: @catvalente Oh dear. Am I going to have to treat Glee like I did Heroes, and cherish the first season while pretending there weren’t more?
  • 23:41:38: @catvalente I could *maybe* see Richard Thompson’s cover of “Oops I Did It Again” provoking that reaction, but not Schuster & co doing Toxic

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Published On: October 2, 2007

I don’t usually mark birthdays here, because I know that I’d forget one sooner or later, but I couldn’t let the day go by without saying Happy Birthday to my darling sweetie, aiela. Hope your day is full of magic, love.

Published On: October 2, 2006

These are really just random musings that struck me as noteworthy, but not enough to put them into the previous post.

  • The non-recurring characters on the show represent a veritable “Who’s Who of Who’s That?”. Nearly every episode, we’d lock onto the principle minor character in the action and say “That person looks familiar.”, and then, looking it up on IMDB, found out they’d appeared in dozens of TV and Film roles, always in a supporting role, and never in a big part — and more interesting, rarely in anything we’d really seen. Sure, there’s a few “big name” guest stars, like David McCallum, David Warner, and June Lockhart, to name just a few, but by and large, they were just career bit parters. I think that’s kinda neat.
  • The guy at the end of the credits has the most annoying voice I’ve ever heard. “Babylon 5 is a production of Babylonian Enterprises and is distributed by Warner Brothers.” How utterly perky. I’m glad they found someone to tone down that tagline for season 2.
  • Am I the only person who, every time Sinclair gravely intoned “The year is 2258. The name of the place is…”, finished the sentence “I Like It Like That”?

    Anyone? No?

    Oh well.

Published On: October 2, 2006

Last Friday, we finished the first season of Babylon 5. While I said I wasn’t going to do Ohiesque episode-by-episode reactions, I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts on the full season experience:

  • The attention to detail is utterly amazing. Once you start getting sucked into the universe, you start to notice all these little touches. Background shots of newspaper headlines, bits of dialogue that seems innocuous in its original context that comes to be important several episodes later.
  • While I admit that I was very down on Sinclair in the beginning, by the end of the season he’d really grown on me.
  • So far, my favourite characters are, in no particular order, Ivanova, Garibaldi, and Londo. This is interesting, because as near as I can tel, these are the three characters who are most obviously broken.
    • Susan is utterly delightful. She has just the sort of acerbic wit and weary, i-don’t-have-time-for-this attitude that just makes fall a little bit in love with her every time she does something. (That she’s incredibly easy on the eyes does nothing to hinder this, really). We were terribly amused to find two of her signature lines (which everyone’s heard, even if they haven’t watched the show) came in first season. I admit, I found her following to the “No boom today.” line almost funnier than the line itself: “What?! Look, somebody’s got to have some damn perspective around here. Boom. Sooner or later … boom!” She seems to like saying “boom.”
    • Garibaldi very much seems like the guy who has been through the grinder and come out the other side. He has a wonderfully direct manner that suits his job well, but it’s very clear to see that he’s haunted by his past. I do Continue Reading
Published On: October 2, 2006

Just wanted to take a moment to wish a happy birthday to my lovely faraway sweetie, aiela

Happy birthday, love! I hope it’s a great one!