Sat Dec 20, 2008
Tom Jones comes to Apple
Tom Jones came to Apple yesterday. He was the secret special musical guest at our Beer Bash. He performed some old favorites, "It's Not Unusual" and "What's New Pussycat?", some songs from his new album, and some Christmas songs. A good time was had by all.
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Sun Jun 29, 2008
I saw George Michael perform in San Jose last week, and the show was great.
I especially enjoyed the part where George said, "Thanks for sticking by me for the last 25 years. I know it's not easy being a George Michael fan."
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Sun Feb 17, 2008
No one else likes the music I like
I don't watch American Idol, but I saw a news headline about an American Idol 'scandal', so I thought I would take a peek. The article was about one of the contestants having a prior record contract, and critics were complaining that that doesn't make her undiscovered talent. The CD the contestant made was a horrific flop, selling only 400 copies according to the article.
I was surprised to read that this was Carly Hennessy's album, since I own it. I own 0.25% of all the CDs she ever sold. And it's a CD that I like more than most other CDs I have.
I found Carly because of my love of New Radicals. New Radicals was a band that put out one CD, but it was a great CD, and one of my favorites. New Radicals was the mastermind of Gregg Alexander. I looked up what other work he had done, and he produced Danielle Brisebois' album, which led me to find out that both Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois did production work on Carly Hennessy's Ultimate High CD.
Even though she only sold 400 copies, you can download her CD from iTunes.
As I said, I don't watch American Idol, but this may make me take a peek now and then.
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Tue Dec 18, 2007
Fara on iTunes
Way back in the early 90's, I went to Quebec City. There I came across a street musician named Fara. I've written about him before in this blog. My mom and I bought some of his CDs, and I kept in contact with him for a while, buying more CDs as he made them. Over the years he moved, and I was unable to get in touch with him.
Earlier this year, I went back to Quebec City to propose to my girlfriend. While there, I found him again, performing in the very same spot. I got some more CDs, and offered to set up a web site for him, and sell his CDs online.
Now I have a website set up for him, and you can buy his CD Envol Heroique from iTunes. This is the first CD of his that I bought and one of my favorites. It's music he wrote himself. It's a mixture of electronic and solo piano. Very soothing yet powerful.
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Sun May 27, 2007
Found Fara in Quebec City
The first time I was in Quebec City was around 1995 when I went there with my mom. While we were poking in and out of the shops on Petit-Champlain, I could hear a musician playing on his keyboard. I paused and listened and really enjoyed his music. My mother and I both bought a CD from him.
I really enjoyed the CDs, and so contacted him at the phone number that was listed in the CD to order more CDs. I bought a complete collection for both myself and my mom.
As years went by, the phone number I had for him no longer worked, and neither did the address. So I thought I would just have to be content with the CDs I had.
I went to Quebec City again last week. I wanted to go to Quebec City to propose to my girlfriend, since I remember it being the most beautiful city I had ever seen. While there, I made a point of looking up Fara.
I inquired at the Theatre Petit-Champlain, as that is where I saw him perform 12 years ago. I fully expected them to give me a confused look and tell me they had never heard of him. Instead, they pointed outside, and said, "There he is. Fara!" He looked much different since he used to have long hair. He was just packing his stuff away and didn't have any CDs with him. So, I told him where I was staying and he said he would bring some CDs by.
Soon after, I realized we did a poor job of planning since I had no idea when he would be coming by the hotel. While we were in the lobby the next morning waiting for our bus tour, my fiance sees him. "There he is", she says. "Huh? Where?" I respond. Anyways, there he was, holding some CDs for me. We met up and had a nice conversation.
I told him how much I liked his CDs and how people often email me trying to find more Fara CDs (I had a lame web page about him on my web site). So, he said we should work together to make him music more accessible. So, I created a web site for him, and I'm going to try to get his CDs available for sale online and through the iTunes Music Store.
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Tue Nov 22, 2005
JAV becomes music industry executive
I just finished signing a deal with pianist Scott D. Davis to finance his latest album, Rockfluence.
I met Scott while he was performing earlier this year in San Jose. I bought some of his CDs and enjoyed them.
So when I heard he was looking for someone to finance his latest album, I jumped at the chance. His new album will be available December 15th, and it features popular rock songs from modern bands performed on solo piano.
Be sure to buy your copy today from inspiringpiano.com.
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Wed Aug 03, 2005
Wacky iTunes top seller
Once in a while, you'll see a totally unexpected song become a best seller on the iTunes Music Store. Today, Don't Stop Believin' by Journey is the number 10 song. This is a great song, but it's from the 80's, and I have no idea why it's charting now. When I saw the song's ranking, I looked at some news sites to see if someone from Journey had died. Doesn't look like it. Journey's Greatest Hits album is also hovering at 34 on the album charts. What's the deal?
Around Hallowe'en and Christmas you also see some interesting best-sellers. But it's understandable why Michael Jackson's Thriller makes a comeback in late October. But this Journey thing has me baffled.
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Sat Jul 23, 2005
Tears for Fears were great
I saw Tears for Fears last night performing in Saratoga at the Mountain Winery.
It was a fantastic show, and I recommend it to anyone.
They played about four songs from their new album, along with a large number of old hits. They played a new song that will be appearing on a forthcoming Greatest Hits package. Curt Smith performed a song from his band Mayfield. They played 2 songs from when Tears for Fears was just Roland Orzabal.
Go see them.
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Wed Nov 17, 2004
Duane's Top 100 Song List
In a previous entry, I wrote about the lists of the top 100 songs of all time my friend Duane and I were going to come up with. I posted my list, and so here is his. Clearly, mine is better.
3rd Eye Blind Jumper 4 Non Blondes What's Up Aerosmith Dream On Alan Parsons Project Don't Answer Me Alanis Morrisette You Oughta Know Alannah Miles Song Instead of a Kiss Amanda Marshall Beautiful Goodbye Amanda Marshall I Believe in You Barenaked Ladies Brian Wilson Big Wreck Wide Open Billy Joel Piano Man Blue Rodeo Bad Timing Bon Jovi Living on a prayer Brian Adams Day Like Today Brian Adams Run to You Chantal Kreviaziuk Far Away Chris Isaac Wicked Game Cold Play Clocks Collective Soul World That I Know Counting Crows Mr. Jones Counting Crows Long December Cyndi Lauper I Drove All Night Depeche Mode World In My Eyes Duncan Sheik On a High Duncan Sheik Barely Breathing Duran Duran Save a Prayer Eagles Hotel California Eddie Money Take Me Home Tonight Elton John Empty Garden Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Everything But The Girl Missing Foreigner Urgent Foreigner Say You Will Genesis Home By The Sea Genesis That's All George Michael Cowboys and Angels George Michael Different Corner George Michael Freeek Goo Goo Dolls Iris Hall & Oates Adult Education House of Pain Jump Around Information Society What's On Your Mind Inxs Never Tear Us Apart Inxs New Sensation Jefferson Airplane Somebody to Love Joe Jackson Stepping Out Tonight John Lennon Woman John Secada Just Another Day Jon Bon Jovi Always Madonna Music Matchbox Twenty Bright Lights Mike Reno and Anne Wilson Almost Paradise Moist Underground No Doubt Don't Speak Our Lady Peace Superman's Dead Our Lady Peace Is Anybody Home Payolas Eyes of a Stranger Pearl Jam Evenflow Pearl Jam Jeremy Pearl Jam Better Man Pet Shop Boys West End Girls Phil Collins In the Air Phil Collins Against All Odds Poison Every Rose Police Synchronicity II Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Queen Under Pressure Queensryche Silent Lucidity Roxette My World, My Love, My Life Roxette Spending My Time Rush Subdivisions Saga What Do I Know? Sass Jordan Stranger Than Paradise Seal Crazy Seal Kiss From a Rose See Spot Run Terrified Sheryl Crow If It Makes You Happy Simply Red Stars Simply Red Holding Back the Years Spandau Ballet True Spirit of the West 5 Free Minutes Stevie Nicks Edge of Seventeen Sting Russians Strange Advance We Run Sugar Ray Someday Tea Party Temptation Tears For Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears For Fears Me and My Big Ideas The Odds Nothing Beautiful The Verve Bittersweet Symphony The Way Fastball Thomas Dolby Hyperactive Thompson Twins Hold Me Now Toto Africa Tragically Hip Ahead by a Century U2 Discotheque U2 Mofo U2 Sunday, Bloody Sunday Ultravox Dancing With Tears in My Eyes When In Rome The Promise
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Thu Nov 11, 2004
My Top 100 Songs of All Time
My friend Duane and I were having a discussion over dinner a couple weeks ago about what our favorite 100 songs of all time were. It was difficult to name them off the top of my head, but it was an interesting question.
So I spent the last 2 weeks compiling my list. I started with all my 5-star rated songs in iTunes, which was about 450 songs, and started removing songs one by one. It became really painful near the end. I cut a lot of songs I didn't want to. It's hard to decide which song out of a list of 101 is "the worst".
But after all the pain, here's the list I came up with, sorted by Artist.
Duane is also compiling his list. When it's done, I'll post it here too, and you can comment on which list you think is "better". I don't think you can say one person's opinion is better than another person's opinion, but that was Duane's idea. Everything is a contest to him.
Tarzan Boy Baltimora When I Fall Barenaked Ladies Crazy Barenaked Ladies The Flag Barenaked Ladies Powerdrive Baron Longfellow To Be A Lover Billy Idol Everyone's A Winner Bootsauce I'm On Fire Bruce Springsteen Love Changes (Everything) Climie Fisher Overkill Colin Hay Just Like Heaven Cure I Drove All Night Cyndi Lauper Dreamtime Daryl Hall Between The Lines David Wilcox Groove Is In The Heart Deelight Ooh child Dino Life In A Northern Town Dream Academy Wild Boys Duran Duran You Surround Me Erasure I'll Be There Escape Club Hole Hearted Extreme Tuff Enuff Fabulous Thunderbirds Big Love Fleetwood Mac Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand Another Lover Giant Steps Wild horses Gino Vannelli Black Cars Gino Vannelli Sunset on L.A. Gino Vannelli If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot Lost Brotherhood Gowan These Eyes Guess Who I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) Hall & Oates Family Man Hall & Oates Everytime You Go Away Hall & Oates Love Changes Everything Honeymoon Suite I'm Sorry Hothouse Flowers I Can See Clearly Now Hothouse Flowers Thing Of Beauty Hothouse Flowers No One Is To Blame Howard Jones Candy Iggy Pop I'm Coming Home INXS I'm Over You INXS Don't Lose Your Head INXS The Gift INXS Devil Inside INXS Tiny Daggers INXS Laying Down The Law INXS Do Wot You Do INXS To Look At You INXS The Stairs INXS Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer Good Mother Jann Arden Say You're Wrong Julian Lennon Eileen Keith Richards Easy To Tame Kim Mitchell The Best Was Yet To Come Laura Branigan I'll Be There In A Minute Lawrence Gowan A Better Love Londonbeat Good Vibrations Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) Meatloaf Objects In The Rear View Mirror Meatloaf Red Hill Michael Hutchence Who Do You Give Your Love To Michael Morales Blame It On The Rain Milli Vanilli Is It Love Mr. Mister One Night In Bankok Murray Head Do Anything Natural Selection Forget Me Nots Patrice Rushen Starry Eyed Surprise Paul Oakenfold West End Girls Pet Shop Boys Sussudio Phil Collins Some Like It Hot The Power Station Feel For Me Roachford Somewhere Down the Crazy River Robbie Robertson I Didn't Mean to Turn You On Robert Palmer Lost In You Rod Stewart Walk This Way Run DMC with Aerosmith Sweetest Taboo Sade So Hard Sass Jordan Money's Too Tight To Mention Simply Red Something Got Me Started Simply Red Mandinka Sinéad O'Connor Let's Go All The Way Sly Fox Hippiechick Soho I Want You Sophie B. Hawkins Say You'll Be There Spice Girls If You Could Read My Mind Stars on 54 Too Much Time On My Hands Styx Break It Down Again Tears for Fears Dog's a Best Friend's Dog Tears for Fears Lord Of Karma Tears For Fears Boy Inside The Man Tom Cochrane Good Times Tom Cochrane Sinking Like A Sunset Tom Cochrane If I Only Knew Tom Jones Feels Good Tony! Toni! Toné! Here I Go Again Whitesnake Dear God XTC Oh Yeah Yello Bust A Move Young MC
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