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Sheldon and Penny: Told In Music

(Click here for a 22 song YouTube Playlist of all things #Shenny.)

One great thing about music is that it inspires creativity.  Users often create their own videos that mash together the song with some video or pictures.  As an example here are twenty-two songs that all put a romantic spin on TBBT’s non-romantic couple: Sheldon and Penny.  Is there something going on with these two?  One look at these videos will tell you the producers are in-fact putting in some “sub-text” to their relationship.  Also, the videos have some great music:

  1. She’s So Lovely, by Scouting for Girls
  2. Fire, by Daniel Lanois
  3. Breathe Again, by Sara Bareilles
  4. Enchanted, by Owl City
  5. Kiss Me, by Ed Sheeran
  6. What is Love, by Lea Michele
  7. Like You, by Angel Taylor
  8. True Love, by Pink
  9. Bloodstream, by Stateless
  10. Lift Me Up, by The Afters
  11. Kiss The Girl, by Ashley Tisdale
  12. Kiss The Rain, by Yiruma
  13. She’s So High, by Tal Bachman
  14. Smile, by Uncle Kracker
  15. Haven’t Met You Yet, by Michael Buble
  16. Hey Soul Sister, by Train
  17. I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz
  18. A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri
  19. What Makes You Beautiful, by The 1975
  20. The Scientist, by Coldplay
  21. Things I’ll Never Say, by Avril Lavigne
  22. Gravity, by Sara Bareilles

Click here for a this great YouTube Playlist of all things #Shenny.  If you only have time for two songsplay the first two.  All, photos are from the “Fire” video.  

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A Song for the Fourth of July:  It Ends Tonight

Click here for an All American Rejects Playlist Starting with the 4th of July inspired “It Ends Tonight”. 

“It Ends Tonight” is a great song for a “4th of July” weekend.  The song was released as the third and final single from their second studio album Move Along on September 19, 2006.  The music video was shot in July 2006 in the Nevada desert. 

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Chrysler – Things Have Changed

(Click here for a playlist for the Chrysler 200c “Born Makers” commercial, the original video for Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed” and MoZella’s “Amnesia”.)

One great way to promote your product is to align it with the correct music.  The 2015 Chrysler 200 marketing blitz begins with spots featuring Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed,” that has been remixed and sung by MoZella, an artist from Detroit.  Dylan’s grinding modern beat delivers the swagger Chrysler wanted…and Mozella delivers the priceless tagline (“Things Have Changed”) in the final seconds of the commercial cleanly and with hip modern style.

MoZella has tons of commercial TV cred and Motown cred as previously mentioned in my blog here. She’s also a co-writer of Miley Cyrus’ #1 hit “Wrecking Ball”.  

The Chrysler spot boasts that the 200c has “swagger, intelligence and soul” and that the 200c “proves a well made sedan doesn’t have to cross an ocean to be worthy of the American road.”  With General Motors in the news regarding how they handled what some say are poorly functioning ignition switches and Toyota suffering three sets of recalls from 2009 to 2011 regarding possible mechanical sticking of the accelerator pedal…the tagline “Things Have Changed” seems appropriate.

Olivier Francois, Fiat and Chrysler’s chief marketing officer says, “We are no longer the phoenix that has risen from the ashes, we have moved on.”  And they picked the music that’s intended to prove it.

Click here for a playlist for the Chrysler 200c “Born Makers” commercial, the original video for Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed” and MoZella’s “Amnesia”.

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Jessie Mueller Delivers the 60s In “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical”

(Click here for a YouTube playlist of various versions of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”).

Jessie Mueller brings verve and a modern feel to Carol King’s songbook.  Her performance in “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical” appears effortless in both the singing and acting.  If there is any rival to Jessie’s performance it is the songs themselves, which paint a picture of the early to late sixties.  The songbook includes music from songwriters Carol King, Gerry Goffin (King’s husband and songwriting partner/lyricist), as well as Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Like all great music…the songs are great in any decade as this YouTube playlist of three versions of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow clearly shows.

Broadway continues to mine great songwriters for new hits. NY Times reported on 4/21/14 that “Beautiful” was up 12 percent, to $1,027,244, setting a new box office record at the Stephen Sondheim theater for the second week in a row.

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More from yesterday’s gig.

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A Song for Valentine’s Day — More Than Words (Extreme) 

Extreme is an American rock band, headed by frontmen Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt,[1] that reached the height of their popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The acoustic ballad ”More Than Words" entered the Hot 100 on March 23, 1991, at Number 81. It later became a huge smash, hitting Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the United States. The subsequent single, "Hole Hearted”, another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to Number 4 on the same popular music chart.
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Tell Me Why

Today February 9th, 2014 is the much-celebrated 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.  The Beatles had been working hard since 1960 for this moment.  To break America, The Beatles tried various label efforts including Vee-Jay, Swan and Capital to initial poor results.  But when “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” hit number one on February 1st (eight days before their previously planned Ed Sullivan appearance) the tide was turning their way.  But, it wasn’t luck…it was the residue of talent, hard work and aggressive management.  Their manager Brian Epstein took a much smaller payment from Ed Sullivan…knowing the exposure would pay off.  And it did.  On March 2nd, 1964 filming began for A Hard Day’s Night…and the concert scene for the TV program in the film (video above), is incredibly reminiscent of their Ed Sullivan show appearance less than a month earlier. 

Filming began at Marylebone station in London. The Beatles had just joined the actors’ union, Equity, that morning. The first week of filming was on a train travelling between London and Minehead.  Roger Ebert said in his 1996 review of the film:  “When it opened in September, 1964…The Beatles were already a publicity phenomenon (70 million viewers watched them on “The Ed Sullivan Show”), but they were not yet cultural icons. Many critics attended the movie and prepared to condescend, but the movie could not be dismissed: It was so joyous and original that even the early reviews acknowledged it as something special. After more than three decades, it has not aged and is not dated; it stands outside its time, its genre and even rock. It is one of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.”  The full movie is available at Amazon.com here.

So lets just say that in the space of February 1st to March 2nd of 1964 The Beatles literally conquered records, radio, television and film.  Proceeded of course by four years of grinding gigs in which they greatly prepared for this…their moment.

 

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The Californication of the Super Bowl

(Click here for the official video of Californication.)

The biggest event of the weekend is certainly the Super Bowl.  And sports is of course front and center.  But music is certainly one of the signature highlights of the event, including the Star Spangled Banner…and of course the “halftime show”.  The biggest gig in music came about when other channels starting counter programming against less than elite halftime events, such as “Up With People” in 1980 and Elvis Presto in 1988.  But starting in 1991 with New Kids On The Block (hey, they were big then), Gloria Estefan in 1992, and Michael Jackson in 1993, the acts got bigger and bigger.  It kicked into a totally new “extra high gear” in 2001 with Aerosmith, ‘N Sync and Britney Spears.  This year Bruno Mars is the halftime act, but he will have some “rock-cred” support from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Seattle, Denver, East Rutherford and New York City are top of mind when discussing Super Bowl XLVIII (48 if you prefer Arabic numerals).  But my guess is they’ll be a strong injection of “Californication” at halftime, and I’m looking forward to that moment.  The song is from the 1999 album of the same name and starts out “Psychic spies from China try to steal your mind’s elation” and proceeds to trip through all things California and Hollywood.  Check out the Wikipedia explanation of the entire song and how it was written here.    

(Click here for the official video of Californication and 10 minutes of its musical inspiration The Cure’s “Carnage Visors”.)