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Quirky T Stumbles Upon a Way to go “Back in Time”

Walking through the center of a small town recently I was shocked to see the famous DeLorean time machine from the fantastic “Back to the Future” movies. There it was (well, a replica) complete with the lightning rod, hoverboard, and the case holding the plutonium needed to fuel it. I took photos but unfortunately they did not come out as well as I had hoped. (I wish I could use the DeLorean to go back to that day and take more and better photos). I did get to sit in the car which was very low to the ground and smaller than I thought it would be. I’m not a car person but it would the coolest car to own.

photo by Quirky T

“Back to the Future” is one of my favorite movies. I wrote about it in the Guitar Train stop called “The Guitar Train Goes ‘Back to the Future’” on May 21, 2015. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/?s=Back+to+the+Future Part of the reason I loved the first movie was the Huey Lewis and the News soundtrack and Huey’s small part in the movie. I saw Part II when it came out but I didn’t like it was much as the original. I guess that put me off seeing Part III as well as the fact that I don’t like Westerns. I recently watched all three movies. I still love the original. Part II is still not a favorite; too violent for me. So after all these years, I finally watched Part III and I loved it. It had the charm and fun of the original. To see those familiar characters again was great, even in the Old West setting. It was like watching a reunion. I’m a little mad at myself for taking so long to see the movie yet it was a gift to see something so great for the first time.

photo by Quirky T

Of course being in a “time machine” leads to the question of what period of time I would like to travel to. As I wrote in the Guitar Train stop two years ago, I would definitely go back to experience Beatlemania first hand in either England or the Unites States. Even if I wasn’t lucky enough to go to an actual Beatles concert, I could buy their records as they were released as well as buy the Beatles related memorabilia.

photo by Quirky T

As for traveling to the future, I am not sure what I would want to see. I feel like time goes by so fast that the distant future will be here before I know it. The big attraction to visiting the future is for assurances that situations work out well for yourself, family, friends, and the world. So purely for fun and curiosity, it would be interesting to go ahead 50 years and see if Beatles music is still played and praised 50 years after the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. I remember June 1987 when it really “was twenty years ago today” and I can’t believe 30 years has passed since then. So 50 more years will be here in the blink of an eye. The future always seems scarier than the past yet humans have endured incredibly scary times in the past. Happiness from listening to Beatles music will always be needed.

 

Guitar Train passengers, where in the future would you take the DeLorean and why?

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The Guitar Train Goes “Back to the Future”

 

The second stop as The Guitar Train goes “Back in Time” to 1985 looks at the great movie that gave us that song – “Back to the Future”. Released on July 3, 1985 this is a classic, must see movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. I remember being on line to go into the movie theater thirty years ago and reading the movie poster. The film’s title confused me so I asked my mom, “How can anyone go “back” to the future since the future hasn’t happened yet?” My mom couldn’t answer that question until she saw the movie and understood the very clever premise of the movie.  Almost everything that happens or is talked about in 1985 pays off in 1955 and then back again in 1985.

 

Since this is a music blog, I want to focus on the musical aspects of the movie and Huey Lewis. The music of Huey Lewis and the News is a huge part of this movie as they wrote two songs for the movie, “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time”, which are played repeatedly throughout the movie.   Huey himself appears in an uncredited role in the beginning of the film as a dorky teacher who tells Marty McFly and his band that they are “too darn loud” when they audition by playing an electrified version of “The Power of Love”. The Behind the Scenes feature on “Looking Back to the Future” shows extended footage of Huey’s scene including some of his lines which were cut from the film. Huey is also shown telling Michael J. Fox that his guitar playing is “perfect”. Michael J. Fox had actually been a guitar player since he was a teenager. He was very proud of the fact that he played every note seen on screen in the “Johnny B. Goode” scene.  That leads me to the one aspect of the film that isn’t followed up when Marty returns to 1985. He did get to play guitar for an audience in 1955 but there’s no musical triumph when he returns to 1985. I only saw “Back to the Future Part II” once so I don’t remember if this comes up in that film. I’ll have to watch that one again (as well as Part 3).

 

I have to write more about Michael J. Fox. He was a huge star in 1985 because of his star-making performance in the TV show, “Family Ties”. I loved that show and I bought teen magazines like “Teen Beat” which were filled with photos of him. Because he could not get out of shooting “Family Ties”, “Back to the Future” was actually shot with Eric Stolz playing Marty. Six weeks into filming, production stopped and a deal was made for Michael J. Fox to shoot “Family Ties” during the day and “Back to the Future” at night. So the movie was reshot with Michael J. Fox and he kept up that crazy schedule to complete the movie. He is a great actor and is still acting today. It’s nice that he wasn’t a one hit (or two hit) wonder in 1985 and has had a long, successful acting career.

 

How cool was the DeLorean? I think it would be cool to have just as a car even without it being a time machine. But on second thought, as Michael J. Fox said in the Behind the Scenes feature, it was “not a practical car”. As he pointed out, if you parked next to another car, you wouldn’t be able to open the door to get out. So there’s that and the fact that people would probably expect it to be a time machine and want you to drive 88 mph.

Please Please Me CD cover

 

Let It Be album cover

 

 

 

Writing of time machines, in the Behind the Scenes feature, Huey Lewis was asked where he would go if he could go to another time. He answered the 1950’s which makes sense for him and the style of music he loves. I would go back to 1963 and stay around until 1970 so I could hear Beatles songs as they were first released and everything the band did would be as it happened, not seen in retrospect decades later.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what time period would you go to and why?

The Guitar Train Travels “Back in Time” to 1985

For the glorious month of May, Quirky T is conducting The Guitar Train to travel “Back in Time” to the year 1985. It’s hard (and a little depressing) to believe it’s been 30 years since that great year for music and pop culture. This Guitar Train stop looks at my favorite musicians from 1985. I remember 1985 as being a year when any time I turned on the radio, I would recognize the song being played as well as know whose song it was.

 

Favorite Musicians from 1985:

  1. Huey Lewis and the News
  2. Phil Collins
  3. Tears for Fears
  4. Dire Straits
  5. Whitney Houston

 

Huey Lewis and the News did not release an album in 1985 (their great album, “Sports” was released in 1983) but they did contribute two songs to the soundtrack of the classic movie “Back to the Future”. “The Power of Love” is one of my favorite Huey Lewis and the News songs and stands alone as a great song apart from the movie. The other song from the movie, “Back in Time”, is the opposite as it is basically a summary of the movie. It is still a good song and better than many typical soundtrack songs.

 

Phil Collins - No Jacket Required

Phil Collins – No Jacket Required

Phil Collins released his third solo album, “No Jacket Required” in 1985. As I have written before, this is the first Phil Collins CD I bought and still my favorite of his. I bought a CD player just so I could play this album in CD format since only the CD contained the song “We Said Hello Goodbye” which is still my all time favorite song. Two songs from this album (“One More Night” and “Sussudio”)   as well as a duet Phil Collins sang with Marilyn Martin, “Separate Lives”,   were all #1 hits in 1985.

Tears For Fears tape cover

To continue on the English side, Tears for Fears released “Songs from the Big Chair” in 1985.   It contains three of my favorite of their songs – the #1 hits “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout” as well as “Head Over Heels”. Those songs are still played on the music system piped into my workplace and I still like them.

 

Another English group, Dire Straits, also released a classic album in 1985. “Brothers in Arms” contains two of my favorite of their songs – “Money for Nothing” and “Walk of Life”. “Money for Nothing” of course came along with a great video which was very MTV friendly. Tragically, I did not have cable TV in 1985 so I could only see the video on a local channel’s “Friday Night Videos” TV show and obviously that was only on a Friday night. I hesitate to call the video innovative since MTV was so new that every video was innovative in some way. Creative and eye-catching are better adjectives to use to describe this video.

Whitney Houston tape cover

The only female on my list is Whitney Houston who released her self-titled debut album in 1985. What a debut it was! My favorite songs from that album are “All at Once”, “How Will I Know”, and “Greatest Love of All”. My school chorus sang “Greatest Love of All” in one of our school concerts that year. Of course we were nowhere as good as Ms. Houston was; nobody is. She had such an amazing voice and it’s a shame that more great music did not come from her.

 

Other songs I enjoyed from 1985:

 

  1. “Into the Groove” by Madonna from the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan” starring Aidan Quinn (and Madonna)
  2. “We Built This City” by Starship
  3. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds from the movie “The Breakfast Club”

 

I really enjoyed the music from 1985 and in most cases, still do. What a great time it was to put the radio on and there be a huge chance that I would enjoy whatever song was playing. I miss that time.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what is your favorite song, album, musician, or band from 1985?

 

Hop back aboard The Guitar Train for the next stop as Quirky T continues to travel back to 1985 to look at the great (Huey Lewis related) movie “Back to the Future”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boarding the Wrong Train

 

Quirky T enjoyed looking at Word Press’ Annual Report for this blog and other blogs. One category that always fascinates me is the search engine terms which lead viewers to my blog. Since September of last year, I have been jotting down these terms knowing that there was a post in there somewhere. Well, here it is! I’ve divided the search terms into three categories – Unfathomable (How with the millions of websites on that topic, would anyone be led to mine?), Right On! (I actually wrote a post on that topic), and Huh? (Someone was searching for that?).

 

The Beatles' Abbey Road

The Beatles’ Abbey Road

Unfathomable

  1. Early Beatles Albums
  2. Abbey Road
  3. Beatles Abbey Road Outfits
  4. Beatles Abbey Road

 

I cannot comprehend how with the millions of websites, blogs, and mere mentions of The Beatles on the Internet, that anything relating to them would lead to my little blog. Sure, I have a photo of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Beatles in the Abbey Road album cover poise as my blog header image but I doubt that would attract much traffic (no pun intended). There are blogs that are only devoted to The Beatles that deserve these leads more than mine. Two very good ones are “All You Need is The Beatles” (www.allyouneedisthebeatles.wordpress.com) and “Meet The Beatles for Real” (www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com). At least some of the people who were led to the Guitar Train blog, will find something about Abbey Road, if not the in-depth information they were looking for.

Frank Sinatra: Greatest Love Songs

Right On!

  1. Religious Christmas Songs
  2. Jon Secada The Best is Yet to Come
  3. Huey Lewis Movie Soundtracks
  4. Frank Sinatra Love Greatest Songs

 

These search terms hit their intended target. Religious Christmas Songs is the actual name of my December 5, 2013   post. I wrote about my love for Jon Secada’s version of the song, “The Best is Yet to Come” several times including posts on May 15, 2014  and October 2, 2014 . On December 4, 2014, I wrote a Guitar Train stop about movie soundtracks by my favorite musicians which mentioned Huey Lewis and the News’ soundtrack for the film “Back to the Future”. Someone searched for “Huey Lewis Movie Soundtracks” exactly six days later and hopefully wasn’t disappointed by my post. In my October 2, 2014 post on Frank Sinatra, I mentioned his CD called “Greatest Love Songs” so hopefully that was another enjoyed post.

 

Gloria Estefan's Destiny

Gloria Estefan’s Destiny

Huh?

  1. Patriotic Songs for My Mom on Her Birthday
  2. In What Month Did The Beatles Change Their Name
  3. Conducting Audience in Sing Along Photos
  4. Gloria Estefan Destiny Photo 1996 by Bruce Weber

 

It’s ironic that despite the specificity of these search terms, they were led to the wrong site – mine. I apologize for that and will now try to help those searchers.

 

For the first one, I’m glad Mom is patriotic. Hopefully, she’s also American because I only posted about American Patriotic songs on my July 4, 2013 stop called (fittingly) “Patriotic Songs”. The Beatles changed their name several times before settling on “The Beatles”. Unfortunately, the months these changes took place is nowhere to be found on the Guitar Train blog. Sorry. I’ll leave it to more knowledgeable Beatles fans than myself to answer that inquiry.

 

I’m at a loss as to a photo of someone conduction an audience in a song along; it’s definitely not on the Guitar Train. I’m sure photos of this event exist but maybe adding a specific musician’s name might help with the search. Good luck.

 

You can’t be more specific than this request for a photo of Gloria Estefan. I included a photo of my copy of the “Destiny” CD cover in my September 19, 2013 post on Gloria Estefan. (https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/favorites-month-gloria-estefan/) Upon reading the credits in the accompanying CD booklet, I discovered that Bruce Weber is not listed in the photo credits. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, searcher.

 

I would like to hear from other bloggers, what are the most unfathomable or “Huh?” search terms that have led to your blog?

Favorite Movie Soundtracks By My Favorites

This month on The Guitar Train, Quirky T stops to celebrate movie soundtracks. My favorite musicians have all had their songs included in movies. Here are my favorite movie soundtracks by my favorites:

 

  1. “Help!”(the album) – The Beatles
  2. “The Power of Love” – Huey Lewis and the News
  3. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” – Phil Collins
  4. “Music of My Heart” – Gloria Estefan
  5. “Mental Picture” – Jon Secada

Help!

In Guitar Train stops scheduled for next year, I will spend a whole month discussing the Beatles movies. So for this stop, I’ll just mention that since “Help!” is one my favorite Beatles albums, it goes without saying that it would be my favorite Beatles soundtrack album.

Huey Lewis and the News Greatest Hits

Huey Lewis and the News Greatest Hits

 

Huey Lewis and the News had two songs in the excellent 1985 film, “Back to the Future”. I prefer “The Power of Love” over “Back in Time” because it stands on its own separate from the film. “Back in Time” is more of a synopsis of the movie. “The Power of Love” was always an elusive song for me since it didn’t appear on any of the Huey Lewis and the News cassette tapes I had at the time. The only way I could hear it was randomly on the radio. I think that made it more special for me.

Before Phil Collins’ songs were in soundtracks of Disney movies such as “Tarzan”, he wrote and performed “Against All Odds” for the 1984 film of the same name. The film starring Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward is okay but the Phil Collins song is great – heartbreak at his best.

Gloria Estefan’s song “Music of My Heart” with boy band ‘N Synch from the 1999 movie, “Music of the Heart”, is not one of her best songs. I only saw the movie because Gloria Estefan had a part in it as well as my favorite actor, Aidan Quinn, and the very amazing Meryl Streep.

 

Jon Secada

Jon Secada – Heart, Soul, & A Voice

Jon Secada’s song “Mental Picture” from his 1994 album, “Heart, Soul, & a Voice” appeared in the 1994 movie, “The Specialist”. Although I have not seen the movie which stars Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone, the Jon Secada song is good.

 

Guitar Train passengers, have your favorite musicians done movie soundtracks? If yes, which ones and did you like them?

 

At the next stop of The Guitar Train’s Movie Soundtrack Month, Quirky T lists her favorite movie soundtracks from musicians other than her favorites. So hop back aboard for that.

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