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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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Concert Song Requests of My Faves

 

 

The Guitar Train has been lucky enough to make stops to see all of Quirky T’s favorite musicians (except The Beatles) in live concert performances. While I have thoroughly enjoyed all these concerts, there are some songs which I love that I have never heard performed live. I know musicians are limited as far as which songs they can play because of time constraints, technical production issues, and catering to the audiences’ desires. Or as Huey Lewis says during his concerts when the audience yells out titles of songs they want him to sing, “So many hits, so little time.” So putting all practicality aside (including life and death), here are the songs I would love to hear my favorite musicians perform live at a concert I’m attending.

Help!

For The Beatles, obviously I’d love to have just been at any of their concerts, even with all the screaming. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear Paul McCartney perform Beatles songs that the band never even performed together in concert. I would love to hear my favorite Beatles album, “Help!” in its entirety. During the October 15, 2015 concert in Detroit, Michigan, Paul McCartney did play “Another Girl”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, and “Yesterday”. I would have loved to have been a part of that concert experience. Aside from the album “Help!”, these are the other Beatles songs I would like to hear, broken down by whose songs they are.

  • John Lennon – “It Won’t Be Long”, “All I’ve Got to Do”, and “In My Life”
  • Paul McCartney – “I’ll Follow the Sun”, “I Will” , and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
  • George Harrison – “Old Brown Shoe”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Don’t Bother Me”
  • Ringo Starr – “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Honey Don’t” (I know it’s not an original Beatles song but it’s a fun song for Ringo).

Phil Collins t-shirt

From Phil Collins, I would request his angry songs – “I Don’t Care Anymore”, “Do You Know, Do You Care?”, and “Who Said I Would”. To counter the anger, I would love to hear my all time favorite song of all songs I’ve ever heard in my entire life – “We Said Hello Goodbye”.

Genesis glitter T-shirt

I have been lucky that at the two Genesis concerts I attended, Phil Collins sang many of my favorite Genesis songs. To those favorites, I would like to also request “Abacab”, “That’s All”, and “Just a Job To Do.”

gloria!

I’ve been to many Gloria Estefan concerts but I haven’t heard her perform songs from her 1998 CD titled “gloria!” So I would love to hear that CD performed in its entirety since the songs flow into each other non-stop between tracks. If that’s too much to ask for, I’d settle for just my favorite song from that CD – “I Just Wanna Be Happy”. The other Gloria Estefan song I’d love to hear her perform in concert would fit in with the angry Phil Collins songs. It’s appropriately titled “Go Away.”  I’ll add one Spanish song to my requests – “No Me Dejes De Querer (“Flores” Del Caribe Mix)”.

cu Huey Lewis Sports poster

Huey Lewis and the News concerts are way too short as it is so I can definitely request many more songs for the band to play. They could stand to play a few more hits. In 2013, they played their 1983 album, “Sports”, in its entirety to commemorate its 30th anniversary. That was such an amazing experience that I would love for the band to do that again. In addition to that album, the song I’d most like to hear them perform live is the hard rocking “Couple Days Off”.

Jon Secada and Cadbury Creme Egg

The one Jon Secada concert I attended was also very short. Of course, at the time, he had only released two albums. So I would be happy to hear more songs from those two albums as well as other songs he’s released in the 21 years since then. I would definitely love to hear the songs “La, La, La’, “Whipped”, and “I’m Free”.

Barry Manilow Greatest Hits Album cover

For Barry Manilow who I’ve seen in concert twice, I would like to hear my three favorite songs of his – “Break Down the Door”, “Beautiful Music”, and “All the Time”. I would also request a song that he probably plays at every concert – “Can’t Smile Without You”.

 

Steve Winwood ticket stub

Steve Winwood ticket stub

One bonus musician that I have song requests for – Steve Winwood. He’s not a favorite of mine like the others are but I do enjoy several songs of his. I saw him in concert six years ago and I was disappointed that he did not play those favorite songs of mine. Those songs are “While You See a Chance”, “Back in the High Life Again”,  “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?”, and “Roll With It”.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what are the songs you would request your favorite musicians play at their concerts?

30 Years Later Quirky T Revisits “We Are the World”

We are the World Album cover

Thirty years ago on January 28, 1985 a large group of musical superstars came together to record the charity single “We Are the World”. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones. They were following the lead of Bob Geldof who gathered superstar musicians in the United Kingdom in 1984 to record the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money to help relieve famine in Africa. “We Are the World” raised over $60 million for the charity. It also won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Looking back at the artists who participated in “We Are the World”, it was quite an exceptional group. The stars of the 80’s are well represented and joined by legends such as Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. Maybe because Quincy Jones was producing this there was more diversity than would later perform at Live Aid. The only big stars from 1985 who were missing were Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Prince.

cu We are the World album cover

In researching this Guitar Train stop, I came upon various reasons why Prince did not participate. Regardless of what the real reason is, I am very happy with his replacement – Huey Lewis. Huey alone, without the News, sang the bridge part after Michael Jackson and before Cyndi Lauper and Kim Carnes. Kim Carnes was the only singer I did not recognize when I watched the DVD “The Story Behind the Song: 20th Anniversary Special”. For the music video, the artists lined up in a U-shape in the order they sang their lines. So Huey was positioned between Michael Jackson, in full King of Pop regalia, and Cyndi Lauper, wearing an abundance of jewelry. Had Prince been there instead, it would have been an 80’s overload of hair, jewelry, and brocade. Huey brought it down to earth and sang a line (which I can’t write here because of copyright issues) that I could imagine being in one of his songs. Cyndi then does her vocal thing, Kim Carnes adds her two words, and then Huey rejoins them. I think it’s cool that Huey was part of this momentous gathering. Incidentally, the News joined him later to sing in the chorus which also contained many famous musicians including another favorite of mine, The Pointer Sisters. It was nice to see other regular guys such as Billy Joel (whose line to me seems to be right from a Beatles song) and Bruce Springsteen.

In 2010, another group of musicians remade “We Are the World” to benefit Haiti which had experienced a devastating earthquake. I had heard about the remake at the time but I never bothered to listen to it because the only people I had been told were in it were Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. I had no interest in listening to them along with a bunch of current musicians whom I wouldn’t know. When researching this Guitar Train stop, I decided to listen to the updated version. I was pleasantly surprised by the other big name (and talented) musicians who were involved such as Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand, and Tony Bennett. Interesting note – Usher sang Huey Lewis’ line in the remake.

We are the World back cover

Back to 1985, the “We Are the World” single was part of an album of the same name which contains songs by artists from the single as well as Prince and Chicago. Huey Lewis and the News contributed the song “Trouble in Paradise”. The album also contains a group of Canadian artists recording a song called “Tears are Not Enough” under the name Northern Lights.

 

To read more about the epic recording of the song “We Are the World”, check out this great article on the “Rolling Stone” website called “’We Are the World: A Minute-by-Minute Breakdown’ on Its 30th Anniversary”. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/we-are-the-world-a-minute-by-minute-breakdown-30th-anniversary-20150306  Also check out the website http://www.usaforafrica.org for much information about the song and other charities.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what did you think about “We Are the World” at the time and what do you think about it now, looking back 30 years later?

 

The Guitar Train is still in 1985 as the next stop takes us to another epic charity event from that year – Live Aid. So hop back aboard The Guitar Train to see this concert from the skewed point of view of my favorite musicians.

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?

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?

New (to Quirky T) Music Month – Music Grouch/ Lana del Rey

 

Welcome aboard the Guitar Train for the second set of stops for New (to Quirky T) Music Month. I’ve just discovered that I am a music grouch. I only want to hear music I am familiar with. I’m hesitant to listen to any new music. I haven’t really liked any of the new artists I have listened to for this blog. Is it because I haven’t listened enough to give them a chance? Or am I so prejudiced against new music that no new music has a chance? Or am I listening to the wrong music for my tastes?

cu Huey Lewis Sports poster

I want to be excited about new music. Really, I want to go back in time to the ‘80’s and ‘90’s when my favorites were releasing new, original songs. Going to the Huey Lewis and the News concert recently reminded me of the excitement of hearing their new songs on the radio for the first time. Possibly with all my favorite musicians, there was a built in expectancy that I would most likely enjoy any new song they released.

 

Maybe instead of yielding to the pressure of listening to artists because they are talked about, I should go for artists whom I already like one song of and see if I like more. Familiarity may be the key. I find myself while at work, where a wide range of pop/rock songs from the ‘70’s to today are played, now tolerating songs that I didn’t like when they first came out. Many times it is the memories associated with those songs more than the songs themselves.

 

Or maybe I should go back to my favorite artists and play their less listened to songs. I wrote about this in the Guitar Train stop called, “Am I Fan Enough?” https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/am-i-fan-enough/

 

Maybe new music is over for me. Maybe in the whole realm of music, there’s just no one new I will ever like.

 

To continue on that dark, dreary track, the artist I listened to for this stop was Lana del Rey. I listened to her 2012 CD, “Born to Die”.  It’s just not my kind of music – too slow and dark for me. That’s disappointing in general but also because I want to add more female musicians to the Guitar Train.

gloria!

Maybe I should give up and just listen to my favorite Gloria Estefan CD, “gloria!” for the seven hundredth time. At least I know I’ll enjoy that and it won’t depress me.

 

Guitar Train passengers, stay aboard for the next stop and see if I’m still a music grouch when I listen to more new to me music.

Quick Station Stop – Huey Lewis and the News Concert 2014

marquee

Back on the music track, Quirky T was excited to conduct the Guitar Train to stop in Atlantic City for the Huey Lewis and the News concert at the House of Blues. Luckily for me, the band still tours every summer and also luckily for me, they usually play near where I live. (Well, almost near. It’s disappointing when the drive to the concert is longer than the actual concert).

Huey Lewis poster 2014

I wasn’t as excited to see them this year as I was last year since last year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album, “Sports”, they played the terrific album in its entirety. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-guitar-train-stops-at-a-huey-lewis-and-the-news-concert/  It was an amazing musical experience that wasn’t going to be repeated this year. (Despite drunken hecklers at this year’s concert repeatedly imploring Huey to do so).

Showboat Casino

The minute I walked into the House of Blues, I almost regretted coming. The place was basically a bar with a small professional stage. The seats were folding chairs! I paid $88.50 to sit in a folding chair? A hard as a rock folding chair that was attached to the other folding chairs in the row so I couldn’t even scout my chair closer to the stage. I know the Showboat Casino where the House of Blues is located is closing on August 31 but did they already remove the regular cushioned seats? Had I known it would be like this, I would’ve brought my hotel room pillow to sit on.

Huey Lews small poster

But the minute Huey and the band stepped on the stage, I was glad I was there. The concert was amazing. I would have preferred if the band played longer and more of their songs and less cover songs. (To see the complete set list, check out http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/huey-lewis-and-the-news/2014/house-of-blues-atlantic-city-nj-43c1df8f.html). They seemed to enjoy playing the old blues songs so they did. It was surreal for me to be singing Huey’s words while he’s singing them in my direction.

Heart & Soul on door

Before the band played “Heart and Soul”, Huey Lewis uttered a phrase I never thought I would hear from him – “Let’s dance”. I had never associated his music with dancing but the audience did dance from then until the end of the show.

House of Blues

The House of Blues was definitely the worst concert venue I have been to from the folding chairs, to the hecklers (whom security ignored and then actually let stand right in front of the stage and heckle Huey to his face), to the few audio problems, and the minor lighting issues but it was definitely worth the travel time and expense to see one of my all time favorite bands perform live.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what is the worse concert venue for a mainstream musical group you have been to and why was it so bad?

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