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Fave Dance Songs for Quirky T’s Fave Month

 

Welcome, Guitar Train passengers, to my favorite month – October! I’ve written in the past about why October is my favorite month. Check out this Guitar Train stop which explains why. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/happy-month-on-the-guitar-train/ To add to those reasons, October is my favorite month because it leads into the best time period of every year – the holidays in November and December. So let’s dance through the great times coming with these dance favorites of mine.

 

The Beatles

  1. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  2. “Back in the U.S.S.R.

 

Phil Collins

  1. “Sussidio”
  2. “Dance Into the Light”

 

Gloria Estefan

  1. “You’ll Be Mine (Party Time)”
  2. “I Just Wanna Be Happy”

 

Jon Secada

  1. “Always Something”
  2. “It’s Enough”

 

Barry Manilow

  1. “Daybreak”
  2. “Bandstand Boogie”

 

Other Faves

  1. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!
  2. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves

 

Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite dance songs?

Quirky T’s Favorite Movie Soundtracks

To continue on The Guitar Train for Movie Soundtrack Month, this stop looks at Quirky T’s favorite movie soundtracks. At the last stop, I explored movie soundtracks by my favorite musicians – The Beatles, Gloria Estefan, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis and the News, and Jon Secada. This stop lists my favorite movie songs by musicians other than my favorites.

 

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers
  2. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves
  3. “Sweet Freedom” – Michael McDonald
  4. “Say You, Say Me” – Lionel Ritchie
  5. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins

 

I’ve already posted about my love of the 1993 movie “Benny and Joon” which contains the fun, upbeat song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-guitar-train-looks-at-the-20th-anniversary-of-benny-and-joon/  This song works perfectly in the fun movie starring my favorite actor, Aidan Quinn, and Johnny Depp.

I’ve also already posted about another fun, upbeat song, “Walking on Sunshine.” https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/do-i-want-to-hear-more-katrina-and-the-waves/   This song has been used in several movies but the one I identify it with is 1989’s “Look Who’s Talking” starring John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and the voice of Bruce Willis.

 

Before the days of digital music and songs being available instantly for listening, I had to tape “Sweet Freedom” off of the radio so I could listen to it any time I wanted. I really liked this song and still do.   The 1986 movie it appears in “Running Scared” is a great, fun movie starring Billy Crystal and the late Gregory Hines.

 

My favorite Lionel Richie song is also one of my favorite movie soundtrack songs. “Say You, Say Me” is in the 1985 movie “White Nights” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the late Gregory Hines. Interesting how two of my favorite movie songs come from movies starring the great Gregory Hines. “White Nights” also contains a song by one of my favorite musicians, Phil Collins. He duets with Marilyn Martin on the bitter song “Separate Lives.” Both songs were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song with the Lionel Richie song winning the award.

 

Kenny Loggins is known for contributing songs to several movies. My favorite of his movie songs is “Footloose” from the original 1984 movie of the same name. The song is fun, upbeat and makes me want to dance so it is perfect for the movie.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite songs from movies?

Do I Want to Hear More? – Katrina and the Waves

Katrina and the Waves tape

Guitar Train Stop #2 in the new feature “Do I Want to Hear More?” listens to Katrina and the Waves. Similarly to the last stop about The Proclaimers, (https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/do-i-want-to-hear-more-the-proclaimers/) I could only find one album by this group in the local library system and it was, also like The Proclaimers, only available on cassette tape. For both groups, the only songs I had heard were fast, catchy romantic songs that involve walking. Both The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” and Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” were on movie soundtracks. I first heard the Katrina and the Waves song in the 1989 movie, “Look Who’s Talking” starring John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and the voice of Bruce Willis.

Despite my liking both songs after hearing them in movies, I was not at the time interested in hearing more music from these bands. So while having the songs included in hit movies brought publicity and high music chart positions for the songs, in my case, they didn’t lead me to buy any of their music. The movie placements also did not bring career long success for these bands in the U.S. (Although, Wikipedia estimates that the royalties for “Walking On Sunshine” from use in several other movies and commercials has earned the band $1 million per year from 2000-2010. Not bad for one song!)

Walkman and batteries

The Katrina and the Waves cassette tape I listened to (and yes I still have the equipment to play cassette tapes. In fact, I still have a dual deck stereo, a Walkman, and a portable radio with a cassette deck) was the band’s self-titled 1985 release. I really like it. The songs are fast, high energy just like “Walking on Sunshine” which is on the tape I listened to. I don’t understand the song “Going Down to Liverpool”. If I was going to Liverpool, I wouldn’t be doing nothing like Katrina sings in the song. I would definitely be going to all The Beatles sites including the Cavern and Penny Lane. Also, I wouldn’t be going “down” to Liverpool; it would be more like “Going Across the Ocean to Liverpool” (not as catchy). Despite that nitpicking, I definitely want to hear more of Katrina and the Waves.

 

Next month on The Guitar Train is Movie Soundtrack Month. Hop aboard to find out more of Quirky T’s favorite songs from movies.

Ode to My iPod

Walkman and batteries

Musically speaking, the one invention I am really grateful for is my iPod.  It freed me from carrying around a clunky Walkman and about ten cassette tapes.  I loved my Walkman but it was bulky and the batteries never lasted long.  I learned the hard way not to leave the batteries in the Walkman when traveling.  One time the Walkman rewind button was pushed into the on position while in my suitcase and the batteries were used up.  So from then on, I carried an extra two AA batteries with me (as well as leaving only one battery in the Walkman while traveling).  All that added to the Walkman’s large entourage.

iPod Shuffle and batteries

I was skeptical about the iPod because I thought I would be forced to buy again from iTunes music I had already bought on CD.  When I discovered I could import my own CDs onto the iPod, I bought an iPod Shuffle.  What astonished me the most about the Shuffle was the fact that it is smaller than the two AA batteries I used in my Walkman.  I couldn’t believe that something that small could hold all that music.  Even the iPod earphones were an improvement over all the earphones I had before.  I don’t know how people can jog wearing non iPod earphones; I couldn’t even walk without them falling out.

iPod Nano

A few years later, I upgraded to the iPod Nano which allows me to see which songs are playing. I can now make playlists and organize songs by artists and theme.  It’s a much easier way to make a “mixed tape” of my favorites.  I’m so happy with my Nano that I haven’t thought about upgrading it.  The only complaint I have is that every time my non-Apple computer crashed and eventually died, I had to re-import the whole contents of my iTunes playlists on my computer.  I wish I could just synch everything from my iPod back to my laptop.

Excluding my favorites (Gloria Estefan and Huey Lewis), here is a list of my Party songs playlist.

  1. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves  
  2. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham! 
  3. “Copacabana” – Barry Manilow
  4. “Neutron Dance” – The Pointer Sisters
  5. “Pump Up the Jam” – Technotronic  http://youtu.be/9EcjWd-O4jI
  6. “Roam” – The B-52’s
  7. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins
  8. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
  9. “La Bamba” – Los Lobos
  10. “Walk Like an Egyptian” – The Bangles 
  11. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds 
  12. “Gimme Some Lovin’” – Spencer Davis Group
  13. “While You See a Chance” – Steve Winwood
  14. “Back in the High Life Again” – Steve Winwood 

It’s pretty much an 80’s party mix.  I have yet to play it at an actual party.  That is a dream of mine.

Guitar Train passengers, what songs are on your favorite iPod playlist?

Songs That Make Quirky T Happy

To continue Happy Month in October, the Guitar Train is stopping at songs that make Quirky T happy. No matter how I am feeling, as soon as I hear these songs, I am happy.
1. “Gimme Some Lovin’” – The Spencer Davis Group
2. “Walking On Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves  http://youtu.be/iPUmE-tne5U
3. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!  http://youtu.be/pIgZ7gMze7A
4. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers  http://youtu.be/tbNlMtqrYS0

 

Steve Winwood ticket stub

Steve Winwood ticket stub

Steve Winwood wrote the very energetic “Gimme Some Lovin’”. It was one of the four songs I hoped he would play at his concert in New Jersey on February 13, 2010 which I attended. Being one of his best songs, he did perform it and it was great to hear it live.

 

 

 

I first heard “Walking On Sunshine” in the 1989 John Travolta and Kirstie Alley movie “Look Who’s Talking”. It’s such a fun, upbeat song that it makes me want to dance (although I can’t dance as well as John Travolta).

 

 

Wham! Make It Big

Wham! Make It Big

I still have Wham!’s 1984 cassette tape, “Make It Big”, which contains “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. In the 80’s, I practically wore out the tape playing this song, my favorite of theirs. My friends and I even made up our own dance to go with the song.

 

 

Benny and Joon CD

Benny and Joon CD

In my May 30, 2013 post, “The Guitar Train Looks at the 20th Anniversary of “Benny and Joon”,

https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-guitar-train-looks-at-the-20th-anniversary-of-benny-and-joon/

I wrote about The Proclaimers and this song from one of my favorite movies, “Benny and Joon”. It took me awhile to understand what The Proclaimers are singing. Even after I learned what the words are; I didn’t know what one of them, “haver”, meant. This song is just a good, fun, happy song. I wouldn’t mind a cute guy wanting to do all the things for and with me (although I might draw the line at havering).

 

 
Guitar Train passengers, what songs make you happy every time you hear them?

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