Flash Flashback: Take on me

 

Remember when MTV used play music videos? Before Reality TV…before autotunes…back when artists could actually sing and play instruments.  If you do, you’re probably an 80s kid like me.  This video by A-ha, reminds me that time in the 80s.  Who didn’t love “Take On Me”?  Such a beautiful story line too….Boy falls in love with a girl from another dimensions, and does everything be with her.

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Happy birthday Whitney – One of America’s greatest singers ever….

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey.  This beautiful song bird entered the music scene in the 80s and took the world by storm.  I remember being in awe of her as a child.  Whitney’s voice and beauty were both remarkable.  Her untimely death last February was tragic, but her legacy and music will live on.  Happy birthday Whitney…you are still loved and dearly missed.

Friday Flashback: Funkin’ for Jamaica #OldSchool

Warning: This song features a real singer with real musicians. No autotune. No synthesizers. No “DJ Samples”. Just original music, by real people with actual talent. This video was featured on MTV when it only featured music videos.

I love this song, Funkin’ for Jamaica (NY), by Tom Browne (circa 1981). It features 2 of my favorite instruments: The Trumpet and the Bass Guitar.

Never Stop – The Brand New Heavies

One of my favorite #OldSchool #AcidJazz tunes is Never stop.   Ms. N’Dea Davenport took The Brand New Heavies to new heights of success as the band’s lead singer and helped make this song a hit.  I’m so happy to see that she’s collaborating with the band again.