Monday Earworm: James Hill

Several years ago, my husband decided he wanted to learn to play the ukelele, and he taught himself to over the course of several weeks. It was fun to listen to him doing it; he picked it up pretty quickly, I thought, especially considering he had only one or two actual lessons and then just did the rest with a book.

I’m pretty sure he could, with only rudimentary instruction and an encyclopedia (or YouTube at least), teach himself to build a fully functioning house.

Anyway, about the time of the short-lived ukelele hobby, he introduced me to the music of James Hill. This video is amazing, probably one of my favorites ever.

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Monday Earworm: Michael Jackson

You had to know this one would show up sooner or later.

Shortly after this video came out, an hour-or-so-long documentary, The Making of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” came out on cable, and my mom recorded it for my siblings and me because, of course, we were huge Michael Jackson fans, just like most of the rest of the industrialized world in the 1980s. We watched it repeatedly, learning the behind-the-scenes awesomeness of the creation of this mini-movie. In it we saw the multiple layers of make-up and special effects required to transform him from himself to the various creatures he becomes in this video, and we also got to see just how exuberant and hyperactive his personality was in rehearsal. He was like a kid.

Anyway, this is a Hallowe’en staple. I hope your holiday is wonderful.

 

Monday Earworm: Michael Jackson, But Not Really

I had several ideas of what to present for today’s earworm, and I think I’ve settled on this really weird one. It’s a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” which is a great song. Normally I’d go for the Alien Ant Farm cover, because it’s so much fun and because the video has a veritable slew of excellent references to Michael Jackson’s career, but instead, I’m just going to leave this here and allow you to make of it what you will.