Monday Earworm: Depeche Mode

I had mostly only known the instrumental version of this song until recently, and while I enjoy the slightly slower pace of that Dave Clarke acoustic version, I really like this original too. Enjoy!

Don’t forget, there’s still just a little time to weigh in on my poll for the October series. Thank you to everyone who already has done so, with your votes and/or comments!

And particularly if you’re on the Texas Gulf Coast, good luck this week.

Monday Earworm: The Killers

This song has been on constant loop the past week, so now you can deal with it, too. (It’s a bit of a torment, but also it’s actually one of my favorite Killers songs, to be honest.) It’s the kind of song that seems to inspire a wildly different interpretation from everyone who listens to it. What do you think?

In other news, there’s still time to weigh in on the survey I posted last week about the annual Witchy Weekends series here on the blog next month. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

Monday Earworm: Journey

So the song that has been played on the radio nearly every time I’ve gotten into the car over the past couple of weeks is catchy and fun to dance to but probably not one whose video I should post here on the blog. This other one, however, caught my attention today, and it is truly lovely. In fact, I liked the song so much that I made it my first non-classical piece to learn on the piano, back when I was still playing regularly, once I had the freedom to choose what I wanted to learn how to play.

This video footage is from a Journey concert here in Houston back in 1981. (I was not at the concert, alas; that was a couple of years before I started attending big stadium rock concerts.) This show was at The Summit, one of the best venues for rock concerts and live sports our fair city has ever had. It’s something else now, but I can assure you rock concerts and Rockets games are the finest, purest things ever to happen in that building.

I read an interview of Steve Perry once that noted his voice was the closest thing to opera that rock music ever had, and listening to this song, it’s not hard to believe that. Have a good week.

Monday Earworm: Aretha Franklin (Because It’s Always A Good Time for Ms. Franklin)

Last week the new biopic Respect came out, starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen herself, reportedly chosen by Aretha Franklin to play her. If it felt safe enough to go to a movie theater in Houston right now, I’d be there, but since it doesn’t (hello, red zone), I’ll have to wait a bit longer. Unfortunately. I’m so eager to see it!

Anyway, I meant to get this up yesterday, but events conspired. Another busy day today before classes start tomorrow. Here’s some danceable fun from a straight-up goddess to get your day in gear.