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Fairy tales and one hit wonders...

Anyone has a favorite "One hit wonder?" I mean a song that was big but wasn't followed by any measurable success. There are tons of these and I think that the reason is that within all of us is something special and unique that has to come out. That's why the best an artist, writer, composer produces is usually done at an early age. They may improve their craft, but the raw, emotional essence of their work comes first. Or do you disagree? I do think that experiences and perceptions can be bottled up and explode as well later on.

I may return to this theme from time to time but today I'll start off with the first one that comes to my mind. The song was actually the first ever played on MTV. Remember??? It was The Buggles and Video Killed the Radio Star. I still love that song... never get tired of hearing it (which isn't often).

Some of you are aware of the stories I write and publish. The second book has an old time radio sub-plot. I often write my most visual scenes hearing sound track music in the background (in my head). If this story would ever get to the big screen, I'd be sure that VKTRS would be on the sound track.

As an aside, the topic of favorite fairy tales popped into my mind almost at the same time. I learned a lot about life and people from hearing or reading those stories. One of my favorites was The Emperor's New Clothes. Wow, did that open my little eyes when I understood what it was all about. To this day the honesty of children amazes and enchants me. Do you have a memorable fairy tale? Why?

I had a friend I met in the grocery store with her two kids a few months ago and she mentioned how she wanted to read my new book to her daughter M. M looked at me with all sincerity and said something like, "I can't wait to get your book. I don't want to read it. I just want show it to my friends and tell'em I know the man who wrote the book."

Her mom was a little embarrassed, but I loved it. Those are the kinds of kids I love writing about. Don't think I won't use that line sometime.


On a somber note... my prayers and love go out to the family and friends of the miners in West Virginia. Some were doing what they loved. Some were doing what they had to. Although the waiting must have been tortuous, and the misinformation regrettable, I'm thankful for them that a conclusion was reached relatively quickly.


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Jan. 4th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
"Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers.
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, a good one... the curse of "bubblegum."

I may have to compile my own list.
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
And of course "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" by the Royal Guardsmen. I think they might have had another hit with "Snoopy's Christmas" but other than that, they don't get much airplay on the oldies stations.
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THAT!! I have it on LP... =B
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have a DVD of theirs. Their other songs are good; it's a shame that they didn't make it bigger.
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Psychedelic Furs
"Love My Way"
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Psychedelic Furs
Just back from a late lunch with my wayward niece at a po-boy shop three blocks from my home.

An interesting selection.

Were you a Molly Ringwald (actress) fan too? I'll bet you're pretty in pink, huh.

Btw, what did YOU have for lunch today?
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
I hear a million times a day...
In fact.... I was in Hot Topic the other day and was told that "If Alley Sheedy and Molly Ringwald were able to have a kid, you'd be it". They even call me "Molly" at work. Not sure why, I don't have red hair nor her pout.

But to answer you question, I love ALL the "Brat Pack" movies...Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles...love em =).

Lunch today... a sandwich. I've been eating out way too much, gotta watch the middle.
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: I hear a million times a day...
Same here - I *heart* Molly Ringwald movies... though I was fairly little when they came out...
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Me too =)
I was 11 when Pretty in Pink came out...1986. =)
Jan. 6th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Me too =)
You're not too much older than me, then... In 1986, I was 7...
Jan. 5th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: I hear a million times a day...
Now, I can understand why everyone says that... more so Sheedy than Ringwald. After we first "met" I checked your user page, was surprised to see a photo, and immediately thought you were a redhead. Your hair appeared more auburn but who knows these days? Your features still said redhead.

No, you couldn't pass for Molly but your "effect" is somewhere in the neighborhood... more so than say a Neve Campbell or a Gwyneth Paltrow (if we are focusing on celebrities).

Anyway, it's a pretty nice neighborhood so run with it.

Hhmmm, if you could choose your own neighborhood, which would it be?
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
If I could choose my own neighborhood it would definitely be Angelina Jolie. haha
Jan. 5th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, my... I will definitely tread lightly from here on! ;p...
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock... Actually, that's three of my favorite things - incense, peppermint and strawberries! *lol*

My favorite fairy tales... Hmmm... The Frog Prince, </i>Rapunzel</i> and Little Red Riding Hood! I'm a bit of a fairy tale nut!

And I don't know how many miners were involved, but I read on Yahoo that 12 had been rescued...
Jan. 4th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
April... you are such a nerd! ***lol*** (In a nice way, of course)

Btw, I'd climb a tower to save you.


Unfortunately, those early reports about the miners were wrong. Only one has survived and is in critical condition. Very sad!

Jan. 4th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
I've never been called a nerd before... *pout*

But it's good to know you'd still come to my rescue! *wink*

That's really sad about the miners... I had no idea...
Jan. 4th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Ooops! I made her pout again...
If it makes you feel any better, you're an "Erika von Zipper" kind of nerd... soo baaad, but always carrying breath mints and compact in your saddlebag.

p.s. You do know whom I'm referring to... I'm pretty sure you must.
Jan. 4th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooops! I made her pout again...
*stares blankly*

Sadly, I have NO CLUE what you're talking about... Geeze, this must be a first! *lol*
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Re: Ooops! I made her pout again...
Just getting ready to go to some friends' house so I won't keep you in suspense.

Ever see the old Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello "beach movies?"

Erik (sp?) Von Zipper was the leader of the motorcycle gang that was always trying to wreak havoc on the teenagers. He was played by Harvey Lembeck (Corporal Barbella on the old Sgt. Bilko show).

I changed the name to Erika because you're a lady. ;)
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Ooops! I made her pout again...
Well, I guess I'll have to look into it before I decide to forgive you........................................................ *wink*
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: Ooops! I made her pout again...
Please hurry! I can't stand the tension.
Jan. 6th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: Ooops! I made her pout again...
Well, hmmm............................ *sigh*................................................................................................................................................ okay.

*hee-hee* =P
Jan. 5th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
My favorite one hit wonders from the 80's:

1. Blind Melon's "No Rain"
2. Kajagoogoo's "Too Shy"

and then the Kajagoogoo spinoffs:
lead singer Limahl's solo career: "Neverending Story"
and then the rest formed Kaja, and coined: "Turn Your Back on Me"
ALL of these have greatest hits compilations, though!

3. Alphaville's "Forever Young"
This group also has a greatest hits compilation, which I have to say is pretty dang good and makes me feel like a teenager again.

I actually collect 80s music, particularly all the British "new wave" and pop that came out during that time. This was the music of my "youth", and sometimes I feel like it's never going to get better than that (although the music prior to this era was even better).

My favorite fairy tale is "The Frog Princess." This is a Russian fairy tale, where the PRINCE actually bursts into tears and threatens his mother that he will jump out a window because he is forced to marry a frog!!! Then he finds out that there is a beautiful, clever princess with great culinary skills underneath the frog skin, and he tries to steal her skin and break the spell over her.

I also like the Russian fairy tales with Baba Yaga in them. She is always rumored to eat children because her house (when it's at rest--it walks on chicken legs in some stories) is surrounded by skulls on fenceposts. In reality Baba Yagao only frightens the kids, forces them to work for her, and then ends up helping them if they are in trouble.

Jan. 5th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
Well, that sure was a great Rose Bowl. Hope you're not smarting too much.

I only vaguely remember a couple of your choices... Kajagoogoo and Blind Melon, probably through MTV of which I had only sporadic exposure. Funny how a few years one way or the other colors our musical influences (and I have quite a few years to play with). lol

I know the majority of us spend a lot of our early years listening to the music we grow up with and then struggle hopelessly to keep up. I'm always amazed at people who seem to have no shortage and diversity of musical tastes.

The Baba Yaga stories sound right up my alley. I'll have to look into them. Thanks for the info.
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
You mean music is actually being composed these days, right here in the United States?

As far as "modern" music goes, I enjoy what is coming from the Middle East, India, Africa, and non-English speaking Europe over what is usually played on the radio here. Most Top 40 nowadays has no soul to it anymore, and even less meaning. I do like "Green Day", "Third Eye Blind", and "Smashmouth", though. Where is Weird Al Yankovic when you need him most?

Most guys proooobably wouldn't remember Kajagoogoo, or perhaps they would appear in nightmares or something...they were even more girlie than Duran Duran. (And what could we expect, as Nick Rhodes, girliest Duran Duran member, created Kajagoogoo?)

Jan. 5th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Is music being composed?

If it is, I'm not looking for it, although I hear it now and again. I don't take music too seriously anymore so it doesn't matter, just hear things occasionally that I like but don't necessarily pursue. I really don't have the time.

I have always liked lyrics, however... and certain interesting beats and melodies, usually fairly primal... but I like lyrics a lot... Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen, Dylan and Lennon and Lou Reed, down to Tom Waits and Jackson Browne, more recently U2, Tori Amos, early Fiona Apple, Norah Jones... you know, stuff like that... all over the chart. There are too many artists to keep up with and I don't define myself by the music I listen to... my pocketbook speaks loudest. It's just entertainment, after all, although I recognize that there is true talent out there.

I think the MTV thing was a mixed blessing... promoting the visual more than the musical, so that guys like me were so confused by the attraction of bands like D'ran-D'ran. Although I liked some music videos, I always liked to form my own images and feelings through my own experiences... like driving down the River Road on a hot August night to the crumbling Seven Oaks Plantation a year after Hurricane Betsy with Link Wray pounding out Rumble on my am car radio.

You never forget where you were or what you were doing at moments like that.
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