Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Marissa Godinez Fave 5 Song Nuggets

Marissa Godinez is a talented actor, singer, performer, world traveler, Spanish speaker from Hawaii and most recently in an award winning film called, "Irresponsible." These are the songs that influence her growing up and getting to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.

MAZZY STAR "Blue Light"
Singer Hope Sandoval plays many instruments, including harmonica, keyboard, Hammond Organ, Xylophone and the Glockenspeil. Which is like a xylophone, only it has metal bars/keys instead of wooden ones.

CHRIS ISAAC "Wicked Games"
Chris wrote this song after a woman he knew to be trouble called him and said "I want to come over and talk to you. I want to talk to you until you can no longer stand." He had the song written before she ever reached his house.

Lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote in his Autobiography of the same name that a lot of this song refers to Dave Navaro. "Sarcastic Mr Know-It-All" is a direct reference because Dave is known as "the king of sarcasm." And at the end of the music video for "Warped" Anthony and Dave kiss at the end of the video...which is referred to in "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you 'cause"

Anthony was introduced to pot at 12 years old. But shares a story in his autobiography that he got high at 4 for the first time. He was walking with his dad and dad blew pot smoke in his face.

MARO "Still Feel It All"
From Portugal. My favorite comment on this youtube thread "Whenever you post something, i wait up till midnight so i can sneak out to the roof and listen to it with my eyes closed and feeling the cold wind. It’s the best feeling"

3 of the members were high school friends and formed a vocal trio to compete in a radio competition for the chance to meet the cast of "Glee." They created a rendition of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" which didn't win, however, they did find their following on Facebook!

Keep up with Marissa and her acting pursuits on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Troy Devolld Fave5 YTunes Shuffle Song Facts

Troy Devolld is a writer, producer, fine arts lover and most interestingly, a vintage TV remote collector.
He wrote the book, "Reality TV" which is considered the bible of writing for reality television. He started on MTV's show "Fear" and eventually worked on "The Osbornes."

These are the songs that tell the story of his life!

BUGGLES "Video Killed The Radio Star"
First video played on MTV. Buggles were unknown in the USA. But this song was an early indicator of how much influence MTV had...and was going to have. Trevor Horn wrote this song after 4 years of producing crap records for even crappier artists. He was so tired of not being successful that he thought,  "If I couldn't find a good artist and a good song, then I'd write it myself and becomme the artist."

EARTH WIND & FIRE "September"
Maurice White got the idea for the song while in a hotel room in Washington DC while there was some sort of protest going on outside. There was screaming and throwing things and this tune just evolved he told "songfacts."

JERRY FIELDING "McMillian and Wife"
McMillian and Wife is a police/crime drama tv show from the 70's with Rock Hudson! Norrie Paramore and his Orchestra released the theme song on Contour Records in 1974, but the label co-credited the theme to five people including composer Jerry Fielding, as well as Luchi De Jesus, (CHiPs) Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Paul Mason (Welcome Back Kotter and Matlock) and Henry Mancini (Pink Panther).

Sondheim wrote this song during an out of town tryout for the music "Follies." He decided that another song on the line up (Can That Boy Foxtrot) just wasn't working in the musical. Elain says that an actress has only earned the right to perform the song once they reach 80. otherwise, performing this in your 40s or 50s she wants to know "where have they been?"

SAMMY DAVIS JR "I'm Gonna Build A Mountain"
Served in WWII after being drafted at 18 years old. Was abused by white soldiers from the South and was in fights almost every two days. He was eventually reassigned the the Special Services branch and put on performances for the troops...and even performed in front of soldiers who had previously racially abused him. Later he said "My talent was the weapon, the power, the way for me to fight. It was the one way I might hope to affect a man's thinking."

Check out Troy's book "Reality TV" at realitytvbook.com and follow him on Twitter!