Grease 40th Anniversary

June 16, 2018, marks the 40th Anniversary of the movie Grease. It’s a classic that many people from generations enjoy. Grease is one of my favourite movies growing up as a kid, I’ve seen it so many times that I remember what will happen next.  The cast for this film was incredible. Their voices complimented each very well. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John were a fantastic duo and had good on-screen chemistry.

The songs that I found most memorable from the movie are the following: Grease, “Summer Nights,” “Beauty School Dropout,” “You’re the One That I Want” and “We Go Together.”

There are two sets of songs: the ones performed by the actors and the ones heard in the background. The songs complement the story of Grease quite nicely. The characters who sing these songs express how they feel or emphasize the story. The actors’ singing in this movie was incredible and impressive.

 

 

Claude François: 40th Anniversary of His Passing

Claude François in 1965

March 11, 2018, marks the 40th Anniversary of Claude François ‘ passing.  I’m aware of the controversy surrounding this singer, especially having watched the movie Cloclo, the biopic. However, I would like to focus on his contribution to music.

Many of us are familiar with the song My Way by Frank Sinatra. What may not be known by many is that it was a remake of the song Comme D’Habitude by Claude François. Comme D’Habitude was an original of the late singer. Michel Sardou performed a remake that became famous. He also contributed to French music with remakes of hit songs in English song like Oh What a Night by the Four Seasons (Cette Année-La) & Massachusetts by the BeeGees (La plus belle chose du monde). The remake that I discovered recently was the song Je Vais A Rio, which was a remake of Peter Allen’s I Go To Rio. However, I know the remake performed by Wilfred LeBouthillier, Jean-Marc Couture & Bryan Audet for the 2014 World Cup in Rio De Janeiro. He did have original music, but he was mainly known for the French covers of English songs.

I learned about his life through the biopic Cloclo. Perceptions can vary in regards to him as a person. However, his music contributed to French music as well as American music.

Blue All Rise-Sweet Sixteen!

November 26, 2017, marks the 16th Anniversary of Blue’s first album All Rise, in the United Kingdom. This record would pave the way to the phenomenal career of the British Boy Band Blue. All Rise features hits like “All Rise”, “If You Come Back”, Fly By, and Best in Me.

The voices of each member of the group complement each other very nicely. The overall style of the music has pop with a twist of RAP/ R&B. Simon Webbe performs the parts of RAP, which is the case for All Rise & Fly By.

The songs that have a dancing beat are All Rise, Too Close, This Temptation, Fly By, Bounce, Make It Happen, and Back to You. These songs have catchy beats that are unforgettable and very much a style associated with Blue. All Rise is my favourite, and it was the first song I heard from the pop group. Too Close is a cover of a song originally performed by R&G group Next.

Their romantic songs are just as incredible as their dance songs.
The song entitled “Best in Me” is my favourite romantic song, a ballad, on the album. Back Some Day is a bittersweet song about a guy reassuring his significant other that he’ll see her soon. Missing someone is never easy. However, the reunion is worth the wait. Long Time is also bittersweet and like Back Some Day is about missing a significant other. The composition of both ballads is beautiful with melodies that are incredible.

All Rise, one of the Dance songs is about heartbreak, where there’s a sense of frustration following a break-up. If You Come Back is a post-relationship song where the guy still loves the girl and wants her back. He promises to be loyal and will make an effort to be a better man. Girl, I’ll Never Understand is about a relationship that falls apart where the guy tries everything to please the girl, but no success. However, there’s a sense of relief.

This first album for Blue is fantastic. I enjoyed the different musical styles mixed with the pop music, as well as the voices that have complement each other very well. All the fours members of Blue have incredible vocals. The All Rise won a Brit Award in 2002. It’s a well-done album!

Side note
The version of the song “Fly By” differs from the song heard on the radio and the video. The second one is entitled “Fly By II”. Both versions are equally amazing.

Blue One Love-15th Anniversary (UK Release)

November 4, 2017, marks the 15th anniversary of Blue’s second album One Love. This album features the singles One Love, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (featuring Elton John), and U Make Me Wanna. One Love is primarily a dance album, with the timeless style of Brit Pop. It also has the classic subjects of love and heartbreak.

There are romantic songs such as One Love and U Make Me Wanna. Flexin’, Get Down, and Like a Friend are also passionate.
Dance music primarily dominates the album. The songs with a dance beat are Riders, She Told Me, Right Here Waiting, Ain’t Got You, Supersexual, Privacy and Invitation.
The songs that cover the subject of heartbreak are Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (featuring Elton John) and Don’t Treat Me Like a Fool.

The singles of this album are my favourite songs, but I also enjoyed the songs Riders and Don’t Treat like a Fool.

Princess Diana- 20th Anniversary.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing. It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years.

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I admit that I don’t remember much of the news because I was a kid. I do remember one thing though: a display of large portraits of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed at a Hemley’s, a British Boutique where I saw flowers and plushes people left behind. It was during my trip to London, in April 1998.  I didn’t realize until now, the scale of this tragedy. I also remember Elton John’s song Candle in the Wind.

Elton John’s Candle in the Wind describes how many of us felt the days following her passing.  Princess Diana leaves behind an incredible legacy. She was a devoted humanitarian to important causes such as a cure for HIV/AIDS. She was also the “People’s Princess”.

Rest in Peace Princess Diana

 

Dirty Dancing: 30th Anniversary

30 years ago today, the iconic movie Dirty Dancing came out in theatres. The movie stars the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.  Kenny Ortega was the choreographer for this film. Many of you many know as the choreographer for the High School Musical. This is an 80s classic that was the phenomenon of the time. The title was controversial for the time, but not to worry.

The story is simple, yet fascinating.  A young girl Baby, whose name is Frances (Jennifer Grey) grows up to be a woman. She falls in love with Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).  Her father (Jerry Orbach) didn’t approve of their relationship at first, but warms up to Johnny eventually

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“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”- Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze)

The dancing in this movie was so fun to watch. The music is incredible in this movie. My favourite songs are The Time of my LifeShe’s Like the Wind. Patrick Swayze’s voice when he sang She’s Like the Wind was smooth and soulful. I saw this movie a while back, not too long after Patrick Swayze passed away. I really enjoyed it, even if some might say it’s “cheesy”.  I saw the movie again around the time of Valentine’s Day, and I enjoyed it.

Enjoy the film again, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the film.

Performed by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Performed by Eric Carmen

 

Performed by Patrick Swayze