Sunday, February 14, 2010

More ramblings!

Life's true essential needs you say, Thoreau? Reminds me of Marcy Playground's All Lights Went Out, which surprisingly, I couldn't find a good version on the net!!! Anyway, download and listen here. Certainly not the greatest love song, but one that always comes to mind.

As for the greatest love song? That's a really tough/impossible endeavour. So personal. However, greatest love song video? That's easy.

Air Supply - Making Love Out Of Nothing At All (featuring Roy Bittan on keyboards and Max Weinberg on drums!)

The song was first recorded by Air Supply, gaining them a number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States of America (US). It was another Steinman production, Bonnie Tyler's recording of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", that was at number one while "Making Love..." sat in runner-up position, keeping Air Supply from scoring their second number-one single in the US (the first being The One That You Love in 1981). The song subsequently became the title track of their 1983 greatest hits album.

Steinman offered the song, along with "Total Eclipse of the Heart", to Meat Loaf for his Midnight at the Lost and Found album; however, Meat Loaf's record company refused to pay Steinman for the material so Meat Loaf ended up writing compositions for the album himself. Steinman's songs were then offered to Bonnie Tyler & Air Supply. (Wikipedia)

My first ever favourite song, and one of my first ever memories, I suppose. I still remember spinning that single endlessly in 1983/84/85.

BONNIE TYLER - TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, also with Bittan and Weinberg.

Bonnie Tyler stated in a September 2007 interview with UK radio station Magic 105.4 that she plans to collaborate with Steinman on a country/rock album. In the interview she said that Steinman intends to provide one or two of his songs for the album. In July 2008, Tyler said regarding this project, "We are trying to finish our recordings before the summer of 2009. So far we have recorded only four songs." (Wikipedia)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's day! An opportunity to say thank you to my family and friends; I'm just so lucky to have so many great people around me and I hope I return that love and inspiration, and more, more often than not. It's just another reminder day, really. Have passion, love, question, work hard, enjoy, develop, have perspective, be open to change and experience. Love.

This year's February 14th also happens to fall on Chinese New Year.

In the Chinese Zodiac, this is the Year of the Tiger, and the tiger, of course, connotes bravery. The ancient Chinese admired the tiger for its courage and fearlessness, and believed it kept away the three main tragedies of the household: Fire, thieves and ghosts. (VanSun)


Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.

- Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore; while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs. (Wiki, of course!)

blah, blah, blah!.. take home message: Thoreau kinda rocks. Get on with your day!

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!