Our Vid of the Day, Loco in Acapulco multitasks… proves both a treat and retreat. Our ears perceive the Four Tops’ Motown influenced soundscape… our eyes behold Acapulco’s stunning cityscape / landscape. Let’s all set forth on this day’s joyous journey…
“Loco in Acapulco” was a 1988 hit song by the Four Tops. It was written and produced by Phil Collins (who also played drums) and Lamont Dozier (one third of the group’s legendary Motown long-time songwriting team, Holland–Dozier–Holland), for the soundtrack to the film Buster, that also starred Phil Collins in the title role… read more here
Acapulco, a beach resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, is set on a large bay backed by high-rises and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. Made famous by the jet set in the 1950s and ’60s, it’s known for its high-energy nightlife, beaches and golf… read more here
Welcome to my Thanksgiving Day BlogCast. My thanks to The Northmen for their too brief rendition / arrangement of Over the River and Through the Woods. Now, admittedly, while I am musically knowledgeable, finding other tunes tailor-made for this American holiday did prove to be a bit of a challenge. I realized that I was rapidly getting lost… deep in “those woods” as it were… and would need to come up with a new BlogCast theme.
So, free associating my thoughts wound up going along these lines…
Hmmm… Thanksgiving… what am I thankful for? Well I am thankful to my late, loving parents for having gone into debt to purchase a piano and pay for my music lessons and… hmmm… I am thankful that I had been born at just the right time to have eye and ear witnessed the birth of the Beatles and… hmmm… that band did provide the soundtrack to nearly my entire life and… hmmm… I do include dozens of Beatles songs in my keyboard repertoire and… well… that’s when everything suddenly fell into place!
Why not devote my entire monthly show to the Fab Four? However…
I then realized that this, too, could prove problematic. You see, mainly due to copyright issues, Beatles videos are too frequently yanked from YouTube. Yet, not being one to give up easily, I did find a cool way to circumvent this issue… namely… feature both big name and not so famous musicians’ superb covers of Beatles tracks.
About the only other comment I can add, here, is that the songwriting genius of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, as presented below, is not only timeless, it also leaves their compositions wide open to interpretation by a diverse community of musicians… all of which you will notice immediately as you click onto each of those play buttons.
So… the time has arrived to feast your ears and eyes on these music videos and have a Happy Turkey Day!
Stevie Wonder ~ We Can Work It Out
(Oh, BTW… Paul McCartney is in the audience)
Annarin ~ Revolution
Amy Winehouse ~ All My Lovin’
Santana ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Phil Collins / George Martin ~ Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End
If you LIKE what you heard here this day, click back here for my next BlogCast on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Past programs are archived in my BlogCast and Music categories.