|Posted by Anna H. on February 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? As you already know, or should know, I'm back this week for Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday. In case you missed the previous blog, I briefly explained what happened 2 weeks ago.
Originally, I planned to publish this blog last Saturday. February 10th was the 30th anniversary for Dokken's release of their single "Dream Warriors." "Dream Warriors" was not only written and used as A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors' theme song, but can also be found on Dokken's 4th album, Back For The Attack.
"Dream Warriors" brings back some childhood memories. So does A Nightmare On Elm Street. Dokken released their single 3 weeks before the Slasher Horror film released in theaters; A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors released on February 27, 1987. I was only 4 going on 5 years old at the time.
I remember the band's music video for "Dream Warriors" being heavily played on MTV. My mother would usually change the channel so that I wouldn't get scared of Freddy Krueger in the music video.
Most people don't know, that some of today's Hollywood A-List actors and actresses made their film debuts in Slasher Horror films. Johnny Depp made his film debut in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street for example. Watching Freddy Krueger pull the character, Glen through the bed only to slash Glen to pieces saddens me, until this day. Poor Glen.
Another A-Lister, who debuted in a Slasher Horror film was Patricia Arquette. Patricia debuted in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Trailer (1987)
She also made her cameo appearance in Dokken's music video for "Dream Warriors." Dokken used movie clips for their music video, along with filming their own original video scenes. The actress' character, Kristen ends up being rescued by Dokken from Freddy by the band performing the sequel's theme song, "Dream Warriors."
At the end of their music video, Freddy wakes up from his "nightmare" about Dokken. When you watch the music video, you have to laugh at how silly it looks. Luckily, the music video was MUCH better than the film. Dokken was heavily advertised for A Nghtmare On Elm Street 3.
About 10 minutes into the movie, the character Taryn was shown in the hallway wearing a Dokken T-shirt.
Even though A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors heavily advertised Dokken and gave the band more commercial success, this Slasher was a joke. Giving mentally disturbed teenagers special powers to fight Freddy Krueger in their dreams felt TOO contrived. Yes, I know the movie is called "Dream Warriors" for a reason.
However, that movie is as God-awful as Sharknado and other movies, which are currently airing on Syfy. I tried watching Dream Warriors years ago and ended up turning it off because I couldn't take it seriously at all. It was LAME.
Have you ever noticed that the original A Nightmare On Elm Street (excluding the 2010 remake) still gets aired on cable whereas the sequels usually don't?
After watching MTV Classic, I realized a number of Dokken's songs consisted of topics regarding love, relationships, fear, etc. accompanied by some Horror in their music videos. Judging by this Metal band's music videos, album covers, and instruments, I assume they are Horror fans.
If not everyone from Dokken, at least a small percentage of them may be Horror fans. Throughout the years, guitarist George Lynch had skulls, bones, snakes, and demons designed on his guitars.
In addition to Lynch's guitars, Dokken has a song on Back For The Attack titled, "Mr Scary." George Lynch and Jeff Pilson supposedly wrote the song. It is a guitar solo following "Heaven Sent" on the Back For The Attack album.
Also, I want to add that the success of Dokken's "Dream Warriors" for A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors led to the following sequels to include a Heavy Metal song on its soundtrack.
Those of you reading today's blog are probably wondering about my favorite songs from Dokken. Right now, I have their song "Breaking The Chains" stuck in my head, which is on their 1981 debut album, Breaking The Chains.
As for Dokken's Back For The Attack album, my mother bought me that album when I was a little girl. I've had it on vinyl for nearly 30 years. Although, I haven't played the album on my turntable in 17 years. Decades later, "Heaven Sent" is still my favorite from Back For The Attack.
I believe Dokken is 1 of the most HIGHLY UNDERRATED Metal bands from the 1980's. Not that I hated listening to Glam Metal bands, during my early childhood in the '80s, but there were other Metal bands, that did NOT get the amount of praise as they should've.
Dokken was NOT a flamboyant, cross dressing, '80s Metal band, that female fans and groupies flocked over.
Anyway, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Back For The Attack album, here are 3 music videos by Dokken, followed by a bonus song for Song Saturday.
1) Dokken "Dream Warriors" Back For The Attack (1987); A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Soundtrack (1987)
2) Dokken "Burning Like A Flame" Back For The Attack (1987)
2) Dokken "Heaven Sent" Back For The Attack (1987)
Dokken "Mr. Scary" Back For The Attack (1987)
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 4, 2017 at 7:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Even though this weekend will NOT feature any blogs pertaining to Goth music, animation, movies, etc. it appears that those on Google Plus have really enjoyed the last 2 weeks of blogs. This is always positive news.
I am surprised by the number of people, who are enjoying my Goth blogs on Google Plus. They are definitely enjoying my last Song Saturday blog about London After Midnight.
As you already know or OUGHTA know, this month is packed with lots of holidays and social events. Yesterday was Go Red Day, Valentine's Day is in less than 2 weeks, and this month is Black History Month.
Believe it or not, these last several weeks, I have been subtly focusing on love and relationships for Valentine's Day. London After Midnight's song "Sacrifice" from last Song Saturday deals with sacrificing oneself because of love for another. The same LAM blog is still getting +1's on Google Plus, as I share today's blog with you.
Even though today's Song Saturday blog may not be about sacrificing oneself out of love for another person, it deals with obsessive love and heartbreak.
I believe it is safe to say that everyone knows about Alanis Morissette. If you have never heard her songs on traditional radio stations, seen her in music videos, or in movies such as Dogma, I don't know what else to say.
Long before the days of woman scorned songs by Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch, and the serial dater Taylor Swift, Alanis Morissette was "trendy." It wouldn't surprise me if my male subscribers and readers are saying, "Oh God! Not Alanis Morissette, Anna!" "Oh God! Anna's going Lilith Fair on us today!"
No, that is NOT what I am doing. However, I STILL have Alanis Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill in my album collection 22 years later. It is fascinating how this Canadian singer went from being a Dance-Pop singer to Alternative Rock. In fact, Alanis became famous after doing Alternative Rock Music.
In 1995, she gave angry, woman-scorned, teenage girls and young adult women in their 20's a voice, after releasing "You Oughta Know." During that time, Alanis was "edgy." The woman managed to threaten and intimidate womanizers and assholes with Little Dick Syndrome because "You Oughta Know" is such an ANGRY song.
Regardless of your age and/gender, if you have EVER been cheated on, you will feel some level of hurt, anger, betrayal, HUMILIATION, and bitterness. You will also feel like you wasted your time in a relationship, that was based on lies. Some people will be so devastated, that they have nervous breakdowns, if not commit suicide because of being cheated on.
The pain can also be at its maximum, when it is close to holidays such as Valentine's Day.
With that being said, all those men (mostly) and women, that have spent the last 22 years severely criticizing Alanis Morissette for writing "You Oughta Know," should try paying closer attention to the lyrics and develop some level of empathy.
Until you have lived through being cheated on, you will NEVER know how it feels.
If you have never heard "You Oughta Know" within the last 2 decades, you may want to YouTube, "Alanis Morisette You Oughta Know Uncensored Version." On Jagged Little Pill, there are 2 versions of this song. There's the original and the Jimmy The Saint Blend version.
Following the Jimmy Saint Blend version of "You Oughta Know" there is a hidden track at least 2 minutes after called, "Your House." On Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album, "Your House" is performed in Acapella.
The song has been sung acoustically on stage, throughout the last 10-20 years. "Your House" actually sounds better in Acapella. I feel the instruments playing during the song loses its impact.
When I originally heard "Your House" in Acapella as a hidden track on Jagged Little Pill, I felt somewhat spooked yet still managed to feel the heartbreak in that song. Alanis sounded creepy talking about breaking into her ex's house just to smell him, while snooping around.
The lyrics to "Your House" made Alanis Morissette sound like a creepy, stalker ex-girlfriend dealing with severe heartbreak.
YEARS later in her interview with Carson Daily (former MTV VJ), I learned that "Your House" was a fictitious song. Alanis was glad to have written it as a fictitious song as opposed to it being autobiographical like her other songs.
Alanis Morissette already knew that she would've been put in jail, if she actually confessed to breaking into her ex's house. If your mind is as creepy as mine, you probably will find dark humor, if not horror in Alanis singing about smelling her ex-boyfriend in his house.
Listening to "Your House" makes me instantly think about an obsessed ex-girlfriend, who cannot accept, that her ex has moved on to another relationship. If you DON'T believe me, have a listen to this song for today's Song Saturday. Let me know what you think.
Alanis Morissette "Your House" [In Acapella] Jagged Little Pill (1995)
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|Posted by Anna H. on January 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It appears that a nice portion of you took a liking to last weekend's Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs, which I am glad. Therefore, I'm sharing London After Midnight once again for Song Saturday. It has been a long time, since I last shared anything by LAM.
A previous Song Saturday blog from 2014, which featured the so-called "project" was updated yesterday. It would be MUCH better to refer to London After Midnight as a "band," but whatever. That's something to take up with the vocalist, Sean Brennan.
It also would've been much better, if LAM gained more exposure via traditional radio stations, during the 1990's. At that time, Goth music, films, and shows were at their pinnacle in regards to entertainment exposure. At least it seemed that way, during my youth.
During the '90s, live action TV shows, cartoons, music, and movies really began to acknowledge Goths and the sub-culture. With that being said, I find it somewhat disappointing that London After Midnight wasn't aired on my local radio stations.
I don't recall of ever browsing our shelves of music at 101.7 WIPZ and stumbling upon LAM. If any of their music existed in our studio, I surely would've played them on my radio show.
It was not until summer break 2005, that I discovered London After Midnight through Launchcast Radio. In 2005, I was going into my last year at Carthage College. Also, I was no longer hosting my radio show at UW-Parkside because I transferred to Carthage in 2004.
This was along with the fact, that I was feeling politically fatigued from most of entertainment 12-13 years ago. That was another major reason why I quit radio. Entertainment became too politicized.
Entertainers should spend MORE time ENTERTAINING us fans and LESS time acting like a bunch of self-righteous, political blowhards at award shows, concerts, and other social/entertainment events.
I want to be ENTERTAINED. Politicizing entertainment and alienating fans are great ways to hurt an entertainer's paycheck. These wannabe "political activists" assume EVERYONE shares their views about everything, when in reality, we don't.
Most of what has been released and is still being released are heaping piles of shit. And Hollywood entertainers wonder why nobody's buying their albums, shows, and movies?
If the entertainment does not look or sound uproariously terrible, it is TOO serious. I usually have to be in a certain mood to watch or listen to certain movies, music, and shows. If more entertainers returned to their drawing boards, notebooks, and started brainstorming more original ideas, entertainment could be a lot more entertaining and original, again.
This especially applies to today's era of music. I do NOT want to listen to MOST of today's music because it is too stupid, serious, political, contrived, unoriginal, and recycled like the rest of today's entertainment.
It nauseates me to no end whenever I have to listen to singers and groups depicting themselves a certain way and releasing the most contrived songs possible.
Sometimes their personas automatically scream, "POSER" and "SELL OUT" more than their music. Take Jada Pinkett-Smith, for example. ~12 years or so ago, she formed a Nu Metal band called, Wicked Wisdom.
If you DON'T believe me, YouTube "Wicked Wisdom - Bleed All Over Me."
Jada's Wannabe Goth persona is a total joke. Years ago, I automatically facepalmed, while reading about Wicked Wisdom going on the Ozzfest Tour. When Jada Pinkett-Smith's band performed at Ozzfest, she supposedly cried backstage because all the Metalheads in the crowd booed her.
Who would take someone like Jada Pinkett-Smith SERIOUSLY at a Metal concert tour, anyway?
This is the same actress, who spent YEARS mostly playing characters, that negatively depicted black women. Jada played SOME roles, that were NOT always living up to ghetto stereotypes. However, she was already typecasted more than 20 years ago.
This is not including the fact, that she was PLATONIC friends with the late rapper, Tupac Shakur before marrying Will Smith. Yes, I know that I sound like I am being extremely judgemental. Although, I CANNOT take entertainers like Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith seriously.
Will and Jada have been "bougie ghetto" for nearly 2 decades. They want to wear this "sophisticated" facade now that they are such A-List Hollywood Stars, when they have almost always acted ghetto in their sit-coms, movies, and at awards shows for years. Seeing Jada act like she's some Goth chick fronting a Nu Metal band says, "forced."
The woman does not have that type of personality to front a Nu Metal band or any band for that matter. Jada would be more believable as an R&B singer or Gangsta Rapper than a vocalist of a Nu Metal band because she is militant, racially divisive, and is more fixated on "black pride," even though she wants to pretend she is so "cultured," open-minded, and diversified.
Someone like Lady Gaga would be more believable of fronting a Nu Metal band or a band in general NOT because of her race, but because she has a kooky personality. Actually, I could see Gaga fronting a Goth Rock band because of her kooky image.
Since we are back on the topic of the Goth Sub-culture, I want to emphasize that the sub-culture is NOT meant for everyone. It should not be and that's the way we like it.
In my previous Song Saturday blog about London After Midnight, I explained more about the "project," Sean Brennan's rant about social media, my rants about social media, and I ranted about hipsters just a smidge.
Hipsters continuously ruin entertainment, food, religions, fashion, and sub-cultures, including the Goth Sub-culture. In that same Song Saturday blog, there is a block of songs featured from LAM's 2nd album, Psycho Magnet.
Today we are going backwards by sharing a song from London After Midnight's debut album, Selected Scenes From The End Of The World. There are at least 3-4 different versions of this album. Selected Scenes From The End Of The World originally released in 1992 with a purple album cover.
[ORIGINAL] London After Midnight Selected Scenes From The End Of The World (1992)
By 2003 and 2008, this exact same album was re-released in other colors.
[2003 RE-RELEASE] London After Midnight Selected Scenes From The End Of The World
[2008 RE-RELEASE] London After Midnight Selected Scenes From The End Of The World
Each version was re-released featuring bonus tracks, re-recordings, and more. Anyway, rather than bore you to death with more details, here is London After Midnight's "Sacrifice" for today's Song Saturday.
London After Midnight "Sacrifice" Selected Scenes From The End Of The World [2008 RE-RELEASE]
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|Posted by Anna H. on January 21, 2017 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Sorry for my lack of presence. These last 3 weeks have been brutal. As you already know, I have been recovering from a minor head injury. In addition to my head injury, my right hand is swollen.
Let's all hope and pray that I don't spend this entire year having to deal with injuries. I'm already hating this new year. Hopefully, 2017 will be better than 2016.
Aside from my injuries, I joined another message board earlier this month. Tomorrow I will explain more about this message board for Cartoon Sunday. However, I will say that this particular forum has sub-forums for general topics outside of Anime.
Someone posted a thread on that exact message board about being Goth. Apparently, some of the posters have very little knowledge about what it's like being a Goth. For people, who knew and still know very little about me, I have always been Goth.
There is more to being Goth than wearing all black clothes and liking certain bands. If you are somebody with a dark, morbid, and creepy personality and interests, you may be Goth. Although, you are NOT required to only like something with the "Goth" label attached to it.
Something everyone should understand is that being Goth is NOT easy. Since the time of the Columbine High School Massacre on April 20, 1999, the mainstream media has been demonizing Goths and the Goth Sub-culture.
Everyone should take most the negative stereotypes and depictions of being Goth in the media worth a grain of salt. Not all Goths are depressed, suicidal, and homicidal maniacs worshiping Satan, sacrificing anything and everyone, while ONLY dressed in black clothing.
Yes, some Goths are Satanists. At the same time, they do NOT purposely go out their way to hurt innocent people and animals like sociopaths. The same most definitely applies for Wiccans, who are Goths.
Yes, there are some of us Goths that have serious baggage in general. We are not any different from the average person with baggage. Also, Goths are NOT required to be Pagans. We can be Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Muslim, Pagan (Wiccan or Satanist), etc.
Because we may look and act differently and don't always share the same interests and views as most "normal people" do, we are automatically ostracized and singled out for not conforming to everything in society.
As I was saying earlier, we can like whatever we like whenever we like without having the "Goth" label. Goths are normally the most well-rounded, open-minded, accepting, and nicest people you will ever encounter in public. This cannot always be said about "normal" people.
If you would like to learn more about the Goth Sub-culture and its community, you may want to visit the website, What Is Goth? This will give you a better explanation about what it's like to be Goth.
Last year, I published a blog about me being morbid, since childhood. If you would like to learn more about my "dark and morbid history," you can read it right HERE.
Speaking of being Goth on the latest forum I joined, I introduced that same group of posters to the pioneers of Goth Rock. It's amazing. Over the last 3 years, I already published Song Saturday blogs about bands such as Bauhaus, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and other Goth Rock bands.
All the while, I have never published a Song Saturday blog about The Cure. All this time and not a single Song Saturday blog about this Classic Goth Rock band.
For The Cure fans, today is your lucky day. This band has been around for nearly 4 decades and their sound has changed a lot over the years. Between 1980-82, they were more of a Goth Rock band in the sense that their music sounded dark.
The Cure's albums Seventeen Seconds and Pornography sounded much better than Faith, in regards to the the band's darker sound. Faith wasn't that enjoyable. I feel the best song on that album is "Carnage Visors."
Just to warn you in advance, "Carnage Visors" is literally close to a 30-minute song. It sounds like a really long Horror film score. If you would like to listen to "Carnage Visors," go for it!
After '82, The Cure evolved and crossed over as being Alternative and Pop-Rock Music. Most people don't hear the band's older and more obscure songs from the late '70s and early '80s.
Therefore, I am sharing some of The Cure's older and more obscure songs with you for today's Song Saturday. This includes their song that was originally featured on The Crow Soundtrack in 1994.
1) The Cure "The Final Sound" Seventeen Seconds (1980)
2) The Cure "A Forest" Seventeen Seconds (1980)
3) The Cure "Carnage Visors" Faith (1981)
4) The Cure "One Hundred Years" Pornography (1982)
5) The Cure "The Figurehead" Pornography (1982)
6) The Cure "A Strange Day" Pornography (1982)
The Cure "Burn" The Crow Soundtrack (1994)
|Posted by Anna H. on December 22, 2016 at 6:40 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? HAPPY YULECHRISTMAHANUKKAH!!! You see what I did there just now, right? Yesterday was Winter Solstice or Yule, which marks the start of winter. Because I have been working around the clock all month by publishing these blogs, I am doing Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday early.
Christmas Eve is on Saturday and Christmas Day falls on Sunday. Therefore, I will be celebrating these 2 holidays with family. Speaking of Christmas Eve, it was also the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead's birthday. It's still very sad that he died 4 days after his 70th birthday from Cancer, last year.
At least nobody can say that Lemmy did not enjoy life because he DID. The man was always involved in some kind of band, music project, and projects in general dating all the way back to 1960. Lemmy got AROUND (and I'm not even talking about all the 1,000+ women he had sex with,) during his lifetime as a musician.
As an entertainer, Lemmy Kilmister was very open-minded to experimenting with entertainment and has collaborated with numerous actors, musicians, and other entertainers in the various industries.
Yesterday I read a huge list of all those he collaborated with over this last 1/2 century and was blown away. I watched, listened, and read about some of his collaborations.
After learning more about Lemmy's past collaborations, it gave me a reason to update my previous tribute blog about him, which was published at the very beginning of this year. I will not sit here and pretend, that I was a HUGE Lemmy Kilmister fan because I was not.
Did I hate the late great Lemmy Kilmister?
Absolutely NOT. If anything, most local Rock stations I grew up listening to seemed to overlook his music. Lemmy was never mainstream. He had his own cult following. At the same time, a lot of celebrities in the music industry ranging from various music genres to sub-genres have praised him, throughout the years.
While updating the previous Song Saturday tribute blog, that I published earlier this year, I discovered MORE music collaborations Lemmy Kilmister did over these last 10-20+ years, last night.
I had no idea that Lemmy Kilmister collaborated with Ugly Kid Joe 20 years ago. In fact, I haven't heard any music from that band, since 1993. To learn that Kilmister collaborated with Ugly Kid Joe on "Little Red Man" was surprising. I counted every collaboration he did, that was listed.
There is a total of 38+ MUSIC COLLABORATIONS, that Lemmy Kilmister did spanning back to 1977 with The Sex Pistols. That's A LOT of collaborations. Wow!
38 music collaborations would be enough songs to be released on a triple album or a box set.
I am really surprised, that Lemmy NEVER collaborated with Michael Jackson, when they were both still alive. However, Lemmy Kilmister did express years ago, that he wanted to collaborate with Janet Jackson. Sadly, this never came to fruition.
Since it is that time of season and because Lemmy did cover Chuck Berry's "Run, Rudolph Run," I thought I would share it with you all today.
Here is Lemmy Kilmister featuring Dave Grohl and Billy F. Gibbons covering "Run, Rudolph Run" for this early Song Saturday.
Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Grohl, & Billy F. Gibbons "Run, Rudolph Run" [Chuck Berry Cover] We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (2008 )
If this Christmas cover was not enough for you, here is another dose of the late great Lemmy Kilmister down below for Song Saturday.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Have you done any Christmas shopping yet or are you still waiting, until the very last minute for sales? Over these last 3 days to nearly 2 months, you already know that I've been shopping like crazy for mostly family and friends.
Because I come from a somewhat large family and since I wanted to buy presents for friends, I had to do some budgeting with my money. Many people dread this time of year because they feel really pressured and distressed. Otherwise, there are some, who purposely choose to be apathetic cheapskates because they hate the holidays.
Billboards, commercials, and the media in general love to shove Christmas in our faces and down our throats, before the month of December. Loved ones may be terminally ill, if not be raped or killed before, during, and after the holidays.
To make matters worse, there are poor people, who are unable to provide for their families in general much less give a child(ren) a magical Christmas. Therefore, I can sympathize and empathize with people for not wanting to celebrate holidays, this month.
Some of you may recall that last December, my family and I spent money giving a long-time friend and her son Christmas. We HATED the thought of her little boy waking up on Christmas Day without anything under the tree for him.
This led to my grandmother, mother, and I going Christmas shopping for my friend and her family. Then, we shipped their Christmas presents to them.
This year, I bought them more Christmas presents. Right now, my family and I have been waiting for 1 extra present to be shipped to our house, so that we can send it with the rest of the presents I bought for them.
In addition, I have already spent more money buying presents for 2 other long-time friends, that I have known for the last 10-12 years. At least 1 of my friends got their Christmas presents. That same friend asked, "What do you want for Christmas?"
What an excellent question. My family has been asking me this same question. If you already know my personality, hobbies, and interests, it shouldn't be too hard to think of what to buy.
People should really be asking themselves before shopping:
1) What is my budget? ($10 or more/less)
2) What is IN my budget? ($10 or more/less)
3) What does he/she like? (Examples: hobbies, interests, views)
4) Can I customize my gift? (Examples: basket or mug with candy, hot chocolate, tea, body care, etc.)
5) How well do I know this person? (not very well or well enough)
6) Is he/she a good friend or an acquaintance? (If you BARELY know the person, you don't have to spend a lot on him/her. It is the thought that counts after all.)
It can be really difficult buying presents for certain people, when they already have a lot. Since this is the case with yours truly, I have to think really long and hard about what I would really like. This is especially when I don't want people to feel like I am trying to take them to the poor house shopping for me.
Here are a few ideas of what you can buy some people and yours truly. Some ideas of what close friends can buy me are in bold red with links.
1) Customizing mugs or gift basket with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, candy, etc. [Whichever works.]
2) Customizing a basket with bars of glycerin soap.
4) Music- If you know that person's favorite band, singer, music genre(s), etc. you should have no problem.
5) Anime- This is similar to #4. Everyone who frequents It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns should have some ideas of what to buy me or a fellow fan.
6) Movies- Also similar to #4. You already know that I'm a Horror fan in general. However, I'm mostly a Slasher Horror fan.
7) Christmas card with cash or a gift card always works as well.
8 ) You can never get too many headphones for reasonable prices.
9) Scented Candles for all those, who love lighting candles.
10) T-shirts, sweaters, sweat shirts, blouses, trouser socks, etc. as long as you know his/her size.
11) Hat & Gloves Set for those in need of some to keep them warm.
I am NOT begging any and everyone to buy me something really expensive, when it is NOT within your budget. If you have the money, fantastic! If you only have a little bit of money, it's not that big of a deal. This is only naming a few things for what you can buy someone you know and/yours truly.
All this talking about Christmas presents has mostly dominated today's Song Saturday. Considering that next weekend will be Christmas, I thought I would share a little Christmas Music.
Last week, I stumbled upon a darker version of the song, "Carol Of The Bells" sung by Madame Macabre. It features the pianist, Myuuji obviously playing the piano. I have never seen or heard of Madame Macabre or Myuuji, until this past week on YouTube.
You learn something everyday. This is exactly why I love YouTube. Anyway, here is Madame Macabre and Myuuji's dark version of "Carol Of The Bells" for today's Song Saturday.
Madame Macabre [Featuring Myuuji] "Carol Of The Bells" (2015)
|Posted by Anna H. on December 10, 2016 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? Since Wednesday, I have been feverishly shopping for family and friends. By the late morning or sometime this afternoon, I will be going on another shopping spree.
In between shopping sprees, I did manage to update some more blogs for this month. There is 1 Cartoon Sunday blog in particular, that took me forever to update. Every time I was in the middle of updating it to re-share with you all, I started dosing off behind the screen. That's how busy I have been, lately.
Honestly, I have not been on the go this much, since my early 20's. That was 12-15 years ago. Hopefully, everyone will be pleased with what was bought for them.
Meanwhile, a gumdrop sent me this article from Bloody Disgusting on Wednesday. In this article, John Squires (author) listed the 5 Best Christmas Horror Movies Of All Time.
Reading this article was quite fascinating because some of these movies I have already watched and reviewed within these last 2-3 years.
Considering how busy I am at the moment and because I mentioned Christmas Horror Movies, it is only fair to revisit a previous Song Saturday, that is bone chilling. As my veteran gumdrops and newcomers already know, Silent Night, Deadly Night was the most controversial Christmas Slasher from the Slasher Horror genre, during the '80s.
If you are in the mood to embrace the Santaphobia rather than be bored to sleep by all the traditional Christmas Music on the radio stations and stores, you may want to listen to the LP for Silent Night, Deadly Night. This has '80s Christmas Slasher Music etched all over it. The link is below.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 3, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? The above picture is a photograph of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland. In this exact picture, he is shown embracing his mother, Sharon Williams. It's really touching yet very sad all at the same time.
Here it is 1 year later. Honestly, I expected for Scott Weiland to have died 20 years ago. There was nonstop media coverage about him being in/out of rehab throughout the years. At the same time, it was still a tragic surprise to learn about Scott's death on social media, last year.
Stone Temple Pilots was a major part of my youth during the 1990's. Throughout my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, I listened to many different types of music genres, sub-genres, groups, and soloists.
As a music lover, I still have MOST of Stone Temple Pilots' albums; I have their first 4 albums to be more specific. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I didn't grieve over Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley's deaths.
When Kurt died, I was just going into middle school. When Layne Died, I was on my way to my 2nd and 3rd colleges followed by hosting my own radio show. Scott lived longer than Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley combined. Scott was almost 50 and died from a drug overdose, last December 3rd.
Early Wednesday morning, I took a quick peak at the official Stone Temple Pilots page on facebook. I was curious to know if STP had finally decided on another replacement singer. Once I clicked on the band's page, I saw a picture of Scott Weiland wearing a black suit and a red hat.
On STP's most recent facebook status (October 27, 2016), it says "Happy Birthday Scott. We miss you." Below his picture, a fan posted "The day I heard he passed away... part of my youth went with him. Happy Birthday Scott. RIP." I cannot help sharing this exact sentiment.
After learning, that Scott Weiland died last December 4th, a considerable amount of my youth died with him, too. I grew up listening to Stone Temple Pilots. I was in 4th and 5th grade, when the band started getting airplay. Normally, I would get a Stone Temple Pilots album for my birthday. That was if I did NOT already buy an album of theirs at 12-18 years old.
In fact, I remember when the band released their 2nd album, Purple close to my 12th birthday. June 7, 1994. Wow! It's like my life just flashed before my eyes. Damn, do I feel OLD. In 1994, that was when Stone Temple Pilots reached their pinnacle as a band.
Their music videos were in heavy rotation on MTV AND VH1. Speaking of both these networks, they act like Stone Temple Pilots NEVER existed, which is a slap in the face to us veteran fans.
Last night, MTV Classic aired Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind. The network really should've aired Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver in tribute to Scott Weiland.
MTV Classic is a piss poor representation of what MTV was during the 1980's and '90s.
As much as I loved Nirvana and grieved over Kurt Cobain, during my youth, Nirvana was NOT the ONLY Grunge band to exist. I am still reeling over the fact, that MTV and the media in general continuously cast Scott Weiland's death to the side.
Most act like Stone Temple Pilots never existed. When the media is NOT blacklisting Scott Weiland and STP as a whole, they will demonize Scott as if he was the only entertainer in history to EVER be a drug addict and alcoholic.
Loudwire: Filter's Richard Patrick Discusses Scott Weiland's Death (2016)
Oh, I just love how much Richard Patrick from Filter has so much to say about Scott.
No disrespect to my fellow Nirvana fans, but I feel that Scott Weiland was a MUCH BETTER singer and songwriter than Kurt Cobain. STP's Scott Weiland and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley were both phenomenal lead singers for Grunge bands. Kurt Cobain continues to be a highly overrated dead frontman in regards to Grunge.
Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley both had vocals, that made Nirvana's Kurt Cobain sound off-key with his incoherent babbling. Even Dave Mustaine from Megadeth could see Scott's talent, in the beginning.
Loudwire: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Recalls Advice He Gave Scott Weiland (2015)
Meanwhile, I remember having a Stone Temple Pilots poster during the '90s and 2000. I managed to find an online picture of what my old poster looked like from my youth.
Vintage Stone Temple Pilots Poster Circa 1993
Too bad I had to throw it away. This exact poster ripped 16 years ago. I believe the main reason why I took Weiland's death harder than others is because I could really sympathize and empathize with him.
Scott was a talented entertainer, who suffered from rape in high school, was forced to mourn a baby that a significant other aborted years before STP's fame, the death of his brother, and other tragedies throughout his life.
Scott Weiland was a talented performer with severe substance abuse issues. Even though he was highly flawed, I can't help feeling his pain because I am an empath.
Since the time I was 12, I could actually feel his pain through the songs he wrote for Stone Temple Pilots. Now that Scott is dead, I feel his pain a lot more, whenever I listen to "Atlanta" and "Kitchenware & Candybars."
Because it is Song Saturday and the 1-year anniversary of Weiland's death, I wanted to share a few videos. Someone created their own video supposedly showing the 11 best moments and last performance by Scott Weiland.
Also, there are rare live performances he did with The Doors and Stone Temple Pilots. Before watching these videos, I want to share Sarah Michelle Gellar's condolences to Scott, his family, friends, fans, and bandmates.
Entertainment Tonight: Sarah Michelle Gellar Pays Tribute to Scott Weiland After His Death (2015)
Scott Weiland'S 11 Best Moments & Last Show (2015)
1) Stone Temple Pilots "Lounge Fly" Purple (1994); Live At Toronto (1993)
2) Stone Temple Pilots "Dancing Days" [Led Zeppelin Cover] Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin (1995); Las Vegas Secret Show (1999)
3) Stone Temple Pilots "Kitchenware & Candybars" Purple (1994); VH1 Storytellers (2000)
4) The Doors [Featuring Scott Weiland] "Break On Through" VH1 Storytellers (2000)
If you would like to learn more, here are links to other musicians sending their condolences and additional Song Saturday blogs about Scott Weiland.
RIP SCOTT WEILAND!!! Thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on November 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? This has surely been a very unusual fall, especially this November. Because the weather has been so warm, it doesn't feel like it's fall. Then again, our temperatures took a massive nose dive within the last day.
On Thursday and during most of Friday, the weather was gorgeous. 65-72 degrees is abnormally warm for November in WI. Last night, our temperatures took a nose dive with high, gusty winds. Even though the last 2 weeks have been windy, it has been abnormally warm for both October and November.
The temperatures suddenly fell, during the late afternoon to early evening yesterday due to a cold front. A local meteorologist advised us NOT to bother raking any leaves over this weekend. The winds are too high and we would have to double our work by re-raking the same leaves.
Regardless, the weather is now starting to feel more like the autumn as opposed to the early spring and summer. We have been utilizing the warm weather as much as possible, this month.
In fact, I got a smidge of Christmas Shopping done on Thursday. There are still more family members to shop for. However, I refuse to shop on Black Friday. There are at least several holidays, that come before Christmas and Thanksgiving Day.
People need to spend more time enjoying Thanksgiving with their families and friends than rushing to the stores, chasing down the latest sale.
As much as I LOVE getting birthday and Christmas presents, there is more to life than frivolousness and being materialistic.
About 2 weeks ago, I thought about the fact that there are a lot of Christmas songs and covers of Christmas songs yet very little for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving always gets the shaft. Since the holiday is about being thankful, you would at least expect there to be more songs about giving thanks and being thankful for what we have.
Yes, I am a complainer. At the same time, I AM thankful for some things in my life. I am thankful for the fact, that I am STILL alive 10 years later. My family and closest friends have witnessed the health scares I endured, throughout this decade.
Having to spend most of my 20's battling a severe bleeding disorder and never getting an official diagnosis from any of my doctors was HELL.
These last 6 years, I have been cured of my bleeding disorder and have spent these last 3-6 years trying to rebuild my life. When you have severe health problems and have to also worry about family members with THEIR health issues constantly, it really takes a toll on you physically, financially, and emotionally.
As I was previously saying, I realized there are very few songs for Thanksgiving Day. Earlier this week, some of the news reporters on my local Fox network also brought this up in a discussion.
How many of you have ever noticed, that finding songs specifically about Thanksgiving is really hard to come by?
The Kinks' Ray Davies and SNL's Adam Sandler are the only 2 entertainers, that I can actually think of with songs about Thanksgiving Day. Otherwise, we have to "wing it."
While hunting for Thanksgiving songs online 2 weeks ago, I discovered a few retro R&B and Jazz songs. Most of them are from the 1960's. Out of all 5 songs I have selected to share for today are songs named after side dishes. The first 2 songs by Dee Dee Sharp and James Brown are about the Mashed Potato Dance craze from the 1960's.
4 out of 5 of these Jazz and R&B songs have NOTHING to do with Thanksgiving Day. Although, their song titles could pass as Thanksgiving songs, since they mention mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, peaches, and Pumpkin Pie.
"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay & The Techniques has been stuck in my head all throughout this entire week. The song is so catchy, that it has me humming the tune, which should say something.
If you would like to create your own music playlist for Thanksgiving Day, I say go for it! Turn off the Christmas Music and try something a little different for Thanksgiving Day. Anyway, here is my very own Thanksgiving Day Music Playlist for Song Saturday.
1) Dee Dee Sharp "Mashed Potato Time" It's Mashed Potato Time (1962)
2) James Brown & The Famous Flames "Mashes Potatoes U.S.A." Tour The U.S.A. (1962)
3) Booker T & The MG's "My Sweet Potato" And Now (1966)
4) Jay & The Techniques "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie (1967)
5) Adam Sandler "The Thanksgiving Song" They're All Gonna Laugh At You! (1993)
What are YOU thankful for this Thanksgiving?
|Posted by Anna H. on October 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Is it just me or am I the only adult, who is jealous of kids for Halloween this year? I don't know about everyone else but my portion of Wisconsin will be warm, this weekend.
If you do NOT live in Florida, California, or another state(s) with sunny and warm weather, October's usually cold. Trick-or-treating at the end of the month always sucked in that aspect because the weather was usually cold.
Growing up, it was a little difficult flaunting our Halloween costumes mostly because we would be trick-or-treating in freezing cold weather. Normally we had to carry our coats and jackets with us, if not wear them OVER our costumes. If you didn't carry a coat or a jacket with you, there was a great chance you would be sucking on a cough drop because you were coming down with a cold within a matter of hours.
This Halloween in my hometown, it will be in the 50's and 60's. It may even reach 70 degrees on the day of Halloween! Consider children to be lucky this year. Yes, I know adults celebrate Halloween, too.
As for me, my family and I haven't celebrated Halloween in YEARS. My neighborhood consists of mostly retirees and senior citizens. Also, my street is mostly a ghost town. At the same time, it is 1 of the busiest main streets for drivers, which makes it noisy for us to sleep.
Meanwhile, you may have noticed on Thursday, that It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns was down, AGAIN. I have no idea what has been going on with Webs, lately. Usually, I don't have these types of glitches where this entire website is down.
Last week, Webs experienced server issues. Considering that a lot of popular websites suffered from DDOS Attacks last week, it would NOT surprise me if Webs had another DDOS Attack as well. Regardless, most of us with our own sites have been very irate. In case you missed the last blog, here it is once again.
On another note, today is the last Song Saturday of this month. If you were here last Saturday, you already know that you are getting another dose of Michael Jackson. You all knew this was coming, right? If not, you really should've.
The music video and song, "Thriller" off Michael Jackson's Thriller album were already considered classics before ever reaching 20 years. Normally, a song has to be at least 20 years old, in order to be considered "classic." I believe it is safe to say that almost everyone young AND old, and from all different walks of life STILL love "Thriller," 34 years later.
Generally speaking, had the music video for the song "Thriller" never been filmed, there wouldn't have been any singer or groups from various genres and sub-genres turning their music videos into short films. Just think about it.
How many in The Music Industry have turned their music videos into short films?
After "Thriller" was turned into a music video/short film, other mainstream musicians in the industry jumped on the bandwagon. Whether you love Michael Jackson or hate him, the man was not only a trend setter, but also had leadership skills.
I have NOT even had the chance to read all the accolades, that Michael Jackson earned and received over these last 3 decades or so.
In 2006, Guiness World Records had listed the music video for "Thriller" as the "most successful music video." Then 3 years later (2009), the Library Of Congress inducted the music video into the National Film Registry.
Supposedly, "Thriller" was the 1st music video to EVER be inducted into the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
That right there should speak VOLUMES. Also, let's not forget that it is automatically a given that EVERY Halloween, someone somewhere around the world is celebrating the holiday with "Thriller."
During Halloween Season, Party City always advertises their stores using Michael Jackson's song.
Party City's Halloween Commercial Covering Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (2009)
That baby dressed in the devil costume looks so adorable. Anyway, here is Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for today's Song Saturday.
Michael Jackson "Thriller" Thriller (1982)