During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on March 17, 2017 at 5:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Thank Grimm it's Friday and Happy Saint Patrick's Day! This weekend, there will be no Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blogs. Considering that I've been updating and sharing past Irish and Saint Patrick's Day-themed blogs this week around social media (mostly on Google Plus), I need a little break.
Yesterday I realized that I have published about a dozen Saint Patrick's Day and Irish-themed blogs, throughout these last 4 years. In case you missed any of those blogs, their links are at the bottom.
Meanwhile earlier this week, we began with Bill Tytla's animated short, The Wee Men for Cartoon Sunday. Tytla's The Wee Men somewhat explained about leprechauns and their roles in Ireland. We already established that leprechauns run and hide with their crocks of gold but do we REALLY know why? Before explaining any further about their antics, let's explore the origins of the word, "leprechaun."
According to Irelandseye, "leprechaun" may have derived from the Irish term, "leath bhrogan." Leath bhrogan means "shoe maker," which was what we watched this past Cartoon Sunday in Bill Tytla's The Wee Men. The leprechauns in the short were shoe makers.
However, there is a possibility that "leprechaun" may have derived from "luacharma'n," which is Irish for pygmy.
Even though leprechauns are considered to be the national fairies of Ireland, those in the north Leinster area originally used the term "leprechaun." "Lurgadhan," "lurican," and "lurachmain," are 3 other variants of leprechaun.
Apparently, it is a common routine for these "wee men" to be found in an intoxicated state caused by home-brew poteen yet they still manage to be productive workers.
So, why do leprechauns run and hide with their crocks of gold?
Roaming and pillaging throughout Ireland, the Danes supposedly left behind ancient treasure. This led to the leprechauns appointing themselves as the guardians of the gold. This could also be a reason why leprechauns avoid any social interaction with humans.
Leprechauns view humans as being "foolish," "flighty," and "greedy creatures."
Once a leprechaun is caught by a human, the leprechaun uses his gold coin as a bribe from 1 of his 2 leather pouches. Most people don't know, that leprechauns carry 2 different coins in separate pouches.
2 Coins That Leprechauns Carry:
1) Silver Shilling- Leprechauns carry this magical coin in 1 pouch, which returns to the purse every time it is paid out.
2) Gold Coin- Leprechauns carry this in a different pouch from the silver shilling. It's used as a bribe for anything they feel is a "difficult situtaion," after being caught by humans. The coin also has the ability to turn into leaves or ashes after it is given away.
In addition to having 2 different pouches for 2 different coins, there are 2 distinct classifications of the so-called leprechaun family. There are the leprechauns, that hide and protect the gold and there are the cluricans, which have the tendency to borrow or steal almost anything.
Cluricans wait until it is dark to raid wine cellars and larders in people's houses. This is along with harnessing sheep, goats, dogs, and domestic fowl. Then, cluricans will ride them throughout the country at night.
After conducting research about leprechauns, I find this all to be very fascinating. It's amazing what you can learn, especially online. As I mentioned above earlier, if there are any blogs you may have missed about Saint Patrick's Day and the Irish in general within the last week to 4 years, here are 10 more blogs below.
Hopefully, you enjoyed today's blog.
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 March 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Looks like some of you really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. So, how creepy was it to re-read yesterday's blog about the banshee with Henry Cowell's song, "The Banshee" playing in the background?
Even though One Piece fans get the shaft as usual, this is fantastic news for us Horror Anime fans. For a year or so, I have said that Tokyo Ghoul should've aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block after Parasyte -The Maxim- ended. It would've been the perfect replacement for Parasyte.
With the constant promotion during the shortly lived Anime Wednesday block, it originally seemed as if Chiller TV was going to air Tokyo Ghoul. Speaking of Chiller TV, Dish Network removed the channel from its package, last month.
This means the channel will be more niche than it already was on for the last decade. Both Dish Network and Direct TV were the ONLY packages, that carried Chiller TV.
Right now, I shouldn't complain too much. Tokyo Ghoul is a series that I never had a chance to watch in its entirety online because of my hectic schedule and because of Hulu. That online streaming site shafted all its loyal users, who watched free online streaming shows.
In order to watch their programming, Hulu NOW requires you to sign up using your social media accounts. This is all because the company wants to track our personal information and because Hulu wants to compete with Netflix.
Since I don't have Netflix or use Hulu anymore, both are irrelevant to me. At least I will have another show to watch on Adult Swim's Toonami block on the weekends.
In 2 more weeks on Toonami, I will be watching Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto Shippuden, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Tokyo Ghoul's a small victory for Horror Anime fans and for yours truly.
Meanwhile, I have another animated short by Bill Tytla for today's Cartoon Sunday. Last week, I shared his 1949 short, Leprechauns Gold. 2 years before Leprechauns Gold, Tytla created The Wee Men.
You are probably wondering why I did not share his 1947 short before his 1949 short. I purposely saved The Wee Men for today's Cartoon Sunday blog because Saint Patrick's Day is on Friday, this year. Therefore, you may want to consider today's blog an early Saint Patrick's Day Cartoon Sunday blog.
This 1947 animated short by Bill Tytla has relevance to Saint Patrick's Day. The Wee Men is similar to the 1949 animated short, Leprechauns Gold. Legend supposedly has it in Ireland, that leprechauns live with a hidden pot of gold.
If anyone succeeds in capturing 1 of the so-called "wee men," he must lead to the gold's hidden location.
In The Wee Men, the leprechauns make shoes and deliver them to poor people. On Patrick's 121st birthday, he wants to prove his manhood by delivering the shoes he and the other leprechauns make to the poor.
In the process of shoe delivering, Patrick is caught by a greedy landlord, who wants to steal the leprechauns' gold. Their pot of gold has been buried under a tree stump and the landlord wants Patrick to reveal the location to it.
Bill Tytla's The Wee Men (1947)
If it is possible, I will try sharing something else this week for Saint Patrick's Day. In the meantime...
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 11, 2017 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Was the last Song Saturday NOT creepy enough for you? Chances are great that you will say, "Yes." The last blog wasn't intended to be creepy. However, you are in luck today!
Before listening to today's song by the Classical Music composer, pianist, and theorist, Henry Cowell, learning about the banshee is a must. Growing up, I have always heard people loosely mention the banshee in discussions but never really knew much about it.
According to Irelandseye.com, the banshee is widely known in Irish Mythology as a female spirit, that is appointed to warn those from certain Old Irish families about their times of death.
Wikipedia additionally mentions that the banshee is also known as "the woman of the fairy mound" or "fairy woman." The spirit warns 5 Irish families with her shrieking and "keening." Keening is supposedly a traditional form of vocal wailing in grief of a dead person. This is something customarily done at Irish and Scottish funerals by women.
So, you may be wanting to know: Who are these 5 Old Irish families?
The O'Niells, O'Briens, O'Connors, O'Gradys, and the Kavanaghs are the 5 Irish families in need of warning. Notice that most of these Old Irish family names have last names starting with "O'."
While the banshee's shrieks and keens forewarn the 5 families at night about death, she can appear in 1 of her 3 guises. She can appear as a young and beautiful woman, a stately matron, or a frightful, old hag. The banshee is most commonly known as a frightful, old hag.
These 3 guises of the banshee represent the triple aspects of the Celtic Goddess of War and Death, which happen to be Badhbh, Macha and Mor-Rioghain.
Even though those 3 guises are the banshee's most popular guises, she can also appear in a few other guises in the form of animals associated with witchcraft in Ireland. The banshee can appear as a hooded crow, stoat, hare, or a weasel.
After stumbling upon Henry Cowell's song, "The Banshee," listening to it automatically gave me the chills. Listening to this bone chilling song is like listening to a Horror film score. The way he played this piece on his piano exudes horror.
Imagine listening to "The Banshee," while reading a Horror novel, short story, listening to an audio book, or watching something on your TV or computer screen with a really creepy vibe. Actually, I have a much better idea.
After reading today's blog about the banshee, re-read it as Cowell's "The Banshee" plays in the background. It should enhance your fear about this creepy spirit from Ireland.
Early yesterday morning, I was in the middle of reading an online article, as Henry Cowell's "The Banshee" played in the background. I began to dose off and suddenly awoke by the sound of the strings on his piano. "The Banshee" scared me awake. It was more effective than waking up to an alarm clock.
The creepy sounds of "The Banshee" automatically causes me to imagine heavy gusts of wind and gray fog, ice cold rain, and falling temperatures from a thunderstorm.
Someone wakes up from howling and shrieking noises, while everyone sleeps on a dark and dreary night. The sounds linger and a man emerges battling insomnia. As badly as he tries falling back asleep, the howling and shrieking noises continue.
The man leaves his bed to roam around the dark hallways, in search of where those loud noises are coming from and from who. After getting closer to those noises, he opens a door and witnesses a frightful-looking old hag, crouching over someone's corpse, in a large puddle of blood.
How morbid is the imagination of yours truly before Saint Patrick's Day?
When listening to Henry Cowell's "The Banshee," what imagery comes to mind? Is it just as dark and creepy as what I imagined? If so, let me know in the comments section below.
Before I forget, make SURE to turn your clocks 1 hour AHEAD tonight for Daylight Savings. We will be "springing forward."
Anyway, re-read today's Song Saturday blog, while listening to Henry Cowell's "The Banshee."
Henry Cowell "The Banshee" The Piano Music Of Henry Cowell (1925)
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 9, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? You may recall that I was temporarily banned from Google Plus, last month for supposedly "spamming" and "messing with the site's algorithms," until March 5th.
With the dread of having to interact with that prick from 2-3 weeks ago, I contacted Google Plus' Help page on Monday. Luckily, I did NOT have to deal with him this last time. Someone a lot more pleasant and helpful was able to explain to me about that ridiculous banning. He was also helpful enough to share the link, which explains the ridiculous rules and restrictions on Google Plus.
I am still reeling over the fact, that always +1'ing, which is the equivalent of "LIKING" numerous posts is considered "spamming" and is seen as "trying to manipulate Google rankings." That must be the most preposterous rule I have EVER read or heard about for a social media site.
We can "Like" as many posts as we want WITHOUT getting banned on facebook!
While talking to that helper or moderator on Google Plus, I let him know that these rules are ridiculous and that the layout of the site is very user unfriendly. Almost no one knows how to navigate, much less use Google Plus.
Google Plus always did have a history of controlling and dictating its users and other sites affiliated with Google. This is exactly why so many people hate Google Plus.
Google really should've better planned their site, in order to compete against facebook. I understand that Google Plus is suppose to be the "Anti-facebook," however Google's need to prove its non-conformity is so overdone.
Since joining 6 years ago, I have ALWAYS had a love/hate relationship with facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, the money-hungry dork, who insulted his facebook users by calling us "SUCKERS," only has notifications as the best feature on his social media site. Otherwise, facebook sucks for the most part.
We all know facebook's news feed mostly has shit post updates of wannabe "political activists" and attention seeking girls (and some mothers older than 20-something years old), that incessantly upload selfies for validation of their looks by lowlives. There's also spam ads. At least we DO somewhat get breaks from these antics on Google Plus.
Right now, I am still undecided about using certain strategies, in order to generate more traffic to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. A few times I have contemplated making my own fan pages on social media. Although, making fan pages for highly fickle subscribers would only create more unnecessary work for yours truly.
Managing this site alone is a job in itself. The fact that Google thinks they can control ALL their users is another reason for more people to not only HATE Google Plus, but also Google as a whole.
Over the last 2 weeks of my banning from Google Plus, I added It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns to more backlinks. Hopefully, the backlinks will generate more traffic to these blogs.
In addition, I have e-mailed book publishing companies, literary magazine journals, and literary agents to let them know this website and I exist. The other day, I also reactivated my Vivaldi account.
Since the last time I used the site 3-4 years ago, some additional features have been added. Vivaldi's current layout looks NOTHING like the last time. In fact, Vivaldi is really looking highly unflattering.
Years ago, the layout somewhat resembled facebook's Timeline except it was more public with blogs and status updates in various foreign languages. Vivaldi currently resembles Adult Swim's final layout, before the network's forum was shut down.
Those of you, who were on Adult Swim with me last year, remember how much we all HATED it. I especially hated it because my misogynistic cyberstalker spent the last 2 YEARS smearing my reputation by lying on me to everyone about my identity AND down vote trolling every comment and thread I posted, last year.
The lying, misogynistic, sociopath even stooped as low as down vote trolling the birthday thread, which was specifically made for me by a friend, last June.
The people currently running Vivaldi will soon regret the decisions they made in regards to the site's layout. What they're currently using was the final nail in the coffin for Adult Swim's forum, last year.
It is only a matter of time, until Vivaldi goes dark just like Adult Swim's forum did the day before last Christmas Eve.
With that being said, if you are AT LEAST 18 years old, enjoy reading innovative, informative, educational, and entertaining blogs with music, animation, horror, folklores, etc. SUBSCRIBE to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
If you are NOT subscribed to this website, you are unable to read excerpts of some of my short stories on my Horror page. This is along with being unable to receive certain notifications about the latest blogs and other important updates.
In 2 more days, I will be publishing this weekend's Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs. So, stay tuned!
|Posted by Anna H. on March 5, 2017 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? The ban on my original Google Plus account will be lifted today! It's about time! I CANNOT help reiterating how ridiculous Google Plus' bans are for regular users of their site.
Banning users for starting flame wars and trolling on the "interest-based social networking site" is understandable, but neither was my situation. I'm glad this ridiculousness will be over soon.
This does NOT mean, that I will stop spreading the word about my content inside and outside of Google Plus. Hopefully, more of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Next Saturday will be feature some creepy music. Speaking of creepy, these next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs somewhat have creepy tones to them.
Is it just me or does it seem like animated shorts from the 1920's to 1970's had creepier illustrations?
I don't recall of any animated shorts from the 1980's and '90s, especially animated shorts with creepy art illustrations. We had more cutesy illustrations. Otherwise, some looked really generic, abstract, or were just horribly illustrated cartoons.
If there were any animated shorts, that aired on local and cable channels, during the 1980's and '90s, I don't recall of them. Then again, I reached puberty very early in the early 1990's and outgrew most of the cartoons and TV shows meant for children. Now, here I am in my mid-30's discovering and watching cartoons, again.
We already know there is a stigma to watching animation as an adult. However, there is always a justification for why it is highly acceptable for adults to rush to the movie theaters to go see the latest Disney film.
Regardless of how adult animation elitists want to justify it, most Disney films ARE cartoons in movie form. Disney films are usually sugarcoated and dumbed down content meant for children.
I view the characters and stories in animation differently, as an adult. Yes, I know those characters are NOT real people. Although, the characters and the stories DO have some human-like qualities with more realistic topics.
Bill Tytla's animated shorts somewhat reflect realistic characters with human-like qualities to them. Only judging based on 2 of this Ukrainian American animator's shorts, that I have seen, Tytla's works were similar to Ub Iwerks.
Like last October when I featured Ub Iwerks' animated shorts, these next 2 Cartoon Sundays will feature Bill Tytla's animated shorts in the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day.
Today we have Bill Tytla's Leprechauns Gold. Leprechauns Gold is an Irish themed animated short depicting leprechauns, during their annual gold-washing ceremony. They also manage to outsmart an evil landlord, who plots to steal their gold in the process.
Bill Tytla's Leprechauns Gold (1949)
|Posted by Anna H. on March 4, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Over these last 2 weeks, I have been adding It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns to more backlinks and contacting a few companies, in order to spread the word about It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Could the assholes running Google Plus be bigger melodramatic dictators?
If you are NOT subscribed to this website, you are unable to read excerpts of some of my short stories on the Horror page. Also, you will be unable to receive notifications about the latest blogs and other updates.
On another note, it is Song Saturday. It has been nearly 3 years, since I last published a Song Saturday blog featuring the Irish Industrial-Electro duo, VNV Nation.
Since it is March and because Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner, these next 2 weekends will have Irish themes to them. What better way to start today's Song Saturday than with an Irish, Industrial-Electro duo?
Generally speaking, it has been a while, since I last shared a little Industrial-Electro Music on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. It doesn't hurt to switch things up a bit.
As much as I love Rock and Metal, I still love Industrial-Electro Music. Maybe someday, Industrial and House Music will make their comebacks here in The Midwest.
This is AS LONG as someone like Rihanna, Katy Perry, or Taylor Swift does NOT ruin another fun music genre like they already have in the past.
Anyway, to get into the Irish spirit, let's revisit the Irish Industrial-Electro duo, VNV Nation for today's Song Saturday.
VNV Nation "Darkangel" Empires (2000)
|Posted by Anna H. on February 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM||comments (3)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you read my e-mail notification or the status updates on social media? In case you missed it, you're gonna love this. After nearly 2 YEARS of being a part of Google Plus, sharing my content, and growing a following, my original account has been banned. This happened last Sunday night.
Imagine being blocked from posting to and sharing with everyone and ANYTHING on your own facebook wall. At the same time, friends and followers are still liking and sharing your content. THAT'S what I'm currently dealing with on Google Plus.
Google Plus temporarily banned me from using my original Google Plus account for 2 weeks. Meaning, I'm UNALLOWED to share, +1, comment, etc. until March 5th. This led to me creating ANOTHER Google Plus account, in order to contact Google Plus' Help page and my followers.
Having to contact Google Plus' Help page was as unpleasant as fighting with Adult Swim's former head moderator, who LOVES leaking our personal information and anonymous reports to trolls out of spite.
Earlier this week, I was flamed by some contemptuous prick from Australia. I think he is an employee/volunteer at Google Plus. Regardless, he has an atrocious disposition. He spent most his time berating and condescending to me and needed to have THE LAST WORD.
That prick went as far as cussing at AND berating me like I was some 5-year-old. It feIt as if I was in the middle of some flame war with a troll. His need to be hostile, rude, condescending, and belligerent was so insufferable, that I had to disable the comments section on my post.
I simply wanted to know WHY I was banned. That flame baiter tried goading me into a flame war and turned a simple question into an argument.
If he does actually work for Google Plus, he needs to be fired ASAP! I made sure to confront him about his atrocious disposition. He apologized, then reverted back to type within a matter of seconds.
While that prick from Australia was so busy berating and condescending to me, I told him that he was acting very unprofessionally and that his customer service skills were terrible.
After nearly 2 YEARS, I am suddenly accused of "spamming" on Google Plus? Not only am I accused of spamming, but I am also accused of supposedly "messing with Google Plus' algorithms."
Are the people working at Google Plus aware of the fact, that their entire social networking site is a state of confusion much like Tumblr and is a last resort site, which SPAMS their users like MySpace?
If you need further proof of what I am saying, watch this video by YouTube vlogger, Onision. Even HE knows that Google Plus' entire layout is user unfriendly and looks like The Hot Mess Express Train.
Onision "Why People Hate Google Plus (+ Fun Google Girls)" 
Now, that the site has been "upgraded," there have been so many glitches we can barely post and share anything. Google should be glad that anyone bothers to use their social media site.
Most people, including blogger/entrepreneur, Derek Halpern told me last year, that Google Plus was "a waste of time." After last Sunday night's temporary banning, I am starting to believe that Derek is right.
It honestly would NOT surprise me if that prick's disposition alone drove away MORE users from Google Plus. He's more of a detriment to that social media site than yours truly. Here's the real kicker:
If people on Google Plus had such a HUGE problem with me sharing my content, why weren't they more vocal about it? Let me guess, snowflakes became "triggered" and clicked the "Report" button because they felt that their "safe spaces" were invaded.
Besides +1'ing and sharing Horror and Anime art, I post and share my blogs to MANY communities on Google Plus. I mostly belonged to communities for Horror fans and writers, bloggers, music, and animation fans.
There were only a few Horror communities I more recently joined that removed me, so far. Otherwise, I have NOT had a single problem with ANY community, until this month.
Banning me from sharing my content to my niches, much less posting and replying to anything on my own wall is ridiculous. With this ban being put in place, it will surely hurt my page views and social interaction with friends and followers.
This means I must find and join a better social networking site and submit It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns to more backlinks for self-promotions.
Considering all the insults, that have been hurled at Google Plus by most people, over the last several years, Google is lucky that anyone bothers to use their search engine and social media sites.
1) Echo Gillette "Why Google Plus Failed" (2015)
2) Watch Mojo's Top 10 Social Media Platforms That Failed Spectacularly (2017)
Had I known that Google Plus was so nit picky and had such hypersensitive users on their social networking site, I wouldn't have wasted my time. Because some writing companies found a little value in the social media site, I gave it a chance and made some progress.
If it is NOT a necessity, I really do NOT want to join Twitter. I am beyond politically fatigued and had more than my fill of dealing with trolls on facebook and Adult Swim. Therefore, I must find some better resources.
In the meantime, the best ways to HELP ME would be to read, like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and commenting on my blogs. I have put my blood, sweat, tears, and pride into building this website and publishing my blogs for the last ~4 years.
Without your support, I have NOTHING.
|Posted by Anna H. on February 19, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy the last Cartoon Sunday blog I published on Thursday? In case you missed that delayed blog, you can read it HERE. Hopefully, more Gen X Horror and '80s Metal fans enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog about Dokken.
Speaking of the 1980's, more musicians were name dropped in last night's episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency. Lately, more musicians from the '80s are being referenced to in Part 2 of this series. Hirohiko Araki's characters are named after many groups (mostly Rock bands) and singers in general.
It has been about several months, since I last mentioned the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. Recently, I discovered that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is considered to be a "multi-generational" franchise.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood was only Part 1 of this franchise. Part 1 took place during the 19th Century in England, when Jonathan Joestar was learning how to use Hamon.
Hamon is supposedly a form of Martial Arts, which uses the sun's energy.
Will A. Zeppeli taught Jonathan how to use Hamon to fight his sinister, adopted brother, Dio Brando and Dio's minions of vampires. The 2nd part of this series is Battle Tendency. Parts 1 and 2 are combined as Season 1 of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise.
Now that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency is airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block, the franchise takes place, during the 1930's with Jonathan Joestar's grandson, Joseph Joestar (in the picture above) in America. Lately, there have been a lot of 1980's singers being named dropped.
Last week, the character "Lisa Lisa" was introduced. There was also a song sample of Yes' "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" being used, when Joseph was doing Hamon training.
In Battle Tendency, Joseph Joestar trains to defeat The Pillar Men. The Pillar Men are members of an ancient vampiric race. Last night, he managed to defeat Esidisi. Esidisi is named after the Hard Rock band, AC/DC.
Watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is quite an entertaining franchse for a Shonen Supernatural Thriller Action Anime. The illustrations of these characters look like dated Anime characters from the 1980's.
Every time a musician is name dropped in this series, I start laughing. Rather than sharing the usual animation, I thought it would be better to learn more about the names of the characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise for Cartoon Sunday.
1) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Music References (2016)
2) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Music References (2016)
Suddenly, I have Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" stuck in my head.
Anyway, 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 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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How's it going my gumdrops? In case you did not check your e-mail inboxes or spam and in case you have not noticed, only 1 blog was published over the last 2 weeks. Some of you may have wondered, "Hey Anna! What's going on?!"
When I was in the middle of using my Dell laptop 2 weeks ago, it said my battery charge was low. Before I could do anything, it suddenly shut down.
Then, 2-3 days later, after I had JUST published Song Saturday: Alanis Morissette's Your House, my Toshiba laptop gave the same reading and shut down. Therefore, I was unable to publish more blogs these last 2 weeks.
Because the last 2 Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs were delayed, I thought I would share this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog with you today. Originally, I meant to share this on the 12th. Michael Cawood's animated short, Devils, Angels, & Dating shows an interesting portrayal of Cupid, Death, and the devil.
The devil in this award winning animated short, filmed by Cawood wants Cupid's job. However, both are battling for Death's affections. Death is portrayed as a bombshell, Cupid is depicted as a horny, old man, and the devil (I suppose you can refer to him as "Lucifer" or "Satan") is depicted as "The Nice Guy."
After mentioning that last part, I mean the devil is like that social misfit, who wants that pretty girl in high school, if you would like to think of it that way. I feel Michael Cawood wanted this character to exude that adage about "having sympathy for the devil." All the while, portraying Cupid as some horny, evil, old man in the sky.
These 3 characters may not be teenagers (considering how old they are), although this animated short somewhat has that juvenile vibe to it. Anyway, here is Devils, Angels, & Dating for this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog.
Michael Cawood's Devils, Angels, & Dating (2012)