I had a dream that I was in a Toronto choir singing a David Bowie song, but the choir leader was David Byrne, who sang: [Verse 2] I, I wish you could swim Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim [Refrain] And nothing, nothing can keep us together We can beat them forever and ever. We can be heroes, just for one day.” Watch the earnestness on the faces of this choir (and Mr. Byrne – he’s fascinated by the process, n’est pas?):
Oh, and here’s the choir with Rick Astley in Toronto, singing Never Gonna Give You Up:
And here’s B.B. King performing the song without U2 on a TV show called Live By Request:
One of the world’s greatest modern songwriters, Lamont Dozier, 81, died last month. He was first paid $25 a week to write songs for the then-fledgling Tamla-Motown record label. He teamed up with brothers Eddie and Brian Holland to form Holland-Dozier-Holland, one of the world’s most famous songwriting teams. They wrote 80 Top 40 hits, including 15 No. 1 hits for Motown, recorded by Martha & the Vandellas (Heat Wave and Jimmy Mack) the Four Tops (Bernadette, I Can’t Help Myself, Reach Out I’ll Be There), the Supremes (You Can’t Hurry Love, Baby Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On and Stop! In the Name of Love) and former Motown drummer turned singer Marvin Gaye (How to Sweet It Is – To Be Loved By You – recorded in one take!). I grew up on this music and writers never get the credit they deserve. If you listen to the opening of this Supremes song you’ll hear this swelling Hammond B3 organ intro played by a Vancouver musician, Robbie King, who was a member of Vancouver’s Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, the only Vancouver band ever signed to Motown. This song, Does Your Mama Know About Me, was written by Vancouver guitarist Tommy Chong, who was dating a blond girl in 1967 and he was Chinese; he had the foresight to question if her parents would accept a bi-racial relationship. The band’s singer, Bobby Taylor, discovered Michael Jackson when the brothers, known as the Jackson Five, opened for the Vancouver band in Indiana. Bobby Taylor phoned Berry Gordy and told him he needed to bring this band in for an audition. Taylor produced the Jackson Five first two hit singles: ABC and I Want You Back. My parents lived beside Michael Jackson and his family in Los Angeles during the Jackson Five days.
October 14, 2022 update: Surprised today by this new Bruce Spingsteen video, performing a 1985 R&B hit by the Commodores, Night Shift, a tribute to Marvin GayeandJackie Wilson (both died in 1984). Bruce will start his first tour with the E Street Band, since 2017, early next year in the U.S. and Europe. Bruce also will have a new 12-song record of Soul / R&B tunes that rocked his world:
The theme for Fall is MANIFESTO, a call to arms for living life today. What’s your manifesto?
The sixth shipment of the Desigual Fall 2022 collection for women has arrived at Angel. And we also have new Desigual for Men that arrived at the beginning of September, with more to come.
This season’s theme is MANIFESTO, celebrating life and the individual ways we experience it each day: Laughing, running, smiling. touching, dreaming, failing, screaming, playing, inventing, seducing, sleeping, and then waking up to do it all over again.
Here is a sample of the new Fall 2022 collection for women at Angel, Vancouver’s only Desigual Wow Shop boutique. We also offer private shopping by appointment. Call 604-681-0947.
All prices in Canadian dollars.We start below with coats, then dresses, tops, shoes & bags for Fall: