Tag: Disco

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In the interest of stimulating more volunteering for our group writing projects, I roll out Christmas bears and Christmas disco. This December’s theme is “Winter Lights and Dark Winter Nights.” Ricochet members, founding or first time subscribers, AND especially the reticent or keyboard shy, are strongly encouraged to join in our group writing project this month. […]

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For Halloween, I bring back a tale told a year ago. Lights out, gather round for a tale well calculated to keep you in suspense. Pleasant dreams. It was a dark and stormy night. The snow fell heavily – except at occasional intervals, when it was driven sideways by a violent gust of wind which […]

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Each month Ricochet has two group writing projects, intended to encourage the widest possible member participation. This October’s theme is October Surprise. You are invited to play off of “surprise,” “October,” or both. There are many ways this might play out. I have been the chief cat herder for the theme writing project for the past couple years. By way of exhorting […]

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Best Star Spangled Banner Performance: Diana Ross

 

Diana Ross was the first pop star to perform the national anthem at a Super Bowl, and her 1982 performance set a standard not yet surpassed at any professional sports venue. From high school to professional sports events, Americans have long started these secular public rites with our national anthem. The NFL had long leaned on college marching bands and choruses, but broke from tradition with a pop star actually past the peak of her genre. Diana Ross, Motown royalty, rose to the occasion in Detroit’s Silverdome Stadium, setting the standard for future performers.

There are three basic rules for a good national anthem vocal performance:

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There are lots of open days in the month of May. Stop by soonest to add your blooming ideas, nipping my next disco post in the bud. There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, now managed by @she. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim […]

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Each month Ricochet has two group writing projects, intended to encourage the widest possible member participation. I have been the chief cat herder for the theme writing project for the past couple years. By way of exhorting and occasionally extorting participation, I have been known to threaten to fill white space with posts featuring bears, […]

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It was a dark and stormy night; the snow fell heavily – except at occasional intervals, when it was driven sideways by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in Breckenridge that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and blurring the streetlights that struggled against the darkness. Sensible […]

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In which your humble correspondent breaks out the disco ball, and then things take a strange turn. The Bee Gees were an Australian trio of brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They could actually carry a tune and sing in three part harmony without computer assistance. Their signature falsetto lead was quite distinctive. One of […]

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Winter and Summer Songs

 

As we variously huddle in, dig out, or get on with the new year, here are a few popular music tunes from the late 20th Century, the start of a soundtrack. I invite your contributions in the comments. Or offer up a few tunes of your own, in the same genre or other genres! There are plenty of days left in our monthly theme “Winter of our Discontent,” so feel free to express yourself! Let’s start in 1966:

In 1968, “Sometimes in Winter” was a melancholy, reflective tale:

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Y’all went and made me do it. You knew I would go to Charmin and outhouses if pressed. So, here we are: disco.

The Rolling Stones went disco with “Hot Stuff” from their 1976 Black and Blue album. The lyrics are simple to trite, and the music a repetitive dance track. It did not make the Top 40, unlike the ballad “Fool to Cry.”

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This popped up on my social media yesterday: Yes, that is Lynda Carter from the “Wonder Woman” TV show singing and dancing with KISS, who appear to have had a Bob Mackie makeover (which, in fact, they did). Everything about that clip SCREAMS 70’s disco trash, but it’s from a one-off special she did in […]

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Beginning in the early Sixties, and probably in response to the release of two Barış Manço singles in 1962, western popular music began to exert a significant influence on Turkish young people and their musical tastes. By 1965, the Altın Mikrofon imprint was hosting yearly battle of the bands contests, with other labels releasing 7″ […]

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My unlimited love to all the Ricochetti on this Valentine’s Day. Here’s a mix I originally compiled and performed for an event I produced at a local Fayetteville, Arkansas (it’s not the City of Love like Milwaukee (cf. Futurama) but it’ll do) bar on February 13th a few years ago called “DJ EJ’s Wheels of […]

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Merry Christmas from sans snow Milwaukee, Wisconsin! In the spirit of giving and in the interest of living up to my Ricochet nom de plume, here’s a mix I just released on Tuesday, a nostalgic collection of funky children’s television music mostly from the 1970’s. If your house is filled with stir-crazy kids on Christmas […]

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Occasionally, as events have prompted several among us to despair for our civilization’s future, I have played the Pollyanna by noting that, as bad as things have become, the 1970s were even worse than the present, and yet somehow we survived them. Some have rebuked me for such nonsense. I now give you the final […]

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