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Songs By Day and By Night

January 24, 2011

A little musical interlude, with the unifying theme being, “Night and Day”. There are no deep insights housed behind the cut tag. Just music I adore and often hear while at the grocery store.

“Brand New Day” Sting. Oh sure Sting is currently getting more press for his sexual appetites rather than his ” his soft rock ubiquity or more recent meadow-inspired lute tracks”, but he weighed in with his thoughts on the Day concept. Oddly, nothing makes you feel more hopeless than hearing this bland, commercial offering as you peruse items in the Health & Beauty item of Rite Aid.

“A New Day for You” Basia. Basia and I go way back. All the way back to the last days of my childhood on the continent of Europe. And this particular cut off her debut album Tide and Time served as a notable example of what potential the “Basso Nova” setting on my old Casio keyboard held. In fact whenever I happen to hear this song as I wait to be seen by my doctor I always leave wanting to score another 80s Casio keyboard.

“A New Day Has Come” Miss Celine. I bet you’re wondering what kind of person goes gaga for Celine Dion. Well you’ve found one of her biggest fans. I’m not ashamed and she’s not a guilty pleasure – a concept which has no utility in my world. I will go buck wild on this song. It’s one of my most cherished hairbrush anthems. Even picking up frozen vegetables from Price Chopper at 2am feels more magical with this jam playing over the loudspeakers.

“Night and Day” Al B. Sure!. What the hell happened to Al B. Sure! We couldn’t get enough of this slow jam at 80 era school dances and slumber parties. I heard this in the mall while trying to get from JcP to the ATM on the other side of the mall. I bopped myself all the way there. What kind of love am in? indeed!

“A Night to Remember” Shalamar. Jody Watley is shutting down the first verse. But the moneyshot is Howard Hewitt’s slamming vocals. They need to come back on the real. In my gothiest days, this was my “suit up for battle” song. As I applied layer upon layer of lace, pleather, fishnet and tulle this Shalamar tracked rubbed my shoulders and encouraged me to extend my eyeliner beyond the corners of my eye and into curly q’s.

“Goodnight Tonight” P-Mac & Co. This song is to me what “Gimmie Shelter” is to Martin Scorsese. If I ever make movies I will use this jimmy jam in all my trailers and possibly over the end title credits. It’s the freaking robot voices. I cannot resist a song with robot vocals. And that bassline is killing it.

“The Nights That Lights Went Out in Georgia” Vicki Lawrence. Without Lawrence’s educational song would any of us Yankees know not to trust our souls, “to no backward Southern lawyer”? I’m ashamed to admit a college friend of mine and I used to act out this entire song (with Fosse inspired choreography we created) on long, boring winter nights.

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  1. January 24, 2011 4:04 pm

    The last I heard, Al B. was hosting – what else? – a Quiet Storm radio program in L.A.: http://www.hiphoprx.com/2007/07/26/al-b-sure-to-start-hosting-mid-days-on-los-angeles-radio-station-hot-923/. May his unibrow live forever.

  2. evmaroon permalink
    January 24, 2011 4:11 pm

    Basia is the artist who gives me hope that all of those Latin songs I had to learn phonetically made at least some kind of sense in execution. I so easily hear her in my head, singing, “It’ll be a nyoo day foo you, a nyoo day foo you…”

  3. January 24, 2011 4:29 pm

    The last I heard, Al B. was hosting – what else? – a Quiet Storm radio program in L.A.: http://www.hiphoprx.com/2007/07/26/al-b-sure-to-start-hosting-mid-days-on-los-angeles-radio-station-hot-923/. May his unibrow live forever.

    Snap! I used to listen to 92.3 the beat (where hip hop lives, aight!) I remember Al B. was going to change the game in R&B.

    Basia once appeared on a French Language variety show and did her songs in French. The host mentioned that she had a “phonetic command of french”, but he said in French and no matter how once translates I’m sure that was some pretty damning praise.

  4. evmaroon permalink
    January 24, 2011 4:36 pm

    Basia once appeared on a French Language variety show and did her songs in French. The host mentioned that she had a “phonetic command of french”, but he said in French and no matter how once translates I’m sure that was some pretty damning praise.

    That’s hilarious. I can’t think of a French-language station that wouldn’t have been disdainful of anyone who spoke French that way! Mais je ne sais jamais rein du tout!

  5. Anya permalink
    January 24, 2011 6:08 pm

    Pahahahahha @ “this was my ‘suit up for battle’ song. As I applied layer upon layer of lace, pleather, fishnet and tulle this Shalamar tracked rubbed my shoulders and encouraged me to extend my eyeliner beyond the corners of my eye and into curly q’s. ” – that’s your “Return of the Mack” (remembering fondly)

    Yeah, from what I heard, Al B. is visually unrecognizable… But the puff daddy kid that is “one of these things doesnt look like the others…” is his son – spitting/slapyo’selfsilly image of him.

    Oh Basia – she is/was/will always be OG…

  6. hsofia permalink
    January 24, 2011 9:14 pm

    I love “A New Day Has Come” so much I’ve had both versions on my iPod and iPhone as part of my “Most Played” top 25 playlist since 2008!

    For many years, my favorite Night/Day song was Bette Midler’s “Night and Day”. This was back when I was a teenager and loved everything about Bette Midler.

  7. eieioj permalink
    January 24, 2011 11:08 pm

    No “One Night in Bangkok?”

  8. January 25, 2011 12:01 am

    Ha. I wanted to but thought there were already enough videos there, but you know I love me some Chess.

  9. January 25, 2011 4:05 am

    Basia would often have a couple of songs on her albums where she would sing a passage in her native Polish, but would not include those lyrics in the printout and just try to sound out Polish spelling sometime!

    What happened to Al B. Sure! ?! I gotta say he was the weakest link in that whole New Edition/Bobby Brown/wave of crooners! I actually saw him in concert and I felt so bad: he couldn’t even sing that song: he had to have the audience sing it for him! No Joke! But everyone was so amped up, they did!

    But the Night and Day is obviously Cole Porter: And I choose Ella.

  10. January 25, 2011 11:42 am

    I had nothing whatsoever in common with the protagonist of Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” when I first heard it, other than perhaps I was “a little too tall, and coulda used a few pounds.” But I always wished I had.

  11. hsofia permalink
    January 25, 2011 3:59 pm

    Somehow I forgot about my other favorite Night/Day song – The Commodore’s “Nightshift.”

  12. January 30, 2011 11:46 pm

    whoa whoa whoa, how did I miss this post? where the hell was I? damn, johnny-come-lately for real. but let’s bring it back for sunday night/monday morning!

    this next one I am chomping at the bit to do at karaoke sometime soon:

  13. January 30, 2011 11:50 pm

    I was just talking about Nicki Minaj over here, so it made me think of this song:

  14. January 30, 2011 11:53 pm

    ok, I’m going there.

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  17. January 31, 2011 11:32 am

    and this one is for Snarky!

  18. January 31, 2011 12:43 pm

    Omg. YES!!!

  19. January 31, 2011 12:45 pm

    Barry Glibb beat me to it.

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