“For Your Precious Love” by Jerry Butler

21 09 2013

Here’s a classic love song from 1958.

Musically, I hear so much in this song. The high backing vocals remind me of a lot of early Jamaican hit singles of the 1960s. And Jerry “Iceman” Butler’s vocals are the ancestor of many of the great soul hits of the 60s.

By the way, besides being a singer, Butler is also a commissioner of the Cook County board in Illinois (the county that contains Chicago). He’s held that post since 1985, according to Wikipedia. That’s kind of cool.


“She Sings (All My Life)” by Ian McCulloch

7 09 2013

I’ve had this song running through my head for a bit, so I thought I would inflict it on you. It’s kind of catchy.

Ian McCulloch is from Liverpool, and is best known as the front man for Echo and the Bunnymen. This song is from his solo album, Slideling, which was released in 2003 (though this fan-made video appears to feature footage of a much younger McCulloch, back when he had a bad case of 1980s hair). Wikipedia informs me that McCulloch was known at one time for saying critical things of bands that he deemed inferior to his own. Hey, whatever.

“Africa” by Toto

4 08 2013

My previous post about “Africa” by Thundermug reminded me of this song, which is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. In many ways, this song is awful – the lyrics are a bit trite, the music is bland, and the song tends to plod along a bit. But, oh, those harmonies. I could listen to them over and over again.

Toto formed in Los Angeles in 1977 when some studio musicians decided to form their own band. They’re still around, and have sold millions of records and won a Grammy and all that stuff.

“Gleaming Endless Ocean” by Scarlet Youth

9 06 2013

Here’s the last of my shoegaze music posts. Scarlet Youth are a band from Finland who are deliberately trying to recreate the sound of a British shoegaze band of the 1990s. In this song, “Gleaming Endless Ocean”, they almost seem to be trying too hard to sound like their idols, but they still sound pretty good anyway.

(Warning: the video ends a bit abruptly.)

If shoegaze is your thing, you might enjoy listening to Strangeways Radio, which features a lot of British dream pop and other similar stuff.

A round of applause, please

27 09 2010

I feel compelled to tell you that I successfully sewed a button onto an old pair of pants this morning.

This may not sound like much of an achievement to you, but I am not very domestic (to put it mildly).


8 08 2010

I’ve been reading Erik Larson’s The Devil In The White City, which tells two stories: how the Chicago World’s Fair was built, and the exploits of H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who was at work at that time. Holmes killed at least nine people without remorse or even much thought. His description of how he killed the daughters of an associate of his is breathtakingly horrible:

…he placed the girls in a large trunk and made an opening in its top. “Here I left them until I could return and at my leisure kill them. At 5 p.m. I borrowed a spade of a neighbor and at the same time called on Mrs. Pitezel [the girls’ mother] at her hotel. I then returned to my hotel and ate my dinner, and at 7 p.m. I again returned to the house where the children were imprisoned, and ended their lives by connecting the gas with the trunk…”

By the way, the girls were killed during a trip to Toronto. The book lists the street address – 15 St. Vincent Street – but this street does not exist any more, as it has been absorbed into Bay Street.

Surely not both…

18 07 2010

I never fail to be impressed and/or startled by Facebook’s recommended pages for me. Today, I was given the following two suggestions:

  • Les Canadiens de Montreal
  • the Toronto Maple Leafs

Surely there can’t be many people who are fans of both teams, can there? (I tried my best: when the Habs got farther in the playoffs than expected, I watched a game or two of theirs. But I just couldn’t care about them all that much. I’m too used to them being Them.)