Love Is All Around

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! The world is in need of more love and light these days… so I’m tuning it back to not one, but TWO songs with the same title… “Love Is All Around”. The first is the theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show (written and performed by Sonny Curtis). It was very sad to hear of Mary Tyler Moore’s passing last week and this is dedicated to her (note: some of the frames in the video have been altered due to copyright issues)…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 19, 1970

The second song is “Love Is All Around” by The Troggs. I just love this song. I think I first heard the song in the 1998 movie “Get Real” (a british movie that helped me come to terms with my own sexuality). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 1967

See you next Tuesday!

Everywhere

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I’ve been on a bit of a Fleetwood Mac kick lately (I remember my parents would play their songs often when I was a kid and hearing them brings me back to those fond memories)… so today I’m tuning it back to “Everywhere”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 28, 1987

BONUS VIDEO: Cineplex recently released a wonderful video called “A Balloon for Ben” featuring a cover of the song… Enjoy!

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True Blue

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Yesterday was “Blue Monday” (reported to be the most depressing day of the year), so today I’m tuning it back to “True Blue” by Madonna.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 17, 1986

TRIVIA: “True Blue” had two music videos to accompany it. Shot in early September 1986 in New York, Madonna’s own video for the song was directed by James Foley, who worked with Madonna in her videos for “Live to Tell” and “Papa Don’t Preach”. The Foley version features Madonna with three dancers and a 1950s car in an all-blue diner.

Two of Madonna’s close friends, Erika Belle and Debi Mazar appear in the video. The video was released at a time when she was going through a failed marriage with then husband actor Sean Penn. During this period, Madonna focused on more traditional fashion and attitudes and tried to appear more respectful of traditional gender roles. After shedding her trampy sex-kitten and boy-toy image with the “Live to Tell” music video, Madonna again adopted a new look for this video.

Sire Records decided to opt for a promotional device in the United States that would involve MTV viewers to make their own videos for “True Blue”. In the fall of 1986, MTV asked its viewers to submit their own videos. The contest was known as “Madonna’s ‘Make My Video’ Contest”. The winner was awarded a trip to MTV’s New York studio where Madonna presented a $25,000 check live on MTV.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the winning video from the MTV Contest…

See you next Tuesday!

Let’s Dance

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! One year ago today we lost the incredible David Bowie. In his honour, I’m tuning it back to “Let’s Dance”. Amidst all the loss and fear in the world today, it’s important to take the time to remember to enjoy the life we are given… enjoy the little things… the important things. So let’s do as Bowie says… “Let’s Dance”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 17, 1983

TRIVIA: Bowie described this video (and the video for his subsequent single, “China Girl”) as “very simple, very direct” statements against racism and oppression, but also a very direct statement about integration of one culture with another. He inserted numerous references to the Stolen Generations. For example, the scene where the young woman scrubs the street on her knees in the middle of a busy street refers to Aboriginal children that were trained as domestic servants before being sent to white homes.

See you next Tuesday!

Good Morning

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! For the first TuneBack of 2017, I’m tuning it back to “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain performed by Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor. Debbie Reynolds was one of the Hollywood greats and it was incredibly sad to hear of her passing last week (just one day after the passing of her daughter, Carrie Fisher).

TRIVIA: Originally written for the 1939 film, Babes in Arms performed by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.

See you next Tuesday!!