A few weeks after my 18th birthday in 1991, I headed down to “Bizzy Bee,” my favorite little hole in the wall record store in my home town of Naperville Illinois. I drove the 3 miles from my house to School Street in downtown Naperville and parked my little old, silver, rusty 1983 Honda Civic right in front of the quaint Yellow and White colored Victorian style house turned record store. A small neon blue sign flashed on and off with “Bizzy Bee” printed on it hung above the front doorway. Armed with a fresh $25 “Bizzy Bee” gift certificate, courtesy of my older brother, I exited the aging Civic slamming the driver’s door with a satisfying thud!
Choosing just one song that has influenced my life is hard for me. Having so much trauma and loss since an early age had me to turn to music to heal my soul, it’s like my therapy. I know there is one song that always hit’s my heart hard. I first heard “Missing You” by Brandy, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Tamia, while watching the movie “Set It Off” when I was just 10 years young. There was something about this song that has always assured me that no matter who I’ve lost and how close they were to me there will always be that special place in my heart for them. When I hear this song it always makes me sad and happy all at once. As though there are a million different feelings running through my body and I just can’t help but sing along and feel all of them.
A just-announced musical tour featuring a hologram of the late Grammy winner Whitney Houston is facing furious backlash from critics who call the move 'disrespectful' and a 'money grab.'
"I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell," are the famous lyrics written by Rob Thomas of my favorite band, Matchbox Twenty. I think every human being on the face of the freaking planet can relate to that sentence. Thomas goes on to say, "...just stay a while and maybe then you'll see a different side of me." That final line that everybody wants to tell the person they fall in love with.
The 90‘s were full of a bunch of super lit hip-hop artists- I mean absolutely incredible moments they just can’t be replicated. And, there’s way too many amazing emcees to mention and just one article, so this article is volume#1 with many more to come and only on the Vocal.media platform.
Elton John went into the studio to record his 1995 album still riding high on the success of The Lion King, including his very own Academy Award. Armed with Bernie Taupin's latest set of lyrics, Elton brought in Greg Penny, best known as k.d. lang's producer, to co-produce the album with Elton himself at George Martin's AIR Studios in London.
In the early 1990s, Walt Disney Feature Animation was enjoying its second golden age, and through a series of circumstances it enlisted the services of one Reginald Dwight, aka Elton John, who was seeking a second golden age of his own. True, his star had not completely dimmed and his most recent albums, Sleeping With the Past and The One, had showed strong promise of an artistic rebirth. But no doubt, the agreement to write a songtrack for Disney's planned animation feature The Lion King would prove a pivotal part of the second act for the Rocket Man soon to be known as Sir Elton John.
Following a stint in rehab to overcome his drug and alcohol addictions, Elton John decided to record a new album in 1992 at Studio Guillame Telll in Paris, France. He brought with him many of the usual suspects: a set of Taupin lyrics, Chris Thomas as producer, and veteran Elton John band members Davey Johnstone and Guy Babylon contributing electric guitar and backing vocals, and keyboards and programming, respectively. There are also vocals from not only Nigel Olsson, but also Kiki Dee.
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Quite often I will wake up in the morning with a song in my head. When this happened recently I had no idea why it was the song that it was but it did get me wondering.
The 90s was a huge decade for rock music. Most of its epic bands that rocked that decade are still being played on mainstream radio with modern rock. Yes, a lot of the epic tunes that were born in the 90s are still being heard through the airwaves throughout the world as if the songs were just released like they were back in that manic decade. That is how good the 90s had it with rock music!
Keisha Buchanan is better known as a founding member and one-third of the Sugababes. Sugababes has always been one of my favourite bands since they first started with Keisha, Siobhan and Mutya. The three of them alone are some of my favourite female vocalists. Siobhan went on to release two wonderful solo albums and Mutya did some really great songs.
Back in the 90s, rock stations in Los Angeles played the typical iconic bands that ruled the airwaves. These bands included Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, and more. Also, old artists with new hip music still ruled, like Tom Petty, Prince (despite going more R&B in that era), Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, and so on.