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September 1, 2009

 A popolio selection of today’s New Releases.

Sam Baker Cotton
The Black Crowes Before the Frost…Until the Freeze
Cucu Diamentes Cuculand
Whitney Houston I Look to You
Sultan Nubreed
They Might Be Giants Here Comes Science
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For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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wte6. Mary J. Blige “Not Gon’ Cry” from Waiting to Exhale 

The whole Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack is good.  Produced by Babyface and featuring an all-female ensemble, he did a good job of not only creating great songs, but giving each featured artist a song that was their style and made them sound like themselves.  This particular track is like the theme of the film and really gets to the heart of the main character’s story and plight.  The pain and emotion in Mary’s voice is what really sells this song.  Granted, it’s a woman’s perspective, but who cannot empathize with the circumstance that’s being conveyed in the lyrics.

For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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tb8. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” from The Bodyguard 

This song was played so much that most people got tired of it.  That just demonstrates its power, though.  I had a history teacher in high school who played out The Bodyguard Soundtrack while we did our classwork weekly if not daily.  Whitney Houston started out playing a bigger star in the movie than she was in real life and somehow by the end of it life had imitated art and she was bigger than ever.  Looking back, it does seem like a prime time in Ms. Houston’s career and the music was definitely memorable.

 

Editor’s Note:  Props have to be given to Dolly Parton for originally writing and performing such a translatable song.

10. Boy Meets Girl “Bring Down the Moon”

Boy Meets Girl was made up of George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.  Prominent producers in the late 1980s, they created hits for the likes of Whitney Houston and Deniece Williams before releasing their own material.  I discovered them on Casy Casem’s Top 40 at the time.  Sounding like easy listening; makes me think easy listening gets a bad rap.  I bought the tape and, boy, did I play it out.  I still have it.  I just haven’t played it in years.  This makes me want to go back and revisit it.

“Bring Down The Moon” was actually the second and last single from their second full release, Reel Life.  The first was “Waiting For A Star To Fall,” their only top five hit.  They sounded very much in love on this record.  Married then, they divorced later, but continued to make music together.

Luscious and balanced male/female harmonies mixed with rich instrumental and synthesized sounds created sweet songs that flowed like honey and converged like chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers (otherwise known as s’mores).  Reel Life was a nice collection of romantic songs that showcased emotional depth and an interesting interplay between two well-contrasted vocalists.  A romantic story unfolded through melodic vignettes that could be played beginning to end. 

I’ll admit this has a pop sensibility.  What makes it different is the boy/girl thing and the easy listening/adult contemporary angle.  With only two singles from this album, it was hard for me to choose one.  I like “Bring Down The Moon” over “Waiting For A Star To Fall,” but you’ll get them both today.  Enjoy!