Against All Odds

Oh, Phil Collins…

Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Phil Collins
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“This is called… ‘Against All Odds’…

I was previously frustrated beyond rational belief in regards to the publishing of one of my personal all time top-five favorite songs. This was due to being denied embedding rights to the video footage of Phil Collins during Live Aid, Wembley Stadium, London, England, July 13, 1985 singing ‘Against All Odds (take a look at me now)’.

In this epic performance, a younger Collins makes a humbled entrance and reveals a blushing expression after a slight piano fumble, while entering the second verse. 

This capture, circa 2008 suits the strength of this particular little ditty impressively. With a softer tone, and evolved delivery, Phil Collins still skeleton key’s his way into the control center of my heart strings with ‘Against All Odds (take a look at me now)’.

How can you just walk away from me
When all I can do is watch you leave
Cos we’ve shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared the tears
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
‘Cause there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Take a look at me now
‘Cause there’s just an empty space
And you coming back to me
Is against all odds and that’s what I’ve got to face



Phil Collins

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The Killers ‘Live from Abbey Road’ Perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’: Justice to a Dire Straits Classic

“He’s underneath the window… She’s singing, 
“Hey la, my boyfriend’s back..”

 Dire Straits Cover by The Killers  

Live from Abbey Road 

And I dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real.
How can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals?

One of the Greatest Covers I’ve Ever Heard. Justice Served, Boys!

The Killers: An Update…. Information Source: <Thank You!>

In a recent interview with the Australian Associated Press, The Killers guitarist Dave Keuning said that the Vegas glam-rockers’ Feb. 21 show in Melbourne will be their last—for a while, at least.

The news doesn’t come as such a surprise, as the Killers have been touring and recording virtually non-stop since they first started catching ears with “Somebody Told Me” in 2004. But, in the context of rumors that singer Brandon Flowers wants to go solo, it looks increasingly likely that “break” in this case might actually be short for “break-up.”

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Don’t go getting all upset on me now, though, about a rumored possibility of a permanent dismembering of this fantastic band, as it seems they have confirmed a performance for November 12-13, 2011, and are still mapping out performances together.

We may see some solo work of Keuning released, however, and of this, I’m stoked!

The November gig where The Killers will be co-headlining is the Citrus Bowl Inaugural Orlando Calling Festive part of an impressive collection of performers (including the Raconteurs, Pete Yorn, Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band and the Pixies) at the Citrus Bowl Inaugural Orlando Calling Festive Celebration.

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‘Little Boxes’ written and performed by Malvina Reynolds ’62

Little Boxes on the hillside’…

“Little Boxes” is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963.

The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia and associated conformistmiddle-class attitudes. It refers to suburban tract housing as “little boxes” of different colors “all made out of ticky-tacky“, and which “all look just the same.” “Ticky-tacky” is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of housing of that time.[1]

“Little Boxes’ by ‘Malvina Reynolds’

‘Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there’s doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.’

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1962 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1990.

Malvina and her husband were on their way from where they lived in Berkeley, through San Francisco and down the peninsula to La Honda where she was to sing at a meeting of the Friends’ Committee on Legislation (not the PTA, as Pete Seeger says in the documentary about Malvina, “Love It Like a Fool”). As she drove through Daly City, she said “Bud, take the wheel. I feel a song coming on.”

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
—- Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
—- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook
—- There’s Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Other place(s) where the music to this song appears:
—- 62 Stars, Sixty-two Hits: the Keys-Hansen Book (Hansen Publications, 1963)
—- 100 Solos, Saxophone (London and New York: Amsco, 1987)
—- Hazel Arnett and Carl S. Miller: I Hear America Singing!: Great Folk Songs from the Revolution to Rock (New York: Praeger, 1975)
—- Peter Blood-Patterson: Rise Up Singing: The Group-Singing Song Book [lyrics & guitar chords only] (Bethlehem, PA: Sing Out Corp., 1988), p. 2
—- Broadside No. 20 (February 1963)
—- Broadside: Songs of Our Times…, Vol. 1 (New York: Oak Publications, 1964), p. 15
—- Creative Keyboard Songbook, Volume 2 (New York: Amsco Productions, 1987-)
—- Great Songs of the 60’s (London and New York: Wise Publications, 1973)
—- Kathleen Krull and Allen Garns: Gonna Sing My Head Off!: American Folk Songs for Children (New York: A. A. Knopf, 1990)
—- Kathleen Krull and Allen Garns: I Hear America Singing!: Folk Songs for American Families (New York: A. A. Knopf, 2003)
—- Jim Morse and Nancy Mathews: The Sierra Club Survival Songbook (San Francisco and New York: The Sierra Club, 1971)
—- Milton Okun: The New York Times Great Songs of the Sixties (New York: Times Books, 1970-1974)
—- Sing Out!, Volume 13(4) (1963), p. 21
—- Wanda Willson Whitman: Songs That Changed the World (New York: Crown, 1969)

Interesting Facts and Notations:

1. The term “ticky tacky” is now included in the Oxford English Dictionary, and credited to Malvina.
2. Seeger’s recording reached as high as number seventy on Billboard and number seventy-two on Cashbox in early 1964.
3. The Womenfolk’s version peaked at number eighty-three on Billboard and number ninety-six on Cashbox in May 1964.



A Commoner’s Royal Tale… Kate Middleton’s Enchanted Wedding

Kate Middleton: Royal Wedding Bridal Jewelry

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

As of Friday, April 29th, the long-term romance between Will and Kate becomes official Monarch History. The couple was officially titled by Queen Elizabeth the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A graceful and glamorous Kate Middleton and handsomely proud Prince William remained impressively composed, appearing to be in complete adoration of one another as millions of onlookers crowded the streets of London, and tuned in from across the pond to catch a glimpse of the Royal Wedding.

A million people roared their approval as the royal couple then paraded through London in an open carriage.

The Dutchess of Cambridge
Prince William & Kate Middleton

Queen Elizabeth in Canary Yellow Angela Kelly

In a charming canary yellow ensemble, Queen Elizabeth exhibited her Royal Style on Friday. The Queen wore an Angela Kelly single crepe wool dress embellished with hand sewn bead work. 

Pinned to her matching double crepe wool tailored primrose coat was Queen Mary’s True Lovers Knot diamond brooch. Her hat with silk roses — also designed by Angela Kelly — was a lovely addition to her outfit. Ladylike accessories like white gloves, pearl necklace and white handbag added a timeless elegance.

The wedding of the century is quickly coming upon us and speculation about every aspect of the wedding is ratcheting up. Gossip rags and major newspapers alike are desperately trying to dig up any information about Prince William’s and Kate Middleton‘s upcoming nuptials. With an expected one billion or more viewers, it is no wonder the media is desperate for the slightest bit of information on the wedding.

One question that everyone seems to be asking is wither or not the Queen will lend Kate a tiara from her royal collection. We all ready know that something new will be her wedding dress, something 0ld and blue will be Princess Diana‘s brilliant ring which features 18 ct. blue sapphire center stone surrounded by colorless  diamond accents in platinum. What we don’t know is what her something borrowed will be. It is widely thought that the Queen will lend Kate one of her tiara’s which would be fitting since Princess Diana wore a tiara to her own wedding as well.

Kate Middleton comes from a family of commoners, and like many of us does not have any royal jewels floating around in her family. If Queen Elizabeth II did lend her royal tiara to Kate it would signify that she approves of the marriage. This would make it an official proclamation that the Queen has no objections to their union and finally put to rest the many rumors that are swirling around the England Country-Side.

The Queen has an extensive collection of tiaras in her royal collection, eight in total. One of the most beautiful is the Vladimir Tiara, which was smuggled out of Russia by a British diplomat in the 1917 revolution. This tiara features fifteen Cambridge emeralds, teardrop pearls and a stunning array of diamonds. Another beautiful tiara is the King George IV State Tiara. This incredible piece has 1,333 diamonds weighing a total 325.75 carats, and has 169 pearls along its base.Queen Elizabeth received the tiara from her mother on her 18th birthday.

Middleton’s diamond earrings designed by Robinson Pelham

Royal  Wedding Jewelry

The Cartier tiara that seemed to steal the show of fine jewelry was made in 1936, purchased by The Duke of York (King George VI) for his Duchess (The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The significance of Kate Middleton wearing the Queen’s tiara on Friday is of great importance, symbolizing the emotional bond between the Queen and Princess Catherine.

The tiara sat upon Kate’s whimsically styled half-up, half-down brunette locks, holding a veil of ivory silk tulle and a trim of hand-embroidered flowers. The beautifully blushing Bride wore an Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed by the British brand’s creative director Sarah Burton.

One element of this historic wedding that the media outlets are buzzing over wildly is the jewelry worn by Kate Middleton on her and William’s Big Day. Rave reviews from fashion critics include the acknowledgement that the commoner exhibited stylish Royalty by blending together various time periods of jewelry in perfection.

The pave-set acorn diamond centered earrings worn by Kate Middleton were a Wedding Gift for the new Bride from parents Carole and Michael Middleton. The Robinson Pelham designed pear-shaped earrings were inspired by her family’s new coat of arms, and one of the pieces that are receiving press praises.

Diamond oak leaf and acorn earrings worn by Kate Middleton by Robinson Pelham Photo: AP
The diamond oak leaf and acorn earrings worn by Kate Middleton by Robinson Pelham Photo: AP

“Catherine’s jewelry epitomizes the modern yet timeless bride — she successfully blended elements from several eras together,” jewelry expert Michael O’Connor tells Us. “Her platinum and diamond pear-shaped drop earrings are very much in trend right now, and demonstrate a chic princess style. Catherine’s platinum and diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen is a nod to the past and shows the emotional bond between Catherine and her new family. And of course, the stunning blue sapphire engagement ring added just the right pop of color and was a nod to William’s mother.” -US Magazine

Royal Beauty

Best Wishes to the Newlyweds! 




A White Blank Page And A Swelling Rage, Rage…

Four young lads from west London who have one mission:

“make music that matters, without taking ourselves too seriously”

Composed with mixtures of manically melodic violins, vigorous banjos, heavenly harmonies and commandingly delivered lyrics, Mumford & Sons prove that the power of live performance in music can be removed from the endangered genre list. There exists a genuine dedication to preserving the timeless elements of live music thriving in these four (from) London lads.

After playing together and individually with a variety of bands in the area of West London, these four friends booked their first recorded rehearsal session together in the Fall of 2007. The final product of this rented bookshop space turned out to be the two songs that would cement the success of Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwayne in their mission to make meaningful music.

The initial aspirations of this incredible band was simply “to take music that could be pretty and delicate, and fill it with enthusiasm, courage and confidence.”

Loud, Proud and Live, here is one of the tunes recorded on that infamous autumn day in London.

Please enjoy this Mumford & Sons masterpiece, “White Blank Page”