Thursday, December 18, 2008
My Top Discoveries of 2008 - Video Edition
Don't you just love lists? It's a commonly-shared trait among homo sapiens, for some reason. We're drawn to lists. Do you ever not read a list, when you notice it in a magazine or newspaper, no matter how inane it might be?
I don't think a list would even need a category for people to read it. It could be something like:
1. French Toast
2. Magazine Subscription Inserts
3. Running Water
4. Candle Wicks
5. Snow Tires
And people would read it and argue aloud with the choices. "Well, number five for sure, but definitely not number 3!"
So, not to be left out of the list-making extravaganza, here's my list of my top five video discoveries of 2008:
1. Pop Video - Sixties Edition - Groups - TIE!
THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL - DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC
This isn't the original video that I posted earlier this year. That one, alas, has been removed. I love watching the Lovin' Spoonful perform, chiefly because of the raw enthusiasm of the late Zal Yanovsky. Watch his interaction here with John Sebastian. Infectious!
THE HONEYCOMBS - HAVE I THE RIGHT
I don't know what it is about this song, but I love it. And they hardly ever play it on oldies stations, for some reason. The Honeycombs were a British Invasion band who, as far as I know, had just this one hit. And a girl drummer! The most amazing part, of course, is that they were able to play their electric guitars without plugging them in! Ingenious!
2. Pop Video - Sixties Edition - Solo
DEL SHANNON - RUNAWAY
Here is the late Del Shannon, shooting the breeze with the thinner version of Burton Cummings, talking about the creation of his most famous song. And then! The video morphs into one great performance! Amazing what one can do with an A minor and a G and one killer organ solo!
3. Bluegrass VideoRICKY SKAGGS WITH THE DEL MCCOURY BAND - RAWHIDE
I found this video by accident when I was searching for Ricky Skaggs. And I started watching it, and I said, "Hey!" This is cool! So then I watched it again!
4. Country Duet
DAN SEALS & MARIE OSMOND - MEET ME IN MONTANA
I'd forgotten how much I like Dan Seals. And this duet with Marie Osmond is just pretty. I love watching and listening to this song.
5. Pop Culture - American Idol Edition
JASON CASTRO - DAYDREAM
Let's face it. Pretty much everyone gets sucked in by American Idol every season, so why deny it? Jason Castro was my sentimental favorite of the past season, and I still maintain, if he plays his cards right, he can have a nice career in music. I liked this performance a lot, and no, I'm not biased toward John Sebastian.
So, there you go. Argue among yourselves. But this category is so broad, it's basically argument-proof.
And no, there is no new music here, but 2008 was kind of a bummer for new music. When in doubt, therefore, go with something old and something good.