Classic Music Spotlight (#1): Bing Crosby – “Swinging on a Star”

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Classic Music Spotlight is part of Vortex Effect’s Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s. This week, the musical spotlight shines on the Bing Crosby classic, “Swinging on a Star.” Smith’s Sentiment: Released in 1944, “Swinging on a Star” was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke. The song was first performed by Bing Crosby and released in the musical film Going My Way (1944 starring Bing Crosby). The song took home an Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Swing on a Star” has been covered many times, including the likes of [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: Petula Clark – “Downtown”

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s have returned to Vortex Effect, and this week the spotlight shines on Petula Clark and her hit song “Downtown.” Smith’s Sentiment: Released in November 1964, Petula Clark’s “Downtown” (composed by Tom Hatch) became an international hit that took the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1965. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording in 1965, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Most recently, the song has been featured in the television commercials for the WWE 2K17 video [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: The Andrews Sisters – “Bei Mir Bistu Shein”

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week, the spotlight shines on the 1937 classic Andrews Sisters hit, “Bei Mir Bistu Shein.” Patriot’s Point: This Yiddish hit was composed by Sholom Secunda and Jacob Jacobs (lyrics) for the 1932 musical comedy “I Would If I Could.” In 1937, a lyricist named Sammy Cahn bought the rights to the song and rewrote it with English lyrics to fit with Swing music and got the Andrews Sisters to record it. At the time, the trio were still largely unknown and this became their first major worldwide hit, and got them a gold record. Lyrics: Of all the boys I’ve known [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: Al Dexter – “Pistol Packin’ Mama”

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week, the spotlight shines on the 1943-1944 classic Al Dexter hit, “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Smith’s Sentiment: Al Dexter wrote and performed this song that topped the charts during 1944, although it’s the cover by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters that is more well known today. The latter version appears in the hit game, Fallout 4. So thank you Bethesda for exposing a lot of younger folks to a timeless classic. Lyrics: Drinkin’ beer in a cabaret And I was havin’ fun! Until one night she caught me right, And now I’m on the run Lay that [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: Dinah Shore – “Buttons and Bows”

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s Classics Appreciation Wednesday here on Vortex Effect, and this week we’re debuting the newest classics feature to the lineup: Classic Music Spotlight. That’s not to be confused with “classical music,” although it is very likely some Mozart could end up being spotlighted at some point. Instead, this is usually going to spotlight music from the 1920s-1950s, back when it was actually decent and worth listening to (unlike the popular crap put out today). This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Dinah Shore and her 1947 hit “Buttons and Bows.” [...]

Quick Daily Review #2: Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die [Book]

January 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

Quick Daily Review #2: Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die [Book] Author: Willie Nelson Illustrator: Micah Nelson Publisher: William Morrow Hardcover: 175 pages * A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. Willie Nelson is an undeniable American legend of Country-Western music. But there has always been more to Willie than his music; he’s an actor, a writer, and an advocate for several causes. He has written a few books before, both non-fiction and fiction, including an autobiography. This book is “musings from the road,” and that’s quite accurate. The book is [...]

The Lonely Island “Turtleneck and Chain”

May 15, 2011 // 1 Comment

We’re Back! Mama I Just Had Sex (featuring Akon) Jack Sparrow (featuring Michael Bolton) Attracted to Us (featuring Beck) Rocky My Mic – interlude Turtleneck and Chain (featuring Snoop Dogg) Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde (featuring Rihanna) Trouble on Dookie Island Falcor vs Atreyu – Classy Skit #1 Motherlover (featuring Justin Timberlake) The Creep (featuring Nicki Minaj & John Waters) Watch Me Do Me – Classy Skit # 2 Threw it on the Ground Japan After Party (featuring Santigold) No Homo No Homo [...]

Winds of Plague “Against the World” Review

April 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

Since they formed in 2002 California’s own Winds of Plague have been on a tear.  Putting together and releasing a demo entitled “A Cold Day in Hell” just three years into their existence and one year removed from graduating high school.  The demo not only garnered them the attention of metal fans but also music label Century Media who signed them in 2007. One year later they’d release their Century Media debut “Decimate the Weak” and now in 2011 have just released their third album for the label. In a genre where it’s hard to establish an identity [...]