Let’s Take A Moment Day 428

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Heavy metal bands were never my thing. It was a genre of music I could not identify with at all. A big part of that had to do with their videos. Many of them were degrading towards women. The models in the clips were usually scantily clad with cheap looking hair & clothes as they emulated poses that looked like they were right out of a Penthouse spread.

Then in 1987 director Marty Callner was hired to do a few videos for the band Whitesnake. Once he saw the lead singer’s girlfriend, an up & coming actress, he chose her to star in them despite another model already being booked for the job. And together Callner & the actress decided she would be dressed in real clothes so she would look elegant, sophisticated & glamorous in every video they made together. He & that actress, Tawny Kitaen, changed the look for women in metal clips forever starting with what became the iconic video for the song, “Here I Go Again”.

Other videos featuring Kitaen followed including “Still Of The Night”, “The Deeper The Love” and today’s song which I always loved. But it was the first clip, featuring her splits & cartwheels across the hoods of two Jaguars that most people remember best. I do not know a man over the age of 40 who does not go into a catatonic state when he just hears the beginning of that song because he immediately pictures the video in his head. It blew up from its premiere in 1987 & turned metal into a hotter commodity leading MTV to feature that genre in its own weekly show, “Headbanger’s Ball”.

Kitaen & Whitesnake’s lead singer David Coverdale became immense stars because of those music clips. They were like MTV’s version of GH’s “Luke & Laura”. The music supercouple got married in 1989 but sadly their romance did not end happily ever after. They divorced in 1991 with Coverdale stating he should have never married an American actress while she said he did not appreciate how much attention she received for the videos from the band’s fans.

Kitaen died on May 7, 2021 at the age of 59 with no known cause of death cited. I had not seen her in years but when I clicked on the story announcing her death, I barely recognized her. Like a lot of women growing older in Hollywood, she used plastic surgery to try & stop the aging process. Her life after those videos was not easy as she battled some legal issues & addiction problems which were documented in reality shows like “The Surreal Life” & “Celebrity Rehab”. In the 1990’s she had two daughters with her second husband & despite their divorce after five years of marriage, they raised their family together.

But in the late 1980’s I remember thinking what a charmed life Kitaen had & how great it must have been to be her. That is how I choose to remember her. And as someone who had enough respect for herself & women in general that she showed us how we should be treated, even in a man’s world. Rest in peace, Julie “Tawny” Kitaen.

I can feel my love for you
Growing stronger day by day
An’ I can’t wait too see you again
So I can hold you in my arms”.

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Top: Tawny Kitaen sitting on the Jaguars she did her famous cartwheel over in the 1987 Whitesnake video for the song “Here I Go Again”. Bottom: Kitaen & David Coverdale inside the white Jaguar during another scene from the iconic video. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Whitesnake: “Is This Love” (1987, written by David Coverdale and John Sykes).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2019: Day 15

Welcome back to the countdown!!!

Here is a vintage Christmas bell to ring now that the big day is officially 10 days away.

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Found on Pinterest (original source unknown).

I have written before about how much I loved soap operas (you can read more about that here).  One of the soaps I loved was General Hospital.  Who was not infatuated with the whole Luke & Laura phenomenon?  But in many GH fans opinions, that show’s real hey day was the 1990’s.  The writing, the acting, the story lines were not only sublime but reality based as well.  This was in complete contrast to the previous decade where one major story line was about stopping a mad man with a weather machine trying to dominate the world.

Instead, the 90’s brought us stories dealing with organ donation, breast cancer, AIDS and living with an HIV positive diagnosis, adoption and family dysfunction in addition to a slew of new super couples and so much more.  It was truly must see TV.  While GH is still on the air, I lost interest over the years especially once Tony Geary (who played Luke) retired.  I love him sooo much and if you watch this clip from 6:45 -7:00 you will see why.  Long live Lucas Lorenzo Spencer!!!  But I digress.

Someone sent me a current video of GH they thought I’d like (I didn’t), but that little taste sent me to YouTube where I have been lost in a GH vortex ever since.  And I stumbled upon one of the best moments from the aforementioned great decade of the show.  Luke Spencer opened a blues club and today’s singer performed the first show there.  Who better to sing in that venue than “The King of the Blues” himself?

It was a huge moment for soaps, not to mention music.  For a genre considered by many to be a step down from “real” acting, not to mention their classification as “chick shows” because the majority of viewers were women, an appearance by a famous man who was a musical legend gave the show and the genre some solid respect.  He & his band put everything they had into their performance as well, just as if they were playing in front of a paying crowd in a concert arena.  There was nothing phoned in about it.  The only thing negative about it is that it did not last long enough.  There were actors with story lines to get to, as this was a soap, after all.  But music and soaps had gone hand in hand for years, and thanks to Riley B. King, they came together onscreen for two days in February 1995.  You can see the whole performance here.

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B.B. King:  “Please Come Home For Christmas” (2001, written by Charles Brown & Gene Redd in 1960).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!

25 Days Of Christmas Music: Day 16

Hello, Vixens!!!  Welcome back to the countdown.

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Tall, dark, handsome & sexy are a few ways to describe this artist.  Unbelievably talented is another.  He paints, sculpts, writes, arranges, produces & performs great music for himself & other artists.  He also plays one mean trumpet.  He co-wrote “Wonderful World” which was initially made famous by Sam Cooke, sang one of my all time favorite Burt Bacharach songs ever (“This Guy’s In Love With You“) which hit #1 in 1968 and was the A of A&M Records which signed the The Carpenters in 1969.

This man had several hits in the 1960’s with his band, the Tijuana Brass (“A Taste Of Honey“, “Whipped Cream” and “Spanish Flea“, which is also known as “The Bachelor’s Theme” from The Dating Game).  On his own he hit #1 again in 1979 with “Rise” (also known to “General Hospital” fans as the song that was playing in Luke’s disco when he raped Laura) and #5 in 1987 with “Diamonds“, with one of his A&M singers, Janet Jackson, on vocals.

He has won all the awards, done all the shows and continues to make great music.  This year he treated us to two releases:  “Music Volume 1” came out in July with some really great new music as well as a lovely cover of the Beatles’ “Michelle” and an absolutely beautiful version of John Lennon’s “Imagine

“A Christmas Wish” came out in the fall, and all of the songs are wonderful.  But I really like this one since it was originally recorded in 1970 by his old friends, The Carpenters.  I think it shows this man’s heart, loyalty and love of a good song.

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Richard & Karen Carpenter with Herb Alpert circa 1971 (original source unknown)

Herb Alpert:  “Merry Christmas, Darling

The Carpenters:  “Merry Christmas, Darling” (original 1970)

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you   🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!