Talk about a huge ear worm well not such much just in my ear as being very vocal too. I have been singing this song since hearing it for the first time in ages on Steve Wright's Serious Jockin' (no 'g') feature on his Radio 2 show a few weeks ago.
It was made a hit by Del the Funky Homosapien back in 1991 and Del is not only Ice Cube's cousin he is also a big Monkees fan. The Monkees had a spoken word song called 'Zilch' where Peter Tork from the Monkees repeats 'Mister Dobalina, Mister Bob Dobalina'. Apparently they were inspired by an airport an announcement featuring this name and now look where it's ended up......yes permanently stuck in my brain.
We said a sad farewell to Peter Tork just a few days ago after a battle with cancer. I think a lot of people grew up listening and watching the Monkees, I certainly did but had no idea that the Monkees were behind this song.
If you listen to it it just gets stuck in your head so be warned, well it did for me. Once I think about it that's it I'm going the round the house singing 'Mister Dobalina Mister Bob Dobalina' and I am now slightly annoying the people who live with me as once I start I can't stop. I think though now I know a little about the background I'm just going to keep singing as a tribute to Mr Tork.
So there you go, not a song I thought I would ever be writing a post about it as it was a one hit wonder for Del and I really thought I had left it back in the nineties but no, it's still here and that's great. If you see me out and about, please don't mention it as I will sing it!!! I will annoy you with it for the rest of the day.
Ahhh music, isn't it great.....all sorts of music, all kinds of genres.....I love it. I'm not a huge fan of rap but I seem to be going around singing a big rap hit from yee olden days.
Thank you so much for letting me share my ear worm for today. I will be back tomorrow with Teapot Tuesday which I don't think at this time involves any rap songs but you never know.
Take care everyone!!!!
Well we have come to another half term at Rock Choir and just completed this great 80's classic by Toto 'Africa'. I have to say it sounds fantastic and it is so lovely to sing.
This song was released in 1982, a great year for 80's music....oh I remember it well. I became quite familiar with Toto as my brother had the album Toto IV which is the album this song is taken from. Yes it was repeated a lot and when singing Africa in the past I always 'guessed it rained down in Africa' instead of 'blessed the rains down in Africa'. See one of the many good things about Rock Choir is that you get to settle any misheard lyrics.
I can't actually believe that this song didn't make it to number one in the UK charts, it only peaked at number three. Maybe there was too much Duran Duran and Yazoo overpowering the class sound of Toto. It is one of those songs though that is timeless and still heard a lot in these present times, in fact I heard it on the radio only the other day so still going strong. I can't wait to perform this song with Rock Choir, I think it will be a favourite to show off.
We also perfected Katy Perry's 'Roar' which I wrote about back in January at the start of term. I wasn't sure about it but I did end up really enjoy singing it. It is really empowering and so I did grow to love it again, that's what happens again with Rock Choir, you get and song and 'oooooh no not sure' and then you end up re kindling the love with a new arrangement.
So a week off and then we start 'Dreams' by The Cranberries. I loved Dolores O' Riordan and it was so sad to hear of her tragic passing just last year. I think this will a nice tribute to her, I hope we do it some justice.
Enjoy your week, I will be back with Teapot Tuesday tomorrow so please join me then, but for now......
Two of the important questions you need the answers to in life are, what time you were born and what the number one record was in the hit parade too. They both come up in conversation at some time in your life, either in the school playground or in the pub.
My timing wasn't accurate as I was born in an emergency so I was always 'approximately' half past eight in the morning, not sure anyone one was really focused on the clock but this has always remained a funny family memory to this day. Who needs to know they were born at 8:41 or 9:01? Nah an approximate will do for me, I can then pick and choose which time I like.
My birthday song too was a mystery too as I was always lead to believe it was 'Wandrin' Star' by Lee Marvin but this wasn't a number one hit until 7th March in 1970. I just missed Rolf Harris's 'Two Little Boys' (we won't go there) and my tune is in fact Edison Lighthouse's 'Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes', a song which would stay at number one for five weeks.
I love it, top tune and it is now in my head while writing this post. I hope Rosemary is very happy that her love grows wherever she goes....who was Rosemary? I'm surprised I didn't get called Rosie, you see that sometimes where people name their kids after a special song or artist. I can talk I gave my son 'Lennon' as a middle name, great name though.
If you listen to Radio 2 early in the morning Vanessa Feltz features someone's birthday song every day around 6.15am. I love hearing what everyone's song is when they were born. It does get a bit scary when the said person is only ten years old and the song is probably still in the charts now or just seems like it. No I love a good classic from years ago, like mine.....oooh what's yours?
Got you looking now haven't I? Like I say though it should be the answer you know next to the actual date or time you were born, it's very important to know ya tune.
Thank you so much for reading today and please do come back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now you all take care.
Do you ever have a song going around in your head and then find out who is singing it and feel slightly defeated? Why? Because I have never ever been a Westlife fan at all and now they have released a great single.
'Hello My Love' is the new offering from the Irish lads and I have to say I just love it. I think I get caught up in the radio's playlists and overdose on the latest top songs. It's a very clever media approach, almost like hypnosis where they play it over and over and it gets planted in the brain. that's it then you're hooked, listening to it while on the school run then while chopping your vegetables for dinner and boom....before you know it you've downloaded it.
I'm still not a big Westlife fan, oh no.....I'm not giving in but hey what does that matter? Ok Westlife are singing a blooming good tune and fair play to them, good on you lads. Oh heck I'm turning.....the Irish charm has got me and like a fishing line it's reeling me in.
I saw them perform the song on The Graham Norton Show the other week and you will be glad to know there were no 'you raise me up' stools that they perform with just them, looking all grown up. I always like to watch them perform, secretly of course just to see who gets to sing more of the song than the others, it's only fair that it's shared out otherwise visually that would look a bit odd if one of them didn't get a part. I'm happy to say they all get to sing, I wouldn't be able to tell you was singing as I don't know any of their names you see but Shane seems to dominate the vocals....oops.
It's a nice powerful song and well timed for Valentines Day, I don't go for songs that are too slushy so I would sing this to my lover if I had one, then they would say why you singing a Westlife number to me, you don't like them? The download which I haven't downloaded has a lovely acoustic version which is even more romantic and annoying that I love that too.
So the moral of the story is if you love a song, love it.....regardless of who is singing and go out and find you inner Westlife!!!
The video is completely rubbish too but go on have a watch.....only kidding Westlife lads it's all fabulous and all the best with it.
Thank you for reading today, please do join me again tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now......
Today is about anything to do with my love of music, whether it be reviews of concerts and gigs or shouting out my favourite tunes and my experiences at Rock Choir!