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Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas is You

December 16, 2015

Mariah Carey recently announced that she will be touring South Africa next year in April. I’m still considering whether or not I should attend. For us folk in small cities such as The Bay, concert tickets for international artists are the cheap part. If you want to see your favourite international artist you have to take leave, travel to the nearest city (normally Cape Town), get accommodation, meals and all those extras. So seeing your favourite artist could end up costing a few thousand.

I love Mariah, but I am still living in hope that Britney Spears will tour South Africa in the near future, so I will decide in January or February (if there are tickets left) if I will go.

In October Lionel Richie announced that he will be touring South Africa, and boy was I excited when he said that The Bay will be included. My mother was so excited for it. I planned on surprising her and my father with tickets as Christmas presents. Unfortunately last week, he cancelled his PE concert in place of another one in Johannesburg. The cancellation was very hushed, but I speculate ticket sales weren’t up to par with the rest of the country. It’s all very sad, but if that is the case, then from a business point of view it’s understandable.

Anyway, this Tunesday is about Christmas songs, and unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll know that Mariah has one of the best Christmas CDs ever created. The festive season officially starts when stores start playing it (and Boney M of course). Also I have the need to clarify that my song choice is not a hint to anyone in specific, I just really like All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

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Mean Girls – Jingle Bell Rock

December 9, 2015

Last week’s Tuesday was rather sad, so I thought I would pick things ups with Jingle Bell Rock, sung by the Plastics in the hit movie, Mean Girls. This post is a day, mainly because I wasn’t able to complete it over the weekend and yesterday I first worked on the post that is planned for later today. I was so tired I ended up snoozing before I could finish it. I guess we all know that feeling this time of year and can do with a laugh and upbeat music.

Press play and enjoy.

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Queen It’s A Kinda Magic at the Port Elizabeth Opera House

December 5, 2015

I was fortunate enough to win tickets from The Beauty and Baby blog and Big Mouth Entertainment (sorry for not recognising you immediately Ranique, I have the memory of a goldfish) to see the opening night of Queen It’s A Kinda Magic at the newly renovated Port Elizabeth Opera House.

It’s been yonders since I’ve last been at the PE Opera House. The newly renovated building looks amazing, the carpets are fluffy and lush. I love the bright red walls in the foyer. It has definitely regained its former glory and now that it is fully operational I look forward to attending more productions at the facilities.

Now onto the actual topic of this post, the tribute show by Showtime Australia’s Queen It’s A Kinda Magic. Let me just say wow, I’ve never attended a tribute show like it before. The great thing about the group is that they impersonate the entire band.  So each band member is dressed up as a member of Queen. The band, led by Englishman Giles Taylor as Freddie Mercury, was amazing.  The rest of the band consists of Australians Richie Baker as Brian May on guitar and Kyle Thompson as Roger Taylor on drums. Performing as John Deacon on bass is Steven Dennett from South Africa. They all were completely in character throughout the show. Giles is really charismatic as Freddy and has an amazing accent when he speaks.

Queen It's A Kind of Magic Tribute Show
Excuse the poor quality shot, I used my cellphone. Giles was wearing the tightest white tights known to mankind in this section.

This is the second time the group toured South Africa, the first being in 2009. The PE Opera House was filled to the brim and there was even a group of groupies, one would’ve thought that it’s the original Queen performing. I was half expecting these ladies to throw underwear at the band. Queen It’s A Kinda Magic is described as the best Queen tribute act and is endorsed by Peter Freestone, the personal assistant and best friend of Freddie Mercury.

I don’t consider myself the biggest Queen fan, but I know most if not all of their popular songs. It was only some of the slow songs that I did not recall. The show lasted just over 2 hours and they played over 20 songs. The song list included hits such as Radio GaGa, I want to break free, We will rock you and of course Bohemian Rhapsody, because it wouldn’t be a tribute show without it. The band received a standing ovation at the end of the night and rightly so, they were amazing. We met the band afterwards for their signatures and photographs and they were very friendly.

There’ll still be more shows in Port Edward, Durban and Johannesburg, so if you’re in theses area, check them out.

In the video below by News24, Giles discusses the hardest part of playing Freddie. Check it out.

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What’s on my playlist – Amy from Rambling Amy

December 3, 2015

In my Tunesday posts, I share with my readers music that I enjoy, sometimes with a little backstory, sometimes not.  With ‘What’s on my playlist” fellow bloggers and readers of OSI now have a chance to share their favourite music and artists and their least liked music or musician as well. Each week I will have a different guest featured. If you would like to contribute to this series, pop me an email at hello(at)osoinspired(dot)com.

This week’s playlist is by Jozi blogger, Amy who blogs over at Rambling Amy. She often posts music posts as well and I find that her music picks for this week’s whats on my playlist are right up my alley.

Rambling Amy
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
I am Amy, a 28 year old working in the digital marketing industry up in good, old Johannesburg. I recently started my blog after year of um-ing and ah-ing over it and wondering what on Earth I would have to contribute to the Internet that hasn’t already been said. I finally took the leap when I moved out of home and realised it would be a cool way for my (empty-nest suffering) mom to read about what’s going on in my life. Blogging platforms have become a lot cooler since the days of LiveJournal and I’m having a blast with mine 🙂

What style of music do you enjoy? Who are some of your favourite artists?
I honestly enjoy most genres – anything with gorgeous melodies and catchy or interesting lyrics will generally have my attention for a while. At the moment I’d say I’m definitely going through an electronic/dance phase. I love Muse, RAC, Empire of the Sun, Kings of Leon, Goldfish, Aerosmith, Disclosure, golden oldies such as The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, The Rat Pack, and various soundtracks as well. I love the Marie Antoinette and Midnight in Paris OSTs.

Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what are your favourite songs to sing?
Haha I do! Mainly show-tunes and older songs like Singin’ in the Rain, All That Jazz, etc.

Who is your favourite local artist?
I’m loving Monark! I only found out the other day that they are South African – I thought they were American or English!

What was the best performance that you saw live?
Hmm, probably Lady Gaga. Her music doesn’t always hit the right spot for me but as a performer she is exceptional! She really knows how to put on a good show.

What was the first CD or cassette that you bought?
Mariah Carey – Butterfly *cringe* I redeemed myself shortly after by buying Aerosmith’s Just Push Play though 😛

What artist’s music makes you want to pull your hair out? Why?
Despite loving ‘One Last Time’ (such a guilty pleasure song!), Ariana Grande’s faster-paced songs make me cringe; a lot of it sounds like screaming. She does really well with the more ballad-y song though.

What’s on my playlist?

Thanks for your post Amy, I’ve really enjoyed your music picks. I haven’t heard some of the artists before and I’m always keen to listen to new music.

Photograph supplier by Amy.

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Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

December 1, 2015

This Tunesday has left me rather stumped. It took me sometime to decide on whether I should have a regular music post, or have a festive series in the lead up to Christmas. So I settled on choosing Christmas songs for the month.

Christmas Angel
The first selection in this series, is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland. The clip is from the film, Meet Me in St Louis, which I’ll admit, I haven’t watched before but after seeing this clip I’m intrigued. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, but the reality is that for many it is not. While the lyrics are optimistic, Judy conveys a sadness that is compelling. And of course then there’s the little girl’s tantrum at the end of the clip. Excuse me while I get some tissues.