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C is for Crowded House


C was a challenging letter today. The only groups that came to mind when I thought of C were the Clash and the Cure. Both fantastic groups, but not quite what I think of when I think '80s music. A light of inspiration dawned when I started thinking about one hit wonders from that era. Sadly, the '80s had a boat load of bands that made it to the top with one hit and then seemed to disappear from the music world. I don't remember much of Toni Basil after she did "Mickey" or Bow Wow Wow after "I want candy" nor do I know what happened to Alannah Myles after she did "Black Velvet." All fantastic '80s one hit wonders. But none fit the letter C.

Crowded House does though.
Don't Dream It's Over


B is for Bananarama


B was not a challenging letter. So many fantastic bands came out of the 80s with the letter B. We had the B-52's, The Bangles, Bad Manners, Bon Jovi, Pat Benetar and David Bowie. The mix of music was incredible. There was pop music, funk, rock and roll, and digital music was becoming mainstream. But I had to choose one band to cover the my B topic for the A to Z challenge. So I choose the song that every time I hear it I see a commercial for razors in my head....

That's right... baby she's got it...
Venus by Bananarama


A is for A-Ha


Happy April!

Today begins the A to Z blogging challenge where bloggers all over the world will write a post for every letter of the alphabet through out the month. The challenge is that the posts must cover your blogs topic. For the She's Listening blog the categories are pretty broad. But a friend challenged me to do the A to Z blog challenge on 80s music. Which leads to...

A is for A-Ha
If you don't know who A-Ha is then you either were not a child of the 80s or you never saw the MTV video for "Take on Me" which mixed animation and live-action. The video was considered cutting-edge and earned the group 6 MTV Music Awards out of the eight it was nominated for in 1986.

Oh now you have an A-Ha moment...
and the song will most definitely be stuck in your head for the night!



It has been quite some time since I updated this blog. A hearty apology to any who might have been following it. I honestly forgot about it. I came across an article about one of my new favorite musical artists and remembered I had this blog which I could write about music on.

Anyway, the article was on Billboard and was on Adele being named Artist of the Year for 2011. I am very pleased about this. I love all kinds of music -rock & roll, reggae, hip hop, jazz, opera, etc. But this year there have been a lot of artists that made me scratch my head. I mean, the music had a beat but didn't really have substance.

Adele's music really threw me for a loop. The first time I heard her song "Rolling in the Deep" I thought she was a black woman. I know that is stereotyping but it doesn't change the fact that I thought she was a black woman with a golden voice. Her voice was like something straight out of the jazz clubs of the 1920s. Or so I believed. So I looked up a video. I was very surprised to hear this throaty, sultry voice come out of a young white woman and British to boot. I was shocked and awed.

Her music has appeal. Not just because you can sing along, but because there is meaning in the words. It isn't f$ck this, f$ck that and other obscenities strung together. There is a story in each of her songs.

Here is one of my favorites:



Annie Lennox Speaks Out About SING at TEDGlobal 2010 on July 14th


UNAIDS Ambassador Annie Lennox Will Be a Featured Performer and Speaker at TEDGlobal 2010 on July 14th

Annie Lennox, singer, songwriter and recently named UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, will be performing and speaking out about her work with The Sing Campaign at the TED Global 2010 conference. She will be speaking on July 14th during Session 5: Healthier Together of the TEDTalks taking place 2:30pm and 4:15pm in Oxford.

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New Music- Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Bret Michaels and More


July offers heat and sunshine and also some great new rock music. New rock releases and launches often take place on Tuesdays during the month but these dates are subject to change. As of this moment, July offers some of the hottest new rock music releases for the summer including new music from Bret Michaels, Korn and Avenged Sevenfold.
New Rock Music Releases- July 6th

Bret Michaels long awaited 'Custom Built' hits record stores everywhere. Michaels, winner of Celebrity Apprentice, worked with multiple artists on this album including Miley Cyrus and Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down. '

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Kylie Minogue Releases "Aphrodite"


Kylie Minogue's newest release "Aphrodite" will hit record stores in the U.K. on July 5th and in the U.S. on July 6th. The Australian pop princess has been a hit since she released "Locomotion" in 1987, a remake of Little Eva's 1962 hit. Over the past 2 decades, Kylie Minogue, has won awards, gold and platinum albums, sold out six world tours and closed the Syndey Olympic Summer Games in 2000.

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