Two for Tuesday: It’s my birthday, I can do whatever I want!

Happy birthday to me! I decided to feature a couple of songs that I like, even though they’re not by the same artist.

The first one is “Take On Me,” by the Norwegian pop band A-ha. The video used a combination of pencil sketches and live action, a technique known as rotoscoping, to achieve the unique look. The song was good, too; it was a #1 hit on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US in 1985, and was certified gold in France, Germany, and the UK.

The second has been running through my head a lot lately, Bobby Hebb’s 1966 hit “Sunny.” He wrote it in November 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the murder of Hebb’s brother in Memphis. He wrote it to remind us to “look at the bright side” (his words). The song has been covered hundreds of times and is #25 on BMI’s “Top 100 songs of the century.” The original single reached #2 on the US Pop chart and #3 on the R&B chart. Hebb re-recorded it as a disco tune in 1975, calling it “Sunny ’76.”

We’ll get back to normal next week. That’s your Two for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

11 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: It’s my birthday, I can do whatever I want!

  1. I love that video for “Take on Me”! It was one of the first videos I saw that spoke to me on that creative level––that hope that one day we can actually meet our characters. 🙂

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  2. Happy birthday to you! Hope you are planning quite the celebration.

    “Take On Me” is a great song, and the video only made it better. Now I have my earwig for the day.

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    1. Oh, absolutely! We decided to spend most of the day out of the house. It’s a little blustery here, but the sun is out and we feel good being out.

      The video for “Take On Me” is one of the most imaginative I’ve seen. At the time, I don’t think many people had thought of doing anything like it, even though the technology had been around for a few years.

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    1. Thanks! I did have a great time today. We both did, and I think we needed it.

      It’s maybe my favorite video, and the song is great. Someone above commented that, when he saw it, he thought about his characters and how he would like to meet them in person one day. It’s a good way to think about it.

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