Monday, 8 February 2010

Love Life Love Music - Rhianna's new video "Rude Boy".

Rihanna always gets fashion just right starting with her  music videos to all those celeb events and magazine covers.  For Rihanna fashion is about taking lots of risks and having fun.. How many of us ladies would die for her 'to die for shoes', artful couture pieces not to mention the fabulous, innovative and impeccable makeup.  Rihanna is, of course, a stunning CoverGirl showing off her daring, bold and sexy personality. 

For most of us she is a  true role model from the inside out   Despite her break neck life style this  young lady, who has so much going on, this talented musician has proved herself to be grounded, classy and totally adorable.

Been and gone are the Grammy Awards 2010 so congratulations Rihanna on your 2 Grammy wins for 'Best Rap/Sung Collaboration & Best Rap Song for Jay-Z's "Run This Town"!!

Check out Rihanna's newest music video "Rude Boy".

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Love Life Love Music - Music News My Chemical Romance

 My Chemical Romance

Its now more than 3 years since My Chemical Romance released their third album 'The Black Parade' Their forth album is due for release in the spring of this year. The new album  has yet to be named.
 Guitarist Ray Toro is quoted as saying, “I can say, hands down, this is our best record yet. It’s all of the best characteristics of the band finally on one record.” The band have also expressed the view that the fourth album is the purest, most distilled version of their music to date

Friday, 8 January 2010


This guy is called Daniel Stroth.  You can't see his face but that seems irrelevant on account of his music.  My loves are Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (and the rest of Led Zeppelin too of course) and also people like Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac fame.
Daniel is playing a song called "Living in Simple Notes". I love it, just up my street, hope you think so too.


Elvis Presley - 1935-1977 earned the name of  "The King of Rock and Roll".  He rose from poverty to fame in the mid 1950s, Born in Memphis, Tenesee , the only surviving one of twins.  He was tall, young and extremely attractive and could dance like no one else - much to the delight of his female audience, hence the name "Elvis the Pelvis". But most of all he had a phenomenal  voice.  His sound and style was something totally unique.
Elvis' musical style was a combination of black Rhythm & Blues, country, blues, pop music of the day, and gospel.

Elvis  began making movies in 1956 with the film "Love Me Tender" - acting had been his dream for a long time. Between 1956 and 1961 he was both recording, giving live concerts, and making movies (with the exception of his time in army) and achieved international fame. Other movies from this early period are "Loving You", "Jailhouse Rock", and "King Creole". After returning from army in 1961 he abandoned singing to live audiences and turned exclusively to film making. He was contracted for his filming career - one which it seemed he would have gladly broken in later years.  The 1960s saw Elvis acting in one movie after another ("Flaming Star", "Blue Hawaii", and "Viva Las Vegas").  His films ended up like a mass production, turning them out was almost akin to a factory assembly line. They were poor films, which became almost infantile and boring.  Elvis grew dissatisfied with his acting career and  quit making movies in 1969.

Elvis re-kindled his live concerts again - encouraged by the good response of the TV special aired in 1968 and by the triumphant success of a month-long concert engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in 1969.

From 1970 untill his death at 1977 Elvis toured  in concerts all over the United States - around 1,000 concerts total. He also had long engagements in Las Vegas International Hotel every year. He made history with these elaborate shows, flambouyant costumes and  breaking box office records.

Elvis died totally unexpectedly in 1977 from a heart attack, prescription drug abuse being indicated as a cause.
Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967 after 7 years of courtship, he met Priscilla while in the forces in Germany.  They had one child, Lisa Marie Presley, born in 1968. They separated in 1972, Priscilla retaining the custody of Lisa Marie.  Althought it always seems there was genuine love between the couple, Priscilla struggled with the life style Elvis had grown accustomed to.
Elvis has sold over 1 billion albums worldwide, has over 100 gold/platinum awards for his singles and albums within the United States and is by far the most popular artist ever. His records, CDs, and movies continue to sell well even today.

There was, of course, another side to Elvis.  He was deeply religious and always felt there was something missing.  He had always missed the brother who died at birth.  He was also a man of great and genuine generosity.  Like most incredibly famous people he was surrounded by hangers on and this surreal lifestyle incurred the same type of lonliness so prevelant amongst the rich and famous.

ELVIS PRESLEY  1935- 1977.  He would have been 75 years of age today had he still been alive.

Enjoy the Video Guys - it has a special meaning for me.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Love Life Love Music - Sandkat

What Else Could You Put on Here Except The 2009
X Factor Winner

Well he did it and  have to say it was as exiting as winning the Newcastle/Sunderland Derby.  Fabulous!
As the episodes continued I found it became more and more tense and in the semi-final I have to admit, I hid my head in a cushion as my nerves got  the better of me, so what Joe felt like is anyones guess.  He certainly didn't show his nerves in his performances but over the last few weeks it bacame apparant by his expression the pressure was building.  Being a humble and down to earth lad, as the results were read out in the semi-final and final, it was plain to see that Joe was never complacent, never made the assumption that he was so good he couldn't do any other than win. He kept his feet firmly on the ground and certainly wasn't taking anything for granted.  Nevertheless, the first time I saw Joe I was sure he could be a possible winner and as the shows continued I became more and more convinced of his talent, more and more delighted by his personality and more and more proud of seeing his popularity grow.  So well done Joe,  we can all get back to normality for a while before he hopefully returns with this North East anthem on his CD (I hope).  It was a great night Joe, congratulations again from us all in the North East and everyone else in the country who voted for you. 

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Love Life Love Music - Sandkat. Get a million CD's for free

Is there a catch? - well actually there is... a couple.
First, there's a 30 second ad. to listen to every 20 minutes.  Second, you have to listen to the tracks on your mobile phone or computer.
Most difficult of all if your of the older generation you will have to get to grips with live music streaming.. in other words - Spotify.
Because it's free, you can afford to experiment and create a huge playlist of music. Invite friends to share or add to your collection, rediscover old music and find new. It's like a virtual music club.   
If the ads. bother you, you can pay £9.99 per month for them to be removed.           
The service has become so popular, 1 million users signed up in the first 6 months.
For full dtetails go to

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Love Life Love Music - Sandkat. Led Zeppelin the most Supreme of Rock Bands

The Early Days of Led Zeppelin - The Very Best Rock Band of their Era  


In 1967 the Yardbirds split, Jimmy Page had to fulfill concert obligations left by the band. The two remaining members Page and bassist Chris Dreja had  left with the rights to the band's name. The tour dates had to be filled. Jimmy Page went to hear Robert Plant. Jimmy was really taken by Plant's voice and stage presence, and in August 1968, Plant became the band's frontman. Chris Dreja quit the band and John Paul Jones took his place as bassist and John Bonham joined as drummer.

      Touring under the name the New Yardbirds the tour obligations were complete. I was 1969 the band now re-named themselves Led Zeppelin.  Their first self-titled album was completed in under 30 hours. Before the year was over, Zeppelin signed a contract with Atlantic Records and set out to tour the States.
When Led Zeppelin came out in January 1969, it only took two months for it to catch on like wildfire. The album soared to the top of the charts and Led Zeppelin, with their heavy, free-form, psychedelic style of rock, began their ascent to god-like status.  Their second album, Led Zeppelin II, was recorded on the road. Led Zeppelin II hit the No. 1 spot and stayed there for seven weeks. In support of the album, Zeppelin hit the road and didn't stop for a full year.

Remember this fabulous moving record cover?

For their third album, Led Zeppelin III, the band focused more on the mystical aspects of British folk music which came out in October 1970. But it was the untitled album Led Zeppelin IV, released in November  1971, that the band fully captured the folk spirit. It was also on this untitled album that the band produced their most popular classic songs  "Stairway To Heaven," "Rock & Roll" and "When The Levee Breaks."  the band's biggest album,  more than 16 million copies over the course of 25 years.