Flashback Friday: YouTube Edition

Remember a loooong time ago when I was supposed to start posting some kind of reminder of the near-distant past?

Yeah, me neither, but anyway, it was something I started a while back, and dropped the ball on. Since I’m up randomly at 2:30 on a Friday morning (the saga of the un-gainfully employed), I decided to give it a shot again. I didn’t have any ideas as far as what to post, until I remembered that I frequently watch videos on YouTube (aka- the portal to unproductivity). Today, you will see a few of the videos I have deemed buzz-worthy.

See what I did there? *chuckles*

First up, we have “Spread My Wings,” by Troop. Most of you know them by their single “All I Do Is Think of You” in the late 80’s, but did you know it was a remake of the 1975 song, originally recorded by the late (*sigh* I still can’t believe that one) great Thrillermaker and his brothers? Well, now you do. This video is the 90’s. The hair, the clothes, the impromptu dancing upon rooftops… just YES.

Next up, I have Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” You probably know Bill from either his duet with Grover Washington, “Just the Two of Us,” or the ever-popular “Lovely Da(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa)y,” among other songs. I chose this live version mostly because I dig the opening, and how you just hear the whole song come together piece by piece. Also, can’t you see how stoopid funky fresh the drummer is? Just nod your head to this tale of a relationship one knows he must get out of, but it hurts so good.

Now, I have Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love” up next. If you don’t know this version, you probably know the 2Pac sampled version, “Do For Love.” This song was a staple in our household growing up, and I’m pretty sure I knew the words to it before I knew what it meant. Of course, I had my mind blown when I found out that this soulful voice that I bobbed to frequently belonged to a caucasian man, but let’s just say it changed the way I thought of White men from that day forward. HE FAHN- ponytail and all!!
If 8 year old Beez would have understood the finer points of catapulting undergarments at the time, let’s just say we may have had a Hottie McHotpants on our hands. 😉 I’ll just let you enjoy this one. By the way, I just found out that Boyz II Men (II Geezers) covered this song on a throwback album they did a year or so ago… FUH’ WHAT?! I’ll listen to it later (or not).

Finally, a song that has been sampled until the cows came home, got sick of being there, and decided to go out for ice cream: DeBarge’s “A Dream.” I find it funny that a lot of people don’t know this version, but they know the Mary J. Blige version, the 2Pac version (again), the Blackstreet version, or any other sampled piece. I like this DeBarge song in particular because the sister, Bunny, sings lead on it, which is just about unheard of in El land. Remind me to tell you of the time that I thought El was a woman- wouldn’t be too hard to believe listening to “I Like It,” or better yet, “Time Will Reveal” quite frequently as a little’un! Mind. Blown.

Following is a cool little video that basically condenses all of the songs I have highlighted above:

That’s all I have for this week. What are some old songs lurking in your YouTube favorites? Anything here surprise you?

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Sesame Street is Over the Hill. Let’s Celebrate!

This past week, one of my favorite childhood shows turned 40. I feel some kind of way about calling it my favorite childhood show, because I’m still known to curl up with a bowl of cereal and my Snuggie *raise the roof!*, and become immersed in tunes sung by Muppets. I’m sure you all knew of my, ahem, slight obsession with “The Street” if you read my Flashback Friday posts outlining favorite songs, or even my analysis on why Ernie was,is, and forever will be the WORST ROOMMATE OF ALL TIME… of ALL TIME! *kanye shrug* All I’m saying is, ever since I can remember, Sesame Street’s always been a part of my life.

All over the interwebs, people have scrambled to find their favorite clips in order to pay tribute to the show that celebrated diversity, uniqueness, and just being YOURSELF. Luckily, for me, most of mine are already favorited on YouTube, and are even suggested to me, like Little Chrissy and the AlphaBeats. Who can forget the soulful muppet with the energy of Little Richard? I personally loved his hit “Wet or Dry”- doesn’t it remind you of something our favorite Thrillermaker made?

Google has raised the bar higher and higher with their tributes for every occasion. I had paid attention to this in the past, but I really got interested after the MJ birthday tribute logo they did this past summer, found here. Below, you’ll see a collection of their Sesame Street tributes:
The legs that began it all.

Resident grouch, reporting for duty. How many of you knew Oscar was orange during the first season?

I think they love to hate each other.

This red, furry nuisance killed the Sesame Street of my youth!

Nom nom nom has made itself into my everyday speech. #YahCookie

Count vonCount? Original gangster.

This is Kami, a character on Takalani Sesame (South Africa). She was introduced in 2002 as an HIV-positive muppet to introduce South African children to the concept of sadness and loss of a loved one.

Ahh, the ensemble cast, including Abby Cadabby, the new kid on the block. Wow!

And who can forget the lessons? What didn’t we learn from Sesame Street? Because of this show, I was reading good, real good, by the time I was 2. I also learned about world issues, and even what went on in other kids’ backyards. I learned about emotions from John John, whose fro’ game is slaying us 20 something odd years later. Grover’s shenanigans prepared me for life in the service industry. Sesame Street also illustrated the “harder” concepts, such as death. Who still doesn’t miss Mr. Hooper to this day?

I still cry at that clip. And also, who can remember Ms. Patti caterwauling the Alphabet Song, or even this love song to her “X?”

Sesame Street has continuously featured a diverse cast, including Bob the Square (who I swore was the brother of Mr. Rogers) and Linda, the first regular deaf character on television. Let’s also not forget Savion Glover’s appearances on the show; he tapped his way into my heart back then, and hasn’t left yet. Le rawr.

Classic moments: Making Snuffy appear to everyone, Slimey, the celebrity cameos, Big Bird’s home destroyed (by the way, didn’t everything happen to that precocious, forever five year old bird?

Anyway, all I can say to the Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop) and Viewers Like You is THANK YOU!! You’ve provided a lifetime of memories for this Midwestern girl, whose access to the actual Sesame Street was limited, but you always made me feel like I was right in your backyard. Because of you (and your characters who never grow up), I, too, can be forever in preschool! The lessons, the stories, the songs and dances, I will pass on to future generations. You have no idea of the imprint you’ve left in my heart and mind.


So, you all, now that you’ve seen my tribute, what are some of your favorite Sesame Street memories? If you’re from another country, could you do me a favor and tell me some of the shows you watched if Sesame Street or its counterparts weren’t available to you?

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Why Do I Blog?

In the style of my blog buddy Archana, I decided to do one of those tagged blogs, except I kind of came up with this on my own.

I’ve asked myself this question plenty of times since I’ve decided to pursue it. I would give myself a set number of reasons, but heck, where I stop will be where I stop.

1- I blog because I love writing.
It may not seem like it at times, but I love writing about as much as I love reading. I used to write all the time as a kid (Flashback: I remember an assignment where we had to retell a fairytale from the villain’s POV; I chose Cinderella and ended up with a 10 page detailed narrative, and I was about 11). Writing has always been my favorite outlet, from the time I started keeping a journal when I was a wee lass until now. When I felt I had no friends to listen to me, I wrote. When I couldn’t quite figure out the words to describe what I felt, I wrote. Writing was my therapy, a practice that has continued into my adult years. Sometimes, when going through the “rough patches,” as I like to call them, it’s nice to look back every once in a while and say “I got through this.”

2- I blog because I forget things sometimes.
Not like the people who have a condition that affects their memory, but sometimes there are things I think about that I basically don’t want to forget. Sometimes, they’re just things I remember from days or years past, like my Flashback Friday posts (yep, that’s tomorrow!) or the jingle tribute, but hopefully they’re things that all can enjoy… which brings me to:

3- I blog because I like sharing!
Whether it’s something that I find funny, or a random thing that happened to me, or even issues I’d like to get opinions from others about, I like sharing. If I could, I’d even share my cookies, maybe when Baby Beez comes along (in 2020 or so…), he/she/they’ll share the cookies with ya. Blame it on me being the middle child, blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol, or blame it on the boogie, I’m a sharer. I’m also good at keeping secrets and being a mediator, so if you need a buddy, I’m your gal!

In the spirit of sharing, here’s a cool find I came across this article:

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Some of my favorites from the list:

  • Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control. (that was me- the channel changer, water fetcher, dishwasher, etc.)
  • The scream of a modem connecting. (SCREEEEEE-URPPPPP!! wee-woo, wee-woo, wee-woo…)
  • Doing bank business only when the bank is open. (but online does help…)
  • Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment. (thanks Twitter! By the way, did anyone else feel lost during the DOS earlier)
  • The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them. (this practice makes me sick to no end… I’d threaten bodily harm to my kids if they tried this. That’s why I don’t have any now.)
  • Pay phones. (Are these mofos extinct now?)
  • Remembering someone’s phone number. (I still remember numbers, except my own… )
  • Not knowing who was calling you on the phone. (gotta weed out the stalkers…)
  • A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions. (for the record, I HATE dictionary.com. I’m a Merriam-Webster girl all the way.)
  • Finding books in a card catalog at the library. (I’m sure a kid today would think the card was the book…)
  • Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time. (Yesssss!! Duck Hunt on deck!)

Baby Beezes are gonna be so deprived. Hopefully I’ll be able to show them a video from the olden days of the 1980s. And a boombox. What do you all remember?

Happy Friday!


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Back with Another One!

Sorry for the double post, but I had a thought earlier of Hammer’s Pumps and a Bump video, which in my day, we learned the choreography to. After fruitless attempts to finding the non-speedo version on YouTube, I thought of the Have You Seen Her video, a hilarious take on “sensitive rap.” In the sidebar, I found this gem! Enjoy…

And here’s Have You Seen Her… Aww, yeah, I’m just gonna pop this tape in.

Happy rest of your Friday!

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Can’t Keep a Good Beez Down…

I’ve been spending all this time not posting… that means that if I have something to say now, something good has to have happened, right?

Not really.

Still figuring out what’s next, and i have exactly 30 days to pack up the apartment I’ve lived in for 3 years in the midst. Some days, it feels like everything’s against me. I applied for 3 jobs one day, only to find 2 denials in my inbox the next… doesn’t take much time to get a “no,” eh? I know my brand of optimism is weird and rare these days, but I just hold on to the hope that one day, the one who says “yes” will be more than worth it. Guess the same could be said for men too, though I’m proud to admit I haven’t actively pursued that arena in the longest. Perhaps because I’ve been spending so much time figuring myself and my situation out– could you imagine being almost homeless, perpetually jobless, and in a relationship?!? The horrors of it all. *shudders*
Fetal Zombie Hoe = I am The Beez, Fool.

I did see the HP 6 movie, and I’m convinced that my eccentricities rival Luna Lovegood’s at times, but that’s another story for another day. In fact, my Whatever Wednesday this week was supposed to go to Warner Bros. There’s always the weekend though. Let’s just say there were a few parts that made me check my ticket stub to make sure I was in the right place.

Anyway, I just figured out it’s Friday, so that means I need to find something that I find entertaining from the past… What did I call it? Oh yeah– Flashback Friday. D’oh!

Before Sesame Street was inundated by the red terror known as Elmo (no last name- what is he, Cher or something?), it was filled with lots of catchy tunes, and even friendlier monsters. Monsters that weren’t jerks, except maybe Grover… but I loved him because he didn’t mean it. He was only trying to help the blue man. Anyway, some of the funnier ones.

Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, the songs of Sesame Street.

*The spelling of this video is Heeee-larious: Classic Sesame Street – Take a Bweaff

*Cereal Girl- obvious parody here, but the dog was jamming!

*Aww schnap! The Monster in the Mirror (aka the “Wubba Wubba” song). Everybody who was anybody was in this celebrity version: Dwayne Wayne from a different world, Kid and Play, Ray Charles, Whoopi, the lady who played Murphy Brown, Robin Williams, Theo Huxtable, and The Simpsons! To be honest, I think I might’ve been in there somewhere too. Probably chillin’ with the Frugal Gourmet dude. Reason #53 for why Grover is awesomeness ^50.

*Do-Wop Hop- I still do the Kermit dance to this day. Why were the animals the best backup singers? The pig sisters, the cows, it was just a talented cast of Muppetry! Not to mention the serious air Kermie got on this 🙂

*Do De Rubber Duck- I’m not sure if I’d still be singing and dancing if the whole block ended up in my bathroom in scrub gear, but the song is still catchy nonetheless. In real life though, this makes me giggle.

Have a happy weekend, all!


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Flashback Friday: Remember These Guys?

Ah, I remember the late 80’s/early 90’s… a time when my real memories started to kick in, and cartoon life was the life to be a part of. Learning your favorite theme songs and jingles were an essential part of the day. Everything was just so… carefree.

Today’s post features a few of my favorite cartoons from back in the day… First up- Alvin and the Chipmunks. I was convinced I was going to marry Alvin. Along with him, Grover, and Michael Jackson, my first “crushes” were kind of… interesting.

Speaking of chipmunks,

Brings memories of big cereal bowls, commercials that were GOOD, and innocence. Back in the day when cartoons were actual cartoons… Enjoy your Friday!


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Flashback Friday: The Intro that Should Have Been La Week…

Hi, all,

I had been wanting to start a Flashback Fridays section of the blog for a while, to bring back those “Oh wow– I do remember this!!” moments, and with the passing of one of my, if not my only, favorite artist, Michael Jackson, I went ahead and jump-started that movement. Today, I’ll only have one video: Remember the Time.

Indeed, I do. I remember the time I watched this for the first time. I remember trying to catch this song every. single. time it came on The Box to try and learn the elaborate dance moves. I remember learning the song, and all of the added inflections (Do you remember… *gasp-hiccup*) and vocal flutters that make the song what it is.

I remembered… that I can still do that hot backbend isolation towards the end- Score for me!! 🙂


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