The YouChoose Music Blog

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "Smuggler's Blues"

I think this song is underrated.  Would people remember Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues" better if he hadn't gone soft and become all Miami Vice with "You Belong To The City"? 

Push to Walk Testimonial Video: John

What would you do if you suffered a spinal cord injury?  Where would you go?  How would you feel?  Would it be possible to overcome the doubts and depression that would envelop you?  Watch what John has to say about how Push to Walk is different.  And please support us on Jingle Rock '80s Night this coming December 3rd.


The Small Business Special

"The Small Business Special" is a lame name.  Sorry.  But the idea is cool.  You pick your favorite song from the 1980s and the band will perform it.  Better yet, we can pick a song from the 1980s that can directly or indirectly be associated with your business.  Here are examples of what I mean:

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "Freeze Frame"

The fun thing about videos from the early '80s is the special effects the directors included.  By today's standards, they're incredibly lame.  By the standards of 1982?  Yeah, we probably thought they were lame then too.  But you know what?  Maybe that's why they put 'em in there.  Just for fun. 

Push to Walk Testimonial Video: Diana

Push to Walk doesn't just help people who've suffered spinal cord injuries from an auto or sporting accident.  They also help people like Diana, who has M.S.  Check out this short video to see the great work of Push to Walk.


Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "How Can I Refuse"

This track by Heart, which peaked this week in 1984 at #44, should be the theme song of YouChoose.  How can you refuse to request your favorite song?  You're right.  You can't.  Make your song request now for Push to Walk '80s Night.  It's coming up on December 3rd.  Are you busy that night?  Now you are!

The Ghost Of Tom Joad Pt II

I wrote about The Ghost of Tom Joad last weekend, based upon John Steinbeck's creation.  Then I saw the following video on YouTube tonight.  The original Bruce Springsteen recording is not as bombastic as this, which makes this recording so special.  The addition of Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello totally amps the whole thing up.  If you dig rock, this is required listening.

Scroll to 3:20 to see Springsteen & Morello trade off, then scroll up to 6:02 and get completely blown away. 

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "She Blinded Me With Science"

My daugher keeps asking me why I always scream "SCIENCE!" after she says the same word.  Now, I will show her Thomas Dolby's music video and she will know the answer.

Hey - Will your YouChoose Band perform "She Blinded Me With Science" at Push to Walk '80s Night on December 3rd?  If you REQUEST IT, we will!  So go ahead and do it.


Your YouChoose Team of People

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "A Month Of Sundays"

How's this for weird.  I first heard this song, by Don Henley, back in 1985 during the radio simulcast of the first Farm Aid concert.  I was able to tape it on a cassette and I've listened to the song scores of times over the past 26 years.  Today is September 22nd.  I'm looking for a Don Henley video on YouTube and come across "A Month of Sundays."  I see it for the first time.  When did the performance take place?  September 22, 1985.  Weird.

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "Rock This Town"

Pompodours and mullets.  Man, is there a better combination of head fashion?  I guess mohawks & mullets could be cool, or was for a little while 25 years ago.  That sounds like the name of an album from '88: Mohawks & Mullets.  Maybe we can use it as a promotion with a sponsor someday.  Anyway, watch Los Stray Cats as they strut across your monitors, rocking away.  Great song.  Do you think, if it had never come out, it would be a hit today?

The Ghost Of Tom Joad

I was putting together tomorrow's podcast, thinking about what YouChoose is and what I want it to be.  It was only after I was done ranting and began listening that I felt I probably subconsciously stole my tone from one of John Steinbeck's greatest characters and greatest books, Tom Joad from The Grapes of Wrath.

Killing Cancer

When will be be able to do it?  When will we be able to kill what has killed so many?  Who doesn't know somebody who was taken too soon by cancer, the dreaded disease?  Cancer took my father last year and, as a result, changed my life forever.  I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but then again, if you're on this site, just know YouChoose probably wouldn't exist if my father had never been a nice attractive target for lymphoma. 

"In The Air Tonight" On Miami Vice

Miami Vice - Would you say they started using pop music to emphasize the context of a scene?  Or would you say they just made it that much more popular?  Weren't the '80s awesome?

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "Brothers In Arms"

This is the title cut from the great 1985 album by Dire Straits.  The first time I heard this song was during an episode of Miami Vice.  I missed 95% of the episode but saw the scene featuring this song.  It blew me away.  I've loved this song ever since.

Your YouChoose Song Of The Day: "Cold Hearted Snake"

Let us travel back to 1989 and give a listen to then-newcomer Paula Abdul and one of her first #1 singles, "Cold Hearted Snake."  Since she's got herself a new show, The X-Factor, coming to TV soon and we've got ourselves an '80s Night (actually, three of them) coming up soon, this all makes good sense.  Do you agree?  Great.  See you on December 3rd at Push to Walk '80s Night.  It's gonna be awesome.