Adeli’s Music Blog

John Mellencamp

Posted in music by adeli on October 7, 2008

Today is John Mellencamp’s 57th birthday. The rocker from America’s heartland has been rockin’ in the U.S.A. for the last 30 years and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mellencamp’s songs often speak of life in middle America as well as commenting on the state of our nation – good and bad. He hasn’t been afraid to speak against government and stand up for the farmers. He, along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise money to keep farm families on their lands. John Mellencamp is a prolific songwriter with a vast catalog of great music to his credit. Let’s celebrate a great musician, who in my opinion, is highly underrated. Cheers, John! Thanks for stickin’ up for the little guys.

Recommended albums:

Scarecrow (1985)
The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
John Mellencamp (1998)
Words & Music – John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits (inexpensive collection with lots of music and extras)

Below, some of my favorite John Mellencamp songs:

Jack and Diane

Pink Houses

Hurts So Good

Small Town

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

Walk Tall

I’m Not Running Anymore

Your Life is Now

Peaceful World

Summer of Love

Time After Time

Posted in music by adeli on June 5, 2008

During this week in 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time topped the Billboard chart. It’s been one of my favorite songs ever since!

This song was on She’s So Unusual, Lauper’s debut album and the one that has stood the test of time. With She’s So Unusual, Lauper became the first artist in history to have four top-five singles released from one album. The Brooklyn-born-Queens-raised Lauper is a true original!

Let’s watch the Time After Time video below, along with other hits from the very talented artist, who helped define the pop culture of the mid-80s.

Time After Time

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

All Through The Night

She Bop

I Drove All Night

True Colors

Money Changes Everything

Money, Money, Money

Posted in music by adeli on April 15, 2008

In honor of…in respect for, or in fear of the IRS on this 15th of April, here are my Top 10 songs about money. Click on the song titles for the videos or live performances of these songs.

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems – Notorious B.I.G. with Puff Daddy and Mase

Money’s Too Tight to Mention (To Mention) – Simply Red

Take The Money And Run – Steve Miller Band

Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) – Pet Shop Boys

You Never Give Me Your Money – The Beatles

Money – Pink Floyd

Money, Money, Money – ABBA

Money – The Beatles

Money For Nothing – Dire Straits

Money Talks – AC/DC