Monday, September 25, 2006

"Right Now" and the Pussycat Dolls: How original writers get forgotten

I was just listening to an infectious tune sung by The Pussycat Dolls (from their PCD album) that rang a bell with me: it's the song "Right Now," and I had heard it before, back in the 80s when I was in college...that time it was sung by a cool British band called "The Creatures."

It made me wonder who really had written the song, because it has this '40s kind of swing feel to can just picture a couple jitterbugging to it.  After a little digging..actually too much digging, I think...I finally determined it was originally written by Mel Torme. Torme was called "easily the greatest of all scat singers this side of Ella Fitzgerald" ("Mel Torme's Finest Hour") and lived 1925-1999.

I downloaded both versions of "Right Now" from iTunes (you couldn't find the 1983 version from "The Creatures" on there, which leads me to what's wrong with online music services, but that's another topic for another day) and it's really fun to play them back to back. In fact playing different versions of songs back-to-back is kind of a sub-hobby for me; you should try it sometime.

Anyway, the point of all this is to say that, it seems to me it's a shame the original creators of things sometimes get forgotten. This seems to happen to songwriters in particular the most.  I wonder if any of the new fans of the song "Right Now," brought in by the PC Dolls (who I must admit have a very catchy version of the song) will know that this song was written back in the middle of the 20th century, or will ever hear of Mel Torme.

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Amazon's new aStores has a new feature called aStores.  It's in beta now, so I went ahead and created a store using my associates account.

I have to say, they've made it very easy to create...just a few clicks, and enter the isbn number or numbers of the books you want to sell, and whoop -- there it is.

I have not been able to successfully embed the thing into the sidebar of this blog may not be doable.  Here is the link to the store:

Julia's new Amazon aStore

Let's see if I can embed it here within this post:

Whoops!  I guess not..I tried it and half of the store or so got cut off...well, we'll just have to tinker with it.

Anyway, I think this is going to be a good thing for amazon, as it will encourage people to sell books within the amazon e-commerce system directly from their own web sites.

I'll keep an eye on my aStore, and see how its sales compare to other venues, as time goes on.

(Hey! Typepad! Is there a way to embed one's aStore into one's blog as a TypeList)