The Little Jazz Baby

Good day, readers!  I have a huge announcement just in time for Christmas!  My new blog, The Little Jazz Baby, is now open for business and looking for readers and subscribers!

Jazz Baby

If you love old jazz, art, fashion, silent film, and the 1920s in general, this blog is for you.  And for those of you who have missed the weekly feature Silent Star Saturday on this blog, it’s making a comeback on The Little Jazz Baby, so stay tuned, folks!  I promised you (repeatedly :p) that this was coming, and now it is here.

Please, please, please drop by and tell me what I am doing wrong and what I am doing right.  I really appreciate feedback from you guys.  You’re the best readers ever.  I’ve missed you!

Coming Soon On the New Blog

  • Silent Star Saturday (as promised over and over again for the past several months)
  • Special offers/giveaways/promotions  I am still in the planning stages on this one, folks.  I am planning on perhaps featuring one star for the whole month and giving away memorabilia related to that star.  And I am looking for anyone who would like to have their projects promoted.
  • Jazz Age art, music, fashion, and more Posts and resources for all things related to the 1920s.  This could even include modern things that have a Jazz Age flair to them…good, bad, or indifferent.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to get a hold of me at any time and left me know what’s up.

To check out the new blog, just follow this link~~> The Little Jazz Baby

I can’t wait to see you there!


Tori Amos Tuesday

Earlier this summer when I gave my blog a facelift I decided, like a gazillion bloggers out there, to have a “Tunesday Tuesday.”  I love music—all of it—so naturally this sort of post appealed to me.   Last week I published my first post for Tunesday Tuesday, I Can’t See New York after the Tori Amos song that people associate with September 11.  It did not get a huge response, but at least some people read it and it is still getting some traffic from the search engines.

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Tori Amos cover of Little Earthquakes 1992 (Photo credit: exquisitur)

On Sunday afternoon as I sat down trying to figure out a good song to post, another Tori Amos song came to me.  I initially wanted to go with “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush, but something told me that I just had to go with another Tori Amos song.  Then I thought, “Angie, why not just change Tunesday Tuesday into Tori Amos Tuesday and feature a post about your connection to her songs?”

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Tori Amos in London, UK in February 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I Can’t See New York

My dearest darling babies,  I was going to start officially posting again on Sunday, but I just could not wait to get back to my blog and all my fabulous readers!  I have missed you babies so much and have itched to try out my new daily themes. Please give me some feedback if you haven’t already and let me know what you think about the themes.  And, please, do not hesitate to let me know what topics you would like to see on the Daily Hottentots.  I am always open to suggestions.

So let’s get this blog moving again, all right?

Today is the first installment of Tunesday Tuesday, one of the new daily themes here at the Daily Hottentots.  Each week this theme explores the deeper meaning behind the lyrics of one song.  When I talk about the deeper meaning, I am not necessarily talking about what the deeper meaning is for the songwriter, but for me…and perhaps you, too. (more…)

That’s Amore!—6 Not-So-Typical Songs About Love

Right now, thanks to this post’s headline, you probably have Dean Martin’s voice stuck in your head, don’t you?  And at some point during the day you will randomly burst into song.

Bells will ring, ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling

And you’ll sing, “Vita Bella”

Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay

Like a gay tarantella

That’s the first song that always goes through my head when I think of love.  It could be because I live in St. Louis’ Little Italy (“The Hill”) and I hear that song a lot at restaurants around here.  I could think of dozens of other classic songs about love that people sing in the shower or in random moments at the office…but I’m not going to do that today.  No.  Today I am going to bring to you 6  not-so-typical songs about love. And when I say “not-so-typical” I mean they aren’t the first songs people think about when it  comes to love.

Are any of your favorites on the list? (more…)

6 Songs That Will Help Keep You Up All Night

This morning is unfortunately a typical morning for me this week.   My noisy neighbors woke me up out of a sound sleep in the middle of the night with loud screaming, loud music, and the smell of dope and booze.  I suppose they are on holiday this week because they normally reserve the obnoxious house parties for the weekend.

I called them and told them to calm it the heck down (I was actually a lot more profane than that…) and the dude who answered was all like, “Oh, is it disturbing you?”


The only thing my phone call did was get the loudmouth drunks to stop screaming and singing along to the music.  I suppose that is a slight improvement, but my walls are still shaking and I still cannot sleep.  At least they inspired me to get up and get a new post written for my blog!

So, crazy drug induced neighbors, these 6 songs that will help keep you up all night are dedicated to you!  (bloody jerks…) (more…)

6 Catchy Tunes That Give a Little Thanks

Thanksgiving in the United States is just a little over four months away, but I think that any time is a good time to be thankful for someone or something, don’t you?  That is why this week’s theme on the Daily Hottentots is being thankful.

For centuries we humans have expressed our gratitude through poetry, music, and dance—all of which are effective ways to celebrate and appreciate what matters most in this world.  There are so many songs out there that beautifully express gratitude that it was hard to narrow down the list, but the next six songs are among some of the best ways to say “Thank You” in one way or another.  If anything, they’re catchy and get stuck in your head real easy.

“Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold

These days, this song is best known as the theme song for the sitcom The Golden Girls on NBC.  But did you know that it was written by Andrew Gold and appeared on his 1978 album called All This and Heaven Too?  Cynthia Fee made the song really catchy and fast-paced for television, but Andrew’s version is worthy of a finger snap and a toe tap, don’t you think?

Sadly, Gold died last year at the tender age of 59 of renal cancer, but this song will live on forever.  Andrew, we thank you for writing this song!

“Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” by Sly and the Family Stone

This song has long been hailed as one of the biggest (if not the biggest) song in funk music.  It was originally released in 1969 as a summary of Sly and the Family Stone’s career in music as well as a thank you to the fans for listening.

“Thank Heaven for Little Girls” (music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe)

This song was written in 1957 by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe for the musical Gigi, and sung with great success by that dapper Frenchman Maurice Chevalier.  Peter Sellers did a cover of this tune using his Inspector Clouseau accent, but it wasn’t nearly as memorable as Chevalier’s version.

“Kind & Generous” (also known as “Thank You”) by Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant’s voice has a way of getting in your head all. day. long if you let it.  Next time you go to the supermarket and you hear this song playing overhead, I dare you to not sing the “na na na na na na na” bit in this tune.  I know it can’t be just me who does this.

This  video is rather bizarre…the clown scares the crap out of me.

“Thank You” by Dido

Dido is still out there recording and performing for live audiences, but you don’t really hear that much about her these days, do you?

The song “Thank You” was written in 1999 as a tribute to the British pop singer’s then boyfriend Bob Page, and remains her only big hit.  Unfortunately, Dido and Bob broke their engagement a little over 10 years ago, so he is probably no longer responsible for giving her the best day of her life.

“I Thank You”  by Sam & Dave

This song was tailor-made for Sam & Dave.  It was written by Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter…and sounded like every other hit Sam & Dave were known for, doesn’t it?  “Soul Man”, “Hold On, I”m Comin,” and “I Thank You” all have the same beat, really.  If Nickelback had talent, they would be a lot like Sam & Dave.  But I can guarantee you that no one will be singing Nickelback songs 50 years from now.

What other catchy songs about giving thanks can you think of?  Do you have any favorites not listed here?  Please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I look forward to your feedback!

6 Songs That Will Make You Get Up and Move

Music has a strange power over human beings.  If you sit down and be quiet, and really listen to it, it can inspire all sorts of emotions in us.  It can make us incredibly happy or incredibly sad, and it can also make us very angry or repulse us.

There are some songs out there that also cause a physical reaction in us—they make us get up and move.  I’ve narrowed down the list to 6 songs, but please feel free to chime in and let us know what songs make you get up and shake your butt.

1.  Katrina and the Waves—”Walking On Sunshine”

English pop group Katrina and the Waves was a one-hit wonder in the mid 1980s with this “so upbeat it almost makes you gag” tune about falling in love.  Regardless of whether you like it or not, it always seems to make you hum along or involuntarily sway from side to side.  Doesn’t it?

2.  Dexy’s Midnight Runners—”Come on Eileen”

Not only did Dexy’s Midnight Runners (they go by just “Dexy’s” now) have a hit with “Come On Eileen” 30 years ago, they also inspired loads of young people in the US and UK to pair Lee Dungarees with tank tops and kerchiefs round the neck.

3.  Chubby Checker—”The Twist”

Naturally a song that tells you to get up and do a dance step will make you want to get up and do it, right?  This song was originally released in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (who???), but it was Chubby Checker who made the dance and the tune popular a year later in 1960.

4.  Elvis Presley—”Little Sister”

Doesn’t this song make you want to get up, throw on a pair of pedal pushers, and shake it like Ann-Margaret in one of Elvis’s cheesy flicks from the 1960s?  Or is it just me that this song does that to?

5.  Chic—”Le Freak”

Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to reach down into your heart of hearts and finally admit that disco wasn’t all that bad.  That there are some songs that really make you get up and *ahem* shake your groove thang.  Right?  Chic (you forgot who it was that sang this song, didn’t you?) was one of the bands in the late 1970s that helped you do that with hits like this one.

6.  Smokey Robinson and the Miracles—”The Tears of a Clown”

If there is anyone who can write an upbeat song about a broken heart, it’s that musical genius Smokey Robinson.  Instead of feeling bad for the person who got dissed by Cupid, you want to get up and dance.

Did my wee list manage to at least get you to tap your foot a few times?  I hope so.  Are there any other songs you would include?  What songs make you get up and move?

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