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Musical Prophet: George Michael

Music is my religion, and the musicians are the prophets who are always there, seeing me through the wilderness and bringing light and love back into my life.   Whether I am happy, sad, depressed, angry, or in love, these prophets always have something to say to me through their powerful lyrics and music. In the past year, I’ve lost four major musical prophets from my life – David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and George Michael. 2016 is truly the year the music died.     Long before there was this awful invention called auto-tune,…

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classic alternative life MTV music new wave punk 

I Miss My MTV! – Nighttime Music & Variety Shows of the 80’s

  When I was a teenager, I always looked forward to my weekends – that’s when I got to watch the totally awesome programming of the early to mid-1980’s on cable. My parents didn’t believe in cable TV, so if I wanted to watch MTV, USA or TBS, I had to go over my brother’s house. My brother got free babysitting and I got to watch cable shows. Looking back, I still think I got the better end of the deal. I got to spend time with my young nephews and watch cool cable shows and MTV….

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classic alternative darkwave Depeche Mode Goth mix tape music 

Strangelove – A Depeche Mode Playlist

This post is a little overdue – by almost three weeks! My life has been crazy as of late, between work, moving, and organizing and promoting the first ever Punk Rock Flea Market in Lorain, Ohio that took place last weekend. The event was as success and I am able to breathe again. Anyways, I digress… A couple weeks ago, I ventured out to The Phantasy in Lakewood, OH and attended The Cure vs. Depeche Mode dance night. This (awesome amazing) night of music was DJ’d by Cleveland greats Tim Smith and Evan Nave….

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mix tape music 

Head Bangin’ Car Blastin’ Hair Bands

  In the mid 1980’s a rock music explosion happened almost over night. Their hair was big and their music was loud.  Hair bands. Some people love them. Others hate them. Either way, along with helping to tear a hole in the ozone layer with all the hair spray they used, these bands carved out a place in 80’s music history. There are stations like Hair Nation on Sirius XM dedicated to that head banging era of music. Terrestrial radio stations dedicate afternoons, days and even weekends to the glorious metal…

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I Was a Teenage Duranie life mix tape music 

Wild Boys! – 15+ Duran Duran masterpieces

    Recently I had a Duranie request a mix tape playlist of Duran Duran songs that I love. This was a very difficult task because how can one choose just 15 songs from such an extensive, awesome and amazing song catalog?! Challenge accepted! I took to the task and came up with a random order 15 song playlist with 2 bonus tracks (who doesn’t love bonus tracks?!)  I could have made a 50+ track playlist with no problem, but here you go “Jimi Duranie” – I hope you enjoy this…

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