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Japanese Artist Hikaru Shirosu Upstaged by Cat in Latest YouTube Video

4 Mar

hikarushirosuprofileBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

For those of you who love cats or even own one or two (or three), you’ve come to realize (as I have) that cats come with incredible power. They may not fetch a stick or even a ball like our canine companions, they are more than willing to look silly chasing a bit of yarn, tossing a fake mouse laced with catnip, or bravely explore a brown paper bag. But the true power of cats comes from their ability to inject themselves into whatever we are doing at the time, no matter how important, and cause us to stop and pay attention to their kind. In a way they are saying “I want to be loved, now.”

That appears to be what is being told to Hikaru Shirosu, a talented pianist and singer from Japan. In his latest video we get a behind the scenes look at a video he produced for YouTube back in 2013. Shirosu found the video on an old SD card. Posting through his official Twitter the artist stated of the video:

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Orchestra Director Dedicates YouTube Video in Touching Tribute to ‘Allo ‘Allo! Star

19 Feb

Gorden Kaye w/ 'Allo 'Allo! cast members Carmen Silvera (left) & Vicki Michelle (right).

Gorden Kaye w/ ‘Allo ‘Allo! cast members Carmen Silvera (left) & Vicki Michelle (right).

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

In a touching tribute to a ‘Allo ‘Allo! star, the director of the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra has dedicated a YouTube video to actor Gorden Kaye. Kaye who died in a Knaresborough care home on January 23rd at the age of 75 played café owner and lady’s man René Artois on the popular television series. Kaye’s career started in the 1960’s and spanned theatre, radio, television, and film. Kaye played Bernard Butler, Elsie Tanner’s nephew, in the ITV television series Coronation Street and as middle class Ray Benge in the Thames comedy drama Born and Bred. He also guested on such series as Are You Being Served?, Come Back Mrs. Noah, Last of the Summer Wine, and All Creatures Great and Small.

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Count Wind Up’s 13 Coffin Hits for the Living Impaired

16 Oct

James Shaw (The Wind Up Geek)By James Robert Shaw (The Wind Up Geek)

When it comes to Halloween music, I prefer the old and creepy over the new and scary (I’m still wondering whatever happened to the Transylvania Twist). And though my music picks may not be as eclectic as my writing partner’s (which is coming up), there are still some who consider I have good taste in both music and blood type.

Try as I might, narrowing this list down to just 13 ghoulish songs was an extremely difficult task. There are so many artists living, dead and undecided who deserve mention and praise. Perhaps next year I will expand on this list. For now, lay back in your coffin, cross your hands over your chest and listen to Count Wind Up’s 13 songs, guaranteed to bring a little flesh tone to your skin.

“Bogey Wail” – Jack Hylton (1929)

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Original Addams Family Theme Goes Remix and Lurch Busts a Move in Music Video

11 Aug

1991, THE ADDAMS FAMILYBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Don’t turn that dial, The Addams Family theme has received a much-needed remix jolt and music video courtesy of artist Figure (stylized “FIGURE”). The original Addams theme from 1964 was written and arranged by Vic Mizzy, Mizzy was a Hollywood TV and film composer responsible for the Green Acres TV theme, and with Irving Taylor, he co-wrote the hit song “Three Little Sisters” as performed by The Andrews Sisters.


 
But out of any of Mizzy’s TV compositions (even though The Double Life of Henry Phyfe theme was similar), “The Addams Family” has to be his best contribution to date. Mizzy sang the theme himself by overdubbing his voice to make it sound like a trio. Ted Cassidy, who played the family’s butler Lurch, interjected words like “neat”, “sweet” and “petite.”

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