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On this day in music history: July 3, 1983 - “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson is released. Written by Steve Porcaro and John Bettis, it is the fifth single released from Jackson’s landmark album “Thriller”. During the recording sessions for the album in the Fall of 1982, David Paich of the band Toto gives producer Quincy Jones a cassette with three song demos on it. Jones is unimpressed with the first two songs, but immediately takes notice of Porcaro’s skeletal demo of “Human Nature” tacked on the end of the tape. He asks the keyboardist if the lyrics can be completed and Porcaro asks his friend, fellow songwriter John Bettis (The Carpenters, The Pointer Sisters) to finish writing the lyrics. Bettis completes the lyrics within two days. With the song finished, Jones and Jackson quickly record it, making it the final song completed for “Thriller”. The track is recorded at Westlake Audio in Los Angeles in October of 1982, and features Toto members David Paich, Steve Porcaro (synthesizers, synthesizer programming), Steve Lukather (guitar) and Jeff Porcaro (drums), Michael Boddicker (E-mu Emulator) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion). “Human Nature” ends up bumping the previously recorded “Carousel” written by Michael Sembello from the final running order of the album. The original single version of the song is edited down to 3:47 (though the 45 label erroneously lists the album version timing of 4:05) and is remixed, and includes a brief synthesizer solo during the instrumental break not included on the commonly heard album version. The single remix version to date has only resurfaced on a rare Japanese CD3 disc released in 1987. “Human Nature” peaks at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 17, 1983, #3 on the R&B singles chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. “Human Nature” is covered by Miles on his album “You’re Under Arrest” in 1985, with other versions by George Howard, David Benoit, Marcus Miller, and Boyz II Men. Michael Jackson’s original recording is also sampled by SWV for the remix version of the song “Right Here” (re-titled “Right Here/Human Nature”), by rapper Nas on “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”, Ne-Yo on the remix version of “So Sick”, and on “Journey To The Past” by Aaliyah.


On this day in music history: October 26, 1985 - “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on September 7, 1985, and topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks on October 5, 1985. Written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, it is the first pop and second R&B chart topper for the pop and R&B vocal icon from Newark, NJ. After Whitney Houston is signed to Arista Records in 1983, the nearly two year long task of recording her debut album begins in earnest. Among the producers selected to work on the project is songwriter Michael Masser, best known for penning classics including “The Greatest Love Of All” (also recorded by Houston for her debut), “Touch Me In The Morning” and “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)” (both for Diana Ross). One of the songs chosen for Whitney is “Saving All My Love For You” co-written with lyricist Gerry Goffin (“The Locomotion”, “One Fine Day”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”), a song about a woman having an affair with a married man. The song is originally recorded in 1978 by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (also produced by Masser), whose version is only a minor hit. Masser retools the song for Houston and records it with her in 1984, with the then twenty one year old singer delivering an emotional and flawless performance. The track is given a torchy, understated arrangement by veteran arranger Gene Page (Barry White, The Jackson 5), and features a sax solo by jazz musician Tom Scott. Issued as the second single from Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut in July of 1985, it becomes an across the board smash like its predecessor “You Give Good Love”. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on August 17, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The single wins Whitney her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1986 (also performing the song live on the telecast), an honor made even sweeter when it is presented excitedly and emotionally by Houston’s cousin, vocal legend Dionne Warwick. Houston’s Grammy performance of the song also wins her an Emmy Award for  Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program also in 1986. “Saving All My Love For You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

It’s said that Tamaraebi, in but a few short months, has quickly become known as London’s underground latest soul secret. It becomes clear why this might be so just a few seconds into new original Innocence. His falsettos are exceptional. They’re milky and creamy yet raspy and emotive, all at the same time, like Milosh but raw and immediate instead of like a distant foggy dream. Tamaraebi is also reportedly influenced by Nina Simone, Prince, and Bob Dylan, which can all be found to some extent on this supple hovering fusion of atmospheric production and gently simmering guitar. 

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louiskrauszer  asked:

hey vic i wanna read that sweet alice oseman (i think thats their name??) content can u explain in what order i shuld read it and where i can find it?? thank you 💕

ah yes, alice oseman, True lomlafthwinmfca
this got really long i’m sorry

so far there’s 2 books: solitaire and radio silence. i’m not gonna write descriptions for them because i’m really terrible at that but i linked the goodreads lmao
solitaire also comes with two novellas, nick and charlie and this winter

i honestly don’t think it matters what order you read the main books in, but some of the events in solitaire are referenced to in radio silence, so i think u might wanna read solitaire first?? and ofc it’s Advised to read solitaire before the novellas bc then u will know what’s Actually Going On but i won’t judge. u do u.

there’s also heartstopper (@heartstoppercomic), which is a webcomic that takes place a few months before solitaire. it’s about nick and charlie, who are in an established relationship in solitaire, and well please just read the blog description lmao i’m Bad at this. it’s really wholesome and it has a dog.
it updates 3 times a month (on the 1st, 21st and 31st) but you can get early updates on alice’s patreon!!!

aaaand there’s also a 3rd book coming in 2018 (spring i think?), title to be revealed, which is about a band? and people who are fans of this band? and i have no idea what it’s about but i already love it?

and well that’s it BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! alice has 3 blogs, which you’ve most definitely seen if u follow me bc apparently 16% of all my reblogs comes from those three (oops)
@spacezeros is her art blog which is. a goddamn gold mine i’ve spent more time in these tags than i would like to admit tbh
@chronicintrovert is her main which is just like.. a blog. except run by a person who happens to be an author. the best place for non art directed questions about the books etc.
@aliceoseman is really focused on her writing stuff, so the #1 place to look for fanart, etc.

and there’s also a twitter which is Great and a youtube channel with writing advice and q&as on the books and a spotify which i dont know how to link with b o o k p l a y l i s t s fuckin NUT

personally what i really like about alice’s books is that they’re really real?? she’s only 23 (which. i know. what. how do u have ur life so TOGETHER man) so the teenagers Actually Act Like Teenagers Wow. a lot of the topics are also handled really normally. like, nick and charlie’s romance, isn‘t the Big Gay Drama most books turn relationships into. instead, it’s really just a steady, healthy relationship? with two boys? what a Concept? WHILE also dealing w the issues gay couples face (mainly talked about in this winter, because a part of it focuses on charlie rather than tori, solitaire’s mc)
radio silence is also really diverse (2/5 MCs are white, 4/5 MCs are not straight, with the 5th being confirmed LGBT off-screen AND THE AUTHOR NOT ACTING LIKE IT WAS HER PLAN ALL ALONG WOW) and as far as my White Ass™ can judge like.. genuinely well-written.

and thats all i have 2 say?? there’s books are fuckin GREAT i finished all of them in less than a day and i Cannot Fucking Read. thanks for ur time

cws for the books under the cut

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On this day in music history: April 5, 1975 - “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, and #3 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago born R&B singer. After years of recording with only limited success, singer Minnie Riperton and her husband Richard Rudolph will move to Gainesville, FL, where they enjoy a period of semi-retirement, raising their two children. The couple write the song for their then baby daughter Maya (actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph) as a lullaby. Not long after they write the song, they receive a call out of the blue from Stevie Wonder, having belatedly heard Minnie’s debut solo album “Come To My Garden”. He offers her a spot in his band Wonderlove singing background vocals. While touring and recording with Wonder, she is offered a recording contract with Epic Records by A&R man Don Ellis. Riperton and her family move to Los Angeles to record “Perfect Angel”, her first album for the label. Released in June of 1974, the albums first two singles “Reasons” and “Seeing You This Way” fail to chart. “Lovin’ You” is released as the third single in November of 1974. Co-produced by Stevie Wonder (under the pseudonym “Scorbu Productions”) he also plays electric piano on the track. The single version of the song is remixed, featuring an ARP String Ensemble synthesizer overdubbed on to the track, and is faded earlier than slightly longer LP version. Entering the Hot 100 at #80 on January 18, 1975, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. “Lovin’ You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.