On this day in music history: May 15, 1993 - “That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 4 weeks on May 8, 1993, and topping the Club Play chart for 1 week on June 26, 1993. Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis, it is the sixth pop and ninth R&B chart topper for the youngest member of the Jackson musical family. After almost ten years recording for A&M Records, which produce four albums including the multi-platinum selling “Control” and “Rhythm Nation 1814”, Janet Jackson’s contract with the label expires in 1991. During that time she is approached by Virgin Records founder Richard Branson offers her a deal she is unable to refuse. Jackson signs a deal with the label estimated to be worth between $32 - 50 million. At the time it makes her the highest paid artist in the history of the music industry (until her brother Michael signs a new deal with Sony for $65 million one week later). With the deal signed, Janet returns to work with her longtime collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. One of the first things the duo give the singer is a demo tape for the track that becomes “That’s The Way Love Goes”. Based around a sample of James Brown’s classic “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”, at first Janet isn’t particularly enthused by it. But by the time she returns to Minneapolis after Christmas in January of 1993, she has a dramatic change of opinion of it. She also comes up with idea of writing the lyrics with a more sultry tone, rather than the original theme of love gone wrong. Once they submit the album, Virgin is initially hesitant to release the laid back, down tempo track as the first single, preferring the song “If”. However, Jackson is adamant that “That’s The Way” be released first, and they comply with her wishes. Issued on April 12, 1993, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #14 on May 1, 1993, it rockets to the top of the chart two weeks later, becoming her most successful single ever. The single also wins a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1994. “That’s The Way Love Goes” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
had like two rules which basically boiled down to don’t beat the shit out of each other, and don’t cause mischief unless you’re sure you can get away with it
family sleepovers in the living room were a thing
ate dinner around the table as often as they could muster, though there was so much laughter the food usually went cold
traded off being stay-at-home-parents for stints as required
the kids had picky eating phases, but there weren’t fights about it. harry & ginny were basically all “if you don’t want to eat this, that’s totally fine, but we aren’t making something else. you can make yourself a nutella sandwich.”
the decree for the reasonable restriction of underage sorcery was pinned to the wall and used as a dartboard. wands were regularly lent to children to teach them how to do spells from an early age.
teddy had his own chair, his own cup, his own spot on the squashy sofa, his own bed at the potter house.
the potter house. the potter house. harry and ginny. excuse me while i die of happy feels.
oh god it was such a cozy little happy house, can you imagine? i don’t think they would’ve rehabbed the cottage at godric’s hollow or number four. they would’ve bought an old place that wasn’t a ghost for both of them, somewhere in the country where they could breathe the fresh open air, where mud on the front stoop was inevitable, somewhere they could fix up and create a fresh start.
good natured p r a n k s, both muggle and magical, were a regular part of the household.
taught their kids to solve disputes by the magical variation of rock, paper, scissors (cauldron, parchment, wand?)
family fun days weren’t a thing because p’much every day was a family fun day
going with mum or dad to work was the ultimate treat
everyone liked going with mum better tho
and going with uncle ron the best
questions were always encouraged but usually ended in, “well, let’s floo aunt hermione and she can tell us”
the fireplace was a revolving floo of family members, friends, etc. plates were always added last minute, or four.
storytelling was a family art and a way of life. words were. someone was always talking, laughing, joking, teasing, singing. it was a loud and joyful house.
they brought garden gnomes from the burrow into their house just so that the kids could enjoy the character building exercise of weedingthem.
had a knut jar for ‘future therapy bills’ that they contributed to every time they effed up.
one thing neither of them ever skimped on ever was broomsticks. the potter broom shed was always well supplied with the fastest, latest models.
it was also the one time their parents didn’t share their possessions with kids.
kids being as self-sufficient as possible was also a thing. i think they would’ve let their kids experiment, and try it themselves, and even fail, though not cruelly and not in catastrophic ways, and they were always there to help them figure out how to do it better next time.
there were animals everywhere.
the children were usually in various states of disarray from potions experiments gone wrong, or tussling about with a garden gnome, or swimming in the pond.
one time albus was caught coloring all over the wall in the hallway, and instead of freaking out, harry conjured a frame and spelled it to the wall. the wall was soon covered in crooked, knee high frames of various masterpieces.
even though they could afford anything, they didn’t spoil the children rotten in terms of material possessions. they bought regular presents, but if a child wanted something big, the child could do extra chores, earn an allowance, and to save up and contribute to things they wanted to buy.
every birthday was a Very Big Deal with homemade cakes, and whatever that person wanted for dinner and that person’s favorite ice cream and favorite outing the next day. it was more like birthday week.
they absolutely encouraged their children’s interests.
only time harry ever had to be firm with mrs weasley was after james sirius was born. she was giving ‘helpful suggestions’ to ginny on how to handle the baby and completely undermining her confidence. harry pulled her aside and said they were going to raise their kids the way they wanted and weren’t concerned if the baby slept in their room until he was four months and they would ask when they wanted her advice.
every once and awhile one or the other would say ‘RUDE NIGHT’ at supper and everyone put their feet and elbows on the table and burped and drank soup directly from the bowl and ate with their fingers and wiped their mouths with their sleeves and inappropriate jokes were the only ones allowed.
started a junior toddler quidditch league and it was the cutest shit you’ve ever, ever seen.
tried to schedule one-on-one dates with their kids at least once a month. it was difficult, especially in the height of quidditch season, but they made it a priority. ginny would take albus to the muggle cinema to see a double show. harry would take james to the underground and ride around on the trains for hours, letting him pick their route, because he thought it was the coolest thing ever.
in general, they were in favor of giving their children experiences over material things. they’d spend a bag full of galleons for front row seats to a play, just so the kids could see it first hand.
had a mailbox for each child where they could leave notes and sweets (or the next step in the years’ long good-natured prank war).
ginny would send a howler to her kids’ rooms if they wouldn’t wake up in the mornings.
they would fuck up, overreact, lose their cool, contradict each other, etc. with their kids, as every parent does, but they would apologize later.
they were also sarcastic and deadpan af, but not cruelly so.
regular outings to muggle and magical places w/ their kids.
On this day in music history: June 14, 1986 - “Nasty” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on July 19, 1986. Written by James Harris III, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson, it is the second R&B chart topper for the youngest member of the Jackson musical family. The song is inspired by an incident that takes place while Janet is hanging out with the producers, and childhood friend Melanie Andrews in Minneapolis. Jackson is accosted by two aggressive men stalking her on the street, and are being verbally abusive. Rather than running to someone for assistance, Jackson stands her ground, making them back off. The track and vocals for “Nasty” are recorded at Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flyte Tyme Studios in September 1985. The songs distinctive rhythm is generated by using a factory preset sound on an Ensoniq Mirage digital sampler/synthesizer. Issued as the second single from “Control” on April 15, 1986, it is the follow up to her first chart topper “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”. The song is supported by a highly memorable video shot on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, in front of the same liquor store that U2 films their “rooftop concert” video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” a year later. The clip for “Nasty” is directed by Mary Lambert (Madonna, Prince, Chris Isaak, Annie Lennox), and is choreographed by Paula Abdul who also makes a cameo appearance. “Nasty” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
So guys, I’ve been thinking recently that I might start doing writing commissions.
So my thoughts are for every 5,000 words it will be $3 (I know that sounds like a lot but 5,000 words can take over an hour sometimes) I am willing to write as much as you want as long as the money comes through!p>
I’m willing to write any pairing from any fandom. As long as I am sent details of what you would like to be written.
For example: Commission request: A John Laurens and Aaron Burr (You can use ship names like Burrens idc) where Aaron is a college student and John is a young man from a rich family who wants a little fun.
Things I am willing to write:
Anything. If i feel uncomfortable writing your request I will inform you but other than that everything is on the table.
If any of you wish to request something feel free to message me in my inbox and I will inform you of any details such as payment and fic requirements. (What you want to happen or if you want me to surprise you)
My inbox is open at all times as are my messages, feel free to ask me in either one!
On this day in music history: July 29, 1981 - “The Time”, the debut album by The Time is released. Produced by Prince (aka “Jamie Starr”) and Morris Day, it is recorded at Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA and Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, MN in April 1979 and April 1981. As part of his contract with Warner Bros Records, Prince is allowed to develop and produce other artists. The contractual clause gives the artist another outlet for his prolific musical output. Taking inspiration from the 1980 film “The Idolmaker”, Prince comes up with the idea of putting together a band around his old high school friend and former Grand Central band mate, singer and drummer Morris Day. The other members of what become The Time, are assembled from rival Minneapolis band Flyte Tyme, including keyboardists Jimmy Jam (i.e. James Harris III), and Monte Moir, bassist Terry Lewis, guitarist Jesse Johnson and drummer Garry “Jellybean” Johnson. However, when the album is recorded, it features Prince playing nearly all of the instruments himself and is heard on background vocals throughout (synth solo by Dr. Fink on “Get It Up”) with Morris Day on lead vocals (drums on “Oh Baby”, “Girl”, “Cool”, and “The Stick”). The song “Oh Baby” is the first track recorded for the project, originally cut during sessions for Prince’s self-titled second album in the Spring of 1979, but are substituted with Day’s lead vocals. The other five tracks are recorded in April of 1981 in the artists home studio (“The Purple House”) outside of Minneapolis. The album is a critical and commercial success upon its release, quickly establishing The Time along side their mentor. It spins off three singles including “Get It Up” (#6 R&B), “Cool” (#7 R&B, #90 Pop), and “Girl” (#49 R&B). The album’s final track, the provocative and double entendre laden “The Stick” (issued in edited form as the B-side of “Girl”) also receives some R&B radio play, and also becomes a fan favorite. Originally released on CD in 1990, the album is remastered and issued by Warner Music Japan as part of their Warner 80’s Soul Classics Best Collection 1000 Series in 2015. “The Time” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fifty on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: July 25, 1987 - “Fake” by Alexander O'Neal hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #25 on the Hot 100 on September 26, 1987. Written and produced by James Harris III & Terry Lewis, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocalist from Natchez, MS. Formerly the lead singer of the Minneapolis based R&B band Flyte Tyme, the predecessor to The Time, Alexander O'Neal reconnects with his friends and former band mates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in 1985 when they write and produce his self titled debut album. It is a sizable success, spinning off three hit singles including “Innocent” (#11 R&B) and “What’s Missing” (#8 R&B). After he scores an even bigger hit, dueting with label mate Cherrelle on “Saturday Love” (#2 R&B, #26 Pop), O'Neal begins work on his second album in early 1987. The song is the result of an error made in the studio when the producers are programming a drum machine. The low rumbling sequence that comes out of the machine inspire them to scrap the song they had been working on and begin composing another. Lewis quickly comes up with the bass line and main chord changes that become “Fake”. Jam comes up with the concept of the new tune, and Lewis writes the lyrics. The song centers around a woman whose attitude and pretentiousness, causes her man to call her out for not being her real self. Issued as the first single from O'Neal’s second album “Hearsay” in April of 1987, “Fake” become O'Neal’s biggest single on the R&B charts, becoming his second top 40 pop single, also paving the way for his major success in the UK where he continues to enjoy a sizable and devoted following.
On this day in music history: July 25, 1983 - “On The Rise”, the fourth album by The S.O.S. Band is released. Produced by James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Gene Dozier and The S.O.S. Band, it is recorded at Master Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA, Larrabee Studios, and Sound Masters Studios in Los Angeles, CA from March - May 1983. Having written The S.O.S. Band’s hit single “High Hopes” (#25 R&B) for their then current album “III”, producer and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are invited back to not only write new material, but also produce half of their fourth studio album. At the time, Jam and Lewis, both members of The Time are in middle of “The Triple Threat Tour” with Prince and Vanity 6. When the tour takes a break for a few days, the pair fly to Atlanta to work with The S.O.S. Band. The sessions go great but they run into trouble when they try to leave town and rejoin the tour. When they arrive at the airport to fly out to San Antonio, TX, a major snowstorm hits Atlanta, closing the airport and grounding all flights. Stranded, Jam and Lewis miss the show in San Antonio much to Prince’s displeasure, who is forced to sub for Lewis on bass (off stage while Jerome Benton mimes playing on stage) during Vanity 6 and The Time’s sets, and keyboardist Lisa Coleman filling in for Jam on keyboards. Initially, Prince says nothing to Jam and Lewis about their absence, but when he finds out they have been moonlighting, he fines and abruptly fires them. After the firing, they finish working on the three songs they have contributed in Los Angeles. The album spins off three singles including “Just Be Good To Me” (#2 R&B, #55 Pop), “Tell Me If You Still Care” (#5 R&B, #65 Pop), and “For Your Love” (#34 R&B). The success of the album and its singles not only restore The S.O.S. Band to full commercial prominence, it establishes Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as major creative forces in music industry, leading to their later successes with Janet Jackson and numerous other artists. Originally released on CD in the late 80’s, the album is remastered and reissued by Edsel Records in 2013, including four bonus tracks. It is followed by a vinyl LP reissue in 2014. “On The Rise” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number forty seven on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
The students are asked to write about Romeo and Juliet
In 10 years old Brendon Urie’s paper, are found the following words:
confused, the teacher asks Brendon why he wrote that instead of what she asked
I write sins, not tragedies