Double Vision

Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music.  The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme.  (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along).

Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic: If you were going to make a mix for a friend of duets, what would it contain?

Duets or Duos

(Two people who don’t normally sing together singing a song or a musical group that is 2 people, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates, etc.)

I’d usually prepare the songs for my mixtapes a few weeks in advance and compose my posts a week to two weeks.  Due to my vacation, I figured I’d wait til after I got home to prepare this week’s post.  But, to try to make a long story short, I was brought low by a viscous allergic reaction resulting in being covered in maddening, itchy hives from neck to knees.  Then had a rebound effect(1) after the steroid shot wore off, resulting in a trip to the emergency room Monday morning.   I’m currently back on steroids, plus a super-antihistimine to control the itching, but leaves me unconscious for 4-6 hour stretches until I can get to a dermatologist and allergist on Wednesday.  When I AM awake I have a whole host of side effects which includes headaches and double vision (hence linking this monologue to my post title and duet theme).  So I apologize in advance for the post with sparse commentary and the uncertainty of when I’ll get to view everyones’ posts (but I WILL get there eventually, I promise).

I’m not quite ready to let go of the tour of the decades, so I loosely based my duets on one from each.

1.  Love is the Answer – England Dan and John Ford Coley (1979).  Yes another cover song!  And love the porn ‘staches.

2.  Leather and Lace – Stevie Nicks and Don Henley (1981).

3.  Could I Have This Kiss Forever – Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias (1999/2000).

4.  Everything Burns – Ben Moody and Anastacia (2005).

5.  Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Eric Burdon and Jenny Lewis (2012/2013).  Yet another cover–this one of Nina Simone’s original with Burdon “re-vamping” his Animals’ version with a darker edge that was used in one of the True Blood episodes.  I had this one looked up and on a YouTube playlist before the ending credits even finished rolling.

BONUS TRACK:  I’m breaking the rules with this one as its a trio, but its one of my favorites.

All for Love – Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting (1993).  From The Three Musketeers soundtrack.

(1)  The rebound effect, or rebound phenomenon, is the emergence or re-emergence of symptoms that were either absent or controlled while taking a medication, but appear when that same medication is discontinued, or reduced in dosage. In the case of re-emergence, the severity of the symptoms are often worse than pretreatment levels.  An example is the use of highly potent corticosteroids. 

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  1. Lance

    I did some serious public mourning when England Dan Seals died a few years ago. I’d Really Love To See You Tonight is one of my 1970s soft rock easy listening guilty pleasures. Excellent pick.

    I like where you went with the other ones too. Very eclectic.

    • Dream

      I had about 16 songs I added to my duet list over the weeks, but the choices for the post were kinda made “under the influence” and at the last moment. So, not so much eclectic but disjointed. 😉

  2. Jen

    OK so, as far as being horribly aflicted by hives, (which I understand because my son often has reactions like that, I’ve posted pictures) you still did an amazing job! And England Dan… how I miss you. So many great ones. I love this list and hope you feel better!

    • Dream

      Thanks so much Jen. I think head-to-toe hives would be a perfect torture device. You know…if anyone every needed something like that *ahem*. The first time I ever snuck into a bar with a “borrowed” ID, I walked into a Dan Seal song playing, “Bop”. Not the greatest, but a memory I’ve always remembered.

  3. troy P.

    Excellent list, but Eric and Jenny’s cover of a cover was for me the Cat’s Meow – an awesome take on an already awesome take, and one that I’m ashamed to say I’ve never heard before. Thanks for expanding my brain cell count once again, m’dear!

  4. Kari

    1. You made me laugh out loud with the porn staches remark!
    2. I thought of Leather & Lace this morning too in addition to the Pink song with the guy from Fun, but my post is done! I had too many ideas and not enough post-space! 🙂
    Great mix tape!

    • Dream

      Thanks Kari! I don’t know how many times each week I read others’ posts and think “Why didn’t I remember that one?!!”

  5. Kristi Campbell

    You usually prepare your posts in advance? Like TWO WEEKS in advance? OMG I suck. I always eek them out at the last second with no clue what I’m going to say. I love that version of Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and love Nina’s as well. Amazing. In fact, I just bought this version on iTunes (thank you!). UGH sorry to hear about your hives. I had a similar experience the first and last time I tried Botox (dumb).

    • Dream

      Not the whole post, but I add songs to each week’s list as I think of them with notes on why I like it for that list that week. I usually have a pretty good idea which are the forerunners by the time I make a post draft a couple weeks before its due. Then I do a re-edit the night before.

      I knew when I put the Eric Burdon duet on my list that it would definitely be included. I just love that version.

      omg, hives from botox, I hope they weren’t on your face!!! I know I have skin sensitivities to detergents and things and I think it was my mom’s laundry soap, she snuck in the kind with bleach.

  6. Clark Scottroger

    @Kristi lol damn I use when I think that you have posted as the ‘hurry the hell up and get writing’ cue

    The Sting/Stewart/Adams was new to me, was fun to watch and listen to fun that the participants (appeared to be having) was …well fun!

    Also liked the Eric Burdon… knew his music from the days of the Animals, I thought that this version was an example of how, some artists totally improve with age.

    • Dream

      I really loved the intro on that video where they were all kinda joking around and talking. I also loved that the musical portion wasn’t over-produced with perfect timing on the notes. It just made it more realistic.