Hello and welcome to another Vintage Media Millennial blog post. It has been a little while since I did one of these, but it is my mission to follow through on doing them regularly. I promise!
I have had quite a few technical issues in the last few months, which means I haven’t been able to write up as many music reviews lately. Luckily, most have been resolved. However, I have ended up with a small backlog that I’m trying to catch up on. Reviews of albums can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a week, depending on the length and subject matter. This includes SEO and extra information on the release.
Bear Family Records’ Reviews
I have made small gains in catching up. I have done a couple of Bear Family Records releases recently, which were excellent. Destination Summer Sea Cruise proved better than I had anticipated, with a nice collection of curated songs that fit the theme nicely. I hadn’t heard of Sanford Clark before I sat down to listen to the latest entry into their Rocks series, but now he’s hardly out of my CD player. It only goes to prove their consistency in compiling compilations that introduce older music to new audiences, as well as provide fan service or nostalgia.
In addition, a name check of Roger Miller in one of Sanford’s recordings took me on a journey into the artist’s career in visual media. I have listened to Roger for many years through his recordings of Dang Me and England Swings etc, but I don’t think I had ever stopped to contemplate how much he contributed elsewhere. I knew about Disney’s Robin Hood (who doesn’t), but I hadn’t seen his guest appearances The Muppet Show, where he delivers an effortless medley of his hits. His fun knack for delivering noises and nonsense phrases enhanced both mentioned productions; there isn’t a week that goes by I don’t sing a song from Robin Hood out loud! Thanks Roger.
Just a note about the YouTube channel
Some may have noticed that I have launched a new YouTube channel for Vintage Media Millennial, which currently has only a few videos on it. I wanted to start it to give me somewhere to react to vintage media-based news stories.
I am aiming for a particular style, which I shall try and refine over the next few months. Each episode shall be released in black and white in 4:3 aspect, with an old school US TV inspired intro and outro. I watch a lot of media commentators who offer shiny looking content, my target was to try and stand out from the crowd by making creative choices relevant to the subject matter. I hope to build up a following over time by publishing at least two videos a week, all of which will be posted on this site.
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