Music Monday!

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Music Monday!

Here at Joe’s Dump, we’ve got a lot of music going on…

So, to help keep it all organized and handy, we’ve added a new Music Menu Item (at the top of every page)

A few of the articles you’ll find there include:

… Plus: Personal Profiles, Politics, Parodies, and plenty more!!!

Music Trivia Two-fer

This week, I’ve also got two trivia stories about some surprising back-stories to popular songs.

First up: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (duet by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand)

Did you know that this famous duet came from a radio program director’s divorce?

Neil Diamond recorded the song first in 1977 as a solo, followed by Barbra Streisand’s solo version in 1978. This is where WAKY-AM/Louisville KY program director, Gary Guthrie, comes in. He spliced together a duet version as a parting present to his wife after their divorce. His version became so popular that the record label got Diamond and Streisand to record an official version that was released in the fall of 1978!

(Click here to read the full story on Wikipedia)

… and here’s Gary Guthrie’s mixed version on American Top 40:

And second: Mike Sammes – the backup singer for Olivia Newton John’s “Let Me Be There”

The bass part in “Let Me Be There” by Olivia Newton John is so prominent, I’d almost classify the song as a duet. Out of curiosity, I checked into who the bass singer was. His name was Mike Sammes, and his credits are amazing. He also sang backup on The Beatles “I Am The Walrus”, and for the TV show “Supercar”.

(Click here to read Mike Sammes full bio on Wikipedia)

… and here’s “Let Me Be There” for your listening pleasure:

Enjoy!
Joe

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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Pebble and Palm

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Pebble and Palm

What happens when companies disappear?
Pebble and Palm
On Dec 7, Pebble (trailblazer in smartwatches) made the announcement that they were closing shop and had been bought out by Fitbit (maker of fitness bands).

It seems they were leaving their loyal KickStarter supporters and customers out in the cold. No more Pebble watches would be sold, and all support and warranties were null and void.

Quite a slap in the face.

Don’t get me wrong – I own a Pebble Time and a Fitbit Charge. Wearing one on each wrist has always been kind of a pain. I was secretly hoping that the technologies would merge, but really didn’t expect it to happen like this. At this point it’s completely up in the air as to what Fitbit will do with the intellectual property they’ve purchased.

Although I hope for the best, it’s also good to learn from experience.

Palm was another company that I had been a loyal customer to since nearly their start. I owned their innovative PDA products, and even bought the phones when they seemed to be evolving. The last phone they made was truly an elegant thing of beauty. Small, stylish, functional.

Then Palm was bought out by HP. HP proceeded to fumble the ball for a few months before scrapping everything that was Palm. Hardware, Software – Everything. Another disappointing end to a very promising start-up.

I’m not really sure what the lesson is here, if any. But it is interesting to note that innovation by itself is not always rewarded with success. For that matter, hard work isn’t any guarantee either.

Perhaps the key is in The Round Table Club‘s motto: “Adapt, Adopt, Improve

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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What I Did On Winter Break

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What I Did On Winter Break


… and … We’re Back!

Ah! It’s good to take some time away to make you appreciate things.

So, what’s been up on the break?

Glad you asked!

Here’s a short list:

  • Ate, Drank, Was Merry
  • Reconnected with friends and family
  • Started writing a novel
  • Got new acoustic panels for my recording space
  • Collaborated on some new projects with other artists
  • Planned out my show reel for Live! from E.V.I.L.
  • Began singing lessons with a new teacher

Whew! Glad I’m back at the grindstone, huh?

Anywho, I’ll once again be posting regular Dumps every Monday morning…

See you all in a week 😉
Joe

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Wakey, Wakey! Dump On Breaky!

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Wakey, Wakey! Dump On Breaky!

After 3 years and 160 weekly posts, I’m gonna take a vacation!
(wheeeee!)

I’ll be back in early 2016 with more Songs, Comedy, Animation and Business advice.
(though, you might get a visit from Henderson while I’m out…)

You can also search our archives to find rubber chickens, future tales, and tons of other nonsense!

Or, click here for something completely Random 😉

So, behave yourselves while I’m away…

And I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday Season!

Yakatchasoon,
Joe

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All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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Graphic JoeActor!

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Graphic JoeActor! Part of the job of being self-employed is letting people know what you’ve accomplished. Since I normally eschew traditional marketing methods, I decided to get a bit graphic instead. Below are some iconic graphics featuring characters that I’ve … Continue reading

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Solarix

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Solarix: Video Game in Development Genetic experiments. Infected crew mates. Trapped in deep space, you are the sole survivor. Just a “loose end” for the corporation to tie up. Hiding… running… searching for a way out. I am watching you. … Continue reading

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Voice Mime

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Voice Mime

Voice Mime

“If I’m paid to voice a job and it’s never used, does it make a sound?”

Well I’m here to answer “YES!”, and show you some Voice Mime gigs from my own personal forest.

The following are all jobs that I auditioned for, got cast, recorded, and got paid for – that have never been heard until now!

Celebrity Voices
These projects involve celebrity voice matching. Sometimes it is to replace a celebrity voice in a movie or trailer, other times they’re used as scratch tracks until the celebrity has time to record the final version.
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FDA Performer Labeling

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FDA Passes New Performer Labeling Law

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Dec. 23, 2013
Media Inquiries: Guy Inagorillasuit 555/555-1212

 
Announcement:
Due to recent consumer confusion over terms like “celebrity“, “personality“, and “star“, the FDA has decided to enact mandatory labeling of all performers.
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Found in a German Museum

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Found in a German Museum

If you’re ever looking for me, you might just find me in a museum in Germany.
No, I’m not that old, or even German!

Over the past several years, I’ve had the good fortune to be cast as the English voice for three different museums in Germany. The videos below are simply beautiful. Perhaps some day I’ll even get to visit these amazing places…

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Video Games Live!

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Video Games Live!

      16 One-Winged Angel (21)

This past week, I had the phenomenal experience of singing in two concerts with the Video Games Live choir. The above clip is our recording of “One-Winged Angel” from Final Fantasy 7.

Video Games Live

Video Games Live (www.videogameslive.com) is a multi-media show featuring video game music sung live by a choir with music performed by a symphony orchestra. There are interactive segments with the audience, guest directors from the game companies, synchronized videos, trivia, prizes, and much more. Truly an exciting concert!
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