Author Archives: Melisa

Sadly, Melisa with one S was musically stunted as a small child by the presence of too much television. Listening to music was not something she did for fun but rather out of necessity, riding in the back of her parents' VW Bug in the early- to mid-1970's singing along to songs like "Delta Dawn", "(You're) Having My Baby" and "Afternoon Delight" (not necessarily in that order). She was given a Sony Walkman in December 1981, along with the Olivia Newton John "Physical" cassette, and no other tapes to speak of. It is for this very reason that she still knows the lyrics to all ten songs, especially her favorite track, "Silvery Rain". In the early 1980's she spent many afternoons listening to 8-track tapes with her younger sister, especially Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and the "Fiddler on the Roof" Broadway soundtrack. (No, seriously.) Then Michael Jackson dropped "Billie Jean", MTV exploded, and her 80's music obsession began. Every waking, non-school moment was spent watching MTV, waiting for her favorite Duran Duran, Berlin, and INXS videos to be played. She experienced one of the most emotional days of her life in 1985 when her father's co-worker invited her at the last minute to take an extra seat she had for Prince's "Purple Rain" tour as it passed through a town that was three hours away that night, and then, later as she was putting the finishing touches on her outfit, was devastated to find out that the co-worker realized there wasn't room for her in the car. She does not blame Prince for this tragedy in any way and, 25 years later, has mostly recovered from the extreme devastation of missing one of the greatest concert tours of all time. As Melisa grew older, the '80s never strayed far from her heart but she expanded her musical preferences to include current pop, rock, alternative, electronica, techno, trance, house, world, dance, hip-hop, and especially 32-count workout mixes. On certain days, she wants to be Lady Gaga. You can find Melisa at her personal blog, Suburban Scrawl, on Twitter, and livestreaming a funny little show called "Suburban WoW" every other Friday with her good friend Weaselmomma.

Foo Fighters’ “Back and Forth” ROCKS.

I was a late bloomer when it came to being a Foo Fighters fan. Their style is pretty far away from what I usually listen to (pop, house, electronica, techno…). It wasn’t that I didn’t like their music; it’s just that I didn’t actively follow it. That changed eventually: I have three Foo Fighters fans…

INXS Should’ve Stuck With The Original (Sin)

Several months ago I read that INXS was going to release a new record/album/CD (what is it that we call it these days??) called “Original Sin”, named after their big hit from 1984. The song has a driving beat, a catchy chorus, a slightly-controversial (for its time) topic, and of course, the magic of the…

Do As I Do, Not What I Sing.

Mixing song lyrics with impressionable minds can be a tricky thing. When my kids were younger, everything went over their head so I didn’t really “censor” what they listened to. Mostly we listened to music from the 80′s and early 90′s anyway, and we all know that was harmless. Right?

How Good Is Craig Taubman’s New Album? Super Good!

Craig Taubman is one of the biggest names in contemporary Jewish music, and he’s got a newly released album that I want to tell you about. That’s not where I want to start, though. I’m going to start…at the beginning! This being “The Music Mamas” and all, I just figured it would be important to…

Raise Your Glass To P!nk’s New Greatest Hits Album!

There are many artists out there who seem to have suddenly achieved their success practically overnight. You might, if you just “found” P!nk in the last couple of years or so as a result of her stunning live performances of “Sober” (on the 2009 VMAs) and “Glitter in the Air” (on the 2010 Grammys), or…

I Believe In You, Black Dub!

Okay, wow. We Music Mamas get all kinds of goodies to check out in advance of the general public, and I tend to get absolutely giddy when I find something I really like, which in turn I get to share with you. Black Dub is one of those special somethings.

Lucy Schwartz: What A Year She’s Having!

Things are definitely looking up for relative newcomer Lucy Schwartz. The brunette beauty, still only twenty years old, has already toured with Lilith Fair and performed on “The Tonight Show”. Her “Graveyard” video just won “The Freshmen” at mtvU (putting it in regular rotation at mtvU!), she’s recorded a song for the movie “Shrek Forever…

Rock Of Ages Rocks.

I’m not the type of person to be stuck on one musical genre, I’m open to lots of different things. That’s not to say that I don’t have my favorites. Most people who know me personally will vouch for the fact that I’m a total 80′s freak. In fact, my best friend (who lives a…

Buckle Up: Mohombi’s Taking You On A Bumpy Ride!

I am all about catchy pop tunes. The lyrics don’t matter much to me in the beginning; it’s the music itself that gets me hooked. That’s probably why I think of Moby’s “Southside” as a happy song when it’s clearly not (it has always put a smile on my face!), but that’s a whole other…

Will We Get A New Outrageous Moment At This Year’s MTV VMAs?

The MTV Video Music Awards, or “VMAs” as they have been called lately because people can’t help but abbreviate nearly everything in this world, are always a load of fun to watch, but not only because of the music and the videos, though those elements are great. Rather, I enjoy being on the lookout for…