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British Media From Across the Pond



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Episode Description:

We at Pop Conscious are Anglophiles. As much as we are proud to be Americans, we also admire England, its people, and its culture.  Join us as we share our love of the British invasions into our pop culture awareness in music, comedy, film, television, and wherever we can find it. Pip, Pip, Cheerio!

Moral of the story:  We can declare our independence, and still celebrate our shared history.

We also learned that it’s hard to talk.  Listen and find out!

SHOW NOTES (from Malayna):

~ My dad was in the British Royal Navy, and lived in England for a short time before coming to the US
~ I went to London for the first time when I was 7 years old
Early pop culture influences:
•    Mary Poppins – Julie Andrews – (Practically perfect in every way), Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Alice in Wonderland

•    Shakespeare in 5th grade – Midsummer Night’s Dream – I was stage manager. The same year, My Fair Lady was the musical, I played Mrs. Higgins, Henry Higgin’s mum. On the school bus, there was a kid who used to lead us in Beatles sing-alongs on the way home.
•    Monty Python & Fawlty Towers – 1985
•    My bro loved The Who, my dad took him to see them live in 1982.

•    The British Invasion the 1960s influx of British music groups like The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks,  The Rolling Stones, and The Who
(paraphrased from Wikipedia)

•   “Second British Invasion” The 80’s New Wave –In 1981, MTV ushered in new wave’s most successful era in the United States. British artists had learned how to use the music video early on — (especially Duran Duran’s musical travelogues of exotic locales like Sri Lanka & The Maldives).  New wave artists from the UK included Culture Club, Duran Duran and ABC, and The Thomson Twins.  (paraphrased from Wikipedia)
...Queen, George Michael, Elton John,
•    Do They Know It’s Christmas by Bob Geldof 1984, Live Aid 1985
•    Far Pavilions – 1984 – Amy Irving & Ben Cross  (Story of forbidden love in 1800’s Indi Read the rest of this entry

Pop Music to Rock Your Sundays – with Adam Chester


Original air date: Monday, April 28, 2014

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Stacy Malayna Adam Chester

Join Malayna and Stacy as they laugh and learn with their friend and special guest Adam Chester! He has a colorful musical career—Unity musician on Sundays, and the “surrogate Elton John” whenever Sir Elton and the band need him. He uses music and a sense of humor to connect with the people in the pews and make Sunday services fun. He also put the offering blessing of Unity to music so we can all sing along. Get ideas for your playlist here!

From rehearsing in Elton John’s place with his band before live gigs, Adam Chester most recently wrote and arranged a choral piece on Elton John’s new single “Home Again”.

Always a fan of Elton, he was unaware of Elton’s appearance on The Muppet Show, which apparently had a big impact on Stacy.

Elton John on The Muppet Show

Elton John on The Muppet Show doing Crocodile Rock

He’s been doing Unity music since 1997 or 1998.  From West Valley Unity to Westside Unity, where he plays currently, Adam wrote music to Unity’s abundance blessing “Divine Love through me, blesses and multiplies all I have, all that I give, all I receive.  I give in love and I trust in God.”

Adam has enjoyed that Unity is flexible and contemporary with pop music, he does songs like, “Heaven Must Be Missin’ an Angel” by Tavares, “Love Train”,  and The Theme song to TV’s’ Cheers, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”.

Singer songwriter trend in Unity names like: Karen Drucker, Daniel Nahmod, Rickie Byars & Michael Beckwith and Mark Stanton Welch!  Adam Chester should be part of that!