More music featuring Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield has not only been guest starring on TV shows, he’s also been a featured artist on other performers’ albums.

Here he is with Australian singer, Cleo Alexandra, 22, whose new EP was just produced by Keith Olsen (a producer of RS’s “Working Class Dog” album). The first video had kind of a creepy stalker vibe to it that distracted from the song, but you can appreciate the song much more in the studio version (below).

It could be that the stalker vibe was intentional, as it starts out with a view from the outside of a house and then shows RS’s head in a baseball hat and sunglasses floating on the screen as if he’s lurking behind the curtains. If that’s the case, then the video succeeded in its mission.

Cleo Alexandra has a beautiful, sultry voice in this different take of Men at Work’s “Who Can it Be Now,” plus it’s really cool to see RS recording his part of the song in his studio.

The other collaboration is with Jimmy Martin, a rock artist and producer from Luxembourg. He features Rick Springfield (who he called his mentor in a recent Facebook post) in a duet of RS’s 1984 hit “Love Somebody” on Martin’s “The Duets” album, which was released in November 2018 (though the song was recorded a few years ago). The RS appearance in this video is concert footage, which of course is always fun to see.

Since I started writing songs, I’ve had a dream of writing and recording a song with RS, so the fact that he’s working with these artists shows that he’s open to this sort of thing (and allows me to continue fantasizing about the possibility…). ūüėČ

30th anniversary of Live Aid

I’m a day late on this one, but I had a¬†deadline at work and they pay me, so…

Anyway, yesterday was the 30-YEAR anniversary of Live Aid, a concert held on July 13, 1985 that was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds to help those affected by the Ethiopian famine. The concert was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and was watched by an estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide (200,000 in person between both places).

It’s pretty incredible to see the list of artists who performed that day (click here for list).

And guess who was on this pretty incredible list? Yes, the subject of this blog. He sang: “Love Somebody,” “State of the Heart” and “Human Touch.” (Did you notice what song is not on that list – yes THAT one.¬†See, he does have other hit songs!)

Here are videos from that day – 30 years (and one day) ago:

All together now:
“We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me.”

(I had forgotten that Michael Jackson wrote “We are the World” but I do remember how popular that song was and how exciting it was to see so many artists perform it together.)