Wednesday, December 23, 2015

My Super Mario Maker Levels

Super Mario Maker Levels - Updated March 22, 2016

Four Coins to the Exit:   SMW Ghost Level (March 21, 2016)


Koopa’s Air Battle:  SMB Airship Level  (March 21, 2016)


Koopa Garden: (Feburary 29, 2016)

SMB3 World 3-1 Remix (January 23, 2016)


Cave of Peril

Bullet Cruise

Giant Trouble

Slippery Cavern

The Sky is Falling

Walking on Glass

Luigi's Halloween (v. 2)

Enjoy!  Eddie

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Music of the 1980’s (my favorite songs)

Music of the 1980’s

I know a lot of these songs growing up the in 1980’s, however, there are some songs of this list that I heard for the first time well after the decade was over.  Note, there is no order to this list.

Enjoy!  These are some of my favorite songs from the decade that brought us Super Mario Brothers, the Rubik’s Cube, Indiana Jones, and lots of game shows:

Walk of Life – Dire Straits (Album: Brothers in Arms, 1985).  I definitely thank my dad for introducing this song to me.  Dad played this song whenever he got a chance for a while.

I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (Album:  I Love Rock ‘n Roll, 1981).  A definite go-to rock song for me, is pretty much an anthem for most (if not all) lovers of rock and roll.  This song is a perfect combination of edge, guitar, and beat. 

Weird Science – Oingo Boingo (Album: Dead Man’s Party, 1985).  My creation, is it real?  I can safely say yes to Oingo Boing.  It’s an all-around fun track.  The best version is the album version, lasting 6:10, as opposed to the most familiar 3:45 version from the movie’s soundtrack, oddly titled Weird Science. 

Faithfully – Journey  (Album:  Frontiers, 1983).  It was tough picking a favorite Journey song for this list.  I went with Faithfully because of its powerful ballad, tender-hearted lyrics, and how the background music helps tell the story.  Honestly, it was between Faithfull and Don’t Stop Believin’. 

Sailing – Christopher Cross (Album: Christopher Cross, 1979.  The single was released in June 1980).  I can just close my eyes, imagine myself on a sailboat sailing across the ocean on a perfect day.  Or if I am not sailing, I am walking the beach during sunset.  This song is just peaceful.

No One Like You – Scorpions (Album: Blackout, 1982).  A rock ballad that tells how a man misses his love and desires to be with her again.  The guitar riffs and melody beautifully portrays the emotion of the lyrics. 

Thriller – Michael Jackson (Album:  Thriller, 1983).  One of the stable songs of Halloween.  One year, my cousins and I played this song on repeat until we got sick of it (which was at least twenty times).  The music video is epic and puts most horror-themed music videos to shame.  Who can forget the zombie dance?   

Thing Called Love – Bonnie Raitt (Album:  Nick of Time, 1989).  Thing Called Love is about a well-adjusted single woman asking a prospective male if he is ready for love.  Bonnie Raitt brings solid guitar licks and a voice of a confidence.  “I ain’t no queen of Sheeba”, “I ain’t no ameba”, and “I ain’t no porcupine, take off your kid gloves” exudes that confidence.  It’s a very solid song. 

Love Shack – The B-52’s (Album: Cosmic Thing, 1989).  I think this is my favorite B-52’s song and is also one of mom’s favorite.  It is just a feel great track. 

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan (Album:  I Feel For You, 1984). (Originally:  Prince, 1979).  This song is well put together, containing lyrics from Prince (who also sung “I Feel For You” and that track itself is kickass), harmonica from Stevie Wonder, rap from Melle Mel (of Grandmaster Flash), and Khan’s powerful voice.  This song got a lot of play during my childhood.

Naughty Naughty – John Parr (Album: John Parr, 1984).  This is one the songs I first heard of later in life, which is a good thing because the suggestive lyrics would have gone over then my seven-year old head. 

Magic – The Cars (Album: Heartbeat City, 1984).  At first I thought the song was about romance and falling in love.  After watching the music video, it is more about a guy whose magical powers attracts people like flowers attract bees.  Nevertheless, the music is mesmerizing.   

I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters (Album: Break Out, 1983).  This song changed meanings for me from my childhood (a great dance track) to adulthood (where I learn the real meaning of the lyrics). 

The Look of Love – ABC (Album:  The Lexicon of Love, 1982).  This is a fun track and the video is also fun too.  This song beautifully asks what makes true love.

Shadow Boxing – Teena Marie (Album: Robbery, 1983).  This is a track I first heard well after the 80’s have passed.  I wish I did hear it sooner, the easy listening track with solid lyrics makes this song addictive.  Teena didn’t have to break it down for me to understand.  She went way too soon.

Together Forever – Rick Astley (Album:  Whenever You Need Somebody, 1987).  This track is full-on romantic.  The man, so in love for his woman, will do anything for her as he pledges his everlasting love.  It is a good song for romantic nights or Valentine’s Day. 

Head Over Heels – Go-Gos (Album:  Talk Show, 1984).  Another feel good track. 

Let it Loose – Gloria Estefan (Album: Let It Loose, 1987).  This song stands out for me is beat and backing lyrics accompanied with Estefan’s smooth singing. 

Notorious – Duran Duran (Album:  Notorious, 1986).  It was tough picking a Duran Duran song for this list.  I ultimately went with Notorious because it stood out the most.  Little did I know that the song’s lyrics highlighted the internal struggle and fighting the band member were having during that time.

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard (Album: Hysteria, 1987).  Want a 1980’s rock anthem?  This song is a great one to consider. 

Whip It Good – Devo (Album:  Freedom of Choice, 1980).  This is the guilty pleasure for me.

Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantayzee (Album: Battle Hyms for Children Singing, 1982).  One more guilty pleasure.  This is probably the most unusual track I ever heard in my life.  Shiny Shiny is a perfect example of musical dissonance.  In this case, the music is very happy, when the song is about post-nuclear war.  I believe Fantayzee’s entire album had musical dissonance.

The 1980s Song I Wish Are on iTunes (they are not as of December 20, 2015):

Should I Love You – Cee Farrow (Album:  Red and Blue, 1983)

The Lover In Me – Sheena Easton (Album: The Lover In Me, 1988)

I’m Never Gonna Give You Up – Frank Stallone & Cynthia Rhodes (Album: Staying Alive soundtrack, 1983).  (This is not available as a single track)

Earworm of the 1980’s AND Iconic Song of the 1980’s

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. (Album: Ghostbusters soundtrack, 1984).  If the Ghostbusters and everything associated with them aren’t icons of the 1980s, then what is?  This song remains stuck in our heads even 30 years later. 

I’m pretty sure I missed a few, but these are songs I can think of for now.  What are your 1980’s favorites? 


This blog is property of Edward Shore, 2015. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

2015: The Year in Music

2015:  The Year in Music

My take of 2015 in music.  First the positive. 

My Favorite Songs of 2015

These are my six favorite songs that were released in 2015.  To qualify, the song had to either be an album released from December 18, 2014 to December 17, 2015; or it was a single.  There is no order, these are just my favorites.

“Glorious You” – Frank Turner (Album: Positive Songs for Negative People). First of all, given the album’s title, how does Frank Turner know about me?  A loud track where Turner aims to pull the veil and superficial masks from the listener to revel the listener’s true beauty, if only for a moment. 

“I Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd.  (Album: Beauty and the Madness).  I may get some slack for this, but there is a reason why this song was very popular last summer.  The song has a slick beat and the lyrics match the melody well.  The music video is very comedic (or tragic depending on your point of view).  I can only hope that the Weeknd is able to feel his face again. 

“Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay (Album: A Headful of Dreams). I think this is my favorite Coldplay song of their entire catalog song.  The song is colorful and uplifting.  I first heard Adventure upon a recent visit to a coffee shop and I ended up holding off what I was doing.  This song has a message of hope and gives excitement for the adventure ahead.

“Wicked Game” – David Cook (Album:  Digital Vein). Wicked Game was originally sung by Chris Isaak in 1989 and it was wickedly great.  Cook’s cover is also super powerful and he just pulls you into the emotion of the song.  If Cook’s version isn’t part of a dramatic movie, it should be.  Well done, Cook.

“Then Comes the Wonder” – The Landing (Album:  “How Strange To Be”). This is a feel good track, as the lyrics suggest.  The song encourages the listener to life live out loud and to be what they ‘wanna be’.  The melody is well-put together and definitely worth a listen. 

“No Sleeep” (that’s not a typo, the song’s title has 3 e’s) – Janet Jackson featuring J. Cole (Album: “Unbreakable”).  Sleeep is a soulful anticipation of love and promising that when the couple reunites they will get no sleep (they will be too busy making love).  Jackson’s song is a solid jam to kick back to.  The single is 3:26, while the album version includes an interlude by guest rapper J. Cole is 4:21.

Honorable Mentions:

“Aquaman” – Walk the Moon (Talking Is Hard).   The album Talking Is Hard was released December 2, 2014.  Walk the Moon is not only bringing back the New Wave era of the early 1980s, they are making it cool for the 21st century.  Aquaman is a smooth irresistible track. 

“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar (single).  I think this is the revenge track of 2015.  The original track from the 1989 album was good, but Lamar gave the track the extra kick that it needed.  Lamar and Swift combined was gold.  The video was also good (but did they have to put Lena Dunham in the video?  Eeek! Yikes!)

2015 Album of the Year

This is an easy pick for me:  Unbreakable – Janet Jackson.  Each song is a power groove while some having powerful messages.  In addition to “No Sleeep”, “Unbreakable” is a strong first track that I can’t stop listening to.  “Shoulda Known Better” the powerful ballad of learning from the past and asking that we do better in the future.  “BURNITUP!” with Missy Elliot is great dance track.  “After You Fall” is the song you would listen to when life gets rough, anyone signing this to you is your true friend or the family member that sticks by you when you are not on your best.  I also find “Dream Maker/Euphoria” a hopeful track and one I can’t stop listening to.

Now for the earworm, parodies, sin counts, and most annoying song of 2015….

The Earworm of 2015

“Focus” – Ariana Grande (Album: Moonlight, to be released in 2016).  I don’t know she does it: Grande seems to butcher the English language in some parts of the song, and the song seems to be used from template of “Problem”.  Yet Focus accomplishes what it does, it gets us to listen and indeed, focus on Grande.  And her song, especially the chorus (including an uncredited Jamie Foxx) will be stuck in your head. 

The Bart Baker Parody of the 2015: Parody of “Bitch I’m Madonna”

The reception on Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna” has been brutal, despite the original song having two power pop stars Madonna and Nicki Minaj.  Baker, playing as Madonna, acts like she is over the hill and refuses let her youth go.  Tiffany Tynes raps and pretty much nails Minaj’s style.  Unlike the real video, Diplo, played by Roland Lutigaarden has a vocal part.  If you like parodies of song, click here:

(Not for the Faint of Heart.  Sense of Humor required.)

And if you want the official video of Bitch I’m Madonna, here it is:

(I almost named “Bitch I’m Madonna” as Earworm of 2015.)

Best Video Sins of 2015

I am addicted to Sins Media (Jeremy Scott and Chris Atkinson), which has popular YouTube channels Cinema Sins, Music Video Sins, and Brand Sins (hosted by Bobby Burns).   The Music Video Sins channel ( ) launched January 8, 2015 covering Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The USA”.  (“Party In The USA” had Miley before she cut her hair, sprinkled donut sprinkles over her lips, and twerked on anything she could get hands on).  Here are five favorite sins videos of mine:

“Darude” – Sandstorm.  The video has a lot of running, and running, and running, and running…

“Flawless” – Beyoncé.  First, Jeremy introduced Ed McMahon to a new generation.  We also learn what happens at one of the hipster Beyoncé parties.  Gives a whole new meaning to “I woke up like this!”

“Hypnotize” – Notorious B.I.G.  Two reasons why this made list of favorites: the video is so “sintastic”, and I learn what the human centipede is.

“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex featuring Justin Bieber.  A gallery, a bunch of pictures of somber Bieber, accompanied by a weird beat: what could possibly go wrong?  Video Music Sins points all the things that do.

“Hotline Bling” – Drake.  Few music video sins videos contain a bonus round, and spoiler alert, “Hotline Bling” includes one.  Let’s just say Drake has been very sinful.

Most Annoying Songs of 2015

“Pretty Girls” – Iggy Izelea and Brittany Spears.  Two grown women who act like bratty entitled teens in this song.  The lyrics encourage people accentuate any and all things superficial.

“Worth It” – Fifth Harmony.  Worth It is definitely a swing and a miss. The lyrics “I’m worth it” and “Gimme” sung so many times the song doesn’t sound empowering but people on being so bratty that hearing nails screeched on chalkboard sound preferable.  The background music is flat. 

(As a rule, I would have probably included a song from Justin Bieber but I go out of my away to avoid his music.) 

What 2015 songs have registered as favorites for you?  Which ones have would you rather never hear of again? 


This blog is property of Edward Shore.  2015.