Monday, December 31, 2018

Duran Duran Finale - Rio


Live from London

The best way to conclude the Duran Duran Finale series.

The perfect way to end 2018.

Have a great New Year's Eve.

I'll see you next year!

(Well, tomorrow - 1/1/19)

Duran Duran Rio

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Duran Duran Finale - Last Man Standing

"Last Man Standing" is the last track on Duran Duran's album, Red Carpet Massacre.

Of the 12 songs on Red Carpet Massacre, I personally only like two - "The Valley" and "Falling Down."

In a sense, "Last Man Standing" and "Falling Down" are entire opposites if you consider the lyrics or the titles alone.

My take away from Red Carpet Massacre -

As my first concert experience during the band's album tour, I will forever cherish the memories.  I do not remember the concert's set list, but I will always remember just having fun to every song performed.  My mom and I were the last few standing until the guys were completely off stage.

"Last Man Standing" is my conclusion to the Duran Duran finale series...perhaps.  Stay tuned for tomorrow because maybe - just maybe - I will throw a New Year's Eve bash Set List style.

Duran Duran - Last Man Standing

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Duran Duran Finale - Still Breathing

"Still Breathing" is the last track on one of Duran Duran's most notable albums, Astronaut.

The irony between the first track and last track on Astronaut is the tone.  "Reach Up For the Sunrise" is upbeat, catchy, and hopeful in lyrics.  "Still Breathing" is slowed down and somewhat depressing in lyrics.

The greatest take away from Astronaut as an album and the full track list is the profound and deliberate response to...

Where December 7, 1941 was declared a day that will live in infamy, so too will be September 11, 2001.

No one saw either date coming, but did bring the country together in a united front.

Astronaut brought the original lineup together in a united front.

Powerful really

Duran Duran Still Breathing

Friday, December 28, 2018

Duran Duran Finale - Sin of the City

"Sin of the City" is the last track on Duran Duran's The Wedding Album - one of the band's best and highly ranked albums I would say.

In the whole of The Wedding Album, two songs have lasted in strong popularity since the album's release in 1993 - "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone."

"Ordinary World" is a musical tribute to a friend Simon Le Bon lost to drugs.

Change gears for a moment.

"What Happens Tomorrow" was written in response to the aftermath of September 11, 2001.  The sin that global society has come to and for what?

...A similar point in "Sin of the City."

Change gears one last time.

The Wedding Album cover features actual photos of each band member's parents on their wedding days.


Duran Duran - Sin Of The City

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Duran Duran Finale - The Chauffer

"The Chauffer" is the last track on Duran Duran's defining album, Rio.  May 1982 release.

"Rio" is the first track on Rio and the history of Duran Duran goes from there.

Middle tracks on Rio -

2.  My Own Way
3.  Lonely In Your Nightmare
4.  Hungry Like the Wolf
5.  Hold Back the Rain
6.  New Religion
7.  Last Chance On the Stairway
8.  Save a Prayer

In May 2008, I went to my first concert - Duran Duran.  Of the many classics and Red Carpet Massacre songs, "Last Chance On the Stairway" was a surprise performance because I never knew how popular it may have been.

In Live from London, "Save a Prayer" received as profound reception as "Planet Earth" (in other words - really loud reception).

Duran Duran The Choffeur

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Duran Duran Finale - Tel Aviv

"Tel Aviv" is the last track on Duran Duran's first album under the Duran Duran name.  June 1981 release.

"Girls on Film" is the first track on Duran Duran's first album and was the most well received - No. 5 in the UK upon release in July.

Duran Duran debut reception -

No. 3 on UK Albums Chart
UK Top 100 for 117 weeks
Platinum status December 1982
Certified Platinum June 1985


Duran Duran - Tel Aviv

Monday, December 24, 2018

Holiday Announcement

In honor of the Christmas holiday, I am taking a break from Set List.  I will return on Wednesday, December 26th.

Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hold meaningful traditions for me.  Christmas Eve is spent with a nice dinner and opening "Big Kahuna" gifts.  Christmas Day is spent with donuts, Santa gifts, and stocking stuffers.  Every year is filled with eager anticipation.  I am well known for buying "big kahuna" gifts months in advance. 

As I write this message, I cannot help but remember those I have lost this year - my grandmother's brother and my cat of 13 years.  As I write this message, I cannot help but remember a loving bond once was and now no longer.

The holiday season is meant to be lighthearted and peaceful, families brought together for two reasons - the holidays and truly just being together, joyful laughter and silence in awe of snowfall, excitement to enjoy the sparkling household decorations and tree decorations, the tree skirt filled with presents, imagining who will receive what and what could possibly be...this is my holiday season.

In the end,

Merry Christmas

- Lauren

Sinead O'Connor Silent Night

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Favorite

On this last Sunday Favorite in the Holidays 2018 Series...


Where normally I would share thoughts on Sunday Favorite editions, I instead am going to let the link above speak on my behalf.  (The video below ranked high in reader interest as well.  Inspiration for the Santa! post.)


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Music Pick

My music pick for the day is "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." 

Magical best describes the instrumental and overall tone.

Lost in imagination best describes the theme.

Pure innocence  defines "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

And so enjoy once more "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

Friday, December 21, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is a classic - composition, instrumental, theme.

I chose "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" to be today's Holiday 2018 Series song as a sense of eve before Christmas Eve because Saturday and Sunday will be usual posts - Music Pick and Sunday Favorite.  Today is the final Holiday 2018 Series song before Christmas Eve and I wanted to go with a quiet tone where a listener can get lost in imagination. 

Lost in imagination.

Enjoy "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Christmas is Coming!

"Christmas is Coming" best defines the spirit of the holidays.

"Christmas is Coming" truly defines the child within adults.

"Christmas is coming" perfectly defines holiday excitement that brings society together.  When snow gently falls, when eager anticipation of what the wrapped presents are and who are they for, admiring neighborhood lights, admiring decorations within, when family comes together...everyone is silent and enjoys the moment.

Christmas is coming.  The song says the rest of it.  Enjoy the video below.

Christmas Is Coming - Jason Gray - Official Lyric Video

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Rudolph!

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a childhood classic - pure innocence, joy, holiday excitement, singing along, eagerly making sure the chocolate chip cookies will be neatly displayed for Santa and his reindeer, perhaps a special note just for Rudolph to say that his red nose makes him unique and special and to never fear mocking.

Rudolph is indeed a special and one of a kind reindeer.  After all a song was created just for him.

Enjoy the video below.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer(Lyrics)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sing Blue Silver... not in reference to Duran Duran.

A play on song titles.

"I'll be so blue thinking about you."

"It's Christmas time in the city."

Polar opposite in sentiment which makes both songs intriguing to pair.

Thought for consideration -

Perhaps the two defining lyrics for each song are not as seemingly opposite as they appear.  In other words -

A blue Christmas is missing a loved one.  Christmas is not the same without the loved one.

Is Christmas time in the city special when you shop for gifts?  The answer is generally yes.  However, what if there is a special someone who will not be home for Christmas, whatever the reason may be.  Is Christmas time in the city still meaningful?

And so I have tied the two Christmas songs together.

Dean Martin Silver Bells

Michael Bublé - Blue Christmas [Official HD]

Monday, December 17, 2018


As an adult, I know that Santa Claus is not real - there are logical explanations behind the lyrics.  Mom and dad eat the cookies.  Mom and dad know their children's behavior.  Of course, though, the little ones will always get Christmas Eve presents and Santa gifts on Christmas day.

As an adult, I will admit to always being excited when I get Santa gifts.

Santa Claus does not exist, but the musical joys behind his name make Christmas that much more special.

Michael Bublé - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town [Official HD]

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Sunday Favorite, Holiday Series 2018 - Most Wonderful Time is well at the top in viewer interest.

Upon reading the post, I found it to be rather down in tone. 

Most Wonderful Time calls upon joy, excitement, eagerness, bringing family together, and of course all of the presents. 

There was one point of intrigue I brought up that truly makes this season the most wonderful time of the year - donating to those in need.  For every one something - anything - that you no longer use or wear, freshen them up and donate where you can.  They will essentially be Christmas presents from you to those less fortunate.

Most Wonderful Time is happiness in the most content of ways.  May there be love and laughter.  May there be sincere promises to reunite more often.

May every year be the most wonderful time.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Music Pick

My music pick for the day is "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

The holiday season truly is the most wonderful time of the year - shimmering tree lights, sentimental tree ornaments, deck the home with decorations, seasonal scent.

Curious question -

Why is there a song such as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" dedicated to this one time of year?  Birthdays are wonderful.  Wedding anniversaries are wonderful.  The Fourth of July is wonderful.  Thanksgiving is wonderful. 

Just curious.

At any rate, the holiday season will always be the most wonderful time of the year - families enjoying time together first and foremost, presents and Santa gifts second.

Final note - The holiday season being the most wonderful time of the year should be honorable.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Home

For any reason known only to them, many families cannot guarantee loved ones being home for Christmas.

For those families who are able to come together, feel eternally grateful.  Put aside topics of conversation that cause arguments and just enjoy the company of family.

Wherever home is this holiday season, just be happy to be home.

Bing Crosby - I'll Be Home For Christmas

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Shake Hands with Louis Prima

In this edition of Holiday 2018 Series, I am honoring Louis Prima - vocalist and trumpeter behind the festive Christmas song, "Shake Hands with Santa Claus."

Louis Prima was an American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana (December 7, 1910), Louis Prima was inspired by New Orleans jazz, swing jazz, and jump blues.

In the late 1920s, Prima formed a New Orleans-style jazz band.  In the 1930s, he led a swing combo and a big band group in the 1940s.

In the 1950s, Louis Prima was a well-known Las Vegas lounge act.

A full background of Louis Prima's life and career can be found on Wikipedia.

Points of interest -

Louis Prima was born in and passed away in New Orleans.

Louis Prima was married four times back to back.

Louis Prima is listed on two separate Christmas jazz CDs performing the same song - "Shake Hands with Santa Claus." …

… This is my take away.

I will let the video below say the rest of it.  Enjoy "Shake Hands with Santa Claus."

1951 Louis Prima - Shake Hands With Santa Claus

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Oh Christmas Tree

My holiday tradition -

Decorate the house in full.

Set up the tree (I do use artificial pre-lit trees...just  easier).

Decorate the tree.

Lay out the tree skirt.

Place the presents on the tree skirt in a rather methodical way.

Christmas tree. 

An artificial pre-lit tree is very difficult to set up for decorating and impossible to put back in the box when the holiday is over.  Artificial trees in any size are heavy and awkward to fasten into the base. 

Decorating the tree.

Separating the branches and filling out each section to create the illusion of a real tree is exhausting.  Once complete though, the tree is ready to be filled with sentimental ornaments.

My mom and I prefer white lights to better illuminate the variety of ornament colors.

Every year, I take a step back every few ornaments to check their spacing.  A constant process.

When the angel - always last - is placed on the top branch, I take a step back to truly admire "Oh Christmas Tree."

Oh Christmas tree - instrumental

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Silent Halls

"Deck the Halls," like "Jingle Bells," is a Christmas classic that appeals to all ages, especially families with young children.  Timeless Christmas songs are always enjoyed while decorating the home and tree.

"Silent Night," on the other hand, is best reserved for Christmas Eve, when families can take one moment of complete silence to realize how lucky they are to be together in peace. 

"Silent Night" is perfect for an evening snowfall - quiet, beautiful, pure.

"Deck the Halls" and "Silent Night" are on the opposite end of the volume spectrum.  "Deck the Halls" is catchy, upbeat, and somewhat loud as a song to sing along to.  "Silent Night" is simply silent and meant just to listen.

And so with this said, enjoy "Deck the Halls" and "Silent Night" as holiday classics.

SILENT NIGHT ( MUSIC ) Thomas Kinkade

Carol Of The Bells - Deck The Halls - Robert Shaw Chorale

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Most Wonderful Time

Christmas Eve is two weeks from today.

My home is decorated.  My presents are ready to be wrapped and displayed on the tree skirt.  My stocking stuffers are even ready. 

I am dreaming, as the song goes, of a white Christmas.

My family and I have a holiday tradition - "big kahuna" gifts on Christmas Eve, Santa gifts and Dunkin' Donuts on Christmas morning, and of course stocking stuffers on Christmas morning.  "Big kahuna" gifts are the most special, unexpected, and financially possible.  I take great pride in affording big kahuna gifts every year...except for a few years when I am unable to afford the most special gift.

My heart breaks every time I am unable to afford the most special gifts.

My heart breaks for every family who can barely afford any gifts.

I have collected six bags filled with donations - clothes, toys, and special goodies.

I can only hope that these donations will provide the most wonderful time for those in need.

Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Music Video)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Favorite - Holidays 2018 Edition 1

You asked.  I listened.

Trans Siberian Orchestra.  Baby, It's Cold Outside.  Winter Wonderland.  Jingle Bells.  As featured on YouTube.  As a follow up in detail.

Jingle Bells.  The song itself did not generate mass views, but the follow up did.  I am rather surprised by this because the follow up was quite brief in detail.

And so I want to dedicate this post to include more thought into Holidays 2018 Series - Jingle All the Way.

In my opinion, "Jingle Bells" is by far the most recognized Christmas song in pop culture holiday music.  "Jingle Bells" is truly an icon.

"Jingle Bells" is a versatile song in that it can be enjoyed in any climate - those that may not see snow, higher altitudes in states that do not see snow, and regions that guarantee snow.

I first heard "Jingle Bells" when I was very young , living with my mother and grandmother in Southern California.  A fun song that was even more enjoyable when we moved to Illinois - my first experience with the first snowfall as "Jingle Bells" played in the background.

"Jingle Bells" is a unique song in that it can be enjoyed in childhood and adulthood.  A simply fun song for children and recapturing youth within adults.

On this note, I will conclude my thoughts on "Jingle Bells."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Music Pick

My music pick to launch the holiday season is...

Trans Siberian Orchestra!

Christmas songs generally do not recall electric guitars at their highest note.  Christmas songs are lighthearted in lyrics and minimal in instrumentals. 

Let me pose a thought for consideration -

Chris Botti's rendition of "Let it Snow!  Let it Snow!  Let it Snow!" is pure instrumental with his trumpet and a piano.  A soothing jazz escape into a winter wonderland.

On the other hand, there is the Trans Siberian Orchestra's take on Christmas music.  Loud, electric, intense.  In one ultimate word, I would say fun.  A magical escape into the holidays.

Which musical style would you choose?

Just for fun, Trans Siberian Orchestra is my Saturday music pick.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Frigid

When the overnight low is in the teens and the high for the next day is well below freezing, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is rather fitting.

My forever favorite holiday movie is "A Christmas Story."  "The Holiday" ranks second.  "Elf" ranks third.  Of the three, however, "Elf" has a sentimental soundtrack.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a classic holiday song for grownups given the lyrics.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a classic song beyond the holidays when winter's frigid chill settles in.

Point of interest -

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944 by American songwriter, Frank Loesser with original intention to be performed by himself and his wife at parties.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" was originally not linked to the holidays, but eventually became a Christmas song because of the winter theme.


"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is the perfect rendition for every climate withstanding frozen weather.

Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone (Baby It's Cold Outside)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Winter Frost

Song for the day - "Frosty the Snowman"

The video for "Jingle Bells" defined childhood innocence with colorful and jolly animation. 

The video for "Frosty the Snowman" is reminiscent of childhood memories in the holiday season - holiday break from school, in awe of the beautiful decorations, silent admiration for the snowfall, eager anticipation for Christmas to finally arrive, excitement for presents received, screams of joy when the presents are what was asked for, the forever love of Santa gifts and stocking stuffers.

Winter snow - Snowball fights, building a snowman, sledding.  A fun joy for children and adults.

Winter frost - Bundle up until being just shy of not being able to move.  A task not always looked forward to, but when the temperature dips below freezing and a wind chill is factored in, bundling up is best.

Enjoy the delicious Christmas Eve feast.  The seasonal candy cane must.

Families brought together for Thanksgiving.  Families brought together once more for Christmas.

Family.  Every family has flaws that are always noticed at any other time of the year.  Yet in the holiday season, put everything aside to enjoy the reasons for being a family.

And so on a conclusion note -

"Frosty the Snowman" will forever recall childhood innocence that truly lasts forever.

Bing Crosby - Frosty The Snowman

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Jingle All the Way

"Jingle Bells" is an iconic staple in the holiday season.  "Jingle Bells" is likewise a classic children's song that is enjoyed well into adulthood.

The video below highlights the innocence and joy of the holiday season.

Jingle Bells original with lyrics

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Christmas Wonderland

In this edition of what would be Two for Two Tuesday, I am pairing Bing Crosby's classic and original rendition of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" with Michael Buble's sentimental take on "Winter Wonderland."

I chose to feature these two songs on this Tuesday because, in the climate I live in, December as a winter month is remiss without glistening white snow. 

There is a magical sense about snowfall and a winter wonderland that is peaceful, calm, silent, and stops the chaos of life if only for one moment.

And so on this note, enjoy "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland."

Michael Bublé - Winter Wonderland [Official HD]

Bing Crosby - White Christmas (1942) Original Version

Monday, December 3, 2018

Holidays 2018 Series - Trans Siberian Orchestra

The month of October in Chicago was unseasonably warm.  The month of November in Chicago was unseasonably cold and brought our first quite measurable snowfall.  We did not have a proper Autumn season and December is now upon us.

In the spirit of a proper holiday season, I am going to feature holiday songs from today to Christmas Eve.

Enjoy Trans Siberian Orchestra to launch the holiday season on Set List.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo (Timeless Version) [O...

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday Favorite - Special Edition

In this special edition of Sunday Favorite on Set List, I am highlighting the most viewed post to date.  In all honesty, the featured post below is a personal favorite as well.

And so...

You spoke.  I listened.

I Like Noise

I cannot imagine the profound electric energy in Wembley on that one recorded night.  I can imagine the audience noise matching the instruments in volume.  As Simon Le Bon declared,

"I like noise."

More specifically -

"No.  I like more noise than that."

I never knew how loud a rock concert could be until I saw Duran Duran live in 2008.  My heart pounded with every tap on the drums.  My ears blasted with every guitar pick.  The audience sang along in unison at the very top of our lungs.

I now know, and will forever know, why Simon demanded his love for noise.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Music Pick

My music pick this week is "Once In a Lifetime."

The consistent underlying beat is not just catchy, but addictive.  Addictive is a strong word but in my opinion, it best defines how a listener might feel the moment the beat picks up.

The lyrics are unique and make sense to the song.  The lyrics are truly original.   

My take away for "Once In a Lifetime" -

Addictive.  When the song is over, it leaves a listener wanting more.

For these reasons, "Once In a Lifetime" is my Saturday music pick.

Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 Memories

December is a busy month - decorating, shopping, holiday much to do in one month alone!

On this last day of November, I thought I would spend this edition of Remember When Friday reflecting on my official return to Set List in March of this year.

In 2014, I dedicated my time on Set List in rapid fashion.  The year was a sprint and I ran out of steam.

In the years since, I lost touch and in 2016 and 2017, I could only wish Set List a happy anniversary.

In March of this year, I was curious.  I do not remember what the first post was about, but I wrote.  And then I wrote again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  I was all the while nervous that I would quit as quickly as I began.  April proved me otherwise with 64 posts and the month to beat.

I will admit coming close to leaving just a short time ago (roughly around October).  I suggested exploring the archives several days in a row.  I simply did not know what to write about.  I took time off to contemplate my future with Set List.

I published 106 posts in my launch year, 2010.  I have published over 300 posts since March of this year.  I marked a milestone this year - 500 published posts.

And so my 2018 memories, then, are special.  Set List is a virtual home to me and coming back after so many years in question makes me feel positive that I will never leave again.  I may take a break or two, but I am home.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bridal Shop

In this edition of Thursday fashion, I am announcing my new blog, Bridal Shop!

As a Style Icon on the social styling platform, Fashmates, I am always inspired to create a variety of looks by a variety of fashion designers.  For the most part, though, I tend to remain classic...So how is Fashmates related to Bridal Shop?

From time to time, I enjoy styling a bridal look.  My source is Fashmates.  My inspiration is Kleinfeld Bridal - home to couture bridal designers and to the reality television program, "Say Yes to the Dress." … Fashmates and Kleinfeld Bridal

Kleinfeld designers are a feature on Fashmates, so...

Welcome to Bridal Shop!

Couture bridal gowns and accessories.  Couture maid of honor dresses and accessories.

As an affiliate marketer, I create posts highlighting couture groom apparel.

As an affiliate marketer, I create posts highlighting luxury jewels (available for a woman's everyday budget).

Should you find interest, explore and enjoy my Bridal Shop link above.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Dive right in -

When I am at a loss for words or post theme, my default is searching through the Set List archives. 

Whether you search through 2018 or go years back, there may be a forgotten post that leaves you as intrigued now as you were then.

This is my reason for suggesting the Set List archives.

Explore and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Once One

Dive right in -

I doubt the music videos for "Once In a Lifetime" and "One Thing Leads to Another" surpassed the success of Duran Duran's "Rio," but the songs themselves are as successfully popular in modern culture as the song, "Rio."

I chose to feature "Once In a Lifetime" and "One Thing Leads to Another" on this two for two Tuesday because I saw an opposing theme in the titles.  If one thing leads to another, then that one thing cannot last once in a lifetime.

Whereas I generally highlight similarities in two for two Tuesday songs, I am finding intrigue in what is presented today.

Curiosity I suppose.

Leave a comment to share your take away of both songs!

The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another

Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime (Official Video)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Electric Barbarella

My first thought when watching the "Electric Barbarella" video is a model made to order.  In a sense, the video is similar to the Disney film, Pinocchio - still life becomes reality.  She is uniquely designed with makeup and maid attire.  She functions on an electric level.  A rather odd lyric - "Princess of my dreams."

The "Electric Barbarella" video is certainly one of a kind.  The lyrics to "Electric Barbarella" are unusual, but the tone is defining to Duran Duran - even if lacking the original lineup.

There is one lyric I cannot get past - "But you never looked so good."  Perfect skin, plastic kiss, fake fur, fake pearls.  She is designed to be the ideal figure.

In the post, "I Don't Want Your Love," I admitted to not being an overall fan of the song but loved the live intro.  In the case of "Electric Barbarella," I love the song for its energetic beat but the lyrics are seemingly off in a way I cannot describe.

This is my take on "Electric Barbarella."

Duran Duran - Electric Barbarella (Official Music Video)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday Favorite

You spoke.  I listened.

I Like Noise is this week's top post favorite.

"I like noise" is a profound declaration on a rock concert stage.

When he shouts "No.  I like more  noise than that," the crowd screams in a deafening way.

Bold move Simon Le Bon.

And so the post will say the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Music Pick - I Don't Want Your Love

"I Don't Want Your Love"

- First single from Big Thing album
- Released in September 1988

- #14 UK Singles Chart
- #4 Billboard Hot 100
- #1 Italy
- #8 Canada
- #15 Switzerland

(Source - Wikipedia)

Duran Duran members -
Simon Le Bon
John Taylor
Nick Rhodes

For the live from London intro alone, my music pick is "I Don't Want Your Love."

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Announcement

Dear readers and passersby,

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, I will be taking a break on Thursday and Friday. 

I will return on Saturday as usual.


I am at a loss for what to post on Set List, so once again I ask readers and passersby to turn to the archives.

On the other hand, listen to "Music" by Madonna as you scroll through past posts.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Strike a Pose


Classic song
Iconic Madonna

Where Simon Le Bon likes noise, Madonna states "let your body move to the music."

Groove is truly in the forefront of "Vogue."  Groove comes with dancing to the song and posing to the lyrics. 

Enjoy the video below.

Madonna - Vogue

Monday, November 19, 2018

I Like Noise

Veteran's Day is a reflective day to honor those who have served and come home or served and sacrificed.

The holiday is now in the past, so I thought I would lighten the Set List mood with "I Don't Want Your Love" by Duran Duran as performed live from London in 2004.

In the intro, Simon Le Bon is encouraging Roger Taylor and Roger knows exactly what to do.  Simon and Roger are talking to each other in an instrumental way.  Throughout the concert, Roger talks to Nick Rhodes in an instrumental way and to Andy Taylor in an instrumental way as well.  The connections are profound and intriguing.

My favorite part of the intro is when the band just stops to let the audience roar.  I especially love watching Nick back off from his keyboards.

There is electricity in any rock concert between the band and the audience.  Proof - "I like noise!" by Simon.

"No.  I like more noise than that."

Duran Duran I Don't Wanna Your Love

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Sunday Favorite, I am happy to share this week's top favorite based on reader and passerby views - Veterans to Politics.

On this Sunday Favorite -

The post will say the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Music Pick - Walking On the Moon

Apollo 11 Mission

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin

July 21, 1969

Buzz Aldrin became the first person to walk on the moon...technically speaking.  He was filming Neil Armstrong exiting the hatch and down the ladder.  Aldrin was the first person to touch the surface of the moon, but Armstrong was the first to be recorded for the experience.

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

And so on Set List, I am choosing "Walking On the Moon" as my music pick.

Friday, November 16, 2018

First Holiday Season on Set List

My first holiday season on Set List...a true blast from the past.

I launched Set List in May  2010, so Memorial Day was my first holiday on Set List.  The fourth of July was my second holiday on Set List.  Halloween was my third holiday on Set List.  And then there was Christmas 2010...Duran Duran style.  Sweet sentiments from Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes.

Fast forward eight years and I can only wonder what the 2018 holiday season will be like on Set List.

This is my Remember When Friday.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving in Style

Advertisements for Halloween seem to run before the beginning of October.  Advertisements for Christmas always run well before December.  Thanksgiving is defined by the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Family, a delicious feast, and goodbye to get in line for must have Christmas gifts that may or may not remain special one year from now.  This is what Thanksgiving has come to - a sense of hate to eat and run.

In this edition of Thursday Fashion, I am focusing on style.

Trunk Club is a subscription service for women's fashion and men's fashion.  Clients work with personal stylists to create the perfect outfit for any occasion and to refresh the client's wardrobe overall.  Trunk Club is a division of Nordstrom and all brands featured come from Nordstrom - an upscale selection.

Trunk Club honors every occasion - including Thanksgiving.

Follow the link below for style.

Thanksgiving Fashion on Trunk Club

(Due affiliate disclosure as required is provided in the link)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Set List Archives

I am at a loss today for what to post in detail, so I am once again suggesting you turn to the Set List Archives.  My deepest apologies.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Veterans to Politics

There  has long been a trend between those who have served the United States in war and serving the United States as politicians.

For example, Ulysses S. Grant went from Union General to President of the United States following the end of the Civil War.  John Glenn was elected into Congress as a Senator following his time as the first astronaut to orbit the Earth.  John McCain served in Congress as a Senator following his time in the navy during the Vietnam War.

Veteran's Day was on Sunday, November 11th but was in true honor on Monday, November 12th.

The best musical tribute I can offer is U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "Walking On the Moon" by The Police.  Both songs offer curiosity in what can be discovered - in outer space, in war, and in politics.

And so I conclude my honor to veterans in the only way I know how - Set List.

The Police - Walking On The Moon

U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name

Monday, November 12, 2018

History Lesson

When I was a junior in high school, "We Didn't Start the Fire" was on a lesson plan.  My fellow classmates and I had to guess the historical significance of every lyric - who, what, when.

Every person learns in a different way - visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (movement).  I am a visual learner.

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is ideal for all three learning styles - auditory lyrics, visualizing the historical lyrics, and kinesthetic movement to the lyrics.

Learning styles aside, I am featuring "We Didn't Start the Fire" today as a U.S. history lesson following Veteran's Day on November 11th.

Veterans must always be honored for their service, whether surviving or passed.  The history of every veteran is shared with following generations.  Oral history and history in a textbook.

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is musical history.

And so may the video below this post be a history lesson to all.

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire (Official Video)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Sunday Favorite, there is a three-way tie.

Planet Earth

Simply Bergdorf Goodman

Remember Set List in 2011

The Planet Earth post is a Duran Duran official video, so I will let that one be.

The Remember Set List in 2011 post is part text and part video, so I will let that one be as well (although the video is a forever favorite).

And then there is Simply Bergdorf Goodman.  I will let the link above detail the content of the post.

With that said, Simply Bergdorf Goodman reflects Simply Couture as my blog and Bergdorf Goodman as a luxury department store.  Simply Couture and Bergdorf Goodman are upscale in nature and fun to post (window) shop or shop away.  In fact, my first sale came through Bergdorf Goodman.

Of the three, I will say that Simply Bergdorf Goodman is today's favorite.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Music Pick - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

In July 1993, my family and I moved from Southern California to Illinois.  There were so many differences - turn signals were optional, suburban families were clique in nature, children my age (10) never came into Chicago to know the difference between the Hancock Tower and the Sears Tower (Willis Tower).  I could very easily go on.

There is one difference that stood out the most - snow.  My first experience with snowfall was in October 1993...just flurries, but still.  Snow in October seemed odd, but welcome to Illinois.  I was fine with the experience.  In fact, I was eager for more snow as the winter season came along.  As the years went by, the first snowfall progressed into the months - October to November to December.  At any rate, I fell in love with snow early on.  The first flurry was always magical to me.  The first measurable snow was always enjoyable to me.  In 2009, I experienced my first blizzard.  That really was an experience!

And so on this Music Pick Saturday, I choose "Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!" as my favorite from this week.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Remember Set List in 2011

As I look back over the years to reminisce on this Remember When Friday, one post from 2011 stands out the most.

A short video of Roger Taylor announcing Duran Duran's performance at the Chicago Theater on October 21, 2011.

No words.  Randomly passed cue cards.  Cannot help  but smile when he has a straight face.

Happy Friday.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Simply Bergdorf Goodman

In this edition of Thursday Fashion, Bergdorf Goodman is the highlight.  (An affiliate link to Bergdorf Goodman can be found on my Simply Couture blog.)

Bergdorf Goodman background -

- Luxury goods department store
- Based in Manhattan
- Founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf
- Later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman and Edwin's son, Andrew
- Bergdorf Goodman name in 1901
- Initial structure is now the site of Rockefeller Center
- Permanent location on 5th Avenue
- Subsidiary of Neiman Marcus

(A full background can be found on Wikipedia.)

Simply Couture would not be without commission.  Simply Bergdorf Goodman is, then, my first customer commission...Dior makeup.

Bergdorf Goodman ranks well in couture and is worth considering a purchase or shopping spree to feel luxe.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

State of the Earth

My forever love of "Planet Earth" live is well-known on Set List.  This post is not a reflection of that version, however.  Instead, I thought I would write about the state of our planet Earth.

Every January, by the rule of the Constitution, the President of the United States is required to present the State of the Union.  The state of our Union has not been sound for quite some time and in my lifetime, I hope a president will say such.

Scientists constantly raise concerns over the state of the Earth.  There is no set month to make an address.  There is no rule of law to require scientists to make an address.  The state of the Earth is declining.

Earth is our only home.  There is one collective group of residents - from human beings to all other living creatures.  In a healthy state, Earth is all we have to survive.  In a damaged state, Earth is all we have.  We must not destroy such a precious globe...

...But we do, from global warming to endangered species.

...We destroy our Earth with every bout of hatred amongst each other. 

Hate is a vicious word that is best reserved for those who created hell while living.  Yet in the 21st Century, hate has become a common word used loosely.  My response - really?

Our Planet Earth is weak. 

Appreciate what we have so that "Planet Earth" live can still be enjoyed.

Duran Duran - Planet Earth (Official Music Video)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Set List Forecast

In Chicago, the weather forecast is predicting snow later this week.

On Set List, the musical forecast is predicting a rather unique two for two that are generally polar opposites in genre.

Chris Botti - "Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!"

Billy Squier - "Everybody Wants You"

Chris Botti's rendition of "Let It Snow!" is magical and an escape into a winter wonderland.

My follow up with "Everybody Wants You" is a musical want.  Everybody (nearly) wants the weather to let it snow.

And so enjoy the videos below.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Night Boat

"Night Boat" by Duran Duran

I only know "Night Boat" through my Live from London concert DVD. 

I am not entirely a fan of the song itself, but the performance is intriguing - especially the opening with Simon Le Bon scanning the audience with a large flashlight and the mysterious tone of the lighting first on Nick Rhodes and then the narrow band of lighting on Roger Taylor.  The band knows their instruments well to play with dim lighting.

For this reason, I am choosing "Night Boat" to wake up this Monday.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Sunday Favorite, three posts throughout this week tied for most well-received by readers and passersby.

- By Stevie Wonder

Music Pick - Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
- Personal favorite feature this week

Avon Holidays 2018
- Sample Avon fashion for the holidays 2018

Of the three, I would opt to focus on Avon Holidays 2018 because "Superstition" and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" were in preparation for Halloween.

Avon Holidays 2018 -

I shared a great deal of holiday fashion samples in the Avon Holidays 2018 post, so as a refresher, follow the link above.

For the full Avon Holidays line (beyond fashion), visit my eStore to explore and shop away!