5 Things Thursday – Top 5 Phil Collins Music Videos

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I am starting a new segment on this blog called “5 Things Thursday” where I will make a list of 5 things in a certain category that I choose. This was inspired by a Daily Prompt of the same topic.

The debut week’s list takes a look at five music videos to songs by the legendary Phil Collins, the English drummer and singer. He is one of my all-time favorite singers, packing a versatile range across several genres and being quite personable and humorous as well. He gets creepier and more godly like as the years go on though, as well as going bald prematurely. I was inspired to choose him after hearing the song “Easy Lover” and instantly being blown away again. And he has a boatload of hits. I’m listing my five favorite music videos by him, in no particular order. His videos are known for their minimalism, dark tone, using black and white contrast numerous times, and for incorporating unique techniques.

I present to you…the essential handpicked Phil Collins video list. There are so many other great videos by Collins but I couldn’t include them unless this should be 10 Things Thursday and that ruins the simplicity.

In the Air Tonight 

This is obviously one of the greatest music videos ever because it is so timeless. And when the drum solo kicks in, the song is take to a whole nother level. It’s so simple yet packs so much darkness with 80s like psychedelic filters. Chilling.

Take Me Home 

This video is ironic since the song is about Phil living a humble, unassuming life but he is shown living in Hollywood, being atop Radio City Music Hall, and walking in Times Square.

You’ll Be In My Heart 

The commercial and production value of this video trumps all the rest and being that it was the promotional video for Tarzan, the work put into is a no-brainer. Another video that features Collins simply standing in the center, looking more like the Godfather as everyone walks by. The use of the split screen moving back and forth and showing the world in different ways is what makes this a very unique video. I still have memories of hearing this in the theater in 1999 when the family went to see Tarzan. I think I nearly cried because it was such a heartwarming song.

Another Day In Paradise 

More irony in this bleak looking video, showing the dreadfulness of the poor and hungry to a song about living in paradise. Phil Collins is a genius.

Don’t Lose My Number

And one of the more entertaining and humorous videos in Phil Collins’ career. The video is hard to understand because it goes from a wild west shootout to Collins strutting in a white suit to ninjas fighting. The titular girl, Billy, is never shown or made clear. Still an ingeniously made video that keeps one second guessing and hooked. There is never really an ending, which is the whole point of this funny video.

Imaginary Love

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For you, my love
I would scale the highest peaks
Walk into a burning building
Dive deep down under sea

Even venture into the cold and chilling
To have you just one more hour
And I hope you could do the same
Since together we are power

So pull me out the ice
I’ll save you from the train
Be my human shield
I’ll shelter you from the rain

Together we are smoke
Together we are fire
We fit with each other
Like a fence to barbed wire

You’re my imaginary love
And I’m writing this for you
Someday we’ll meet
And stick together like glue


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take Me to the Moon.”

How far would you go for someone you love? How far would you want someone else to go for you? 

A Song For A Hero

This song is in memory of 35-year-old firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was involved in a fatal hit and run collision on September 9th in Lansing, Michigan. A 22-year old deranged man named Grant Taylor deliberately ran him over because he was angry at the firefighter for collecting donations and holding up traffic. He threw an apple core at the firefighters who were also participating in the “Fill the Boot” campaign and sped off. After the firefighters got mad at the 22-year old for throwing the apple core, he turned back and obliterated Rodeman with his vehicle.
Taylor was charged with murder and fleeing a crime scene. I was there on Jolly and Cedar just hours before Rodeman was killed, going to the plasma center around the corner where he was standing. I found out about the accident on television about an hour after I was at home in Jackson. Rodeman was collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and International Association of Firefighters. He later died at a hospital, leaving behind his wife who was pregnant. This story is still relevant on my local news and elsewhere, more details being picked up, such as the apple core tonight.

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Money is being raised for the firefighter’s family with a GoFundMe account. Over $125,000 and counting. You can click on the link and donate money yourself for his family. I’m not personally asking you to donate, but it would be a nice gesture to help some people in need. It would help pay for funeral and burial costs.

There are no cliffhangers for this story. An innocent man, a wonderful brave man who served in the Marines and in Iraq, is dead for no good reason and his funeral is to be held this week. The only good thing is the killer was caught and eventually will be put in prison or at least a mental institution because of his recent psychiatric problems.

I can’t believe I saw the man for the final time before his fateful ending. I wondered what he was doing, standing in the street with a boot. If I was on that street corner a few hours later, I would have witnessed Rodeman’s horrifying accident and this post would look a little different. Maybe not with pictures, but with more vivid first-hand detail.

Rodeman’s family and friends are together and mourning his loss. His death became not just local news but national news as well, the story being listed as a “popular” link on Bing and other search engines. He went out a hero and his story is an inspiration to many.

And all was well with the world. Or maybe it isn’t in this case.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No Cliffhangers.”

Write a post about the topic of your choice, in whatever style you want, but make sure to end it with “…and all was well with the world.”

The Power of Bryan Adams

The number one song on my birthday all those years ago was (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Canadian singer Bryan Adams, one of my favorite songs of all time. The power and soulfulness packed into this track is so great, so demanding to the listener. When I listen to this, I have to stop everything I’m doing to really understand the sacrifices Adams is willing to give for his better half, most likely his wife. He’ll even go as far as dying to protect her, showing how much love he has. That’s a great man. Just as long as she appreciates it as well 🙂 There is a four-minute version for radio and a longer six-minute version that features Adams shredding sweet guitar licks at the end which I definitely enjoy.

Bryan Adams has produced a number of other great hits including Please Forgive Me, Summer of 69, and Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? All of them have shaped the person I am today, giving me spiritual guidance and motivation in life, inspiring me to go to college and even start a blog for instance.

These are songs that always played on the radio when I was traveling in my mom’s van when I was five or six years old, during the peak of Adams’ singing career. I instantly fell in love with Bryan Adams’ voice (though I never knew it was him singing the songs or even who he was, thought it was an old crooner singing). It had just the right amount of sorrow and pain mixed in it, the way it could project that broken-hearted feeling even on me as a young child. Similar to Rod Stewart. That gravelly mannish voice. Also like John (Cougar) Mellencamp. I like songs that speak to me personally, that can relate to key events in my life. I have a flair for the deep dark messages.

“Please Forgive Me” was always a song about infidelity to me, and I had images of a man coming home late at night after having another affair with a woman. He sees his wife and there is a sad distance between them, the iciness so thick. The guy wants to seek forgiveness for his selfish actions but the woman is already set on leaving him. Of course, that’s probably not what the song was about but the overall darkness of it lead me to believe that.

1991’s Robin: The Prince of Thieves used “Everything I Do” as the leading song. I’ve never seen that film (I was doing other things back in 1991) but I’m sure it including the song was one of the reasons Adams’ career exploded and touched so many lives.

I feel sorry for kids being born in the 2010s. The hit songs on their birthday are likely Tik Tok, Party Rock Anthem, Wrecking Ball, Gangnam Style, Baby, and other songs that really have no sense to them. I feel fortunate to be born in a time when music was still original and not produced by Auto-Tune or the overuse of digital effects. I’m not saying music is bad these days but my ears seem to have picked up the repetitiveness in many modern tracks. All pop songs are made up of 4 basic chords just rearranged, something I heard on 60 Minutes but probably knew already.

Bryan Adams songs speak for humanity. They are passionate. Gritty. Real. Speak from the heart. The hard edge sound of rock with roots of country living. His songs are for the common folk, for the war heroes, for the doctors, for the construction workers. Even though he’s from Canada, his songs have the American spirit within them. “Summer of ’69” could not be any less American, speaking of the ideal American Dream that many want to reach and the detours that usually come about.

Bryan Adams is also a humanitarian and has given back to the community though various charity concerts, raising millions of dollars for important causes. His foundation, The Bryan Adams Foundation, is all about giving young people worldwide the equal opportunity to receive not just an education, but a quality one. That’s something I love about a musical artist. Someone who’s not just in it for the money or fame but wants to make the world a better place.

Thank you, Canada, for such a great artist and inspirational person.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Your Number One.”

What was the #1 song when you were born? (not sure? you can find out here.) Write about how the song relates (or not!) to your personality.

Running Wild

Running wild,

I’m in the zone,

Music playing, my feet atone

A comfort feeling,

I’m in the zone,

Adrenaline kicking,

Those beats pulse,

Propelling my motion

Nonexistent world,

Blotting it out,

Everywhere a blur,

But the fast moving machines

Getting tunnel vision,

Lost in thought,

Until the music stops –

And all energy is lost


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Zone.”

Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

WPC: Musical Highway

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Musical highway, the notes were just right
Tripping down the melodic avenue
Hearing the rhythm shake the night
The way the midnight song
Seemed to awaken my senses
I could see and hear the world
Really feel like I was the one strumming with my appendages
And now as the sound of man and machine meet
And this huge city keeping swaying to the beat
I relax and let the moonlight take me away
Rolling down the musical highway
Until the reality of life meets me in the day


 Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Ashes to Ashes

Black smoke rising
Killing magic
Burning down
Slightly tragic
I’ve got just a few minutes
To materialize myself
To retrieve what is good
What should be saved from this hell
The duct taped screen gem that has served me well,
Five seasons of The Simpsons,
The burning of cheap dry wall, smoldering smell
My essential identity contained in the wallet,
Leatherbound security that would be hard to recall it
Dangerous flames filling the hall,
Atoms, elements of wood breaking down,
The inevitable that sees it all fall
The flatscreen TV that came from a loan,
Fighting for my life to save what I own
And I wish I could get it all,
Managing to scoop up an unopened Gatorade
As a hole burns through the wall, destroying what was made
But there just wasn’t enough armroom or time,
And as I make a run for the exit,
I realize what what I’d been taking for granted the entire time
To have had this home,
A place to run to, a place for sanctuary,
And now it is gone,
Well, now it’s just a memory, quite frankly


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Burning Down the House

Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?