I love love love the music of Little River Band. From “Help Is On Its Way” to “Happy Anniversary” to “Lady” to “Lonesome loser” to “Cool Change” (my 32nd post) to “The Night Owls” (my 131stvideo) to “Take It Easy On Me” to “The Other Guy” and more, I would love to cover all of these hits. But, for me, the one that tops the LRB list is “Reminiscing”. In fact, I have a funny short story about“Reminiscing”. I thought I could cover“Reminiscing” like nobody’s business. My wife wanted to be on The Oprah Show before Oprah retired the program. One opportunity came when the show was looking for singers. I was cocky and videotaped an a cappella version of “Reminiscing”. I thought I would get a call back at the very least, but nothing happened. I was upset and obviously overconfident. I found that particular video a while ago and reviewed my performance. Guess what? I really sucked! At the time, I was satisfied with my recording and shared it with Oprah’s staff. But, upon review, my jaw dropped and I couldn’t even listen to my entire performance. It was so bad. It’s humbling; so humbling that I stopped singing “Reminiscing” because I was embarrassed at myself. My poor wife, I felt like I also let her down. She’d say otherwise, of course.
For my 131st video I covered “The Night Owls”. OneLaBonBon and 0a9ziza, two of my YouTube friends both commented on my 131st video and requested me to cover “Reminiscing”. Because of the dual request I was inspired to re-learn a song that I thought I knew inside and out. It goes to show that overconfidence is a huge deterrent for success. This time around I studied “Reminiscing” like I was enjoying the music for the first time. My 138th video is the result of what I’ve learned for this performance. I just hope that when I review this specific cover of “Reminiscing” down the road, I’ll feel the same way that I feel at this time. I do feel like this performance is ready for sharing on YouTube. Please share your opinions about my performance. I’ve already beat myself up enough. I’ll take the hugs along with the jabs! XD
"Reminiscing" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It remains their greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart. In 1993 "Reminiscing" was given a BMI Million-Air award for one million plays on US radio. By 2001 that award had expanded to the extraordinarily rare Four Million-Air award, acknowledging four million plays on American radio – the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song. The original Little River Band song was used for the 2010 film The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.