Archives: August 2009

Redfella’s Pick of The Day

Tom’s Diner” is an a cappella pop song written in 1981 by American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. It was first released as a track on the January 1984 issue of Fast Folk Musical Magazine[1]. The first time it was featured on any of her own studio albums was as the first track of her own Solitude Standing album in 1987. It was not until the a cappella track was used as the basis for a popular remix by the British group DNA, in 1990 that the song became a popular hit.


In 1990, two secretive British record producers remixed “Tom’s Diner” without Suzanne Vega’s permission, grafting her vocals onto an infectious dance beat from Soul II Soul, and turning her simple ad-libbed outro — “Doo doo doo doo, doo da-doo doo” — into the song’s driving hook. They took the name “DNA”, later calling themselves The DNA Disciples to distinguish themselves from no wave band DNA, and released their work on a limited basis for distribution to clubs as “Oh Suzanne”, by “DNA featuring Suzanne Vega”. Vega’s record company of the time, A&M, decided to buy the single and release it themselves rather than taking DNA to court for copyright infringement after consultation with Vega, who liked the interpretation, and DNA, who conducted the whole deal through intermediaries in order to hide their true identities. The remix became a much larger hit than Vega had with the song originally, peaking at #2 on the UK singles chart and #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100,

Suzanne Vega Tom’s Diner

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

Start Me Up” is a song by The Rolling Stones featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You.

“Start Me Up” peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Charts in August 1981, where it remains a significant single as the Stones have not been back into the UK Top 10 since. In Australia, the song reached No. 1 in November 1981. In the United States, “Start Me Up” spent three weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October and November 1981, kept from the summit by “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross and “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates.[3] It also spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard Top Tracks chart.[4]

Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones (HQ Audio)

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

Remember the Time” is a popular recording by American rock, pop and R&B singer Michael Jackson in March of 1992. Released as the second single off Jackson’s 1991 hit album, Dangerous, the song was a successful attempt by Jackson to create a New jack swing-flavored R&B jam with the accompanient of co-producer Teddy Riley. The song hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #1 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart. In 1993 Jackson gave a memorable performance of the song at the Soul Train Awards. This was because he had severely twisted his ankle as he was going into a spin during dance rehearsals the day before. Remember The Time received the Soul Train Award for Best Male R&B Single.

Chocolay Children’s Center Creative Kids Idea…

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc) 
  • 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
  • Ice cubes

How to make it:

  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
  4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!


A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Here’s an improvised version of the homemade ice cream recipe from another parent:

These are the homemade ice cream ingredients . . . 

  • 1/4 teaspoon imitation vanilla butter and nut flavor
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk

These are the other supplies . . . 

  • Plastic sandwich bag (e.g., Ziploc)
  • 12 water softener pellets
  • 1 tray of ice (My ice cube tray makes small cubes, so it produces only about half a tray.)
  • Large plastic bag

Put the ice-cream ingredients in the small bag, and then put the bag, salt, and ice in the big bag. Hold the bag shut and stir it around on the floor for about 5 minutes. Although the salt pellets hardly dissolved, I got ice cream. It was not as smooth as ice cream, probably because of the low-fat milk. Instead, it was a little like sherbet. I think if I had more ice in the bag, I could have shaken it better. I’d recommend wearing gloves. It is incredible that it is ready in 5 minutes (not counting assembling the ingredients.)

Next, I changed the recipe, using a tablespoon of cocoa, a tablespoon of sugar, and a cup of milk. I really wanted to use carob, but I didn’t have any. It was a tad too chocolatey, but good! My daughter has milk allergies, so I suggested she try this with fruit juice. She used straight pineapple juice and got a terrific fruit sorbet.