#MusicMonday – November 26, 2018

It’s Music Monday.  Have you been waiting by the window, door, and phone to make sure Music Monday doesn’t come home after dark?

You’re probably waiting for the Christmas-themed blog posts – music, commercials, other stuff.  You’re going to be waiting another few days, as I’m making my list (and checking it far more than twice) to bring you some great Christmas goodies.  I’ll start that up next week, but as for this week, it is business as usual.  And by “business as usual,” I’m wrapping up all the non-holiday stuff before I bring you the stuff you’re waiting for.

The holiday stuff!

But until then…enjoy this stuff!

During the summer, I was putting several playlists of music on my laptop so I could transfer them to my tablet.  My reason behind that?  I needed something to listen to at work.  One of my playlists is Taylor Dayne music, whose music is the stuff of early 90s VH1 and lite rock stations.  I used to hear “I’ll Always Love You” on the local lite rock station.  Dayne, whose career is still going strong in its 32nd year, is an artist whose best and biggest years were in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s – her last Top 40 hit, a catchy cover of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” was in 1993.  Not shying away from the limelight, she has acted and is still releasing albums to this very day.  That last Top 40 hit actually came from an album that features today’s song choice.

“I’ll Wait” is a song from Taylor Dayne’s 1993 album Soul Dancing, and if you think it sounds familiar (and were a child of the 1990s), then you probably remember the 1994 Disney movie Blank Check.

That’s right – the story of an 11-year-old boy who is given a blank check as compensation by a criminal who runs over his bike, and doesn’t fill in the amount on the pretense of the boy, Preston, giving it to his dad so he can get a new bike.  Instead of Preston giving his dad the check, he does something a little more ambitious, and well, Disney-esque.

He puts the check on his computer, fills the amount out to $1,000,000 (you read that right), cashes it, and buys his dreams and happiness the way he sees fit.

Just in case you forgot what a Disney movie in the mid-1990s looked like, here’s the trailer!

What kid of the 1990s didn’t want this for themselves?  A random person just hands you a blank check.  You could either be honest and make it out for the cost of a new bike, or you could be like Preston Waters.

If you’ve heard of Brian Bonsall (the actor who played young Preston) and his troubled history in the years since his childhood acting career ended, you’d probably go the honest route.  And because this is stuff that’s only acceptable in a Disney movie from the mid 1990s.

Or on one of those Disney Channel Original Movies.

Here nor there.

Anyway, that song that plays over the opening credits…

“I’ll Wait” was the first track on Soul Dancing, and the third (and final) one released as a single on February 28, 1994, likely to coincide with Blank Check’s release on February 11, 1994, and the Hot Mix was released on a special edition of Soul Dancing  in 2014.  The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200, and contains Dayne’s last Top 40 hit, the aforementioned cover of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” (which is super catchy – I recommend it!).

This song also had a dance remix…and a music video.

I prefer the Blank Check version.  Just sayin’.

Dayne, as I said, had her biggest music years between 1987 and 1993, but she hasn’t stopped touring nor performing.  According to Rolling Stone in December 2016, Dayne was the 28th most successful dance artist of all time, as well as 18th best female dance artist of all time.

I wonder if she had to wait for this honor.

Yeah, I know, cheesy jokes and such.

And that’s our final Music Monday of 2018 to not feature a holiday-themed song.  Have a great Monday, and enjoy the music!

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