(A2Z) X-rays To See The Tunes

X… well this is a tough one.  I looked up artists and only found eight that started with x and I didn’t know a single one of them.   Songs were a little more familiar as in I knew who sang them X, X Marks the Spot, Xanadu, Xscape.  And back to more struggles with musical terms… xylophone.   So this post is going to be short.

When I was a kid my grandparents had an old xylophone that I used to like to play with.  In music class in elementary school we would take turns playing the xylophone.  I remember my first professional musician I saw was on an HBO special that Mom and Dad taped called Here It Is, Burlesque.  He played a couple of songs and was so FAST with the mallets!

Since I can’t find that show on video I will include a video of someone doing one of the same songs, Saber Dance, although she is not near as animated when she plays as he was… wish I could remember his name.

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(A2Z) Need the Night

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Norah Jones, Nat King Cole, Night Ranger… Nashville Cats, New Kid in Town, Naughty Naughty, Need You Tonight… nocturne, Native American flute, natural, notes… need to narrow it down.

One of my all time favorite songs is rarely fully played on the radio.  It is the Moody Blues hit song Nights in White Satin.  Of course my favorite part is the poem at the end that is rarely included with air play.

Breathe deep the gathering gloom

Watch lights fade from every room

Bed sitter people look back and lament

Another days useless energy spent

Impassioned lovers wrestle as one

Lonely man cries for love and has none

New mother picks up and suckles her son

Senior citizens wish they were young

Cold hearted orb that rules the night

Removes the colors from our sight

Red is gray and yellow white

But we decide which is right

And which is an illusion

Written by Hayward David Justin I used to not like it as the music during the poem is a little unsettling and as a kid I thought it was creepy sounding.  But now I love it!

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(A2Z) Listen To This

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Lady Gaga, Lindsey Stirling, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz… La Bamaba, LA Woman, Love Will Keep Us Together, Love Shack… live music, lyrics, largo, lyre… listen to the music.

Ok, I have a confession.  I was once young, foolish and reckless.  Another confession I was heavily into country music in the early 80s – the time of “country rock.”  This is how the two met one day.

A very small county fair had a concert my friend called me about.  It was Louise Mandrell.  You may recall her sister Barbara as the more famous sister, but Louise did ok for herself too.  Anyway, my friend and I went to the fair in a small-town west of us.

Louise put on a great show.  We didn’t have the greatest seats, but we were not blind, she had a cute band member or two.  So, the time in the show where she introduces the band came and my friend and I were very vocal about each introduction.  Finally, Louise said we should come on up stage and meet them.  Oh – my – goodness, we did!  My friend took the lead I ran to catch up and a third girl ran up on stage with us.  We started on the left side of the stage and went around to each band member to get hugs and handshakes. Then we hopped down and went back to our seats.

After the show we got autographs of most of the band.  And it was a night we will never forget… besides we can’t there were pictures taken.  Ha, ha!

I am guessing videos were not big in the career of Louise, as a search came back with few choices.  Here is one of her covering a rock song originally by Dave Edmunds.

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Just a Small Town Girl

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Julian Lennon, Joan Jett, Janice Joplin, Jackson 5… Joy to the World, Juke Box Hero, Jack and Diane, Janie’s Got a Gun… Jug band, jive, jam session, jazz… just to name a few.

Don’t Stop Believing was on the Escape (E5C4P3) album that Journey released in July of 1981.  It was a favorite of my friends and I, so much so that we did a lot of talking to our parents as soon as we heard Journey would be in town.  We successfully negotiated being allowed to go to our first concert unaccompanied by parents, for me it was my first concert all together.

It would have been a memorable show just from the amazing performance Journey did on stage.  But honestly, my most vivid memory came from my time sitting in the seats – I was the last one on the right. We were clapping and screaming and dancing in our seats when the lady in the seat just in front and to the left of me turned around and asked if I wanted a hit, holding a joint.  Now, first concert, first encounter with a physical joint in my presence and you must remember my dad was on the police force.  I felt like it took eons for me to answer her with a no, but I really only stumbled over my words for a short time.  I turned to my friend on my left and just raised my eyebrows and we both started to laugh.  I was a very naïve teenager probably 15 at the time.  What an introduction to the world of rock and roll.

Now the night was not a total goodie two shoes night.  One of my friends called her friend and he brought a six pack of beer for us.  I think I had maybe two drinks and was not impressed.  But we were on a live music high… and maybe a little second-hand smoke from the couple in front of us.  Ha, ha!

I will always remember seeing Journey for my first concert, do you remember your first concert?

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Heavenly Harps

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Heart, Hall and Oats, Hank Williams Jr, Huey Lewis and the News… He’s So Fine, Heart of Glass, Hallelujah, Hey Jude… high hat, half note, heavy metal, harmonica… Hundreds of hot hits to choose from.

That is just what I want to talk about… hits.  Every artist wants a hit record.  How do you find out if it is a hit?  The Hot 100 from Billboard or any other hit song list.  Back in the 50s it was your Hit Parade on TV.  But many places will rank songs and albums.  They used to base the charts on sales and radio requests.  Now you have to add in how a video does online with views too.

I remember in high school always listening to the countdowns on the radio.  Of course Casey Kasem’s countdown was the most popular one.  I would even stick a cassette into the radio to record it if I had to go somewhere.  Did you ever listen to the countdowns, or should I say the hit parade?

Here is a look back to when I was 12 years old, the top 30 of 1978.


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(A2Z) As Good As Gold

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George Harrison, Genesis, Guns and Roses, Green Day… Gimme Three Steps, Get Back, Glory Days, Girl Crush… golden oldies, greatest hits, Grease, gold record… good group of choices.

Today I write about a family.  A family with a new project in the works.  Let me back up about forty years.  It was December 11, 1981 when me and a friend went to see a country group in concert, the Oak Ridge Boys.  I know what you are thinking, “Leigha, Oak starts with an O not a G.”  Bear with me.  I began something I may discuss more later but after that show I knew who William Lee Golden was (the singer with the long hair and beard).  Through the years I Iearned about his talented family.

He had three sons and two of the three were in a couple of bands.  There was Golden Speer, the Boys Band and the Goldens.  Fast forward to last year.  Covid sent people home.  There were no more concerts to perform.  I believe the seed of the idea came when Chris Golden began some Facebook live concerts and family members started popping in to play and sing along.

Very recently the family announced a new project that not only included William Lee, sons – Chris, Craig and Rusty, but also Chris’s musically inclined children.  As of yet I am not sure if any other family makes an appearance, but I wouldn’t be surprised. 

So all these wonderfully talented people got together in the studio and began creating and I cant wait to hear what they are going to release.  I have been a fan for years and am really excited about this project.  I can’t wait until it comes out!  It is three albums with three generations of Goldens – gospel, county classics and country rock.  It is due out this Spring.

In the mean time take a listen to a little of the Goldens (Chris and Rusty) music…

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(A2Z) First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

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Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, Fall Out Boy… Faithfully, Fat Bottom Girls, Flowers On The Wall, F***ing Perfect… French horn, forte, fugue, flute… fun and fantastic finds.

What is your favorite type of film?  I had seen the big music productions from the fifties, but it was when a movie about a group of high school kids hit the big screen I really connected.  The movie was Fame.  I saw the movie several times, read the book and then they did a TV series that ran from January 7, 1982 to 1987 and I would tune in weekly.

I was not a dancer, a musician or an actor want to be, but I did love words and had dreams of writing song lyrics someday.  And I had the biggest crush on Lee Curreri who played Bruno Martelli.  He was actually the first person I wrote a fan letter to… and he actually sent back an autographed picture.  At 16 years old I was over the moon!

 The show did not focus solely on aspiring performers, but kids in high school and all that comes with that too.  But they did have musical numbers and dancing every episode… I loved the show!  And I will share a clip from one episode where Lee/Bruno sang a song I loved, “Be My Music.”  Incidentally it was cowritten by Lee Curreri and Ethan Hurt.

(isn’t he cute! 😊)

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(A2Z) It Could Have Been Engelbert

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England Dan and John Ford Coley, Eric Clapton, Exile and the Eagles… “Every Breath You Take,” “Every Time You Go Away,” “Elvira,” and “Everyday People” … earphones, encore, ensemble, eight-track… each one an exceptional choice.

Where were you on August 16th in 1977?  I realized some of you younger readers were not even a twinkle in your parent’s eyes yet.  But it is one of a handful of days I will never forget.  My friend from across the street was over and we were listening to the radio and heard a news break.  Elvis Presley was dead at the age of 42.

My friend and I flew downstairs to see if it was true.  My mom was a fan and had the news on TV about it.  My friend took off back home as her mom was a big fan and she knew it would be rough news for her.  I sat with my mom for quite a while with the news trying to figure out what was going on.

The most tragic thing about his death, was the fact someone could have stopped it if only they had forced the issue.  He was given so much more in prescriptions than he should have been.  He had a room full of yes people to give him anything he wanted and sadly no one thought this was bad. It was an enormous loss for the music industry.

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(A2Z) Dance To The Music

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Deep Purple, David Bowie, Dr Hook, Don Henley… Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Diamonds, Dixie Chicken, Do You Believe In Love… drums, demo, downbeat, disco…. Decisions, decisions, what to do?

In my youth, there was a little radio show that I would listen to on my local radio station. If I remember correctly it was on Sunday nights. And it introduced me to some doozies- Ti Kwan Leep, Fish Heads, Polka Dot Undies, Shaving Cream, just to name a few. Of course, I am talking about the Dr Demento Show. It was a radio show that introduced parodies and novelty songs to the audience.

It was the first place I heard of Weird Al and was a big boost for his career. The host, the doctor himself, had done a novelty hit called Shaving Cream, but the song was originally done by Benny Bell in 1946. The doctor would have special guest in the studio and always had a countdown of the funny five.

Sadly. shortly after I graduated they stopped airing the show in this area. But I had a few Dr Demento CDs I still listen to. It just isn’t Christmas without “I’m Getting Nuttin’ For Christmas” and “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.”

One of the classics…


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Cookie, Cookie, Cookie Starts With C

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Chicago, Cream, Credence Clearwater Revival, Cher… Crying, Come On In, Calling All Angels, Carry On Wayward Son… Cello, crescendo, concert… what can I choose?

One of my first favorite songs impacted my love of smooth harmonies.  I recall my mom being a fan of Mama Cass Elliot and we watched her on Merv Griffin or Mike Douglas that I vaguely remember (could have been a rerun too).  I just remember Mom pointing her out and then hearing California Dreaming not long afterwards.  The sound was great!

I have since listened to many of the Mamas and Papas songs but still go back to “California Dreaming” as my favorite.  They had some of the best harmonies I have heard, and it was so smooth… and who doesn’t want to think about someplace warm on a winter’s day?


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