Yardbirds, Young Rascals, Yes, Yoko Ono… You’re Beautiful, You Better You Bet, Yesterday, You Belong to the City… yodel, yo (Indian flute), Yung Kin (Chinese instrument)… you pick your favorite.
I had a little bit more to work with using the letter Y. But it was easy to pick what I would write about. “You Are My Sunshine” is a song I always used to sing to my daughter both at bedtime and when she was sick. The memories that song inspires in me gives me so many emotions. I am happy to be her mom, miss the days she was little, and wish I could see her more.
I have heard many artists cover the song, but it was originally recorded in 1939, said to be written in 1937. But there is also speculation it was written and performed, but not recorded, in the early 1930s. Then Jimmie Davis bought the rights to the song and recorded it in 1940. According to Google the song has been recorded over 350 times from artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Carly Simon and as recently as 2017 by Charles McDonald for the movie Annabelle – Creation.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Who, Whitney Houston, Whitesnake… What a Wonderful World, Words, What About Me, Whiskey Lullaby…Waltz, woodwind, Wurlitzer, Wicked… who should I listen to first?
This post will not be what I originally envisioned. I learned back on the letter T that I cannot share music unless I have a premium plan over the free one. I apologize that you will not be able to hear this.
About a million years ago… ok. It really wasn’t that long ago, more like 35-36 years ago. I have talked about some of my favorite local musicians before. There was one band where I friended the guitar player and we talked often. Long story short, I gave him a few of my lyrics I had written in my love of writing with hopes he might find one acceptable as a song.
A few months later he sent me a cassette tape (I did say this was a while ago) and he had added a few lyrics and altered just a couple of words and set it to music! It was such a rush to hear words I had written actually sung. I think he did a great job on it and I did eventually switch it to a CD and would share the song here if I could. Since I don’t have that ability, here are a couple of the other songs I have listed along with my original lyrics that provided the seed for “We Tamed the Night.”
REO Speedwagon, Ray Charles, Rupaul, Rascal Flatts… R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Radar Love, Raspberry Beret, Rebel Yell… Rhythm, radio, recorder, roadies… really want to relax with one of these.
I earlier mentioned my love of musicals during the letter F… this is one of my all-time favorites, Rent! The music is good, the story is heartbreaking but good. I have seen the movie and a touring stage production. Both have their own merits and are better in their own way. Just don’t ask me to pick a favorite.
By far my favorite part is when they go into the diner and sing “La Vie Boheme.” A close second is the introduction to Angel – “Today for You.” And you can’t dismiss the opening and closing song of the musical, “Seasons of Love.” It is all good, music, dance, acting… now I must get out my DVD!
Quiet Riot, Quarterflash, Queens of the Stone Age, Quincy Jones… Quinn the Eskimo, Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be), Queen of Hearts, Queen of the Silver Dollar… Quarter note, quartet, quintet, quadruple concerto… quite a narrow group of qualifying words.
Is there any question? The blaringly missing band? Of course, it is Queen. I would have given anything to have seen Freddy Mercury lead Queen in concert, but alas, I never had the chance before he was gone. But I do think Adam Lambert has a great voice and is doing Freddie proud. Now if they would just come to my part of the country. Until Queen makes a big US tour I am stuck with only albums and CDs.
My mom was a big fan of Queen too and as it is for me, she felt Bohemian Rhapsody was one of their best. There are too many to choose from so bear with me and enjoy a couple of videos…
And for a little fun (sorry this does start part way into the song) …
A patriarch is the head of the family, the dad, the father, papa, pa, or at least that is how it used to be. Now a days it is a little more coparenting than there was in the past. And you even see fathers with custody of children. In my home growing up it was a little different.
Mom was the one in charge for the most part. Although she would often threaten with, “Wait until your father hears about this.” Dad was more the silent type, so when he talked, you would listen. I have gathered a few things here related to the patriarch in the family…
“It’s a terrible thing being a patriarch. I don’t even have a grey beard. But people keep calling me up for advice.” Pete Seeger
“My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great man.” Beau Bridges
“My father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic.” Spike Milligan (*a special note here, I am not saying my dad was crazy but he did have a great sense of humor that influenced me)
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – patriarch
I want to thank you all for being here to read and comment on my blog. So, the best way to say thanks is through a mix of music… I found more songs with thank you than thanks but you may know a couple of these….
First up a little old time Johnny Cash
Now I really wanted to put ZZ Top in here but that was just (I) Thank You, so we will look for a little Rock from Fall Out Boy for a song from this century…
And a special one for a friend recovering from surgery who loves Frank…
And a little rythm and blues from Ray…
Thanks again for taking the time for my blog, I promise more writing and less music next time. Stay safe everyone! (((HUGS)))