Music Notes

“I was never too keen on the British music press. They’ve called us a supermarket hype, and they used to suggest that we didn’t write our own songs.” – Freddie Mercury

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“I try to open up my heart as much as I can and keep a real keen eye out that I don’t get sentimental. I think we are all afraid to reveal or hearts. It’s not at all in fashion.” – Paul Simon

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“I was very big into making the Big Artistic Statement – it had to be innovative, it had to be cutting edge. I was desperately keen on being original.” – David Bowie


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – keen

(A2Z) Yesterday’s Hits

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.

Here are a couple of versions…

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X

(A2Z) What I Wanted

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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.”

We’ll Tame This Night

I know it’s wrong

but it feels so right

and with that look in his eyes

I’ll believe all of his lies

because before too long

together we’ll tame this night

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I was sitting at the bar

when he walked in.

He was alone like me

and he flashed me a grin.

Before he sat down with me

I bought him a drink

and after we’d talked awhile

my mind began to think.

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that I know it’s wrong

but it feels so right

and with that look in his eyes

I’ll believe all of his lies

because before too long

together we’ll tame this night

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We drove through town

and he showed me each sight,

all the wonders of the city

brightened at night.

Then as he parked the car

with a smile on his face

my mind had doubts

but I knew this was the place.

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And I knew it was wrong

but it felt so right

and with that look in his eyes

I believed all of his lies

because it didn’t take too long

until together we tamed this night.

Blogging A to Z April Prompt

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V

(A2Z) Ready to Rock?

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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!

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q

(A2Z) Quiet, You Need To Hear This

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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) …

Blogging A to Z April Prompt

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P

Go Daddy-O

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)

Dad loved BBVD… wish he’d been able to see them live.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – patriarch

Musical Mix

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)))

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – thanks https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/07/fowc-with-fandango-thanks/

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 38

Laura is back with the first song challenge of the new year with round 38.  This week the songs we need are five songs about new beginnings, or endings or looking forward.

Rules are easy:

Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to the original post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate! Let anyone join it.

And so we begin…

Let’s start with this one

And then a little Bette

And we can start over

This one was the theme song for the movie “Foul Play”

These new shoes are great

And by now you know I don’t tag, I invite everyone to join in.  Have some musical fun!

Weekly Song Challenge – Week 36

Here we are again with a new week of Laura’s song challenge.  I think we should just jump right in…

♪ Rules ♫

Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!

1 Post a song that is a satire of a hit song.

This is to get everyone ready for Halloween!

2 Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits.

I went searching a bit for this one…

 

3 Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a movie.

And last but not least…  who remembers this intro?

I hope you decide to join in and have a little musical fun!  Everyone is invited, consider yourself tagged.  Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Weekly Song Challange – Round 35

Laura over at lauravent69 has come up with another song challenge round.  Let’s jump right in.

Rules:

Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to the original post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!

 

1) Post a song that has either in title or lyrics the name of a state in the US.

2) Post a song that has either in the title or lyrics the name of a town.

3) Post a song that either in title or lyrics has the name of a country or continent.

 

I am really bad about tagging people, don’t want to leave anyone out so I tag EVERYONE.  Please join in on the fun!