Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – July 20 – 26, 2015

July 21st

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there

from “The Mummer’s Dance” by Loreena McKennitt

I first heard this song while watching Ever After in the theater with my then soon-to-be wife.  I found Ms. McKennitt’s album, The Book of Secrets, in the Blockbuster Video store while looking for the soundtrack, bought it, and we own many of Loreena McKennitt’s albums.  She’s got a great voice.

 


July 22nd

Let me hear you tell me you love me
Let me hear you say you`ll never leave me
Ooh, girl, that would make me feel so right

from “Make It Last Forever” by Keith Sweat

The title track from one of the best albums of the 80s, Keith Sweat’s debut, is a cool duet featuring Jacci McGhee.  Like most of Sweat’s songs, the lyrics aren’t complicated.  The songs rely on his smooth voice and great grooves.


July 23rd

See my white light flashing as I split the night
Cause if good’s on the left
Then I’m stickin’ to the right

from “Hells Bells” by AC/DC

While everyone loves the catchy, upbeat songs, I find that I prefer some of Jimmy’s more mellow, thoughtful, and introspective songs.  This one is loosely based on a friend of his named Phil Clark.

Promo video for my favorite TV series, Supernatural, featuring AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.


July 24th

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

from “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot

Video footage of the Edmund Fitzgerald interspersed with clips from news casts and interviews after/about the wreck.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – July 6 – 19, 2015

two weeks worth…and a day late

July 7th

What will I find in this fantasy?
If I go with you now will you set me free?

from “I Surrender (To the Spirit of the Night)” by Samantha Fox

Sure, this is bubble gum pop, but she was hot, the music’s catchy and upbeat, and you can hear her accent when she’s singing.

 


July 8th

I count the falling tears
They fall before my eyes
Seems like a thousand years
Since we broke the ties

from “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella

This was the first song I heard by Cinderella, one of my favorite hair bands. Tom Keifer’s raspy voice gives such emotion to their bluesy sound. Love it!

 

 


July 9th

Time goes by
No time to cry
Life’s you and I
Alive today

from “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

The love song from An Officer and A Gentleman, this song is all about struggling on, persevering, in the face great adversity…in love and life, in general, and is a perfect parallel to the story in the movie. Boiled down, the last two lines above say it all: “Life’s you and I, alive today.”


July 10th

Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder
I’m an over-forty victim of fate

from “A Pirate Looks at 40″ by Jimmy Buffett

While everyone loves the catchy, upbeat songs, I find that I prefer some of Jimmy’s more mellow, thoughtful, and introspective songs.  This one is loosely based on a friend of his named Phil Clark.

The video is set to start at the two and a half minute mark where he begins singing.  If you want to hear about Phil Clark, start it from the beginning.


July 13th

And we may have done a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves,
but you outside people best leave us alone.

from “In America” by Charlie Daniels

Written as a reaction to the problems that had been plaguing America throughout the 70’s, especially the late 70’s, Charlie Daniels warned others around the world that the U.S. wasn’t about to fall, and that we’d come together when to get through our problems. This certainly came true after the attacks in 2001. The nation united in seeking justice or revenge or whatever you prefer to call it because the “outside people” forgot to “leave us alone”.


July 14th

I don’t need to a superman
As long as you will always be my biggest fan

from “Heaven” by Warrant

A great rock ballad from another of my favorite hair bands. These lines hold true for everyone who’s been in love and has the support of their loved one.


July 16th

I’ll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold

Need you
Feed you
Even let ya hold the remote control

from “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler

This quirky little tune from The Wedding Singer is a collection of the little things that make relationships work. Relationships aren’t just about buying expensive gifts or taking extravagant trips. They are built on love, caring, and the day to day courtesies and respect. Taking care of each other. Loving each other. Wanting to grow old with each other.


July 17th

I’ve got a job waiting for my graduation
Fifty thou a year buys a lot of beer
Things are going great and they’re only getting better

from “The Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)” by Timbuk 3

I first heard this on the soundtrack to The Allnighter, a late 80’s flick with the scrumptious Susanna Hoffs and Dedee Pfeiffer…not that them being hot has anything to do with the song, but it did make the movie bearable. While the writers of the song intended it to be more of a grim, warning-ish song about the dangers of nuclear war, the popular, radio release version didn’t really come across that way and has been championed as the upbeat, positive outlook song of choice for a lot of people.

Cloud Break 2013 Merlot

Cloud Break 2013 MerlotI am by no means a wine connoisseur or aficionado, but I do know what I like when I taste it, and I like this Merlot.  Cloud Break‘s 2013 has what I describe as a bold, smoky flavor…that I really like.

We picked it up at a Total Wine store for about $10.

We’ve Won the WWC Again…Let’s build on it

U.S. Women hoist 2015 Women's World Cup

Awesome! Not only did U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) bring home the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but they set records for number of viewers each game from about the round of 16 on…each game had more than the last.

Foxsports.com: Women’s World Cup Final seen by 26.7 million  in U.S.

Now, let’s see if we can keep momentum/interest in the women’s game going this time. The last time they won it, in 1999, the WUSA formed up and failed, followed by a couple more attempts to have a league. The latest league, the NWSL is based on a different structure that should be more sustainable, but it takes fans. It takes fans going to games and campaigning to have the league’s games broadcast on channels that aren’t hidden away in the bowels of the cable-only lineup.

I have high hopes for the growth, the enduring growth of soccer in the USA, especially in the women’s game.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – June 29 – July 5, 2015

June 29th

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made

from “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones

This is my favorite song by the Stones. For me, it’s the complete package of sound, lyrics, and message.


June 30th

Now, I’m the King of the Swinger’s Ball
Jungle V I.P.
Well, I reached the top and had to stop
And that’s what’s bothering me

from “I Wanna Be Like You” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

I really dig swing music and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s take on “The Jungle Book” tune is simply awesome.

 


July 1st

I yelled back when I heard thunder
But I’m down to one last breath

from “One Last Breath” by Creed

One of my favorites from Creed. Scott Stapp’s voice perfectly injects the anguish of a man looking death in the eyes and pleading for help.


July 2nd

Now you’re not the only one in the world that has problems
Keep your head straight and you can surely solve them

from “Do The Right Thing” by Redhead Kingpin & The FBI

Problems come and go…and everybody has them sooner or later.  Some have them more often than others, and some have more serious ones.  Keep calm, or not, and know that there is almost always a way past them, even if it means asking for help.

This is the video for the original version of the song in which he “counts off” areas around New York, but with the audio for the Happiness remix laid over it where he “counts off” countries around the world.


July 3rd

No lyrics…listening to the soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

composed by John Williams

John Williams continues to prove he can capture the essence of a story in his compositions.  The opening notes bring to life the sound of magic.

“…people understand” – a quote by Jim Croce

In reference to a foreign exchange tour he and his band made, Jim Croce once said:

We just ate what the people ate, lived in the woods, and played our songs. Of course they didn’t speak English over there, but if you mean what you’re singing, people understand.

Music truly is The Universal Language.  Music conveys emotion, which is part of the appeal of Classical music…no words, just well-conceived, well-played music that tells its story magnificently.

More to Jim Croce’s point, he’s right about language not being a barrier to understanding and appreciating songs. You don’t have to speak the same language.  If the singer has any talent and puts any passion into their singing, you can feel the emotion.  In small, intimate settings, the singer’s facial expressions and body language take us one step further toward understanding.

Meaning what you’re singing leads to pouring your heart and soul into your music, which leads to universal understanding of your message.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – June 22 – 28, 2015

June 22nd

Maniac brainiac winnin’ the game
I’m the lyrical Jessie James

from “The Power” by Snap!

I don’t know about Jessie James, but this song has a great dance beat and catchy lyrics…and it has “The Power”.


June 23rd

Last week, he took all my money
And it may sound funny
But I come to get my money back

from “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” by Jim Croce

I love Jim Croce’s folksy rock sound and he had a great ability to tell whole stories in just a few verses and a chorus.

June 23rd  (it’s a two-fer)

It’s like the more you give, the more I want
And baby, that’s no lie

from “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White

This has a classic 70s sound, catchy lyrics, and Barry’s deep voice.  It’s no wonder it was a #1 hit.


June 25th

Tell you straight – no intervention
To your face – no deception

from “Would I Lie To You” by Eurythmics

Annie Lennox has such a powerful voice and I really dig the tempo of this one.


June 26th

And I meant, every word I said
When I said that I love you
I meant that I love you forever

from “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon’s got a sound all their own and it’s not just due to Kevin Cronin’s distinctive vocals.  I am completely on board with the “I love you forever”.

 

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