Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – September 7 – 13, 2015

September 8th

Light a candle, blow the world away
Table for two on a TV tray
It ain’t fancy, baby that’s OK
Our time, our way

from “Born To Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi

One of my favorites songs from the New Jersey album.  Me and my baby, taking on the world, living the our lives the best we can.

September 9th

Baby does what baby please
baby must have what she sees
but not this time the tables turned
and, baby, you just got burned

from “Shot Through the Heart” by Bon Jovi

From Bon Jovi’s debut album, Shot Through the Heart wasn’t a huge chart breaker, but I like it a lot.

This concert video is from Bon Jovi’s 1985 tour and features an intro that’s not on the album.  To hear it, play the video from the beginning.

September 10th

Face the truth and realize
You don’t need his alibi’s
No more

from “When It’s Over” by Loverboy

It’s always obvious to those of us looking at a relationship to see when one of them is cheating, isn’t it?

September 11th

Watch it now
The eagle in the sky
How he dancin’ one and only

from “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes

Coincidental that these lines came through my speakers on this date?  As Toby said “the eagle will fly, and it’s gonna be Hell.”  Powerful and dangerous when protecting its own.  Beautiful to watch soaring across the sky.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – August 10 – 16, 2015

I forgot to hit the publish button last night…

August 10th

Miss on her own
Miss almost grown
Miss never let a man help her off her throne

from “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson

One of Kelly’s first hits.  Probably my favorite, with the possible exception of “Because of You”.  I just dig the way she’s singing along then hits the chorus with a huge burst of volume.

August 11th

So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide

from “The River” by Garth Brooks

Some of my favorite lyrics here from one of Garth’s best songs.  Check out a post I wrote that was sort of inspired by some of Garth’s songs:  Carpe Diem…or YOLO for you young’uns


August 12th

Well I can promise you tomorrow
But I can’t buy back yesterday

from “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi

One of Bon Jovi’s many power ballads.  I love singing along to this one and I sound just like Jon when I’m in my car with the sound cranked.  It’s amazing!

August 13th

I’m so in love, so in love with the games that you play
So in love, and nothing can keep me away

from “Keep Coming Back” by Richard Marx

This tune’s about knowing the relationship isn’t good, but not being able to stay away. Can’t toooo many of us relate to that?

August 14th

The old for her the new that made
Me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glade
And shook the golden barley

from “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” by Loreena McKennitt

This is a hauntingly beautiful song of love and death.

This link is to a video showing scenery of Ireland to the audio track of “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”.  Beautiful scenery, of course…tis Ireland, after all:

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – June 15 – 21, 2015

June 16th

I thought that they were angels
Much to my surprise
We climbed aboard their starship
We headed for the skies

from “Come Sail Away” by Styx

Styx is one of my favorite rock bands and this song (especially the album version) is a fantastic showcase of Dennis DeYoung’s vocals and the band’s harmonies.  I love the twist in the song.

June 17th

There’s a king on a throne with his eyes drawn out
there’s a blind man looking for a shadow of doubt

from “King of Pain'” by The Police

There is some great imagery in this song which combined with the original music to create a brilliantly dreary atmosphere.

This won’t replace the original version as my favorite, but it’s pretty cool…and shows that Lady Gaga actually has a bit of vocal talent.

June 18th

We’ll get into grooving
Love your body language
Baby, let me know
You’ve got me sort of anxious

from “Let It Whip” by Dazz Band

“Danceable Jazz”. This Grammy-winning song by the Dazz Band has such a great sound.

June 19th

Yeah, we walk through a world that we don’t understand
When I look in your eyes, I’m just happy I can

from “Beautiful World” by Bon Jovi

A great upbeat sound chock full of positive lyrics. Everything’s not pretty or perfect, but it’s a world full of beauty and wonder!


Music Monday – Many Thanks

As Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. happens in  two days (yes, I’m a day late for the Music Monday post again), I decided that songs of thanks were appropriate.  The songs I found don’t cover quite all of the things for which I’m thankful, but they cover a couple:  the love of my life and humor.

Here’s my short list of things I’m thankful for

1.  I’m thankful for my wife…who loved me when I was pretty darn broke and still loves me now that I’m, well, not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but no longer broke.  She accepts me for who I am…(the very few) faults and all.

2.  I’m thankful for my beautiful, creative, intelligent daughters who both love sci-fi and fantasy like their parents.

3.  I’m thankful to have/had parents who raised me well.

4.  I’m thankful to have a job, esp. one that I mostly enjoy that also provides me the opportunity to play the sport I love (see number six) a few days a week during lunch.

5.  I’m thankful for my in-laws.  They rock.

6.  I’m thankful for the friends I have that I don’t get to see often enough.

7.  I’m thankful for soccer…that I get to play it, watch it, coach it…and that my daughters like to play it.

8.  And, yes, I’m thankful for social media…for the Facebook friends I have (many with whom I have a bond that none of us really understood until years later) and those who follow and/or comment on my blogs.

On to the videos…these first two are for my number one…my wife, my anam cara.

Bon Jovi’s “Thank You For Loving Me”

Sly and The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”

Finally, a little fun for Turkey day with Adam Sandler.  While not quite as funny as his Hanukkah Song, The Thanksgiving Song is still pretty funny.

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

Music Monday – Slippery When Wet

I finally found at work about two months ago when started having bandwidth problems and because I’m too cheap to pay Pandora to get more than the 40 hours of free music a month.  My first iHeartRadio station, naturally, was their 80s station.  Awesome!  I also played their 60s station, Bluestown, and Jammin’ Oldies.

A couple weeks ago, I saw Slippery When Wet in the station list.  Bon Jovi being my favorite band, I checked it out.  It plays hair, flair, classic metal, 80s hard, heavy and speed metal, among other rock types.  There’s plenty of Crue, Priest, Maiden, Ozzy, Cinderella, Rush, Sammy, Ratt, and, of course, Bon Jovi.  Dokken, Sabbath, Dio, Scorps, Leppard, and Riot also get lots of play.  So far, I’ve also learned that Queen and Styx are verboten because the Classic Rock station plays them to death. Grunge doesn’t make the list either.

How’d I get some of the specifics?  While listening to the broadcast, a “commercial” came on letting listeners know that they could become friends with Slippery When Wet through Facebook and make requests “like this instant Facebook request.”  Really?  Yep.  I hit Facebook, searched for Slippery When Wet, liked the page, and submitted a request.  I logged out of Facebook and was expecting to wait for a while, but as soon as the song that had already been playing finished, my request hit the airwaves.  I was stoked.  Talk about responsive to his listeners.  I logged back into Facebook and he’d commented on my request, welcoming me to Slippery When Wet and told me that he tries to respond as quickly as possible unless work pulls him away.  [At this point, I’m not sure if he somehow manages to run this stati0n while holding down some other full-time job or if he’s in the music business.]  I was hooked.  I posted a status update about the station and how cool it is.

So, about the specifics…  I made a few requests and learned about the classic rock prohibition.  I made a few more requests and asked a few questions.  He played “See You In Hell” in response to my request for Grim Reaper, played Slade’s “Run Runaway”, said Damn Yankees was good in response to my request for Styx.  He didn’t have Cinderella’s “Through the Rain”, but he played “Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart at the Seams“. He didn’t have Zed Yago, but hooked me up when I asked for Steelheart’s “I’ll Never Let You Go”.

Honestly, I don’t know if the person answering the requests on Facebook is a guy or a girl or a group of folks, but the announcer’s voice on the commercials is male and it’s that voice I hear when I’m reading the comments/posts on the Facebook page.

If you like metal, hard rock, and hair/flair/glamour rock, give Slippery When Wet radio a listen on iHeartRadio.  You’ll probably like it!

Music Monday – Keep the Faith

This Music Monday is dedicated to all those going through rough times…

There are a lot of people in this country (and around the world, for that matter) who are out of work and down on their luck.  They hear the politicians blaming each other and making promises, but not much is happening to make things better.

Walking in the footsteps
Of society’s lies
I don’t like what I see no more
Sometimes I wish that I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever

Some have friends and family who are ill or are ill themselves, whether treatable or curable or neither.   Others have lost loved ones to war, criminal violence, accidents, illness, or old age.

Whatever ails you, remember that humans are resilient.  As hard as it seems, you have to find something to hold on to, some one to lean on, and Keep the Faith.

Faith: you know you’re gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Faith: don’t let your love turn to hate
Right now we got to
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Lord we got to keep the faith

I know this sounds  so pathetically optimistic and happy happy joy joy, but I believe in the power of positive thinking.  Whether you get your positive vibes by praying or meditating or some other means, a positive mindset goes a long way.

Musical Meanderings with My Girls

Tonight after dinner, I was driving around with my daughters, listening to a mixed CD I made.  Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me” came on…and I turned the volume up to close to the level I listen to it.  They sang along with it.  Usually, I get complaints from the younger one about the music being too loud…but not tonight, not for that song.  When it finished, I switched back to an earlier track and blared “Firework” by Katy Perry.  Again, no complaints, and the sing-a-long continued.  I skipped to Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” with Freddie Mercury’s haunting vocals, then to “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato.  I changed discs and we sang along to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, then the acoustic version of Bon Jovi’s “Keep The Faith” from their This Left Feels Right album, followed by Demi Lovato’s “Don’t Forget“, Zac Efron’s “Bet On It“, and brought it, and us, home with Taylor Swift’s “Love Story“.

The girls knew the words to almost all of the songs from their generation.  I knew those, and the others.  The more important things, though, were that we all had a good time driving around singing along with the songs, that they are getting exposure to  good music, theirs and mine (and liking it all), and they are listening to songs with positive messages.

Here are a couple videos from the list of tunes we sang along with tonight:

The one that kicked it off…Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me”

My favorite band, Bon Jovi’s “Keep The Faith”  (this actually ends then follows into “Always”)

and Katy Perry’s “Firework”

“Piano playing is a dying art.” -a quote by Jon Bon Jovi

“Piano playing is a dying art. I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument evoking an emotional and musical experience.” – Jon Bon Jovi

I love the sound of a piano with a rock band, especially on ballads, and even more so on bluesy numbers..  I can also empathize with the idea of a guy with one instrument evoking an emotional experience.  After all, that is the essence of poetry…drawing out an emotional reaction to the one instrument:  words.

Here’s two videos from Bon Jovi with heavy piano…

Bed of Roses

It’s My Life (acoustic)

Have a Nice Day

Here’s a great bit of lyrics from my favorite band, Bon Jovi:

Take a look around you, nothing’s what it seems
We’re living in the broken home of hopes and dreams
Let me be the first to shake a helping hand
Anybody brave enough to take a stand
I knocked on every door down every dead end street
Looking for forgiveness and what’s left to believe?

Enjoy the video and…Have a nice day!!!

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