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 – April 27 – May 3, 2015

April 27th

I know that I’ve got issues
But you’re pretty messed up too
Either way I found out, I’m nothing without you

from “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson

For better, for worse…in crazy times, and the sane…life just wouldn’t be the same without those we love.

April 28th

I was born to chase the sun
Some horses gotta run
Yeah I’m always gonna be
A little bit gypsy

from “Little Bit Gypsy” by Kellie Pickler

Born an Army Brat, I completely understand the ‘little bit gypsy’ feeling.

April 30th

And I see
that these are the eyes of disarray
Would you even care?

from “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots

May 1st

Well u say u care about me
That u just can’t do without me
But u keep on dancin’ baby
‘Til that monkey has u on the floor

from “Monkey” by George Michael

Be in the relationship or get out of it.  Don’t half-ass it…jump in with both cheeks.

Music Monday – Two of my favorite artists on the eve of Christmas Eve

Another short Music Monday and again Christmas is the subject.  Two of my favorite artists, George Michael and Kelly Clarkson provide the songs this week, with Kelly getting a little help from a couple country superstars.

December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) by George Michael
(released 2009; peaked #14 UK Singles, #18 Netherlands)

There was always Christmas time
To wipe the year away
I guess that morning they’d decided
That the war would have to wait

There was always Christmas time
Jesus came to stay
I could believe in peace on Earth
And I could watch TV all day
So I dreamed of Christmas

While it has a rather melancholy sound to it, but I like that it alludes to life (good or bad) taking a break for Christmas time and that because it is at the end of the year, it can kind of wipe away the year so you can start over in the next.  Ultimately, it’s a George Michael song and there isn’t much by him that I don’t like.

Silent Night by Kelly Clarkson with Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace

Wow!  This is my favorite version of this song.  Three music powerhouses in their own rights.  While I’ve really been digging Kelly’s new album, Wrapped in Red, I got chills when Reba began singing.  She comes on stage just before the third verse (about the two minute mark) and you can see that she’s not just singing a song, she’s proclaiming what she believes.  Awesome!

Music Monday – Tis The Season

Christmas season is in full swing.  Let me rephrase that.  I am acknowledging that Christmas Season is in full swing.  Prior to Thanksgiving, I do my best to pretend that all the Christmas stuff in the stores doesn’t exist.  Heck, this year it was out before Halloween.  So, now that Christmas season is upon us, I’ve kicking off the first Music Monday with some Christmas songs, but not the traditional Andy Williams, Mitch Miller, Roger Whittaker, Mariah Carey (oh, yes, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a classic!), Nat King Cole, and Brenda Lee with their chestnuts, joy, resting gentlemen, and rockin’ around the tree.  This week, at least, we’re listening to James Galway, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Loreena McKennitt, and Kelly Clarkson.  Lastly, I’ve included a video of one of the many home light shows set to Christmas music.

The Wexford CarolJames Galway
(released 1998)
A master flautist.  I have a number of James Galway’s CDs.  (Yes, compact discs.  I hear you younger folks sniggering.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerBig Bad Voodoo Daddy
(released 2013)
Didn’t think we needed the lyrics to “Rudolph”.  I think we all know them pretty well.  I do love Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, though.  I’d love to have them play an office Christmas party.
The Bells of Christmas by Loreena McKennitt
(released in 1994 on the soundtrack to “The Santa Clause”)
Now with song we fill the night
While magic dances in the light
To wish you now and all the year
The joy that comes with Christmas cheer
Hear our voices fill the air
To drive the winter’s cold away
And so our hearts with all will share
The love that comes with Christmas Day
Loreena McKennitt has such a beautiful voice.  I’ve been a fan of her Celtic music for years.  This song was featured in “The Santa Clause” with Tim Allen.
Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)Kelly Clarkson
(released 2013)

Was I out of my head? Was I out of my mind?
How could I have ever been so blind?
I was waiting for an indication, it was hard to find

I posted over a month ago about Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, and the song ‘Underneath the Tree’.  It’s a jamming little tune that’s sure to be a hit and find its way into the annual Christmas song radio playlists.  ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’ is one of the covers on the album, originally released in 1960 by blues singer Charles Brown.
Past Three O’Clock – James Galway
(released 1992)

Mid earth rejoices
Hearing such voices
e’ertofore so well
Carolling Nowell.

Past three a clock,
And a cold frosty morning,
Past three a clock;
Good morrow, masters all!

Hinds o’er the pearly,
Dewy lawn early
Seek the high Stranger
Laid in the manger

I added this second James Galway song because I hadn’t heard it before.  I’m not saying it’s one of my favorites, but it’s interesting.  While looking for the lyrics to this song, I also found a site (The Hymns and Carols of Christmas) that’s stated purpose is “preserve the rich history of Christmas carols and hymns that might otherwise be lost.”  From what I can gather, this version of the song’s lyrics was written in 1924.

To finish this Music Monday up, here’s a video of one of those crazy houses with the light show set to Christmas music.

Music Monday – Christmas Comes A Bit Early This Year

Kelly Clarkson is releasing a Christmas album entitled Wrapped In Red…and it’s got some great songs.  Duh!  Even if she’d only covered existing songs, it would have been worth a listen, but this album also has a number of new songs and if “Underneath the Tree” is any indication, I can’t wait to hear “Wrapped in Red” and the others.  Kelly also just got married this past weekend, so I suppose I should have led the article off by calling her Kelly Blackstock.  Best of luck to her and her new husband!


Underneath the Tree

Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight
You’re all that I need
underneath the tree 

A catchy upbeat tune, this is sure to be an instant Christmas favorite.


White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

A soulful cover of a Christmas classic.

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