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 – 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.

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 – “Eclectic Celtic”

On her website, Loreena McKennitt, describes her music as “Eclectic Celtic”.  I guess that’s an apt description as she’s been blending celtic music with other sounds from around the world for nearly twenty years now.  Ms. McKennitt  has a beautiful voice and many of her songs are traditional lyrics of songs sung for ages or poems by famous poets, and she shines is in her ability to provide wonderful arrangements for these.  She has produced all her albums through her own company and studio, Quinlan Road, which she founded in 1985.

In 1991, McKennitt released her fourth album, The Visit, which included “The Lady of Shalott”, a song whose lyrics were taken from Tennyson’s Arthurian poem of the same name.  Here’s a live clip of Loreena performing this song at the 2007 Juno Awards.

A version of “The Mummer’s Dance”, from the album The Book of Secrets, was featured in Ever After, a Cinderella-based Drew Barrymore movie.  It’s probably my favorite Cinderella-based film and this is one of my favorite McKennitt songs.

One of my favorite songs, “Lullaby”, from her first album, Elemental, released in 1985.  The lyrics are from a poem by William Blake, read by Scottish actor Douglas Campbell.

In 2010, McKennitt returned to the more traditional celtic roots of her music with The Wind that Shakes the Barley.  A great peaceful album.  Here’s “As I Roved Out”.

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