Music Monday – One Horrible Day

Another shooting on a military base.  Twelve dead.  At least they killed the gunman.  That will save us money and time spent prosecuting the idiot.  Too bad they didn’t get the Fort Hood shooter the same way.  But I digress from the point of this post, which is a song of sorrow, but peace for a loved one lost.  May the victims rest in peace and their families, friends, and co-workers find comfort and healing…and may the shooter burn in Hell.

One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men

(released 1995; peaked #1 US Hot 100, Canada, & New Zealand, #2 US R&B, Australia, & Netherlands, #5 France, #6 UK)

Sorry, I’ve never told you, all I wanted to say
And now it’s too late to hold you
‘Cause you’ve flown away
So far away

Never had I imagined
Living without your smile
Feelin’ and knowing you hear me
It keeps me alive, alive

Mariah has such a beautiful voice and does a great job harmonizing with Boyz II Men on this hit.



Music Monday – A Matter of Touch

Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of Divinyls, died yesterday after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.  Her biggest hit with the band was I Touch Myself.  A dirty little song with a sexy video.  In honor of Chrissy’s passing, this week’s Music Monday focuses on songs about touch.  There were a lot to pick from, but I restrained myself and stuck to five.

I Touch Myself by Divinyls

(released 1990; peaked: #4 US Hot 100, #2 US Alternative, #1 Australia)

I love myself, I want you to love me
When I feel down, I want you above me
I search myself, I want you to find me
I forget myself, I want you to remind me

I don’t want anybody else
And when I think about you I touch myself
I don’t want anybody else
Oh no, oh no, oh no

The only thing I really ever remember about this video is when it pans past the doorway and the girl is bent completely over at the waist and then curl up even more.  Does that girl have a spine?  Wow!  I like this song, not just for the dirty images it provokes, but for the way Chrissy sings it, the rhythm, the jolting twang on the guitar…well, ok, it all adds up to a really erotic song, which is outstanding considering it’s not slow.

Lovin’, Touchin’ Squeezin’ by Journey

(released 1979; peaked: #16 US Hot 100; #12 Canada)

You make me weep and wanna die
Just when you said we’d try
Lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’ each other
When I’m alone all by myself
You’re out with someone else
Lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’ each other

While this isn’t my favorite Journey song, I do love the bluesy sound…and Steve Perry’s voice is incredible.  My favorite part in the song is Perry’s delivery of “Now it’s your turn, girl, to cry!” right before the na na na na na na’s.

Touch Me (I Want Your Body) by Samantha Fox

(released 1986; peaked: #4 US Billboard Hot 100, #3 UK Singles, #1 in multiple other countries)

Quick as a flash, you disappeared into the night
Did I hurt you, boy? Didn’t I treat you right?
You made me feel so good, made me feel myself
Now I’m alone and you’re with somebody else

This video is from a live performance Samantha did in 2007 in Australia.  Samantha burst onto the music scene in the mid-eighties after spending time modeling.  Her pretty face, smoking bod, and danceable tunes made her a hit, especially in the music video era.

Invisible Touch by Genesis

(released 1986; peaked #1 US Hot 100, #15 UK Singles, #3 Australia)

She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
She reaches in, and grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
It takes control and slowly tears you apart.

From their pre-seventies inception through their last work in the two thousands, Genesis have released many albums, and have had about a dozen or songs crack the top ten.  Invisible Touch was their only US Hot 100 number one.  This isn’t my favorite Genesis song, but it does bring back memories of my high school drill team performing to it.

Touch My Body by Mariah Carey

(released 2008; peaked: #1 US Hot 100, #2 US R&B & Canada)

Touch my body
Let me wrap my thighs
All around your waist
Just a little taste
Touch my body
Know you love my curves
Come on and give me what I deserve
And touch my body.

This song has an interesting vocal sound…almost like a butterfly flitting around.  That is, until the chorus where Mariah lets her voice get more honeyed and sensual.  The video is great:  a combination of Mariah wiggling around in all her curvaceous hotness teasing and goofing around with the compu-nerd.

Music Monday – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For many people, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  For others, it’s absolutely dreadful.  Still many other fall somewhere in between.  In the spirit of Christmas, this week’s Music Monday will be a brief listing of a few of my favorite Christmas songs.

‘Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do?
Baby all I want for Christmas is you
You, baby

Let’s get this started with the young and yummy and uber-talented Mariah Carey.  From 1994, here’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Last Christmas
I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away.
This year
To save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special.

Let’s keep the Christmas party going with my favorite artist, George Michael.  Here’s Wham! with Last Christmas.

For those looking for a slightly more upbeat version, here’s Cascada’s version.

And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace

Unfortunately, I cannot find a video for my favorite Christmas song, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” by Robert Goulet, so you’ll have to simply listen to it here on YouTube.  I love the pacing of the song combined with his deep voice.  It just works for me.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!  …and if you don’t celebrate it, I still wish you the good will of the Christmas season.

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