Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – September 14 – 20, 2015

September 14th

You should give me a chance
This can’t be the end
I’m still loving you

from “Still Loving You” by Scorpions

While I love Bon Jovi and their ballads, as well as many others out there, Still Loving You ranks as my number one metal ballad.  Klaus Meine’s got a great voice and he pours all his angst into his pleading vocals, professing his undying love.

The video is from the Acoustica performance in Portugal.  I enjoy the sound of this version, but it doesn’t have quite the same impact without the soaring vocals Klaus has in the original version.

September 15th

We have a love that’s strong and true
It’s true in every way
I want to be with you
Each and every day

from “Happy” by Surface

Oh yeah! This was the jam back in the day.  Surface made quite a living on their love songs.

Watch “Happy” on YouTube:

September 16th

Do you see what I see
A rainbow shining over us
In the middle of a hopeless storm

from “I’m Free” by Jon Secada

Jon Secada has a great voice and this is a great song.  Such a powerful message.  When things look bleak, look for the positives, the signs that things will get better.

September 18th

Got fire in your veins, burning hot
but you don’t feel the pain
Your desire is insane, you can’t stop
until you do it again

from “Urgent” by Foreigner

Great energy in this song.  It conveys the need, the hunger, the…urgency.

Watch “Urgent” on YouTube:

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 31st – September 6, 2015

August 31st

Our life together is so precious together
We have grown, we have grown

from “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon

A couple weeks late for my anniversary, but this is so true about my love and our relationship.  It’s grown and matured and gotten deeper.

September 1st

You got me spinnin’, baby
you know that I’m in a trance
‘Cause your love is better
than any love I know

from “Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart

I love some Bee Gees, but this is probably my favorite disco tune.

September 2nd

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
Oh when it hasn’t been your day
Your week, your month, or even your year

from “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts

We all have those times when we seem to be spinning our wheels…working hard and getting nowhere.  Sometimes its a few days, sometimes it’s much longer, but we all hit walls, big and small.  If you can’t get out of second gear, just take it slower and keep going.  Don’t blow the engine, you’ll get there later than sooner, but you’ll get there.

September 3rd

I said, that’s life, and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks,
Stompin’ on a dream

from “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra

We all know people like this, right?  The friend, spouse, or relative that can only see the negative…the chance for failure in anything we might venture.  Even if they don’t get their kicks doing so, they just can’t seem to find a positive way to look at things…no chance of the “what if” working out for the better.  Well, you just have to learn to brush those naysayers aside, let the Debbie Downers criticize and fret all they want while you strive for greatness.

The video is set to start at the 1:10 minute mark when Old Blue Eyes starts singing, but he actually his lead in is actually a little humorous if you want to start from the beginning.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – August 17 – 23, 2015

On vacation last week so I’m catching up with the week before’s #MorningMusic Wrap-up.

August 17th

So lately, been wondering
Who will be there to take my place
When I’m gone you’ll need love to light the shadows on your face

from “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling

This song’s got a nice rock sound, but it’s the lyrics that make it. Every now and then I wonder what would happen if I die before my wife. Will she meet someone else with whom she’ll find love and/or companionship? I know that I want her to be happy. These lines reflect my thoughts.

August 18th

There’s nothing where he used to lie
My inspiration has run dry
That’s what is goin’ on
Nothin’s right

from “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

I’m not sure who the “he” is in these lyrics, but I can understand the loss of inspiration, the feeling of “nothing’s right”. It’s difficult to explain…and I’ve been in an non-creative place for about half a year or so now. Maybe it’s lack of inspiration. Maybe it’s lack of taking the time to write. Maybe a little of both.

August 19th

You were the one who left me neglected [I’m so sorry]
Apology not accepted, add me to the broken hearts you collected

from “All Cried Out” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

While most folks only remember Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s upbeat hits “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion”, I always loved the emotion Lisa Lisa pours into this song. You can feel her pain, her broken heart.

August 20th

My head is full of magic, baby
And I can’t share this with u
I feel I’m on top again, baby
That’s got everything to do with u

from “So Alive” by Love and Rockets

In contrast to the emotion-filled sound of Lisa Lisa’s song, this hit by Love and Rockets is very measured and steady, but it completely works. It fits the “I am full of magic, but I can’t share it with you” story while still vibing with the energy of the subject being the reason for the magic, for being a success.

August 21st

Big bill collecters, they ring my phone,
they bother me when I’m not at home.

from “I Wanna Be Rich” by Calloway

The theme song for all of us struggling through life, living paycheck to paycheck, wishing we were “movin’ on up”.

August 22nd

Come my love I’ll tell you a tale
Of a boy and girl and their love story
And how he loved her oh so much

from “Storybook Love” by Mark Knopfler

The front man for Dire Straits solo work on one of my top five movies, The Princess Bride, brought us this love song…part story, part solemn vow.

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 – August 3 – 9, 2015

August 3rd

‘Cause the walls were shaking
The earth was quaking
My mind was aching
And we were making it and you

from “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

This is one of those anomalies…a rock song by AC/DC that became a staple at school dances in the 80s.

August 4th

I realize what life is all about
It’s hanging on when your heart has had enough
It’s giving more when you feel like giving up

from “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride

One of the great songs about reflecting on life when you have a child.  It certainly changes how you see things…your goals and dreams, attitude, and reason for not quitting, for not letting life beat you down.

August 5th

First I want to take some time
I just want to look at you
Girl you are so fine
I can’t believe you’re mine

from “My My My” by Johnny Gill

Johnny Gill’s big slow jam…just the right mix of loving and doting on your special someone.  And “after all this time” I still feel this way about my wife.


August 6th

You say the world has come between us
Our lives have come between us

from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something

Yep…the one hit wonder on the list.  It’s a catch, upbeat sound with a hopeful chorus that runs counter to the breaking up verses.  Can’t blame the singer for trying to hold on…even if it’s a stretch by bringing up a classic film.

August 7th

I’m gonna add some bottom
So that the dancers just won’t hide

from “Dance to the Music” by Sly and The Family Stone

Nothing fancy in the lyrics…it’s more of an intro to the band, but it’s groovy and danceable.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – July 27 – August 2, 2015

July 27th

Baby as our lives unfold
There’s no telling where we’ll go
But as far as I can see, it’ll be you and me

from “Forever Road” by Darius Rucker

Me and my baby against the world.

July 28th

Everybody needs a little place they can hide
Somewhere to call their own
Don’t let nobody inside

from “Shelter Me” by Cinderella

Cinderella transcends “hair band”, especially on this song.  It’s got it all, a great beat, rockin’ bluesy guitars, Tom’s raspy voice, sax solos, and even a Little Richard in the video.  The message in this song is spot on, as well…we all need a little shelter.

July 29th

It ain’t pretty
After the show
It ain’t pretty when the pretty leaves you
With no place to go

from “Pretty Vegas” by INXS

This song fits so perfectly this week since a large group of folks from my high school descended on Vegas this weekend for a reunion…and also because INXS was hugely popular when we were in high school.

July 30th

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can move me
And when I’m feelin’ blue
The guitar’s comin’ through to soothe me

from “Drift Away” by Uncle Kracker

Such a great remake.  I love the way Uncle Kracker brought Dobie Gray in to sing rather than simply covering the song.  Very cool.  I completely relate to these lines.  Good music, good lyrics…they can take you away, refresh you, and bring you back ready to face the day.


July 31st

Captain America’s been torn apart
Now he’s a court jester with a broken heart

from “Paradise City” by Guns ‘N Roses

Amazing that this song released in 1988 and America seems to be worse off now than it was back then.  Were GNR a bit prophetic?  America certainly seems to have more internal, civil strife.  Has America become a joke on the global stage?

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.

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.

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