Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Today in 1964 Roy Orbison, nicknamed The Caruso Of Rock, released today’s track. It would go on to become his signature song. It hit #1 for three weeks in the fall of that year and it is a true rock & roll classic. If you need to be reminded of this man’s genius and how effortless he made his music look, I suggest you watch “Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black & White Night” from 1988 to see him perform with several of his fans including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello. k.d. lang and J.D. Souther. It is a great concert.
Many artists have covered this song. Some not so good, some not so bad. One of the best I think is by Chris Isaak who recorded his cover for the album, “Beyond The Sun”. But nothing beats the original. Mercy!
“I guess I’ll go on home, it’s late
There’ll be tomorrow night, but wait
What do I see?
Is she walkin’ back to me?”
Roy Orbison photographed on April 13, 1967. John Hercock/Central Press/Getty Images. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Roy Orbison: “Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964, written by Bill Dees and Roy Orbison).
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