Let’s Take A Moment Day 460

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?

June 2021 blog

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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

Fifty years ago today-June 19, 1971-the greatest album by a female artist hit the #1 spot in the country where it would stay for 15 consecutive weeks. Carole King’s exquisite opus, Tapestry, climbed to the top of the chart four months after its release in February 1971.

Today’s song has been a favorite of mine forever but it was only in the last year that I discovered King did not write the lyrics for this track. They were written by poet Toni Stern who also wrote the lyrics for another Tapestry song, “Where You Lead”. That tune went on to become the theme song for “The Gilmore Girls” TV show. Stern also co-wrote “Sweet Seasons” for King’s second 1971 album, Music.

This revelation does not take anything away from King’s brilliance, however. But I do love the girl power that helped make Tapestry the absolute diamond it remains to this day. And I am certain it always will be. It is just that remarkable.

There’ll be good times again for me and you
But we just can’t stay together, don’t you feel it, too
Still I’m glad for what we had and how I once loved you”.

Stern and King

Toni Stern Carole King

Top: Toni Stern (L) and Carole King circa 1982. Bottom: Stern and King circa 2020. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Carole King: “It’s Too Late” (1971, written by Carole King and Toni Stern).

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Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 459

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

Happiest of birthdays to Sir James Paul McCartney, a/k/a the “cute” Beatle, who turns 79 years young today. He was born June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. He was a self taught musician encouraged by his father who played the piano & trumpet. His mother died when he was 14 years old from complications of breast cancer. That loss bonded him with John Lennon who lost his own mother when he was 17. He met McCartney in 1957 and invited him to join his band, The Quarrymen. They were the precursor to The Beatles.

I do like a number of McCartney’s solo & Wings songs, but for me nothing will ever come close to the music he created as part of The Fab Four. Today’s pick goes back to the year they arrived in America and proceeded to change all our lives, not to mention the history of music, on that iconic Sunday night in February 1964. Happy birthday, Paul McCartney. May you see 100 more.

My love don’t give me presents
I know that she’s no peasant
Only ever has to give me
Love forever and forever
“.

Beatles 1964

Paul 2010

Top: February 7, 1964-the day The Beatles arrived in America (L-R): Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. Bottom: McCartney circa 2015. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

The Beatles (in honor of Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday): “She’s A Woman” (1964, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 458

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

When I saw the “No Nukes” movie I discovered one of Bruce Springsteen’s favorite songs because he did a cover of it for the concert. The original version was a #1 song for two weeks in the summer of 1961 by singer Gary U.S. Bonds. He was born Gary Anderson on June 6, 1939 in Florida and began singing in church as a child. When he was about 20 years old he signed with Legrand Records and worked closely with producer Frank Guida. He co-wrote today’s song with two other people & Bonds provided the vocal arrangement.

He had two other hits in the early 1960’s-“New Orleans” and “School Is Out”-before his career plateaued as a result of the British Invasion. But Springsteen & his best friend/guitarist Steven Van Zandt remained huge fans and got the chance to work with Bonds in 1980. The following year his album Dedication was released & revived his career.

It contained the Top 20 hit, “This Little Girl”, a song Springsteen wrote to be included on The River album, but he decided Bonds would be a better fit for the track. The Boss wrote two other songs for the album, Van Zandt contributed one as well and the rest of The E Street Band performed all the music for the project. And all that happened because Springsteen heard today’s song when he was 11 years old & it stayed with him for the rest of his life. I can totally relate.

I never had it so good
Yeah and I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five
“.

Bonds 1960

Dedication

Top: Gary U.S. Bonds circa 1960. Bottom: His 1981 album, Dedication. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Gary U.S. Bonds: “Quarter To Three” (1961, written by Gary Anderson, Gene Barge, Frank J. Guida and Joseph F. Royster.

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 457

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

Time for a mid-week Motown break, with this one coming by way of California from 1975. There are some great cover versions of Motor City songs and today’s is one of the best by one of my favorite bands. It was originally recorded by Kim Weston in 1965 & written by the powerhouse writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland. Today marks Mr. Dozier’s 80th birthday and if you try for one second to imagine music without this man & his co-writers’ magnificent words & music, the silence would be deafening. Happy birthday to one of the pillars of Motown.

I’ve tried my best to be strong but I’m not able
I’m like a helpless child left in a cradle
Before you leave me leave me far behind
Let me feel happy one more time
“.

Doobies

The Doobie Brothers 1975 album, Stampede. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

The Doobie Brothers: “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While”) (1975, written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 456

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

On June 15, 1965 Bob Dylan began recording today’s song for his sixth album, Highway 61 Revisited. It was a departure from his folk sound as this record took him into his rock music chapter. But his gift for story telling & his poetic verses were still front and center in his songs, leaving his audience to ponder the thoughts, questions & ideas he wrote about. In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine published their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and today’s song ranks at #1. That is the power of Bob Dylan.

You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now he calls you you can’t refuse
When you ain’t got nothing you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now you’ve got no secrets to conceal
“.

Dylan

Bob Dylan’s 1965 rock album. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Bob Dylan: “Like A Rolling Stone” (1965, written by Bob Dylan).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 455

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

Brad Delp had one of the most recognizable voices in music in the 1970’s. As the lead singer of Boston, his voice was everywhere thanks to the success of the band’s 1976 self-titled debut album. Delp, a singer & multi-instrumentalist, was born on June 12, 1951 in Massachusetts. He met songwriter Tom Scholz in 1969 through guitarist Barry Goudreau.

The three men were in a band founded by Scholz in the early 1970’s when they were signed to Epic Records & renamed Boston. Their first album, released in August 1976, was the best selling debut album at the time & catapulted the band to enormous success. Scholz recorded most of the album in his basement studio with Delp on both lead & harmony vocals. When the band went on tour they recreated the songs live.

Delp’s signature range & soaring vocals became Boston’s trademark. It was evident on their second album, 1978’s Don’t Look Back as well as 1986’s Third Stage. The eight year hiatus between records was reportedly due to a dispute with the record company & Scholz’s need for perfection. Delp left the group in 1989 but returned in 1994. He also pursued several side projects including a tribute band honoring his favorite group, The Beatles.

In 2007, Delp died from suicide. There were many stories surrounding why he took his life including an ongoing battle with depression, personal issues relating to his fiancé’s sister and tensions between him & Scholz over the band. But the only thing that matters is that Delp was in enough pain to end his life which is too sad for words. His voice was such an important part of my early days as I discovered real music for myself & decided which voices I truly cared to listen to in a sea of bands & singers. Delp’s was one of the first & one of the best choices I ever made for myself. And today’s song will hold as one of the greatest moments of his career.

I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away
“.

Boston A

The band Boston circa 1976 (L-R): Lead vocalist & guitarist Brad Delp, songwriter & guitarist & Tom Scholz, guitarist Barry Goudreau, bassist Fran Sheehan and drummer Sib Hashian (center). (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Boston: “More Than A Feeling” (1976, written by Tom Scholz).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 454

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

I have a soft spot in my heart for crooners and today’s singer is the reason why. No one did it like Dino Paul Crocetti, who was born on June 7, 1917 in Ohio. Whether he sang in Italian or English, whether he performed alone or with the other members of The Rat Pack or whether I watched him in his TV specials or on the big screen in movies like “Rio Bravo”, “Birds Do It” or “Airport”, Dean Martin was an entertainer in every sense of the word.

Today’s song, originally titled “T’ho voluto bene” (“I love you so much”) was one of my Grandma Mary’s favorite songs. Thanks to her, I grew up with this man’s voice in my life. And what an immeasurable gift that was.

Please do not forget that our lips have met
And I held you tight dear
Was it dreams ago?
My heart felt this glow only just tonight dear”.

Dean

“The King Of Cool” Dean Martin circa 1960. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Dean Martin: “Non Dimenticar” (1962, music by P. G. Redi a.k.a. Luigi Pulci, Italian lyrics by Michele Galdieri and English lyrics by Shelley Dobbins).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 453

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

One of the best lines I ever heard in my life was from a 2000 “Will & Grace” episode (S3 E4 “Girl Trouble”) by The Queen of the Quips, Karen Walker. When she noticed Grace wearing a beret, Karen set her straight:

“Grace, I thought we talked about the beret. Patty Hearst couldn’t even pull one off and she had money and a gun”. EPIC!!!

Fifteen years earlier, today’s song was released by Prince extolling his love for that particular head wear. It was from his seventh studio album, which was the follow up to his smash, Purple Rain. With more of a psychedelic pop sound than its predecessor, Around The World In A Day was another #1 album for the superstar with today’s track as the lead off single.

Prince Rogers Nelson was born 63 years ago on June 7, 1958 in Minnesota. His unique name came from his father’s jazz combo, the Prince Rogers Trio. He was always Prince to me, even when he was re-crowned “The Artist Formerly known As” in 1993 when he changed his name to a symbol because of an ongoing feud with his record company.

His music was an inventive and unique hybrid of soul, funk, rock, R&B, classical, pop, jazz & more setting him apart from everyone else when he broke through the music scene in the 1980’s. His sophisticated coiffed appearance, his progressive lyrics & videos combined with his dynamic stage shows helped elevate his legendary status, cementing his role as one of the most influential artists of all time. His death five yeasts ago was an absolute shock to fans & the industry alike and left a hole in music that has yet to be filled. And probably never will.

The rain sounds so cool when it hits the barn roof
And the horses wonder who you are
Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees
You feel like a movie star
“.

Prince

Prince circa 2005. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Prince & The Revolution: “Raspberry Beret” (1985, written by Prince).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 452

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs was born June 8, 1944 in Ohio. He was raised in Texas & learned to play the guitar when he was 12. By 1959 he met guitarist Steve Miller & became the singer for his band, The Marksmen. By college Scaggs quit school to tour the European music scene. When he returned to the states in the late 1960’s, he played on The Steve Miller Band’s first two albums before Scaggs signed a record deal of his own.

By the beginning of the 1970’s, he was signed to a different label where he found success after being paired with Motown producer Johnny Bristol,. The more soulful bluesy sound of 1976’s Silk Degrees was a smash, as the album reached the #2 spot in the country. It contained the hits “Lowdown” (Day 39), “Lido Shuffle” & “We’re All Alone” and made Scaggs a star. As much as I loved that album, I fell head over heels in love with today’s song from the moment I heard it in the 1980 movie, “Urban Cowboy”. Happy 77th birthday & 100 more, Boz Scaggs.

Hope they never end this song
This could take us all night long
I looked at the moon and I felt blue
Then I looked again and I saw you
“.

Scaggs

Boz Scaggs circa 2000. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Boz Scaggs: “Look What You’ve Done To Me” (1980, written by David Foster and Boz Scaggs).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 451

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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.

Tony Bennett has often said today’s singer was the best he ever heard. And in many ways she was. Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Minnesota, started singing with her sisters when she was a child. By age 13 she was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by studio president Louis B. Mayer.

She started in radio & eventually moved on to movies. Her career-making performance as Dorothy Gale in 1939’s “The Wizard Of Oz” when she was 16 turned her into a legend, a role every generation since has discovered her in. It was truly an iconic part and she was absolutely beautiful in it.

It may be hard to forget how young she was when she died (aged 47 in 1969) all her marriages, her battles with substance abuse and the fact that she was one of Hollywood’s first casualties. But her incomparable voice, her acting, her live performances & her incredible heart are what she gave us all. Nearly 100 years after her birth & more than 50 years after her death, Judy Garland is still one of the most beloved stars the world ever saw.

If happy little blue birds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why oh why can’t I
“.

Judy

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in 1939’s classic, “The Wizard Of Oz“. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Judy Garland: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” (1939, written by Harold Arlen and Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.