Let’s Take A Moment Day 184

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?

Jane Austen Music Quote

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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 there is another birth anniversary to celebrate. This one belongs to Riley B. King, a/k/a B.B. King, born 95 years ago today in Mississippi. He started playing guitar around age 12 and was basically self taught after learning three chords from the minister of his church. By 1947 he made his way to Tennessee and honed his skills at the clubs on Beale Street. In 1952 he had his first number one song, which is today’s track, and thus began his reign as “The King Of The Blues”.

Now here it is three o’ clock in the mornin’
Can’t even close my eyes
Oh, three o’ clock in the mornin’, baby
Can’t even close my eyes
“.

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B.B. King circa 2010. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

B.B. King: “3 O’Clock Blues” (1951, written by Riley B. King, previously credited to Lowell Fulson).

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 42

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?

music heart

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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’s song is my favorite Gershwin tune of all time.  Despite the dozens of people who have recorded it, Lady Ella’s version with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra remains the one I adore the most.  The lyricist of today’s song, Ira Gershwin, once said, “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them”.  And that tells you all you need to know about this song.

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me
.

 

Ella

Ella Fitzgerald circa 1946 (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Ella Fitzgerald:  “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1959, written by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin in 1926).

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 20

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?

music heart

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

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.

I used to love watching old movies with my grandmother.  It was how I was introduced to such stars as Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Rosemary Clooney.  The first time I ever heard her sing was during the film “White Christmas”.  The first scene I saw was when she sang “Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me” and I was completely captivated.  Not only was her voice beautiful, but so was she.  And so elegant in her black sweetheart neck gown, white gloves and big dangly earrings which seemed to match the applique on the back of her dress.  She was perfection in every sense of the word.  After that I listened to practically every record she ever recorded and fell in love with every one.  But today’s song has always been my favorite.

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Rosemary Clooney circa 1950 (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Rosemary Clooney:  “Tenderly” (1951, written by Jack Lawrence and Walter Gross).

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

Stay well.