Let’s Take A Moment Day 73

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?

Peanuts music

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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.

Yesterday (Day 72) I wrote about my favorite song from a group that had a few hits before they faded away.  Another group from the 1970’s that had the same fate was Firefall.  They had a similar story & background as ARS, but the difference was I was not really a fan.  Their two big hits, “You Are The Woman” & “Just Remember I Love You” were pleasant enough but just a little too pop-ish for my taste.  But then I heard today’s song and was immediately entranced.  Instead of their upbeat music and lyrics there was a story of a sad dark woman and a haunting melody aided by a flute no less (and Ian Anderson was no where in sight).  And I loved it.  I still do.  And I still love the imagery of the lyrics:

Teardrops falling down on me
Like rivers in my sleep
In my dream of laughter
You came creeping with your fears…..
…..And in your dream of darkness
I came shinin like a sun.”
Firefall_1977  Firefall in 1977 (not pictured:  David Muse, flute & keyboards).  (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Firefall:  “Strange Way” (1978, written by Rick Roberts).

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 72

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?

Peanuts music

(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.

Every decade brings about groups that have a few hits before they fade into the background.  But that does not mean they do not leave their mark in music or on our life soundtracks.  For me, one of those bands was The Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS).  I really liked their laid back southern country rock sound, their musical talent and lead singer Ronnie Hammond’s voice (not to mention how gorgeous he was).  I enjoyed all their music but it was their album “Champagne Jam” that I loved the best, especially because it has today’s song on it.

ARS
ARS circa 1978 (L-R):  Barry Bailey, Robert Nix, Ronnie Hammond, Paul Goddard, Dean Daughtry and  J.R.Cobb.   (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Atlanta Rhythm Section:  “Imaginary Lover” (1978, written by Buddy Buie, Dean Daughtry and Robert Nix).

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 67

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?

Peanuts music

(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.

Many artists have covered Bruce Springsteen’s songs:  For Manfred Mann’s Earth Band it was “Blinded By The Light”; for The Pointer Sisters it was “Fire”; for Natalie Cole it was “Pink Cadillac”; for Gary U.S. Bonds it was “This Little Girl” to name a few.  However, Patti Smith has the distinction to have co-written a song with The Boss.  But they did not sit down and write it together.  Springsteen recorded a rough version of the song in 1977 while he was working on his “Darkness On The Edge of Town” album.  Another producer heard it and asked Springsteen if Smith could record it and he said yes.  She added some lyrics to it and recorded it the same year for her upcoming “Easter” album.  When she performed the song live for the first time at the end of that same year at CBGB’s in NYC, Springsteen joined her on stage to sing it.  After that he started playing it on his tours.  The rest is history and a fabulous song.

With love we sleep
With doubt the vicious circle
Turn and burns
Without you I cannot live
Forgive, the yearning burning
I believe it’s time, too real to feel.

Sidenote:  If you are a fan of Smith’s writing, I encourage you to read her memoir, “Just Kids”.  It is about her life in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s when she was living in Manhattan and met artist Robert Mapplethorpe.  It is a great read and she tells their story beautifully.

Patti Smith

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Patti Smith Group:  “Because The Night” (1978, written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith).

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

Stay well.