Music Monday: February 28, 2022

Hi, everyone. Welcome to this week’s edition of Music Monday.

Music Monday

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As we say goodbye to February 2022, let’s focus on the milestone birthdays celebrated this month for two of music’s most incredible talents. Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Carole King turned 80 on February 9 (born in 1942) and blue-eyed soul Doobie Brother Michael McDonald turned 70th on February 12 (born in 1952). Plus, February 26th marked the 90th birth anniversary for The Man In Black, Johnny Cash (born in 1932). It is impossible for me to pick just one of these icons to spotlight today, so I am going to do things a little differently this week and feature one track from each. You’re welcome.

Cash circa 1965

Johnny Cash circa 1965. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

All three artists hold special places in my heart & mind. The first concert I ever attended was The Doobie Brothers. I liked them before McDonald joined them, but with him their sound evolved into rock & soul fusion which I absolutely adored. King is the genius behind the best album by a female artist, not to mention the composer of so many hits I have lost track. Cash was one of my first introductions to classic country music courtesy of my grandmother’s love of the genre. These are some of the greatest moments in my varied & extensive musical history. And I am thankful for this soundtrack in my life single day.

King circa 1990.

Carole King circa 1990. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

For McDonald I was going to choose my favorite from his early Doobie Brother years-“It Keeps You Running“-but then I remembered the title track from his 1990 album which still makes me swoon more than 30 years later. I chose a song from King’s 1971 opus because those were the best of her career in my world. As for Cash, he could sing anything. And he did. But one of his signature songs is always my pick to start a listening party by him because they bring back some of the fondest memories of my life. But any track from any one of these icons would obviously be welcome. Their talent & music speaks for itself. Enjoy.

Mcdonald circa 2000

Michael McDonald circa 2000. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Johnny Cash: “Ring Of Fire” (1963, written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore).

Carole King: “Tapestry” (1971, written by Carole King).

Michael McDonald: “Take It To Heart” (1990, written by Michael McDonald and Diane Warren).

Stay safe & well.

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 25

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the countdown.

Day 25

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Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. May you find comfort in the peace, joy & meaning of the season.

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
“.

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Dolly Parton: “Joy To The World” (1990, Traditional).

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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!

Let’s Take a Moment Day 379

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?

March 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.

In 1990 “Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 15th year on the air. I had been watching it for at least a decade by then and was amazed I could still be so thoroughly entertained by the cast & their guests week after week. One of my favorite episodes of that anniversary year took place on March 24, 1990. That is when my great musical love Eric Clapton appeared as the special guest for not two but three songs.

He spent the rest of that week in NYC to celebrate his 45th birthday on March 30th. Today he celebrates his 76th and while he may not be in NYC for this one, I am marking the occasion with one of the songs he sang on SNL over 30 years ago. Happy birthday to guitarist extraordinaire, singer, songwriter, icon & legend, Eric Clapton.

The mountain gets steeper, the hole you dig is gettin’ deeper
You better reach and pull yourself out
No one’s ever gonna love you the way that I love you
I never want to see you doin’ without
“.

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Eric Clapton on “Saturday Night Live” from March 1990. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Eric Clapton: “No Alibis” (1989, written by Jerry Lynn Williams).

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Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 339

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?

Feb 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.

In September 1986 a new group with a sophisticated sound & insightful songs emerged in n year dominated by new wave, punk & hair bands. Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s debut album introduced us to their music which was a more contemporary hybrid of jazz, folk, gospel & classical with an added touch of jam band magic. The title track from their debut album, “The Way It Is” hit the #1 spot that year and was followed by two top twenty hits, “Mandolin Rain” & “Every Little Kiss”.

The band’s next two albums were also a refreshing break from the over synthesized songs that were flooding the charts at that time, but the group disbanded a year after their third album was released in 1990. It included today’s song which features additional vocals by Shawn Colvin who had a big hit of her own with “Sunny Came Home” in 1997. Hornsby also spent several years playing with The Grateful Dead until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, at which time Hornsby went on to a solo career. But out of everything he has done, it is today’s song I love the most.

When I see you on the street in the twilight
I may tip my hat and keep my head down
Show me love but maybe I don’t deserve it
I’ve been called but not, but not found
“.

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Shawn Colvin (L) and Bruce Hornsby (R) on “Late Night With David Letterman, 1990. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Bruce Hornsby & The Range featuring Shawn Colvin: “Lost Soul” (1990, written by Bruce Hornsby).

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 34

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.

When 1990 began, it was not just a new decade for the world, but a new chance for a legendary singer from another era to reintroduce himself to the music industry.  First, he reunited with his former pianist.  Then the singer hired his son as his manager and he landed his father appearances on the late night shows, music television stations and concerts around the country sponsored by alternative radio stations to help introduce his father’s music to a whole new audience.  The plan worked.  By the time the singer’s new record, “Astoria: Portrait of the Artist” was released in February 1990, it was embraced by everyone who loved his music, including old fans like me.  This is my favorite song from that album.

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Tony Bennett:  “When Do The Bells Ring For Me” (1990, written by Charles DeForest).

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

Stay well.