Let’s Take A Moment Day 370

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.

At the beginning of 1993 a director wanted a song for a movie he was making and asked a songwriter & musician to write it. He wrote the tune, played all the instruments on it & sang the track himself, with an additional singer providing the backing vocal. The movie came out in December 1993 featuring the song, which was released as a single in February 1994. The video that accompanied it was also done by the film’s director, Jonathan Demme. A month later, on March 21, 1994 the track won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 66th Academy Awards ceremony. It was the first one Bruce Springsteen ever wrote specifically for a movie.

“I was bruised and battered, I couldn’t tell what I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
Saw my reflection in a window and didn’t know my own face
So brother are you gonna leave me wasting away
“.

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Bruce Springsteen: “Streets Of Philadelphia” (1994, written by Bruce Springsteen).

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 269

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.

On the December 3, 1994 “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live”, Norm Macdonald introduced Adam Sandler who performed today’s song “for all those nice little Jewish kids who don’t get to hear any Chanukah songs”. Well, kids & adults of all religions loved the tune so much that when it was released as a single the following year, it became a top 10 hit and a holiday staple. It is also one of the funniest and informative novelty records out there. For all of you celebrating the first night of Hanukkah tonight, enjoy the holiday, this song & the celebration of all “eight crazy nights”.

Tell your friend Veronica
Its time you celebrate Hanukkah
I hope I get a harmonica
On this lovely, lovely Hanukkah”.

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Adam Sandler in 1994. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Adam Sandler: “The Chanukah Song” (Live performance on the 12/03/1994 episode of “Saturday Night Live. Written by Ian Maxtone-Graham, Lewis Morton and Adam Sandler).

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 161

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.

On this day in 1994 Jeff Buckley released his stunning debut album, “Grace”.  His voice had a depth and spirit beyond his young age of 27, thanks in part to his distinct four octave tenor range.  He began his career as a studio guitarist and performed in clubs singing songs by other artists before focusing on his own material.  He wrote or co-wrote seven of the ten songs on “Grace”, using three songs by other artists to complete his track listing.  I love all three, especially “Lilac Wine”, but his version of today’s song, a Leonard Cohen classic, is just beautiful.

I loved it from the first time I heard it, but really swooned over it after it was used at the end of an episode of “Without A Trace” (season 1, episode 23).  FBI agent Jack Malone, played by Anthony LaPaglia, is sitting in a chair thinking about his day dealing with a gunmen who had lost all hope due to the death of his wife on 9/11.  Malone is staring at a picture of the World Trade Center hung up in his bedroom.  Suddenly his eyes move across the wall to a nearby window where you see the exact same view as what was in the picture but now without the Twin Towers.  It was one of the most heart wrenching scenes of any TV show I have ever seen.  And Buckley’s voice singing today’s song only added to that  feeling.

His birth father, Tim Buckley, was a fairly successful folk singer (he appeared on an episode of The Monkees) who later incorporated other musical genres in to his work.  Tim died in 1975 at age 28 from a drug overdose.  But of all the cautionary tales learned from rock & roll, his son’s death from drowning at age 30 is just one more to shake your head at and wonder why.

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah“.

L-R:  Jeff Buckley circa 1994 & Leonard Cohen circa 2010.  (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Jeff Buckley:  “Hallelujah” (1994, written by Leonard Cohen).

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 146

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.

The first song that introduced me to The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was 1977’s “Telephone Line”.  When I bought the single, I was completely over the moon by the fact that instead of it being the typical black color, it was a lovely shade of green.  It was like having my very own piece of the Emerald City.  So cool.  After that I learned everything I could about the band that incorporated string arrangements and classical music into their songs.  That led me to their 1974 album, “Eldorado” which has a picture of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers with sparks shooting out at the bad witch’s hands.  Even cooler.  It also has today’s song on it which I adore.

I also adore Jeff Lynne, one of ELO’s founding members who was not only heavily influenced by the Fab Four, he is also responsible for giving the world a virtual Beatles reunion in 1994.  It was Lynne who took previously recorded vocals by John Lennon and overdubbed them with the three surviving members voices to give us “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love”.  For that alone we should all bow at Lynne’s feet.  He also co-founded  The Traveling Wilburys super group with George Harrison.  Let’s also remember that ELO’s music is so good it was one of the only bright spots of the movie, “Xanadu” (along with Gene Kelly’s dance moves, of course).  Lynne may be a multi-talented artist, but given my reverence for words, to me he will always be a man who has written some truly beautiful lyrics.

Bank job in the city
Robin Hood and William Tell
And Ivanhoe and Lancelot
They don’t envy me
Sitting ’til the sun goes down
In dreams the world keeps going ’round and ’round“.

The oh so cool green  “Telephone Line” single & ELO circa 1977 (R)  Jeff Lynne is fourth man from left.  (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Electric Light Orchestra:  “Can”t Get It Out Of My Head” (1974, written by Jeff Lynne).

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

Stay well.

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2018: Day 19

Hi, Everybody!!!  Welcome back to the countdown.

I follow a lot of unbelievably talented & creative women on Instagram, and since their pictures are so beautiful, I wanted to share a few with you.

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Courtesy of Christine @ Little Brags

Today’s picture is from Christine Vandormolen @littlebrags.  She calls her style “boho” but I just call it pretty.  I love how she uses natural elements to create her designs, and her simple. easy approach to decorating combined with her impeccable eye for detail makes for a great room, or porch, as is the case with the picture above.  Her IG page is filled with other pictures like this, and some of her cuddly little rabbit, too.  Thank you for letting me use your picture, Christine!!!

Now to today’s song.

If “White Christmas” is the premiere holiday song, the today’s pick has to be a solid second.  Written in 1945 by Mel Torme (lyrics & music) & Bob Wells (music) and recorded by a slew of performers over the last 60 years, but my favorite is by the man Frank Sinatra called “the best in the business” followed very closely by the most popular version of the song and the one by the songwriter himself.

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Anthony Dominick Benedetto a/k/a Tony Bennett:  “The Christmas Song” (1968).

Nat King Cole:  “The Christmas Song” (1961)

Mel Torme:  “The Christmas Song” (1954, 1961).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!