Music Monday: October 31, 2022

Hi, everyone. Welcome to another edition of Music Monday.

Happy Halloween to all!!!

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I always salute this spooktacular holiday with one song, but this year I think it deserves two. That is because 2022 saw the release of “Hocus Pocus 2” and even though I have not seen it yet, I think any movie that stars Bette Midler deserves to be celebrated. She recorded the first of today’s two songs for the original film which premiered in 1993. The track has also been covered in great fashion by Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, Bryan Ferry and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson in Disney’s “Hocus Pocus”. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Our second spotlight tune is the quintessential song of the holiday and has been ever since it was released 60 years ago in 1962. Even if you do not embrace the scary side of this holiday (or wish to skip it all together) this is an amusing tale about characters that are usually seen in a very frightening way enjoying themselves with a dance that is all their own. A fabulously fun novelty song if ever there was one.

Hope you all enjoy this last day of October, however you choose to spend it.

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Bette Midler: “I Put A Spell On You” (1993, written by Jalacy J. “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins).

Bobby “Boris” Pickett: “Monster Mash” (1962, written by Leonard Capizzi and Bobby Pickett).

Stay safe and well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 538

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 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.

Today marks the 75th birth anniversary for Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar (off the coast of Africa), the band formed in 1970 and released their debut album three years later. Mercury was one of the principal songwriters along with guitarist Brian May. It was the band’s fourth album, A Night at the Opera, released in 1975 that broke them through in a big way with the suite “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

I liked their music enough to listen to it when it came on the radio, especially “You’re My Best Friend” but they were another band that stayed on my periphery while my heart & soul focused on singer-songwriters, Motown and R&B music. But I rediscovered Queen when they reformed in 2006 with one of my favorite lead singers ever, Paul Rodgers

This November will mark 30 years since Mercury passed away, but Queen’s music is still part of the mainstream. “We Will Rock You” is a sports arena/stadium staple as is “We Are The Champions” to signify a winning team’s victory. The group even became part of the Disney landscape in 2006 when today’s song was featured in “Happy Feet”. Freddie Mercury’s unique operatic music helped Queen become one of the most successful groups in rock history.

I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life
I work ’til I ache in my bones
At the end (at the end of the day)
I take home my hard earned pay all on my own

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Queen: “Somebody To Love” (1976, written by Freddie Mercury).

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Stay well.