Let’s Take A Moment Day 309

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?

Shakespeare music

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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 we celebrate the 69th birthday of Lee Martin “Dewey” Bunnell, one third of the band America that defined the simple elegant beautifully constructed soft rock sound of the 1970’s. He was born on January 19, 1952 in England, his mother’s native country & his father’s place of deployment as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He met his two bandmates & fellow air force brats, Gerry Buckley and Dan Peek, when all three were in high school together overseas & formed the group in 1970. Their first record came out in 1971 & brought the band instant success. In 1973 they won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist & by 1974 they were working with esteemed record producer George Martin. Before the pandemic Bunnell was still making records & playing live shows with Buckley. Peek died in 2011 but left the band in 1977.

Bunnell is the writer & singer of several of the band’s hit songs including “Ventura Highway” (Day 61), “Tin Man”, “Sandman” and today’s song, their first hit, from the group’s self-titled debut album. The track went to #1 for three weeks in the spring of 1972. It was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1973. I must admit while all three members of America were attractive, Bunnell was my favorite. Why? He had the longest hair & that was important currency in the 1970’s. And thankfully in that decade it was free of the ill advised man-bun.

The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground
And a perfect disguise above
Under the cities lies a heart made of ground
But the humans will give no love
“.

America

America circa 1972 (L-R): Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

America: “A Horse With No Name” (1972, written by Dewey Bunnell).

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Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 230

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?

Thoreau quote 2

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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.

Welcome to November. The first day of this new month marks the 70th birth anniversary of Dan Peek, one third of the group, America. Born on this day in Florida in 1950, he co-founded the band along with Gerry Buckley and Dewey Bunnell in the late 1960’s when all three were in high school together in London, England (they were all American citizens with fathers serving in the U.S. Air Force). According to the group’s website, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of their inception. They have been a duo since since 1977 when Peek left the band to start a second career in Christian music as both a solo artist and as a member of the group, Peace. He passed away in his sleep from heart disease in 2011.

For those growing up in the 1970’s, America’s music was omnipresent thanks to hits like “Horse With No Name”, “Ventura Highway” (Day 61), “Sister Golden Hair”, “Tin Man”, “Daisy Jane”, “Lonely People” and today’s song which I absolutely love. It went to #9 in 1972 and is from their eponymous debut album released the same year. Today’s track almost makes up for “Muskrat Love”. America’s version was fine, but it brought the song to the attention of The Captain & Tennille, who turned it into one of the worst things to hit vinyl in the 20th century.

We used to laugh, we used to cry
We used to bow our heads then, wonder why
And now you’re gone, I guess I’ll carry on
And make the best of what you’ve left to me
“.

America 1972

America circa 1972 (L-R): Gerry Buckley, Dan Peek & Dewey Bunnell. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

America: “I Need You” (1972, written by Gerry Beckley).

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

Stay well.