Music Monday: March 28, 2022

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

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We have another triple play this week to honor three of the biggest legends in music celebrating birthdays this month.

March 25 marked the 80th birth anniversary for the eternal Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Born in 1942 in Memphis, TN she remains the greatest female vocalist in the universe. It has been nearly four years since she died and just look at where we are without her.

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Aretha Franklin circa 1968. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

As if the gift of royalty was not enough to receive on March 25, that day also marked birthday #75 for Sir Elton John. Born in Pinner, UK in 1947 his voice is the one I discovered first out of the three artists featured today. I found him even before I found Springsteen. From the first moment I heard “Daniel”, I was captivated by John’s beautiful evocative voice & the music he created with the poetry of his sublime unbelievably talented collaborator, Bernie Taupin. These two men have been part of the soundtrack of my life ever since. It makes complete sense to me that while I was doing my Song Of The Day feature during 17 months of the pandemic, John appeared more than any other solo artist with 16 entries. He was second only to The Beatles who had 18 songs (Springsteen appeared 14 times, Clapton had 12 entries including two collaborations (but not counting his group entries) and Elvis had 11 songs, in case you were wondering).

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Elton John circa 1970. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

The first album I ever bought was John’s 1974 compilation album, “Greatest Hits”. I thought my heart would break when he announced his retirement a few years ago. Apparently the entire planet needed more time to adjust to that news as well because thanks to the pandemic, his farewell tour has been extended. But if anyone deserves to be a happily retired father & husband left to raise his beautiful family in the peace of a life without work, it is John. He deserves every happiness he has given the world. And we all know that figure is immeasurable. Today’s pick for him is one of the most elegant & beautiful tracks from his extraordinary catalog.

This week Eric Clapton will celebrate his 77th birthday. Born March 30, 1945 in Ripley, UK, my life was altered forever the second I heard the opening riff of today’s song. And I have listened to music for decades since that moment & I still have not had anything hit me quite like that. Behold the power of Slowhand.

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Eric Clapton circa 1975. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Aretha Franklin: “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” (1968, written by Aretha Franklin & Ted White).

Elton John: “I Need You To Turn To” (1970, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin).

Eric Clapton / Derek & The Dominos: “Layla” (1970, written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon).

Stay safe & well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 345

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.

On February 24, 1998 a a ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace where Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. It may only be a title but it is one of the highest ones an individual may earn in Great Britain. It is bestowed upon people known for extraordinary public service. The fact that musical artists are recognized in this category speaks volumes for how the U.K. values the arts. And John has been outstanding in that regard for over fifty years. My love for this man and his astonishing lyricist Bernie Taupin knows no bounds. I think today’s track is one of the most beautiful songs from their extraordinary catalog.

Did you paint your smile on when I said I knew
That my reason for living was for loving you
We’re related in feeling, but you’re high above
You’re pure and you’re gentle, with the grace of a dove
“.

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Bernie and Elton

Top: Bernie Taupin (L) and Elton John (R), circa 1970. Bottom: Taupin (L) and John circa 2019. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Elton John: “I Need You To Turn To” (1970, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin).

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

Stay well.

Thrifted Finds Friday

Hi, everybody.  I am happy to report I had another successful estate sale experience this week.  I found this beautiful silver salt & pepper set for $6.00.

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I have not cleaned the pair yet because I wanted to share them as they were found.  I love the details on both the top and bottom of each shaker.  And I love how the tops resemble finials.

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There is no label on the bottom so I do not know who the manufacturer is, but I just adore this little pair.  I love the signs of gentle wear.  They tell you this set was well loved and well used.  How pretty will they look on a table of vintage mismatched china?

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Have any of you been thrfting lately?  I would love to see your finds.  Please share them with me in the comments or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Now for a song.

The Oscars are coming up this Sunday and I am so excited to see Elton John perform and hopefully win.  It will be soooooo well deserved for both he and his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  They are nominated for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”.  Earlier this month the duo won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and I was shocked to discover that was the first award they won together in 52 years.  How is that?????

“Rocketman” movie poster and Bernie Taupin & Elton John at last month’s Golden Globe Awards (original sources unknown).

I have been a fan of both forever and worship the music they have made together.  Some of my absolute favorites are the lesser known gems like “Skyline Pigeon“, “I Need You To Turn To” and today’s pick.  It was released in 1971 and was written as the title track to a movie that featured another beauty, “Seasons“.  I am celebrating another birthday this month and like so many of us getting older, I still do not know where my youth went.  I am reminded of it often, though, by seeing many of my high school friends on Facebook.

One of them recently posted that she was on her way to visit our old neighborhood on Long Island with her teenage daughter in tow.  In one moment I wondered how she could even have a child that age when we were just there a second ago.  The next a memory of she and I standing in the hallway of our high school came flooding back like a tsunami and I remember those years like they happened yesterday.  But other days they seem like a movie I am watching about someone else’s world, probably because I am.  Who I was then has not been around for a very long time.  Life happens to all of us, but I am glad to share those memories with people who recall them as fondly as I do, despite what we may have thought at the time.

“It seems to me a crime that we should age
These fragile times should never slip us by
A time you never can or shall erase
As friends together watch their childhood fly”  

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Elton John:  “Friends” (1970, written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John).

Until next time, happy listening!!!