Let’s Take A Moment Day 26

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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(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

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.

Fifty years ago-April 11, 1970-today’s song hit #1 for the second week in a row.  The day before, Paul McCartney announced he had left The Beatles, signifying the end of the greatest band the world has ever seen.  In the six years between when they landed in America until they broke up, they took us from “She Loves You” to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, from “Can’t Buy Me Love” to “Come Together” from “All My Loving” to “Across The Universe”.  They changed the sound of music, the face of music and the feel of it as well.  Thank you John, Paul, George & Ringo for the phenomenal ride.

And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine until tomorrow, let it be.”

Let It Be

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

The Beatles:  “Let It Be” (1970, written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney).

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 17

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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(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

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.

Today’s marks what would have been Marvin Gaye’s 81st birthday.  He sang some of the greatest songs to come out of the Motor City including today’s pick.  It was his first career number one record, and for a while it was the best selling hit on the Motown label, spending seven weeks in the top spot.

I can still remember the first time I heard this song.  I was sitting in the back seat of my parent’s car and from the second it came on the radio, I felt something inside of me tremble.  Like a part of me I did not even know I had suddenly woke up and made its presence known.  It was strong, and steady and felt so familiar yet so new at the same time.  It was as if I suddenly had an internal voice that was singing all on its own without any help from my real voice. Years later I would hear the phrase “soul music” and I realized that is why they call it that-because it is music that hits you in the deepest place.  And that is what I felt in the car that day.

Gaye had one of the greatest voices ever, not just in the soul genre.  He was also a talented musician playing piano, synthesizers and drums.  Despite being a solo artist he performed several duets during his career, most notably with Tammi Terrell.  He also wrote and/or co-wrote several hits for other artists including Martha & the Vandellas (“Dancing In The Street”), the Marvelettes (“Beechwood 4-5789″) and the Originals (“Baby, I’m For Real”).  He wrote many of his own songs as well, and as the turbulence of the 1960’s became too hard for him to ignore, he channeled his feelings into songs about the war (“What’s Going On”), social injustice (“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”) and the state of the environment (“Mercy Mercy Me”), amongst others.  

Gaye took some time off in the late 1970’s for personal reasons including his exit from the Motown label.  He signed with CBS Records and came back stronger than ever in 1982 with his album “Midnight Love” which included another number one hit, “Sexual Healing”.  That song earned him his first two Grammy Awards after over 20 years as a recording artist.  Also in 1983, he sang an incredibly soulful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the NBA All Star Game.  While he was in the middle of his enormous comeback tour, I was lucky enough to see him give a magnetic performance at Radio City Music Hall.  It was one of the greatest nights of my life.

So many singers have died tragically young either by drugs, plane crashes, car accidents or suicide.  But Gaye was the third of my musical heroes to be shot to death-first Sam Cooke (one of Gaye’s idols) in 1964 and then John Lennon in 1980.  In those two tragedies both men died by a stranger’s hand.  Gaye was killed by his own father 36 years ago yesterday.  I have never fully recovered from the senselessness of that act.  I wonder almost daily what else this unbelievably talented man would have accomplished in his career.

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Marvin Gaye circa 1977 (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Marvin Gaye:  “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (1968, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong).

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, friends.  Happy last Friday of January 2020.

One of my goals for the new year is to do more thrifting.  Last year I fell out of my routine of going to estate sales and/or thrift stores regularly and I really missed it.  Even if I do not find anything I have so much fun just browsing.  Besides, like the saying goes, you never know what you are going to find.  I am happy to report my first estate sale for 2020 was not only a lot of fun, but a successful one, too.  I found this sweet little sugar bowl for only $3.00.

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I love that it has a subtle flower pattern in my favorite shade of pink.  Even the back has a small flower detail.

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I love the beautiful details. like the dots around the border of the rim.

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And the half heart shaped handles with such soft pretty details.

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There are no markings on the bottom or any where on the piece so I am not sure who the manufacturer is.  I would like to find out to see if this piece is part of a set.

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I just adore the slight signs of age around the top and the curves on the bottom,

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A piece of the lid is broken but I am sure a little Gorilla Glue will do the trick.

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I am not sure how I am going to use it yet.  I think white or pink flowers will look so pretty in it.  I also think it would look gorgeous on a vanity or a bathroom shelf holding makeup brushes.  What do you think?  What would you use it for?

Now for a song.

Yesterday, January 30, marked the 51st anniversary of the Beatles famous rooftop concert featured in the “Let It Be” documentary.  That movie was on HBO one of the first months we got cable and I was addicted to it.  I was too naive to realize the Fab Four were coming apart as a group at that point in time, even going as far as to agree with my cousin when he remarked, “Why did they break up?  They look so happy?”

What I saw was them making some of my favorite music together in the studio and in that unannounced concert and I just swooned.  That has always been one of my favorite albums of theirs because to me their later years were their best.  And as much as I loved watching the studio takes of “Let It Be” and “The Long & Winding Road”, the concert was what this movie was all about.  An extraordinary moment in time by the group that changed the world & music.  John Lennon said the words to today’s song were “nonsense”, but only he could make nonsense sound uplifting, encouraging and philosophical.

Well, you can celebrate anything you want
Yes, you can celebrate anything you want“.

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The Beatles at their rooftop concert in London 01/30/1969 (original source unknown).

The Beatles:  “Dig A Pony” (1970, written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney in 1969).

I do not own the rights to the music.  I am just sharing what I love with you.

Until next time, happy listening!!!

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2019: Day 8

Welcome back to the countdown!!!

I found another gorgeous vintage image on Pinterest, and the fact that it is in black & white makes me love it even more.

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Found on Pinterest & TuckDB Postcards (original source unknown).  

I miss this man so much, and it has been that way for 39 years.  I wonder what he would be doing now if he were still here.  Would he still be touring like his old band mate, Paul?  Or would he be thinking about a global “Peace & Love” moment every year on his birthday like his other band mate, Ringo?  Or would he be retired living the life of a house husband like he did in the mid 1970’s?  My guess is a combination of all three.  But he would be here.  And that would have made all the difference.  Incredibly big sigh.

Rather than focusing on the loss, I want to remember him and celebrate all that was gained from his incredible life.  And that is evident in his music.  He is still a staple on classic rock radio, but this time of year this song is everywhere.  Many artists have covered it, but nothing compares to the original.  Or to the man himself.  Happy Christmas, John Lennon.  I miss you.  But I’m not the only one.

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Courtesy of Apple Records & Iain Macmillan. 

John Lennon & Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band the Harlem Community Choir:  “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” (1971, lyrics written by John Lennon & Yoko Ono in 1971).

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!!!

The Sunday That Changed Everything

February 9, 1964.  Fifty five years ago.  One night.  One show.  One band.  And the rest, as they say, was history.

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 Photo courtesy of CBS.  

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Photo courtesy of CBS. 

There isn’t anything to add to this moment in history.  It was perfect.  And it changed music and subsequently the world forever.  Thank you, Mr. Sullivan, for introducing us to John, Paul, George & Ringo.  For all they gave us, for all those they inspired and all those that came after them.  This was the moment that started it all.

The performance of this song does not get as much recognition as the other songs they sang that night, but it was during this number that each of the Beatles were identified by their first name.

The Beatles:  “Till There Was You” (1964).

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

Until next time, happy listening!!!

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2018: Day 11

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

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Vintage Shiny Brite ornaments found on Pinterest (original source unknown). 

We lost today’s singer over the summer, and a part of me died that day, too.  I still have not stopped crying.  My world lost a great deal of its light.  Life will never sound the same without her in it.

She was without a doubt the greatest female singer this world has ever known.  In 1958 when she was 16, she met singer Sam Cooke, who died 54 years ago today at the age of 33.  He wanted her to sign with his label, RCA Records.  However, her father-a minister who was her first manager-eventually had her sign with Columbia Records.  She and Cooke remained friends and fans of each other’s work, and she recorded several of his songs after his death, most notably “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1967) and “You Send Me” (1968),  She referred to him as “a prince of a man”.

From the second I heard she died, all I could think of was how even more beautiful Heaven sounded now that she and Cooke could sing together.  I cannot even imagine what a breathtaking sound that was.  The true definition of Heaven itself.

Yes, I believe in Heaven.  And I believe one day I will be there myself.  And after I have thanked God in person for everything he gave me, and hugged and kissed all my family and friends that passed before me, I want to be front and center to hear this woman sing with Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Jackie Wilson, Luciano Pavorotti and anyone else she chooses.  Maybe Jim Morrison???  And then I will bow to her, which is the appropriate action to take when meeting a Queen.

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Aretha Franklin:  “Angels We Have Heard On High” (2008).

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!!!

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2018: Day 8

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

I love simple, natural, elegant, neutral holiday displays like this one.  I think it is so pretty.  What do you think?

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Found on Pinterest/homedit page.

Every year on this day I remember the man who died 38 years ago today.  It was a devastating loss to the world but for a few days at least, people were united in their shared grief.  The petty annoyances and ballast of everyday living were temporarily put aside as the world reflected on the loss of a good man, a husband, a father and the loss of innocence his death brought to so many.  But together those who mourned survived, observed a 10 minute moment of silence to honor the man they loved and lost and went on with their lives with a hole in their hearts that never quite healed.

But let me be clear-I want to celebrate this man more than acknowledge his death.  He stood for many things, but the two things I remember most about him were his music and his desire for a peaceful world.  He wrote about it in his songs, campaigned for it in his actions, spoke about it whenever he could and lived his life reflecting this desire.

And his one musical contribution to the Christmas season is a testament to what he wanted for the world and each one of us as individuals.  So maybe as you listen to this beautiful song, you can think of the ways to achieve peace for yourself, whether that means mending a broken relationship, or ending a destructive one once and for all, choosing to forget the materialism this season can bring and choose to reflect on the things you have that cannot be bought, to choose to spend the holidays your way instead of being guilted into a family holiday that brings you nothing but stress (remember, there are 364 other days you can spend with your loved ones), or to not feel bad if you do not have the big warm family gathering we see all over TV this season.  Peace is about what brings you happiness and joy, what calms your soul and fills your heart.  And no one can define that for you except you.  So let this be the year you bring peace to your world.

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band the Harlem Community Choir:  “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” (1971).

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!!!