Let’s Take A Moment Day 11

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.

I was having trouble trying to decide which song I would share from this legend since anything she ever sang was perfection.  But yesterday the answer was clear that I had to share her version of a famous beautiful Italian aria.

I decided that after witnessing the people of Italy giving us yet another glimpse into their indomitable spirit with a new heartfelt show of solidarity.  This time it was not from their balconies but in the sky from their air force.  A group of planes soared overhead complete with a smoke display in the colors of the country’s flag accompanied by opera legend Luciano Pavarotti’s recording of “Nessun Dorma”.  Let me just say I have always been proud to be an Italian-American but never more than in these past few weeks. A lot of individuals like to make themselves honorary Irish people on St. Patrick’s Day, so how about becoming honorary Italians for a little while and follow their lead in how brave and resilient they are in continuing to handle the pandemic? I know it’s scary and difficult but Iet’s try to stay strong together.  Forza.

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The song is from the opera “Turnadot” written by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.  It became Pavarotti’s signature song (and subsequently Italy’s anthem) after his 1972 recording of it was used by the BBC as the theme for the 1990 World Cup.  He performed it twice on the eve of the games during a concert by the Three Tenors. The first time it was as a solo and the second was as an encore with the other two singers. Pavarotti was supposed to perform it at the 1998 Grammy Awards after he received his Living Legend Award.  Unfortunately he had to cancel that appearance at the last minute due to a severe cold.  That is when this woman stepped in-on a moment’s notice-to sing it instead.  And the rest, as they say, was history.  But what else should we expect from a queen?

This past Wednesday (March 25)  marked what would have been her 78th birthday  Happy birthday, Aretha.  We miss you.  Love, the world.  And to Italy, Ti Amo.

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Aretha Franklin at the 1998 Grammy Awards (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Aretha Franklin: “Nessun Dorma” (performed at the 1998 Grammy Awards, written by Giacomo Puccini circa 1924).

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 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!!!

Christmas Song Countdown #8 & Goodbye To An American Hero

Hello, Vixens!!!  Welcome back to the countdown!!!

Today’s song is a no-brainer.   It honors the man who died 36 years ago.  He taught us to peacefully question what we thought was wrong with the world, to imagine it as one, that all we need is love and that being a stay at home dad is a valid life choice, even when he became one in 1975,  Of course he did so much more, but that is what we remember the most.

Oh, and he was one of the Beatles   🙂

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Side note:  Did you know there is a park dedicated to John Lennon in Havana, Cuba?  It features a bronze statute of him sitting on a bench.  I cannot decide if it is creepy or cool.

Thoughts?

Oh, and the glasses are removable.

And we have a winner:  creepy it is.

Read more about the park and the glasses here.

john-lennon-figure Courtesy:  CNN

His Christmas song has become a holiday classic, and there are so many great versions of it by so many diverse artists I really could not decide which one you would like to hear.

So, today you have a choice.

Which version of “Happy Xmas War Is Over” would you like to listen to?

John Lennon’s original version;

Or Celine Dion’s;

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Or Darius Rucker’s;

Or Christina Perri’s

Or The Three Tenors‘;

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Or Sleeping At Last’s;

Or Sarah McLachlan’s;

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Courtesy:  sarahmclachlan.com

Or Neil Diamond’s.

Also today,  we lost another famous John.  A true hero to our country & in many respects the entire world:  John Herschel Glenn Jr.  Our first man to orbit the earth, he was a pioneer who made the dream of outer space a reality that inspired children everywhere to believe that they, too, could one day follow in his footsteps.

He quit college after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of that attack) to join the military and stayed for over two decades.  He served in World War II and Korea, then became a US Senator from Ohio.  He died at the age of 95, a good long life for a man who had so much to give and inspire us with.

Thank you for being one of America’s greatest men.

Rest in peace, Colonel Glenn.

This one is for you.

Elton John’s Rocket Man.

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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, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!