Let’s Take A Moment Day 402

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?

May 2021 blog

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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 is the 70th birthday for one of my favorite blue eyed soul singers from across the pond. Paul Carrack was born on April 22, 1951 in England. Despite providing lead vocals in three bands-Ace, Mike & The Mechanics and Squeeze-he is still unbelievably underrated as a singer, songwriter and live performer.

I have been in love with him since the first time I heard “How Long” (Day 14) and followed him in all his other endeavors. He has done session worked with acclaimed artists like B.B. King, Elton John & Roxy Music & toured with superstars like Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. In 1995 Carrack released his fifth solo album, Blue Views, which is where today’s song is from. I absolutely adore everything about this man’s incredibly beautiful soulful voice.

People may say you’ve had your chance
And let it slip away
But hard as they try
There’s a dream that won’t die
“.

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Paul Carrack circa 2000. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Paul Carrack: “Eyes Of Blue” (1995, written by Paul Carrack).

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 233

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.

There were several words in the English language that scared me while I was growing up. The top two were “new wave”. They taught me that MTV was a double edged sword. Suddenly there were videos featuring that genre that were just not my thing at all. I did not get the sound of it, the feel of it or the look of it. But like most things, there were a couple of exceptions to those feelings including The Cars (Day 183), Blondie (Day 116), The Talking Heads and Squeeze. But while there were several songs from the first three artists I enjoyed, the last band had only one song I loved and that is today’s pick.

The rest of the songs I heard by Squeeze had the elements I was not fond of at all. But I did appreciate the talent of the band beginning with the nucleus of guitarists and songwriters Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, who is celebrating his 66th birthday today. The song I adore features lead vocals led by Paul Carrack (the voice behind Ace and Mike & The Mechanics along with his solo records) with Tilbrook featured in the second verse with some help from one of the record’s producers, Elvis Costello. But with Carrack at the helm the song takes on a more R&B feel which is what usually pulls my soul in. The lyrics by Difford tell an interesting story of someone flirting with infidelity while the music by Tilbrook has a unique mesmerizing pull to it. The track never made it to the top 40 of the US charts but was featured prominently on FM radio and the performance video received heavy rotation in MTV’s early days. I think it is an absolutely spectacular record and it remains one of my all time favorite songs to this day.

I bought a novel, some perfume, a fortune all for you
But it’s not my conscience that hates to be untrue
I asked of my reflection, tell me, what is there to do?

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Squeeze 2018

Top: Squeeze circa 1981 (L-R): John Bentley (bass), Chris Difford (rhythm guitar, songwriter & backing vocals), Gilson Lavis (drums), Glenn Tilbrook (lead guitar, songwriter & vocals) & Paul Carrack (keyboards and vocals). Bottom (L-R): Tilbrook & Difford circa 2018. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)
Squeeze: Tempted(1981, written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook).

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 14

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.

Today’s song was my first introduction to the lead singer, Paul Carrack, and it was spectacular.  Despite the fact that the group he wrote it for and recorded it with was a one hit wonder, he went on to to sing with and find more success with other groups like  Squeeze (he sang lead vocal on “Tempted“) and Mike & the Mechanics (he did the lead vocals on “The Living Years” & “Silent Running“).  He also co-wrote several songs including the Eagles hit, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, among others.  As great as his songwriting skills are, it is his voice that he is well known for, even though he is one of the most underrated singers out there.

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Ace:  “How Long” (1974, written by Paul Carrack).

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

Stay well.