Let’s Take A Moment Day 454

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?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

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.

I have a soft spot in my heart for crooners and today’s singer is the reason why. No one did it like Dino Paul Crocetti, who was born on June 7, 1917 in Ohio. Whether he sang in Italian or English, whether he performed alone or with the other members of The Rat Pack or whether I watched him in his TV specials or on the big screen in movies like “Rio Bravo”, “Birds Do It” or “Airport”, Dean Martin was an entertainer in every sense of the word.

Today’s song, originally titled “T’ho voluto bene” (“I love you so much”) was one of my Grandma Mary’s favorite songs. Thanks to her, I grew up with this man’s voice in my life. And what an immeasurable gift that was.

Please do not forget that our lips have met
And I held you tight dear
Was it dreams ago?
My heart felt this glow only just tonight dear”.

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“The King Of Cool” Dean Martin circa 1960. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Dean Martin: “Non Dimenticar” (1962, music by P. G. Redi a.k.a. Luigi Pulci, Italian lyrics by Michele Galdieri and English lyrics by Shelley Dobbins).

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 2019: Day 12

Welcome back to the countdown!!!

Hello from me and this adorable snow couple!!!  I LOVE that they are wearing mittens!!!

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Found on Pinterest (original source unknown).  

When the right song and the right singer find each other, it is magic.  When that combination becomes so successful it not only produces a hit record but it also becomes the artist’s signature song.  Most artists have only one song that easily defines them.  For others, there are several.  Today’s artist falls into the second iconic category.  Some of his signature songs include “Everybody Loves Somebody“, “Volare“, “That’s Amore” and today’s Christmas classic.

He recorded it twice, first in 1959 and again in 1966, for two different Christmas album collections.  One of his fellow Rat Pack buddies recorded his own version first in 1950.  Despite the fact that the buddy was Frank Sinatra himself, the most loved and well known version of this song is attributed to the King of Cool.  One glimpse of this incredibly handsome man performing in his smooth, suave debonair demeanor with his wide easy smile and lush baritone voice and it was easy to see why he was awarded that nickname.  And to earn that honor as a member of a group that included the Chairman of the Board, well, that put him in a league all of his own.  Well done, Dino Paul Crocetti.

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Dino Paul Crocetti a/k/a Dean Martin:  “Let It Snow!  Let It Snow!  Let It Snow” (1959 & 1966, written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1945).

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 17

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

I follow a lot of unbelievably talented & creative women on Instagram, and since their pictures are so beautiful, I wanted to share a few with you.

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This one is from Debi Cook Rosin @realsimplestyle.   It may be simple to use her description, but I love the rustic elegance of it.  It is true authentic farmhouse style, not the staged type you can buy at a store.  That look is fine if that is what you want, but I prefer the real thing.  And Debi’s style reflects it so beautifully.  Her IG feed is lovely, so if you like this type of decor, give her page a look.  And thank you, Debi, for letting me share your beautiful photo!!!

Today’s song is by another New Jersey legend.  This one did it all.  He sang, wrote songs, acted, was a Las Vegas showman and went on to become and remain an iconic figure in American pop culture.  One critic labeled him the greatest singer of the 20th century.  I imagine all that led to him becoming Chairman of the Board.

He co-wrote today’s song  with his longtime musical associate Hank Sanicola & Dok Stanford in 1957.  Francis Albert Sinatra, we lost you 20 years ago, but we still miss you.  Ti vogliamo bene.  Buon Natale.

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Frank Sinatra:  “Mistletoe and Holly” (1957).

The link above is to a live version showing Frank singing a shorter version of the song.  For the entire song, here is the full studio version.

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!!!