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Best Mix of Music You Will Ever Find

Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece

You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.

During my forties and fifties my music of choice was classical. No other song touches my heart like Pavorati singing Nessen Dorma. Not the lyrics so much as the music itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VATmgtmR5o4

Yester day I posted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that would figure prominently in my mix also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLTManObB40

For a complete change of pace I would add The Beatles to my mix; Rocky Raccoon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNRH7_Kd5Yc

When I hear Penny Lane by the Beatles there are so many images of my childhood that rush through my mind it is hard to capture just one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd-oLhJQne0&list=PL38CB0FFCE2A87CC2

Neil Diamond’s Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show is a song that draws a such a complete picture. I like if for no other reason than I’ve never been to t tent revival meeting and will never, but this song takes me there. Nevertheless there is something about the song that moves me.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=brother+loves+traveling+salvation+show&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=64B2A0F62647BAE0D2BB64B2A0F62647BAE0D2BB

I always liked boats and the sea. There would have to be two songs in the mix; Bobby Darin’s Somewhere Beyond the Sea and The Beach Boys Sloop John B.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8OlDPqYBLw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwEQPm4-VC8

And finally a mix of songs that I meditate upon. They are filled with joy, hope, love,and promise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_39iJQykEE

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My Brain – The Musical

Some days it feels like your life is set to music.

Some days it feels like your life is set to music.

Daily Prompt: Earworm

What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?

Songs will pop in my head and stay depending on the mood.

Someday when I just want to relax and let the mind wander Dave Bruebeck’s Take Five runs through my head.

There are times when I do something so incredibly stupid it has to be memorialized in song, If I Only Had a Brain by the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz is cued up.

There are days when the wind parts the trees and holds them like the sail of ship. I imagine what it would be like on the sea skimming above the waves and slicing through the swells. On those day I can’t get The Sloop John B out of my brain.

There are four days out of the year that are so perfect they must be accompanied by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. There is a Spring day so fresh and green you nearly explode with joy. There are Summer days so sunny and warm you never want the sun to set. The vibrant hues of Fall warm your soul on crisp days. Gentle snows of winter tuck you away like a blanket on a blistering cold night.

When I think about home, family, old friends, and acquaintances The Beatles song In My Life is in the background.

There are many others, depending on the mood and so little time to explain, so “Sha na na na hey hey hey good bye.”

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My Week; The Musical

My Week; The Musical

My Week; The Musical

Daily Prompt: Playlist of the Week

Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of five songs that represent it.

I’m not going to be terribly inventive, but I will tell you about songs I thought about during the week with a brief explanation. And this will be tough. Although I’m an avid music listener, in the past several years I hardly listen to it. In the past twenty-five years or so I’ve been drawn to serious music; if you will, classical. After one immerses themselves in it all other music becomes silly. That is not to say there have not been great tunes rich in feeling, depth of understanding, and musically sound that endure the test of time.

With that in mind I thus offer five songs that entered my brain the past week:

1. My wife and I have been catching the Jodi Arias trial of court TV. The drama is better than Law and Order, Perry Mason, and Matlock all rolled into one. Prosecutor Juan Martinez is a master at getting to the truth and questioning witnesses. If you’re on the stand don’t play with him. He had questioned Jodi Arias for over a week and every time she speaks I think of Liar Liar by The Castaways.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDEdFxUZ01s

2. She brutally killed her boy friend with a knife. The song The Ballad of Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio seems appropriate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMJeuJBrX6w

3. There is not a Monday that slips by without me humming Monday Monday by the Mamas, and Papa’s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h81Ojd3d2rY

4. I’m currently writing a novel about a father and son on a sailing adventure. The Sloop John B by the Beach Boys is what I hear while writing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09dQmeB_NgU

5. Lastly, Spring is near and nothing sets Spring to music better than Vivaldi’s composition Spring from his masterpiece the Four Seasons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNBeW_2kGEA

That’s my week if it were a musical.

I can’t help but include an encore song, given the time change this morning; A Day in the Life by The Beatles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybU-Zw33PM4

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My Music “Wild Thing”

Reg Presely, another ole rocker gone, but forever young.

Reg Presely, another ole rocker gone, but forever young.

This past week the lead singer of a group from the sixties died, Reg Presley of the Trogs.

There most famous song was Wild Thing. It is so reminiscent and descriptive of the times that it often appears as background music in several movies.

The group also had a string of other hits, but they never hit the big time anywhere near the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Yet many of there songs are very good and instantly recognizable.

As for Reg Presley, he never got involved with drugs and he was married to the same woman for forty-seven years.

Right after Wild Thing was released a parody of the song by comedian Bill Minkin was recorded. It was done in the voice of Robert F. Kennedy. The voice and articulation are captured brilliantly.

First is the original by the Trogs and the parody.

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My Favorite Righteous Brothers’ Song

The Righteous Brothers and they were righteous, brother.

The Righteous Brothers and they were righteous, brother.

Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield formed the singing duet named the Righteous Brothers. There music was termed ‘blue-eyed soul.’ Indeed, there was something magical about the blend of their voices and the interpretation of the music. At times, one was left spell-bound, wondering if it was even appropriate to applaud.

Their style drew you in and immediately you felt what they felt. Their range was incredibly vast and diverse. I don’t know who or what to compare them with. They stand alone.

Several years ago when Bobby Hatfield was still living my youngest daughter purchased tickets for her, my wife, and I to see the Righteous Brothers in concert.

I don’t like concerts, but I was pumped for this one. I liked the Righteous Brothers and couldn’t wait.

To me, the first song you hear from a group or artist is ’the song.’ It is the one by which you judge the rest. The first song I heard by the Righteous Brothers was Little Latin Lupe Lu. To put it in my vernacular, “That song really cooks!”

Although my daughter at the time was in her early thirties I still vowed to embarrass her the same as I did when she was a teenager. “If they don’t start the concert with Little Latin Lupe Lu I’m standing up and yelling, ’Hey, I came to hear Little Latin Lupe Lu. Let’s hear Little Latin Lupe Lu.’”

For the next month my daughter and wife lived in mortal fear that such an outburst would bring untold embarrassment to them, our family name, and get me escorted form the concert.

On the way to the concert I continued to remind my daughter and wife what I was going to do if they didn’t open with Little Latin Lupe Lu.

Well that was the first song and my daughter stood, clapped her hands over her head, and yelled out, “Woh, woh!” I’m not so sure it was for the song or out of relief that the ole man wasn’t going to make a fool of himself.

I looked at her and said. “You are so embarrassing.”

Here is Little Latin Lupe Lu:

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Music That Makes Me Cry

images[3]I burst into tears when watching sad movies or a sad scene from a movie. The full emotional impact hits me just like the writer and director wants it; the very moment they want me to, I’m always on cue.

I’m emotional putty in their hands.

No musical ever made me cry like Carousel.

Every song is a masterpiece.

To me the whole musical is about living life in such a way you have few regrets and hold closely those who are most dear.

The Carousel Waltz is one of the most joyous songs I know. It is uplifting and bold.

There is no finer song about courage from a musical than You’ll Never Walk Alone. It inspires integrity, purpose, reflection, and meditation.

They don’t make ‘em like that any more.

Here is the Carousel Waltz and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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My Music; Expressing Deep Emotions

Musicals, such as South Pacific, display a range of emotions best expressed in song.

Musicals, such as South Pacific, display a range of emotions best expressed in song.

I don’t like going to musicals, but once there I’m hooked.

I like reality and musicals interrupt reality by breaking into a song. That doesn’t happen in real life or does it?

Have you ever felt so good you just want to sing. I have a friend who whistles a lot. What is in his head that triggers a melody? It’s got to be something good. Music brings out our emotions. Sometimes  we live a musical without really knowing it.

Many years ago at work a coworker was having a difficult time explaining something to me. “It’s too hard to put into words.”

“Than can you express it in music,” I said joking.

He smiled and walked away.

Later he approached me and started singing to the tune of There’s Nothing Like a Dame from South Pacific.

“Don’t you know I hate my boss,

More than anything in the world.

Don’t you know I hate my boss

And makes me want to hurl.”

What can’t be expressed in words, because the true emotion is lacking, can be expressed in song.

Here is There is Nothing Like a Dame from South Pacific;

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