Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs With Colors In The Name

Mary B from Jingle Jangle Jungle had the honor of choosing today’s M4, and she chose “songs with colors in the title.” For a while, I was doing posts with color names in the title on Fridays, but hey, it’s a great theme. Rather than just throwing the list together from previous work, I decided to come up with something more or less new. There are some songs that are repeated from them, but not many.

In the interest of time, I’m just going to list these out…

  1. Los Bravos, “Black Is Black”
  2. The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin”
  3. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)”
  4. Bobby Vinton, “Blue On Blue”
  5. The Tremeloes, “Yellow River”
  6. Johnny and The Hurricanes, “Red River Rock”
  7. Shirley Bassey, “Theme from Goldfinger
  8. Henry Mancini, “Theme from The Pink Panther
  9. Ella Fitzgerald, “Mood Indigo”
  10. Psapp, “Cosy In The Rocket (Theme from Grey’s Anatomy)”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 15, 2018.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Pants #JusJoJan

A mash-up with Just Jot It January!

For those of you who don’t know about Just Jot It January, it’s run by Linda Hill, who accumulates one-word prompts from those of us participating and dispenses them one at a time for each day in January, except for Wednesdays and Saturdays, when she combines JJJ with the regular features for those days, One-Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Today’s prompt comes to us from “Pensitivity 101”, and it is “pants.”

On Mondays for Monday’s Music Moves Me, I take the prompt XmasDolly chooses and build a playlist appropriate for that topic. Every other week or so is a “freebie” week, when we can do whatever we want. Well, this is a freebie week, so my topic is “pants.” I seriously considered stealing ten songs from this Spotify playlist, but in the end came up with my own, which follows.

  1. Andy Stewart, “Donald, Where’s Your Troosers?” Andy wrote this, about a Scotsman who wears a kilt rather than trousers (or, in Scotland, “troosers” or just “trews”) with Neil Grant providing the music. It turned into a minor hit for him in 1960.
  2. Bing Crosby, “Who Put The Overalls In Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?” A song that was written around the turn of the century and recorded by Edward M. Favor in 1901. Bing recorded this in 1945 for his album St. Patrick’s Day. There was a pizza place near Loyola (which, sadly, burned down–it had great pizza) that had this on their jukebox.
  3. Mel McDaniel, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” Mel recorded this country classic in 1984 and it went to #1 on the Billboard country charts in February 1985. It was his only hit.
  4. Conway Twitty, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” YouTube recommended this one for further listening on the same page as the one above. Conway, who does my kind of country music, recorded this in 1981 and it became his 23rd #1 country hit.
  5. Neil Diamond, “Forever In Blue Jeans” Maybe my favorite Neil Diamond tune, this came from his 1978 album You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. It reached #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening chart in 1979.
  6. Eric Clapton, “Bell Bottom Blues” Originally a song from his Derek & The Dominoes days, he does an acoustic version here. Note the late, great Billy Preston on the organ, who really makes this tune.
  7. ZZ Top, “Blue Jean Blues” From their 1975 album Fandango, the same album from which came “Tush.” Which, if you think about it, kind of go together…
  8. David Bowie, “The Jean Genie” David’s Ziggy Stardust days did yield a lot of good music, including this song, from 1973’s Aladdin Sane. It only reached #71 in the US but went to #2 in the UK.
  9. James Brown, “Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants), Part 1” James recorded this (and Parts 2 and 3) in 1971, when hot pants were all the rage . It was a #1 hit on the R&B chart and #15 on the Hot 100. Does anyone remember Eddie Murphy with “James Brown’s Hot Tub Club” on Saturday Night Live back in the days when that show was actually funny? Murphy had The Godfather of Soul down pat.
  10. Lenny Henry, “The Pants Song” YouTube user adriennerorke says that her preschooler thinks this is the best song ever. Kid’s got good taste…

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me (and Just Jot It January) for January 8, 2018.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Some Traditional Christmas Carols

Merry Christmas! Here are a dozen traditional Christmas songs.

  1. Luciano Pavarotti, “Adeste Fideles” You probably know this as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but it sounds so great in Latin…
  2. Nana Mouskouri, “Stille Nacht” Or “Silent Night.” This was originally written by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1818. When they arrived at the church that evening to play it for the first time, they discovered that the organ was unplayable, so someone played it on the guitar.
  3. Pentatonix, “Angels We Have Heard On High” Pentatonix has become a big part of Christmas, because they sing so well.
  4. Celtic Woman, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” A beautiful rendition of this classic.
  5. The King’s Singers, “The Boar’s Head Carol” Mom had a collection of Christmas records that would go on heavy rotation the day the tree went up and would play on through Epiphany, and sometimes after. I remember this from one of her records.
  6. Dolly Parton, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” Seeing as Dolly is from around the Smoky Mountains, it seems appropriate to have her do this one. There’s a chapel at Dollywood, and I think this was filmed there.
  7. London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, “Here We Come A-Wassailing” You might know this one better as “Here We Come A-Caroling,” which is a whole lot easier to spell, lemme tell ya…
  8. Mannheim Steamroller, “Pat-A-Pan” Another I remember hearing at home, this is a French carol originally in the Burgundian dialect.
  9. Callie & Collette, “Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” Another song of French origin, and again one I heard at home a lot.
  10. The Bach Choir, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” Learned this one when I was in second grade from the good Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. It’s a traditional English song, which friends of mine and I used to sing, punctuating each line with “eh, wot?” Try it. It’s fun.
  11. The King’s College Choir, “Ding Dong Merrily On High” I think the first time I heard this that I can recall was on an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Another song of English origin.
  12. The King’s College Choir, “The First Nowell” I was in Music Ministry many years ago, and for some reason we waited until Epiphany to do this one. No idea why, it’s a great song.

And that’s your Merry Christmas Music Moves Me for December 25, 2017.

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MONDAY’S MUSIC MOVES ME: ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas…

No real rhyme or reason to the songs I picked today, just songs I like.

  1. Lucy & Schroeder From A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy asking Schroeder to play her a song.
  2. Walt Kelly, “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie” From the comic strip Pogo by Walt Kelly, this was a classic song they sang in the swamp one year. Dad knew it and used to sing it, and Uncle Jack mentioned it a while back.
  3. John Williams and The Boston Pops, “Sleigh Ride” This was written by Leroy Anderson, who also wrote “The Syncopated Clock,” “Holiday for Strings,” and “The Typewriter,” among others. Arthur Fiedler used to feature Leroy’s music in performances by The Boston Pops, and as you can see John Williams continued the tradition.
  4. Los Straitjackets, “Linus and Lucy” Written by Vince Guaraldi for A Charlie Brown Christmas, it’s been featured in all the Peanuts specials since. Los Straitjackets are an instrumental rock band from Nashville that performs in masks. I rather like them, myself.
  5. United States Navy Band, “Dueling Jingle Bells” When you cross “Dueling Banjos” with “Jingle Bells,” the results are pretty amazing, as you’ll see and hear in this clip. Didn’t get the names of the players, but all are senior NCO’s.
  6. Irish Defence Forces, “The Little Drummer Boy” The pipers from the Irish Defence Forces, the military of the Republic of Ireland, play this. I was in a bagpipe mood.
  7. Clan Currie, “Angels We Have Heard On High” More Christmas bagpipes, this by a family group.
  8. Judy Garland, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” From the 1944 film Meet Me In St. Louis starring Judy Garland. These are the original lyrics from the movie; most popular versions use different lyrics. The choir at church does this during the Christmas season at the Sign of Peace, and I find it very hard to keep my composure.
  9. John Denver and The Muppets, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” From 1979’s John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together. After the last song, I figured we could use a laugh.
  10. Arlo Guthrie, “The Pause Of Mr. Claus” From his 1968 live album. In the interest of time, I found a version that just had the song. The longer one had a pretty funny monologue that was indicative of the time.
  11. Andy Williams, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” Andy Williams and Christmas go together like Scotch and soda.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 18, 2017. Only seven more days ’til Xmas!

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Christmas Songs

I wrote a Friday Five post of Christmas songs last year, and thought it was good enough that I could add a few more songs and come up with another playlist. So, here ya go, for Christmas Extravaganza 2017, Week 2!

  1. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell, “Silver Bells” From 1951’s The Lemon Drop Kid, an adaptation of Damon Runyon’s story with music added. That’s William Frawley, who you know from I Love Lucy and My Three Sons, doing the singing at the beginning of the clip.
  2. Burl Ives, “Silver And Gold” Burl won my recent Battle of the Bands, and here he is as the voice of Sam the Snowman from the 1964 Rankin/Bass production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, doing one of my favorite songs from that show.
  3. Pentatonix, “The Little Drummer Boy” This group’s harmony is incredible and their arranging skills are fantastic.
  4. Tommy Emmanuel, “Jingle Bells” My favorite fingerstyle guitar player and the last person on whom the late Chet Atkins bestowed the title Certified Guitar Player.
  5. Mel Blanc, “Ja, Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree” The man of a thousand voices puts on a Teutonic accent for this humorous adaptation of the German language teaching song “Schnitzelbank,” which, if you’ve ever been to a German restaurant with a floor show, you’ve probably sung. The first time I heard it was at The Brown Bear restaurant on North Clark Street in Chicago. Gemütlichkeit!
  6. Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby” Can’t let a Christmas season go by without hearing this classic by the woman Orson Welles called “the most exciting woman in the world.”
  7. Porky Pig, “Blue Christmas” You’re getting a double shot of Mel Blanc this week as Porky stutters his way through this Elvis Presley hit. Actually, I think it’s someone else, but Mel provided the original voice.
  8. The Royal Guardsmen, “Snoopy’s Christmas” A song dedicated to that intrepid World War I Flying Ace and his never-ending battle against Manfred von Richthofen, a/k/a The Red Baron. They take a few minutes off from their air battle to celebrate the holiday.
  9. Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” The voice of Tony The Tiger provided the vocal for this song, from the 1966 special, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which runs every year at this time somewhere.
  10. Bing Crosby, “Mele Kalikimaka” Der Bingle gives us this Christmas-in-Hawai’i song.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 11, 2017. Happy birthday, Jim!

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