Monday’s Music Moves Me: European Favorites

So the theme for today is “European Favorites,” and as always, when faced with a prompt like this, a lot of what I choose to feature here depends on my interpretation of the prompt. Here’s how I’m interpreting it: Songs by European artists that are favorites of mine. And, just to make things interesting, I’m not including artists from the United Kingdom or Ireland. Here goes:

  1. Edith Piaf, “La Vie En Rose” The classic from Ms. Piaf, this was recorded in 1956.
  2. Gipsy Kings, “Volare” The Gipsy Kings are gitanos, Berber-Moroccan and Spanish Gypsies who fled Catalonia to France during the Spanish Civil War. From their 1989 album Mosaique.
  3. ABBA, “Waterloo” Sweden’s ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with this entry. It was their first international hit.
  4. Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” I chose one of the shorter versions of this; the full song is over twenty minutes. As the name might imply, Kraftwerk is German.
  5. Django Reinhardt, “Echoes of France” Django is a Belgian Gypsy, a Manouche. This is from 1946, after the liberation of France. The song is based on “La Marseillaise“, the French National Anthem.
  6. Horst Jankowski, “A Walk In The Black Forest” Classically-trained German pianist Jankowski is best known for light pieces like this one.
  7. Mocedades, “Eres Tu” Another Eurovision contestant, this was Spain’s entry in the 1973 contest, but didn’t win. Nonetheless, it was an international hit, and Amaya Uranga’s voice is lovely.
  8. Bent Fabric, “Alley Cat” Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was born in Denmark in 1924. This was a hot single in 1962.
  9. The Singing Nun, “Dominique” Belgian Jeanne Deckers, who took the name Souer Sourire as a Dominican nun, had a big hit with this in the Sixties, and was played by Debbie Reynolds in the 1966 movie. Every Catholic household had a copy of the album when it came out, it seemed.
  10. Nena, “99 Luftballons” Title track from their 1983 album, it’s a German-language antiwar protest song.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 17, 2017.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your Destination songs, 1

Today I’ll be presenting, for your listening pleasure, ten of the many songs that were suggested by you based on the “Destinations” theme. I got about fifty from you, and every time I feature songs with destinations people come up with more. As Kip said, I could be doing this all year…

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dani California” Biker Chick recommended this one. It’s from their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium. It was released as a single in April 2006, debuted at #24 on the Hot 100, peaking at #6, the RHCP’s third Top Ten single.
  2. Bridie Gallagher, “Green Glens of Antrim” Uncle Jack suggested I do a list of just locations in Ireland, and gave this song as an example. I’ll do a list of other songs with destinations in Ireland, because there are lots of them.
  3. Toto, “Africa” This was suggested by Janet. From their 1982 album Toto IV. It was released as a single in September of that year, and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in February 1983. Ed Thierbach suggested this cover by Perpetuum Jazzile, and having heard it, I recommend it, too.
  4. R. Dean Taylor, “Indiana Wants Me” Canadian singer-songwriter Taylor wrote and recorded this one in August 1970, and it was a Top Ten hit in both the US and UK, reaching #1 on the Cash Box survey. Arlee suggested this one.
  5. The Feeling, “Blue Piccadilly” Annalisa came up with a few recommendations that I never heard of, mostly because, as everyone knows, I stopped following pop music sometime in the Nineties. This was on their first album, 2006’s Twelve Stops and Home.
  6. Dougie MacLean, “Caledonia” Not the same song as the 1945 jump blues one recorded by Louis Jordan and The Tympani Five (that was “Caldonia”), but a 1977 composition in honor of Scotland (Caledonia was the name given to it by the Romans). The Blogger’s Best Friend says it’s “the most popular of all MacLean’s recordings and something of an anthem for Scotland.” Thanks to Ed for suggesting this.
  7. Dionne Warwick, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” Janie suggested this, and it combines the elements for an instant hit: music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and vocals by Dionne Warwick. It was the followup single to 1968’s “Theme From Valley of the Dolls”/”I Say A Little Prayer” and reached #10 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box chart, #23 on the R&B chart, and #4 on the Easy Listening chart, and won her a Grammy in 1969.
  8. Glenn Miller, “Pennsylvania 6-5000” Calen said this was her favorite, and I think she speaks for a lot of folks. I like it a lot, too. The number is that of the Hotel Pennsylvania, home of the Cafe Rouge, where the Miller band and others played frequently.
  9. Jeanette MacDonald, “San Francisco” Birgit, our resident movie buff, suggested this. It was the theme song for the 1936 movie of the same name, starring Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and Miss MacDonald, and was later popularized by Judy Garland.
  10. Bruce Springsteen, “The Streets of Philadelphia” J Lenni Dorner, my fellow A to Z Challenge co-host, recommended this. Springsteen wrote it for the 1993 movie Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. As a single, it reahed #9 on the Hot 100 and was a Top Ten hit internationally.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 10, 2017. More songs on Friday.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs For The Fourth of July

So, in celebration of Independence Day here in the United States, and to a lesser extent Canada Day, today’s theme is songs of Independence, picnics & celebration. Here are ten that more or less fill the bill.

  1. Nat King Cole, “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” Hey, it talks about hot dogs, pretzels, and beer! Seems perfectly appropriate for the middle of the summer. Well, okay, not quite the middle, but you get the idea. It wasv the title track from Nat’s 1963 album, which reached #14.
  2. Chicago, “Saturday In The Park” A perfect song for Independence Day, because said Saturday was on The Fourth Of July. It was the first single from their fifth album and reached #3 in the US, #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #2 in Canada in 1972.
  3. Perry Como, “Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)” Hey, more hot dogs! Doesn’t mention anything about the holiday, the season, or food, explicitly, but it just seems to fit the theme. Como recorded it in 1956 and it reached #1 late that year.
  4. Three Dog Night, “Celebrate” Celebration is what the holiday is all about, right? This was written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon and reached #15 on the Hot 100 in 1970.
  5. Kool & The Gang, “Celebration” Another celebration song. Written by Kool & The Gang and released as a single in 1980, it reached #1 on the Hot 100, R&B chart, and Dance charts that year, and was a permanent addition to the repertoire of bands everywhere.
  6. Morris Stoloff, “Moonglow/Theme From ‘Picnic'” The theme is from the 1955 movie starring William Holden and Kim Novak. It was written by George Duning with lyrics by Steve Allen. Many orchestras, including Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra, played it as a medley with “Moonglow,” a 1933 song by Will Hudson and Irving Mills with lyrics by Eddie DeLange, as was done here. The McGuire Sisters had a hit with the theme in 1956. The song provided the backing music for the dance scene between Holden and Novak, which is definitely hot stuff for 1955. Pretty hot stuff for 2017, for that matter.
  7. Chicago, “Free” A song about freedom from Chicago’s third album, named, oddly enough, Chicago III. It was released as a single in February 1971 and reached #20 on the Hot 100 and #12 in Canada.
  8. Richie Havens, “Freedom” An iconic performance by Havens at Woodstock in 1969.
  9. David Arnold, “Theme From ‘Independence Day'” I honestly thought John Williams wrote this, but he didn’t. The soundtrack for the movie won a Grammy.
  10. Max McLean, “The Declaration Of Independence” The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us “Max McLean is the founder and artistic director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, a New York City-based producer of live theater from a Christian worldview.” This is a dramatic reading of the document that started it all. If you’ve never read the document (either in its original form, i.e. 18th Century script, or a transcription), this is a good introduction.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 3, 2017. Have a good holiday!

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: College Fight Songs!

When we did destinations last week, Biker Chick suggested the song “On Wisconsin,” which is both a destination and a university. That made me think that a good theme for today would be college fight songs. Here are ten that I chose because I knew people that went to school there or were in places that I liked.

  1. On Wisconsin! This was the song that started this list. Thanks, Biker Chick!
  2. Notre Dame Fight Song I think every Irish Catholic in the country considers Notre Dame an alma mater of sorts. I had an uncle that went there.
  3. Fighting Illini Fight Song A few of my cousins, my friend Mark, and half my senior class went to Illinois, so I had to include this.
  4. “Glory” (UGA Fight Song) Half my friends from my twenty-year job went here.
  5. Ramblin’ Wreck From Georgia Tech The other half of my friends from that job went here. Plus, a lot of our friends from church have sons and daughters (mostly daughters; who says girls are no good at STEM?) who go here.
  6. Tennessee Fight Song Our co-host Cathy lives nearby, plus I have a cousin who taught there. I’ve been to Knoxville many times and think it’s a great place. Never saw the campus, though.
  7. Auburn Fight Song I used to visit a client in Alexander City, Alabama, and if you got off I-85 and turned the other way you’d find yourself in Auburn. I knew someone who was in their School of Veterinary Medicine. Also Tim Hudson, who played for the Braves, and Frank Thomas, who played for the White Sox, attended here.
  8. Seton Hall Fight Song I have a cousin who lives in New Jersey, and he and his son were Big East basketball fans. I’ve been to a couple of games, one with the cousin and one with his son (who’s also a cousin, I just realized), and had a good time, so I included the Pirates’ fight song here.
  9. Northwestern Fight Song By now you know I spent a couple of undistinguished years as a Wildcat. I was going to say they never won a football game when I was there, but I believe they beat the Oregon Ducks at the end of the 1974 season. Never won another game while I was there, and temporarily held the record for losses in a row. They went to the Rose Bowl a couple of years back, and I had to watch because I just coulodn’t believe they were in it. True to form, they lost.
  10. Hail Loyola! I didn’t realize that my alma mater (BBA January ’78) had a fight song. Shows what I know.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 26, 2017.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Locations!

Okay, I’ve gone a little overboard, again, as usual, but did I ever have fun doing it. My good friend Mary over at Jingle Jangle Jungle dared us to come up with songs with destinations in the title. Here are eleven (count ’em, 11) of them.

  1. Muddy Waters, “Kansas City” I was going to use Wilbert Harrison’s version from 1959, but I like this one so much better. Featuring the great band Muddy assembled in the mid-Seventies: Bob Margolin (first solo) and Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Johnson (second solo), guitars; Jerry Portnoy, harmonica; “Pinetop” Perkins, piano and vocal; Calvin Jones, bass; and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, drums.
  2. Sting, “Englishman in New York” From his 1987 album …Nothing Like The Sun, with Branford Marsalis on soprano sax. The elderly gentleman in the video is Quentin Crisp, author of 1968’s The Naked Civil Servant.
  3. JJ Cale, “New Orleans” From his 1990 album Travel-Log, one of my favorite albums of all time.
  4. Bireli Lagrene, “Senegal” Gypsy jazz guitarist Lagrene is best known for his ability to play almost like the amazing Django Reinhardt, but he recorded Foreign Affairs in 1990 to show he had an electric side. The album has faded into obscurity, but as one of the people who bought it (twice, as a matter of fact, on cassette and CD), I can tell you it’s amazing and “Senegal” is one reason.
  5. The Ides Of March, “LA Goodbye” Did very well as a single in the Chicago area (the Ides are from west suburban Berwyn), but virtually nowhere else, in 1971.
  6. Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” A classic by Mr. Bennett, who is most emphatically not joined by Lady Gaga on this recording.
  7. Redbone, “Witch Queen of New Orleans” Do you realize it was only recently that I learned it was Redbone who did this one? Great song, and I know that’s two songs about New Orleans…
  8. “Scotland The Brave” Not sure what pipe band did this one, but it’s a classic tune and one that every piper needs to know how to play. I’m serious, it’s in the rules.
  9. Murray Head, “One Night In Bangkok” From the 1984 concept album Chess, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, with lyrics by Tim Rice. This is the only good song from it, as far as I can tell.
  10. Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, and others, “Sweet Home Chicago” Someone would have my head if I didn’t include this one.
  11. The Amboy Dukes, “Journey To The Center Of The Mind” Not all destinations are external, after all. Sixteen-year-old Ted Nugent plays the guitar on this one.

If you think of any that you would have added, let me know and I’ll add them. And that, at long last, is Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 19, 2017.

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