Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Diamond” Songs

I’m sure someone has already done this as a theme. Still, these are great songs, and I’m sure you can think of more. Here are some songs with the word “diamond” in the title.

  1. Seals and Crofts, “Diamond Girl” The title track from their 1973 album. It rose to #6 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Easy Listening chart that year, and was #40 for the year.
  2. Gary Lewis and The Playboys, “This Diamond Ring” Written by Al Kooper with Bob Brass and Irwin Levine in 1965. It eventually reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1965.
  3. Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds Are Forever” The title track for the 1971 James Bond film. It was Dame Shirley’s second Bond theme song, the first of course being “Goldfinger.” It reached #57 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1972.
  4. The Beatles, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” Some clever person who hated The Beatles pointed out that the initials for this were LSD, but according to John Lennon, it was the title of a drawing that Julian had done. It appeared on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in a slightly more finished form than we have here.
  5. Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” From the iconic 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which starred MM and Jane Russell. Madonna “borrowed” the idea for the set and her dress for her 1985 video for “Material Girl.”
  6. David Bowie, “Diamond Dogs” The tite track from his 1974 album, which was the swan song for David’s Ziggy Stardust character. It was released as a single in the US, but failed to chart.

As always, I’ll take your suggestions for other “diamond” songs, and play your selections this Friday, if I get enough. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 22, 2017.

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The Last Weekend of Spring Week That Was

Here’s John Cleese for Lowney Peanut Butter Cups.

I don’t know if they still sell Lowney’s Peanut Butter Cups, which is probably a Canadian brand. Anyone familiar with them?

The Week That Was

Once again, I find myself having to do all this with the WYSIWYG editor and switch over to the HTML one to embed the pictures etc. Funny thing, it doesn’t go really slowly when I cut-and-paste… but anyway…

I saw the doctor this week, and it looks like I’m on my way back to physical therapy, as the Juxtalite compression gadgets I’ve worn for the last year haven’t worked, and my leg is back to where it was. Looks like I’m going to have to find a way to get the compression socks on my legs by myself. They have a sock donner to help me get them on, so I’ll inquire about that. I’m sure they’d be happy to oblige. Anyway, onto the weekly summary…

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

It wasn’t even a contest:

We Five: 1
Jefferson Airplane: 15

Congratulations to Jefferson Airplane, and We Five, what can I say? Nice try, I guess. Shopgirl, who voted for We Five, especially liked Debbie Graf’s voice, but I guess the Airplane’s arrangement in general was better. Not as good as the Youngbloods’ version, which I think is the definitive cover of the song.

Mike Golch wanted to hear some Sixties Rock, and that’s what we had. I always get some comments when I play music from that era from people who don’t remember when those songs were popular, which is what I’m going for.

John Denver was the featured artist this week. He got really popular in the Seventies, and for a while you couldn’t turn on the TV and not see him, because in addition to appearing on many of the variety shows that were in their heyday he had a show of his own. Or maybe it just seems that way, because he was on so many shows.

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Another piece of advice from me, which came from an image quote I saw on Facebook or Twitter or someone else’s blog. By the way, Linda Hill is having her new-badge contest for One-Liner Wednesday, and will be linking to the contestants tomorrow on her blog. Be sure and vote early and vote often.

The prompt I chose this week was to write a post based on the word “fired.” I came to the conclusion that getting fired, while generally not thought of as a good thing, was sometimes a blessing in disguise, as it might be an indication you had been at that job too long. I know that was my case. The discussion is always open, so feel free to read and comment on it.

This week I played the top five songs from the recently-concluded Eurovision Song Contest. I wasn’t impressed, and from the comments I received, neither were you.

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Linda’s prompt was “all or nothing,” and it turned into one of my music posts, with three songs that had “all” in the title paired with three that had “nothing” in the title. There is a standard song that has both “all” and “nothing” in the title, and you’ll have an opportunity to hear that one in my next Battle of the Bands, on June 1, a week from this coming Wednesday.

All the regular favorites will be back this week, including a free-for-all for Monday’s Music Moves Me (get well soon, Marie!), another popular act from my high school days, a one-liner, writing prompted by both Kat and Linda, a Friday Five, and anything else I can think of.

That’s it for this week. See you tomorrow!

“All” and “Nothing” Songs #socs

This prompt suggested a great Battle of the Bands, but that’s not for another week or so. You’ll just have to wait for that one, my friends. Here are three pairs of songs, one that has “all” in the title, the other that has “nothing” in the title.

PAIR #1

Lionel Ritchie, “All Night Long”

Tom Jones, “I Who Have Nothing”

PAIR #2

Mott The Hoople, “All The Young Dudes”

Billy Preston, “Nothing From Nothing”

PAIR #3

The Kinks, “All Day And All Of The Night”

Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

What pairs can you come up with?


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The Friday Five: Top Five Songs From The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

A while back, I did a couple of posts that gave the top songs from the Eurovision Song Contest, both for 2015 (then the current year) and 1974 (the year ABBA placed first with “Waterloo”). This year’s contest ended last Saturday, with Portugal’s Salvador Sobral winning for his song “Amar Pelos Dois.” It was the first time Portugal won the contest, and the first time they placed in the top five in the 53 years they’ve participated. Congratulations to them.

#5: Robin Bengsston (Sweden), “I Can’t Go On”

#4: Blanche (Belgium), “City Lights”

#3: Sunstroke Project (Moldova), “Hey, Mamma!”

#2: Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria), “Beautiful Mess”

#1: Salvador Sobral (Portugal), “Amar Pelos Dois”

This year’s winners left me with that “meh” feeling. Most of the contestants were chosen from their home country’s Idol or The Voice program on TV, and almost all the songs in the final round were sung in English. I guess this is a byproduct of Europe becoming more or less one country, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, what did you think of the finalists, and of the competition in general? The full list of all the participating countries and how they placed is on Wikipedia, and all the songs are on YouTube.

That’s The Friday Five for May 19, 2017.

Writer’s Workshop: You’re Fired!

I took a workshop years ago, and one of the things our trainer said was that his company never hired anyone who hadn’t been fired from a job at least once. He said the reasoning was they didn’t want anyone working for them who was afraid of losing his job.

It made sense to me, although I was one of those people who was afraid of losing his job. It’s tough when you’re the sole breadwinner; you realize that if you lose your job, you have to get a new one, or you’ll starve, and take your spouse with you. That, and my mother always had a bad reaction to people not having jobs. I don’t know how many times I heard her say, “My God, he has no job!” I guess I internalized that to the point that I stayed in jobs years after I should have left.

I guess you could say I was fired from the job I had from 1984 to 2004, but that wasn’t exactly how it worked. I was given thirty days to “straighten out my act,” as my manager put it, after a demo/training session went sideways at a user conference, and I decided that, after twenty years, it was time to move on anyway. Over the next month, I looked for work and got my resume in order, and I also thought about what I had just done. I don’t mean quit, I mean stay at that company for twenty years. I started reviewing those twenty years, and identified about a dozen points at which I should have quit, but didn’t. And I remembered something Uncle Jack told me many years before: “Back when I was starting out, the object was to get with a company and stay there until you retired. Nowadays, they expect you to leave after about five years.” Looking at things that way, I should have had four jobs in those twenty years.

Nowadays, someone between the ages of 18 and 55 has about eleven jobs. That’s about three years per job. In a way, you’re always looking for a new opportunity, even after you start a new job. Back when I started, that was considered “job hopping” and was supposedly career suicide. How things have changed in forty years. Now, it’s standard operating procedure: you’re supposed to leave after three years, or less. The longer you stay, the less valuable you are to the company. This is now a world of “free agency,” as Dan Pink calls it. You no longer work for a company, you work for yourself and sell your services to a company.

So being fired is actually your company doing you a favor. Might not seem that way at the time, but it is.

Today’s prompt (at least the one I used) was “Write a blog post inspired by the word: fired.”