Song of the Day: Nova, "Wave"

Nova started posting videos of themselves on YouTube in 2011, and since then has received worldwide acclaim. They do bossa nova and samba music in both private and public settings and bring the classic sounds of Brazil into the 21st Century. Their lineup is Laura Vall (vocals), David Irelan (guitar), Thomas Hjorth (bass), and Mike Papagni (drums). "Wave" was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and was the title track for his 1967 album. You can hear more by Nova on YouTube.

Share Your World for February 24, 2020

It’s that time again! Melanie has a few probing questions for us. And awaaaaay we go!

What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex? Or to put it another way “Can men and women ever be platonic friends? Doesn’t sex always get in the way?” I’ve been married to my best friend, Mary, for 42 years and we’ve known each other for almost 44. That’s the only way it works. Sorry.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome? Getting back to normal after my stroke. It’s still a work in progress.

What is the darkest thought you’ve ever had? I’ve fantasized about beating somebody to death. What about the darkest thing you’ve done that you’ve never told anybody about? That’s something I don’t wish to discuss.

What is your least favorite food? Condiments. Mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise (including Miracle Whip), pickle relish, steak sauce, horseradish, ranch dressing, honey mustard dressing etc. etc. are gross. Barbecue sauce is okay, though I prefer that it be cooked into the food. The only salad dressing I like is oil and vinegar.

All for now. See you in the funny papers!

Monday's Music Moves Me: Beatles Movie Songs (And More!)

Image by thaifly99 from Pixabay

I was stuck for something to do today, and was considering re-running a post I did way back at the beginning of my participation here of movie themes. What stopped me was something I said in that post about not being able to include any of the themes from The Beatles’ movies. Fortunately, both they and YouTube now see fit to put the actual music out there, free to share. Since there were only five movies starring The Fab Four, I had to add a couple at the end. I’m sure you won’t mind…

  1. "A Hard Day’s Night" Video of a live performance in Great Britain of the theme song from their first movie (1964), which is, to this day, still my favorite movie of all time.
  2. "Help!" A promotional film of The Fab Four doing the title song from their second movie (1965), which also starred Leo McKern. The day Mary and I rented this movie, we also rented Shoes of the Fisherman and a Rumpole of the Bailey collection and had a Leo McKern Film Festival. (By the way, all three are excellent.)
  3. "Magical Mystery Tour" One of the first Apple Corps productions was this somewhat bizarre 1967 film, which pretty much was universally panned, but the music is excellent. And, in the right frame of mind (i.e. stoned out of it), the movie isn’t bad, either.
  4. "Yellow Submarine" The animated 1968 feature that featured the band’s music, extra music by George Martin, and a couple of cameos of the boys. The film is full of puns and other silliness that’s quite entertaining.
  5. "Let It Be" Their 1970 swan song featured a rooftop performance and some recording footage. This is film of them recording the title song, including an extra verse improvised by Paul, the original guitar solo by George, and none of the Phil Spector Wall O’ Sound.
  6. Thunderclap Newman, "Something In The Air" Ringo starred in the 1969 film The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers. This is played during the climactic end, which is more than a little gross, so I’ve substituted a different video of hippies decorating the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. Mary and I visited that neighborhood on a trip to see my brother and his family late last century, and the day we were there we were entertained by a young couple having a loud and rather profane argument under the street signs. It was interesting, to say the least…
  7. The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" The 1978 film that was more or less universally panned nevertheless featured some pretty good covers of Beatles songs by Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Peter.
  8. The Rutles, "Hold My Hand" A very funny "mockumentary" from 1978 that starred Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, and John Halsey as the Prefab Four, and cameos by members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the cast of Saturday Night Live (from when it was funny and worth watching). One of the better scenes featured George Harrison as an interviewer. The show included some dead-on parodies of The Beatles’ songs. The TV movie was called The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, the 2004 follow-up was The Rutles: Can’t Buy Me Lunch.
  9. "Free As A Bird" I was running short of songs from Beatles movies (there were two more that I thought of, Caveman that featured Ringo and How I Won The War that featured John, but the music from those was actually pretty standard film fare), so I decided to include this and the next one. Evidently Yoko Ono found a cassette of a couple of songs by John Lennon and gave the tape to Paul McCartney. The three surviving members decided to take the recordings and turn them into full-blown Beatles songs, and with the help of Jeff Lynne they did just that. The songs were released as part of the first two Anthology collections. Beatles fans will have fun watching and seeing how many visual images of Fab Four songs they can find in this.
  10. "Real Love" The second of the two "new" songs that resulted from the cassette Yoko gave Paul. For Beatles fans, it was a glimpse at what might have been.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 24, 2020.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

Song of the Day: Avalon Jazz Band, "Menilmontant"

Gypsy jazz didn’t die with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. In fact, there are a few bands out on YouTube that are breathing new life into the genre. The Avalon Jazz Band out of New York City, for starters, fronted by vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie and violinist Adrien Chevalier. "Ménilomontant" is a song writtn by Charles Trener in 1938 in honor of the Parisian neighborhood of the same name. The link above will take you to their website, and this link will take you to their YouTube account.