Monday’s Music Moves Me: Farm Aid

This week’s assignment is to deliver a playlist of songs by artists who have appeared at Farm Aid, which started in 1985 and has had a host of musical guests over the years. Here are just a few of them.

  1. B. B. King, “To Know You Is To Love You” B. B. was at the inaugural Farm Aid concert in 1985.
  2. Loretta Lynn, “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” (with Conway Twitty) Loretta was also at the 1985 concert.
  3. Steppenwolf, “Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam” Steppenwolf was at the 1987 concert. Considering that Willie Nelson is one of the organizers of Farm Aid, I thought this song was appropriate.
  4. Elton John, “I’m Still Standing” Elton was there in 1990, which is kind of a surprise. You don’t just put Elton and farmers together.
  5. Ringo Starr, “Back Off Boogaloo” Ringo is another surprise, but he was there in 1993.
  6. Dwight Yoakam, “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens) Also at Farm Aid in 1993, Dwight keeps the Bakersfield Sound alive.
  7. John Fogerty, “The Old Man Down The Road” John was there in 1997, which is no surprise at all.
  8. Travis Tritt, “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” One of the roads near us in Cobb County, Georgia is Post Oak Tritt Road. When Mary first heard that, she wondered “what’s a Tritt?” Travis’s family owned a lot of land here, including where we currently live. He’s a graduate of nearby Sprayberry High School, also on what was his family’s land.
  9. Jerry Lee Lewis, “Boogie Woogie Country Man” Jerry played the concert in 2004.
  10. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “St. James Infirmary” The Preservation Hall band played the concert in 2014.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 16, 2019.

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 Lyric Sunday: “Our House”

I love this song too much to try and pick something a little more obscure. Jim’s prompt for today is “Floor/House/Roof/Walls” and my choice is “Our House” by the British band Madness. Written by band members Chris Foreman and Cathal Smyth, it was on their 1982 album The Rise & Fall and became a Top 10 hit internationally, including #7 in the US.

Lyrics from MetroLyrics:

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother’s tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister’s sighing in her sleep
Brother’s got a date to keep
He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd
There’s always something happening
And it’s usually quite loud
Our mum she’s so house-proud
Nothing ever slows her down
And a mess is not allowed

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …

Father gets up late for work
Mother has to iron his shirt
Then she sends the kids to school
Sees them off with a small kiss
She’s the one they’re going to miss
In lots of ways

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …

I remember way back then when everything was true and when
We would have such a very good time such a fine time
Such a happy time
And I remember how we’d play simply waste the day away
Then we’d say nothing would come between us two dreamers

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother’s tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister’s sighing in her sleep
Brother’s got a date to keep
He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …
Our house, was our castle and our keep
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, that was where we used to sleep
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for September 15, 2019.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Cherish”

Third time’s a charm, right? We’re going to do the “same name, different songs” thing again, only this time we have two songs that were Top 10 hits about 20 years apart. The name of the song in either case is “Cherish,” and here are the contestants.

Kool & The Gang

Released in 1985, the third song from the band’s 1984 album Emergency, this song was a #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart six weeks running and was certified Gold by RIAA.

The Association

From their 1966 album And Then… Along Comes The Association, this was a #1 hit on the Hot 100 for three weeks and ultimately was named the #2 song for the year.

You probably know what to do by now, but here are the instructions in case you’re new to this:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

Remember, you can vote in this battle whether or not you have a battle of your own. All you need are at least one good ear and your opinion.

I’ll announce the winner next Sunday, September 22, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Kool & The Gang and The Association!

I Got Them #socs Blues

So it’s Friday afternoon, I’m at Starbucks, and the prompt is “blue.” Specifically, the first blue thing I see. Well, I’m wearing a blue shirt. See?

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This is one of my Mary-approved shirts to go out in. Most, if not all, of those are various shades of blue. She decided I wear too much blue and bought me a couple of new shirts. One is pink, specifically to be worn on Laetare Sunday and Gaudete Sunday, the two dates in the Catholic calendar where the priest wears pink (officially “rose”) vestments. The other is like a Day-Glo green, which she’s decided she really likes, so I expect more Day-Glo colors in the future. I already have a shirt that can best be described as Department of Transportation orange, so I don’t suppose orange will be another color.

I found my “Blue” playlist. There’s another here, and I’m sure there are a few more.


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