Michelle’s idea for today’s theme is “songs in sign language,” where we’re supposed to play two songs interpreted in sign language as well as the original song. I’m going to cheat a bit, because these videos of people interpreting the original songs use the original songs as the soundtrack.
I actually have some experience with this: I used to be in Music Ministry at my church, and a couple of times a month the Mass we did was interpreted for the deaf by a very nice woman. She would “sing” along with us. Anyway…
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
“Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen
And now, a list of songs with measures of time in the title. That’s “hour,” “minute,” “second,” “day,” “week,” “month,” and “year.” I looked for “century,” “fortnight,” “eon,” etc. but couldn’t find any. Maybe if you can think of any, I’ll play your ideas next week. That’ll give me time to think of more…
- Wilson Pickett, “In The Midnight Hour” Wilson Pickett was a great R& singer whose songs regularly crossed over to the Pop charts. This song hit #1 on the R&B chart and just missed the Top 20, coming in at #21.
- The Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man” This song is marked as maybe the first rock & roll song. Whether or not it is, I’ve loved it since I heard it in the movie Bull Durham, maybe the best baseball movie ever, at least tied with Field of Dreams, both of which star Kevin Costner, who does very well with baseball movies or in movies where he plays a baseball player.
- Jake Owen, “Eight Second Ride” The title refers to the amount of time a bull rider has to stay on the back of a bull to consider it a successful ride. Professional bull riding has two sets of stars: the riders and the bulls.
- Dinah Washington, “What A Difference A Day Makes” The original version of this, which has been done by Esther Phillips, Angelina Jordan, and Amy Winehouse, among others.
- The Beatles, “Eight Days A Week” Originally on 1964’s Beatles For Sale in the UK, it was issued as a single by Capitol Records and later appeared on the 1965 album Beatles VI.
- The Anomalies, “Employee Of The Month” Don’t know much about either the band or the song, but YouTube suggested it and I thought it sounded good.
- Frank Sinatra, “It Was A Very Good Year” This was written by Ervin Drake and first done by The Kingston Trio, but Frank did the definitive version of it.
- The Doobie Brothers, “Minute By Minute” When Donald Fagen and Walter Becker turned Steely Dan into a recording-only band, they cut everyone else loose. Guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Michael McDonald ended up joining The Doobie Brothers and making them sound like Steely Dan.
- Tears For Fears, “The Working Hour” The ’80’s were arguably a great time for music, and Tears for Fears were arguably one of the reasons why. This is from their 1985 Songs From The Big Chair album.
- The Beatles, “A Day In The Life” I know, two Beatles songs, but I don’t care. This is from the Fab Four’s 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which I maintain is one of the better albums from the period.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 30, 2018.