Monday’s Music Moves Me: Sign Language and Songs With Time Measurements

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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


18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Sign Language and Songs With Time Measurements

  1. Hey John, here’s a truth: you can never have too many Beatles songs in my book! :) That goes for the Doobie Brothers too…

    Great playlist for the continuation of your Time theme. I love how you’ve catagorized time. Cathy mentioned using the word “century” and I’ll throw one in for that one: “Crime of the Century” by Supertramp, the title track from my favorite Supertramp album.

    That Tears for Fears song is quite good. I don’t know a whole lot about them and may do an Artist Spotlight on them sometime down the road.
    The Anomolies song, well, that was…umm…Interesting?? lol. Yeah, that was different… :)
    Kicking off with Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour” — I knew it was going to be a great playlist…
    And a new-to-me song which I really liked is Jake Owen’s “Eight Second Ride”…He’s quite attractive in a Country boy kinda way, however the chorus line that made me cringe was “Climb on up but Honey watch the cup that I’m spittin’ my dip inside”…. Yeah, well that just ruined the fantasy… Yuk… ;)

    I like your Sign Song selection from Frozen. I never heard it. It’s a good song…and a good video: it sure was nice seeing that snow in this horrible Texas heat!

    Have a great week,

    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. In the Frozen ASL video I noticed both the signers didn’t have both hands visible at times (either cut off by the camera, or in one case, covered by her sleeves) and I wondered about that. Maybe they were able to sign with just one hand. Some new songs to me in the “time measurement” playlist, and I ended up doing some research on “Sixty Minute Man”, which has quite a history (as did the Dominos).


  3. John,

    I had a doctor appointment yesterday afternoon so I wasn’t able to make all of my rounds before but here I am bright and early to boogie with you. :)

    I also used “Happy”. I loved the young ladies, Ren & Keely signing the “Let It Go”. They did a fantastic job and even their lip-synching of the words is pretty darn good. lol

    Oh cool, you’ve taken the whole number song theme from a few weeks ago to a different level using time measurements in song. I love how creative you are with putting such interesting twists to get the most use out of a theme. My brain just doesn’t work like yours for sure. :) “In the Midnight Hour” is a great oldie! Your mix of vintage, oldies, and new tunes are pAwesome. The only song I didn’t care too much for is “Employee of the Month”.

    Your search list criteria are fairly exhausting but I found several titles using song titles featuring the word “Century” and all are new-to-me but here are a few for you. “Turn of the Century” Bee Gees, “Century’s End” Donald Fagen, and “21st Century Breakdown” Green Day. I hope this helps! Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M gang. Have a great week!


    1. I think I probably could have come up with a better “Employee of the Month” (there were a bunch out there, I just grabbed one and added it), but I thought that one was OK (it fit the theme, anyway).

      Thanks for the suggestions! I knew there were a few, I just couldn’t think of any.


  4. This was fun and now I know the difference from last week when I made my suggestion which works better for this week. I can’t help but think of Tuesday Afternoon by The Moody Blues.


  5. Whoa… fantastic job on all counts my friend!!! Now you need a time valued song, huh? Okay, how’s bout… ummmmmm…….. wait…. I almost have it……….. wait……….. wait………… Gene Pitney – 24 Hours From Tulsa and One Day More from Les Misérables (love that song). I’m gonna have to get you as Conductor again my friend… that’s a great theme… Have a good week…


    1. I love the happy song; however, his moon looked like “Chair.” Maybe the signs are close . . . or he’s just doing any ole thing. Fun either way.


    2. The themes kind of build on each other. I get an idea, then someone will suggest something that doesn’t quite fit, but presents a whole new theme, such as my Uncle Jack suggesting “A Bushel And A Peck.” It wasn’t a song with numbers in the title, but it DID have units of measure. Then Birgit came up with a song that had units of time, and I was like, “oh yeah, time…” And it goes on from there. The musical acrostics (i.e. using the first letters of song titles to spell something out) is a lot of fun; I don’t know where I came up with that one. See, it’s music, but it’s more than that…


    1. I think Lennon and/or McCartney wrote that at a time when they were doing a lot of touring and not having much time to themselves. So if it sounds like a job that doesn’t give you much rest, you’re probably right…

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  6. In the “obscure Jim Croce songs” department, there’s “Five Short Minutes” from Life and Times, his posthumously-released final album. It’s a typical Croce tragimusing story about a musician that made one big backstage mistake.

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