Monday’s Music Moves Me: What In The World, Cathy?

Today’s prompt was brought to us by our guest conductor, Cathy, who gave us the prompt, “mail, soup, vacuum,” evidently after reading a national day calendar. I got a little creative with it, and managed to come up with ten songs anyway.

The first four songs are “letter” songs. “Roll Over Beethoven,” the Chuck Berry classic, starts with the line “gonna write a little letter, gonna mail it to my local DJ.” I used the Beatles version from With The Beatles, the British album that became Meet The Beatles and The Beatles’ Second Album in the US (it’s the second song on the latter). Next, although Cathy already used “Air Mail Special,” I’m using the version by The Benny Goodman Sextet, which featured Charlie Christian on guitar. After that, we have Muddy Waters, with Little Walter on harmonica and Big Crawford on bass, playing the original version of his “Sad Letter,” from 1950. He re-recorded it on 1974’s Can’t Get No Grindin’, but the original is cleaner. Muddy got a lot of use out of the guitar licks in this song, because you can hear the same guitar part in about half of his songs. The last song in the “letter” set is The Box Tops’ classic “The Letter,” their first big hit.

Next, I have three “vacuum” songs. The way I did this was to remember that space is a vacuum. So, we have The Tornados’ “Telstar” from 1962, Billy Preston’s “Outta Space” from 1971, and Harry Nilsson’s “Spaceman” from 1972’s Son of Schmilsson.

Finally, three “soup” songs, more or less. First up is Carole King’s “Chicken Soup With Rice,” from the 1975 musical Really Rosie, which was written by Maurice Sendak. Carole wrote the music and sang it in the original 1975 animated special. Then, I got a little creative: In the US and in most of the rest of the world, the most popular brand of canned soup is Campbell’s (they’re based in Camden, New Jersey, and had a plant in Chicago). True to their Scottish roots, the “Campbell Kids” were dressed in kilts and tam o’shanters and the song “The Campbells Are Coming” was used in some of their commercials. This all told me that the song was perfect for the theme, so I chose Tex Williams’s Western swing version of it. And finally, we have the adorable Shirley Temple singing her classic song “Animal Crackers In My Soup,” which is a lot more violent than I remember it being.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 4, 2019.

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.

22 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: What In The World, Cathy?

  1. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft made famous by The Carpenters but I love Klaatu. When I first read this I thought, “who sings about vacuums?”. This is a great list and a unique take on vacuums

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    1. I had never heard of that song before you mentioned it, and barely heard of Klaatu, either. All I remembered about Klaatu was that everyone thought The Beatles had gotten back together. I listened to the version by Karen and Richard, and, in the words of one of the commenters “this proves that Karen Carpenter could sing the phone book and evoke an emotional reaction” (or words to that effect).

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  2. John,

    Great job on your playlist. I hope it wasn’t too much of a strain for you. It was a bit tricky for me and I’m the one who came up with this theme. lol I shouldn’t tax the brain so but I couldn’t resist doing something way different from anything we’ve done so far. Alana reminded me that space is a vacuum, so I loved y’alls perception of how to use that word prompt. I think I enjoyed the guitar rendition of ‘Air Mail Special’ is very good. I enjoyed it more than Ella’s. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with us this week. Have a boogietastic day, my friend!

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    1. Charlie Christian started in the 1940’s and really changed the approach to the guitar. Up to then, Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang were the trend-setters. Charlie was more bebop oriented. Glad you enjoyed the set!

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  3. You did a great job with the theme. Not going to lie… when I saw the theme I thought perhaps Cathy had hit her head a little too hard when she fell the other day.

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  4. John, I think you did a great job. I haven’t heard many of these tunes in so long especially the first one!!! Roll over what’s his name! ~hehehe~ Great song list here! HUGS

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  5. You got really, really creative with yours! I like to take creative liberties with almost anything I do, so I get it. I enjoyed Muddy Waters so much. I love Blues more with each passing year, and I’ve always been a pretty big fan.

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    1. I was fortunate to see Muddy Waters a few times in the ’70’s, and although he wasn’t playing anything all that spectacular, you always got the sense that you were in the presence of greatness.

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  6. I’ll echo other commentors in praising you (once again!) for your creativity. Nilsson! Shirley Temple (although several of us chose that one, along with “Chicken Soup and Rice”.) The Campbells Are Coming? Who would have thought? Too bad you didn’t include Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, which I had totally forgotten about, but you are well forgiven. Oh, Karen Carpenter, you died way, way too soon!

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    1. Birgit mentioned the Carpenters’ tune, so I listened to it. In the words of one commenter, it proves that Karen could sing the phone book and evoke an emotional response. What they did to that poor girl is a crime against humanity.

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