Weekly Song Challenge, Round 22!

After a week off, I’m back taking Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge!! Here are the rules:

  • Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post (Laura’s post, linked above).
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate!

Here we go!

Post a video of a “feel good” song. #1 on the day I was born: Les Baxter and His Orchestra, “The Poor People Of Paris.”

Post a video of a song that brings tears to your eyes. The opening of this was used on the station ID’s for WGN-TV for many years, but the song is beautiful: Roger Whittaker, “The Last Farewell.”

Post a video of a song that gives you strength personally. Don’t ask me why, because I couldn’t say: Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Take Five.”

I’m tagging all of you. Let’s see what you come up with.

18 thoughts on “Weekly Song Challenge, Round 22!

    1. It’s a great song, that’s for sure, which might be part of why it evokes such emotion. The orchestration is magnificent (the opening alone sets you back on your heels) and the lyrics have such emotion behind them.

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    1. Thanks! “The Last Farewell” is a favorite. The guy who wrote the poem isn’t a musician, he’s a silversmith from Birmingham, England. And we would never have heard it if it hadn’t been for WQXI picking it up and playing it.

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  1. I love these songs you chose. The jazz song is a classic . My mom loved Roger Whittaker and was able to see him in his last concerts he took before retiring. The first song did put a smile on my face as well. One that always put a smile on my face is Singing In The Rain. Songs that gave me strength..You’ll Never Walk Alone and We are The Champions by Queen…a personal anthem for me during high school. Actually You’ll Never Walk Alone and To Dream The Impossible Dream both give me strength and bring tears to my eyes.

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    1. Light orchestral pieces like “The Poor People of Paris” were really popular in the early to mid ’50’s, and even now they’re fun to go back and listen to.

      I was poisoned by the jazz bug early: I was 9 when I first heard Vince Guaraldi (he did the music for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”) and heard “Take Five” not long after that. Bossa Nova figured in there, too; that was around the same time that “The Girl from Ipanema” was popular.

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    1. Radio is almost a dead medium now. There are too many better choices now (Spotify, YouTube Music, Accuradio.com, Sirius/XM, etc.). It’s kind of a shame, really, but they did it to themselves. And a big part of it is peopler who are abandoning it because those other sources cater to the different tastes.

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