Monday’s Music Moves Me: Islands!

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Stacy is our guest conductor for this month, and her first assignment is songs about islands, or with an island theme. Here are ten you might not have expected.

  1. Acoustic Alchemy, “Catalina Kiss”: From AA’s third album, 1989’s Blue Chip. Every time I’ve seen them in concert, they’ve done this one.
  2. The Four Preps, “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)”: I have my friend Maggie to thank for giving me the name of this one, because I knew the song, just not the name. Catalina Island, or Santa Catalina, is 26 miles off the coast of California.
  3. The Corries, “Skye Boat Song”: The Isle of Skye is the largest and northernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. The song recalls “Bonnie Prince Charlie’s” escape to Skye after his defeat at Culloden in 1645.
  4. Gaberlunzie, “The Road To The Isles”: A tune from my piping days, it’s a song written during World War I and is a march of the British Army. It was included in a book called Songs Of The Hebrides. We would play this at the end of piping competitions, during the ceremony known as “massed bands,” where all the bands that played that day gather into one very large band and, well, mass confusion ensues.
  5. Mary Duff, “Dark Island”: Here’s what I found here: “The words of this version are by David Silver and the tune was first copyrighted by Ian MacLaughlan. It was written for the BBC film “The Dark Island” in 1963. This was filmed mainly in South Uist, but was about Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Another set of words to the tune was written by Stewart Ross of Inverness – ‘In the years long gone by when I first left my home…That lovely dark island where memories stray.'” The lovely Mary Duff is an Irish pop, country, and folk singer.
  6. Bertie Higgins, “Key Largo”: Moving away from Scotland (finally), here’s a song from the pride of Tarpon Springs, Florida. From his 1982 album Just Another Day In Paradise, it reached #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #8 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart, #3 on the Canadian Singles chart, and was certified Gold in 1981. The title track from the album also did well on the AC chart, and Bertie was never heard from again…
  7. Glen Campbell, “Galveston”: Taking advantage of the fact that Galveston is an island. Any excuse to play some Glen Campbell… A song by Jimmy Webb that went to #1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts in 1969.
  8. Spike Jones, “Hawaiian War Chant”: I knew I had to put a Hawaiian song in the list, and picked this one. A traditional Hawaiian song with the famous Spike Jones touch…
  9. Ming-Li Chang, “Taiwan Is Good”: A patriotic song of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, the island upon which the ROC resides. More information on it here, along with the lyrics so you can sing along.
  10. “Glory To Hong Kong” (Anthem of the Hong Kong Protests): A relatively recent song to go along with the (let’s call it) disagreement between the People’s Republic of China and the people of Hong Kong, which as we all know is an island off the coast of Mainland China.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 3, 2020.

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

32 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Islands!

  1. John,

    Great playlist! My favorite song is the newly introduction pick by Acoustic Alchemy, “Catalina Kiss”. Beautiful! Thanks for joining the 4M crew on this island getaway today. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


    1. Acoustic Alchemy is a fantastic group. It’s two acoustic guitar players, one on a nylon-string (classical) guitar and one on a steel string guitar, and several other musicians. The alchemy is between the two styles of playing. I’ve been following them for 30 years now, since I started traveling for work again. I was on a business trip and picked up Blue Chip, and liked it so much I picked up the other two they had available at the time. Glad you liked the tunes!


  2. Keeping in the Catalina theme I might suggest “Avalon” by Al Jolson. I always think of the scene in The Benny Goodman Story where Goodman meets up with Lionel Hampton on Catalina.

    Then there is David Gilmour’s “On an Island”


  3. Great post this morning John I really enjoyed these some I new well, some not so well and two not at all! All good to be reminded of the wonderful Glen Campbell 💜


    1. A great song list and so loved listening to the Scottish Isles songs. I loved Mary’s voice…so strong and haunting, Celtic in feel which I love. That Spike Jones song is not for everyone but I love the voice of Ming-Li. I wonder how many Beach Boys songs will be around today.


      1. Hi Bridget yes it was a great list, not sure if you intend speaking to me or John , who’s post that was. All the same I agree with you and it’s good to say Hi 💜


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