This week, guest conductor Cathy tells us "for National Coloring Day song titles/lyrics about art in general – get creative or use your high school colors to build your theme around." I’m going to do the latter and build my playlist this week around my high school colors.
I attended New Trier Township High School, West Campus in Northfield, Illinois from 1971 to 1974. I transferred in from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago in my sophomore year. The East Campus was the original school in the district, and had such luminaries as Charlton Heston and Ann-Margret as students, while we were known for having Playboy CEO Christy Hefner and Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago, as alumni. East’s colors were green and silver, and their teams were named (in a much less politically-correct era) the Indians. West’s teams were, naturally, named the Cowboys, and, just like their namesake in the NFL, our colors were blue and silver.
In 1981, the number of students at both high schools was low enough that only freshmen were taught at West, while the remaining students had classes at East, and by 1985, the West campus was closed and all students were taught at East. It was then decided to cut down to one set of athletic teams, and that they should be called the Trevians (after the people who inhabited the area of Trier, Germany from which the original residents of the district came) and that the school colors would be green and blue, with silver being retired. Of course, the adolescent population has gone back up, and West is now a freshman campus again.
So, here are a dozen songs, divided evenly between blue, green, and silver (because I’m stubborn!).
- The Corries, "The Bluebells of Scotland": A Scottish song written by Dora Jordan, an actress and writer, in 1801.
- Elvis Presley, "Blue Hawaii": Theme song from the 1961 movie starring Elvis Presley, Angela Lansbury, and Joan Blackman. Other memnbers of the cast include Howard McNear (Floyd the Barber from The Andy Griffith Show) and Roland Winters (who played Charlie Chan in half a dozen movies).
- Lou Christie, "Beyond The Blue Horizon": Written during the Depression and first done by Jeanette MacDonald in the 1930 movie Monte Carlo. Lou’s version of the song is almost identical to Michael Nesmith’s from 1970, but for some reason I like Lou’s better. The lyrics, by (one or more of) Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting, and W. Franke Harling, are beautiful.
- Elton John, "Blue Eyes": Released in 1982 as a single, it reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Allan Sherman, "Green Stamps": A parody of the song "Green Eyes," the song celebrates the famous Sperry & Hutchinson reward program, which sadly no longer exists.
- Lemon Pipers, "Green Tambourine": An early bubblegum song, released at the end of 1967. It reached #1 in February of 1968 and was certified Gold. And we never heard from the Lemon Pipers again…
- Porter Wagoner, "Green Green Grass Of Home": Porter recorded his version of this in 1965, a year before Tom Jones did his, and reached #4 on the Country chart with it. The video was taken from an episode of the syndicated Porter Wagoner Show, which also starred Dolly Parton at the time.
- The Wolfe Tones, "The Wearin’ O’ The Green": An Irish street ballad that talks of the oppression of the Irish after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, which in many respects was very much like the Scottish Rebellion in 1745 and the American Revolution in 1776. No doubt the British were especially rough on the Irish because they had lost to the Americans.
- Fleetwood Mac, Hi-Ho Silver": From the 1970 album Kiln House, their first without Peter Green and last with Jeremy Spencer. Christine McVie, then known as Christine Perfect (if memory serves), played on the album but didn’t become a permanent member until after the album was released.
- Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles": From their 1993 album Honky Tonk Angels, this is a fun video that has cameos from a lot of male country artists. And the ladies sound tremendous here.
- Bing Crosby, "Silver Threads Among The Gold": Everybody’s favorite crooner recorded this in 1947.
- Kris Kristofferson, "The Silver-Tongued Devil And I": Title track from his 1971 album.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 14, 2020.