Monday’s Music Moves Me: Picking Up Shells

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Wasn’t sure exactly what to call this, but I pictured walking along a beach looking for seashells, picking them up because they look interesting, or maybe just because. Anyway, it’s ten songs, chosen more or less at random.

  1. Blondie, "Heart Of Glass": From 1979 and Blondie’s third album, 1978’s Parallel Lines, this was a #1 hit in much of the world, including the US and the UK.
  2. Carly Simon, "You’re So Vain": Saw this and realized I hadn’t heard it (nor seen the album cover) in many moons. From her 1972 album No Secrets, the song went to #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Speculation was that it was about Mick Jagger (who sings on the track), but all she’ll say is that it’s about "men."
  3. Supertramp, "Take The Long Way Home": From 1979’s Breakfast In America, it was the fourth single from the album and the last one written for it. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #4 in Canada. Several years ago, I wrote about a line from an interview with Hodgson about the song.
  4. The Alan Parsons Project, "Time": From the 1980 album The Turn Of A Friendly Card, this climbed to #15 on the Hot 100, #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and only reached #30 in Canada.
  5. George Harrison, "Isn’t It A Pity": From George’s 1970 magnum opus, All Things Must Pass, there were two versions of this song on the album. I’m pretty sure this is the first version.
  6. Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Waiting In Vain": Lee Ritenour covered this on his 1993 album Wes Bound. It’s from Marley’s 1977 album Exodus and reached #27 on the UK charts that year.
  7. America, "Ventura Highway": From their 1972 album Homecoming and written by Dewey Bunnell, this reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Conemporary chart, and #5 in Canada.
  8. The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup": Mary says she thought they were singing "build me a buttercup." Such was the world of transistor radios with tiny speakers on the late ’60’s. It was certified Gold in the US not long after it was released, and reached #1 according to Cash Box and #3 according to Billboard in early 1969.
  9. Paul Young, "Everytime You Go Away": Written by Daryl Hall and recorded by Hall & Oates in 1980, Paul Young’s cover was released in 1985 and reached #1 in the US and #4 in the UK.
  10. Whitesnake, "Is This Love": We end this with a little "hair metal" from 1987. From their eponymous first album, this was its second single and reached #9 in the UK and #2 in the US, kept out of the top spot by George Michael’s "Faith." I remember a Friday night when I was sent to a client site to fix a problem, and got lost looking for the hotel (that was ten minutes away and took me an hour to find). When I got there, I put the TV on, and this was playing on Friday Night Videos. The things you remember…

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 5, 2020.

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19 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Picking Up Shells

  1. You bring back memories (with the photo) of collecting shells on Sanibel Island in Florida. When will I be there next? You picked some favs of mine – Heart of Glass, any hit by Supertramp. It’s been ages since I listened to the Alan Parsons project. Nice set, John!


    1. Sanibel is by Naples, right? I have an uncle that lives there…

      Glad you liked the set. I just grabbed the first thing I could find and went from there.


  2. Hey John, You sure are rockin’ the house today! Opening with “Heart of Glass” (fab tune), and Carly Simon in “Your so vain” those were my party days for sure! hahaha! So… “Take the Long way home”, I remember that tune being on the radio a lot!!! hehehe! The Alan Parsons Project, “Time”…. nope I don’t think I’ve ever heart this one. Nope just not familiar with this tune at all. Up next is oh yeah… I know this one. This is when I found out George could sing… George Harrison, “Isn’t It A Pity” different, but pretty. It’s the first time I actually heard George’s voice all by himself. Then you have Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Waiting In Vain”. Oh yeah, Bob Marley I don’t think I’ve ever heard this tune. Nice, and then you have oh wait, my granddaughter’s here and she wants to dance to Mr. Marley’s tune. hahaha She’s too funny! haha Anyway, up next America, “Ventura Highway” the guitar is amazing, and speaking of guitar up next guitar playing is also pretty great with America, “Ventura Highway”: Great tune in the car driving to work for sure…singing all the way! hahahaha – then we have “The Foundations”, “Build Me Up Buttercup” a favorite of mine for sure always singing with my girlfriends when we got together and this one came on the radio while we hung out out in front staying out until the street lights came on. hahahaha Paul Young, “Every time You Go Away” is one of those tunes you dance too when the night is almost over at the club, and last, but not least you have Whitesnake, “Is This Love” I had a friend that loved… I mean head over heels in love with Whitesnake. I just never felt it. I mean their good, but you know somma do, and somma don’t ya know what I mean? All in all my friend absolutely great… fantastic job! Have a great healthy day! Be safe my friend… you & yours… be safe, be healthy and wear dem dare masks!!!! HUGS


    1. George did a few songs with The Beatles, most notably “Something.” Generally Paul and John let him do one song an album, although on the white album, he did four, one per side.

      I bet “Waiting Ijn Vain” would be a good song to dance to….

      Glad you enjoyed the set!


  3. John,

    Listening to mewsic while strolling on the beach hunting for shells sounds like a relaxing way to spend an afternoon after the heat of the day has past over. Great playlist. I let my mind drift off to the thought of waves lapping against the shore with my toes in the sand while I cleaned out my refrigerator freezer. That’s a far different way to spend the afternoon. 🙂 Thanks for joining the 4M gang on the dance floor, my friend!


  4. I couldn’t listen to it because the first song said it was unavailable. I know most of these songs which are great and I remember collecting shells myself because I loved the look or the colours


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