Monday’s Music Moves Me: I’m Grateful

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Robin’s assignment for this week, it being Thanksgiving week and all, is to spell out "GRATEFUL" in song titles. Well, that’s eight letters, meaning eight songs, but ten is an official playlist (because I said so, so there), so I spelled out the phrase "I’M GRATEFUL" in song names. (The things I do to keep me happy…)

I: Nova, "Insensatez (How Insensitive)": I introduced all of you to the bossa nova group Nova back in July. Just to let you know, their Christmas album is available now.

M: B. W. Stevenson, "My Maria": Yes, Brooks & Dunn did this, but I prefer the original by B. W. Stevenson, who co-wrote the song with Daniel Moore. His original reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1973.

G: Canned Heat, "Going Up The Country": Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson" adapted Henry Thomas’s "Bull Doze Blues" from 1928 and created this song. It reached #11 on the Hot 100in 1969, Canned Heat’s best-performing single.

R: Wes Montgomery, "Road Song": Title track from Wes’s last album, released in 1968, shortly before he died of a heart attack. Wes and his wife had seven kids and he was working as a welder during the day to keep food on the table…

A: Mark Lindsay, "Arizona": A song written by Kenny Young, Mark recorded this while still lead singer for Paul Revere & The Raiders. It readched #10 in 1970.

T: Eagles, "Take It Easy": Written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, it was The Eagles’ first single when it was released in May 1972. It reached #12 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts that year.

E: The Beatles, "Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby": From Beatles For Sale in the UK (Beatles ’65 in the US), this is George covering a song by one of his guitar idols, Carl Perkins, who had a hit with it in 1956.

F: Ray Price, "For The Good Times": Written by Kris Kristofferson, Ray recorded this as the title track from his 1970 album. It reached #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart and #10 on the Hot 100. This is real country

U: Natalie & Nat "King" Cole, "Unforgettable": Written by Irving Gordon and arranged and orchestrated by Nelson Riddle, this was the title track from Nat’s 1952 album. In 1991, his daughter Natalie recorded it as a virtual duet with her father, and it reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

L: Count Basie Orchestra, "Li’l Darlin’": Composed by Neal Hefti, who did many of the Count’s arrangements, and recorded for his 1958 album The Atomic Mr. Basie. It was an exercise in how to swing at a slow tempo.

I’m grateful for you all! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 23, 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.

20 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: I’m Grateful

    1. Those duets were the rage for a while. I remember Hank Williams Jr. did one with his father, and through trick photography they even managed to show the two of them singing together. I’ve seen where Donny Osmond sings with his younger self in concert like that. It’s kind of touching, really.

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  1. John,

    My playlist is unofficial then. lol I like that you included “I’m” as part of your acoustic mewsic set and I’m graetful you’re my friend! I really enjoyed your song picks, especially the Bossa Nova and instrumental arrangements. I thought I was going to have to wait to sample their Christmas album but found it available on iTunes and Amazon to listen to. Thanks for the heads up! Thanks for joining the 4M crew this week on the dance floor and I hope you & Mary have a blessed Thanksgiving, dear friend.

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    1. The “ten songs is a playlist” thing is my internal rule; I don’t hold anyone else to it.

      Nova’s Christmas album is also on Spotify and Soundcloud.

      Glad you enjoyed the list!

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  2. You are such a hoot! Had me laughin’ on that first paragraph & I sure needed one. Just came home from having a leg vein mapping, and I sure hope they finally find out what’s wrong with my leg. Praise Jesus… I’ve been waitin’ 2 yrs. for someone to find out & fix the bugger. Anyway, here we go on your “I’m Grateful”! Very pretty voice and very soothing song… I like it. Your next tune… I remember that one from way back… nice to hear it again. Can’t say I know the next tune, but Arizona is a lovely tune. I remember running home from school to watch Paul Revere & the Raiders. Great show, and who doesn’t love the Eagles. We played “Take it Easy” on our play list when I was playin’ in the band. Wow, can’t say I ever heard this tune by the Beatles, but I know the tune. Ray Price was one my mom use to buy his records. Nice tune, and my dad’s favorite tune Nat King Cole. Natalie, believe it or not when she first came out I believe it was the Johnny Carson Show where she had a debute and your last tune Lil Darlin’ can’t say I ever heard this tune before, but it is very soothing. Well, my friend great job and I wish you & yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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