We are finally leaving The Year Which Will Not Be Named behind us and forging on into 2021. I’m assuming that since all of last month had a theme, today is a freebie day. I’m going to treat it like one, because for the life of me I can’t find the list of themes since Marie has moved her blog and I haven’t been able to find it on the blogs of our other co-hosts (Cathy, Stacy, and/or Alana). (There’s a reason I did that: would someone please get back to me and let me know?)
I decided to start the new year off with a musical acrostic based on "Twenty-One."
"Tomorrow Never Knows," The Beatles: From the Revolver album, it’s the last track. A song by John Lennon, who got the inspiration for it from the many LSD trips he had taken and from the book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
"Whenever I Call You Friend," Kenny Lggins & Stevie Nicks: The song was written by Loggins and Melissa Manchester. Stevie Nicks received credit for her performance on the album, 1978’s Nightwatch, but not on the single, effectively making this Kenny’s first major solo hit. It went to #5 in the US and #3 in Canada.
"Early A. M. Attitude," Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour: From their joint 1985 project Harlequin, written by Grusin. This is a tremendous album, by the way, particularly if you like Latin-tinged jazz.
"(The) Nearness Of You," Jo Stafford: A real jazz standard from 1939 by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington. It was popularized by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly doing the vocal.
"Tradition," Topol: From the 1971 movie Fiddler On The Roof and most likely from the 1964 play that ran for ten years on Broadway. Chaim Topol, who went only by his last name (no, he had nothing to do with the smoker’s tooth polish), played Tevye, the hero of the play.
"You Send Me," Sam Cooke: This song was written by Sam, who released it in 1957. It became his first major hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B chart in the US. Rolling Stone ranks it at #115 on its list of 500 Best Songs Of All Time, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame considers it one of the 500 most important rock & roll recordings of all time.
"Ophelia," The Band: written by Robbie Robertson and included on their 1975 album Northern Lights – Southern Cross, it was the first single from the album, but failed to chart. Nonetheless, it was popular on FM stations.
"Never Gonna Give You Up," Rick Astley: It was great fun in the ’00’s sending someone a link and telling them it was anything but this song, and have them click on it and have this video pop up, a practice known at the time as "Rick-rolling." It was a worldwide #1 hit, and deservedly so: Astley had a great voice and had the looks to match. Would have been nice if the two young ladies on stage with him were given some actual dance moves, but we can’t have everything…
"Evil The Weasel," Acoustic Alchemy: From their second album, 1988’s Natural Elements, a song written by producer John Parsons.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 4, 2021.