Monday’s Music Moves Me: Twenty-One!

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.

26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Twenty-One!

  1. Long story, took two visits for me to be able to comment. Nice selection with the Beatles, Sam Cooke Rick Ashley, and Evil the Weasel. I blogged about rickrolling several years ago when it made sort of a comeback. I have memories of Rick Ashley on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float singing this song. Or maybe it’s a hallucination. Anyway, enjoyed!

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  2. John,

    I replied to your message last night using my WordPress app but for some reason it’s not showing here. sigh Anyway you’ll find the 4M themes at the top of my blog just above my header image. I now have the themes separated by year and there’s a drop down menu or click here to go straight to it. Another way to find them is to click on the 4M button (girls dancing) in my side menu. It’ll take you straight to the same theme page. I’m sorry for the confusion. Thanks for playing with this fabulous playlist! I look forward to sharing another year with you in Blogosphere and hope 2021 is kinder to us all, my friend!

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  3. Tradition! Tradition! “Fiddler on the Roof” is one of my favorite musicals. My favorite Tevye is Zero Mostel, who originated the role on Broadway in 1964, but Topol did a wonderful job in the movie.

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up on the page! I don’t know why I wasn’t able to find it.

      I got the embed to work this way: go to the page for the playlist you want to embed and click the “share” arrow. That gives you a number of places you can share to. Click on the Blogger button. It brings up a screen that asks you which blog to share it to. Select the blog, and it brings up the editor with the name of your list in the post title and an iframe statement in the body of the post. You can change the title and write your post, typing above and below the iframe and putting images in and whatever.

      If you already have the post written, you can copy the iframe in the post it creates and paste it into your post and just delete the post Blogger created for you.

      I’m not a Blogger expert, but it worked for me. 🤣 Let me know if that works for you.

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      1. Thanks, John! I will have to try that soon (may be February posts, though, as I try to keep ahead of the game in the event I get sidelined by doctors again)

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        1. On an unrelated note, I think you mentioned that you have an issue with lymphedema. I forget whether it was your arms or legs where the problem is, but the pump I’m using works on both. You might want to talk to your doctor about it…

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  4. I know almost all these songs and wanted to hear #3 but I could only listen to the great Beatles tune and then it went to “video unavailable” and I could go no further. I have to go to YouTube and listen which I will.

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