Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Randomness

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I think Mary B is calling this YouTube Roulette. Basically, I start with a song, then choose the next from the choices YouTube gives me. Here are a dozen chosen more or less at random.

  1. Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing” From their eponymous 1978 album, this was their first single and it readched the Top 10 in the UK (#8) and the US and Canada (#4). It was more than just beginner’s luck.

  2. Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4” Never understood this song until I read an article that said Robert Lamm wrote this when he was awake at 25 (or 26) to 4 AM, writing songs. It was from their 1969 eponymous secomd album (the first had been The Chicago Transit Authority from 1968), and was also a Top 10 hit in the US (#4), Canada (#2), and the UK (#8).

  3. Steely Dan, “Deacon Blues” From their 1977 album Aja, this was released in 1978 and peaked at #19.

  4. Blood Sweat & Tears, “And When I Die” Written by Laura Nyro when she was 17, she sold it to Peter, Paul & Mary for $5000, and they recorded it for their sixth studio album, The Peter, Paul & Mary Album. Laura herself recorded this on her 1967 début album More Than A New Discovery. BS&T’s version is the best known; recorded in 1968 for their eponymous second album, and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100. Steve Katz (late of The Blues Project) plays the harmonica here.

  5. The Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” Written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell, this was first recorded in 1969 by Kelly Gordon. The Hollies had a big hit with this later that year, and Neil Diamond had a minor hit with it the following year. It reached #7 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #11 in Canada.

  6. Albert Hammond, “It Never Rains In Southern California” Title track for Albert’s 1972 album. It reached #5 in the US and #2 in Canada. I’ve been in Southern California when it was raining. Man, it pours…

  7. Little River Band, “Reminiscing” Haven’t played this in some time. I couldn’t sleep until I heard this when I worked nights. It reached #3 in the US, their highest-charting single here.

  8. Robbie Dupree, “Steal Away” From his 1980 eponymous début album, this is his most-successfl single, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It reached #14 on the RPM Hot Singles chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Some great yacht rock here…

  9. Pablo Cruise, “Love Will Find A Way” This was released a year after “Whatcha Gonna Do?” in 1978, and did almost as well, reaching #6 on the Hot 100. It was all over the radio that summer.

  10. England Dan and John Ford Coley, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” From their 1976 album, this was written by Parker McGee and reached #2 on the Hot 100 (behind Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music, White Boy”), and #1 on the Easy Listening chart. “England” Dan Seals (brother of Seals & Crofts’s Jim Seals) re-recorded this in 1995 as an acoustic country song.

  11. Stephen Bishop, “On And On” From Stephen’s 1976 début album Careless, it peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening chart. In Canada, it peaked at #2 on the RPM Hot Singles chart and #3 on the Easy Listening chart. Despite failing to reach the Top 10 in the US, it was the #30 song for 1976.

  12. Robert John, “Sad Eyes” Robert recorded this on his eponymous début album in 1979, and released this in April of that year. It reached the Hot 100 in May and readched the top of the chart in October. It was one of the few non-disco songs to reach #1 that year.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 1, 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.

Song of the Day: Paul Davis, “I Go Crazy”

The hirsute singer-songwriter Paul Davis had a half dozen Top 10 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart, but only one Top 10 on the Hot 100: “I Go Crazy,” which reached #7 and, strangely enough, didn’t reach the Top 10 on the AC chart (#25). For a while, it held the record for most weeks (40) on the Hot 100 chart. Casey Kasem said Davis presented it to his record company, begging to have Lou Rawls record it, believing Lou could make it a hit. When they saw how much faith had in the song, they cleaned up his demo and released it himself. I’d have loved to hear Chicago’s own Lou Rawls sing it, but Paul’s version is superb.

I Hope This Straightens Everything Out…

The Classic Editor

When I first started working with WordPress 8+ years ago, this was the only editor that was available. You could use it in WYSIWYG mode (“Visual”) or HTML (“Text”) mode. Despite all the noise that WordPress has made about “getting rid of the WordPress.com editor,” this isn’t going anywhere. See, the WordPress.com editor that goes away as of midnight (whatever that means: Eastern? Pacific? UTC?) is the one that looks like this:

The WordPress.com Editor

This is the “old” editor, the one that they tried to get us to abandon the Classic editor for starting in 2015. Here is its replacement, the block editor:

The block editor

Tomorrow, if you find the block editor where you don’t want it, it’s a simple matter to go to the upper-right hand corner of the screen where you’ll see the “three dots” (it looks like a colon with an extra dot), click on the three dots, which will give you a drop-down menu. Scroll to the bottom of the menu to where it says “Switch to Classic Editor,” and the Classic editor should appear.

I say should because there are a couple of different ways to get to things. if you’re accustomed to starting your session by typing in the URL http://wordpress.com, you come to a screen that looks like this first:

http://wordpress.com (yours will have your blogs etc.)

If you click on “Write blog post” on this screen, it’ll take you to the block editor. I don’t know what’s going to happen when you click on the three dots and go to the bottom. It might say “Switch to Classic Editor” or it might not. If it’s not there, close the window to go back to the screen above, scroll to the bottom of the left-hand column, and click “WP Admin.”

It’ll launch another window (or tab) with the Admin screen.

I think you know how to get around from here. If not, let me know.

Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Louis Prima, “One Mint Julep”

One of the things about Jim’s prompts that I think is good is that he’ll give you a whole range of prompts. Instead of giving us a prompt of “herbs and spices,” he’ll be more specific: “Cinnamon, Mint, Parsley, Pepper, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, Thyme.”

“One Mint Julep” was written by Rudy Toombs, who wrote a lot of R&B tunes. The Clovers sang it first and had a hit with it in 1952, but it was Ray Charles who turned it into an R&B classic. It’s been covered by many artists, both as a vocal and an instrumental. I’m going to use Louis Prima’s version, because I like it the best.

The lyrics, from SongLyrics.com:

One early morning
As I was walking
I met a woman
And started talking
Went in a tavern
To get a few nips
And all I had was
A mint julep
One mint julep
Was the cause of it all
I dont remember
Just how it started
But all i know is
We should have parted
I stole a kiss and
Then another
I didnt mean to
Take it for her
One mint julep
Was the cause of it all
Oh the nights were burning low
There in the tavern when through the swinging door
Up jumped a father he said I saw you when
You kissed my daughter got to wed her right now
Oh face the slaughter
I didnt know just
What I was doing
I had to marry

A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
One mint julep
Was the cause of it all
Now listen I dont wanna bore you
With all my troubles but from now on I’ll be
Thinking double and I’ll buy her roses
And maybe maybe tulips
I got too much trouble from buying tulips
I dont remember
Just how it started
But all I know is
We should have parted
A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
A mint julep
One mint julep
Yes one mint julep
Was the cause of it all!

You might remember this story about my grandfather in Louisville, Kentucky around Derby Day. The mint julep figures in the tradition of the Derby, as you might know, and in my story as well. Read the story, it’s a funny one.

That’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for May 31, 2020.

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