Share Your World For May 10, 2021

Melanie has another batch of Monday questions to answer. Hey, why not go over to her place and learn about Share Your World? It’s oodles of fun!

What do you believe but cannot prove? The Parallel Universe Theory. Also, Fermat’s last theorem.

Do animals have morals? Forty plus years of cat ownership has shown me that no, at least not as far as cats are concerned. Ogden Nash once wrote "In the world of mules, There are no rules."

Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance? I think I’d have to go with chaos and chance, mostly because of alliteration.

Where is your least favorite place in the world? The international arivals area at Pearson Airport in Toronto. It’s ugly, with horrible abstract drawings of international destinations painted on walls the color of boogers, and more often than not the Immigration Canada agents were unpleasant. The last time I went to Canada, I flew to Buffalo and drove to Toronto. Yeah, that bad.

Gratitude: I had a really bad backache yesterday, so I’m grateful for Biofreeze and NSAID’s.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday, Betamax!

On this day in 1975, Sony released the Betamax, the first video recorder and player for home use. Within ten years, it was overwhelmed by the VHS format, but into the ’90’s prerecorded Betamax tapes were available in video stores. Nevertheless, the VCR revolutionized home entertainment, and it all started 46 years ago today. To celebrate, I as the "guest conductor" chose to assign the task of selecting songs from movies of the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Note that, since I don’t pay WordPress enough to be able to embed Javascript into my blog posts, I’m unable to display the Linky here, but you should be able to see it on the blogs of the four hosts of this blog hop. They’re listed at the end of this post.

  1. Ray Parker Jr., "Ghostbusters" (Ghostbusters, 1984): We all remember this one, with Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd as a team of parapsychologists who run a ghost-catching business in New York. Also featured were Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. They used Huey Lewis’s "I Want A New Drug" as a placeholder duing the montage until they could come up with a new song, and Ray Parker Jr. wrote it with a similar tempo and feel. The song reached #1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks, and Lewis sued Parker, eventually receiving a settlement.
  2. Phil Collins, "Against All Odds" (Against All Odds, 1984): This was Phil Collins’s first #1 hit in the US and the first of seven in a row at the start of his solo career.
  3. Harold Faltermeyer, "Axel F" (Beverly Hills Cop, 1984): Faltermeyer did all the synthesizer and drum parts and reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Ac chart, #2 in the UK, #2 in Canada (where it also reached #1 on the AC chart), and was a Top Ten hit nearly everywhere else.
  4. Jeff Healey, "Roadhouse Blues" (Road House, 1989): The blind guitarist and his band covered The Doors’ song from 1970’s Morrison Hotel. It wasn’t released as a single, but was a pretty good highlight.
  5. Madonna, "Crazy For You" (Vision Quest, 1985): Crazy For You was the name of this movie in the UK and Australia. Madonna had a small part in it as a singer (of course) and did this and "Gambler." It was her second #1 single and did well in Canada and the UK as well. I really enjoyed the movie, by the way.
  6. Madonna, "This Used To Be My Playground" (A League Of Their Own, 1992): I know, two Madonna songs in a row; you got a problem with that? Madonna was one of the stars of the movie and contributed this to the soundtrack, though it didn’t apear on the soundtrack album, for contractual reasons. Regardless, she had another #1 in the US and Canada and a Top Ten hit elsewhere.
  7. Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You" (The Bodyguard, 1992): Dolly Parton wrote this for Porter Wagoner when she was about to go out on her own, and it adapted well to the movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Whitney’s recording of the song spent 14 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100.
  8. Eric Clapton, "Change The World" (Phenomenon, 1996): Written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick for the movie, and Eric Clapton recorded it for the soundtrack. As a single it reached #5 on the Hot 100 but #1 on the AC chart in the US and in Canada.
  9. Elton John, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (The Lion King, 1994): The song that plays while Simba and Nala have some adult fun… Sir Elton wrote it with Tim Rice and had a chart hit in the US (#4), the UK (#14), Canada (#1) and France (#1). Oh, and it won the Oscar for Best Original Song and Elton won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
  10. Elliott Smith, "Miss Misery" (Good Will Hunting, 1992): This played at the end of the movie over the credits, and was nominated for Best Original Song, losing out to "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 10, 2021.

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: Larry Williams, “Slow Down”

Singer, songwriter and pianist Larry Williams would be 86 today. He wrote and recorded a number of classic songs, including "Boney Maronie," "Short Fat Fannie," and "She Said Yeah." John Lennon was a fan and The Beatles recorded several of his songs, including "Dizzy Miss Lizzie," "Bad Boy," and "Slow Down." The latter was the B side to "Dizzy Miss Lizzie," which only reached #69 on the Hot 100 in 1958. The Beatles’ cover didn’t do much better, but it’s a great song nonetheless.

Song Lyric Sunday: Three Dog Night, “Heaven Is In Your Mind”; The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, “Fire”

Jim’s prompt for today comes to us by way of Ai, who suggested "heaven/hell." I held off doing this until most of you had a chance to post your choices, so I wouldn’t step on anyone’s else idea…

Okay, that’s not entirely true. The fact was that I had the mother of all backaches last night and didn’t feel up to doing any writing…

Anyway, my "heaven" song is "Heaven Is In Your Mind," written by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Chris Wood of the band Traffic, which appeared on their first album, 1968’s Mr. Fantasy. I actually like the cover by Three Dog Night better, so here’s theirs, from their live album Recorded Live At The Forum.

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

Ride on the swing in and out of the bars
Capturing moments of life in their jars
Playing with children, acting as stars
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Take extra care not to lose what you feel
Apple you’re eating is simple and real
So water the flowers that grow at your heel
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Ride on the swing in and out of the bars
Capturing moments of life in their jars
Playing with children, acting as stars
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Take extra care not to lose what you feel
Apple you’re eating is simple and real
Water the flowers that grow at your heel
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Now for the "hell" song: what else? The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown’s hit record from 1968, "Fire." It was written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker and appeared on their eponymous 1968 debut album.

YouTube user V was kind enough to put the lyrics in the description:

I am the God of Hell Fire and I’ll bring you

Fire
I’ll take you to burn
Fire
I’ll take to learn
I’ll see you burn

You fought hard and you saved and earned
But all the things got to burn
Out your mind, your tiny mind
You know you’ve really been so blind
Now’s your time, burn your mind
You fall apart, went far behind

Oh no Oh no Oh no
You gonna burn

Fire
To destroy all you’ve done
Fire
To end all you’ve become

I’ll feel you burn

You’ve been living like a little girl
In the middle of your little world
Into flames you turn your mind
You know you’ve really been so blind
Now’s your time, fool your mind
You ‘re falling far, too far behind
Oooh

Fire
To destroy all you’ve done
Fire
To end all you’ve become

You gonna burn
You gonna burn
You gonna burn
You gonna burn
Burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn
Whhaaaaa

Fire
I’ll take you to burn
Fire
I’ll take you to learn
Fire
I’ll take you to bed
Fire
To destroy all you’ve done
Fire
To end all you’ve become
Fire
I’ll take you to burn
I’ll see you burn
Destroy all you’ve done
Fire
Fire
I’ll take you to hell

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for May 9, 2021.