Monday’s Music Moves Me: Old Rock & Roll From Sun

Marie, our guest conductor for March, wanted "old rock & roll" as the theme for today, and I figured you couldn’t get much older than Sun Records, founded in Memphis in 1952 by Sam Phillips and home to a lot of the early rock & roll, country, rockabilly, and blues artists. The four artists I most associate with Sun are Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. I’m just going to put this out here and list the names of the songs, because dinner is near…

  1. Elvis Presley, "That’s All Right, Mama"
  2. Elvis Presley, "Good Rockin’ Tonight"
  3. Elvis Presley, "Mystery Train"
  4. Roy Orbison, "Ooby Dooby"
  5. Roy Orbison, "Problem Child"
  6. Roy Orbison, "Mean Little Mama"
  7. Carl Perkins, "Blue Suede Shoes"
  8. Carl Perkins, "Boppin’ The Blues"
  9. Carl Perkins, "Honey Don’t"
  10. Jerry Lee Lewis, "Little Queenie"
  11. Jerry Lee Lewis, "Breathless"
  12. Jerry Lee Lewis, "High School Confidential"

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 15, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Introducing Paola Hermosín

Paola Hermosín. Source: paolahermosin.com

This young lady knocks me out. An incredible guitarist, wonderful singer, and very talented young woman, Paola Hermosín is from Seville in Spain. The biography on her YouTube channel tells us (as translated by Google Translate):

Paola Hermosín (1995) is a guitarist, singer and composer from Alcala (Seville) who began her musical guitar studies at the García Matos Elementary Conservatory of Alcalá de Guadaíra at the age of 8. She continued at the Francisco Guerrero Professional Conservatory of Seville, obtaining an Honorary Award and finished at the Manuel Castillo Superior Conservatory of Seville with an Honorary Degree and End of Degree Award. She combined her musical studies with the Degree in Primary Education with a Musical Mention, ending with a brilliant record, so she also dedicates herself to teaching. In 2019, she finished the Master in Flamenco Research and Analysis with the best grades and makes her music known through concerts and social networks such as YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, as well as sells her guitar arrangements and original compositions on her website.

She has quite a few videos on her YouTube channel. I chose ten of my favorites. She explains on most of these what she’s playing and some of the history behind the piece and some notes about technique. Be sure to turn on subtitles unless you speak Spanish, and even then it might not be a bad idea.

  1. Cuando sabes que estás soñando (When you know you’re dreaming) – An original composition.
  2. "Bohemian Rhapsody" – Yes, she arranged Queen’s song for solo guitar. She does a little shredding on electric guitar at the end of the video.
  3. "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi: Spring I. Allegro – An orchestral piece she arranged.
  4. Tico-Tico No Fubá – A Brazilian choro (which she explains before playing it) written by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917.
  5. Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega – Tarrega is often called "the father of classical guitar." Some beautiful photography in this.
  6. Mas, que nada! – Jorge Ben’s bossa nova piece that’s been covered by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 and The Black-Eyed Peas. Paola sings this and plays a solo in the middle of the song, which you see on an inset.
  7. La vie en rose – Edith Piaf’s classic song. Paola sings both the French and the Spanish lyrics here.
  8. "Harry Potter" – She arranged John Williams’s opening theme to the Harry Potter movies for solo guitar.
  9. "Skye Boat Song" – A traditional Scottish song (I played it on the bagpipes) that was used in the movie Outlander. She sings in English very well, as you’ll hear.
  10. "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" – Yes, she plays ukulele, too. The song was written in 1930 by Jimmy McHugh with lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

I hope you’ll look for Paola on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify as well as YouTube. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 8, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Johnny Mathis!

Source: Discogs

Marie is this month’s guest conductor, even though I’m pretty sure she still runs the whole railroad. Her assignment for today was "your favorite Johnny Mathis songs!"

Well, that’s kind of tough when the only two Johnny Mathis songs you know, "Chances Are" and "Misty," are the two that everybody knows. So, I turned to the one source that I knew could give me a bunch of Johnny Mathis songs and could help me pick ten at random: Spotify. They have a playlist called This Is Johnny Mathis, and I shuffled and played it, and picked the first ten songs I heard. There are a couple of good ones here, a couple of collaborations, you name it, this is what I got.

Here are the songs:

  1. "I’ll Be Easy To Find"
  2. "The Windmills Of Your Mind" (we heard Dusty Springfield do this last week)
  3. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (a duet with Ray Charles)
  4. "What’ll I Do"
  5. "Love Me Tender"
  6. "Stranger In Paradise"
  7. "All The Time"
  8. "Maria"
  9. "Wild Is The Wind"
  10. "True Love" (with Henry Mancini)

Funny thing: it turns out that I knew many of these, just not his versions.

Anyway, that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 1, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: My Spotify “Time Capsule”

Image by Nina Garman from Pixabay

Spotify is a good music streaming service: they have almost everything I’m looking for, they allow me to follow artists and music that I like, they suggest artists to me, and they create some pretty good playlists for me. One of those playlists is called "Time Capsule," which they claim will "take [me] back in time." It’s not a really long playlist, but it’s a good one. Anyway, I took the last ten items from the list and built a playlist for you. It’s uncanny just how well they know me…

  1. Al Green, "I’m Still In Love With You": Title track from Reverend Al’s 1972 album, it topped the R&B chart for two weeks and reached #3 on the Hot 100 that year.
  2. Elton John & Kiki Dee, "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart": A 1976 song by Elton and Bernie Taupin, writing as "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche." He originally was going to do this with Dusty Springfield, who was ill, so Kiki Dee filled in and did an admirable job. It reached #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
  3. Chicago, "If You Leave Me Now": From Chicago X, a song written and sung by Peter Cetera. He wrote it at the same time he wrote "Wishing You Were Here" for Chicago VII and held onto it. This was a #1 song in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Australia.
  4. REO Speedwagon, "Roll With The Changes": From REO’s 1978 album You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish, It’s one of their better-known songs, but only reached #58 in the US and #65 in Canada.
  5. Wet Willie, "Keep On Smilin’": A while back, I remembered that I had seen Jimmy Hall in concert with another band, and wrote to ask what the other band was. He wrote back and was just the nicest guy… anyway, this is the title track from Wet Willie’s 1974 album, and also their most successful single, reaching #10 on the Hot 100.
  6. David Bowie, "Young Americans": Title track from his 1975 album, the first after Bowie dropped the Ziggy Stardust glam-rock style. It reached #28 on the Hot 100, #33 in Canada, and #18 in the UK.
  7. The Dramatics, "In The Rain": From The Dramatics’ 1972 album Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get. The song reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
  8. Boz Scaggs, "We’re All Alone": Boz wrote this and released it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees. It became a hit for Frankie Valli and a megahit for Rita Coolidge in 1977.
  9. America, "Tin Man": A 1974 song by Dewey Bunnell for their album Holiday. It reached #4 on the Hot 100, #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #7 in Canada, and #5 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
  10. Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing": Written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson, who also wrote "Brother Louie" that was covered by Stories in 1973. It reached #2 in the UK in 1975 and #3 on the Hot 100 a year later in the US.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 22, 2021.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Leader Songs

I swear, this is what Pixabay gave me for “leader.” Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

I don’t know why, this prompt gave me trouble. So I did the best I could, with some odd choices (though they made perfectly good sense to me). Here are the ten songs I ccame up with.

  1. Jimmy Reed, "Big Boss Man": A song by Luther Dixon and Al Smith that was recorded by Jimmy in 1961. Backing Jimmy are Mamma Reed (Jimmy’s wife) on vocals, Lee Baker and Lefty Bates on guitars, Willie Dixon on bass, and Earl Phillips on drums. It reached #13 on the R&B chart and #78 on the Hot 100.
  2. Ernie K-Doe, "Mother-In-Law": I’m lucky in that my mother-in-law wasn’t bossy, but there are some who are. The latter kind get songs written about them. Also from 1961, written by Allen Toussaint, who also played piano. Ernie had a #1 on both the Hot 100 ane the R&B chart with it.
  3. The Coasters, "Yakety Yak": From 1958, a song by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller about parents, who can really be bossy (no offense). It reached #1 and stayed there for 7 weeks on the R&B chart and spent a week at #1 on the Hot 100.
  4. B. B. King, "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss": A song written by B. B. and released as a single in 1968. It reached #10 on the R&B chart and #39 on the Hot 100.
  5. Luke Kelly & The Dubliners, "Kelly The Boy From Killanne": A heroic song about John Kelly of Killanne who commanded the rebels from County Wexford during the Irish Uprising of 1798 and who was hanged as a result.
  6. Tannahill Weavers, "The Atholl Highlanders/Johnny Cope": John Cope was the commander of British forces at Prestonpans against the Scottish rebels during the Jacobite uprising in 1745. In the face of the Scots, the British troops turned tail and ran, and were easily defeated. Cope faced a court martial and was exonerated, the blame placed on the troops. The song remains to tell what a lousy leader he was.
  7. "Who’s The Boss? Theme Song": Theme song from the 1984-92 sitcom that starred Judith Light, Tony Danza et al.
  8. Chicago, "Harry Truman": From 1975’s Chicago VIII, not one of Chicago’s better albums, this tribute to President Harry Truman, who would probably go medieval on everyone in government if he were to come back…
  9. Dion, "Abraham, Martin & John": Dion’s 1968 tribute to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. The song reached #4 in the US and #1 in Canada, if that tells you anything…
  10. James Brown, "Funky President (People It’s Bad)": Recorded toward the end of the Watergate debacle, James calls on Gerald Ford to be the "funky president" we needed at the time.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 15. 2021.

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