Monday’s Music Moves Me: Indian Summer

So, today’s assignment from Robin, our guest conductor for this month, is “songs of the season, either Halloween or autumn.”

The way I see it, autumn is two-thirds over. It started September 1, which yes, I know is not the official (i.e. astronomical) first day of fall, but as far as the weather people are concerned, that’s when it starts. After all, in most normal parts of the country, that’s when it starts getting cooler, and by December 1, winter kicks in, with its snow and temperatures that are colder than a penguin’s butt…

This year, it stayed in the 90’s (which for all you centigrade/Celsius fans is temperatures from 32-37) until the end of September, then abruptly turned cooler, so that now we actually have temperatures in the 60’s during the day and close to 50 at night. It’s almost as though we lost a month of autumn. But that’s okay.

Usually after the first time the temperatures dip below freezing, we’re rewarded with a warm period called Indian summer, or, if you prefer, Native American summer. Guess it’s not politically correct to call it that. There’s a famous cartoon called “Injun Summer” (more of an illustrated story, really) that was printed in the Chicago Tribune for many years (1907-1992) that they’d drag out of the vault and print in the Sunday magazine around this time.

“Indian Summer” is a popular name for songs. I went looking on YouTube and found ten of them, and we all know that ten is a playlist.

The artists in this list, all singing their version of “Indian Summer,” are:

  1. Brooks & Dunn
  2. The Doors
  3. Stereophonics
  4. Gatlin Brothers, Roy Orbison, and Barry Gibb
  5. Sarah Vaughan
  6. Simon Phillips and Protocol (Andy Timmons, Everette Harp, Steve Weingart, and Del Atkins)
  7. Gavin DeGraw
  8. Beat Happening
  9. Poco
  10. Tyler Hilton

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 28, 2019.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, this week is BLACK FRIDAY!!

Just kidding, although that is this Friday. No, this week is Thanksgiving, when we thank Our Creator for all the blessings bestowed on us and eat lots of turkey and stuffing (we have ribs and mac & cheese) and sit around all day watching football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the end of which celebrates the reason for the season, SANTA CLAUS!!

Again, just kidding….

I always have trouble with this, and always have to cannibalize whatever Thanksgiving playlists I’ve used in the past to complete the assignment. This year is no different, although some of them are different. Anyway, here’s my Thanksgiving 2018 playlist.

  1. Sam & Dave, “I Thank You” Sam Moore and Dave Prater made some sweet soul music for Stax in the ’60’s and beyond. “I Thank You” was written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
  2. Sly & The Family Stone, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)” Funk was almost invented by Sly and his Family, for which we should all be grateful.
  3. Frankie Valli, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” It seems like this topped the WLS Silver Dollar Survey forever in ’68 and ’69. A beautiful love song that has the singer thanking God he’s alive. I feel that way these days.
  4. ABBA, “Thank You For The Music” I had to include this, because I play so much music here.
  5. Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, “Thanks For The Memory” Bob Hope was an amazing guy, and a great American, even though he was born in England. He spent his Christmases entertaining US service members for years. That’s dedication and selflessness. This was his theme song.
  6. OCP Session Choir, “Now Thank We All Our God” I was talking to Mary about this week’s theme, and she said “you ought to have a couple of good old Catholic drinking songs.” So I found this one and the next. Interestingly enough, most of the good old hymns were Lutheran.
  7. OCP Session Choir, “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” OCP is Oregon Catholic Press. These are songs from one of their hymnals, Journeysongs.
  8. Adam Sandler and Kevin Nealon, “The Thanksgiving Song” Figured we needed some levity here.
  9. Andrew Gold, “Thank You For Being A Friend” You will, of course, recognize this as the theme song for The Golden Girls. I think I mentioned once that I watched a lot of GG reruns when I was in the hospital.
  10. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, “Count Your Blessings” From Holiday Inn White Christmas (thanks, Ed!), which also starred Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. One of those songs that really gets to you.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 19, 2018.

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A Special #1LinerWeds For Thanksgiving

Uncle Jack emailed me a couple of weeks ago and suggested this as the one-liner for today. It’s classic TV at its funniest.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the TV show WKRP In Cincinnati, it ran here in the US from 1978 to 1982 and into perpetuity in reruns. The description from IMDb is “The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music.” In this particular episode, the general manager of the station (Arthur Carlson, played by Gordon Jump) decides that, as a Thanksgiving promotion, the station should drop turkeys from a helicopter into a parking lot, where people can grab them and take them home for dinner. Chaos ensues. Here’s the scene.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. And now a word from Publix supermarkets. Publix: where shopping is a pleasure.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Thanks” Songs

Time for the annual Thanksgiving “thanks!” post. I’m thankful for a lot of things. Right now I’m thankful that I did this post two years ago, and that all the songs in it were in a playlist, although one of them has been blocked in this country by WMG, because they can. But there was a ready substitute. I added a couple of songs, too.

  1. Bob Hope, “Thanks For The Memory” He sang this with Shirley Ross in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 (where this was taken from) and Hope used it for years as his theme song. He used to sing it at the end of all his specials.
  2. Sam & Dave, “I Thank You” This song was written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes and recorded by S&D in 1968. It reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart that year, and was covered by ZZ Top on their 1979 album Degüello.
  3. Sly & The Family Stone, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)” This is a 1969 song and managed to reach #1 on the R&B chart, and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in February 1970.
  4. John Denver, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” This was on his 1974 album Back Home Again, but it was this live version, from 1975’s An Evening With John Denver, that reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Country chart. 1975 was evidently a big year for country and pop crossovers.
  5. Led Zeppelin, “Thank You” From their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II, written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
  6. ABBA, “Thank You For The Music” This was on ABBA’s 1977 album, ABBA: The Album and was used as the title track from their 1983 compilation album in 1983. It wasn’t released as a single in the US, evidently.
  7. Céline Dion, “Thank You” A quintessential Céline Dion song.
  8. Otis Redding, “I Want To Thank You” From his 1965 album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads.
  9. Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful” Title track from her 2003 debut album, but wasn’t released as a single. I know we have some Kelly Clarkson fans here.
  10. Cynthia Fee, “Thank You For Being A Friend” Written and originally performed by Andrew Gold, who released it as a single in 1978, which went to #25 nationally. I would have used that version, but as I mentioned previously, WMG blocked it for the US and probably several other countries. This is the version Cynthia Fee did as the theme song for The Golden Girls.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 20, 2017.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Thanks!


This playlist is relatively short; I had originally intended on coming up with ten songs that had “thanks” or “thank you” in the title, but I only found six. When I looked at the six, I realized that yeah, I have a lot to be thankful for, and that the songs I had chosen tied in with what I’m thankful for.

  1. Thank You – Led Zeppelin: This beautiful song captures the way I feel about Mary, for whom I’m thankful every minute of every day.
  2. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold: Naturally, with my obsession with TV themes, I immediately associate this one with The Golden Girls. In fact, until today I didn’t realize the theme was an actual complete song. When I was in the hospital after my stroke, one of the TV stations they had was (I think) Lifetime, and they must have shown half a dozen reruns of this every day. I think that stay in the hospital made me truly appreciate being alive, and I’m thankful to the doctors and staff at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for helping me get back on my feet, and for working things out for us financially because I was two weeks away from my insurance with my new company at the time kicking in.
  3. Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again – Sly and the Family Stone: Of course, this one is for my family. I tell people that I was born a Gypsy and stolen by a roving band of Irish schoolteachers, but really, I’m eternally grateful to them for putting up with me and for making me what I am today (whatever that is).
  4. Thank You For The Music – ABBA: Music is an enormous part of my life, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now. I miss playing the guitar, at least to the degree I was playing before the stroke, but I’m thankful to all the people who make the music, who write it, and who post a lot of it on YouTube so I can share it with you.
  5. Thanks For The Memory – Bob Hope and Shirley Ross: From “The Big Broadcast of 1938.” This is for the memories I have, good and bad, that provide me with lots of things to talk about here. It’s also for comedians like Bob Hope who have brought me lots of laughs and good times all my life.
  6. I Thank You – Sam and Dave: This is for my cats, both past and present. I’ve already said, if I get to Heaven and they aren’t there waiting for me, I ain’t going in. There’s a crowd waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge, and Pope Francis did say they’d be there…

I got through the whole list, and I realized I forgot one of the most important things I’m thankful for: YOU, my readers. You make doing this worthwhile. So, let me share one more song, which I didn’t include in the playlist because (a) it doesn’t have “thanks” or “thank you” in the title and (b) it’s from a Christmas movie. Here are Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, from the movie “White Christmas,” with “Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep.”

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 23, 2015. Thanks for watching!