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Music Monday celebrates Memorial Day in #NYC with #America

This is the third time I’m featuring First Aid Kit, Swedish sisters who sing wonderful harmonies. I’m in New York City enjoying the Memorial Day long weekend, Fleet Week, and time with family and friends.

This classic tune written by Paul Simon is a reminder that the themes of optimism and hope never grow old. I thought its melancholic mood a fitting one as Americans remember those who died serving in the United States armed forces.

Enjoy the sweet sound and lyrics of “America” and have a good week ahead,

eden  

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Music Monday remembers B.B. King

It’s Victoria Day today in Canada, and I had a different song planned for this post. Did you know Canada is the only country in the world to celebrate the former queen’s birthday, and the ‘May Two-Four’ long weekend is as uniquely Canadian as the two-four — a case of 24 bottles of beer — with which the holiday is often celebrated?

I had intended to post “Victoria” by The Kinks, but in light of the passing of B.B. King last week, I found it more fitting to pay tribute to him. After all, his music meant much more to me than Queen Victoria’s birthday ever did.

If we’re friends on Facebook, you will have read the following or something similar  on my wall, so apologies in advance if some of this is repetitive.

“The Thrill is Gone” was a song on my first vinyl album – a compilation that came with the new family stereo. At age seven, I had no clue what a “thrill” was. All I know was how the song seeped into my psyche and stayed there. B.B. King introduced me to the blues, and my love for the music has never left me. I’ve seen him perform live three times, and he was always a showman and a gentleman.

At the end of this video, you will see he throws guitar picks into the audience, but at one of the shows I attended, he threw gold chains! I’m sure they were not real, but people went crazy for them anyway. Honestly, I preferred the guitar picks.

As with all great musicians, his music lives on, and this song will always hold the fondest of memories for me.

For Canadians, Happy Victoria Day and May two-four weekend—enjoy it however you like, and for everyone, have a great week ahead,

eden

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Music Monday with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

I went to see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in concert last week. Noel, along with his brother, Liam formed the band Oasis in 1991. They achieved huge success until they split up in 2009, both going on to form their own bands. I liked Oasis and always considered Noel the more talented of the two brothers. He was the lead guitar player and songwriter of the band, with a voice deeper and richer than Liam’s.

The concert featured a couple of Oasis songs, and music from Noel’s latest album, Chasing Yesterday. I enjoyed the show, though felt it lacked for good sound dynamics. I don’t mind loud music, but not when everything is played at the same volume. I’m a fan of guitar and vocals up front, but too many songs were overpowered by the kick drum. With all the instruments playing at full blast, the subtlety and texture of the music got lost.

Still, it was a good time and there really is no substitute for seeing music live. As usual, Noel Gallagher was pompous and foul-mouthed, but hey, he’s from Manchester and there’s something tongue in cheek about his humour that makes me like him. You’ll see it in his videos too.

“Ballad of the Mighty I” is one of the hits from his new album.

Hope you enjoy and have a super week, :)

eden

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Music Monday remembers Ben E. King

Ben E. King passed away last week, but as with all great musicians, his music lives on. For this, I’m extremely grateful.

This song never gets old for me. 

Wishing you a great week ahead,

~ eden

“When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
All the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me …”

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Music Monday — Wild World

“Wild World” was on a cassette I purchased while in Bangkok, and I traveled with it throughout Asia, including Nepal.

My heart breaks reading the news about the devastating earthquake in Nepal this weekend. It truly is a magical place — rich in culture and with some of the warmest and peaceful people I’ve ever met. The destruction of many of the sacred places I visited is sad, but the loss of lives is sadder.

Major charity organizations are now accepting aid if you wish to make a donation. Please give what you can, if not monetarily, then send some good energy to the people of Nepal and its neighbours to heal.

Red Cross Canada

Unicef Canada

American Red Cross

Worldwide organizations

~ eden

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Music Monday — You Better You Bet by THE WHO

ASIP KWA Snake in Paradise is still in the TOP 20 since its release April 7th.

Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed the book. I SO appreciate it! 

The raw lyrics of The Who’s song “You Better You Bet” inspired a passage in my book. There was definitely some strange word association when I wrote the story! I’ve always loved the lyrics, so I hope you enjoy this blast from the past.

The novella is only available from AMAZON US, but if you don’t live in the USA and would like to read and review the book, leave a note in the comments and I’ll get a copy to you.

Have a wonderful week,

~ eden

” … You better you better you bet.
I call you on the telephone my voice too rough with cigarettes.
I sometimes feel I should just go home but I’m dealing with a memory
That never forgets
I love to hear you say my name especially when you say yes
I got your body right now on my mind but I drunk myself blind to the
Sound of old T-Rex
To the sound of old T-Rex – who’s next?

When I say I love you you say you better
You better you better you bet
When I say I need you you say you better
You better you better you bet
You better bet your life
Or love will cut you like a knife …”

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Music Monday and BERYL by Mark Knopfler

I love Mark Knopfler, and he has a new album out.

“Beryl” is the title track from Tracker. The song is about Beryl Bainbridge, a British novelist. She was frequently nominated for the Booker Prize, the most prestigious award given to a British writer of fiction, but did not receive one until after her death in 2010. Mark Knopfler considered she was not properly recognized in her lifetime and sings,

“Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

Beryl, every time they’d overlook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late …”

The lyrics are sad, but the song is upbeat. And Mark Knopfler’s guitar playing is simply … sublime.

With his song about her, Beryl Bainbridge’s books will hopefully gain a new audience.

Have a great week, and my thanks to author Tim Dittmer for making me think of this song for my Music Monday post. Thanks Tim! :)

~ eden

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Music Monday — Crawling King Snake with Muddy Waters

ASiP coverA Snake in Paradise is due out April 7th — tomorrow, whee! 

I’ll have a formal announcement of the launch, but for now, one last song about snakes, and this is a GREAT ONE!

It combines Delta blues great Muddy Waters with George “Harmonica” Smith, ergo my two favorite instruments on one sexy song.

You can’t go wrong.

Have a listen and a wonderful week,

~ eden

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“I’m going to crawl into your window
I’m going to crawl into your door
You got anything I want
I’m going to coil up on your floor,

Yeah I’m a crawlin’ king snake, and I rule my den
Well I’m a crawlin’ king snake, and I rule my den
I don’t want nobody hangin’ around with my little girl now,
I’m just gonna use you to be my friend  …”

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Music Monday — Townes Van Zandt sings SNAKE SONG

ASiP coverHere is another song that helped inspire my upcoming novella, A Snake in Paradise, due out April 7th.

Hit the cover to read my post on it if you missed it.

The amazing Townes Van Zandt sings “Snake Song.”

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Enjoy the week,

 ~ eden

“You can’t hold me
I’m too slippery
I do no sleepin’
I get lonely
You can touch me
If you want to
I got poison
I just might bite you

Lie in circles
On the sunlight
Shine like diamonds
On a dark night
Ain’t no mercy
In my smilin’
Only fangs and
Sweet beguiling …”

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Music Monday — Shivaree sings THE SNAKE

ASiP coverHere is one of the songs that helped inspire my upcoming novella, A Snake in Paradise, due out April 7th. Hit the cover to read my post on it if you missed it last week.

Al Wilson sang the upbeat, bluesy original of this song. I’ve attached Shivaree’s jazzy, sexy version. ;)

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Great lyrics, have a listen and a wonderful week,

~ eden

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” … She clutched him to her bosom
“You’re so beautiful” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died.”

Well she stroked his pretty skin again
And kissed him really tight,
Instead of saying thanks,
the snake gave her a vicious bite.

Take me in tender woman
Take me in for heaven’s sake
Take me in tender woman
Sighed the Snake

“I saved you!” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me but why?”
“You know your bite is poisonous
And now I’m gonna die.”

“Ha shut up, silly woman.”
Said that reptile with a grin.
“You knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in …”

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Music Monday — Closing Time

Today is the release day for the anthology Triptychs, in which I have two stories. My story “Last Call” is a tale about a woman who pursues sobriety. What happens to her is deliciously dark … Just when you thought it was safe to stop drinking. Ha!

Here’s Leonard Cohen with a song about last calls. If you’re interested in picking up the anthology, I’ve included the links below. ;)

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | UK | Canada

Thanks and have a great week,

eden

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Music Monday and One Headlight

This is an oldie from The Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan’s band. I heard it again the other day and remembered how much I loved the guitar playing and the lyrics. Sexy and dark—the song is inspiring a story I’m writing now.

” …This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I’d like to watch it burn
I’m so alone, and I feel just like somebody else
Man, I ain’t changed, but I know I ain’t the same …”

We sprang forward this weekend in parts of Canada, so spring should be around the corner. Yay! ;)

Here’s hoping you have a warm and wonderful week,

~ eden

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Music Monday with The Byrds and a Birthday Message

This will be my last Music Monday post as a forty-something woman. Yes, folks, tomorrow I cross over into another decade.

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Holy crap! How old am I?

I’ve always loved this song written by Pete Seeger. With lyrics taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes, its message inspired my novella, A Season For Everything, considered one of my most moving stories about love and loss.

The song also hit the Top 100 Billboard charts in the year I was born. Don’t you just love serendipity?

“To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven …”

Here’s to spending the next seasons of my life with you. Let’s hope they are warm ones.

Hugs and have a great week,

~ eden 

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Music Monday is Gentle on my Mind

This is a song that Glen Campbell popularized. Performed here with the late great banjo player, John Hartford who wrote the song, and Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, it’s a wonderful rendition of “Gentle on my Mind.”

Glen Campbell came to mind after yesterday’s Academy Awards because one of his songs was nominated. Now stricken with Alzheimers, he wrote the song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for his family before he lost all his memories. It was performed at the Oscars by Tim McGraw. Though it did not win, I thought it was a beautiful song with moving lyrics.

Hope you enjoy seeing Glen in better days, and have a great week,

~ eden

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Music Monday is Thinking Out Loud with @EdSheeran

I fell in love with this song when I saw Ed Sheeran perform it on the Grammys.

Beautiful music, lyrics, and video.

“…’Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen
And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it’s all part of a plan
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you’ll understand …”

Enjoy, and have a great week everyone <3

~ eden

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Music Monday and the #Grammys

Last night, I tuned in to the Grammys to find a song for today’s Monday feature. My taste in music runs the gamut of hard rock, soft rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, pop, and more. It’s diverse, so I thought I would find something new I liked. The pickings were slim.

I like lyrics and music that touch me. What I saw and heard from many of the newer acts was more “show” than “song.” It’s difficult to feel moved by music when the singer becomes bigger than the song. I don’t need pyrotechnics for a country performance, and don’t pass off your auto-tuned voice as your own—not cool, Kanye. All the trills and vocal acrobatics don’t make for a better song when the lyrics are forgettable, and the song is soulless.

The Grammys don’t showcase the best musicians, of course, and some of those I’ve featured here have never won a Grammy.

Bob Marley – The Doors – Queen

Jimi Hendrix – Curtis Mayfield – The Strokes

The Who – Janis Joplin – Sam Cooke

Creedence Clearwater Revival  – Talking Heads – Deep Purple

The Pretenders – The Kinks – Dusty Springfield

What they have won though, is a place in music history. Only time will tell if that is the case for some of the performers last night.

One new artist I do like is Englishman, Sam Smith. He can sing. His lyrics are simple, and he belts them out from the heart.

“Stay with Me” has an interesting association with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Google it if you’re interested.

Tell me if you watched the Grammys and enjoyed any new music. One last thing, SO thrilled that Beck won Album of the Year. I saw him open for the Stones years back, and liked him then. Grab his album, Morning Phase. There isn’t a bad song on it.

Have a great week, everyone, and stay warm.

eden

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Music Monday and Thunder Road

My favourite Springsteen song because I love the opening harmonica and the lyrics.

Hope you like it too,  and have a great week,

~ eden

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Music Monday and Born to Run

This past weekend, I played charades with a house full of guests. It’s been years since I’ve played the game, and this song was one of the clues.

Charades is fun, though the clues we gave were just a bit too easy. Next time, we’ll have to add in 18th century poems (by French poets) to classic films and songs. ;)

Enjoy Bruce Springsteen and hope your week is off to a running start,

~ eden

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Music Monday with Maggie May

Last week I was in the car listening to my favourite rock station. In between songs, the announcer mused on Jimmy Page’s new girlfriend.

She’s 25. He just turned 71.

As he went on and on about the age difference, I thought … this is news? Who cares?

I certainly didn’t. They’re both consenting adults and it’s their business and no one else’s.

The only thing I got out of it was today’s music choice.

I know Rod Stewart has had his share of young girlfriends, but “Maggie May” is about an older woman/younger man relationship.

Enjoy this blast from the past, and have a great week,

~ eden

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My first Music Monday of 2015 – Don’t Give Up

It’s Monday, and my first post of 2015 is a musical one.

“Don’t Give Up” is a collaboration by two incredible musicians.

It’s not only a beautiful song, but an anthem for anyone who is struggling—creatively, financially, physically, emotionally, and otherwise.

With the world in turmoil sparked by the senseless murders in France, I have, at times, felt incredibly discouraged, but I’m not giving up … I hope you won’t either. — eden

je suis charlie

 

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