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Music Monday and Brian Jones

Last week, I blogged about Amy Winehouse who passed away July 23, 2011 at the age of 27.

She is one in a long line of musicians who belong to the “Club of 27.” It’s uncanny how many of the greats died at that age. Over the next weeks, I’ll revisit their music, which fortunately did not die with them.

Here’s “Ruby Tuesday” with the Rolling Stones, and Brian Jones on the flute.

He passed away July 3, 1969.

Hope you have a sunny week ahead,

eden

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Music Monday and AMY Winehouse

Amy Winehouse passed away July 23, 2011. I blogged it here, and it’s hard to believe she’s been gone almost four years.

A new documentary called AMY releases this month, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Here’s “Love is a Losing Game.”

Hope you have a sunny week ahead,

eden

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Music Monday and Stevie Wonder

I had a wonderful dinner with friends on a warm Sunday, and they played a set list of Stevie Wonder, amongst other artists.

This was the perfect song for a beautiful sunny evening. Great food, friends, and lively conversation.

Summer can’t get better than that.

Hope you have a sunny, bright week ahead,

eden

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Music Monday and Tiny Dancer from ALMOST FAMOUS

The past week celebrated Canada Day and Independence Day, and of course, music is part of their celebrations.

Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” always makes me feel both melancholic and nostalgic, especially after a big event. The song  also featured in one of my favorite coming of age films about music. If you’ve never seen Almost Famous — add it to your list.

Hope it brings back good memories for you and have a super week, eden

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Music Monday remembers Chris Squire – Owner of a Lonely Heart #YES

Chris Squire, bass player for the band YES, passed away this weekend. I didn’t follow much of their music, but this was a huge hit when I was growing up.

YES is going on tour with TOTO, and this marks the first time the band will perform live without Squire. Very sad … but the music lives on.

Wishing you a good week,

eden 

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Music Monday and The Look of Love

Fay Slift

With Fay Slift

Today’s music  is dedicated to two very dear friends, Rex and Josée, who just celebrated their 30 year anniversary!

Summer could not have kicked off better than with their party this past Saturday — replete with a fortune teller, burlesque dancer, and the amazing Fay Slift (@fay_slift) who performed “The Look of Love.”

Enjoy this Dusty Springfield number and have a wonderful week.

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If you’re in Toronto, have a great PRIDE week too!

~ eden

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Music Monday and Eight Miles High with the Byrds

The Byrds’ last Top 20 hit was inspired by John Coltrane’s complex jazz pieces and Ravi Shankar’s sitar. ‘Eight Miles High’ came on the radio while I was driving last week.

The song was banned from U.S. radio after its release in 1966, following suspicion the lyrics were about drugs. At the time, the band denied these allegations, but in later years admitted it was at least partly inspired by their own drug use.

The backstory only made me fall in love with the sound all over again. ;)

Hope you enjoy too, and have a great week,

eden 

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Music Monday and My Silver Lining with First Aid Kit

This is the fourth time I’m featuring First Aid Kit, Swedish sisters who sing wonderful harmonies. I love their lyrics and music, plus we all need a silver lining somedays, right?

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“I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on …”

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Have a great week, everyone,

eden 

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Music Monday is Steppin’ Out with Joe Jackson in #NYC

I returned from visiting family and friends in New York City last week. Each time I’m there, I see a celebrity or two, and this time Joe Jackson was at the same restaurant as we were in Chelsea.

Remember this classic song?

It’s a great one and you’ll see wonderful NYC scenes in it too.

Enjoy and have a super week,

eden

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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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