Category Archives: Musical Mondays

Music Monday moves with Gregory Porter and The IN Crowd #jazz

It’s the last Monday before summer is over for another year. I’m not happy about the end of summer, but the weather should stay warm for a couple of more weeks.

A girlfriend told me about Gregory Porter, and this song (originally performed by Dobie Gray in 1964) is addictive and catchy. I didn’t want a somber end to my “summer music”¬†series, so I chose this video, filled with warm, happy scenes. It reminds me of all the reasons why summer is my favorite season.

I hope you enjoy being part of the “In” Crowd.

Have a fun-filled, upbeat week,



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Music Monday moves with #summer songs #PrettyFlamingo

A couple of weeks ago, I rode a pretty flamingo on water.

Yes, you read that right.

Some people thought it was a swan, but I’m pretty sure it was a pink flamingo!

It’s all part of the fun of summertime.ūüôā

Photo by D. Hall

Photo by D. Hall

Let’s hope the heat continues a bit longer before fall descends upon us.

Have¬†a wonderful, warm week and enjoy “Pretty Flamingo” by Manfred Mann,




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Music Monday moves with #summer songs #VanMorrison

August is over, but summer is still with us for a few more weeks.

Let’s keep it going with some *summer* songs. They may or may not be familiar to you, but hopefully, they will stave off the cool weather for the rest of the month.

Enjoy Van Morrison and “Youth of 1000 Summers.”

Have a wonderful, warm week,




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Music Monday moves with Bridge Over Troubled Water

It’s the last Monday of August, which means my final Simon and Garfunkel song for the month.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is my friend, Allison’s favorite song by the duo. This post is a tribute to her and our friendship, and unlike the song, we were near warm and peaceful waters when she took this picture of me.

Thanks, Al. ♥

eb at millcroft

Meditation at Millcroft Inn

Have a lovely end of August,




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Music Monday moves with Bookends

Two more August Mondays with Simon and Garfunkel, and today I feature the “Bookends Theme” (Reprise) from their much acclaimed album, Bookends.

I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend with an old friend, and it was a fabulous time. Thank you, Allison, for being an amazing woman.

“Bookends” is the continuation of ‚ÄúOld Friends‚ÄĚ and is similarly reflective in style.

Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you.

I hope you get a chance to spend time with old friends soon,




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Music Monday moves with The Sound of Silence

It’s mid-August already! I’m continuing with Simon and Garfunkel for the month.

Paul Simon wrote “The Sound of Silence” when he was only 21 years old. In an interview, he was asked, “How is a 21 year old person thinking about the words in that song?” His reply was, “I have no idea.”

For me, the lyrics are sheer poetry.

In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to “hear” silence, I hope this song puts you in touch with some quiet time, if only for a moment.

Have a wonderful week,




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Music Monday moves with Homeward Bound

Have you ever felt lost?

Like you were in the wrong place at the wrong time?

At different points in my life, and to varying degrees, these feelings have nagged at me.

This song always comes to mind during these uncomfortable times, probably because it’s the first tune I learned to play on guitar, and the lyrics are forever imprinted in my brain.

“Homeward Bound” makes me realize there is no place like home, so long as you are happy to be there.

Hope you are in your happy place, and have a splendid week.




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Music Monday moves with The Boxer

Last week, I featured Simon and Garfunkel¬†and realized how much I love their music. I’ll continue with them for the month of August.

I’ve always enjoyed the melody of this song and listening closely to the lyrics made me appreciate it even more.

“The Boxer” is written from two points of view. It starts with a first person lament on the struggles of loneliness and poverty in New York City before it switches to third person for the final verse. In that verse, it speaks about a boxer who perseveres.

On June 3, 2016 in California, news¬†of the passing of Muhammad Ali broke during Simon‚Äôs concert. Simon paused singing partway through “The Boxer” to make the sad announcement to the audience. He then finished the song with these poignant lyrics.

In the clearing stands a boxer,
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame,
“I am leaving, I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains

It’s a melancholy song, but I find it ends on an uplifting note.

Wishing you a bright week ahead,




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Music Monday moves with Simon and Garfunkel

I’ve visited NYC for years, mainly to see family. After my grandma passed away in December, the city became a sadder place for me.

It was inevitable, but even¬†though I had prepared for it, I could not know how I would feel until I returned to NYC for the first time since my grandma’s funeral.

It was a different kind of trip but a special one in many ways.

I flew in with my husband, and as usual, we visited old haunts, listened to live music, and met with friends and family. And as usual, there was not enough time to see everyone we had hoped to see.

What was different, however, was our return home. We hitched a ride back with my uncle and aunts. They were coming to spend time with the Canadian side of the family, namely my mom and my other aunt and cousins.

As the moon sat high in the sky, we packed up the car and set off at 4 AM for the nine-hour trip to Toronto. With little to no traffic, we took pleasure in the foggy terrain as we drove out of NYC and watched the sun rise. During the drive, we played the music of three artists: Simon and Garfunkel; Jim Croce; and The Doors.

“The Only Living Boy in New York” is one of the songs that will now forever remind me of that road trip.

Enjoy and I hope you have a great week.




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Music Monday moves with John Lennon

I’m still in NYC and the other night, I watched a biography about David Geffen. He¬†is a business magnate, producer, and film studio executive. It was his¬†record company that produced Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s last album.

I have read that Double Fantasy was not well received initially, that it was a step back by an artist who had already retired. Of course, fate intervened.

The record released November 17, 1980, less than a month before John Lennon was killed.

NYC will always connect me with John Lennon, and among the noise and turbulence of the past week, both here and in the rest of the world, I’m slowing it down, as I imagine Lennon would have when he wrote this song.

Enjoy and have a peaceful week,




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Music Monday moves with Falguni

I’m in New York City this week connecting with family and friends.

This is a tune played during the end of some of my yoga classes — it’s calming and haunting at the same time, and the message is a good one given the turbulence of the past week.

“Subah” by Falguni is from the album called At Ease.

Lie down, close your eyes, and enjoy.

Here’s wishing everyone a¬†good, safe week.




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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ In A World Possessed By The Human Mind (@thehipdotcom)

“In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” is the first single from the Hip’s new album Man Machine Poem, which became available June 17, 2016.

I bought the album but haven’t had a chance to listen to all the tracks. If the entire album is like this song, then it should be a very strong collection. Perhaps, there is even a hint of of what Gord Downie has been experiencing in these lyrics.

Just give me the news
It can all be lies
Exciting over fair or the right thing at the right time
Everything is clear
Just how you described
The way it appears, “A world possessed by the human mind” …

One piece of good news to report, the Hip’s final concert in Kingston will be broadcast and streamed ‚ÄĒ commercial free¬†‚ÄĒ¬†on CBC Television, CBC Radio One,¬†CBC Radio 2, and CBC’s YouTube channels.

Save the date – August 20th at 8:30 PM EST.

Have a great week, and I hope you’ve enjoyed The Tragically Hip’s music over the past weeks. Sending healing, good vibes to Gord Downie and the band for their upcoming tour.



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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Bobcaygeon (@thehipdotcom)

If you have access to cottage country in Ontario, then you’re probably familiar with Bobcaygeon.

It’s a community within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Tourism is the chief industry, mainly recreational fishing.

It’s Canadiana, and the lyrics of “Bobcaygeon” are rich with it.

I hope you enjoy,



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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ New Orleans is Sinking (@thehipdotcom)

Last week, I tried buying tickets for The Hip’s final concert tour.

No luck.

I wasn’t able to get them on Day 1 of the presale, nor Day 2 when they added three more shows. There were no tickets available when I tried with my AMEX “Front of the Line” code on Day 3, and unfortunately, I missed the start time when the tickets went on sale to the general public. There were none left by the time I logged in an hour late.

If you’re a fan who just wanted to pay a fair price to attend a concert, chances are you got shut out.

There’s¬†been a lot of venom aimed at Ticketmaster, the company that sells tickets for the majority of venues hosting concerts. Within minutes after Hip tickets went on sale on the first presale day, they were appearing on sites like StubHub at double, triple, sometimes four times the price!

It’s a shame the pleasure of listening to live music is now reduced to a money-making scheme for some. There were always ticket scalpers, but even they cannot compete with the bots who scoop up all the tickets.

On a positive note, there is talk the CBC may televise The Hip’s final concert in Kingston.

Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy “New Orleans is Sinking” and have a great week.



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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Ahead by a Century (@thehipdotcom)

Last week delivered devastating news for the music world, yet again.

Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, announced he has terminal brain cancer. He is 52, married and with four children.

I cried upon hearing the news. I knew of a friend who died from the same type of cancer. Life can be so unfair it makes me want to scream at times.

Despite the diagnosis, the band has announced it will do one more Canadian tour following the release of their new album Man Machine Poem dropping June 17. Tickets go on sale shortly.

I’ve been listening to their music and will feature them over the coming weeks.

This is my favorite.




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Music Monday moves with Kings of Leon

I love when a teacher can pair contemporary music to a yoga class.

This remix of “Closer” from Kings of Leon is a great example of an atmospheric song that works well with intense Hot Flow movements.

There is some peculiar instrumentation that sounds like buzzards or the vuvuzela. I’m not sure what it is, but I like it.

Hope you do too, and have a great week,




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Music Monday moves with @Pink

May is supposed to be the month of summer, which means lots of fun in the sun.

Although … yesterday, we had frost, snow, and hail all before noon!

We’ve had ever-changing weather. Hopefully, warmer temperatures prevail.

This upbeat song by P!nk is part of my weekly Body Tone yoga regime. It makes me move and it’s sure to make you move too.

Enjoy and have a great week!




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Music Monday moves with @FosterthePeople

Here’s another song from my Hot Body Tone yoga class.

Sit ups, obliques, bicycles. It’s a great song to sweat to.

Enjoy “Pumped Up Kicks” and have a fun-filled, active week,




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Music Monday moves with Pearl Jam

One thing I’ve never been able to do well while exercising is breathe.

It’s an innate physiological process, but when I’m told to take a deep inhale, I find it difficult to do.¬†Yoga has helped me breathe deeper and stronger.

In keeping with my current theme of Moving to music, I want to slow the pace down this week with this beautiful Pearl Jam song.

Sometimes, it’s wonderful to “Just Breathe.”

Have a great week,




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Music Monday and Little Red Corvette ~ #RIP #Prince

Last week was a tough one for the music world ‚ÄĒ again. We lost another innovative, larger-than-life artist.

Prince has worn many hats over the years, including singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and film director.

As a musician, he was impossible to define. Even his passion for the colour purple and adoption of a symbol as his new name could not detract from his music. Whether he played rock, pop, or funk, he was the consummate performer.

There was no other musical artist like Prince.

Along with his own hits, Prince also wrote many songs for other artists. Here are just a few you may know: Fleetwood Mac’s “Stand Back;” Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U;” and the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”

Purple Rain was not just the soundtrack of Prince’s quasi-biographical film; it formed part of the soundtrack of my young adulthood.

purple rain

I know¬†Prince is fondly remembered by friend and writer, Sue Nador of The Relationship Deal. In 1984, she had her first date with the man who is now her husband. It was to see the film, Purple Rain. Sue requested today’s song “Little Red Corvette,” and I was happy to oblige.

Given all the tributes in just a few days, it’s obvious Prince and his music meant a lot to many people.

Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed.

~ eden


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