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Music Monday remembers Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell passed away last week. He was 52.

It was a shock. He seemed in the prime of his career with so much more to share, and now he’s gone.

I sat stunned for sometime when I heard the news. I featured him back in 2015 as a member of AudioSlave.

Great voice and talent, and it saddens me to showcase another dead musician.

At the end of it, it’s his music that keeps him alive. This song from Temple of the Dog with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam really showed off Cornell’s singing chops.

Have a good week,

~ eden

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Music Monday says Let’s Work Together

Wonderful things are created when we work together for a common cause.

I walked the runway for Dare to Wear Love this past weekend and was one of many tiny moving parts that came together for the show.

The event came together because so many worked tirelessly to make it happen.

The end goal to collect funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation drove the mission.

I will write more about the show in a future post, but for today, this song by one of my favourite bands resonates loudly.

Have an amazing week,

eden

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Music Monday supports Fashion #DavieBowie #dtwl #charity

The last and only time I walked a fashion runway was back in 2014 for Dare to Wear Lovea charity that uses the power of fashion for good. It collects funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.

Here I was in my Susan Dicks creation. 😉

This year, I took part in the Dare to Wear Love Challenge again and raised $1775! Thank you so much to everyone who supported me.

From all the challengers, four of us were chosen to walk the runway at the gala on May 12th, and I won one of the spots! The fabulous Farley Chatto is designing my dress this time, and he’s calling me his “Gala Seductress.” Here’s his sketch of my dress, which he considers ‘naughty goodness.’

I love it! 

I’m proud to continue supporting this worthy cause, and I hope you will too. There are still $150 tickets available which gives you access to an amazing Silent Auction, cocktails, the incredible fashion show, and a rocking after-party! Dare to Wear Love is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so connect to them to see all the latest posts and pictures.

It’s a charity event like no other, and this year, Stephen Lewis will be there to introduce the Foundation’s LGBTQ initiative and much more. He’s considered one of the most captivating and eloquent keynote speakers, and his speech is sure to inspire. Renowned Ugandan LGBTQ activist, Frank Mugisha, will also take to the stage.

Join me if you can — fashion for fun, hope, and a great cause.

In the meantime, enjoy the music of the great David Bowie, an icon of fashion if there ever was one,

Thank you so much for your support, and have a fashionable week,

eden

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Music Monday features #Canadian with The Parachute Club

This will be the last week I feature music from a picture of myself wearing vinyl albums. It was to highlight my Canadian style for the Dare to Wear Love Challenge.

I won one of four spots to be in the fashion show, so on May 12th, I’ll be walking the runway! To learn more about the cause, visit Dare to Wear Love.

The Parachute Club was one of the albums I “wore.”

“Rise Up” was a huge song when it released in 1983. I actually met its lead singer, Lorraine Segato when she performed at the last Dare to Wear Love event. The song is an upbeat call for peace, celebration, and the freedom to love who we please. 34 years later, we’ve made advancements in these areas, but there is still so much work to be done, so … let’s rise up and celebrate this week.

Have a great one,

eden

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Music Monday features #Canadian with The Band (3)

Sometime ago, I posted a picture of myself wearing vinyl albums to highlight my Canadian style for the Dare to Wear Love Challenge.

I won one of four spots to be in the fashion show, so on May 12th, I’ll be walking the runway!

Thank you to all who donated, shared, and liked my pictures. To learn more about the cause, visit Dare to Wear Love.

I’m continuing with The Band and “The Shape I’m In.” On vocals is Richard Manuel, who died much too young at age 42.

It’s a rocking song to get into shape with, so enjoy,

eden

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Music Monday features #Canadian with The Band (2)

Recently, I posted a picture of myself wearing vinyl albums to highlight my Canadian style for the Dare to Wear Love Challenge. You can hit the link and see the picture. The challenge is now over, and I exceeded my target!

Thank you to all who donated, shared, and liked my pictures. To learn more about the cause, visit Dare to Wear Love.

My intention was to feature the artists from those albums, and I started with Robbie Robertson from The Band.

I so enjoyed listening to their songs over the past week that I’m going to continue showcasing them.

In this video, The Band performs “It Makes No Difference.” On vocals is the late, great Rick Danko.

It’s a beautiful, melancholic song, and I hope you enjoy it,

eden

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Music Monday features #Canadian with The Band

This past week I posted a picture of myself wearing vinyl – vinyl albums that is. It was done to highlight my Canadian style for the Dare to Wear Love Challenge. You can hit the link and see the picture. I also wrote about the fundraiser in a recent post

I’d like to feature the artists from those albums over the next weeks.

First up is Robbie Robertson. He was in a band simply called “The Band.”

Its original members consisted of Canadians Rick Danko (bass, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards), Richard Manuel (piano, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar), and American, Levon Helm (drums, vocals).

In the film The Last Waltz, advertised as The Band’s “farewell concert, the band was joined by Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Joni Mitchell, and many others. It’s a terrific concert movie directed by Martin Scorsese and definitely worth watching.

In this video, The Band performs their classic “The Weight” with the Staple Singers.

I hope you enjoy it, and have a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday says It’s The Same Old Song

When I’m stuck for music, Motown never lets me down. I heard a lot of it this week at various locations, and it always puts me in a good mood.

Here’s a great tune from The Four Tops with some funky dance moves too!

Enjoy this high energy song to kick off your week,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with @ArethaFranklin

The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin turned 75 this past weekend. Her last album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics released in 2014 and features hits from singers Adele, Alicia Keys, and others.

Though I like Aretha’s rendition of these songs, I much prefer the ones she popularized — “Respect,” in particular.

It’s a simple thing, but it means a lot when we deal with people.

We want and expect it. We should treat others with it.

Certainly in today’s tumultuous climate, we can all use more of it.

Enjoy, and have a great week.

eden

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Music Monday remembers Chuck Berry

We lost legendary musician, Chuck Berry this past weekend at the age of 90. Berry was apparently working on a new album when he died.

With so many memorable songs, it wasn’t an easy task to choose just one, but who doesn’t know “Johnny B. Goode?” It’s the semi-autobiographical tale of a guitar player down on his luck who ends up with his name in lights.

It’s also powered by the most memorable guitar intro in rock history.

Thank you for the music, Chuck Berry, undisputed father of rock and roll.

May you rest in peace.

eden

 

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Music Monday heats up with @EdSheeran

Of all the new artists who’ve emerged of late, Ed Sheeran is my favourite.

“Shape of You” is accompanied by a video that features an interracial pairing. The narrative follows Sheeran as a boxer who strikes up a romance with a female boxer. When she apparently leaves him, he trains to fight a most unusual opponent.

It’s a fun video, a catchy tune, and I hope it infuses your week with great energy.

Enjoy,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with Joni Mitchell

Most weeks, I’m able to come up with my Music Monday choice by Sunday, but last night I drew a blank … until this morning.

This is a song I’ve posted before, though the video is one I just found.

Beautiful lyrics, poetry, and the haunting voice of Joni Mitchell deserves a replay.

Enjoy it again, and have a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with @JTimberlake

I have a soft spot for Justin Timberlake. He can sing, dance, act, and in all the times I’ve seen him, he’s never taken himself seriously.

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” is from the movie Trolls.

Timberlake performed it as the opening number of the 89th Academy Awards Show, aired last night. Even though the song lost to “City of Stars” from La La Land, it’s a great song to dance to, so get up and move!

Have a fun week and enjoy the end of February,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with Talking Heads

David Byrne of Talking Heads is a hell of a performer. He’s mesmerizing in this innovative and bizarre video for the song “Once in a Lifetime.”

Sung in a stream of consciousness lyrical style inspired by early rap, it’s a favorite of mine from the album, Remain in Light. The song is an adventurous foray into African mythologies and rhythms.

Of particular interest to me was that Byrne was suffering writer’s block prior to this album. He looked to African music to break his writer’s block, realizing that when African musicians forget words, they often improvise and make new ones up. (I should try that for my next book. 😉 )

He also viewed footage of various tribal, religious rituals and incorporated some of their movements, in keeping with the “unconscious religious lyrics.”

That explains a lot when you listen to the words and watch his performance.

Enjoy the song. If this past week is any indication, spring is hopefully around the corner!

eden

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Music Monday heats up with Al Jarreau

Continuing on my theme of songs that keep me warm, here’s one from legendary jazz and R & B musician, Al Jarreau.

Mr. Jarreau passed away yesterday at age 76. I was sad to hear of another artist leaving us.

This single, probably his most well-known song, charted in 1981. I credit it as one of those songs that introduced me to jazz and helped me appreciate the genre.

Enjoy the sweet sound of “We’re in this Love Together” and have a good week,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with Bruce @Springsteen

Another interesting week has passed. Another is heating up.

“One Step Up” by Bruce Springsteen encapsulates the turmoil of a relationship between a man and a woman, but it can easily extend beyond this pairing.

Different belief systems and political affiliations are creating ever-increasing turbulent relationships.

This song reflects how I feel about the world of late.

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One Step Up

Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn’t burnin’
Went out and hopped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain’t turnin’
We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact
One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room
But he ain’t singin’
Girl in white outside a church in June
But the church bells they ain’t ringing
I’m sittin’ here in this bar tonight
But all I’m thinkin’ is
I’m the same old story same old act
One step up and two steps back

It’s the same thing night on night
Who’s wrong baby who’s right
Another fight and I slam the door on
Another battle in our dirty little war
When I look at myself I don’t see
The man I wanted to be
Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
I’m caught movin’ one step up and two steps back

There’s a girl across the bar
I get the message she’s sendin’
Mmm she ain’t lookin’ too married
And me well honey I’m pretending
Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms
The music was never-ending
We danced as the evening sky faded to black
One step up and two steps back

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Born to Run is Bruce Springsteen’s new autobiography.  I gave it as a gift to my husband and he read it in a week, said it was terrific.

Consider it for the music lover in your life.

Have a good week,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with The O’Jays

It was quite the week with the transition of power from President Obama to the now, new president Trump. Social media blew up with rants about every aspect of the inauguration. I watched most of it live streaming on Facebook until I could not longer stomach the venomous comments. Add to that countless protests worldwide, and at times, the anger was palpable.

I am grateful for the Women’s March on Saturday, which, though heated at times, proved to be peaceful and harmonious. It showed extraordinary organization and power in numbers. And it wasn’t just women marching, of course. People from all over the world participated as a display of dissent against the Trump presidency.

He is on notice. I can only hope he listens.

This weekend, I heard “For the Love of Money” amongst other songs by The O’Jays. The group has a distinct sound, and I’ve loved their music since “Love Train” so long ago.

Well … it was interesting to learn this song was associated with Trump for his reality TV show, The Apprentice. 

The lyrics start with “Money” repeated six times, but it’s not a song that praises wealth and money. Quite the contrary, the title was a quote from the Bible, which read:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

I am not religious, but I thought it coincidental that I should hear this song at this time. Its meaning speaks to self-awareness and control, not of greed and idolatry.

I wonder if the new president realized this when he used the song for his show. If not, then he should certainly heed its true meaning now.

Have a good week, everyone,

eden

 

 

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Music Monday heats up with Sam Cooke

Continuing on my theme of songs that keep me warm, here’s one that also leads us into an historic week.

By this Friday, the USA will have a new president.

The president elect has been heating up Twitter and the news for months now.

The lyrics of this song by Sam Cooke allude to all the things the singer knows little about, and yet, thankfully, he does know about love.

My wish for the new president is he realizes what he does not know and takes the time to learn it.

We don’t have a perfect world because it’s made up of imperfect people. What we do have, however, is a wondrous place, and we must live in it together.

Please spread love and compassion for your fellow human beings, and let’s try our best to make this a wonderful world,

eden

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Music Monday heats up with @RealMeatLoaf

I tried hard to find a song about the cold, ice or snow. Basically, anything that could be associated with winter.

Though these songs do exist, I wasn’t in the mood for chilly tunes. Instead, I’m thinking about warmth and sun. For this reason, I’ll feature hot-themed songs until the weather warms up again. The connections may be convoluted, but then … so is my thought process of late.

In that vein, enjoy “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” from Meat Loaf. It’s from his Bat Out of Hell album, and hell is hot, right? 😉

If you’re a Meat Loaf fan, he released a new album a few months ago called Braver Than We Are, available now.

Stay warm and have a great week,

eden

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Music Monday flows with @The_xx

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for joining me for my first post of 2017.

If you don’t know by now, Mondays on my blog are reserved for music because music inspires so much of what I do. I’ve been featuring both old and new songs here since 2010, and it all started with this little post. I laughed when I read it again; it was long ago when I first started my blog. At the time, a regular music post seemed the perfect way to kick off the week. It still does.

Music has always been a constant in my life, so I hope you will continue to join me every Monday.

For 2017, I’m starting with an English band I first heard last summer.

The xx is a trio who’ve been around since 2005. They are releasing their third studio album in a couple of weeks, but this track, aptly called “Intro” came off their debut album.

I first heard “Intro” while in a hot yoga class with one of my favourite teachers, Erick.

I recall sweat dripping off my forehead as I held a painful plank pose. More than likely, I was cursing Erick under my breath too.

Then this song came on, and herein lies the power of music for me.

Suddenly, my energy changed. I forgot the pressure on my wrists and the trembling in my core. The first notes of this tune injected power into my arms and I lifted my sagging middle just a little bit higher.

Instead of being in agony, I was now Superwoman, (well, not really), but I knew I could hold that pose much longer than I had initially thought.

Have a listen to The xx, and let me know if you don’t feel a spring in your step afterward. 🙂 Crank it up!

Enjoy, and hope you have an energetic, super-charged, and powerful week,

~eden

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