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Music Monday cares about ONE MORE LIGHT

I’d like to dedicate this blog to Jimmie, a sweetheart of a man whom I had the pleasure of knowing. His wife and I were close friends, and he became a friend as well. A Scotsman with an easy smile and a constant twinkle in his eyes, he reminded me of my father in many ways. He left a wonderful legacy, and I will miss him.

His son used this Linkin Park song as a tribute to him. The lyrics say so much.

” … If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In the sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
Or quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do …”

Rest in peace, sweet man. xox

~ eden

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Music Monday features @LondonGrammar

London Grammar’s music has been described as a blend of ambient, ethereal, and classical sounds with powerful, soaring vocals.

The English trio is made up of vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman, and keyboardist/drummer Dominic ‘Dot’ Major.

“Strong” is a moody, emotional song, and I think you’re going to like it.

Hope you have an amazing week,

~eden

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Music Monday asks “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”

The ivy is abundant, flowers are in full bloom, and mosquitos are a-biting. It’s been a wet summer so far, but this past weekend saw its first without rain. Whee!

So nice to see the rain has stopped … for now.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far.

~eden

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Music Monday asks “If You Could Read My Mind”

Canada celebrated its 150th birthday two days ago on July 1st. Fifty years ago for the Centennial, the great Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot performed at the celebration.

He did so again this Canada Day and sung one of my favourites from his vast repertoire.

Lightfoot said his divorce inspired the lyrics for this song. The second verse always brings tears to my eyes.

… If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
Heroes often fail
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just to hard to take …

Have a great week, and to my American family and friends … Happy 4th of July!

~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 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 honors Bob Dylan ~ Subterranean Homesick Blues

It’s the second last Monday of the year, and my final music post of 2016. Bob Dylan concludes it with “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

In addition to his influence on music, this song was one of the first “modern” promotional film clips, long before the rise of MTV. The original clip was the opening segment of the film Don’t Look Back, a documentary on Dylan’s 1965 tour of England. In the film, Dylan, who came up with the idea, holds up cue cards with selected words and phrases from the lyrics.

The cue cards were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself.

In 2004, Dylan said the song was taken from Chuck Berry, a bit of ‘Too Much Monkey Business” and some of the scat songs of the forties.

Dylan has also stated he fell under the influence of the Beat scene, and it was Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans, a novel published in 1958 about the Beats, that may have been the inspiration for the song’s title.

Great song and video. Wishing you a stress-free week as we head into Christmas and Hannukah. 😉

~eden

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Music Monday honors Bob Dylan ~ A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall sung by Patti Smith

This past Saturday, Nobel laureates gathered on a stage in Stockholm to receive their awards. Bob Dylan, who won the prize for literature was absent. During the awards ceremony, singer Patti Smith performed Dylan’s song ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ in his place.

At one point during the performance, Smith falters, apologizes, and says she is nervous. The audience applauds and she continues.

Her humility shows her for the class act that she is. She is human and imperfect. Her rendition of the song is wrought with emotion, and for me, that is much more important than perfection.

Enjoy, and I hope your week is a great one,

~eden

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Music Monday honors Bob Dylan ~ I Want You

I’m continuing with Bob Dylan for the rest of 2016, and unlike the previous two weeks, I’ve chosen a different type of song. It’s neither political commentary nor an anthem of change.

Don’t get me wrong. This is Dylan. It’s still a complex song.

“I Want You” is lyrically rich, though I’ll admit I only ever remember the happy melody and repetitively longing chorus.

“… I want you, I want you
Yes, I want you so bad
Honey, I want you …”

These words take up space in my brain over the more intricate lines in the song. They stir me because of their passionate simplicity, as if to say: “Nothing else matters, and I’d give up everything to be with you.”

It’s madness, and yet, who would not want to hear these words spoken to them?

It’s coming to the end of the year, and it’s not been an easy one for many of us. Maybe it’s best to let rationality slip away for a while, if only for the time it takes to listen to this song.

Enjoy your week,

~eden

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