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Music on Mondays—Add some music to your days

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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Since Jim and I canceled cable television in October 2013, I have had more time to listen to more music. I seem to get more done each day now, and with that, I’m a much happier person.

I did notice very early on in my life that I’m actually a much happier person when I have music playing. My wise old grandmother couldn’t understand how I could study, and maintain straight A’s, with my little clock radio tuned to KTSA AM out of San Antonio, KLOL FM out of Houston, or the new (1975) KZFM out of Corpus Christi. Those were the three stations that my little transistor clock radio picked up best.

I have music in my collection that can put me in any mood, and bring me out of any mood, too. On the other side of the coin, there simply is too much violence and foul language on television, and I think I’m better off by not subscribing to it.

If you’re having difficulties or need some motivation, try adding some music to your day.

Put on some headphones, turn the volume up, and listen to the words and music from “Add Some Music To Your Day,” by The Beach Boys, from their album “Sunflower,” released in February 1970. There’s not much that can compare to harmonies from The Beach Boys—Hollies, Beatles, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young are the only others that come immediately to mind. Words are below the YouTube video.

The Sunday mornin’ gospel goes good with a song
There’s blues, folk, and country, and rock like a rollin’ stone
The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day

You’ll hear it while you’re walkin’ by a neighbor’s home
You’ll hear it faintly in the distance when you’re on the phone
You’re sittin’ in a dentist chair
And they’ve got music for you there
To add some music to your day

Add some music, music everywhere
Add some, add some, add some, add some music
Your doctor knows it keeps you calm
Your preacher adds it to his psalms
So add some music to your day

Music
When you’re alone
Is like a companion
For your lonely soul

When day is over
I close my tired eyes
Music is in my soul

At a movie you can feel it touching your heart
And on every day of the summertime
You’ll hear children chasing ice cream carts
They’ll play it on your wedding day
There must be ’bout a million ways
To add some music to your day

Add some music to your day

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays—Heavy metal?

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I started collecting music when I was just eleven years old. My very first album was “The Best of The Beach Boys, Volume 3.” It was an album that my older brother left when he moved out. I liked it so much that I bought Volumes 1 and 2. After that I started collecting The Beatles and The Who.

When I turned 18, my friends threw a surprise birthday party for me and albums were the gifts of the day: “Ram” by Paul & Linda McCartney, “Made In Japan” by Deep Purple,” “The White Album” by The Beatles, “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison, and the most unusual of all, “Black Sabbath Vol. 4.” My wise old grandmother wasn’t thrilled with my friends, especially after she listened to Made In Japan and the first side of Black Sabbath Vol. 4. She didn’t even like the name Black Sabbath, and forbade me from getting Black Sabbath Volumes 1, 2, & 3. Of course, there was no Volume 1, 2, or 3, but I soon bought “Black Sabbath, “Paranoid,” and “Master of Reality,” and kept them hidden behind books on my bookshelf. Ultimately she found them but didn’t have time to listen to them right then, so I played one short song for her, which she liked. Here it is, from Master of Reality.

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Whaddaya think? Is that heavy metal, doom metal, satanic metal?

Here are a couple of others from Black Sabbath, not what you would expect:

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Not quite what you were expecting, eh? A softer sound from one of the founders of heavy metal music. Don’t judge a book by its cover………….lol

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays (8-5-13) — I need good music

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My wise old grandmother always told me that music was the international language. She grew up in the days of orchestras and big band music. I think sure she knew exactly what she was walking about, and I imagine what could be accomplished by politicians in countries throughout the world if all of them would negotiate with each other with some calming music playing in the background. That’s definitely not how I imagine their meetings being conducted.

If you’re having a bad time, try adding some music to your day.

The Sunday mornin’ gospel goes good with the soul
There’s blues, folk, and country, and rock like a rollin’ stone
The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day

You’ll hear it while you’re walkin’ by a neighbor’s home
You’ll hear it faintly in the distance when you’re on the phone
You’re sittin’ in a dentist’s chair
And they’ve got music for you there
To add some music to your day

Add some music everywhere
Add some music
Your doctor knows it keeps you calm
Your preacher adds it to his psalms
So add some music to your day

Music
When you’re alone
Is like a companion
For your lonely soul

 When day is over
I close my tired eyes
Music is in my soul

At a movie you can feel it touching your heart
And on every day of the summertime
You’ll hear children chasing ice cream carts
They’ll play it on your wedding day
There must be ’bout a million ways
To add some music to your day

Add some music to your day
Add some music to your day 

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Just make sure it’s not bad music about death, destruction, rape, murder, violence…. Rap and Hip-hop come immediately to mind. Even bad music is part of the international language, and all those negative thoughts and words under the guise of music are sure to add stress and other negativity into your life.

Everyone that I can see is gettin’ right in tow
Changin’ songs to be on the radio
Now there are things that I believe in
I’d never sell my soul
It always feels so good to hear good music

I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music

How can I get back with you if I’m so far from home
In any port or foreign shore alone
So many ways to be betrayed believe me when I say
I think that I would die without good music

I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music
I need good music, I need good music
I know that I would die without good music

And even though you might think it’s funny
I couldn’t care if there ain’t no money
I’m a little mixed up but I’ll be alright
If I can hear a loud guitar all night

 I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music 

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I think someone at some university somewhere should do some detailed research about what kind of music all these killers, rapists, and thugs listen to. What music was blaring from the stereo in Nathan Campbell’s car that he purposefully drove onto the Venice Beach Boardwalk this weekend that killed one and injured eleven? I’d be willing to bet that it wasn’t good music.

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little drummer boy

Music on Mondays — The little drummer boy wants it straight, no chaser

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Merry Christmas Eve to everyone everywhere.

I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite Christmas songs, renditions, and videos for today, starting off with my favorite Christmas song, Little Drummer Boy. My favorite version of Little Drummer Boy is also my favorite Christmas song video, performed by my favorite all-female ensemble, Celtic Woman, accompanied by chorus and, of course, the Little Drummer Boy (who is anything but little):

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Then there’s Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ version of Little Drummer Boy, substantially Joan Jetted up, from their 1981 album I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll:

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One of the more interesting versions of Little Drummer Boy was performed by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Actually titled Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy, the counterpoint was written and performed by David Bowie specifically for Bing Crosby’s 1977 TV special Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas:

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In surfing through the YouTube videos, I found this snare drum performance from Church of Southland in Anaheim, California. I’ve always been infatuated with snare drums and this reaffirms my infatuation. Take five minutes and watch this.

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My all-time music favorite, Sir Paul McCartney, wrote Wonderful Christmastime back in 1979, and it’s become a staple of Christmas radio airplay to this day:

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The first Christmas song I can remember hearing on rock radio was by The Beach Boys, Little Saint Nick, from 1963:

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Lastly, we couldn’t possibly forget The 12 Days of Christmas. Let’s have a little fun with it with Straight No Chaser, a messed-up version as only Straight No Chaser could mess it up:

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If you ever get a chance to see Straight No Chaser in concert, take it. You’ll have a lot of fun and come away absolutely amazed at what they do, how they can take beautiful songs and mess them up beautifully.

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