The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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

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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15 thoughts on “Music on Mondays—Add some music to your days

      1. kanzensakura

        It takes money to buy those milk jugs! My SamCat likes his crunchy food and a vanilla wafer now and then. and peacock feathers. I buy him several at a time and dole them out after he breaks them one a time during play.


  1. ivonprefontaine

    When I am in Spokane, there is no TV. I don’t miss it. I listen to hockey games on my laptop. It costs money to stream them live as a video. I found an old rock station and brought some CD. When I get lonely for home, I can listen to my favourite radio station online at I end up not missing TV at all.


  2. afracooking

    So funny how these things work: your post reminded me of how much I used to enjoy C, S & N – it has been years since I listend to anything by them (so long that I realized that I only have tapes…and no tapedeck anymore). But the internet it a wonderful thing! How much fun that was 🙂 Thank for that!


  3. stregajewellry

    I’m with you all the way on this Russell. My friends wonder why I don’t have cable TV. My experience with cable lasted all of 3 months. There is way too much drivel on regular television and no time to interact with kids and other human beings. But MUSIC? With music on, you can do ANYTHING! There is a song for every mood. And, if a tune is catchy, you can rewrite the lyrics and sing your own songs. My tiny grandson is 3 and brushing his hair was a chore until I wrote this little ditty (to the tune of Jingle Bell Rock) Jingle jangle tangles in your long messy hair……we’re going to brush them out…….

    I do have Netflix so we can pick and choose when we do want to sit down together and participate in viewing shows together or catch a good documentary to learn something together. Other than that, the house always has some music going on.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I wrote a ditty for Sophie, my feral black cat which used to always bring a gopher home to me each morning, sung to “Little Drummer Boy”:

      Said the gopher to the big kitty cat:
      “Please don’t rip my guts out!”
      “Please don’t rip my guts out!”
      “I want to live, kitty cat.”

      Said the birdy to the fast kitty cat:
      “I’m faster than you.”
      “I’m faster than you.”
      “I can fly really fast.”

      Said the kitty to the fast flying bird:
      “Caught you with my claws.”
      “Caught you with my claws.”
      “You’re no so fast, flying bird.”

      Said the kitty as it looked all around:
      “I’m a big, bad cat.”
      “I’m a big, bad cat.”
      “Don’t mess with me all you clowns.”


  4. Anny

    I have always said that if I had a friend who could not shake the blues, I would put them in a room and crank up some awesome music. Laughter AND music are the best medicines.



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