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Music on Mondays (11-27-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1970, part 1

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 53 songs from 1970 on it, 8 by The Beatles, all from Let It Be. I’m pretty sure Let It Be ranks as my #2 Beatles album behind Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Original Beatles songs are not available as videos on YouTube so I cannot provide any links to such videos. I leave it to you to search out Beatles videos or simply put on your own music and start singing! Here are the 8 from 1970:

  1. Two Of Us
  2. Across The Universe
  3. Let It Be
  4. I’ve Got A Feeling
  5. One After 909
  6. The Long & Winding Road
  7. For You Blue
  8. Get Back

Following are the next 23 songs from 1970 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island. With the breakup of The Beatles, this was the year that I started exploring darker, heavier music, much to the chagrin of my wise old grandmother. She understood Let It Be and The Long & Winding Road. Not so much Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

25 Or 6 To 4 by Chicago
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Chicago’s first song to reach the Top 5

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Won the 1971 Grammy for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”

Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
I always wanted to date a Cecilia so I could sing this to her.

Colour My World by Chicago
Released twice, both times as the B side to other singles
Make Me Smile in 1970 and Beginnings in 1971
The first non-classical song that I learned on the piano.
video

Easy Come, Easy Go by Bobby Sherman
#9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

El Condor Pasa (If I Could) by Simon & Garfunkel
#18 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Ma Belle Amie by The Tee Set
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Until I went to YouTube for this blog post,
I had no idea that this was a “Gay Tune.”
Should I turn in my Gay Card?

The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel
#7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
#3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Forty years later I won a music trivia contest by being able
to name this song after just 3 notes.

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Come & Get It by Badfinger
#7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Paul McCartney.

Shilo by Neil Diamond
#24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
My aunt in Los Angeles introduced me to Neil Diamond in 1968.

Hitchin’ A Ride by Vanity Fare
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Add Some Music To Your Day by The Beach Boys
#64 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
One of my favorite songs about music.

Go Back by Crabby Appleton
#36 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Ride Captain Ride by Blues Image
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins
#9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Black Knight by Deep Purple
#66 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Evil Woman by Black Sabbath
#19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Wicked World by Black Sabbath
From their eponymous debut album

Lookin’ Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Who’ll Stop The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Creedence Clearwater Revival
#43  hit on the Billboard Hot 100
The single was 3:50; it’s this 11:11 album version that really turns me on.

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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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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Music on Mondays — #9: Add some music to your day

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

The Beach Boys have always been one of my favorite groups. I first heard them while a young juvenile delinque in Brigham City, Utah, and dreamed of eventually going to the California places that they mentioned in their songs. Eventually I did, starting in 1979.

I finally got to the last of those places in 1994 after I decided to make San Diego my home. I took the lyrics to “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and hit all the places mentioned in California: Del Mar, Ventura County line, Santa Cruz, Trestle, Manhattan Beach, Doheny Way, Swamies, Pacific Palisades, San Onofre, Sunset, Redondo Beach, L. A., La Jolla….

And that’s not even my favorite Beach Boys song. “Kokomo” is, followed closely by “Good Vibrations” and the song that I feature today in Music on Mondays: “Add Some Music To Your Day.”

 

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