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Music on Mondays — #4: I walk the line

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

#4
I walk the line

I don’t remember much about my father because he killed himself in 1961 when I was just six years old. One thing I do remember is that he loved Johnny Cash. Cash’s music was always playing around the house.

I remember one time when I was laying on the floorboard in the back seat of the car, dad was driving, and mom was in the other front seat. Not sure where my older brother and younger sister were. As we were going wherever we were going, “I Walk The Line” came on the radio and I started singing along with it. To this day it’s my favorite Johnny Cash song.

“I Walk The Line” was originally released on May 1, 1956. Cash wrote the song in 20 minutes and recorded it in one day, tasks that take much longer in today’s world.

“I Walk The Line” became Cash’s first #1 country hit on the Billboard charts and crossed over to the pop charts to peak at #17 (some sources say #19), selling over two million copies. The song was originally on his album With His Hot and Blue Guitar.

Cash re-recorded the song four times after its initial release: for the I Walk the Line album in 1964, for the At San Quentin album in 1969, for the I Walk the Line soundtrack in 1970, and lastly in 1988 for the Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series album. The original recording is still the best, as original recordings often are. It’s hard to compete with that initial surge of enthusiasm and creative genius.

This post is dedicated to Michele Miller, Executive Assistant and Realtor for Keller Williams in Worcestor, Massachusetts. At the site where I had been hanging out for the past three years, Michele was instrumental in my Music on Mondays series. She also has a Music on Mondays series, but she started hers a good nine months or more before mine. I copied her, a fact which she didn’t mind. If you are needing the services of a Realtor in the Worcestor, Massachusetts, area, I can highly recommend Michele as I have known of her excellent work for the last three years through my interaction with her on the Internet.

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Music on Mondays — #3: You’re my best friend

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

#3
You’re my best friend

See my initial post about Music on Mondays from the Music Chronicles of Russel Ray.

One of my favorite groups when I was in college at Texas A&M University was Queen. When their song “Killer Queen” came out in November 1974, I correctly predicted that they would become a killer supergroup. They did. They are still in my Top 3, behind only The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

Following is their song “You’re My Best Friend” from their greatest charting album (and my favorite) “A Night At The Opera” released in December 1975. The song was released as a single in 1976, spending 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaking at #16. It was their third single and the follow-up to their well-known single “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was featured many years later in the film “Wayne’s World.”

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Music on Mondays — #2: Who knows where the road may lead us, who knows if we’ll meet along the way

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

#2
Who knows where the road may lead us,
who knows if we’ll meet along the way

See my initial post about Music on Mondays from the Music Chronicles of Russel Ray.

I love virtually anything that incorporates history into it, such as books in the historical fiction category — Stephen King’s new novel 11/23/60 comes immediately to mind.

I don’t think there’s a similar category in music, but many songs mention places and events. One that always intrigued me is La Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain. Construction was begun in 1882 and is not yet complete. The renowned architect Antoni Gaudi became involved in 1883 and its architecture is mostly of his doing.

The song is by The Alan Parsons Project, one of my Top 10 groups of all time, from their 1987 album Gaudi. It’s along song at 8:50, so sit back and relax. Hope you enjoy it.

The words:

Who knows where the road may lead us, only the fool would say
Who knows if we’ll meet along the way
Follow the brightest star as far as the brave may dare
What will we find when we get there
La Sagrada Familia we pray the storm will soon be over
La Sagrada Familia for the lion and the lamb

Who knows where the winds may blow us, only a fool would say
Who knows if we’ll ever reach the shore
Follow a rising sun with eyes that may only stare
What kind of fire will burn us there?
What kind of fire? Only a fool would say

La Sagrada Familia the wind has changed the storm is over
La Sagrada Familia for the lion and the lamb
La Sagrada Familia we thank the Lord the danger’s over
La Sagrada Familia there’s peace throughout the land

Under clear blue skies our voices rise in songs of glory
And for all those years our eyes and ears were filled with tears
Who knows where the world may turn us, only a fool would say
Who knows what the fate may have in store

Follow the light of truth as far as our eyes can see
How should we knows where that may be? How should we know?
Then the angry skies, the battle cries, the sounds of glory
And for all those years out eyes and ears were filled with tears

Who knows where the road may lead us, only a fool would say
Who knows what’s been lost along the way
Look for the promised land in all of the dreams we share
How will we know when we are there?
How will we know? Only a fool would say

La Sagrada Familia the war is won the battle’s over
La Sagrada Familia for the lion and the lamb
La Sagrada Familia we thank the lord the danger’s over
La Sagrada Familia behold the mighty hand
La Sagrada Familia the night is gone the waiting’s over
La Sagrada Familia there’s peace throughout the land
Until the next time
Until the next time
La Sagrada Familia

Read more about Gaudi.

See pictures of Sagrada Familia.

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Music on Mondays — #1: Get back, Jo Jo!

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

#1
Get back, Jo Jo!

See my initial post about Music on Mondays from the Music Chronicles of Russel Ray.

Today is the 43rd anniversary of The Beatle’s unannounced rooftop concert in London.

The Beatles have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When my parents put me in an adoption home in Ogden, Utah — the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital — in 1965, I met an 18-year-old woman from Bakersfield, California. She introduced me to The Beatles. The rest is history.

In 1970 one of my favorite songs was Get Back. I was constantly humming or singing it in classes and around the school. People started calling me Jo Jo.

As I look back on life, I could easily change just six words in the song and have it easily be about me:

Russel was a man who knew he was a loner, but he knew it couldn’t last.
Russel left his home in College Station, Texas, for some California grass.

The Beatles have been like that throughout my life. When I cried, they cried — In My Life, Michelle, I’m So Tired…. On my birthday, Birthday. So many more Beatles songs bring back so many memories — Help!, Hey Jude (my first date), Ticket to Ride (dad and granddad worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad), etc.

Their unannounced rooftop concert in London had the neighbors and the people on the streets below all abuzz. It was to be their last live performance together. Of course, many people in surrounding offices complained, and the police eventually shut the concert down, but not before the world got some great music and film — Let It Be.

Although Get Back is not my favorite Beatles song (Let It Be holds that honor), it does get into my Top 10. Here is a YouTube video of Get Back from the London rooftop concert, and the lyrics:

Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner,
But he knew it couldn’t last.
Jo Jo left his home in Tucson, Arizona,
For some California grass.

Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, Jo Jo. Go home.
Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, Jo!

Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman,
But she was another man.
All the girls around her say she’s got it coming,
But she gets it while she can.

Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, Loretta! You mommy’s waitin’.
In high heel shoes and a low-neck sweater.
Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged.

 

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