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Music on Mondays (11-13-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1968

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 36 songs from 1968 on it, 17 by The Beatles. 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 17 from 1968:

  1. Hey Jude
  2. I Will
  3. Lady Madonna
  4. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  5. With A Little Help From My Friends
  6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  7. Getting Better
  8. Fixing A Hole
  9. She’s Leaving Home
  10. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
  11. Within You, Without You
  12. When I’m Sixty-Four
  13. Lovely Rita
  14. Good Morning, Good Morning
  15. A Day In The Life
  16. Revolution
  17. The Ballad Of John & Yoko

Beatles fans will have noticed that every song from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band made the list. I’m pretty sure Sgt. Pepper is my #1 album of all time. I just love listening to it, singing along, tapping my feet, and humming songs from it whenever I need a quick picker-upper.

Following are the other 19 songs from 1968 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island.

Abraham, Martin & John by Dion
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
A tribute to four assassinated Americans: Abraham Lincoln,
Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy

Both Sides Now by Judy Collins
#8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Joni Mitchell

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by The Who
B side of Magic Bus in the UK and Call Me Lightning in the US
About drummer Keith Moon’s drinking problems.

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume by The Moody Blues
B side of Voices In The Sky
About Dr. David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary & explorer.

Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
I was 13 when this song came out. I found it sad and depressing at the time.

House Of Four Doors by The Moody Blues
From the album In Search Of The Lost Chord,
very likely my favorite album by The Moody Blues

I Started A Joke by The Bee Gees
#6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
This was the song that introduced me to The Bee Gees.

I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You by The Bee Gees
#8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
A man, awaiting execution for killing his wife’s lover, begs the prison chaplain to pass a final message to his wife.

Louisiana Man by Bobbie Gentry
From the album The Delta Sweete

Master Jack by Four Jacks & A Jill
#18 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by David Marks while working in the underground
Free State gold mines in South Africa.

One by Three Dog Night
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Harry Nilsson while listening to the busy signal on a phone.

Only A Boy by Jan & Dean
Jan’s father worked as an engineer for Howard Hughes
and flew with Hughes on the only flight of the Spruce Goose.

Ride My See-Saw by The Moody Blues
#61 on the Billboard Hot 100 
Played as the encore at most Moody Blues concerts.

Shield by Deep Purple
From Deep Purple’s second album, The Book Of Taliesyn.

Stormy by Classics IV
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Their biggest selling single.

Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) by Manfred Mann
#10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Bob Dylan.

The Unicorn by The Irish Rovers
#7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
At my junior high school’s talent night,
I played my own arrangement of this song on the violin.

Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
#3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Has sold 357,000 downloads in the digital music era.

Words by The Bee Gees
#15 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
According to Robin Gibb, Words was written after both he and Barry had been arguing with other people about absolutely nothing. They were just words. Words can make you happy or words can make you sad.”

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Music on Mondays (11-9-15)—Only a boy

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One of my favorite activities on Facebook is reading the memes. Here is one of my favorites from last week:

War is rich old menPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I first realized that truth sometime in 1973 while I was in college at Texas A&M University. In my freshman history class I chose to write my term paper on the Vietnam War. That was when I discovered that the children of the rich and the privileged don’t go off to war except in the most dire circumstances. Maybe that’s why I like Prince Harry so much—a rich, privileged dude who actually wanted to go to war with the lower class children.

In February 2007 when it was announced that his regiment was being deployed to Iraq, many wanted to keep Prince Harry safe at home, to which he replied: “There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.”

Sadly, “boys” is true about the armed services. In 2014, 44 percent of Army recruits enlisted during high school or right afterward. That’s down from a high of 65 percent in 1992. The other military branches are similar.

Following is a relevant song, “Only A Boy” by Jan & Dean, that I discovered this past week. Released in 1968, it’s now part of my vast music collection.

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Makes one wonder why the rich and privileged don’t go to war themselves. Are they worried that no one would take their place at home in the rich and privileged world? Hmmm. Somehow I suspect that someone would step forward to do their job at home. Maybe we need term limits on the rich and privileged. Maximum ten years. Then you have to work with the lower class until your next rich and privileged years roll around.

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