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Music on Mondays (11-20-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1969

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 22 songs from 1969 on it, 4 by The Beatles, all from Abbey Road. 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 4 from 1969:

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  4. Here Comes The Sun

Following are the other 18 songs from 1969 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island.

A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Johnny Cash’s only Top 10 hit

And When I Die by Blood, Sweat & Tears
#2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band
#30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Cotton Fields by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A non-charting single released in 1982

Day Is Done by Peter, Paul & Mary
#21 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Dear Diary by The Moody Blues
From the album On The Threshold Of A Dream

Honky Tonky Women by The Rolling Stones
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Kept Johnny Cash from having a #1 hit

I Can Hear Music by The Beach Boys
#24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
One of my favorite songs by The Beach Boys

In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) by Zager & Evans
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Probably my favorite song from 1969

Laughing by The Guess Who
#10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Lazy Day by The Moody Blues
From the album On The Threshold Of A Dream

Make Your Own Kind Of Music by Mama Cass Elliot
#36 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Marrakesh Express by Crosby Stills & Nash
#28 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Pinball Wizard by The Who
#19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Other than chess and 42, I have never been much of a games person.
I did, however, play a lot of pinball at the Dixie Chicken during my college days at Texas A&M University, 1973-1977.

Sugar, Sugar by The Archies
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
And they weren’t even a real group!

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Probably my favorite song by Neil Diamond

These Eyes by The Guess Who
#6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Their first Top 10 hit in the United States.

Undun by The Guess Who
#22 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

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Music on Mondays (11-6-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1967

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 28 songs from 1967 on it, 12 by The Beatles. Sadly, original Beatles songs are not available as videos on YouTube. Seems to me like someone is losing a lot of money since YouTube pays royalties when one watches a video.

I tried making private Beatles videos but it takes a while to make them and even longer to upload them to YouTube, so I’m giving up on that venture. In future Music on Mondays posts, I’ll just list the songs by The Beatles and you’ll have to search them out on your own. Here are the 12 from 1967:

  1. All You Need Is Love—Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
  2. Eleanor Rigby—The B side of the Yellow Submarine single yet still made it up to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
  3. Good Day Sunshine—Released as the B side to the Jukebox only single Here, There, And Everywhere.
  4. Got To Get You Into My Life—Not released as a single until 1976, 10 years after being released on the Revolver album and six years after The Beatles broke up. Made it up to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.
  5. Hello, Goodbye—Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart
  6. Here, There, and Everywhere—Released as a Jukebox only single in 1996.
  7. I Am The Walrus—Released as the B side of the Hello, Goodbye single.
  8. Penny Lane—Released with Strawberry Fields Forever as a double A-side single. Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
  9. Strawberry Fields Forever—Released with Penny Lane as a double A-side single. Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
  10. The Fool On The Hill—Released as the B side of the Jukebox only single Magical Mystery Tour in 1996.
  11. Yellow Submarine—Peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
  12. Your Mother Should Know—From the Magical Mystery Tour album. Not released as a single.

Following are the other 16 songs from 1967 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island.

Bottle Of Wine by The Fireballs
#9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Daydream Believer by The Monkees
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Get Together by The Youngbloods
#62 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967
by hit #5 when re-released in 1969

Harry Rag by The Kinks
From the album Something Else

Let’s Go To San Francisco by The Flowerpot Men
Did not chart in the United States but made it to #1 in Britain

Massachusetts by The Bee Gees
#11 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

She’s A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones
#25 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Quite possibly my favorite song by the Stones

Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Harpers Bizarre
#13 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Tuesday Afternoon by The Moody Blues
#24 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

The Beat Goes On by Sonny & Cher
#6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues
#103 on the Billboard Hot 100 “Bubbling Under” chart
but made it to #2 upon its re-release in 1972

Windy by The Association
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
My favorite by Jefferson Airplane.
I could listen to Grace Slick sing all day long.
#8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Who Will Answer? by Ed Ames
#19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100

Music on Mondays (10-16-2017)—My “Lost on a desert island” music from 1965

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 18 songs from 1965 on it, eight of them by The Beatles.

My wise old grandmother adopted me in November 1965, and I arrived at her home on December 18, 1965. My mom’s oldest brother and his family drove me from Brigham City, Utah, where I lived, to Kingsville, Texas—1,524 miles—where my wise old grandmother lived. Four years after my dad’s suicide and the two sides of the family still were at war with each other, so even though my uncle was driving to Kingsville anyway to see his dad, in retrospect I wonder what was going through his mind as he delivered his sister’s child to her dead husband’s mother….

Nonetheless, I have lots of pleasant memories of the music from 1965. Following are all 18. Hope you find one to enjoy or one that brings back some pleasant memories for you this Monday, October 16. Note that there are not any videos on Youtube of original music by The Beatles. They all have been taken down, so even though I might have found a couple for my blog post here, by the time you try to listen to them, they might be gone. You can find various versions for karaoke, live versions, cover versions, etc., if you care to go look for them. I find it odd that every music publishing entity in the world is now providing music videos directly to YouTube under the moniker “Topic” (such as Herman’s Hermits – Topic)…. except Capitol, EMI, Apple Corps, or anyone else holding copyrights to music by The Beatles.

“Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” by Herman’s Hermits

“Down In The Boondocks” by Billie Joe Royal
I didn’t learn until a couple of decades later that
where my wise old grandmother lived in Kingsville
was considered the “wrong side of the tracks.”

“Eve Of Destrution” by Barry McGuire

“Get Off Of My Cloud” by The Rolling Stones
Not until 1978 when I started collecting all the #1 albums
and #1 singles from 1955, the start of the rock ‘n’ roll era,
did I give The Rolling Stones a shot. I was a Beatles fan.

“Girl” by The Beatles

“Help” by The Beatles
This was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100
while I was at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital
in Ogden, Utah, in the “Troubled Youth” ward.
This is the song that inspired me to reach out
to my wise old grandmother for help.

“I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher

“I’m Henry VIII, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits

“In My Life” by The Beatles
I sang this song in Student Government on Valentine’s Day in 1971
to my girlfriend at the time, Lynda Young.

“It Ain’t Me Babe” by The Turtles

“Michelle” by The Beatles
NO VIDEO FOUND

“Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” by Herman’s Hermits

“Nowhere Man” by The Beatles
It wasn’t until April 1993 when I “came out” after moving
from College Station, Texas, to San Diego, California,
that I didn’t feel like a Nowhere Man anymore.

“Run For Your Life” by The Beatles
NO VIDEO FOUND

“This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys

“Ticket To Ride” by The Beatles

“You Were On My Mind” by We Five

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” by The Beatles
This was my favorite song from the movie and album.
In retrospect, I wonder if I knew I was gay
long before I accepted myself being gay.
NO VIDEO FOUND

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Music on Mondays (9/11/17)—Digital editing allows us to delete album songs

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It takes me about five months listening to music for ten hours a day to make a complete pass through my non-classical music collection. On this last pass, though, I have been taking advantage of the fact that I can edit my digital music and delete music that just doesn’t get me movin’. Here are a couple of “songs” that I deleted:

“Interlude: The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles” by Jethro Tull
from “A Passion Play,” 1973

“Star Star” originally titled “Starfucker” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
from “Album,” 1983
The cassette had “Starfucker” as a hidden bonus track while the
song did not appear on the vinyl album. I’m not a big fan of vulgarity
in music, and I never liked this song.
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards and showing up on
“Goats Head Soup” by The Rolling Stones.
I knew there was a reason why I don’t have “Goats Head Soup”
in my collection. I have not listened to the Stones’ original version.

Coming up next: Surf Dog Surf-a-thon

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Music on Mondays — Get a girl with faraway eyes

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Ever since my wise old grandmother helped me found a typing/editing/ writing business in 1966 when I was 11, I have always had a business for which I was 100% responsible. However, they mainly were side businesses, hobbies. Up until 1983 I also worked for someone else so that I could have that regular paycheck coming in on known days.Texas A&M University

In 1983, things changed.

I was writing, editing, and doing graphic design work for the Department of Chemistry and College of Science at Texas A&M University, particularly the TAMU NMR Newsletter. That position got me some gigs writing copy and proofreading for the Texas A&M University Press. I was happy, happy, happy.

In 1983, the chemistry professor for whom I was working decided to take early retirement. He was 55 and had been at Texas A&M for a couple of decades. In fact, I was in his Organic Chemistry 101 class when I was a freshman in 1973. Not only did he take early retirement, he moved halfway across the country, to Palo Alto, California. Job search on.

The best job I could find was making $5 an hour working for Kinko’s. My side business at the time was Just Your Type, the research/writing/ typing/editing company that I had started in 1966. I didn’t name it, though, until the summer of 1983. After my interview with Kinko’s, I decided to make Just Your Type into a full-time business, to devote my resources, time, and life to making it a viable competitor to Kinko’s in College Station, Texas.

When I disappeared from College Station in 1993 (reappearing in San Diego), Just Your Type had a huge slice of the market of Texas A&M’s 35,000 students and 5,000 faculty/staff. Kinko’s had the north part of town and I had the south. I learned that price and proximity (P&P) make a difference. Being 5¢ per page less expensive than Kinko’s for typing meant that people in the south would not drive north to go to Kinko’s. Being 25¢ per page less expensive meant that people in the north would drive the extra mile to come to Just Your Type.

Being 100% in control of my financial wellbeing, though, meant that I did not have time for music anymore. I dropped out of the Bryan-College Station Symphony and quit hanging out at the music stores looking for the next great group or record (CDs were just hitting the market). From 1983 to 1993, I lost track of many of the groups that I had grown up with. Moving to San Diego in 1993 did not allow me to start buying music again since the cost of living was higher.

Judas PriestNow with YouTube, I don’t need to buy music anymore. Just set up a playlist and have at it. For the past several months, I’ve been working my way through music from 1983 to the present, creating playlists, discovering new music (Quiet Riot, April Wine, Rainbow, Megadeth, Judas Priest….) and rediscovering several groups (Journey, Great White, Whitesnake….). Too bad I didn’t know all of those groups in the ’80s and ’90s. I would have made a great metalhead!

One of the groups that I have rediscovered is The Rolling Stones. I only had two albums of theirs, 1971’s “Hot Rocks” and 1978’s “Some Girls.” The Stones were never my favorite group (they were archrivals with The Beatles, my favorite group), but how I completely missed “Their Satanic Majesties Request” is beyond me. By far my favorite Stones album.

Since I shared some Beatles music last week, I thought I would share some of my favorite Stones music this week.

“Lady Jane” from “Aftermath,” 1966

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“Something Happened To Me Yesterday” from “Between The Buttons,” 1967

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“She’s A Rainbow” from “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” 1967

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“Hot Stuff” from “Black And Blue,” 1976

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“Far Away Eyes” from “Some Girls,” 1978

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Music on Mondays — When the night is cloudy

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In September 1965, while living in Brigham City, Utah, my parents put me in the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden, Utah, about 20 miles away. I don’t know if they put me there voluntarily or whether the State of Utah took possession of me and placed me there because my parents could not control me. I was a serious juvenile delinquent — arson, breaking & entering, burglary, robbery, forgery. You name it, and except for rape and murder, I did it by the time I was 11.

At the time, The Dee, now called McKay-Dee Hospital Center, had one of the nation’s only behavioral health care programs for youth.

While I was in the Dee, I met Barbara Hunt, an 18-year-old woman from Bakersfield, California. She also was a ward of the hospital. Barbara befriended me and introduced me to The Beatles who had recently invaded America. Sounds bad, but it was a great invasion!

Throughout the years after my wise old grandmother adopted me in December 1965, I discovered that The Beatles had music which could meet the emotional needs for any mood I was in. Love? In My Life. Too much work? A Hard Day’s Night. A need to rock ‘n’ roll? Revolution, Helter Skelter. A need to sing? The Ballad of John and Yoko. On and on.

This past week after the Boston Bombings, I have been listening to a lot of Beatles. Since our Music on Mondays post two weeks ago involved The Beatles’ arch-rival, The Rolling Stones, Zoey the Cool Cat suggested we listen to some Beatles today. Here are my three favorite Beatles songs for when I’m a little down and depressed, when the world doesn’t seem quite right, when the most vile and evil people seem to take over, even if only for a while.

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone, help

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me

When I was younger so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me, help me, help me, ooh

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When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Yeah there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Ah let it be, yeah let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Yeah let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah let it be
Oh there will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

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Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go I don’t know she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don’t know she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

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