Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
You do know what Sunday is. If you don’t, God have mercy on you.
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday. For Wilson, one of America’s worst presidents, it may have been the best and only accomplishment of his term. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
Mother’s Day spending is expected to total a record $25 billion this year, up from $23.1 billion in 2018, according to the annual survey released last month by the National Retail Federation. A total 84 percent of U.S. adults are expected to celebrate in honor of their mothers and other women in their lives.
As for me, I’ve got my own news bulletin for media nationwide: There is no way, none, no matter how we all try this weekend, to adequately, fully, appropriately repay Mom.
Our music theme this week? Obvious, right?
We begin with the greatest pop music band ever.
That video is from the seldom seen “Magical Mystery Tour.”
Needs some lyrics that I’m sure you’ll recognize.
Before we move on, devout Beatles fans, you did notice something in the above, photo, didn’t you?
Paul is wearing a black boutonniere. The other Beatles have red. Clearly it was one of the many clues during that time when there was a major controversy and plenty of gossip that Paul was dead.
Trust me. Without cable TV, the Internet, social media, etc., it was pretty exciting for some time. And then, what do you know, Paul was…alive.
Not nearly as quickly as today, society moved on to the next hot topic in pop culture. controversy. Paul was still a Beatle, but not for long. He became the first to leave the band.
Speaking of songs your mother should know, Mom was a fan of the big bands. Glenn Miller was a huge favorite. When albums were being released in the 80’s left and right that featured medleys of everything from classical to country, this compilation of the sweeter hits from the big band era was right up Mom’s alley.
The following is a medley of tunes once recorded by legendary pianist, arranger and composer George Shearing. Blind from birth, Shearing developed a reputation and popularity that was worldwide thanks to the distinctive “Shearing sound.” He utilized a block chord technique that blended his percussive piano with a vibraphonist and guitarist that formed the “front-line” in his quintet.
Now this is not your typical big band, swing kind of thing. Not even close. But it’s definitely big band dance hall material.
Please enjoy East Of The Sun, Roses Of Picardy, September In The Rain, I’ll Remember, For You, The Continental, On A Clear Day, Little White Lies, I’ll Be Around, and East Of The Sun (Reprise).
OMG, whoever wrote that would have had a heart attack when I was in high school and the band at the Friday night dance played “Stairway to Heaven.”
Next…did you see the recent Disney remake of “Dumbo”? You didn’t? That’s OK. You’re not alone. The movie was a bigger bust than Dolly Parton. But it had that one memorable, touching song.
From the soundtrack, a perfect track for this feature.
The musical group is Arcade Fire. The vocalist is Sharon Rooney who plays Miss Atlantis in the film.
“It’s a song that, even before I was cast in this movie, was quite special to me. My gran used to sing it to me when I was little, so I’ve always had quite an emotional connection on to this song,” said Rooney.
Remember back in 2012 when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic operative touched off a Twitter storm after she went on CNN and said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”? Mrs. Romney was a stay-at-home mom who also raised the couple’s five boys, and who has suffered from MS and breast cancer. She responded, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
Ask any mom and they will immediately tell you that they don’t have it all that easy. Maria Valdez wrote in the Huffington Post that the most difficult job in the world is NOT a doctor.
“A mother goes through a lot of what a doctor does, the sleepless nights, the nights full of crying, the distress, and even more. They aren’t just in charge of one organ of their child, they oversee everything. The health, the well-being, the school, the values and morals, the respect the child has and so much more. One error and the child can go the wrong route.
“One is taught how to be a good doctor, how to clip that aneurysm or remove that tumor. Doctors have guidance. Being a mother isn’t easy, it’s the hardest job in the world that comes with no instructions or manual whatsoever.”
So we move from the tearjerker Dumbo scene to this clip that is both humorous and stark reality.
And Jackie’s seen in a Discotecque doin’ a brand new dance
And the White House social season should be glitterin’ an’ gay
But here in Topeka the rain is a fallin’
The faucet is a drippin’ and the kids are a bawlin’
One of ’em a toddlin’ and one is a crawlin’
And one’s on the way
I’m glad Raquel Welch just signed a million dollar pact
And Debbie’s out in Vegas workin’ up a brand new act
While the TV’s showin’ newlyweds, a real fun game to play
But here in Topeka, the screen door’s a bangin’
The coffee’s boilin’ over and the wash needs a hangin’
One wants a cookie and one wants a changin’
And one’s on the way
The girls in New York City, they all march for women’s lib
And better homes and garden shows, the modern way to live
And the pill may change the world tomorrow, but meanwhile, today
Here in Topeka, the flies are a buzzin’
The dog is a barkin’ and the floor needs a scrubbin’
One needs a spankin’ and one needs a huggin’
Lord, one’s on the way
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We close with this country duet from 1987.