I dated Monica who was smoking hot, but her younger sister Veronica had the potential to become a real beauty. A few thousand years ago, the harmonica was invented in China, but around 1825, a European named Richter invented an instrument which has become the modern harmonica. In the United States, the harmonica became very popular as a blues instrument. In the 1930’s and early 1940’s John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson became well known for his harmonica skill. After WWII, Chicago became a major center for blues, with great harmonica players like Rice Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II and Marion Walter Jacobs aka Little Walter. Little Walter stretched the harmonica to its limits, making the instrument his own and many people consider him to be the greatest blues harmonica player ever. Many Dylan songs have harmonica solos in them, but he got a squeaky sound out of his harmonica, because he would blow out of the harmonica when everybody else was sucking in.
One of the first things that I did when I took over being the host of Song Lyric Sunday was to issue a month of prompts in advance, so everyone had enough time to get a song ready. I made some mistakes and probably the biggest one was suggesting songs that people could use to meet the prompts, which I took a lot of flack for because people said that finding the song was the most fun part of this song challenge. I was told that it is all about the journey, not the destination! Last week a participant told me that she could not find a song that had the “Acquire” in it, so I did a quick search on https://www.lyrics.com that that brought 12 artists that I was familiar with, who had songs with the word acquire in them, even though I did not know any of these sings. I found Risky by Iggy Pop, Mountain Woman The Kinks, Flash’s Confession The Kinks, Easily Lead Robert Plant, American Science Duran Duran, Sparrow on the Schoolyard Wall Jethro Tull, Lament Jim Morrison, That’s the Way It Goes George Harrison, Prologue Frank Zappa, Rush The Pharcyde, The Seven Rays Todd Rundgren, Brianstorm Arctic Monkeys and My Bad Side Sir Mix-A-Lot.
I need to make a clarification between the prompt and the theme. Most weeks I offer several prompt words and when these words are grouped together, they create a theme which relates to these prompt words. People have become confused, thinking that they just need to meet the theme with their song and I guess that is why they are ignoring the prompts. These rules were passed to me by Helen Vahdati and some of the participants may have been in this music challenge before I started blogging, but I don’t want this to change Song Lyric Sunday from its originally intended purpose. All participants are asked to concentrate on the prompt words and try to use one of them in either the title or the lyrics (not the name of the group) and ignore the theme, as this is only used by me to tie the prompts together. I hope this clears everything up for everyone.
Last week we had Getting Something and everyone was asked to find a song that fit with one of the accumulation related prompts of Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure and we had great music but still some people missed the boat with the prompt. This week we have something totally different where you are supposed to find a song with a harmonica in it and hopefully this will fit for everyone. Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two. Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post. Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music. Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.
Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.
I am writing about the Elmore James song ‘It Hurts Me Too’ this week. Next week I will be writing about the song ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ by the Grateful Dead. The upcoming prompts will be:
August 16, 2020 – Clear/Dark/Light
August 23, 2020 – Above/Below/Between
August 30, 2020 – Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked
September 6, 2020 – Musical/Opera