Dirty, Filthy, Stinking, Rotten Rich

Lady Gaga recorded ‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’ on her 2008 debut studio album The Fame, which contained electropop, synth-pop, and dance-pop songs that were mostly inspired by Gaga’s love of fame in general, and the theme deals with the intricacies of a rich and famous lifestyle, visualized by her, with lyrics about love, sex, money, drugs, and sexual identity.  Gaga embraced pop culture and she decided to invite everyone to the party with this album, so they could feel like they were part of this lifestyle and get a taste of what it feels like to be a famous celebrity.  The Fame was nominated for six Grammy Awards and won Best Dance Recording for ‘Poker Face’.  The album was nominated for Album of the Year, and it won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.  It went Diamond and sold around 16 million copies worldwide, and it won Best International Album and became the best-selling album in U.S. digital music history.  Rolling Stone named The Fame as one of the “100 Greatest Debut Albums of All-Time”, and it is the 12th biggest album of all time on the Billboard 200.

American singer, songwriter, and actress Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga was 22 when this album was released, and she wrote or co-wrote all the music for this album.  Gaga said that ‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’ was her trying to figure things out, while she was doing a lot of drugs at the time, and this dance-pop party song sums up her time of self-discovery, when she was living in the Lower East Side of New York.  Gaga thought that people should be able to self-proclaim their inner fame based on their personal style, and their opinions about art and the world, despite being conscious of it.  She was friends with a lot of rich kids who would phone their parents asking for money and then buy drugs with this money.  These beautiful, dirty rich friends that Gaga had would go out partying looking their most glamorous trying to have a good time with their parent’s money.  These girls could pretend that they were rich, and everyone would believe it.  Gaga said that she wanted people to take the ‘Bang-bang’ from this song (whatever that is and my best guess is instant success) and understand that no matter who they are, or where they come from, that they can feel beautiful and dirty rich.

When Gaga recorded this song, she was reluctant to add any dance-oriented beats to it, insisting on keeping it in its original rock version.  However, music producer Rob Fusari, who co-wrote this song, convinced her that a drum machine would not hurt her integrity, telling her that Queen, who was one of Gaga’s musical inspirations, used it in their music.  Fusari thought that her voice reminded him of the 1984 Queen song ‘Radio Ga Ga’, so he decided to give her the stage name “Lady Gaga”.  Gaga was born in 1986 and she began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays.  Her bold fashion statements and eclectic songs made her into an icon, but her life story is about resilience and overcoming the odds.  She learned to play the piano at the age of 4, and by the time she turned 11, she was already accepted to the Juilliard School, Manhattan but instead, her family made her attend a private Catholic school.  Gaga worked as a stripper when she was a teenager and she says that she is sexually attracted to girls.  While working in New York she began performing with Lady Starlight.  Lady Gaga started working as a songwriter and she would write for other artists like The Pussycat Dolls, New Kids on the Block, Britney Spears, and more.

Beautiful, dirty, dirty, rich, rich, dirty, dirty
Beautiful, dirty, rich
Dirty, dirty, rich, dirty, dirty, rich, beautiful
Beautiful and dirty, dirty, rich, rich, dirty

We got a red light
Pornographic dance fight
Systematic, honey
But we got no money
Our hair is perfect
While were all getting shit wrecked
It’s automatic, honey
But we got no money

Daddy, I’m so sorry, I’m so s-s-sorry, yeah
We just like to party, like to p-p-party, yeah

Bang bang
We’re beautiful and dirty rich
(Dirty, dirty, rich, dirty, dirty, rich, beautiful)
Bang bang
We’re beautiful and dirty rich
(Beautiful and dirty, dirty, rich, rich, bang bang)

We live a cute life
Sound-fanatic
Pants tighter than plastic, honey
But we got no money
We do the dance right
We have got it made like
Ice cream topped with honey
But we got no money

Daddy, I’m so sorry, I’m so s-s-sorry, yeah
We just like to party, like to p-p-party, yeah

Bang bang
We’re beautiful and dirty rich
(Dirty, dirty, rich, dirty, dirty, rich, beautiful)
Bang bang
We’re beautiful and dirty rich
(Beautiful and dirty, dirty, rich, rich, bang bang)

A-bang bang bang, bang bang bang
Beautiful, dirty rich
A-bang bang bang, bang bang bang
Beautiful, dirty rich

Bang bang
We’re beautiful and dirty rich
(Dirty, dirty, rich, dirty, dirty, rich, beautiful)
Bang bang
We’re beautiful and dirty rich
(Beautiful and dirty, dirty, rich, rich, bang bang)

Bang bang
(Dirty, dirty, rich, dirty, dirty, rich, beautiful)
Bang bang
(Beautiful and dirty, dirty, rich, rich, bang bang)

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

Where To Invest

I told Fandango that he should put his money into gold when he wrote about the Bear market which may affect his IRA’s, but nobody in their right mind should take investment advice from me.  I did take Financial Cost Analysis in college, which I hated, but the professor seemed like he knew what he was talking about and his strategy was to keep your money in things that hold value, so he did not keep much of that in the Stock Market, instead he bought shares in a gold mine.  I guess that owning part of a silver mine would be about the same thing, but I think that you need to be rich first before you can make an investment like that.  I did read that some experts recommend that you should invest between 30-40% of your funds in precious metals.  I want to give Paula a special thanks for supplying this week’s theme and the themes for the last three weeks.

Last week we had Bad Hair Days where the theme was songs that mention Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  This week the theme is songs that mention Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to 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.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being rules:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can 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.

This week I will be writing about the Lady Gaga song ‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘If’ by Bread.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph
June 5, 2022 – Disgust, Embarrassment, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, Shame suggested by Melanie B Cee aka Sparky of Sparks From A Combustible Mind
June 12, 2022 – Excitement, Pleasure, Sentiment, Spirit suggested by Melanie B Cee aka Sparky of Sparks From A Combustible Mind
June 19, 2022 – Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, Wonder suggested by Melanie B Cee aka Sparky of Sparks From A Combustible Mind

Touch Your Hair

‘Crazy Fingers’ is a Grateful Dead song written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter which was released on their 1974 Blues For Allah album.  ‘Crazy Fingers’ was named after the jazz pianist and band leader Claude Hopkins (1903-1984) who was the music director for Josephine Baker’s first European tour, and he also performed at the Cotton Club and Savoy and Roseland ballrooms in New York.  He was nicknamed “Crazy Fingers” because of his fast fingers when he played piano.  This song features a vast array of chords and key changes making it a very challenging number.  It is said to be not the easiest Grateful Dead song to play, but it contains a delicate jam that offers a variety of possibilities for songs that it could lead into, so it was often played as an opener.  ‘Crazy Fingers’ was developed from an instrumental studio outtake called ‘Distorto’, which was practiced a few times, but never made it any further.

‘Crazy Fingers’ contains haiku-like verses that are mostly made up of an 8-6-3-8-3 syllable pattern, although it varies a bit.  The lyrics discuss the beautiful imagery contained in nature like rain, thunder, trees, clouds, lights which are all tied into this delightful love song.  Hunter uses a water theme to reflect falling in love, as he strays down to the water into the deep sea of love, beneath the sweet calm face of the sea to feel the swift undertow with cloud hands reaching from a rainbow.  He wonders if love makes life sweeter, but he decides to wait till the end to decide, the point where he hears Lady Lullaby singing specifically for you.  The song ends on a “carousel ride, reaching for the gold ring”, but it slips away, although he keeps on trying to reach it.

Your rain falls like crazy fingers
Peals of fragile thunder
Keeping time
Recall the days that still are to come
Some sing blue

Hang your heart on laughing willow
Stray down to the water
Deep sea of love
Beneath the sweet calm face of the sea
Swift undertow

Life may be sweeter for this, I don’t know
See how it feels in the end
May Lady Lullaby sing plainly for you
Soft, strong, sweet and true

Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow
Tapping at the window
Touch your hair
So swift and bright, strange figures of light
Float in air

Who can stop what must arrive now?
Something new is waiting
To be born
Dark as the night you’re still by my side
Shining side

Gone are the days we stopped to decide
Where we should go, we just ride
Gone are the broken eyes
We saw through in dreams
Gone, both dream and lie

Life may be sweeter for this, I don’t know
Feels like it might be alright
While Lady Lullaby sings plainly for you
Love still rings true

Midnight on a carousel ride
Reaching for the gold ring
Down inside
Never could reach it, just slips away
But I try

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is songs that mention Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

Bad Hair Days

Oddly Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Song Lyric Sunday both incorporated the word head as themes this week, which I don’t think has ever happened before.  Mr. Potato Head did have a hat, and hair as accessories, but since he really didn’t have much of a neck, I don’t think that I have ever seen him wearing a scarf.  This brings us to the cha, cha, Chia novelty pet, which was way better than the pet rock.  I remember there being a Richard Simmons Chia pet, there was one for Willie Nelson and David Hasselhoff, Mr. Miyagi, “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Golden Girls, Garfield, Tweety Bird and there was also one for baby Yoda.  The terracotta figurines would sprout chia, and this was fun and educational for children, teaching them about the effects of sunlight, and how to feed and care for these plants.  Both Mr. Potato Head and the Chia pet seem like dumb toys to me, however there is no accounting for taste, as some people still like our former president.

Last week we had Are My Dogs Barking where the theme was songs that mention Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  This week the theme is songs that mention Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to 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.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being rules:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can 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.

This week I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘Crazy Fingers’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’ by Lady Gaga.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 22, 2022 – Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph
June 5, 2022 – Disgust, Embarrassment, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, Shame suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind
June 12, 2022 – Excitement, Pleasure, Sentiment, Spirit suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind

Put Your Money in Your Shoes

The American traditional song ‘Deep Elm Blues’, is also known as ‘Deep Elem Blues’ and ‘Deep Ellum Blues’, is thought to have come from the difficulty that blacks of this era had pronouncing the word Elm and they would say it as Elem.  The title of the song refers to the historical African-American neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas known as Deep Elem, which was home to music legends Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, Lead Belly, and Bill Neely.  Lightning Hopkins, Alex Moore, Buster Smith, and T-Bone Walker are also known to have played there.  ‘Deep Elem Blues’ has become a standard blues song, a warning that acclaims the vices found in the once-thriving, predominantly black area of town, where a lot of people black and white enjoyed themselves (after dark) in clubs and bars, immersed in the sometimes-shady goings-on of sin and corruption that one tends to find on the other side of the tracks.  Deep Elem was on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas, and it still has head shops, great restaurants, nightclubs, and tattoo shops.  It first sprang up as a ramshackle business district with saloons and variety theatres and evolved, during the early decades of the twentieth century, into a place where the black and white worlds of Dallas converged.  Deep Elem was the Colored Red-Light District in Dallas, known as Elm Street where the bordellos were located.

The first known recording was made by the Cofer Brothers (Paul and Leon) on OKeh Records in 1927 playing under the name of The Georgia Crackers and the song was titled ‘The Georgia Black Bottom’, and since then this song started to take on a life of its own, as everybody who sang it added something to it.  Another early version of this song was recorded by the Lone Star Cowboys in 1933, with Leon Chappelear a pioneer of Western Swing for Bluebird Records.  Jimmie Davis gave the Lone Star Cowboys a record deal with RCA Victor to record ‘Deep Elm Blues’ and the group broke their ties with Chappelear and changed their name to The Shelton Brothers (Bob, Joe and Merle).  They recorded it again in 1935 for Decca Records followed by Deep Elm No.2 and Deep Elm No.3.  The Shelton’s also recorded it in the 1940s as Deep Elm Boogie for King Records.  With the emergence of hot fiddle bands and Western swing, this song was performed by the Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills, and Roy Newman.  In 1935, a string band named the Prairie Ramblers (with Patsy Montana) recorded this tune.  Other versions of the song were made Doc Watson, Hank Thompson, Charlie Feathers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Poovey, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Grateful Dead, and Levon Helm.  In 1962, Jerry Garcia played this with David Nelson and a year later he played this with his then wife Sarah.  There is also a cool version by a band called Blackberry Smoke, with their special guest, Billy Gibbons, from legendary Texas band ZZ Top.

If you go down to deep elem put your money in your shoes
The women in deep elem, they give you the deep elem blues
Oh, sweet mama, your daddy’s got them deep elem blues

Once I had a girlfriend, she meant the world to me
She went down to deep elem, now, she ain’t what she used to be
Once I knew a preacher, preached the bible through and through
He went sown to deep elem, now, his preaching days are through

When you go down to deep elem to have a little fun
Have your ten dollars ready when the police man comes
When yo go down to deep elem put your money in your pants
‘Cause the women in deep elem, they don’t give a man a chance
Oh, sweet mama, your daddy’s got them deep elem blues

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is songs that mention Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

Are My Dogs Barking

Your feet are crucial to your physical health, so you should always give them the attention that they need.  Shoes that fit well can protect you, if you wear them.  People look for shoes that are comfortable and they also appreciate ones that are stylish, having an expensive look, yet are totally affordable.  Don’t forget to wear socks, as they will absorb moisture and prevent blisters.  Red shoes are considered to be the emblem of a wild, dangerous and unruly women.  They also represent their enduring power as a woman, which is conventionally seen as being worn for a man’s pleasure.  When a lady wears a pair of red shoes or boots, she is making a statement shouting out loud that she is powerful enough to conquer the whole world.  Dorothy tapped her red shoes three times to get back home.  In the Hans Christian Andersen story Karen had red shoes which had power over her legs and made her dance.  She asked the executioner to cut her feet off which were stuck inside of her red shoes.  The shoes danced away, not a happy ending in my opinion.

Last week we had Better Planning where the theme was songs that mention Suit, Pants, Dress, Shirt suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  This week the theme is songs that mention Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to 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.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being rules:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can 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.

This week I will be writing about the Traditional song ‘Deep Elem Blues’, and next week, I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘Crazy Fingers’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 15, 2022 – Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 22, 2022 – Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph
June 5, 2022 – Disgust, Embarrassment, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, Shame suggested by Melanie

I’d Dress Like a Duck

Robert Hunter wrote the lyrics for ‘Liberty’ and Jerry Garcia later rewrote the music, but this song was originally released on Robert Hunter’s 1988 Liberty album.  The band consisted of Jerry Garcia on guitar, Michael White on bass, David Mann playing drums, Robert Hunter on guitar, and singing vocals, along with Rick Meyers playing piano, singing vocals & playing a Roland S50 Sound Sampler.  This song was eventually rewritten by Garcia so it could be performed by the Grateful Dead.  Hunter has said that ‘Liberty’, ‘Bone Alley’ and ‘Black Shamrock’, were all originally written for the Grateful Dead for possible inclusion on their 1987 twelfth studio In The Dark album.  ‘Liberty’ never made it on to the album, but it was played over 50 times by the Grateful Dead.

Robert Hunter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performing lyricist for the Grateful Dead.  He was also a recording artist, a poet, and a translator and a good friend of Jerry Garcia.  Hunter began contributing lyrics for the Grateful Dead’s 1969 third album Aoxomoxoa, and since then, he wrote the lyrics to some of the Dead’s most memorable songs, including ‘Truckin’’ ‘Dark Star’, ‘China Cat Sunflower’, ‘Ripple’, Brokedown Palace’, ‘To Lay Me Down’, ‘Uncle John’s Band’, ‘Box of Rain’, ‘Scarlet Begonias’ and their only song to become a hit ‘Touch of Grey’.  Hunter met Garcia in 1961 at a local production of the musical Damn Yankees, where they were introduced by Hunter’s ex-girlfriend, and Garcia’s then-girlfriend, Diane Huntsburger.  Hunter’s Liberty album was much better than his earlier albums, probably because Jerry Garcia was part of the backup band.  Unfortunately, Liberty was the last album containing new song material that Robert Hunter produced as of 1996.

Liberty is a synonym for the word freedom, as this is the ability that a person has to do whatever they please.  People often say that if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, that makes it a duck, but if something is just dressed like a duck, that doesn’t make it a duck.  I have no idea why an eagle would ever want to dress like a duck, but I respect its freedom for doing so.  Every bird should be free to fly and not have to walk to get places.  This song is about being entitled to do things, like if you are out in the sun, then you should be able to look for shade, or if you are a bed, that you could stay unmade and even a river should be allowed to run uphill.  Other freedoms include being able to crawl like a lizard and honk like a truck, climb up a tree, or chop it down.

Hunter gave life to the Grateful Dead using his lyrics to shake the hand of P.T. Barnum and Charlie Chan and living in a silver mine, but called it a Beggar’s Tomb.  Robert Hunter passed away on March 6, 2019 at the age of 78, dying peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by his wife Maureen who was by his side holding his hand and his family never announced a cause of death.

Saw a bird with a tear in his eye
Walking to New Orleans my oh my
Hey, now, Bird, wouldn’t you rather die
Than walk this world when you’re born to fly?

If I was the sun, I’d look for shade
If I was a bed, I would stay unmade
If I was a river I’d run uphill
If you call me you know I will
If you call me you know I will

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home

Say what I mean and I don’t give a damn
I do believe and I am who I am
Hey now Mama come and take my hand
Whole lotta shakin’ all over this land

If I was an eagle I’d dress like a duck
Crawl like a lizard and honk like a truck
If I get a notion I’ll climb this tree
or chop it down and you can’t stop me
Chop it down and you can’t stop me

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home

Went to the well but the water was dry
Dipped my bucket in the clear blue sky
Looked in the bottom and what did I see?
The whole damned world looking back at me

If I was a bottle I’d spill for love
Sake of mercy I’d kill for love
If I was a liar I’d lie for love
Sake of my baby I’d die for love
Sake of my baby I’d die for love

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home
I’m gonna find my own way home

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme today is Suit, Pants, Dress, Shirt suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

Better Planning

You get invited to a party or an event that doesn’t specify the level of formality, and to your embarrassment, you are the only one who arrived underdressed.  Casual is your style, but when you see that everyone else put more effort into their attire than you did, you feel like a total slob.  You don’t have many options now, as you can’t just leave and get changed into something else.  You should have worn your suit, even though you don’t feel all that comfortable in it.  At least you put on pants and didn’t wear your shorts.  Your wife had enough sense to wear a nice dress and you just noticed that you have a stain on your shirt.  Note to self, make an effort to never show up underdressed again.

Last week we had Like a Dog with Two Tails where the theme was songs that mention Anxiety, Delight, Emotions, Pain, Pride, Relief suggested by Di of pensitivity101.  This week the theme is songs that mention Suit, Pants, Dress, Shirt suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to 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.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being rules:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can 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.

This week I will be writing about the song ‘Liberty’ by Robert Hunter, and next week, I will be writing about the Traditional song ‘Deep Elem Blues’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 8, 2022 – Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 15, 2022 – Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 22, 2022 – Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph

The Right Time for Me

‘Night Time’ was released in 1988 on Brian Wilson’s first solo album Brian Wilson.  It is a song about a guy who prefers night over day, because the Sun is too bright and it is too hot during the daytime.  He feels that the nighttime is much better and he hopes to meet a girl when everyone has gone back inside.  From 1963 thru 1966, the Beach Boys released 10 studio albums and every one of them was ranked higher than #13 on the US charts.  The Beach Boys worked under Brian Wilson’s direction till 1967, but he gradually relinquished control of the group to his bandmates and the band became an oldies act.  On 23rd December 1964, Brian Wilson suffered from a major nervous breakdown five minutes into a flight where the Beach Boys were travelling to Houston for a concert.  The nervous breakdown incident involved Brian crying and making shrieking noises, while he screamed into a pillow, spun out of his seat and sobbed on the cabin floor.  Wilson didn’t perform in Houston and he decided to take a break from his public life, a period which ended up in a twelve-year self-assigned sabbatical from the band.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the 1966 Beach Boys masterpiece album Pet Sounds at #2 on their list of the greatest albums of all time.  Beach Boys singer Mike Love wondered who was going to be able to hear this shit, thinking that people would need the ears of a dog to appreciate these new songs that Brian was working on, and that inspired the album title.  Pet Sounds took up more 10 months and cost a then-unheard-of $70,000, making it one of the most expensive albums ever recorded at that time.  The Capitol executives thought it was too radical compared to what the group had previously released, so they were really disappointed and they tried to bury Pet Sounds with a greatest-hits album Best of the Beach Boys, which crushed Brian Wilson.  Brian Wilson threw away his Beach Boys’ template, assembled a battalion of top session players, when he began to record Pet Sounds.  Tony Asher was involved along with the rest of the Beach Boys, but since Brian wrote all the music and produced it, Pet Sounds is often considered as the first Brian Wilson solo album.  The Beatles loved Pet Sounds, and Sgt. Pepper was recorded as an attempt to emulate it.  The pressure from being labeled a “genius” by press members, fellow musicians and fans alike further corrupted Brian Wilson’s fragile mental state.  This, along with the copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, lead him to isolate himself from the few people he still had left in his life, staying in his bedroom for many years.  His behavior during this time was very erratic and bizarre.

Brian Wilson’s first solo album was promoted as a spiritual successor to his band’s 1966 release Pet Sounds, and it was the first album that he produced since 1977, when the group recorded The Beach Boys Love You.  In 1987, Andy Paley was producing an album in London, when he got a call from Seymour Stein of Sire Records who was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner in Manhattan with Wilson, after they had just inducted songwriters Leiber and Stoller.  Within a few days, Paley began working with Wilson on his debut solo album.  Paley said that ‘Night Time’ was a 50:50 collaboration in which he wrote the verse and Wilson wrote the chorus.

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

‘Cause the sun shines a little too bright
My eyes can’t take that light
Will you be waiting there
In the cool of the twilight air
That’s where we’ll be because

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Downtown where the sun beats strong
Eight hours is a little too long
When I see that sun goin’ down
I drive to the edge of town
Wait for awhile because

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time is delight time
It’s starlight time
And it’s the right time for me

Night time
Light time
Right time
Right time

So there it goes
Sun’s sinkin’ down, it’s gettin’ dark
Colors are fading fast
Night covers the sun and leaves no mark

The neighborhood
Everyone has gone back inside
It’s understood
Won’t you sit down right by my side

Night time
Light time
Light time
Right time for me

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time (night time) is delight time (light time)
It’s starlight time (light time)
And it’s the right time for me (right time for me)

Night time
Light time
Light time
Right time for me

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme today is songs that mention Anxiety, Delight, Emotions, Pain, Pride, Relief suggested by Di of pensitivity101.

Like a Dog with Two Tails

People are born with 8 primary emotions, which are wired into our brains, causing us to react in certain ways and have certain urges when these emotions arise.  Anxiety is grouped in with fear, along with apprehension, nervousness, dread, fright, and panic.  Delight, pride, and relief are all grouped in with joy and this category also includes enjoyment, happiness, bliss, thrill, and ecstasy.  Pain is not considered to be an emotion, as it is thought of as being an emotional response.  Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust are the main characters of the 2015 Disney/Pixar animated feature film, Inside Out, that the main character Riley has to struggle with.  Mixed emotions are defined as experiences that are usually opposite pf each other, like feeling happy and sad, or having something that is good mixed in with something that is bad.  A mixed emotion would make you pleased and not pleased at the same time, or excited, but at the same time, you are sad.

Last week we had Just Keep Swimming where the theme was to find songs t that that Beach, Surf, Swimming suggested by Amy Braun.  This week the theme is songs that mention Anxiety, Delight, Emotions, Pain, Pride, Relief suggested by Di of pensitivity101.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to 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.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being rules:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can 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.

This week I will be writing about the song ‘Night Time’ by Brian Wilson, and next week, I will be writing about the Robert Hunter song ‘Liberty’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 1, 2022 – Suit, Pants, Dress, Shirt suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 8, 2022 – Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 15, 2022 – Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
May 22, 2022 – Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II