Week 90 – Gloria

‘Gloria’ was Laura Branigan’s signature song and it was influenced by Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Nicks. Her recording career began in 1972, with folk group Meadow. She toured with Leonard Cohen in 1976, as a backing singer on his first European tour and her first single, ‘All Night With Me’ charted at # 62. Her other hits were ‘Solitaire’, ‘Self Control’, and ‘Power Of Love’. After the release of her seventh album Over My Heart in 1993, she semi-retired from the music industry to care for her husband, Larry Kruteck, who was suffering from cancer and ended up dying in 1996. Branigan died in her sleep from an undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm in 2004.

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Laura Branigan recorded this song in 1982 on her Branigan album.  Gloria reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it spent 36 weeks on the chart, it also went to #6 in the UK and it set a new record for a single by a solo female act at the time.  This Euro disco song ‘Gloria’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1983, but she lost out to Melissa Manchester’s ‘You Should Hear How He Talks About You’.  This song was written by Italian composer Gaetano Bigazzi, Italian pop singer Umberto Tozzi, and Canadian songwriter Trevor Stanley Veitch.  Umberto Tozzi released this song in 1979 and it was popular in some non-English-speaking countries in Europe. 

Los Angeles keyboardistGreg Mathieson replaced Edgar Winter in White Trash, and from 1974-1976 he traveled with Helen Reddy around the world and then from 1976-1978 he traveled with Olivia…

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Blame it on the Browser

I contacted the WordPress Happiness Engineers today, but my issue got lost in the sauce of deflecting the problem.  My Gravatar just stopped appearing when I hit the Like button on other bloggers posts and I was not happy about this, so I contacted them to help me out.  Their motto is: We care about your happiness!  They don’t call us Happiness Engineers for nothing.  If you need help, we’re here for you!

I went to https://wordpress.com/help/contact and it knew who I was, so I scrolled down and clicked on the Chat with us button at the bottom of the page.  The person asked if it was OK for them to log into my account and clock the Like button on a post, and I told them that was fine.  They were able to get my Gravatar to appear next to the like button and they said, “I’d recommend trying the browser troubleshooting tips in this guide: https://wordpress.com/support/browser-issues/, which is what they always do.  Nothing got fixed and even if I ate a Happy Meal right now, I would not be loving it, as I have lost that loving feeling and I don’t believe in Happiness Engineers.

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Michael Jackson walked into an oasis where a Bedouin was drinking with his camel and he asks the Bedouin if he can buy the camel to finish his trip across the desert.  The Bedouin told Michael that he could have the camel if he could tell him how a camel hides out in the desert.  Michael said that the camel uses camouflage.  Michael said that he could make a crocodile smile and a kookaburra laugh and he asked the Bedouin, “What do you call a camel with no humps?”  The Bedouin gave up and Michael said, “Humphrey.”  Michael said, “When I bring the camel back, where should I park it?”, and the Bedouin replied, “Put it back in the Camelot.”

My Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Midnight at the Oasis re-blog went to the wrong website, and I guess that you only get one, so this is a bit different, but if you want to read the whole post, then go here.

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/midnight-at-the-oasis/

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

I hope that I am not incorrectly interpreted, please don’t get me wrong.  If you get a misconceived notion of what I said, because you were mixed up, I sincerely hope that does not give you the wrong impression or idea about me.  Perhaps you are mistaken and you have misjudged me, anyway there is a fun challenge going on today and everyone is welcome to participate.

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This song was recorded by the Animals and it came out on their1965 Animal Tracks album.  It reached #3 in the UK and charted #15 in the US.  This single was ranked by Rolling Stone at #322 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  ‘Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ was written by Horace Ott, Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus. Horace Ott started writing this song while pondering a troublesome time with his girlfriend Gloria Caldwell, as they had just gotten into a heated argument.  Ott sat down at the piano, and he expressed how he was well intentioned, but misunderstood by Gloria, a sentiment that many men can relate to, married or not.  He was unable to finish it, so he took it to his writing partners Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus.  The trio finished it in short order, but because they used different publishing…

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(Fresh Air) Have Another Hit!

Sometimes all you need is the air that you breathe and to love someone.  She took my breath away and when I lost her, it was like living in a world without air.  I can feel it in the air and tonight I will be walking on air.  Bob Weir wanted “Thick air” and producer David Hassinger threw his hands up in the air.  It is about time that I come up for air and let everyone know that for MM Music challenge today you could write about breathing air.

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This song was written by Gary Duncan, and the lyrics are by Jesse Oris Farrow, who is professionally known as Chester William Powers Jr and he also used the stage name of Dino Valenti.  Dino Valenti recently rejoined the San Francisco-based band Quicksilver Messenger Service just before this song was released.  ‘Fresh Air’ was the only single released from the album Just for Love.  The single peaked on November 7, 1970 at No. 49 during a nine-week stay on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band’s most successful single.  This song featured some of John Cipollina’s best guitar work.

Quicksilver Messenger Service is an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco.  All five members of the band were born under the sign of Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury, so they took the name Quicksilver Messenger Service.  The original members of Quicksilver Messenger Service were…

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For What It’s Worth

Some times you win and sometimes you lose, but everyone who participates in the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge is a winner.  Stop by and check out an old Buffalo Springfield song ‘For What It’s Worth’.

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Folk rock band guitarist Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield was inspired to write ‘For What It’s Worth’ because of the Sunset Strip curfew riots that culminated in November 1966.  This song charted #7 in the US and it eventually became part of their 1966 eponymous debut album.  It was not originally included, but after ‘For What It’s Worth’ became a hit single, it replaced ‘Baby Don’t Scold Me’ on re-issues of the album.  In the 60’s, Los Angeles was the home for many rock & roll groups including Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, The Doors, Electric Prunes, Love, The May Wines, Mothers of Invention. The Seeds, The Sloths, The Standells and Yellow Payges.  On November 12, 1966, outside teen hangout Pandora’s Box, the infamous riot took place between police and young people on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California.  The riot itself was a long-simmering eruption…

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Forever Young

Give it a try, you never know, you might like it. I wrote about this song and it already has 7 LIKES woohoo!  Check it out and see how much fun you can have writing in this exciting challenge.

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This song was originally recorded by Bob Dylan with The Band in November 1973 and it appeared on his album Planet Waves. There are two different versions of this song on Planet Waves a slow and a fast version. Dylan had four children between 1966-1969, and this song is a warmhearted wish that his children would have all the best in life, from making the right choices to having the right attitude and spiritual guidance and it was intended as an uplifting message from a parent to a child. It is a hopeful song that a loved one will maintain the wonder of a youthful heart, no matter their actual age. Dylan tells his child that he wants him to reach his fullest potential, to reach the stars but not without climbing on every rung along the way. Rod Stewart recorded his ‘Forever Young’ song that was released as a…

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Playing Dress Up

My sister had the Barbie game when we were young and it was definitely a girl’s game and she wanted my brother and I to play it with her.  It probably was not easy for her being the only girl and after some coaxing from our parents my brother and I reluctantly decided to play.  My sister described it as an adventure game where we were supposed to find a date for the prom and then pick out our outfit for the party.  It was a board game played with dice and each player got a marker to move around the board.  There were SURPRISE game cards that contained instructions and suggestions on things to do and there was also fake money involved.  For some unknown reason I always ended up being Poindexter, the brainy smart one.  My brother was Ken the good looking one and my sister was Barbie the popular one and my sister’s best friend Lynn was Midge, Barbie’s best friend.

The game was really lame and I was required to sign up for school clubs, and earn pocket cash by working as a part time model and eventually make it to the prom.  My sister and her friend Lynn seemed to enjoy the game a lot especially the parts that I hated, like getting a date and choosing a formal dress.  There were not all that many games around for girls to play back in the early 60s that I can remember, other than the Game of Life and Aggravation.  I think that Barbie was a positive influence on girls allowing them to have dreams about having a career, owning their own house, car, having any type of clothing they desired, getting a boyfriend that they chose and being a success in anything they tried.

Written for Linda G Hill’s October 26, 2019 Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “dress”.

Time Of Day

On May 19th in 1536, Anne Boleyn the second wife of English King Henry VIII, was beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason.  Pete Townshend was born on this day in 1945.  Joey Ramone was born on this day in 1951.  In 1958, the soundtrack album for South Pacific went to #1 and stayed at #1 for 31 weeks.  Also in 1958, Bobby Darin released his single, ‘Splish Splash’.  In 1960, The Drifters recorded ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’.  In 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday to the U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  In 1965, FBI agents visited Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to the song ‘Louie Louie’ by the Kingsmen.  In 1975, The Eagles released the single ‘One Of These Nights’.

Dawn refers to the time around the solar event known as sunrise.  Dusk corresponds to the time period when the sun sets.  Noon refers to the time that is just around 12pm, which is supposed to be the middle of the day.  Midnight refers to the exact time of 0000/2400 hours, but most people also include the time just around it.  Nocturnal refers to something that is done, occurs, or is active at night.  Diurnal is something that takes place during the day, or it could mean that it happens each day or is done daily.  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal is the theme for today. I hope this category is broad enough, so everyone can find a song that fits the prompt.  Select your song, write your post and please be patient, and wait for me to approve your pingbacks, 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.
  • 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 will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • 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 song Ripple’ by the Grateful Dead this week.  Next week I will write about song ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 26, 2019 – Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell
June 2, 2019 – Avenue/Boulevard/Drive/Road/Street
June 9, 2019 – Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion
June 16, 2019 – Dad/Father/Barbecue

The Mighty Quinn

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Third time is a charm, at least that is what I am hoping as this is my third attempt at hosting the MM Music challenge.  Bob Dylan’s songs are filled with people, some are real and others are imagined.  Bob also uses many characters from literature, fables, folklore, and because of his timeless lyrics that communicate messages of peace, sting ex-lovers and tell freewheeling stories of Shakespearean heroes, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  In today’s song, ‘The Mighty Quinn’ (an Eskimo) arrives and this changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals.  Dylan’s song memorialized a movie that most people will never watch.

In the song the mighty Quinn (an Eskimo) arrives, and this changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals.  Dylan is widely believed to have derived the title character from actor Anthony Quinn’s role as an…

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