Shining Star

‘Shining Star’ was written by Leo Graham and Paul Richmond and recorded by The Manhattans in 1980 on their album After Midnight and the single peaked at #4 on the US Billboard R&B chart, and #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.  The Manhattans were a classic R&B vocal group that were named after the cocktail not the nearby island and they won a Grammy in 1980 for this song.  They were originally from Jersey City, New Jersey and formed in 1962 as a doo wop-influenced R&B quintet, and then reinvented themselves as sweet smooth soul balladeers during the ‘70s and because they were able to adapt their style to fit changing times, this allowed them to achieve incredible longevity with their career.  ‘Shining Star’ is a sweet slice of Philly soul, with lush string arrangements, punchy horns, organ, and funky bass lines.  There is another song that is also named ‘Shining Star’ which was a #1 hit for Earth, Wind & Fire with Maurice White singing lead and backing vocals, but this is an entirely different song.

Shining Star is the name of the fourth live album, and fifth album overall, by the Jerry Garcia Band and it is comprised entirely of cover tunes.  It is a double CD containing 15 songs and the first one is ‘Shining Star’.  These songs were all recorded at various concerts from 1989 to 1993 and released in 2001.  The Jerry Garcia Band version of this song is much longer than the one previously released by The Manhattans.  Other musicians on this album are John Kahn playing electric bass, David Kemper on drums, Melvin Seals on keyboards, and organ and Gloria Jones and Jackie LaBranch singing background vocals.  The Jerry Garcia Band was intermittently active touring and recording regularly throughout its twenty-year sporadic existence from 1975–1995, usually during breaks in the Grateful Dead’s schedule.  They played blues, R&B, rock, pop and gospel tunes

In this song, a man tells his woman that she is his shining star and he wants to be with her forever.  He cares about her greatly and the love that they share together.  He is telling her that she is his light and hope in life and that he is under her spell being completely hypnotized by her.  All he cares about is loving her and he has no interest in anyone else.  He tells her not to leave him because he feels so good with her in his life.  He wants to love her for all eternity and when they touch each other, he loves her even more.  This may be the perfect song to tell someone that you truly love them and want to be near them till the end of time, so you can treat them with kindness and respect, while being passionate.  This is an ode to love and it is filled with heartfelt and joyous emotions.

Ooh, yeah

Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away, oh, baby
Wanna be right here where you are
Until my dying day, yeah, baby

So many have tried
Tried to find a love like yours and mine, yeah, baby
Girl, don’t you realize how you hypnotize?
Make me love you more each time, yeah, baby

Honey, I’ll never leave you lonely (yeah)
Give my love, all to you only
To you only, to you only

Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away, no, baby
Wanna be right here, where you are
Until my dying day, yeah, baby

Feel so good when we’re lying here next to each other
Lost in love, yeah, baby
Baby when we touch, I love you so much
You’re all I have with me now, yeah, baby

Honey, I’ll never leave you lonely (will)
Give my love to you only
To you only, to you only

Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away girl, no, baby
Wanna be right here where you are
Until my dying day

Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away, (ooh, ooh)
Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away
Honey, you (are my shining star)
(Don’t you go away)
Honey, you (are my shining star)
(Don’t you go away)
Honey, you (are my shining star)
(Don’t you go away)
Honey, you (are my shining star)
(Don’t you go away)
Honey, you are my shining star
Don’t you go away (ooh, ooh), oh no

Honey, I’ll never leave you lonely (oh)
Give my love to you only
To you only, to you only

Honey, you (are my shining star)
Don’t you go away

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma.

Celestial

Many objects are located in outer space and some of these can be observed by astronomers and the resulting data can be analyzed using basic principles of physics.  The universe is vast, but the afterglow from the Big Bang can be captured by satellites.  In the 1943 Romance film The Heavenly Body which starred William Powell and Hedy Lamarr, an astronomer is hot on the trail of a comet which he just discovered, but his wife feels neglected, so she becomes engaged in astrology to see if she can truly be happy with her husband.  The stars tell her that she will have a new man in her life, which suddenly looks more likely when her husband leaves the house, angry that his wife believes in astrology.  Many people thought that Hedy Lamarr was way to dazzling beautiful to come up with the idea of frequency hopping, a way of jumping around on radio frequencies in order to avoid a third party jamming your signal.  Lamarr invented this technology in the 1940s for use as a secret wartime communication system that could keep the enemy from interfering with a ship’s torpedoes and although it was never used in WW2, this emerged as a way of secretly communicating on all of today’s gadgets like Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

Last week we had Laundry where you were supposed to find songs where somebody is having sex, or talking about it, insinuating sex, or hinting about sex.  This week the theme is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma.  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.

Here are the “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 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 song ‘Shining Star’ by The Manhattans and it was also done by the Jerry Garcia Band today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Chuck Berry song ‘The Promised Land’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
October 17, 2021 – Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101
October 24, 2021 – Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical suggested by Tales from the mind of Kristian
October 31, 2021 – Songs that feature wind instruments which includes Brass instruments (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas) and Woodwind instruments (recorders, flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons) suggested by Maggie From Cave Walls
November 7, 2021 – Past, Present, Future

Lover Man

Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez and James Sherman wrote Billy Holiday’s signature song ‘Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)’, (which was often called simply ‘Lover Man’) in the late 1930s or early 1940s, but they didn’t know what to do with it, till they gave it to Billy Holiday to record and this song and it proved to be her only major chart success.  She released it in 1944, and it climbed to the #5 spot on the R&B charts the following year and made it into the top 20 of the pop charts as well.  There was a musicians strike going on from 1942 – 1944 which prevented her from recording it earlier.  The American Federation of Musicians called for a recording ban, demanding the studios pay royalties instead of flat fees for nearly all recording by AFM member musicians and orchestras.  Holiday’s primary label at the time, Columbia, was a hold-out and, subsequently, one of the last to sign the AFM agreement late in 1944.

When major record companies declined to record Billie Holiday’s searing anti-lynching song, ‘Strange Fruit’, Milt Gabler produced it in 1939 as the head of Commodore Records and it went on to sell a million copies.  Holiday approached Gabler with ‘Lover Man’ begging him to let her record this with strings behind her singing and she recorded this with Toots Camerata and His Orchestra.  Her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989.  Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan, and her parents, Sadie Fagan and Clarence Holiday, were both teenagers when she was born, and her musician father took off when she was still a baby.   The name “Billie” came from silent movie star Billie Dove, whom Holiday adored.  She was nicknamed “Lady Day” by musician Lester Young, and she often wore white gardenias fastened in her hair when performing.

The iconic American Singer Billie Holiday was active from the mid-1930s until her death in 1959 and her recordings are considered classics, still influencing singers today.  Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.  It was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Pictures.  Diana Ross portrayed Holiday, alongside a cast including Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers.  It was nominated for five Academy Awards.

In July 1946, Charlie Parker recorded a rendition of ‘Lover Man’ while he was intoxicated, but this was considered by many to be his most passionate recording ever.  Barbra Streisand recorded a version for her album Simply Streisand in 1967, her version peaked #29 at Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

This is often called the quintessential song about loneliness, and it manages to convey a good deal of emotion when sung by the right person.  The singer desires to be involved in a sexual or romantic relationship, but because they don’t currently have a partner, they are very sad.  They are living a life without any kissing which is tragic and when the night gets cold, there is no one available for then to snuggle up with.  They are willing to give up their soul just to have a lover and when they see the moon above them and have no one to love them it becomes unbearable.  Her desire is overwhelming and she never gives up hope of finding some hugging and kissing.

I don’t know why but I’m feeling so sad
I long to try something I never had
Never had no kissing
Oh, what I’ve been missing
Lover man, oh, where can you be

The night is cold and I’m so alone
I’d give my soul just to call you my own
Got a moon above me
But no one to love me
Lover man, oh, where can you be

I’ve heard it said
That the thrill of romance
Can be like a heavenly dream
I go to bed with a prayer
That you’ll make love to me
Strange as it seems

Someday we’ll meet
And you’ll dry all my tears
Then whisper sweet
Little things in my ear
Hugging and a kissing
Oh, what we’ve been missing
Lover man, oh, where can you be

I’ve heard it said
That the thrill of romance
Can be like a heavenly dream
I go to bed with a prayer
That you’ll make love to me
Strange as it seems

Someday we’ll meet
And you’ll dry all my tears
Then whisper sweet
Little things in my ear
Hugging and a kissing
Oh, what we’ve been missing
Lover man, oh, where can you be

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is to find a song where somebody is having sex, or talking about it, insinuating sex, or hinting about sex.

Laundry

After we had kids, it became harder to get time for us to have sex, so we developed a code word, which we would use to notify each other that we desired to have sex.  If I wanted sex, I would tell my wife that I wanted to do the laundry and she would always let me know when she was ready to do the laundry.  I came up to her one afternoon and told her that I was ready to do the laundry and she said that little Billy had just fallen down and he has a bloody nose, so this was not a good time.  An hour later I mentioned doing the laundry and my wife said that little Sally had just spilled her drink on her dress and she had to get her changed so she could go to a party.  Later on, my wife approached me and said that she was ready to do the laundry now and I told her that it was only a small load, so I did it by hand.

Last week we had Every Dog Has Their Day, with it being Fandango Sunday and our theme was Other, That, or This.  This week a rather different prompt where you are supposed to find songs where somebody is having sex, or talking about it, insinuating sex, or hinting about sex.  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.

Here are the “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 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 song ‘Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)’ by Billie Holiday today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Jerry Garcia Band song ‘Shining Star’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
October 10, 2021 – Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma
October 17, 2021 – Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101
October 24, 2021 – Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical suggested by Tales from the mind of Kristian
October 31, 2021 – Songs that feature wind instruments which includes Brass instruments (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas) and Woodwind instruments (recorders, flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons) suggested by Maggie From Cave Walls

That You’re In Love

Mark James a Houston, Texas-born songwriter wrote ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ which became a big hit for Billy Joe or BJ Thomas.  Other James originals and co-writes that almost everyone recognizes are Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ and Willie Nelson’s ‘Always on My Mind’.  BJ Thomas recorded this song first and he took it to the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.  In 1959, Francis Zambon changed his name to Mark James and he became friends with BJ Thomas.  After his service in the Vietnam war, James was signed as a staff songwriter working for Chips Moman.  Mark James wrote ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ for his childhood sweetheart Karen Taylor who he went on to marry and he’s still married to Karen James.

This song has a connection with the 1959 song ‘Running Bear’, which has a Romeo & Juliet theme where the two young lovers are separated by a river that was too wide, but their love forced them to try to cross and meet, however they both drown.  J. P. Richardson, better known as The Big Bopper, wrote this, the guy who died in the plane crash that along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.  The Big Bopper sang novelty songs and he thought this was too serious for him so he passed ‘Running Bear’ to Johnny Preston.  The recording featured background vocals by Richardson and George Jones and the session’s producer Bill Hall, who provided the “Indian chanting” of “uga-uga” during the three verses, as well as the “Indian war cries” at the start and end of the record.  It reached #1 for three weeks and Billboard ranked ‘Running Bear’ as the #4 song of 1960.  In 1971, Jonathan King an English singer and Pop mogul took the “Ocka Chunka” backing from ‘Running Bear’ and added it to the B.J. Thomas song ‘Hooked On A Feeling’.  His cover reached #23 in the UK and three years later Swedish group Blue Swede topped the American singles chart with their version again with the “Ocka Chunka” backing.

BJ Thomas sang the theme song for the ‘80s sitcom Growing Pains with both Jennifer Warnes (seasons 2 and 3) and Dusty Springfield (season 4).  He also had big hits with ‘(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’.  BJ was a five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee and at the age of 78, he passed away on May 29, 2021 following a battle with lung cancer.

I can’t stop this feelin’
Deep inside of me.
Girl you just don’t realize
What you do to me.

When you hold me in your arms so tight
You let me know everything’s alright.

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII’m…!
Ed on a feelin’
I’m high on believin’
That you’re in love with meeeeeee.

Lips are sweet as candy
The taste stays on my mind.
Girl, you keep me thirsty
For another cup of wine!
I got it bad for you, girl
But I don’t need a cure.
I’ll just stay addicted
And hope I can endure!

All the good love, when we’re all alone.
Keep it up, girl, yeah you turn me on.

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII’m…
Ed on a feelin’
I’m high on believin’
That you’re in love with meeeeeee.

All the good love
When we’re all alone
Keep it up, girl
Yeah you turn me on.

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII’m…
Ed on a feelin’
I’m high on believin’
That you’re in love with meeeeeee.
I’m hooked on a feelin’!
And I’m high on believin’
That you’re in love with meeeeeee.
I said I’m hooked on a feelin’
I’m high on believin’
That you’re in love with meeeeeee.

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Other, That, This.

Every Dog Has Their Day

I consider Fandango of This, That and the Other to be a good friend, but I don’t really know that much about him, because of that bag which he keeps over his head.  For all I know, today could be his birthday, but anyway I made this theme to honor him for all the hard work that he puts into the WordPress community.  You have to give him credit for blogging on an iPhone, as I know that I would never be able to do that.  Everyone should be familiar with his daily FOWC, his weekly Provocative Questions and Flash Fiction photo challenges and his new Story Starter prompt.  He is a very dedicated blogger who shows up here every day with something to say.  The theme here today is my way of honoring Fandango for all the prompts that he hosts which allow others to participate in.

Last week we had Heavenly Satisfying, with the theme of Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet suggested by Paula Light of Light Motifs II.  This week it is Fandango Sunday and our theme is Other, That, This.  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.

Here are the “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 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 song ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ by BJ Thomas today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Billie Holiday song ‘Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
October 3, 2021 – Songs where somebody is having sex or talking about it
October 10, 2021 – Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma
October 17, 2021 – Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101
October 24, 2021 – Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical suggested by Tales from the mind of Kristian

With a Voice So Sweet

Before the Grateful Dead were formed, they were known as The Warlocks a group from Palo Alto which existed in the end of 1964 when Jerry Garcia, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Bob Weir, who were all members of Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, decided that they wanted to play “electric” music.  They added a rhythm section, Dana Morgan Jr. on bass and local drummer Bill Kreutzmann.  The first Warlock performance was in Magoo’s pizza parlor in Menlo Park in May 1965.  After a handful of performances Phil Lesh replaced Dana Morgan on bass.  The Warlocks recorded a six-song demo on their November 3, 1965 session for Autumn Records at Golden Gate Recorders in San Francisco using the name The Emergency Crew since they discovered that there was at least one other group in the country using the Warlocks name.  Four of these were original songs, ‘Mindbender (Confusion’s Prince)’, ‘The Only Time Is Now’, ‘Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)’ and ‘Can’t Come Down’ and one was a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Early Morning Rain’, and they did the traditional song ‘I Know You Rider’.

Anyone of these four original songs could be called the first Grateful Dead song, although others say it is ‘The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)’, which was written when they became known as the Grateful Dead.  The lyrics for ‘Can’t Come Down’ were credited to Jerry Garcia and the rest of the group contributed to composing the music.  It was played in 1965-1966, then dropped from the repertoire.  I have heard people compare this song to Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and I might be able to compare some of Robert Hunter’s lyrics with Dylan’s, this was written before hunter became their lyrists.  It is a different sounding Grateful Dead song with very catchy lyrics and everything rhymes, so it more of a pop song and you have to love Pigpen playing the harmonica.

The Warlocks played at several Acid Tests and I guess that Garcia encountered a lot of extremely people at these events and some of them may have had trouble coming down off of the hallucinogens that they took at these parties.  This is a happy song and I don’t think that Garcia who was called Captain Trips at this time, had any problem dealing with being high and he may have even helped some people deal with a bad trip.  The chorus states, “I can’t come down, I’ve been set free.  Who you are and what you do?  Don’t make no difference to me.”  This fits into the hippie culture of accepting people, by promoting openness and tolerance as alternatives to the restrictions and regimentation that they saw in middle-class society.  By not conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior or morals, hippies were outcasts that decided that they would rather make love, and not war.  If this song came out after Viagra was released, “can’t come down” may have had a completely different meaning.

I’m flying down deserted streets
Wrapped in mother’s winding sheets
Asbestos boots on flaming feet
Dreaming of forbidden treats
When uniforms on nighttime beats
Ask me where I’m going and what I eat
I answer them with a voice so sweet

I can’t come down
It’s plain to see
I can’t come down
I’ve been set free
Who you are and what you do
Don’t make no difference to me

Well someone’s trying to tell me where it’s at
How I do this and why I do that
With secret smiles, like a Cheshire Cat
And leather wings like a vampire bat
I fly away to my cold water flat
And eat my way to a bone of fat
And I say to the man with the funny hat

I can’t come down
It’s plain to see
I can’t come down
I’ve been set free
Who you are and what you do
Don’t make no difference to me

They say I’ve begun to lose my grip
My hold on reality is starting to slip
Tell me to get off this trip
They say that it’s like a sinking ship
Life’s sweet wine’s too warm to sip
And if I drink I’ll surely flip
I just say as I take a nip

I can’t come down
It’s plain to see
I can’t come down
I’ve been set free
Who you are and what you do
Don’t make no difference to me

So, as I dream of cotton seas
And granite halls and redwood trees
An ugly eye that only sees
Endless mirrors and infinite me’s
About the winter’s coming freeze
This afterthought I say with ease
To all of you who made your pleas

I can’t come down
It’s plain to see
I can’t come down
I’ve been set free
Who you are and what you do
Don’t make no difference to me

Written for Song lyric Sunday where the theme is Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet suggested by Paula.

Heavenly Satisfying

Why would she call me a doorbell, what does that even mean?  I thought she was trying to press my buttons by saying that I was some type of a ding-dong, which is probably close to being a ding bat and I got mad over this, so I confronted her.  She said that she didn’t call me a doorbell and that she thought that I was adorable.  I thought that was delightful, pleasant, and sweet and then I kissed her in a way that I’d never kissed a girl before.  I told her that she would be mine from now on and she took me home to meet her parents, but they hated my long hair and the fact that I didn’t have a job.

Last week we had Resolute, Staunch, and Steadfast, with the theme of Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True suggested by Lady A.  Our theme this week is Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet suggested by Paula Light 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.

Here are the “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 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 song ‘Can’t Come Down’ by Grateful Dead today.  Next week, I will be writing about the BJ Thomas song ‘Hooked On A Feeling’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
September 26, 2021 – Other, That, This – Fandango Sunday
October 3, 2021 – Songs where somebody is having sex or talking about it
October 10, 2021 – Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma
October 17, 2021 – Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101

Well, It’s True

‘Next Time You See Me’ is a blues song written by Earl Forest and Bill Harvey, originally recorded in 1956 by Junior Parker (as “Little Junior Parker” as he was then known).  The song was Parker’s first record chart appearance after joining Duke Records and one of his most successful singles in both the R&B and pop charts.  Earl Forest was an American musician and a member of the Memphis-based R&B coalition called the Beale Streeters, which included Johnny Ace, Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, B.B. King, and Roscoe Gordon.  William G. Harvey was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist and bandleader.  Herman “Junior” Parker (March 27, 1932 – November 18, 1971) was an American Memphis blues singer and musician.  In 2001, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.  Parker is also inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.  In 1957, the single ‘Next Time You See Me’ backed with ‘My Dolly Bee’ reached #5 on Billboard‘s R&B chart and went to #74 on the Hot 100.

I didn’t read Robbie Robertson’s autobiography, but apparently, he was told by Rice Miller Sonny Boy Williamson II that Little Walter and Junior Parker are his two of his illegitimate sons, and that is why he taught each of them how to play the harmonica.  Junior Parker perfected his harmonica playing and impressed crowds around his Memphis home with his smooth blues vocals, including talent-scout Ike Turner, who brought the artist to Modern Records to record his debut single in 1952.  Junior only traveled in the best blues circles from the outset and he played gigs with Howlin’ Wolf while still in his teens.  Parker was exceptionally versatile and he was ranked with B. B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Little Milton as top blues stars of the African American “chitlin circuit.”  He also had many white admirers, including Elvis Presley, who recorded Parker’s ‘Mystery Train’ for Sun Records.  Parker died of a brain tumor on November 18, 1971 in a Blue Island, Illinois hospital at age 39.

Despite his failing health, Pigpen put everything that he had into this Europe 72 tour, and back then he was still the Dead’s front man.  After this tour, Pigpen appeared on stage with the Grateful Dead at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 17, 1972 for the last time.  He was found unresponsive on March 8, 1973.  The video below shows him wearing his cowboy hat singing and playing harmonica in this blues song.  Jerry Garcia plays his Alligator Fender Stratocaster which was a gift that he got from Graham Nash in 1970 and this became Garcia’s primary instrument between 1971 and 1973 and it provided the sound for the Grateful Dead triple live album, Europe ‘72.   ‘Next Time You See Me’ was performed by the Grateful Dead about 70 times when Pigpen was part of the group and it was released on a bunch of their bootleg albums and some live albums.

This song is about a guy who dumped his girl for cheating on him and now she has been replaced by another.  I imagine that she saw another guy who she felt would be better for her as the lyrics say, “all that shines is not gold”, and things did not work out for her in this relationship.  The Bible says that a man reaps what he sows, meaning that future consequences are inevitably because they were shaped by your actions.  This girl is hurting but the man doesn’t want to listen to her complaining, because she is solely responsible for everything that happened to her.  This woman lied and cheated so things will never be the same between them.

Next time you see me things won’t be the same,
Next time you see me things won’t be the same,
If it hurts you my darling, you only got yourself to blame.
Well, it’s true, true saying, all that shines is not gold.
Well, it’s true, true saying, all that shines is not gold.
Like the good book says, you gotta reap what you sow.
Well, you lied, cheated — woh-oh! for so long,
Well, you lied, cheated — woh-oh! for so long,
You were wrong to do it woman, and another queen is on your throne.
Next time you see me things won’t be the same,
Next time you see me things won’t be the same,
If it hurts you my darling, you only got yourself to blame.
Well, it’s true, true saying, all that shines is not gold.
Well, it’s true, true saying, all that shines is not gold.
Like the good book says, you gotta reap what you sow.

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True suggested by Lady A.

Resolute, Staunch, and Steadfast

He was a true believer and he still thinks that Trump is his president.  His loyalty led him to the January Sixth insurrection where he met other like-minded protestors.  He was faithful to a fault, having more of this quality than any man should have had for someone who he did not know.  He was immovable and unwavering in his belief that fraud was committed and that Biden actually stole the election.  The only honorable thing he could think of was to take back the country by devoting all his efforts to interrupt Congress from certifying the results.  He knew that nothing but the truth would ever come out of the mouth of Trump, so he joined the mob that were going to get justice by stopping the steal.  Luckily for him, he wasn’t one of the 250 people that were charged so far with breaching the Capitol, however he plans to be present for the Sept. 18 “Justice for J6” rally and since justice is due, I hope that he gets arrested there.

Last week we had Blowout Affair, with the theme of Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, Party suggested by Lady A.  Our theme this week is Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True and it is again suggested by Lady A.  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.

Here are the “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 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 song ‘Next Time You See Me’ by Junior Parker today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘Can’t Come Down’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
September 19, 2021 – Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet suggested by Paula
September 26, 2021 – Other, That, This – Fandango Sunday
October 3, 2021 – Songs where somebody is having sex, or talking, or hinting about having it
October 10, 2021 – Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma