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Broken Hearted

If you have been following this season’s X Factor USA – you will know this young lady, Carly Rose Sonenclar. She is in a class of her own – and she is 13 years old. I know we’ll be hearing much more of her too!

Toxic

I’ve been impressed with this young lady since she made her debut on “The Voice”.  Her name is Melanie Martinez and I have a feeling we’ll be hearing her much more from now on.

The New Nat King Cole

My favorite moment from last night’s X-Factor – when Simon said that Daryl Black was like a young Nat King Cole. If you missed this amazing audition, here it is again.

Enjoy and God Bless!

Where’s My Music?

Spotify Logo

Spotify Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always had a love/hate relationship with my CD/Radio.  There is a shelf for it in my bathroom.  Up until recently it has sat there, willing and able to play CD’s or a radio station of my choosing.  I like to have music going while I shower and get ready for my day.

 

The love part of the relationship is this:  I LOVE good music.

 

The hate part of the relationship is this:  I HATE commercials.

 

When listening to radio I have discovered there are TONS of commercials.  I really hate them.

 

When I listen to my own CD – because of the moisture in the bathroom – the CD sometimes skips or won’t play at all.

I have loved Spotify free service on my iMac so I decided to try Spotify premium service for a month so that I could listen to my playlist on my mobile devices and more particularly in the bathroom.  This meant getting rid of the clunky CD player and buying a speaker dock for my iPhone.

 

I actually tried one – returned it and tried another one.  Then because I didn’t want to pay for music from a monthly subscription like Spotify – I decided to explore internet radio.

 

I bought an app for .99 that allows me to access radio from around the world – COMMERCIAL FREE.  It is called SHOUTcast.

 

SHOUTcast

SHOUTcast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can play it from my iPhone or iPad in my bathroom – my favorites include easy listening stations and movie soundtracks.  They are my new favorites.  Can’t wait to try Christmas stations.

And now there is commercial free music coming from a radio station of music that I love – any time I am in the bathroom getting ready for the day – or winding down for the night.

If you are a music lover – you will love this option on your mobile devices!  And if you have not yet discovered having a speaker dock for your mobile devices – I highly recommend Sony – great speaker sound and has a digital radio with it – with the clock displayed on the front.  Great for at night when I get up to go to the bathroom 🙂  It even has a remote – just like this one in the picture.  I use the remote ALL THE TIME – especially for Spotify tunes or tunes from my own playlist in iTunes.  I know you will love it!

Sony Speaker Dock/Clock Radio for iPhone

Sony Speaker Dock/Clock Radio for iPhone (Photo credit: John Biehler)

 

Happy listening!

 

God Bless

 

Tiny Dancer

Those of you that grow up in the 60's and 70's will remember and appreciate the early days of Elton John's career with famous hits like “Your Song” and “Bennie and the Jets” – along with “Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me” and “Daniel”. The song “Tiny Dancer” is one of my all time favorites (along with the song “The One” and “Your Song”) and brings back many wonderful memories of my youth.

Bernie Taupin, friend and lyricist songwriting partner to Elton's amazing melodies and piano arrangements is said to have written these words for his wife, Maxine – who really was a ballerina and seamstress traveling with their band. Bernie would see her dancing on the side of the stage and he was inspired to pen these very famous lyrics. They were married in 1971 and Elton was best man. It is also in 1971 that Elton recorded the live performance below.

No matter what your personal opinion is of Elton John, who will have to admit that he was and still is a very talented and accomplished writer and musician – spanning a career of some 45 years. He is also responsible for writing the beautiful musical scores to many Disney animated movies such as “Lion King” which are poignant and timeless.

If you grew up when I did – you will love this “acoustic” performance of the very well known hit. What is your favorite Elton John song? What memories do you have when you hear it played now?

Enjoy this special recording of “Tiny Dancer” – it always makes me smile 🙂

God Bless

 

Will You Still Love Me?

English: Picture of Jason Scheff taken at Inte...

English: Picture of Jason Scheff taken at Interlochen Center of the Arts, July 2003 Taken by Jennifer Wicker (KellysMom) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I LOVE 70’s music and bands. Chicago is one of my very favorite bands with their rich vocal and instrumental harmonies. However, this is a band that went well into the 80’s too and after the departure of Peter Cetera they still had many number one hits – like this one featuring new lead vocalist and bass player, Jason Scheff. I heard this on the radio the other morning and had to jot it down. I also love it because it came out in 1987 some 24 years ago – the same year that my daughter was born. I found this music video and wanted to share it with you – great song – great memories.

When was the last time you heard a song on the radio that really took you back?

Enjoy and God Bless

Take me as I am
Put your hand in mine
Now and forever
Darling here I stand
Stand before you now
Deep inside I always knew

It was you
You and me
Two hearts drawn together
Bound by destiny

It was you
And you for me
Every road leads to your door
Every step I take
Forever more

Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life
I gotta lot of love and I don’t want to let go
Will you still love me for the rest of my life?
’cause I can’t go on
No, I can’t go on
I can’t go on
If I’m on my own

Take me as I am
Put your heart in mine
Stay with me forever
‘Cause I am just a man
Who never understood
I never had a thing to prove

‘Till there was you
You and me
Then it all came clear so suddenly
How close to you that I wanna be

Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life
I gotta lot of love and I don’t want to let go
Will you still love me for the rest of my life?
‘Cause I can’t go on
No, I can’t go on
I can’t go on
If I’m on my own

Do you believe a love could run so stong?
Do you believe a love could pass you by?
There was no special one for me
I was the lovely one, you see
But then my heart lost all control
Now you’re all that I know

Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life
I gotta lot of love and I don’t want to let go
Will you still love me for the rest of my life?
‘Cause I can’t go on (I can’t go on)
No, I can’t go on
I can’t go on
If I’m on my own

I can’t go on (I can’t go on)
No, I can’t go on

‘Cause I can’t go on (Will you still love me?)
No, I can’t go on (Just say you love me)
Can’t go on
Without somebody I can call my own

‘Cause I can’t go on (Will you still love me?)
No, I can’t go on (Just say you love me)
(Stay around) Can’t go on

‘Cause I can’t go on (Will you still love me?)
No, I can’t go on (Just say you love me)
Can’t go on
If you could say your love

‘Cause I can’t go on (Will you still love me?)
No, I can’t go on (Just say you love me)
(Stay around) Can’t go on
You’ll never be alone

Happy

One of my favorite Carpenter tunes.  Sadly, this song was never recorded as a single – but a part of an album of other famous songs in the 70’s.  The album was entitled “Horizon” and had other notable songs on it, such as “Desperado” and “Only Yesterday”.  I think I wore the record out – playing it so much!  Every song on the album is GREAT!

Karen Carpenter was one of the best pop voices of our generation and she died way too young.  I remember it well – hearing the news of her death in my senior year of college.  It was hard to believe – I have always loved her voice and her music.  What an impact she and her brother made on pop music for many to follow after!

Hope you enjoy this blast from the past!

God Bless


I’ve played the game of love before
Too young to know
How hard the fall could be
I never thought I’d try again
Somehow you brought
The gambler out in me
You can deal me in this time around
Even though the odds are high
We’ll play them down
You may be a chance I need to take
And the hand I’m holdin’ says it’s no mistake
Happy is the way I’m feelin’
And I know it comes from being with you
All at once my life is changin’
And I know it’s cause I’m fallin’ in love
With you
Fallin’ in love with you
Fallin’ in love
Fallin’ in love with you
If this is luck then let it ride
If it’s the stars
They’re surely on my side
I’ve never been so satisfied
By love before
For all the times I’ve tried
These beginnings could mean more
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/carpenters-lyrics/happy-lyrics.html)
Than the brief affair I bargained for
Little did I know when we began
That my time had come to win a hand
Happy is the way I’m feelin’
And I know it comes from being with you
All at once my life is changin’
And I know it’s cause I’m fallin’ in love
With you
Fallin’ in love with you
Fallin’ in love
Fallin’ in love with you
Please forgive me if I seem
To be walking through a waking dream
Laughter never came so easily
There’s a freedom here that’s new to me
Happy is the way I’m feelin’
And I know it comes from being with you
All at once my life is changin’
And I know it’s cause I’m fallin’ in love
With you
Fallin’ in love with you
Fallin’ in love
Fallin’ in love with you

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