Despite a long absence from playing around the WordPress world, I’ve been given the honor of selecting this month’s theme in Dolly’s Music Passion thread, a regular monthly attraction on her blog All About Lemon. I reflected on what kind of theme we should do for this month that might capture the spirit of music and passion, and the concept of “night” seemed interesting. Night is definitely when music and passion often intersect. So join in everyone and post some of your favorite songs about night.
For me, the first song that came to mind was from a personal favorite, Ray Charles. I have chosen (Night Time) Is the Right Time. It is an old rhythm and blues song originally recorded in 1957 by Nappy Brown. Ray Charles covered it a year later and it became an immediate hit. The song has this raw, primal, lusty energy driving it, especially when Margie Hendricks calls to Ray in a little musical naughtiness. After all, isn’t night time the right time to be with the one you love?
(Night Time) Is the Right Time – Ray Charles (1958)
Hoping everyone has a very nice night. Behave! Or maybe not…
I’ve been gone so long, that it occurs to me I lost that one hour of sleep I had gained since I last posted. Last time I participated in the Music Passion thread in Dolly’s Blog was October. Well, here it is March and the theme for the month is DREAM. So many songs to choose from, but impulse struck. After checking out the other entries to make sure someone else hadn’t already posted, I was in luck!
OK, I’m a big fan of Louis Armstrong. He just has a way about him that leaves you with a smile. Since I like smiling, and like making other folks smile as well, I give you my humble entry for this month’s fun in Music Passion:
A Kiss to Build a Dream On.
I know, I know, it’s been like forever since I last posted. It’s a long story, and well, maybe I’ll do some explaining in another post. In the meantime, I thought I’d get back into the groove by joining Dolly’s Music Passion series of musical posts by themes. October’s theme is “One.” As long as One is somewhere in the title it’s good to go. Now I have no idea if I even have any followers left, but here goes…
Bob Marley, a personal favorite of mine – One Love.
See, that wasn’t too hard. Maybe I can get back into the swing of things. I was getting worried that Random Thoughts might have to be re-labeled as Infrequent and Sporadic Thoughts.
Another month, another musical topic for the Music Passion game hosted on Dolly’s Blog, All About Lemon. Carolyn, who writes and blogs on ABC of Spirit Talk is a repeat winner for both September and October. She has selected “World” as the theme in this month of November. Congratulations Carolyn – two in a row!
I’ve selected a song written and performed by War titled “The World is a Ghetto.” It is the title track of the album, released in 1972. In vinyl. It is hard to believe this melancholic and mournfully trippy song is now 40 years old. Moreover it seems to stand the test of time. Kick up your feet and have a listen – I’ve managed to find the full album version that has a great sax solo in the middle.
Another month, another musical topic for the Music Passion game hosted on Dolly’s Blog, All About Lemon. Carolyn, who writes and blogs on ABC of Spirit Talk is September’s winner and has selected “Morning” as the theme for October. Congratulations Carolyn!
I’ve selected a Cat Stevens singing an old hymn “Morning Has Broken” for my entry this month. Many mistakenly credit Stevens for writing this, but the song itself has a long history. If you are interested and wish to read more about it, click here.
I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I posted around these parts, but what better way to get me to crawl out of the woodwork than a throw-down challenge to participate in the Music Passion game on Dolly’s All About Lemon Blog?
This month’s theme is the BLUES, posed to us all by Jaz, a musician herself who posts on My Buddha Blog right here at WordPress. I’d like to personally thank Jaz for tormenting me about this month’s category. I LOVE the Blues, and have what must be a gazillion songs within the genre, dating back to the turn of the 20th Century through today. How in the world do I pick one song? Gaaaaaa!!!! This is all your fault Jaz!!! She suggested I keep it old-school.
It’s been a hot summer here – scorching in fact, so I thought maybe we should go for something cool. OK, so how about some Sonny Boy Williamson, playing “Nine Below Zero“? You can’t get much cooler than that – brrrr! Sonny Boy Williamson was often referred to as the King of the Harmonica. I don’t think anyone got more sound with a feeling out of ten little holes than he did. His voice has a lot of feeling to it, and he just oozes of cool.
Go on over to Dolly’s Blog and check out the other entries for the month.
I was so busy last month, I missed out entirely on Dolly’s Music Passion game, whose theme for the month was Flowers. So here we are in July, and June’s winner, Sarah Potter, selected Birds as its theme. I see my favorite was already taken by Jaz, who posted Eva Cassidy’s rendition of Songbird – you beat me fair and square to the punch. Hopefully, I’ve managed to come up with a solid alternative choice.
Rules to play along are simple:
- Find our theme song
- Post it in your blog.
- Tell us something about it.
- Your post title should be “Music Passion”
- Always link your post with the Music Passion page.
OK, so my pick for this month’s theme of Birds is an old favorite by Jackson Browne from his album The Pretender, released in 1976. The song’s title is Linda Paloma, Spanish for Beautiful Dove, complete with Mexican Mariachi accompaniment. This kind of music makes me feel like I’m sitting on a tropical beach watching the sunset with a refreshing drink in my hand. Enjoy!