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WAIT For It & The WAITING – WAIT & WAITING Songs

For Marvel fans far and wide, one of your Avengers, Hawkeye, has recently released an album that is making waves from Asgard to Wakanda and is worthy of a listen.

Jeremy Renner, back from the dead, has crafted a set of songs inspired by the biggest fight of his superhero career, the fight to recover from life-threatening injuries sustained just over a year ago when his body was crushed when his snowcat rolled on top of him, fracturing over 30 bones in his chest and legs.

In Renner’s own words:

There was a lot for me to fight for, and recovery was just a one-way road in my mind. My recovery became relief for me, because I knew I could give relief to my family, my daughter and to all those that I really affected…

I never thought about my own physical ailments, my own pain, or my own anguish. I had so many things to fight for, so the one-way road of recovery was my mental attitude, and that attitude was always to get better. There’s no option other than that. And I still work at every part, every day, and thank God that I have a lot to fight for…

I have been exploring EVERY type of therapy since Jan 14th … every day, countless hours of physical therapy, peptide injections, iv drips and pushes, stem cell and exosomes, red light / IR therapy, hyperbaric chamber 2.0 atmospheres, cold plunge, and the list goes on and on…. 

But my greatest therapy has been my mind and the will to be here and push to recover and be better…. Be exceptional… I feel it’s my duty to do so. Not to squander my life being spared, but to give back to my family, friends, and all of you whom have empowered me to endure. I thank you all.

A veteran of numerous hit films in addition to his Avengers role, including S.W.A.T, The Hurt Locker, The Town, American Hustle, Glass Onion, as well as starring in Mission Impossible and Bourne movies, Renner’s first love was music. He joins many of his fellow superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe equally adept at singing, including Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Zendaya, Tessa Thompson, and Scarlett Johansson.

Your Avengers showing their vocal superpowers:

Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. singing “Driven To Tears” with Sting:

Black Widow – Scarlett Johannson singing “Relator” with Pete Yorn:

Valykyrie – Tessa Thompson singing in Creed:

MJ – Zendaya singing “Rewrite The Stars” from The Greatest Showman:

Loki – Tom Hiddleston singing “Hey Good Lookin’” from I Saw The Light:

In my humble opinion, as with Jeremy Renner’s acting, his music does not disappoint. Skilled at guitar, keyboards, and drums as well as vocally, he crafted a set of songs detailing his experiences, fears, inspiration, and motivation during his arduous recovery to wholeness. I love his voice, gravely and tinged with vulnerability and raw emotion at times. While reviews of his release span from accolades and praise to denigration and deprecation, I think his music is listenable with lyrics and melodies that linger and inspire yet another listen. Judge for yourself.

His song “Wait” was written for his daughter who was scared when he was recovering from his injuries, asking her to “wait for me” as he continued to progress through his recovery.

The song provides the theme for today’s music blog, songs with the word Wait or Waiting in their title. Some other Wait song greats include White Lion’s “Wait,” Van Halen’s “I’ll Wait,” J. Geils “Just Can’t Wait,” Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait,” Meat Loaf’s “Heaven Can Wait,” Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile.” And Waiting hits include Tom Petty’s “The Waiting,” Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain,” Eric Clapton’s “She’s Waiting,” The Rolling Stones “Waiting On A Friend,” Foreigner’s “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” among many others. Check out the playlists to hear them all.

One song appears in each playlist, “Waiting In Vain” by Bob Marley, with a fantastic adaptation by Annie Lennox. While the song title is “WAITING In Vain,” the lyrics feature “WAIT in vain” much more prominently throughout the song. Of note, a new movie  chronicling the life of the reggae great is just out in theaters, Bob Marley: One Love:

And the only dong on the list that doesn’t feature Wait or Waiting in its title but features it prominently in its lyrics is Billy Joel’s Vienna:

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?

Vienna – billy joel

Here one of my AI fave’s Elise Testone performing Billy Joel’s “Vienna” on American Idol in 2012:

On to the music. Here are the playlists, and a link to Jeremy Renner’s album. I think you’ll enjoy them.

WAIT For It playlist:

The WAITING playlist:

And Jeremy Renner’s album Love And Titanium:

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!

Burn This Disco Out – Disco Hits

On January 21, 1978 Saturday Night Fever, the defining soundtrack of the disco 🪩 era, began a 24-week run at the top of the US album chart. The double LP was released 2 months earlier, a few weeks prior to the opening of the movie featuring John Travolta. The Grammy Award winning double album included several No.1 hits, including “Night Fever,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and “If I Can’t Have You.” With additional Bee Gee contributions “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than A Woman,” “Jive Talkin”, and “You Should Be Dancing.”  Prior to the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, it was the best selling album of all-time, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide, and was the best-selling soundtrack album of all-time until supplanted by The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992. Interestingly, the Bee Gees weren’t involved in the film until post-production, with Travolta dancing to Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs during filming.

The soundtrack and music provide the theme for this week’s music blog – Disco. A genre of dance music as well as subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the US urban nightlife scene, the music was hallmarked by danceable beats with syncopated baselines, string sections, brass and horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. It spawned several dance styles, including the Bump and the Hustle. It was the rise of discotheques and clubs, disco fashion, and a drugs and sex subculture.

Disco sensations included the forementioned Bee Gees, as well as ABBA, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Alicia Bridges, Thelma Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Chan, Chic, KC and the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Sister Sledge, The Trammps, Diana Ross, Kool & the Gang, and the Village People, among many others.

Disco saw its decline following the infamous Disco Demolition Night on July 12, 1979 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The lackluster White Sox promotion held between games of a double-header saw instead of their usual 5,000 or so fans, a packed house of over 50,000 attendees who rioted during the festivities, causing damage to the ballfield and forfeiting of the second game. Fueled by a concern that disco was taking over rock, a dislike of disco’s flamboyant dress, as well as racism and homophobia, disco records as well as even R&B and soul albums were blown up and burned. It spawned the Disco Sucks campaign with a general contempt for anything disco throughout the nation, signaling the beginning of the end of disco music, as well as seriously derailing the careers of many disco artists, the Bee Gees in particular, in the wake of the anti-disco backlash.

The decline in popularity of disco was rapid. At the time of the demolition night, the top six songs on the music charts were disco songs. By September 22nd there were no disco songs in the top 10 on the US charts. The late 70’s saw a revival of interest in oldies, in part related to the 1978 film Grease. And the early 80’s saw a surge in country music slowly rising in the pop charts, with the 1980 film Urban Cowboy contributing to the popularity of country music. Interestingly, both movies, Grease and Urban Cowboy, as well as Saturday Night Fever all starred John Travolta, who somehow found himself with lead roles in three movies that shaped three major genre shifts in pop music.

One of my fondest recollection of disco is roller skating at area roller rinks, a 70’s to 80’s thing, to many of the hits contained in this playlist. I also enjoyed hearing stories from my oldest cousin of her nights clubbing at discotheques with her girlfriends. I used to think of her as one of the stars in Saturday Night Fever, dancing the night away opposite the spinning and strutting of her own Tony Manero.

The first songs of the playlist are usually cited as the origins of disco, with perhaps the earliest precursor Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” released in 1972. It includes the lyrics “Mama ko, mama sa, maka makossa”, which Michael Jackson appropriated with a similar “Mama se, mama sa, ma makosa” in “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” later settled with compensation out of court. Other frontrunners including the Four Seasons’ “The Night,” Barry White directed “Love’s Theme,” BT Express’s “Do It,” even Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting.” Then early songs more easily identified with mainstream pop disco were “Rock Your Baby,” “Rock The Boat,” “Love Train,” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.”

The bulk of the playlist highlights a variety of hits by the artists mentioned above: the Bee Gees, ABBA, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Alicia Bridges, Thelma Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Chan, Chic, KC and the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Sister Sledge, The Trammps, Diana Ross, Kool & the Gang, and the Village People.

The end of the playlist includes some strange and perhaps less than strange bedfellows who hopped on to the disco craze, including some Motown R&B greats such as the Miracles with “Love Machine” and The Temptations with “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” and the Commodores with “Lady.” Michael Jackson’s music is obviously dance-centric, but a few songs were notable for a more disco vibe, including “Dancing Machine,” and much of Off The Wall, my favorite Jacko album, including “Rock With You,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” and the title song, whose sound foreshadowed Thriller. Give “Off The Wall” a listen and you’ll swear the song was on Thriller. And of course a song off the same album lends the title to the playlist “Burn This Disco Out.”

Blondie crossed over with “Heart Of Glass,” Sarah Brightman with “I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper,” Barbra Streisand (with Donna Summer) with “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” Cher with “Take Me Home” and “Believe.” Then Rod Stewart had “Do Ya’ Think I’m Sexy,” ELO with “Shine A Little Love,” Stevie Wonder with “Sir Duke,” Elton John with “Mama Can’t Buy You Love”, “Victim Of Love,” and more recently “Cold Heart,” Queen with “Another One Bites The Dust,” The Rolling Stones with “Miss You,” and even Kiss with “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.”

Years to follow, acts like Rick Astley with “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Daft Punk with “Get Lucky” and “One More Time,” Justin Timberlake with “Rock Your Body” and “Can’t Stop The Felling” Miley Cyrus with “Midnight Sky,” Kylie Minogue with “Magic,” Due Lipa with “Don’t Start Now,” and Doja Cat with “Say So” got on the disco vibe.

If you could only watch one video to summarize disco, it should be this footage from “Stayin’ Alive”:

Then there is “Stayin’ Alive” Airplane style!:

And “Stayin’ Alive” Spiderman 3 style!:

Even the Peanuts got in on the action:

Then there’s Rick Deez with his disco parody, “Disco Duck”:

And disco inspired several movie themes, here with Rose Royce’s title song for the movie Car Wash:

Thank God It’s Friday, here with Donna Summer singing her disco classic “Last Dance”:

And Fame with Irene Cara’s title song:

And Flashdance with Irene Cara’s “What A Feeling”:

And more recently Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with Abba’s “Dancing Queen”:

And you can’t forget the impact Soul Train had on disco and dance, here featuring KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Shake Your Booty”:

The band that may have foreshadowed the beginning of the end of disco, with they’re outward portrayal of gay fantasy masculine personas, perhaps being too much for a less than accepting 1970s America, the Village People, their name even a reference to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, with its reputation as a gay neighborhood, here with their mega-hit, which is still played at many a wedding, party, bar, and sporting event, inspiring dancing and active participation, spelling the song with arm motion, the iconic “YMCA”:

And there is a movie The Last Days of Disco which I have yet to watch but its on the list now:

And for a closing video, a montage of dancing in TV and movies from the 70s set to the Trammps “Disco Inferno”:

So be ready to get your disco 🪩 on, as these songs just might inspire you to shake, shake, shake 🕺 … shake, shake, shake 💃🏻 … shake your booty! ☺️

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!

Golden YEARS – Happy New Year! – YEAR/S Songs

What better theme for a New Year’s Eve music blog than the word year. As we usher out the old year, and in the new, may listening to great music perhaps be one of your resolutions, and compared to many we make, an easy one to achieve.

Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches, and attending raucous parties.

So hopefully no sacrifices, apart from resolutions on becoming better versions of ourselves. And while perhaps not so raucous, attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, and watching fireworks displays may be part of our celebration.

While I thought seeing the fireworks for the 4th of July celebration in Washington D.C. was impressive, they couldn’t hold a candle to the displays put on by the citizens of Oahu for New Years Eve. Households all around the island put on displays for all to enjoy, starting between 6 and 7 pm and typically lasting until 1 or 2 in the morning, with finales lasting upwards of an hour. This is just a hint of what the New Years celebration in Oahu are like:

Some year/s greats include “The Year of the Cat,” “100 Years,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” “Golden Years” which provides the title for the blog, “Reelin’ In The Years,” “New Years Day,” “All Those Years Ago,” among many others. The word also plays well into songs about Christmas and the New Year. I did include 2 songs that don’t include year in the title, with Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” which includes the iconic line “We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl year after year,” as well as Ten Years After’s “I’d Love To Change The World,” with credit for year in the band’s name. They both seemed worth of inclusion.

Simon & Garfunkel’s concert in Central Park in 1981, with an audience of ½ million people, saw the duo at their best despite a separation of a little over a decade – they still offered heavenly harmonies. Here Paul sings his solo hit “Still Crazy After All These Years”:

For an amazing glimpse of the early 70s, here’s Steely Dan performing “Reelin’ In The Years.” While Walter Becker on guitar looks like a typical hippie of his time, by the time I saw him at a concert at Meadowbrook in Guilford, NH a decade or so ago, he looked like a cross between an older Jerry Garcia and Steve Wozniak of Apple fame…

U2’s “New Year’s Day” became perhaps one of their most famous anthems along with “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” here performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado as the band started to peak in its worldwide exposure and prominence:

Mike + The Mechanics, with guitarist Michael Rutherford of Genesis, and Paul Carrack on vocals, most known for his songs “How Long” with Ace and “Tempted” with the Squeeze.  I cite “The Living Years” in the tribute blog to my father, with the lyrics poignant to my father’s unexpected death

I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics

This clip of Elton playing “60 Years On” with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1986 demonstrated how well suited his music is for full orchestral adaptation.

The following video highlights the sultry voice of jazz songstress Nora Jones. The daughter of Ravi Shankar, the Indian musician who influenced George Harrison and the Beatles, Nora and I share a birthday along with several other notable musicians, including Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Tracy Chapman, all 3 of whom along with Nora appear on this playlist, as well as M.C. Hammer, country singers Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, and non-music birthday buddies Jon Astin (Gomez Addams), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), John Lucas (NBA), Richard Sherman (NFL), and painters Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco Goya. What a day to be born!

And another beautiful voice delivering such a beautiful song, Christina Perri with “A Thousand Years”:

For some reason I can’t get enough of this song. With 4 versions on the playlist, all different and worth a listen in their own respect, including Ella Fitzgerald, The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., and Norah Jones (again), here is yet another version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt:

This video is so well done, I had to include it in the blog – The Foo Fighters with “Next Year”:

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with memorable moments, music, and fun. Enjoy “Golden YEARS”:

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!

Please MR. Please – Mr. & Mrs. Songs

On December 15, 2021 American singer Wanda Young died at the age of 78. She was a member of the all-female singing group the Marvelettes. They gave Motown their first No 1 Pop single on December 11, 1961 with “Please Mr. Postman.” The Beatles later covered the song on their second studio album With The Beatles, and the Carpenters’ remake of the song in 1975 also hit No. 1.

On December 16, 1972 Billy Paul started a tree week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Me and Mrs Jones.”

These seemingly disparate songs and facts provide the theme for this week’s blog, songs featuring Mr. or Mrs. in the title.

The playlist starts off with a few Mrs. songs, which in general are hard to come by, with the aforementioned “Me and Mrs. Jones” and the Simon & Garfunkel classic from The Graduate “Mrs. Robinson.”  The playlist then segues appropriately for December onto a few Christmas themed songs, including “Mrs. Santa Clause,” “Mister Santa,” and You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.”

There are several Mr. greats including ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” Styx “Mr. Roboto,” The Killers “Mr. Brightside,” Counting Crows “Mr. Jones,” Ozzy’s “Mr. Crowley,” a favorite of mine Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” my man Otis’ “Mr. Pitiful,” featured in the movie Stand By Me “Mr. Lee,” one of my polish grandmother’s favorite crooners, Bobby Vinton, with “Mr. Lonely,” and all three versions of “Mr. Postman”. The playlist closes with “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister. While the band doesn’t have any Mr. songs, I had to include at least one selection from the band featuring double Mr. in their name!

Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodore Geisel, a graduate of my alma mater Dartmouth way back in 1925, wrote The Grinch as a commentary on the over-commercialism of Christmas. Here is the title song “Mr. Grinch” premiering in 1966.

I love this video of Traffic with “Dear Mr. Fantasy” in Santa Monica, CA in 1972, as it demonstrates the musical genius of Steve Winwood. A prodigy playing with the Spencer Davis Group at 15 years old, perhaps known as one of the greatest blues and rock keyboardists of the 60s and 70s showing his musicianship playing some pretty mean guitar. Also strikingly obvious is the appearance that not just the music is psychedelically influenced 🤣

Going back almost a decade prior, here is Bob Dylan performing “Mr. Tambourine Man” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.

And this video is such a great reminiscence of Stand By Me with “Mr. Lee” providing the soundtrack to the movie montage.

And here the Chordettes with “Mr. Sandman” all the way back in 1958.

And the great but each different versions of “Please Mr. Postman” with the original by the Marvelettes in 1961.

Then the Beatles in 1963.

And finally The Carpenters, having fun at Disneyland circa 1975.

Alas, all 3 lead singers on this song have since passed, as has the following performer, Olivia Newton John with the playlist title song “Please Mr. Please”

The playlist closes with “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister. While not a Mr. song, I couldn’t pass up including a selection from a double Mr. band!

I hope you enjoy the playlist.

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!

The Name Game 1 & 2 – Names in Songs

On December 8, 1980 John Lennon was shot and killed outside his and Yoko’s NYC apartment. I remember where I was when I heard the news – in my morning Geometry class, freshman year of high school. How the word spread that quickly without electronic media I’m still not certain. We were all stunned, in a state of disbelief that a Beatle was dead.

In “The Ballad Of John & Yoko” he sings the somewhat prophetic words:

Christ, you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are goin’
They’re gonna cruify me

john lennon – the ballad of John & Yoko

The song provides the theme for this week’s blog called “The Name Game” highlighting songs featuring peoples’ names in their titles. There are so many that the lists could go on forever, but included are some of my very favorites in the first Spotify playlist, and some honorable mentions in the second, no less great, and still very worthy of a listen. The lists could go on with hundreds more, but these are songs that I enjoy and felt worth sharing.


Some songs of note:

A few of my favorite songs of all-time: Elton John’s “Levon” and “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters,” Dire Straits’ “Romeo & Juliet,” Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” and Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” though I much prefer the guitar work of Monte Montgomery’s version, which my uncle Joey, who played guitar in bands his whole life called one the the best guitar performance he had ever heard.

Chris Cornell’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” I had first heard his version on American Idol, sung by David Cook, who did it proud. I remember listening, and not quite able to place the song initially, though I was certain I knew it. Then it dawned on me – such an amazing interpretation of MJ’s hit pop song.  I couldn’t wait to give Chris’ original interpretation a listen.

Again an American Idol reference, one of my faves, Crystal Bowersox, covering Janis Joplin’s cover of “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Red Sox fans can’t pass up a rousing rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” which has become a Fenway Park tradition.

Some trendy name songs over the years include Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen,” Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny,” Toni Basil’s “Hey Mickey.”

There are 3 versions of “Gloria” between the two playlists, because how can you decide between versions by Van Morrison and Them, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison (who’s 80th birthday is today) and the Doors??? I love ❤️ them all!

And such a classic memory of one of my favorite Police songs “Roxanne” was provided by Eddie Murphy in the 1982 movie 48 Hrs.

And who knew that one of my idols, Stevie Ray Vaughan, provided a public service announcement before his passing, after achieving sobriety, offering “It’s real necessary to make sure that the kids understand that drugs and alcohol have nothing to do with what Rock & Roll is about. It’s really the downfall of Rock & Roll. I’m trying to get that across.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkUP2gJxc50

Yet I can’t get beyond they’re cutting his song and guitar solo short, so here he is performing the song in its entirety in Daytona Beach, 1987.

And considering the death of rock idols beyond John Lennon, I remember the day I heard that Stevie Ray died in a plane crash, on my drive into medical school in the summer of 1987 (08/27/87). Tragic 😢

A few songs of note made the list without a name in their title, as the name is such a prominent part of the song, truly what many think the song is called, with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aka “Major Tom” and The Moody Blues “Legend Of A Mind” or “Timothy Leary.” They seemed worthy additions.

Billy Joel (10), The Beatles (10), and Elton John (9) appear most frequently on the two lists, perhaps a testament more to my musical tastes than their penchant for writing songs with names in them, or more likely a mixture of both.


And for those interested in trying to apply the name game rules to any name to make it rhyme, here are the lyrics to the song.  Good luck – well beyond my brain power…

Shirley! 
Shirley, Shirley Bo-ber-ley
Bo-na-na fanna Fo-fer-ley
Fee-fi-mo-mer-ley
Shirley!

Lincoln! 
Lincoln, Lincoln, bo-bin-coln
Bo-na-na fanna, fo-fin-coln
Fee-fi-mo-min-coln
Lincoln!

Come on everybody
I say now let’s play a game
I betcha I can make a rhyme 
Out of anybody’s name
The first letter of the name
I treat it like it wasn’t there
But a “B” or an “F” 
Or an “M” will appear

And then I say “Bo” add a “B” then I say the name
Then “Bo-na-na fanna” and “fo”
And then I say the name again with an “”f” very plain
Then “fee fi” and a “mo”
And then I say the name again with an “M” this time
And there isn’t any name that I can’t rhyme

Arnold! 
Arnold, Arnold bo-bar-nold
Bo-na-na, fanna fo-far-nold
Fee-fi-m-mar-mold
Arnold!

But if the first two letters are ever the same
I drop them both, then say the name
Like Bob, Bob, drop the “B’s”, Bo-ob
Or Fred, Fred, drop the “F’s”, Fo-red
Or Mary, Mary, drop the “M’s”, Mo-ary
That’s the only rule that is contrary

Okay?
Now say Bo
Now Tony with a B
Then “Bo-na-na fanna” and “fo”
And then you say the name again with an “F” very plain
Then “fee fi” and a “mo”
And then you say the name again with an “M” this time
And there isn’t any name that I can’t rhyme

Everybody do Tony
Tony, Tony, bo-bo-ney
Bo-na-na fanna, fo-fo-ney
Fee-fi-mo-mo-ney
Tony!

Pretty good
Let’s do Billy!
Billy, Billy, bo-gil-ly
Bo-na-na fanna, fo-fil-ly
Fee-fi-mo-mil-ly
Billy!

Very good, let’s do Marsha!
Marsha, Marsha, bo-bar-sha
Bo-na-na fanna, fo-far-sha
Fee-fi-mo-ar-sha
Marsha!

A little trick with Nick!
Nick, Nick, bo-bick, 
Bo-na-na fanna fo fick
Fee-fi-mo-mick
Nick!
The name game

the name game – Shirley ellis

So without further ado the playlists:

I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew.  Rediscover the passion of music in your life.

Live in the moment.

Enjoy the moment.

Love the moment.

Listen to the MUSIC!

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