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Somebody Get Me A DOCTOR – “Doctor” Songs in Honor of National Doctors Day

National Doctor’s day was established to recognize and honor the contributions of physicians to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The first observance of Doctor’s Day in the US was held on March 30, 1933 in Winder, GA. Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to set aside a day to honor doctors. The day included mailing cards to physicians and their wives, flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors, and a formal dinner in the home of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Randolph.

March 30th was chosen in tribute to the first ether anesthetic for surgery being administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1942. President George H. W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 formally establishing Doctor’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on March 30. Thus I prefer to think it was established in honor of me 😭, as my birthday is March 30th, and having received my MD in 1992, my birthday has always been the national holiday of Doctor’s Day since I became a doctor. 😉

In honor of doctors everywhere, I thought I’d use the day as the theme for my blog, songs with the word Doctor in their title. Such greats include Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes,” Van Halen’s “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” The Radiators and Thompson Twins each with their “Doctor Doctor,” Doobie Brothers “The Doctor,” Steely Dan’s “Doctor Wu,” Men At Work’s “Dr. Hekyll & Mr. Jive.” Some harder rocking doctor songs include Ted Nugent’s “Just What The Doctor Ordered,” Black Sabbath’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor,” and Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood.” And even though not in the title, figuring very prominently in the lyrics Robert Palmers “Bad Case of Loving You” – “Doctor, Doctor give me the news, I’ve got a bad case of loving you.”


“Doctor My Eyes” – Jackson Browne/Song Around The World – check out Leland Sklar on bass, Rajhesh Vaidhya on the veena (an Indian stringed instrument similar to a zither or lute), Ali Diarra on the balafon (a gourde resonating xylophone), Char on guitar looking like Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, and Chavonne Stewart with spectacular vocals:

“Bad Case of Loving You” by Robert Palmer, with his iconic dancing musician models:

“Doctor Doctor” & “Like Dreamers Do” – The Radiators at House of the Blues in New Orleans – I love this band, similar in sound to Little Feat, and wondered why their popularity wasn’t maintained:

And for a very different “Doctor Doctor” from The Thompson Twins, quintessential 80’s fare:

And talk about 80’s outrage, while the video is a bit grainy and dark at times, check out David Lee Roth’s antics and Eddy’s amazing guitar in Van Halen’s “Somebody Get Me A Doctor”:

And for a very cool reimagination of Steely Dan’s “Dr. Wu”, here’s Grace Aberhart on bass and vocals from the courtesy of her home:

Others born on Doctor’s day (in addition to me ☺️), musicians:
1942 – Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues drummer)
1945 – Eric Clapton
1962 – MC Hammer
1964 – Tracy Chapman
1968 – Celine Dion
1979 – Norah Jones
1984 – Justin Moore
1990 – Thomas Rhett

Also a few prominent artists were born on this day:
1746 – Francisco de Goya
1853 – Vincent Van Gogh

Not to mention some prominent actors:
1930 – Jon Astin , Gomez Addams in the Addams Family
1937 – Warren Beatty, actor in “Bugsy,” “Dick Tracy,” and “Reds
1950 – Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies
1957 – Paul Reiser, of “Mad About You” fame
1964 – Ian Zeiring, of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame

I encourage you to use this day to reach out to and thank the doctors who have made a difference in your life, to whom you entrust your life.

Now on to the music, for “music is the doctor”

Music is the doctor
Makes you feel like you want to
Listen to the doctor
Just like you ought to
I said music is the doctor
Of my soul

The Doobie brothers – music is the doctor

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!

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!

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!

DON’T Stop The Music & DON’T Fence Me In – Don’t Songs

On November 17, 1962, 61 years ago, The Four Seasons, featuring Frankie Vallie, started a 5 week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” the group’s second No. 1 of the year. Their other No. 1 that year was “Sherry”, with “Walk Like A Man” and “Ain’t That A Shame” topping the charts the very next year. I remember Billy Joel at a concert I attended stating his confusion listening to Frankie, wondering should he “walk like a man” but “sing like a girl”? 🤣 He felt that in the 50s the media machine tightly controlled a safe, sterile pop presentation of music to youth, with the likes of The Four Seasons, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Annette Funicello.  But when he heard the raw sound of The Beatles in the 60’s, he knew the future of music was rock ‘n roll, and couldn’t wait to be a part of it.

The title of the Four Seasons song provides the theme of today’s playlist, songs featuring the word Don’t. The Beatles are featured 6 time on the list, most prominently with “Don’t Let Me Down” and Billy Joel with a few songs on the list, including “Don’t Ask Me Why.”

Who knew Don’t was such a pervasive word in rock and pop song titles? Such greats include Elvis, with simply “Don’t” as well as “Don’t Be Cruel,” ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That,” Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” Elton’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” Animals “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,”  Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” Beach Boys “Don’t Worry Baby,” Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me,” Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays,” Simply Red’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach,” Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” among so many other amazing Don’t songs.

A few songs appear on the list without Don’t in the title but with the word so prominently featured in the song I couldn’t leave them off: After the Fire’s “Der Kommissar” – “Don’t turn around, wa-uh-oh (yeah-yeah), Der Kommissar’s in town, wa-uh-oh,” and Sam Cooke’s “(What A) Wonderful World” – “don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology…”

I did include some very popular country Don’t songs, such as Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink,” Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes’ “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer,” Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” But given the length of the playlist already, I reserved many more country Don’ts to a separate playlist.

For ease of finding your favorite don’t songs the list is organized alphabetically in a few groups, best of, select country, then b-side Don’t songs.

Some great Don’t videos, giving snapshots into their era, include:

Elvis Pressley – “Don’t Be Cruel”:

Tom Petty – Don’t Come Around Here No More”:


Madonna – “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”:

The Pretenders – “Don’t Get Me Wrong”:

George Michael & Elton John – “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”:

The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”:

Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”:

Simple Minds – “Don’t You Forget About Me”:

Madonna – “Papa Don’t Preach”:

After The Fire – “Der Kommissar”:

Toby Keith – “Don’t Let The Old Man In”:

American Outlaws – “Mamma Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”:

Josh Turner – “Why Don’t We Just Dance”:

So on to the playlists. Enjoy these amazing Don’t songs, just don’t rock the jukebox…

DON’T – Rock & Pop Don’t Songs

DON’T Fence Me In – Country Don’t Songs

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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