Well, that's as far as I can go with the old childhood ball-playing rhyme I learned on the streets of the 1950's Bronx. So I am going to start off today's theme on Music Moves Me, "songs beginning with the first letter of your name", with a song by Dion (born Dion DiMucci), who started his singing career on the streets of the Bronx.
Abraham, Martin and John is a song that can still make me emotional after all these years. On a side note, Dion decided not to get on a certain airplane flight on February 3, 1959 - the flight that crashed and ended the lives of three other rock greats - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. Instead, Dion now is still active in music, in addition to participating in prison ministry as a devout Roman Catholic.
Angie, by the Rolling Stones, is my next selection. If you don't like their rock/blues output, you will love this slow song. When I hear this song, I am transported back to 1973, when I was going to college, and was working a summer job in downtown Manhattan, not far from the soon-to-be-completed World Trade Center.
Another group I love is Boston. Such a shame that they never had much musical output - just six studio albums, according to my research. One of my favorites (possibly because I know someone named Amanda) is their song "Amanda". The album, Third Stage, was the last album I purchased new as an actual record album. 1986....
But so much for mellow. Let's get a little dancing going.
All Night Long by Lionel Richie
All The Things She Said, by the Scottish group Simple Minds.
If you don't have around 15 minutes to spare, you can skip this next one - not totally a singing song but more of a storytelling. Arlo Guthrie and Alice's Restaurant.
And one more. In honor of my recent visit to Animal Adventure Park (home of April, the Giraffe - gee, two more "A"'s) - Africa, by Toto.
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