Monday, February 18, 2019

Hot Smoke and Presidents - #MusicMovesMe

It's both Monday and a national holiday today.  And it's time for another #MusicMovesMe.

Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only on this music train, please!)   First, there is XmasDolly,   Her co-conductors are:  Callie of JAmerican Spice,  and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥   Also, co-conducting  is  Cathy from Curious as a Cathy .  And finally, there's - me!!!! <

Today, our guest conductor, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy, has chosen as our theme: 
"National Battery Day keywords battery, smoke, alarm, & charge." When I think of smoke alarms, thought, I think of fire, so I've included "fire".

Battery - what comes to mind when I think of battery is fighting.  So I could have looked up a song about batteries but, instead, chose Kung Foo Fighting,by Carl Douglas.

The natural (to me) second song for this set is Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water.
My spouse would never forgive me if I didn't post one of his all time favorite songs:

Hot Smoke and Sassafras, from The Bubble Puppy.

Alarm?  Well, there's the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Incense and Peppermints.

Fire?  I will raid my favorite musical era, the 80's, for After the Fire's Der Kommissar, although there are so many "Fire" songs out there.  

For "charge", I found this Iggy (Pop) and the Stooges instrumetal, "Master Charge".

But today is also a holiday celebrating our Presidents and that is calling to me equally.   When I was doing some research on President John Tyler (yes, the "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" President, who took office after "Tippecanoe" famously caught pneumonia while giving his inauguration speech and died not long after) I found a You Tube video of "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" by They Might be Giants.

You won't believe this one.

And, unless you are of a certain age, you may not believe this one, either.  It turns out that Richard Nixon was an accomplished musician.

More people may remember Bill Clinton and his saxophone (no jokes or comments, please).  Here, he plays sax with various jazz greats.

It might make an interesting post to check out other historical figures and their love of music.  Too bad there was no way to record music in the day of Thomas Jefferson, for example.

Until next week, then - keep on rocking!


  1. Love your choices, Alana. I didn’t know Nixon played piano, but I do remember Clinton and the sax.

  2. Although we shared two songs this week, I really found Bubble Puppy quite entertaining. Have a blessed week.

  3. Good selection. I have very little 80's music memories, I had my head down and was up to my eyeballs in life, so it is fun to hear what I missed! Never knew Nixon played the piano, and he played well!

  4. Very sweet songs. Clinton playing the sax helped him get elected, it brought a lot of young folks out.

  5. Interesting and eclectic mix of music. I knew Nixon bowled, but did not know he played the piano. Thanks for this!

  6. Thanks so much. I needed this today!

  7. I never heard your husband's favorite tunes. And, I knew Nixon played us- like a symphony until he was caught. I skipped over that piece- for oh, so, many reasons.
    The rest brought back fond (or wine-fed fine) memories.

  8. Love Iggy, and can't believe I didn't include this one on my own playlist! I enjoyed listening to the rest of your songs, too. I think a lot of us had to resort to word association for at least some inspiration. But what a fun thing, to see how different people played the game and came up with selections!


  9. Girlfriend, some of these are a real hoot!!! Great job & let me just say you rocked the house. Finding those videos of actual Presidents are really too funny! Big hugs!!! Talk to you soon... promise! Still doing therapy & doctors & no time for nuttin'! Who luvs ya girlfriend!!!

  10. I had no clue that Richard Nixon played the piano... or that he had a sense of humor. But he was pretty funny and musical, too! Bill Clinton was good on the saxophone! Yay for politicians who make music!

  11. Yes, After the Fire! It's been a long time since I heard their rendition of that Falco song. I didn't like Clinton's policies but I did like the fact that he played Sax, one the instruments that will swoon me.

  12. Wow! Look at you making the theme even more interesting! I had no idea the presidents were musically inclined! :) Thanks for the entertainment! Have a great week! :)


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