Monday, September 14, 2020

The Colors of School #MusicMovesMe

It's Monday.  It's time to get colorful with Music Moves Me!

Who are the members of Music Moves Me ?  We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday. If you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join!  Just remember our simple rule:  you must include at least one You Tube or Vimeo video or your post may be subject to removal or labeling "NO MUSIC". You are welcome to write about music. too but there must be at least one music video. 

Every month we have an honorary co-hostess.  For the month of September it's Cathy from Curious As a Cathy.

Today, she has picked the theme of "For National Coloring Day, song titles/lyrics about art in general - or, use your high school colors to build your theme around."

My junior high (what they called middle school "back then") and high school colors both had gold in them. My high school had green where my junior high used blue.  So, why not use all three?


But first, a video with amazing cartoon art that tells the story of a song: a-ha and Take on Me. 

If you have the time, here's a video on the making of that video.  If not, let's move on to some Green.

Al Green, that is.  Or, better yet, Reverend Al Green.  Here, though, is a secular song from 1973.  This is a cover of "Unchained Melody" with a wonderful gospel-music type beginning.

My other "green" selection is Green Day with Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams, perhaps my two favorite songs by them.  I know I had Boulevard of Broken Dreams on a Sunday post a couple of weeks ago.  Now my Monday readers will be subjected to enjoy this song as much as I do.

Let's turn to Gold.  

Gold - Spandau Ballet, from 1983.  Love them 80's.

Nostalgia time, next.

Goldfinger was a 1964 hit for Shirley Bassey.  I had the 45 record of this song, which was the theme to a James Bond movie, and I loved trying to hold that final note the way Shirley did.  But this is a slightly different version (she actually recorded two versions, the soundtrack and a single.)  Here is Dame (yes, Dame) Shirley Bassey performing the song at a tribute to one of the co-writers of the song, John Barry, in 2011.  And she can still hold that note!


From 1968, some more nostalgia: Crystal Blue Persuasion, sung by Tommy James and the Shondells. 

Finally, Paul Mauriet's 1968 instrumental hit Love Is Blue.  Oh for the days of instrumentals...

And that is a wrap.

Same time, same place, next Monday!


  1. Great job here girlfriend! My colors were close it was Blue & Gold. I tried to find some tunes, but I kept drawing a blank. I should've came by your house and we could've combined. hahahaha Have a great day & be safe my friend. ROCK ON!!!!

  2., I'm doing well this week, I know about half of these. Thanks Alana for sharing these tunes, keep on a rockin'.

  3. Nice choices. My junior high was also blue and gold.

  4. Very beautiful and colorful playlist. Very nice. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. The theme of my high school senior ball (prom now, but then the juniors had a prom, the seniors a ball) was Color my World, the title of a song by Chicago. Only, for some reason, the American band spelled it "Colour." I still have the ticket, with a hand painted rainbow!

  6. Your school colors were blue, green, and gold; mine are blue, green and silver. Funny how that works out.

  7. Fun post, Alena.
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  8. What can I say but, WOW! That first video is rather amazing! A couple of the songs were new to me, but TJATS were one of my most favourite groups! And I had that rendition of Love is Blue on a 45 and played it, quite literally, to death! I even bought the sheet music and learned to play it on the piano.
    Great memories!

  9. Alana,

    Blue & Gold were high school colors for me. :) You used two of my favorite oldies "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and "Love is True". :) Shirley Bassey has some amazing vocals! I wonder if she still purrforms. Great mewsic set, my dear. Have a boogietastic week! ;)

  10. Lovely choices- and that explanation of the video- superb.
    TJ and the Shondells was the only bubble gum machine I tolerated- and CBP brings back wondeful memories.
    Thanks for bring smiles to the pandemic.


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