Hello, fellow music lovers, and welcome to another episode of Music Moves Me!
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! First, there is XmasDolly, Her co-conductors are: Cathy from Curious as a Cathy, Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and, finally, me.
We'd love you to join us every Monday and share your music with us. But please note this is is a music blog only - please post at least one You Tube or Vimeo video so we can dance with you.
Each month we have a guest conductor. This great month of November our guest conductor is Songbird from Songbird's Crazy World.
Songbird's theme for today is: "You Pick". It's my last non-holiday music post for 2020, and I want to make it an interesting one. We live in interesting times, after all. So, I want to feature some songs whose music, lyrics or videos are just a little unusual.
This first one may be unusual because of who was in this band. Billy Joel did not start out as a piano man, it turns out. He was in a couple of bands prior to starting his successful solo career, and even released a heavy metal album. Welcome to the two man band called Attila, which broke up when Joel ran off with the other member's wife. (Apparently you can't make this stuff up.)
Attila's one album has been called by some "the worst rock and roll album ever". You can now judge. Here, from 1970, is Jon Small (drums) and "William Joel" (just about everything else) in "Wonder Woman". No, I won't be insulted if you listen to just a sample.
Simon and Garfunkel released this song as part of their Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme album. Here is "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)." This is one album I wore out in my teen years.
I was on Twitter Friday, and ran across the most incredible music video. After I read the backstory, I knew I had to share it with you.
In 1972, prolific Italian singer Adriano Celentano wrote a song with nonsense lyrics that (to his Italian ears) sounded like American English. He was frustrated by a years long trend in Italian music to incorporate English into the lyrics. Prisencolinensinainciusol is the song, and it made it up to #1 in Italy and several other countries. It's still played, and recently went viral, almost 50 years after it was recorded.
There is also a video on You Tube with the "lyrics", which are totally nonsense, if you read them. If you hear it, though....what do you think? I'd love, especially, hearing from non native English speakers in the audience and if this sounds like English to you. Honestly, it gives me (a native English speaker) a bit of a headache, and that video is pretty, um....different.
Next is a song you will either love or hate. I love it, and I even owned the (8 track - remember them?) album at one time. This is a live performance of Hocus Pocus by the Dutch group Focus.Here's one from"Weird Al" Yankovic, my favorite parody singer. First, from 2014, Weird Al and "Foil". Focus on the video. It starts out straight, and then goes sideways in the most hilarious way.
I wrap up (so to speak) with a song from 1961 - Does Your Chewing Gum (Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight) , sung by Lonnie Donegan. In researching this post, I found this was an adaptation of a song written in 1924 and performed by the "Happiness Boys" called "Does The Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Over-night".
And that's...well, you know. A wrap.
Join me again next Monday, same time, same place.