Monday, January 30, 2023

Mary or Maria Songs #MusicMovesMe

It's Monday and we are closing in on February.  It's the last music post of January, 2023, meaning it's time for Music Moves Me!

Who are the Music Moves Me bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Sunday or Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only-meaning at least one music video, please!)   Our head hostess is Cathy from Curious as a Cathy,  and she is joined by the knowledgeable Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and (last but not least) me. 

Why not join our music loving folks?  It's so easy. All you have to do is join the linky above with a music post that contains at least one music video.  Without a music video, the post may be removed, or may be labeled *NO MUSIC*.  

Every other week is Free Choice, and on non-free choice weeks, we invite anyone (that means anyone) to suggest a theme.   There are still several weeks without themes available for someone to suggest a theme for.  The 2023 themes so far can be found here.

Today's theme is Free Choice.  I was inspired to feature, today, songs with a Mary or Maria (which is Mary in Spanish) in the title or lyrics.


1972's Only in Your Heart from America was a song I fell in love with when I purchased an America greatest hits album in 1977 during a visit to Dallas, Texas.  There was a wonderful record (remember them?) store there and I wonder if it still exists, in some form or other.

Along Comes Mary, a 1966 hit from The Association.  This is a live version.

Proud Mary was a 1968 hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival, but was covered by Ike and Tina Turner in 1970.  No disrespect to CCR but I like Tina's cover a lot more than the original.  So I wondered if John Fogerty ever performed this song with Tina Turner. Turns out he did, but this is what I found online, and there is no video to go with it.  

Take A Letter Maria was a 1969 hit for R. G. Greaves.

Harry Chapin and a live performance of "If My Mary Were Here".

I'll end with Johnny Cash and his 2000 cover of the song "Mary of the Wild Moor" (Sheryl Crow on accordion and backup singing.)  This is not your usual Johnny Cash.

And that's a wrap!

Join me again next week for another edition of Music Moves Me.


  1. When you read my list you’ll understand why your choice from America caught my attention.

    Nice playlist.

  2. Alana,

    What a neat song theme! I don't think I would've thought of this as a possibility. :) "Along Comes Mary" is a great oldie. You finished things up with an interesting pick by Johnny Cash, "Mary of the Wild Moor" which I haven't heard but really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with me today, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

  3. Excellent playlist. Proud Mary was recorded right in the middle of my wild oat sewing days. I like CCR's arrangement but I really liked their take on "I Heard it Through the Grape Vine". Tina's arrangement had more energy and was a total departure from what everyone else was doing with the song. Have a blessed week.

  4. A nice and classic song list here. Very cool.

  5. Great picks! How about "My Maria" by B. W. Stevenson?

  6. Wow, some of these sent me back. In a good way. Thanks!

  7. Dear dear Alana, First of all warm wishes for 2023. I mistyped the date on my link to 2021- it should be 2023. As always love your page and your music. Wishing you well always. xox

  8. I enjoyed your Mary/Maria theme especially since Maria is my middle name. That last song is beautiful but not one to make yoeu merry. I would add the song " They call the Wind Maria"

  9. What a great theme, Alana and some very nice songs too. We especially liked America, we know the band but we didn't know this song and A letter to Maria that was so familiar from those years😺Double Pawkisses from us for a Happy Week ahead🐾😽💞


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