Sunday, April 9, 2023

Our Yesterdays #MusicMovesMe

 It's Sunday and it's time for music!

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 host is Xmas Dolly, and our co-hosts are Cathy from Curious as a Cathy, joined by the knowledgeable Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and Yours Truly.

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.  No music video? Your post may be removed, or may be labeled *NO MUSIC*.  

Every other week has a theme.  Today there is no theme - it's Music Free Choice. 

Today,  I'm thinking about Yesterday. Not yesterday as the day before today, but my Yesterdays.

When I was in eighth grade, this song helped me through some rough times.  This song from 1965 is one of the most covered songs ever.  Credited to Lennon and McCartney, this song was written by Paul McCartney, according to online sources.  Paul, thank you so much for this song.

The Beatles and "Yesterday".

I heard this song in a store and it was an instant earworm.  It's a song I haven't heard in years.  From 1975, Ambrosia and "Holding On to Yesterday".

Not all songs about yesterday have to be sad.  This hit from Chad and Jeremy is more upbeat - "Yesterday's Gone".

And another catchy tune from Neil Diamond "Yesterday's Songs" from 1981.

Here's one more song, an early childhood memory that goes back many yesterdays.

Back in 2016, I remembered a lullaby my father used to sing to me.  I can still hear his voice singing the refrain from the lullaby, in the language of his parents (a language I, in turn, never learned).  I said to myself, "After all these years, I wonder if I can use You Tube and a search engine to find the song?"

My father passed away over 35 years ago but I still remember him singing that song to me.

I have many childhood memories of my Dad.  I remember, especially, walks he would take me on some Sunday afternoons (no doubt, to give my stay at home Mom a break).  He would love to watch houses under construction, and we would walk to the construction sites. He would look at the houses-to-be.  I would listen to Yankee baseball games on a tinny sounding transistor radio.

Then, after my mother died, Dad raised me as a single father.  Things got rather stormy at times as I traveled through my teenage years, but he hung in there.

Now, about that lullaby.  It took about 20 minutes, but I found it, back in 2016.  I'd like to reintroduce it to my readers.   It seems there are quite a number of performances of this lullaby on You Tube.

These are the words in English.

The Yiddish name of the lullaby is "Rozhinkes mit mandlen". The English name is "Raisins and Almonds", and was written in 1880 by Abraham Goldfaden.

Please enjoy this performance by Swedish singer Carola Maria Häggkvist.

A Swedish woman singing a Yiddish lullaby?

Why not?  The story of a mother's love is universal, as is thinking about, and longing for, yesterdays.

And that's a wrap.

Join me again next Sunday for another episode of Music Moves Me.  

Tomorrow, the Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues, with my theme centering on South Carolina, and I hope you'll join me for that, too.


  1. Wow, that Chad and Jeremy song really took me back! I loved the story about your dad singing you that lullaby. How great that you found it online! And glad to be part of the music blog hop this week. Thanks for the invite.

  2. ...Ambrosia and "Holding On to Yesterday" is new for me!

  3. Very nostalgic playlist. My grandmother, of blessed memory, would sometimes sing in Yiddish.

  4. How about Stevie Wonder and "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday"?

  5. These music are moving. I missed my dad too.

  6. For some reason this comment box keeps wanting me to be anonymous, but DrillerAA will presson.
    As one who has lived far more yesterdays than there are tomorrows in my future, this is a great playlist. Like others, we all remember the Beatles, but Chad and Jeremy slip through the cracks of the British invasion, but then, Yesterday's gone. Have a blessed week.

  7. Alana,

    There is always something about yesterday we want to hold onto. My heartaches for you. I can't imagine not having my mom throughout my childhood but oh how wonderful your dad was to raise you by himself. I know that was hard to do. I remember when my daddy's brother's wife died. They had several kids. He could not raise them alone. The kids were sent to stay with relatives and some were eventually adopted by those relatives. My parents took in my cousin when he was around 5 or 6 and adopted him at some point. I always felt so sorry for my cousins. I couldn't understand how a dad could do that and then remarry to have more kids. That really blew my mind. You have fond memories of your dad which you treasure. That's more than some kids have, isn't it? Beautiful post and music that moves the heart. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

  8. I think I can hear him too! Lovely, lovely memory!
    Lovely songs!

  9. Great "Yesterday's", very nice. Thanks for sharing them.

  10. I know tgat Yiddish song but can't remember from where. My mom loved folk music and classical so I know it comes from her. It's so nice to hear of your fond memories with your dad. My dad died 35 yrs ago too..April 30th. Time flies and I miss him.

  11. There are so many wonderful yesterdays in my life too. This is a brilliant approach to this week. Thank you.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

  12. Someone recorded "Raisins & Almonds" in English, too. My mother used to sing it to us children. We thought it was a funny song, asked where it came from. "Some record we used to have."

    I think all Americans have absorbed a lot of Yiddishkeit from pop culture.


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