Monday, February 12, 2024

Breakups and Loves #MusicMovesMe

It's Monday and time for some music.

Let's introduce the Music Moves me bloggers:  We 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! Otherwise, your post may be removed, or may  be labeled "No Music".  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, last but not least, ME.

We have a guest host this month-Mary Burris from "Jingle Jangle Jungle". 

Before I begin, I want to give a shoutout to Mary, who is undergoing cancer treatment once again.  If you are so inclined, could you send some love or prayer her way? I'm sure she would appreciate it.

Today, our theme is "Love Songs, Breakup Songs or a combination of the two".

Let's get started!  This is going to be mostly about breakup songs with a love song at the end.

There was one song I thought of instantly:  The Greg Kihn Band and The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) from 1981.

Neil Sedaka and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do".  I have to admit that I like Neil's newer, slower version better than the speedy original. I chose a live version that also incorporates a little "Stormy Weather" towards the end.  His daughter Dara is an actor and also sings.

The 5th Dimension and one of my favorite songs "One Less Bell to Answer".

In researching Harry Nilsson's "Without You", I discovered this was a cover of a 1970 song by the group Badfinger.  I still prefer Harry Nilsson's cover, but I also read this has been covered at least 180 times.  And, sadly, both of the co-writers of this song, Pete Ham and Tom Evans, died by suicide, one in 1975 and one in 1983.

I am wanting to end this on a slightly happier note of love, so how about one of my favorite songs, the Beach Boys and their 1966 song "God Only Knows".  Some, including Paul McCartney, think that the album this came from, Pet Sounds, was the best rock album ever.

And that's a wrap!

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


  1. ...Neil Sedaka has always been a favorite of mine.

  2. I generally went the breakup route myself, and you have some good ones that I've added to my playlist (the one that grows after I've posted). Good list!

  3. Alana,

    "Jeopardy" is a great dance beat. I think that may be the drive in why some might pick break up songs today. Neil Sedaka's classic is such a catchy track. It's gonna be stuck inside my head today. :) Instead of breakin' up, we should be makin' that sounds lot more fun. Here's to your real life love song with your hubby who'll you'll be celebrating an important milestone in June! ;) Thanks for the boogie, my dear!

  4. Ah, "One Less Bell to Answer" brings back such memories. I always loved that song and it never really had sad connotations for me. And "God Only Knows" - another favorite! Nostalgia is such a warm, fuzzy feeing.

  5. I love your choices. I chose the original version of the Sedaka song, but I like this version too

  6. Oh you've to me today!! God only know where I'd be without you...when I hear that I always think of my mother and I cry. Thanks for the memories. Hugs, Beth

  7. You always bring me back to parts of my life, through music, little moments I had forgotten about. Thank you!

  8. Love your tunes,and my set well you know I have my own drummer that i march to I may or may not play along..

  9. Very nice playlist. Love "God Only Knows". Great songs.

  10. Love the tunes and This version from Neil Sedaka is popular today

  11. Neil Sadaka, Harry Nelson, Beach Boys, 5th Demention brilliant and never heard of The Greg Kihn Band and The Breakup Song but that's my bad so I shall investigate them 💜💜💜

  12. We love Harry Nilsson's version of the song, Alana. This also was the version that Granny remembers of her youth. We went to listen to the Badfinger's but didn't much like that one. Anyways...great choices of love and break ups. that first one was completely new to us, but we liked it😸😺Double Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞


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