Saturday, May 27, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - THE BALLAD OF THE GREEN BERETS


Please remember those members of the United States Army who gave their lives in defense of freedom. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - WIPEOUT - THE VENTURES


When I was 10, my neighbors had a garage band.  They knew two songs, Louie Louie and this one, Wipeout.  They played them over and over again.  I will say that it takes a long of skill to play the drum part on this classic song. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ODE TO AN OLD DOG
by: Scott B. Thompson, Sr.
Inspired by Jimmy Stewart


There once was a dog named Earl.
We called him Mister Earl.
He was a lab, old  and black,
And no one, but my wife, who would take him back.

Earl came to us with a badly broken leg,
“There’s no choice,” she was told.
They said it was some kind of car,
which knocked him down on the side of the road.







“This broken leg had to come off,”.
they told me wife.
“No, no, no, not right now, she said,
“We must save his life!”



The splint she wrapped over and over,
time after time, three to four times a day.
Earl was going to walk, perhaps run  again,
if she had her way.

Earl couldn’t walk so well,
and Earl was much too fat.
Though that did not stop him from climbing on the sofa,
sleeping off his Thanksgiving turkey, that’s where he sat.

Then came the worms in his heart,
And the cloudiness in his eyes.
Earl was too old and couldn’t run,
Though his inner puppy still wanted to have fun.

Earl loved to take a hotdog with a pill.
That was his twice daily thrill.
He gobbled and gobbled all the food he could,
and when his dark eyes smiled, you knew it was good.

Earl was a odd old dog, one which never barked,
though he would snap at the mischievous and curious pups,
Putting them in their place
when they tried to lick the crumbs from his gray-bearded face.

There were those bad nights, when his breathing was hard.
and Kathy laid by his side in the middle of the night.
She lovingly stroked and stroked his all black hair,
and when the morning slowly came, he was still there.

Earl has gone out running now,
Bolting his days in the golden  meadows of heaven
and sleeping his nights on a pillows of soft, soft, foam.
Dashing and darting where all the old dogs forever roam.

There will always be those nights when creeping through the kitchen dark,
when we still look down for that blur of black
and we wish he would rise his head up and thump his tail.
For there never be a sweeter dog in the whole wide world
than a dog we called Mister Earl.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

AND THE NIGHT STOOD STILL


You probably remember Dion Dimucci of Dion and the Belmonts in the early 1960s.  Here is my second favorite song from Dion from 1989, the year the great music I grew up with died.  Enjoy this Dianne Warren song and share the blessings which music has made in your life. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - THE SOUND OF SILENCE 1966 - SIMON AND GARFUNKEL



From 1966, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of  Silence," found on almost everyone's soundtrack of the 60s.  This song appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 42 weeks and is regarded as the 18th most performed song of the 20th Century and ranked 157 on Rolling Stone's greatest songs of all time. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - HARRY NILSSON - WITHOUT YOU 1972

One of the great songs which led to a lifetime of listening to great music

Share your music in a medium where too much bad things are shared. 


Saturday, April 1, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - MCARTHUR'S PARK


One of the most criticized songs ever. Sung by actor by Richard Harris in 1968, it is one of my all time favorite songs. It was written by Jimmy Webb, who wrote"

01. MacArthur Park – Donna Summer, 1978
02. Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell, 1969
03. MacArthur Park – Richard Harris, 1968
04. Worst That Could Happen – Brooklyn Bridge, 1969
05. Galveston – Glen Campbell, 1969
06. Up, Up And Away – The Fifth Dimension, 1967
07. All I Know – Art Garfunkel, 1973
08. Honey Come Back – Glen Campbell, 1970
09. By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Glen Campbell, 1967
10. Where's The Playground Susie – Glen Campbell, 1969

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU


I'VE GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU - GEORGE HARRISON 
This was the last song by a solo Beatle to hit #1 in the US. Harrison was also the first Beatle to hit #1- "My Sweet Lord."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - RIDERS ON THE STORM

A great haunting, ominous song from the brilliant, yet troubled,
 mind of Jim Morrison of the Doors. 



Saturday, March 4, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - HANDLE WITH CARE


HANDLE WITH CARE - THE TRAVELING WILBURYS,
PERHAPS THE GREATEST ROCK BAND EVER - Jeff Lynne, of ELO "Otis or Clayton Wilbury", Tom
Petty "Muddy or Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr."  Bob Dylan "Lucky or Boo Wilbury", Roy Orbison "Lefty Wilbury" and George Harrison "Nelson or Spike Wilbury" from 1988

Friday, March 3, 2017

YOU BELONG TO THE CITY - GLENN FREY - 1985


FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC -

This song, I know I am weird, is my favorite Elton John song. I saw him perform it in the Omni as his opening song in 1975 when he was 28 and I saw him perform it again in the Macon Coliseum when he was 66.


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

LAYLA - DEREK AND THE DOMINOS - 1970

Listen to the piano solo at 3:10, played by keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, who was my neighbor while I was in college at Mercer in the late 1970s.  




Derek and the Dominos were a blues rock band formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton, keyboardist and singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon. Duane Allman played guitar on this track.

Here is Bobby's album cover in my aunt's back yard.



Saturday, February 4, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - DON'T ANSWER ME



DON'T ANSWER ME - THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT - 1984. LISTEN TO THE KILLER SAX SOLO BY MEL COLLINS AT 2:30.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

SATURDAY SONGS - THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

When I was young we shared our music by playing records at each others house.  Today we share our music through social media,  When I was young Saturday was my favorite day of the week. It is still my favorite day of the week.  So, I would like to share with you my Saturday songs.  They are songs which were famous, somewhat popular and some you may have never heard.    Some are happy and some are sad.  Some are uplifting and others are down right depressing.  Some are profound and some are down right ridiculously trivial.  They may make you smile, laugh, cry and get up and dance.  One of the greatest gifts I have been given is the love of good music.  So here goes.


THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - 
THE ANIMALS - 1964