Saturday Surprise — Music with Soul

Saturday kittensWelcome, my dear friends!  Once again it is the weekend and I’m sure you all have big plans for fun things, yes?  My weekend is beyond quiet, for daughter Chris is in Kansas City, Missouri, for a band competition.  Although she is not competing this year, she and some of her bandmates have gone for the fun and experience (I think a few go just for the barbecue!) Since Miss Goose and I are both quite reclusive, we have to set our alarms for every few hours so we remember to talk to each other.  The house is eerily quiet, and it is snowing outside, so a rather peaceful weekend.  That said, I am still under the spell of mind bounce, simply cannot stay focused, so I decided to just let it bounce and share a bit of this and a bit o’ that for the Saturday Surprise.  Let us start with a nice bit of music to set the ‘Saturday mood’ …

The live clips are never of the same sound quality as the studio recordings, but I like watching these guys.  The song was written by Robert Lamm, the keyboardist and singer for Chicago, after a particularly exhilarating 4th of July spent in New York’s Central Park, where there were steel drum players, singers, dancers and jugglers.

Like most Chicago singles, this didn’t make the charts in the UK. In the U.S., however, it was their biggest chart hit to that point and also their first gold single, which at the time meant selling more than a million copies. This song contains some of the most famous nonsense singing in rock: after Robert Lamm sings the line, “Singing Italian songs,” he sings some made up words approximating the Italian language.

Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
(Fake Italian lyric)
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

Another day in the park
You’d think it was the Fourth of July
Another day in the park
You’d think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, really smiling
A man playing guitar
Singing for us all
Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For today

Slow motion riders
Fly the colors of the day
A bronze man still can
Yell stories his own way
Listen children all is not lost
All is not lost
Oh no, no

Funny days in the park
Every day’s the Fourth of July
Funny days in the park
Every day’s the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I’ve been waiting such a long time
For the day

Chicago

Hey Keith … you do like Chicago, right?


That was fun … let’s try another …

Sam Cooke … ah, they don’t make ’em like him anymore … King of Soul.  Did you know how he died?  At only 33 years of age, Cooke was shot in the chest by Bertha Franklin,   the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California.  Franklin claimed that she acted in self-defense after he broke into her office residence and attacked her. Her account was immediately disputed by Cooke’s acquaintances.  It’s a long and strange story, still an unsolved mystery, but one which I will not go into, for this is supposed to be a happy post.

Now that I’m into music mode, how about one more?

 

One of my all-time favourites and I usually belt that one out as I mop floors on Friday, or in better weather when I walk ’round the track at the park … and I dance to this one, too!  No comments from the peanut gallery, please!  Shortly after recording Dock of the Bay, Redding was killed in a plane crash, and the song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.

Well, it seems like this post had a mind of its own and decided to make this a musical Saturday Surprise.  Have you got time for just one more?  Please?

What’s not to love about Ray Charles, eh?

Well, friends, I know you have errands to run and things to be done, so i suppose this ends our time together for this Saturday.  Thanks for joining me for a brief trip down memory lane … I had fun and I hope you did too!  Keep safe and warm … until next week …

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26 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Music with Soul

    • Great limerick, as always!!! I’ve missed you! Glad you like the tunes … I wasn’t sure if any of these artists had been popular over on your side of the pond, but was hoping at least some were. Having any adventures where you are these days?

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      • I was in Canada for release of ‘Saturday in the Park.’ You are right; it didn’t make it over the pond for any big success in UK… My hubby didn’t recognise it.
        We are in Chiang Mai, Thailand but return to UK next week. Then to Spain following week. I am not always on WordPress ‘cos there is always a lot of other stuff going on. Some days I barely go online. Just the nature of life.😊

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        • Send me some pics soon! Especially when you get to Spain! I love following your travels vicariously 😉

          GASP … you mean to tell me that there is life outside this little black box on my lap? Who knew? Yes, I fully understand, my friend. Pop in when you can, and have a wonderful time!!! In some ways, I envy your lifestyle, but frankly I don’t think I have the energy left for it. Safe travels!!!

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  1. Dear Jill,
    I love all your choices and i will be enjoying them this morning as I read away on a book. The “Hit the Road Jack” should be the Democrats theme song in the 2018 elections cycle.
    Thanks for a lovely Jazzy morning.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Jill, I am singing away with Saturday in the Park, then you drop in Sam and Ray on me. Cooke had a velvety voice on a number of great songs and Ray was pure talent and could play blues to rock-n-roll to country. Now, I have there ear worms competing. Keith

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    • Ha ha ha … I’ve outdone myself this time, planting three earworms on you! You’ll be singing for the next week! Not a bad thing, though. Yes, i loved both Cooke and Ray, and so many more. Stay tuned sometime soon for some Louis Armstrong! Have a great weekend!

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  3. And here I had been listening to the Cream Reuniob Concert at Royal Albert Hall, and I was groovin’ to the lovin’ and all that jazz, well, okay, and all that rock ‘n’ roll, when along comes this little miss, groovin’ to a different mood. Sweet, Jill, very sweet. Good choices, I gotta say. Chicago filled the airwaves, Sam was pure musical genius, Otis had more soul than Sam ‘n Dave, and Ray, well, what more can one say… Good tunes, girl, good tunes…

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    • I’m glad you liked them … I wasn’t sure if this was quite your style, but yes, a lot of talent here! I, who am not a fan of most modern music, have never heard of Cream Reuniob, so I will check them out in a bit. My friend Herb keeps trying to get me into Nine Inch Nails, but NO WAY! Just too, too dark for my tastes. Have a great weekend, my friend!

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      • Hey, Jill, my styles are quite eclectic, just downplay classical, country, and most bluegrass, but beyond those I love music in any and all forms. But not Cream Reunion, I meant the reunion of Cream (aka Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce, the first and by far the best of the Rock Era supergroups.) If you are not into Cream I would forego their Reunion and go straight to Disraeli Gears or Wheels of Fire. Bujt somehow I think Donovan might be more your style. The British singer-poet laid down some fabulous tracks, and wass the person who taught JKohn Lennon how to play the acoustic guitar. Try “Gift from a Flower to a Garden” or “Hurdy Gurdy Man” if you haven’t heard much of his music.
        Oh, yeah, you guessed it, my main musical eras were the 50s, 60s, and early 70s, for pure listening pleasure…

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        • My musical tastes are also fairly varied … the only things I truly do not like are hard rock, bluegrass, gospel. I do love classical and listen to it while I write. My faves are jazz, R&B, soul, and soft rock. We probably have some similarities, but I suspect your tastes are broader than mine.

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          • If they are broader, Jill, it is only because I have been exposed to more. But then, while there are some songs written since 1975 by songwriters who weren’t alive in the 60s that I can respect, maybe even like a little, Queen for example, or The Lime Spiders from Australia (Don’t look for them, hard rock at its worst, lol!), I really confine my listening time to a 25 year stretch, about 1952 to 1976. Before is ok (especially the old blues people) and after can be all right, but the era I consider mine was fantastic. In my opinion. The worst of my era (The Seeds) can outdo the best of almost anything since. An elitist, one might say, sure as dad gum tootin… And just for the record, I was one of the Winnipegers who kept “Phantom of the Paradise” (Paul Williams, Brian de Palma) alive until the rest of North America woke up to how great it was…

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          • I need to thank you, Jill, because you brought me back a part of a musical past that had totally slipped out of my life. And, as weird as this might sound, I rediscovered a childhood love for 1950s style country and western music that I forgot I ever had. Hank Williams (Sr.), Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, I still haven’t remembered all the names from back then yet. Life, and music, were so much simpler then (as long as I ignore the abuse I lived with then).
            I had 8 older brothers and sisters, and the ones who could afford music brought home records like Kaliga, Honky Tonk Women, I’m So Lonesome I Could Die, Young Love, Your Cheatin’ Heart, the list seems endless, now that I’ve remembered it. Of course, I had no idea what the songs were really about (mostly losing love), and the music was mostly notes, not chords, but I knew every word of every song back then without having to look up the lyrics on the internet. Of course, there was no internet, but…
            Anyway, I’ve by on a trip down musical memory lane ever since, and you are the one leading the way. Thank you.

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