♫ Manic Monday ♫

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a song with the word ‘Monday’ in the title on … a Monday, of course.  That led to a suggestion for another, which I played the following week, and other suggestions rolled in as well … okay only a few, but still, enough for my feeble mind to try to remember.  One of the suggestions was this song, Manic Monday, by the Bangles.  The title didn’t ring any bells, but when I listened to the song, I well remembered it.

I may have recalled the song, but I was very surprised to find that it was written by Prince!  According to SongFacts …

Prince wrote this alliterative song under the name “Christopher” (the name of his character in his movie Under the Cherry Moon), and it became the Bangles’ first hit. The purple one discovered the group after coming across the video for one of their early singles, “Hero Takes a Fall,” on MTV. He showed up at a Bangles gig in Los Angeles, then he put together a very special mixtape for the group – one with two original songs he had written and wanted them to record. In a Songfacts interview with Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles, she explained: “I went and picked up a cassette. It had two songs on it and one of them was ‘Manic Monday.’”

Susanna Hoffs sang lead on this track, but she wasn’t their lead singer: all four members of the group shared vocal duties. They took pains to make sure each member was represented equally, which is clear on the album and single art where their individual photos are displayed in an even grid. Despite their efforts at equality, Hoffs got most of the press attention, with many assuming she was the group leader. This caused considerable discord, especially after “Eternal Flame,” another Hoffs lead vocal that was a huge hit. It played out with the band breaking up in 1989 and Hoffs going solo. On her own, she never came close to the success she attained with the Bangles; in 1998, at her behest, they got back together.

The SongFacts article is lengthy, but interesting, so if you’re so inclined, read the rest on their site.  This song reached the #2 spot in both the UK, the U.S., and Canada, and charted well throughout the EU.

Manic Monday

Bangles

Six o’clock already
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin’ Valentino
By a crystal-blue, Italian stream

But I can’t be late
‘Cause then I guess I just won’t get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made

It’s just another manic Monday (Woah, woah)
I wish it was Sunday (Woah, woah)
‘Cause that’s my fun day (Woah, woah, woah, woah)
My I don’t have to run day (Woah, woah)
It’s just another manic Monday

Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine
And if I had an aeroplane
I still couldn’t make it on time

‘Cause it takes me so long (Oh, oh)
Just to figure out what I’m gonna wear
Blame it on the train
But the boss is already there

It’s just another manic Monday (Woah, woah)
I wish it was Sunday (Woah, woah)
‘Cause that’s my fun day (Woah, woah, woah, woah)
My I don’t have to run day (Woah, woah)
It’s just another manic Monday

Of all my nights
Why did my lover have to pick last night
To get down?
(Last night, last night)
Doesn’t it matter
That I have to feed the both of us?
Employment’s down

He tells me in his bedroom voice
C’mon honey, let’s go make some noise
Time it goes so fast
(When you’re having fun)

It’s just another manic Monday (Woah, woah)
I wish it was Sunday (Woah, woah)
‘Cause that’s my fun day (Woah, woah, woah, woah)
My I don’t have to run day (Woah, woah)

It’s just another manic Monday (Woah, woah)
I wish it was Sunday (Woah, woah, woah, woah)
‘Cause that’s my fun day (Woah, woah)
It’s just another manic Monday

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Prince Rogers Nelson

Manic Monday lyrics © Npg Publishing

♫ If ♫

I last played this one in November 2018.  Tonight, I couldn’t find a song in my heart nor in my head … I seem to have only the sound of a lone pebble bouncing from one side of my skull to the other, and only long tears in my heart tonight.  So, I dug around in the archives a bit and came up with this rather melancholy, but somehow pleasing song. 


A couple of weeks ago when I played a Bread tune, Everything I Own, everyone seemed pleased with it, and in the comments, at least two noted that this song is their favourite of the Bread collection.  ‘appens that it is also my favourite, or at least one of them … my music ‘faves’ tend to vary in accordance with my mood of the moment.

David Gates, then and now

Bread keyboardist David Gates says: “I wrote that one night at the dining room table, after my kids and my wife had gone to bed. It took me about an hour and a half, with an extra verse left over. If you look at it, there’s a few bizarre lines in there, like ‘you and I would simply fly away’ – that’s kind of an unusual thought. When I was done, I said, ‘That’s the best song I’ve ever written and probably will be the best song I’ll ever write.’ For me it’s really held up over time, more than any of the others.”

In the U.S., Bread’s version was the shortest song title to become a top ten hit until 1993, when Prince hit No. 7 with “7”, later matched by Britney Spears’ No. 1 hit “3” in 2009.  What … we just number songs now?  (Obviously neither Prince nor Britney are on my top 1,000 list)

If
Bread

If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can’t I paint you?
The words will never show the you I’ve come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There’s no one home but you,
You’re all that’s left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a man could be two places at one time,
I’d be with you.
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I’d spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away

Songwriters: David Gates
If lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ If ♫

A couple of weeks ago when I played a Bread tune, Everything I Own, everyone seemed pleased with it, and in the comments, at least two noted that this song is their favourite of the Bread collection.  ‘appens that it is also my favourite, or at least one of them … my music ‘faves’ tend to vary in accordance with my mood of the moment.

David Gates, then and now

Bread keyboardist David Gates says: “I wrote that one night at the dining room table, after my kids and my wife had gone to bed. It took me about an hour and a half, with an extra verse left over. If you look at it, there’s a few bizarre lines in there, like ‘you and I would simply fly away’ – that’s kind of an unusual thought. When I was done, I said, ‘That’s the best song I’ve ever written and probably will be the best song I’ll ever write.’ For me it’s really held up over time, more than any of the others.”

In the U.S., Bread’s version was the shortest song title to become a top ten hit until 1993, when Prince hit No. 7 with “7”, later matched by Britney Spears’ No. 1 hit “3” in 2009.  What … we just number songs now?  (Obviously neither Prince nor Britney are on my top 1,000 list)

If
Bread

If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can’t I paint you?
The words will never show the you I’ve come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There’s no one home but you,
You’re all that’s left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a man could be two places at one time,
I’d be with you.
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I’d spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away

Songwriters: David Gates
If lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Prince and 140,000 Others Died on April 21st.

This is just a sampling of the headlines in this week’s news from the Washington Post World and U.S. sections, and the New York Times:

  1. 500 Migrants May Have Died in Sinking of Boat in Mediterranean, U.N. Says
  2. Israel Names Palestinian as Bomber in Jerusalem Bus Attack
  3. Toll in Blast at Pemex Plant in Mexico Rises to 13; Workers Missing
  4. Earthquake Leaves a Trail of Destruction in Ecuador
  5. Abducted Nigerian Girls Have Not Been Abandoned, U.S. Says
  6. Burundi Is Torturing Prisoners in Crackdown on Dissent, United Nations Says
  7. Deadly Attacks in Ethiopia Leave Victims Wondering Why
  8. Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57
  9. 7 Police Officers Guarding Vaccination Team in Pakistan Are Shot Dead
  10. 15 Ambulances and Hundreds of Victims: Kabul Attack Gives Service Grim Test

 

eiffelTwo days ago, a musician named “Prince” died.  I had heard of Prince, of course, as I had children during the ‘70s and ‘80s who listened to his music.  I was not a fan, because his style did not match my taste in music.  It has been years since I have so much as heard his name, and yet, for the past two days there has been an outpouring of grief, reminiscing, and the like for this musician.  The last pop star whose death caused as much commotion was Elvis Presley, or possibly Michael Jackson.  Across the globe, monuments were lit in purple for this entertainer, from the Superdome in New Orleans to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Quite a tribute for an entertainer.  Better than any that I can recall.  Many of his fans are grieving his untimely death.  But …

… where is the grief for the 500 refugees who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean last week?  Where is the grief for the 646 who died in the earthquake in Ecuador on April 16th?  Do we really care more about an entertainment icon than we do common people who are just simply trying to survive and raise their families in safety?

In fact, I do not think we care more about one musician than hundreds of victims of natural disasters, war and famine.  But I do think, and I have made this point before, that the media directs our interest, tells us what to care about, what is important.  And in so doing, they are doing us a great disservice.  I watched CNN for exactly 40 minutes yesterday morning, during which time I saw precisely two news stories, each with about 60-90 seconds of coverage.  One of those stories happened to be about 8 people murdered in a town near my home on Friday, and the other about North Korea firing a missile from a submarine. Both stories, I think, deserved more coverage than they received. The rest of the 40 minutes?  Coverage of various tributes and memorials to Prince, interviews with people who knew (and some who didn’t) Prince, who had worked with him over the years.  They even interviewed Beyoncé’s father.  Repeatedly we saw the various monuments aglow in purple.  Many Facebook icons were changed to reflect Prince.  All of which is well and fine, but I think it is overdone to the point that it becomes shallow and meaningless.

I did not know Prince and neither did 99.9% of the people who pretend his death is the end of an era. Over 140,000 other people died that day. Their lives were just as important as Prince’s.  They just aren’t in your iPod. Yes, Prince was obviously a talented entertainer, but he also lived life on the edge, from what I have read.  Entertainers tend to die young … think Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Huston, Karen Carpenter and so many more. So be sad that he is dead at such a young age.  Be sad that there will be no more new music from him.  Listen to his music and savor the memories it brings.  Then move on.