Hmmm… Today’s Daily Prompt word of symphony made me think immediately of classical music, and one of the first names to spring to mind was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who wrote loads of symphonies (and a whole lot else for that matter) in his relatively short lifetime – the composer died aged only 35.
But even so my favourite piece of Mozart’s music is not actually a symphony but is from what turned out to be his final Requiem Mass, and there’s even dispute over how much of that piece was written by Mozart, who died in 1791 before it could be completed. I have to admit in general I’m not so keen on choral music, but whoever completed it, I find there’s something about the melancholy haunting ‘Lacrimosa’ I just love… ❤
This week Hugh’s theme for his series ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘ is to share a favourite song by someone from a reality show, so I’ve chosen Darius (originally known as Darius Danesh but he now goes by Darius Campbell) who reached the finals of UK TV talent show Pop Idol in 2002.
Darius had an immediate hit with his single ‘Colourblind’ released in 2002, which I happily sang along to, but the main reason I remember him so clearly is neither from his Pop Idol nor pop star days but from his run playing Billy Flynn in the West End musical ‘Chicago’ – for me he excelled in that role, he completely owned the character and I was really impressed with his entire stage performance – bravo Darius! 🙂
I’ve not been feeling very musical lately, life has been hitting a bit of a flat note recently so I’ve missed the last few weeks of joining in with Hugh’s series of posts ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 weeks‘. However, today’s theme of old songs used in new-ish adverts immediately conjured up Cadbury’s 2007 drum-playing gorilla putting his heart and soul into Phil Collins’ 1981 hit ‘In the Air Tonight’ – I’ve always been partial to a bit of Phil Collins even from his Genesis days, so here’s both an actual and extended version of the 2007 ad 🙂
PS I just love the way he cricks his neck from side to side before beginning! 🙂
I almost missed posting this week’s Song from the Past with the theme of having no lyrics – oops! The first ‘song’ that came to mind for me was Booker T and the MGs from 1962, with ‘Green Onions’ – although for some reason I remember it more from the late 70s or early 80s, playing loudly in our sixth year common room… 🙂
Hugh has asked us this week about a Song from the Past we’d love to wake up to every day. To be honest I’m actually not keen on music first thing, I always prefer to wake up in peace and quiet wherever possible – at least until I’ve had my first cuppa, anyway!
However, if I did have to wake up to one song, it would probably be ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers, from 1977… ❤
Amazingly we’re already at week 24 of Hugh’s fun series ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘, and this week Hugh asked about a song listened to at a sad time in your life.
As someone who has certainly had my share of sad times over the years, I’ve always been soothed by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel’s original version of ‘The Sound of Silence’ from 1964.
I love the haunting beauty of the lyrics, the melody, the harmony, and the simple acoustic accompaniment – even today it still resonates profoundly with my sad old soul… ❤
‘Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence’
The first thing that came to mind when I saw today’s Daily Prompt word of ‘Volume‘ was this old acid house track from 1987 called ‘Pump Up The Volume’ created by a one-off collaboration of British artists and released under the name M|A|R|R|S…
Acid house is not exactly a favourite style of music for me but crazily this addictive track has somehow become stuck in my head ever since. Amazing to think it’s going to be 30 years old this year… 🙂
A bit of a fun track for this week’s Songs from the Past – Taylor Swift from 2014 with ‘Shake it Off’ – my 5 year old granddaughter absolutely adores this song, so having spent some quality time with my family recently I’ve inevitably heard it a lot and I’ve found it’s been firmly stuck in my head since I got back on Monday.
Hugh has a theme of cover versions for this week, but as I’ve posted a few cover versions already in past posts I thought I’d share my favourite non-standard video instead. OK, so technically it’s not actually a cover version, but OMG it’s such fun! 🙂
When I saw today’s Daily Prompt word of ‘natty’ the first thing I thought of was The Kinks from 1966 with their fun song ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ – it still makes me smile just as much today as it ever did 🙂
Amazingly we’ve reached week 20 of Hugh’s 51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks and this week’s theme is summer 🙂
There are so many wonderful versions of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’, originally composed in 1934, but I absolutely love this powerful cover by Annie Lennox, she has such a spectacular voice whatever style she chooses to sing ❤