Songs from the Past: Bill Withers – Lovely Day

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… โค

Songs from the Past: Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

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 ofย  ‘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… โค

‘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

Still remains

Within the sound of silence’

 

Daily Prompt: Volume

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

Songs from the Past: Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

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!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Songs from the Past: Gina G – Just a Little Bit

This week Hugh is focusing on the Eurovision Song Contest for his weekly series of Songs from the Past. Although personally I’m really not a great Eurovision fan, I could hardly pass up the opportunity to join in with such a challenging theme – so here goes!

This particular 1996 Eurovision Contest entry for the UK (sung by Australian singer Gina G) remains forever etched in my memory, as at that point my two teenage daughters attended regular dance classes (both ballet and tap) and had worked out a dance routine which they practiced religiously – always to the music at full blast, of course, so one way or another I heard it such a lot that year! Do I like it? Well, I suppose I have to say… Ooh, aah, just a little bit… ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and apparently the song came 8th in the contest, held that year in Oslo – not too bad a result! ๐Ÿ™‚

Songs from the Past: Neil Diamond – Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon

This week’s Song from the Past from me is Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon’ from 1967 just because I absolutely love it โค

However Urge Overkill recorded a cover version that was used in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 movie ‘Pulp Fiction’, and I think maybe I like this version even more – but perhaps because that’s because I really loved the movie, and the association is so strong

Either way, it’s a great song… ๐Ÿ™‚