R-E-S-P-E-C-T – in memory of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin – Respect Song written by Otis Redding

Album: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You [1967]

 

Aretha Franklin died a few days ago – as no doubt you will have heard, because nearly every newspaper and media all around the world will have been playing this song and talking about her long career.

So you might have heard R-E-S-P-E-C-T many times, but if you want to hear it again you can also listen here – its worth it!

There is no need for me to say more – everyone else has already said it!

see also

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Coming Soon – julzcraftstore.com

I’ve been rather busy for the last month or two, and haven’t got round to posting anything on ‘the spare’ for a while now!

I was about to talk about some music – I’ve just been playing some of the old compilations I put together on discs sometime ago – finding out which ones still play!

my discs aren’t actually broken – but if they don’t play, they might as well be!

It’s really irritating when the disc you suddenly NEED to hear, seems to be defective!

I do have some of the original files I downloaded all those years ago from Limewire on my i-player – but at the time I had a old desktop computer that didn’t have the amazing amounts of storage space that’s possible these days.  So, I transferred lots of the music onto discs, and now I’m finding that some of the discs won’t play!

Anyway – I didn’t want to resort to finding something on U-Tube, as I have done every time I write about a song or the singer and thought I’d copy the file here.

But I can’t find out how to do it!  I haven’t used i-player for ages, I’m sure I used to be able to send files by email once upon a time – but when I hit copy on a particular song – and try to paste it here – nothing happens!

Does anyone know how to do it?  Can’t find a ‘share’ button either!

So instead:

I thought I’d tell you about the new website! (thinks – am I making a mistake by linking ‘broken discs’ to my new venture?)

Am being lazy here, and copying the newz from julz email I sent out to the people on my mailing list yesterday – with some edits – smile

 

After a really long build up – it’s taken me ages to put it together – my new website
 
will be up & running by 28 February – a year after the landslip!
 
if you are already on my mailing list, I will be sending you a coupon code for
 
10% off all orders to celebrate!
 
Anyone who isn’t already on my mailing list can register before 28 February.
So if you’d like to get the 10% off offer
 
you can register thro my other blog – julzcrafts.com
 
by filling in the questionnaire HERE
OR
 
keep an eye on this blog (julzcards.wordpress.com) I will be putting up
a coupon code for 5% off all orders
 
when I finally take julzcraftstore.com live.
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
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Hmm – some of the spacing I put in isn’t working!
Sorry about that!

American Pie – the song – by Don McLean

 

iuI’ve just been re-united with some of my old CD’s – in the process of moving to West Wales, there were some boxes that didn’t have labels and so didn’t get opened until now.

I picked one out at random, and was back in the nostalgia of the 1970’s! It was. of course, this one – well actually a compilation of his popular songs – and just played the whole CD thro’ – this was the first track, which I’d always liked, but I had bought the CD for his song – Vincent – about Van Gough and his painting of Starry Night – a poster of which I once had on my wall, when I was a student.

Wikipedia tells us that “American Pie” is a song by American folk rock singer and songwriter Don McLean. Recorded and released on the American Pie album in 1971, the single was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972………..

The repeatedly mentioned “day the music died” refers to the 1959 plane crash which killed early rock and roll performers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. (The crash was not known by that name until after McLean’s song became a hit.) The meaning of the other lyrics has long been debated, and for decades, McLean declined to explain the symbolism behind the many characters and events mentioned. However, the overall theme of the song is the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation as symbolized by the plane crash which claimed the lives of three of its heroes.[2]

You can find the full lyrics here, as they are too long for this short blog post, and there is a fascinating article on the BBC news site, written when the original lyrics were sold for $1.2 million in April 2015, which goes into the meaning of the lyrics in great detail.

All I can contribute to a subject that has been endlessly debated over the years, is that the song is about what Don McLean was doing on the “day the music died”.

Enjoy!  This one is for Orde who helped me move some of my stuff around last week, and  when he asked about this song, I couldn’t even remember Buddy Holly’s name until we looked it up – smile.

Please do contribute your memories of the song – if you are old enuf to have them – by leaving a comment at the bottom of this blog!

 

Whose Garden Was This: Tom Paxton

This song has been in my head for a while now – its the ultimate environmental anthem!

“Tell me again, I need to know
The forests had trees, the meadows were green
The oceans were blue, and birds really flew
Can you swear that was true?”

 

Tom Paxton wrote this song for the first Earth Day in 1970. It was originally recorded on the album “6”, and was later covered by John Denver and Vera Lynn. Chords and lyrics can be found at http://ddpro.ucoz.com/tpchords/wgwt.htm.

or:

Whose garden was this?

It must have been lovely

Did it have flowers?

I’ve seen pictures of flowers

And I’d love to have smelled one

Whose river was this? You say it ran freely
Blue was its color, I’ve seen blue in some pictures
And I’d love to have been there

Tell me again, I need to know
The forests had trees, the meadows were green
The oceans were blue, and birds really flew
Can you swear that was true?

Whose gray sky was this? Or was it a blue one?
At night there were breezes, I’ve heard records of breezes
And I’d love to have felt one

Tell me again, I need to know
The forests had trees, the meadows were green
The oceans were blue, and birds really flew
Can you swear that was true?

Whose garden was this?

It must have been lovely

Did it have flowers?

I’ve seen pictures of flowers

And I’d love to have smelled one

 

In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry – 1970

Its the season of Summer – the solstice was yesterday – and the summer festivals – especially Glastonbury – are about to start!

Oh I remember, I remember, being young and in love and dancing to “In the Summertime” in a crowded sunny field somewhere in 1970!

So let’s have a bit more of that nostalgia – smile – you can dance along too if you feel like it!

The lyrics – below – would not pass the “thought police” these days – but here they are!

In The Summertime

written by Ray Dorset

[Chorus:]
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh

In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather’s fine
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find

If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal
If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel
Speed along the lane
Do a ton or a ton an’ twenty-five
When the sun goes down
You can make it, make it good in a lay-by

We’re no threat, people
We’re not dirty, we’re not mean
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah, that’s our philosophy

Sing along with us
Dee dee dee-dee dee
Dah dah dah-dah dah
Yeah we’re hap-happy
Dah dah-dah
Dee-dah-do dee-dah-do dah-do-dah
Dah-do-dah-dah-dah
Dah-dah-dah do-dah-dah

Alright ah

[Chorus]

When the winter’s here, yeah it’s party time
Bring your bottle, wear your bright clothes
It’ll soon be summertime
And we’ll sing again
We’ll go drivin’ or maybe we’ll settle down
If she’s rich, if she’s nice
Bring your friends and we’ll all go into town

[Chorus]& Repeat

Have Fun This Summer!

Mrs Adlams Angels – Ralph McTell

iuWoke up too early this morning and rather than watch the depressing world news on tv, I did another rummage in my old CD box and found one of my old mixes – this time it was Ralph McTell – smile.

Mrs Adlam’s Angels was actually on the Album Spiral Staircase – another album I still have – released in 1969 – as was the first recording of that old favourite “Streets of London” – but its

Mrs Adlams’s Angels

which I want to feature here ….

These are the lyrics:

Sundays, as a rule, us kids went to Sunday School,
And Mrs Adlam said, angels stood round our bed.
To keep us safe from dark, right through to day begun,
And we used to lie awake, just to try to see one,
And though we never saw one anywhere,
We heard them softly singing in the air.
Sundays occasionally we were invited back for tea,
And bread with jam and cream, made Sundays seem a dream.
In the dingy mission hall, Mrs Adlam praying,

And down the street back home, all our mates were playing,
With Mrs Adlam’s angels everywhere,
And we thought we saw a halo in her hair.
Sundays, for sure, ain’t like that anymore,
Its getting hard for me, to see her face in front of me.
I wonder if her angels have their arms around her curled,
Keeping her safe from life, and guarding her from the world.
On a summer Sunday evening do I dare,
To hear Mrs Adlam’s angels in the air.

This song has ‘the smell” of the 1950’s in it, one I recognise as I was a child in that era – I didn’t go to Sunday School and I didn’t meet a Mrs Adlam, but I know who she is/was, and her kindness shines through this song.

ralph mctell todayRalph McTell is still going strong and is in his 70’s – he was born in 1944 – as his wikipedia page will tell you – smile – and he is still touring – see the ralph mctell website – if you want to catch him he’s on at the Beverley Folk Festival this weekend!

Janis Ian – Tea & Sympathy

janis ian as she looks these days

Sometimes – I wrote a post a while back about how sometimes songs pop into your head and you have to work out why – well I haven’t worked this one out yet!

But I have been humming this one all week, and the only thing I could remember was the first line – so I decided I had to look it up – I didn’t even remember it was called ‘Tea & Sympathy’, or that it was so suicidal – but then it was written by the Janis Ian who wrote ‘At Seventeen’, and yes, I still have the album, on vinyl, Between the Lines, from 1975 altho, for all these oldies but goodies, I no longer have a record player – so I couldn’t just put it on!

I had to look up what the song was on her website http://www.janisian.com/ – and then find it on u-tube to listen to it.

I have to say its still a beautiful song with a lovely melody, and her voice was full of nuance.

I wasn’t even sure if she was still going, but it seems she is going strong, and has been singing with another real favourite of mine, Tom Paxton, recently.  There are still some dates this year if you want to check her website – I would love to see them both, but all the gigs are in the USA – a bit far away for me in Wales – smile.  I did find something from their performance to listen to, its a bit different!

The Last Thing on My MindI really am wallowing in nostalgia!

So back to Tea & Sympathy …

Its really strange to be able to jump 40 years back, and still love what I loved then – no – I’m not feeling suicidal – and I never was when I used to play this all those years ago – but I think I am looking forward to some changes in my life – that I’m planning, but that haven’t yet come to fruition, and, maybe that’s why …..

“I don’t want to ride the milk train any more”

…… is resonating with me so strongly just now!

If you want to click on these pictures, they take you to Janis Ian’s site and list the songs on each Album …..

Strictly SoloBetween The LinesLive On The Test 1976

click on the u-tube link to listen to the original recording:-

https://youtu.be/_8cmEMIM7So

Tea And Sympathy

Janis Ian

I don’t want to ride the milk train any more
I’ll go to bed at nine, and waken with the dawn
and lunch at half past noon
Dinner prompt at five
The comfort of a few old friends long past their prime

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days long gone
Let’s drink a toast to those who most
believe in what they’ve won
It’s a long long time ’til morning
plays wasted on the dawn
I’ll not write another line,
for my true love is gone

And when the guests have done
I’ll tidy up the room
I’ll turn the covers down
and gazing at the moon
will pray to go quite mad
and live in long ago
when you and I were one, so very long ago

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days long gone
Let’s drink a toast to those who most
believe in what they’ve won
It’s a long long time ’til morning
plays wasted on the dawn
I’ll not write another line,
for my true love is gone

And when I have no dreams
to give you any more,
I’ll light a blazing fire
and wait within the door,
and throw my life away
“I wonder why?” they all will say
And now I lay me down to sleep,
forever and a day

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days are dead
Let’s drink a toast to those who best
survived the life they’ve led
It’s a long long time ’til morning,
so build your fires high
Now I lay me down to sleep,
forever by your side

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