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Old Songs

Feeling a little down and grumpy, so I went on Youtube and started listening to old songs. Some of them are vaguely familiar and some I’ve never heard before. It started with a Celine Dion song from back in 1990 and somehow morphed into a duet by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn – and I don’t even like country music much. The duet is called “You’re the Reason Out Kids Are Ugly.” It’s a really funny novelty song from the 1970’s that I am sure my parents listened to and got a good laugh from the lyrics.

That’s part of the fun of Youtube – you never know where your listening buffet will take you. Music is such a huge part of our lives. I wish I had taken the time to learn some type of musical instrument when I was younger. I have been thinking about taking some type of music lessons, either the guitar or the piano. Either way I would have to take advantage of some of the deals online like musicians friend used gear has for people that can’t invest a whole lot of money while taking the time to learn any type of musical instrument. A test drive is totally understandable when it comes to items like this.

TV and Christmas

It has hard put to find anything on the television that isn’t pertaining to the Holiday Season, that is in full swing as I type these holiday words, we just can’t seem to get away from this over abundance of Holiday Spirit.

At the Mall and ALL the other stores have been playing holiday music for the past several weeks and have gone the extra mile to decorate in the most elaborate decorating frenzy ever, it just seems that it is everywhere and it can be a bit over whelming when you are as strapped for cash as I seem to be lately.

One more week and it will all be a memory, hopefully a good one for each and all.

In A Gadda Da Vida

Iron Butterfly was best known for their song In A Gadda Da Vida which had a short version (3:47 minutes) that you heard on the radio, back in the 70’s, and then they had a long version that you had to buy the album to hear. That version was a bit over 17 minutes and had the best drum solo of all times.

I remember going to a school dance, back when they had live bands that played, not a D.J. playing recorded songs and this particular band took a chance and decided to play this wild song that just wouldn’t have sounded the same using  electronic drums. And I have to say that they rocked the place into a frenzy during those wonderful 17 minutes. That it the only dance that I really remember, the rest are all just a jumble in my memory.

So when I went online and Googled musiscians friend it reminded me of the days when music was a whole different ball game. It’s sad to think that kids these days won’t know experiencing a live band is all about unless they go to a concert. These days the cost of going to a live concert is outrageous and the huge crowds are a real concern for so many safety reasons.

In the meantime, if you have 17 minutes to listen to a true “Golden Oldie” here is Iron Butterfly at it’s finest.

Iron Butterfly was best known for their song In A Gadda Da Vida which had a short version (3:47 minutes) that you heard on the radio, back in the 70’s, and then they had a long version that you had to buy the album to hear. That version was a bit over 17 minutes and had the best drum solo of all times.

I remember going to a school dance, back when they had live bands that played, not a D.J. playing recorded songs and this particular band took a chance and decided to play this wild song that just wouldn’t have sounded the same using electronic drums. And I have to say that they rocked the place into a frenzy during those wonderful 17 minutes. That it the only dance that I really remember, the rest are all just a jumble in my memory.

So earlier today when I went online and Googled Musicians Friend it reminded me of the days when music was a whole different ball game. It’s sad to think that kids these days won’t know experiencing a live band is all about unless they go to a concert. These days the cost of going to a live concert is outrageous and the huge crowds are a real concern for so many safety reasons.

In the meantime, if you have 17 minutes to listen to a true “Golden Oldie” here is Iron Butterfly at it’s finest. Not the best quality video ever put on YouTube but then again we weren’t into videos back then.

The Flute

Most of the time when I think of the flute, I think of Native American music. Those are songs that are haunting and very spiritual, usually accompanied by drums and chanting.

This morning I was poking around YouTube and came across two songs, by accident, that featured the flute Celine Dion’s theme song from “Titanic,” and a song by Celtic Woman called, “Scarborough Fair.” The odd thing is that I don’t remember the flute from the first version I ever heard of that song, by Simon and Garfunkel.

So I clicked over to the Simon and Garfunkel version and listened to that one. Their version feature generated acoustic guitar and harpsichord – not the flute. Until the very end – and then there is a flute or possibly clarinet? I can’t really tell and I listened to it twice. Anybody know which woodwind brasswinds like what are offered online is featured on the Simon and Garfunkel version of Scarborough Fair?

That put me in the mindset for some old folk rock and I listened to some other Simon  and Garfunkel songs for about 30 minutes, then I had to get out of the house and head off to work.

Simon and Garfunkel

The Boxer, one of the best songs that Simon & Garfunkel ever released. It’s too bad that video’s hadn’t really taken off at this particular time. I really think that there was a lot of potential for so many songs back then.