OCTOBER 4

Well, we had a kick ass summer that lasted on the BC rainforest coast until.. well ~ yesterday.

Today she is raining. So bring me the sunshine Willie.

The Magic of Willie Nelson. 80s country, hello. I think we should keep this one. His voice sounds early in these covers. Oh c’moon Willie. I couldnt find any info on this particular album (one of his hundreds of albums) but I did find a used copy of it for sale online for $10 USD. So she’s a keeper. Some interesting wiki facts:

Willie Hugh Nelson (pronounced /wɪli nɛlsən /; born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems.

I don’t usually use youtube video footage that are photo montages but this one is pretty thorough and the song, lovely. 

OCTOBER 5 

Edith Piaf. Her Songs, her loves. This is the Cast Album featuring Joelle Rabu, Ross Douglas and Rick Stojan. Put out by City Stage, with an awesome insert of  all the song lyrics from this musical tribute to a fantastic lady. I LOVE Edith. I am sure I’ve featured her 45 already that i ordered direct from Paris. This is a more disappointing version. I don’t really like Joelle’s version of Edith BUT I do notice that the album is autographed! Pur first one, so it’s a keeper. La Vie en Rose. Yesterday, there was Edith Piaf. 

OCTOBER 6 

Don’t rain on my parade!!

“He’s the only man that can make my coffee percolate”. Barbra Streisand in the original broadway cast of FUNNY GIRL. From Piaf to Baba. Oh Baba. She really is a star, especially back then, heh? The album loses a bit in the translation ~ the movie is so much better, as she really is funny in it. This is a great album score, keeper. wiki: Funny Girl is a musical with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway, film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Its original title was My Man. The musical was produced by Ray Stark, who was Brice’s son-in-law via his marriage to her daughter Frances, and starred Barbra Streisand. The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards but, facing tough competition from Hello, Dolly!, it failed to win in any categories.

Best video of the week! 

OCTOBER 7

Does your chewing gum lose flavour on the bed post overnight?

Wow, another K-tel hits album for rethrift. A fun once listen to. Greatest Stars 18 greatest Hits “Hilarious Hits” ~ you guessed it ~ as advertised on TV. Al and Allen owned it as evidenced in the penmanship on the front cover. Made and Litho’d in Canada in 1979. I was six years old. Do you recall any of these songs?

OCTOBER 8 

Saved.

 Bob Dylan. Saved. Never heard of it, have you? I’m hoping I’m not wrong here but I’m sure there must be a reason that a Bob Dylan album was found at a thrift store? Let’s see. This really looks like Christian rock. 1980 release date in Burbank California. From the album insert ” 31. behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that i will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.” uh oh. With the obvious religious overtones aside, this is reminiscent of old grateful dead, for which I am a huge fan.

Should I keep it or not? wiki: Saved is the twentieth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in June 1980 by Columbia RecordsSaved was the second album of Dylan’s “Christian trilogy”, following his conversion to born-again Christianity. It expanded on themes explored on its predecessor, Slow Train Coming, with gospel arrangements and lyrics extolling the importance of a strong personal faith. Many critics dismissed Saved as dogmatic or bombastic. The album hit #3 on the UK charts, but managed to reach only to #24 on the US charts and did not go gold.   CCM Magazine described the album as an “open declaration of Dylan’s deepening faith.

OCTOBER 9

In the dark, in the dark.

The Manhattan Transfer. LIVE. This album came from my MIL. Mommy Spins the Hits (Mother in Law). Thanks Barb, I like this album. 1978. Tim Hauser, Janis Siegael, Laurel Masse and Alan Paul. It’s a ballsy, live album of some classic rthym and blues. 

OCTOBER 10

Green, Green Grass of Home

Oh Tom, just try to be hotter. Tom Jones in Green, green grass of home. He is rocking enough brown tweed and wool to make him a dreamy Welshman. yum. Classic tunes for the keeping collection. Zero intel on the album cover – just his good looks selling this one ladies. Let’s see what we can find out as we end our week of catch up records.

From wiki: “Green, Green Grass of Home“, written by Claude “Curly” Putman, Jr. and first recorded by singer Johnny Darrell, is a country song originally made popular by Porter Wagoner in 1965, where it reached #4 on the country chart. It was sung later by Tom Jones in 1966 where it reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on 3 December staying there for a total of seven weeks.[2] The song had also been recorded the previous year in 1965 by Jerry Lee Lewis, and included on his album Country Songs For City Folks (later re-issued as All Country), and Jones had learned the song from Lewis’ version. Jones’ version also reached #11 pop, #12 easy listening on the Billboard US charts.

Forget the album ~ here’s the story! “A man returns to his childhood home; it seems that this is his first visit home since leaving in his youth. When he steps down from the train, his parents are there to greet him, and his beloved, Mary, comes running to join them. All is welcome and peace; all come to meet him with “arms reaching, smiling sweetly.” With Mary the man strolls at ease among the monuments of his childhood, including “the old oak tree that I used to play on.” It is “good to touch the green, green grass of home.” Yet the music and the words are full of foreshadowing, strongly suggestive of mourning.   Abruptly, the man switches from song to speech as he awakens in prison: “Then I awake and look around me, at four grey walls that surround me. And I realize that I was only dreaming.” He is, indeed, on death row. As the singing resumes, we learn that the man is waking on the day of his scheduled execution[6] (“there’s a guard, and there’s a sad old padre, arm in arm, we’ll walk at daybreak”), and he will return home only to be buried: “Yes, they’ll all come to see me in the shade of that old oak tree, as they lay me ‘neath the green, green grass of home.”  The Joan Baez version ends: “Yes, we’ll all be together in the shade of the old oak tree / When we meet beneath the green, green grass of home.””

rain rain go away, come again another day. I’m going with Kate up Mount Washington any ol way.

About fireygoddess

Fireygoddess is an Island Princess / mermaid ~ living on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia Canada. She loves cropping photos, her main squeeze / the scuba dude, throwing laundry down the stairs, upcycling, shiny things, sparkles, fluevog shoes and making art from found objects at the beach.

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