Do They Know It’s Christmas

I love this song that came out in 1984.

It has some of my favorite artists from the 80’s in it. 

Band Aid is a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (From Wikipedia.com)

Vocalists:

  • Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
  • Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & the Gang)
  • Bono (U2)
  • Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Adam Clayton (U2)
  • Phil Collins (Genesis and solo artist)
  • Chris Cross (Ultravox)
  • Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Sara Dallin (Bananarama)
  • Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
  • Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Boy George (Culture Club)
  • Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
  • Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
  • John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
  • Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
  • Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
  • Marilyn
  • George Michael (Wham!)
  • Jon Moss (Culture Club)
  • Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
  • Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
  • Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
  • Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
  • Sting (The Police and solo artist)
  • Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
  • James “J.T.” Taylor (Kool & the Gang)
  • John Taylor (Duran Duran)
  • Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
  • Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
  • Midge Ure (Ultravox)
  • Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
  • Jody Watley
  • Paul Weller (The Style Council)
  • Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
  • Paul Young

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New President of the United States

Well, we have a new President of the United States… Donald Trump.


Regardless of who you voted for, there were something’s that I saw and read during this election that were sad.

Probably one of the best thing I read was posted on Facebook by someone I went to school with. 

“Today’s obviously a big, passionate day for a lot of us. Please, please, please don’t let the emotions lead you to gloat over the outcome. People on both sides are worried and have strong beliefs. And the “in your face” kind of attitude we saw with the last two elections does nothing more than further divide this country. I will pray for whomever is elected. I don’t put my hope in man because they’re only imperfect humans. Get out there and vote, but put your hope in God. I know mine is.” Thank you Kim.

I really hope that people don’t gloat or gave that “in your face” attitude. But from what I’ve seen, I’m afraid that there will be people who will be doing that. 

Let’s take the high road and agree that everyone has the right to their own opinion and no one has a right to bully you because if your beliefs. 

Remember These

Here are some things from when I was growing up. Can’t believe it’s the things I remember having and wish that they were still around. 

I had to add a picture of Jake from “Sixteen Candels.”

Happy 4th of July


Gotta love Wikipedia for letting me know what the 4th of July stands for. 

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Have a great week. 

One of My Favorite Songs

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. The song was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966.

I’m not sure why I love this song so much? Don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard the song? The older I have gotten, the more I appreciate the songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

From Wikipedia, I found out that the instrumentation was by The Funk Brothers and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. And I am fascinated by The Funk Brothers after watching the Paul Justman’s 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit-based session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972. They are considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. The Funk Brothers played on Motown hits such as “My Girl“, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, “Baby Love“, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours“, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, “The Tears of a Clown“, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, and “Heat Wave“. (From Wikipedia.com)

If you are anything like me, you had no idea who The Funk Brothers were and who important they were to the Motown sound. Here are some of the songs that they played on:

  • “My Girl” – The Temptations
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – The Four Tops
  • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
  • “I Can’t Get Next to You” – The Temptations
  • “Someday We’ll Be Together” – Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
  • “The Tears of a Clown” – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” – The Temptations
  • “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Shop Around” – The Miracles
  • “Shotgun” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “(I’m a) Road Runner” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
  • “It’s the Same Old Song” – The Four Tops
  • “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Miracles
  • “Standing in the Shadows of Love” – The Four Tops
  • “Dancing in the Street” – Martha & the Vandellas
  • “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Cloud Nine” – The Temptations
  • “What’s Goin’ On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Get Ready” – The Temptations
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Bernadette” – The Four Tops
  • “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” – The Isley Brothers
  • “Mickey’s Monkey” – The Miracles

I have the special on my DVR and I have watched it several times. It’s my go to show to watch when the satellite dish is out. Ever time I watch it, I get goose bumps, shed a tear or two and sing to all the songs they play on the show. If you have not seen this documentary and you are a fan of Motown, you really need to watch it.

Here are the lyrics, just in case you don’t know the words to the song.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high,
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are,
No matter how far; don’t worry baby
Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry,

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Remember the day I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
Some way, some how

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Oh no darling
No wind, no rain
Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
‘Cause you are my goal
If you’re ever in trouble;
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha

My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand,
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there

Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Don’tcha know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
Ain’t mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough

Read more: Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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The Count:

While I was writing this post, I have listen/watched the video 14 times. My favorite part of the video is at 1:16.

Happy Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

(Let the good times roll)

  

Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday,or Fat  of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. From Wikipedia.com

I’ve never made it to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras (yet) but I try to celebrate it in spirit. I try to find s restaurant that serves Po’ Boys and Red Beans & Rice. 

This is one holiday that is fun to celebrate. One of these years, I will make it there. Until then… I’ll make sure to celebrate here in Texas. 

The Washington Post March

Why did it take a Sonic Drive-in commercial to make me find out the name of this song?

I’ve must of hear the “The Washington Post March” a thousand of times, but I never knew the title of the song. 

In 1889, the owners of The Washington Post newspaper requested that John Philip Sousa, the leader of the United States Marine Band, compose a march for the newspaper’s essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa obliged; “The Washington Post March” was introduced at the ceremony on June 15, 1889, and it became quite popular.[1] It led to a British journalist dubbing Sousa “The March King”. Sousa is honored in The Washington Post building for his contribution to the newspaper and his country. (From Wikipedia.com)

It makes me wonder…

  • Was I the last person to know the name of this song?
  • How many people can name that tune?
  • When/where do you learn the name of this song?

It’s a classic song and I hope that by me posting it here, there will be one more person who will know the history of this song. 

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