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Friday, January 12, 2018

Music is Best Shared

I have been trying to expand my horizons this month and one of the things I have been doing is listening to types of music I generally don't listen to. I am a huge jazz fan and tend to listen to it All.
Of. The. Time.  I would not call myself in a jazz rut since I do love it, but there is nothing wrong with listening to different sounds. Each day I am listening to a different genre (well at least in the mornings I am, but confess I generally go back to jazz in the evenings) and today is my R & B day.  I started with a little Luther Vandross, then some Barry White and of course some Aretha, but then I had to play my favorite R&B song over and over and over.

I make mixed CD's for my car (yeah I don't have Mp3 capabilities in my car and still have to rely on "Old School" methods, even though I am old enough to remember 8 track tapes and actually had a car once that had only an AM radio) This summer Son3 was here visiting with GF3 and we were driving to a family reunion with the Cd player on. Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" came on and Son3 asked me my inspiration in including it on the disc, which was an extremely diverse compilation of tunes.
I told him I thought it was one of the most musically beautiful songs of the modern age. I love the instrumentation, the vocals, the spacing__in fact, I think the song is nearly a perfect piece of music. Amazingly, since this summer, Son3 calls me with that song playing in the background all the time.  He was not terribly familiar with it and GF3 had never heard it before but they both love it and listen to it all the time now. Since they are both musicians they play various background parts while the song is playing.  I love that I could sneak an "earworm" into their lives.



Incidentally there are 2 more songs on the Cd that they are listening to regularly, not because they are perfect songs but just because they are fun.  I am including them also.

                 I don't know why I like this one so much except the energy of it makes me happy.


                                          Grand Funk Railroad "Foot Stompin Music"

This one I love because of the last verse. When it plays in the car everyone sings along at the top of their lungs. Even people who don't know the song can find some places to easily sing along.


                                David Allen Coe "You Never Even Called Me by My Name"

16 comments:

  1. Aaaahhh Billy Paul's Me and Mrs. Jones. I'm with you 100% on that one - sex on a stick, so to speak! Anna

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  2. Me and Mrs Jones touches me to my core. I have always loved that song. I love all three...the perfect country song. Good, choices, Anne.

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    1. Those are 3 of 22 songs I have on that disc, including the lesser know "Cheerleaders on Drugs" which makes me laugh.

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  3. I am musically ignorant. Me and Mrs Jones is the only one of these I knew.
    Thanks for expanding my education.

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    1. When we were kids my dad would put a classical piece or show tune on, set the needle down mid tune and we had to identify it, so I really can't remember a time not listening to a lot of music.

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  4. Love Me and Mrs Jones- the other two no. Music sure helps with mood though!

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    1. I have to have music all the time or I am one unhappy puppy

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  5. While I enjoy various kinds of music, I don't listen that often. However, a couple of years ago, when our library still carried music CD's, I made it a point to check out CD's of all kinds--many so I could could learn about a new-to-me artist. My conclusion--there's a lot of people recording music out there in the popular world who aren't very good. And some of the ones who are really good aren't getting the recognition they deserve.

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    1. Have you used Spotify on your computer. You can find many different artists easily to "try"( including unappreciated fantastic artists)

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  6. I do like listening to a variety of music, but I'm afraid that of the 3 songs you linked, I only knew the first one, "Me and Mrs. Jones"! I tend to listen to an "oldies" music station when I am in the car - they play pop songs from the 60s and 70s, mostly.

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    1. The Grand Funk Railroad is from the 70's but I don't think it could be classified as pop. When I listen to radio in the car I mostly listen to NPR. I used to listen to the comedy station on Sirius but it made me laugh too hard sometimes so I went back to "serious" radio.

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  7. I love a variety of music. I think the only thing I’ve never really been able to get into is opera of all things. I wonder if it is something I would enjoy more in live performance, but so far I’ve never been able to get over my bias against it enough to justify paying to attend one.

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    1. I have been to several but we finally went to one at TheMet in NYC. It was beyond gorgeous. I would love to be able to see that quality on a regular basis. Funny you mentioned opera because tomorrow is my dedicated opera listening day.

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  8. Thanks for sharing! All week, the only songs running through my head were from Beauty and the Beast. Now it'll be Me and Mrs Jones! Yay!

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