Song Challenge-Day Five

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And here we are…

On day five of the song challenge!

Today, I’m going for BROKE because this whole thing is just about to commence to dust.

Yes my loves, the sun is setting.

The witching hour is near…

But I’m not done having fun.

Bummer!

Now, before I proceed, let me take the time to thank Lisa A from Life of An El Paso Woman for tagging me with this challenge.

She is so awesome!

Thanks Lisa!

Love ya girl!

I’d also like to thank all of the bloggers who decided to participate!

Thanks guys!

Ok, back to the fun…

I thought I might leave you with a couple of  jams that I loved back in the day.

First, I must admit that I have always had a deep love of high drama!  It’s how I get my life!  YAAASSS!

To that end, I give you:

Putting on the Ritz By Taco.  The irony in that video kills me!

And….Mighty Real by Sylvester.

Oh how I wish I could’ve seen him live at Studio 54!!!!!!

RIP dear one! I love this doll!  Did you see him all dapper in his white suit–oh but wait…homeboy twirls around into utter fabulousness!

YAAASSS!

And here’s Boy George and Culture Club with I’ll Tumble for Ya!

Ok, let’s step away from the high drama and take a listen to a couple of my other high school Pop faves:

It’s a Mistake by “the men down under, ” Men at Work

And this GENT who belongs front and center with all of the drama dudes!

Eh… that’s ok he’s in a class all his own!

I give you, David Bowie and China Girl.  RIP sweet David:

YAAASSSS!

Now as we wind down toward the close of the day, I give you a couple of compositions from “The Quiet Beatle.”

He’s my play-pretend guardian angel!

The Late Great George Harrison.

RIP Great one!

Here Comes the Sun:  I think this one is for karaoke 🙂

Billy Preston sings “My Sweet Lord” in tribute to my guy.

George’s son, Dhani, is also playing on this one.

He’s the guitarist that closely resembles our beloved!

Finally, one of my all time favorite George Harrison compositions:

By the way, R&B mega-star, Bobby Womack, did a helluva cover of “Something.”  Go google it!  It’s pretty damn awesome.

Well guys…as I implied before, everything must come to an end.

There are so many more pop/rock/disco-y jams that I wanted to include but there’s no point in running totally amok!

Please play along and do your own song challenge post!

Clearly, I have broken all the rules, especially with this entry… but such is life!

The Lady will now bow and take her leave by dancing off into the sunset to Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police.

Love and light to you all!

I had a ball!

Lady G

😘  💋

***Check out “My Jams” in the music category for my R&B/Soul faves from years 1966-1996.

The Magic of Music

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I have always believed that music is magical!  Seriously, take a moment to think about how it can overtake your body and immediately transform your thoughts and mood.  According to Merriam-Webster, magic is “an extraordinary power of influence seemingly from a supernatural source.”  To me, this same definition could, just as easily, describe music.

In any case, I learned about the magical influence of music at a very early age.  Actually, my mother said that I used to sit in my crib and rock back and forth– keeping perfect time with all of the songs that were played on the radio.  She used to say that I really started rocking when the disc jockey played Marvin Gaye’s “Heard it Through the Grapevine.” Now, let’s take a second to pause right here!  I realize that I am dating myself by using words like “radio” and “disc jockey” –I can’t help the fact that I am in the midst of my fourth set of teens.  You should be so lucky!  Back to the story! I can assure you that the baby me had not studied dance prior to rocking out in my crib.  So where did I learn this?  Hmm… You might say that I learned it by watching my mother.  My response to that notion — RUBBISH! I learned it from the music fairies that lived in a nearby forest.  No seriously, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.  No laughing-you can’t prove me wrong 🙂

Anyway, as I grew older, I learned that I could use the magic of music to process my feelings. To do this, I would ramble through my mother’s record collection (there we go again with those ancient references) to find the perfect song to match or change my mood.  Whenever I felt sad I would play “I Love Music” by the O’Jays.  Boy when those bongos started playing at the beginning of that song it was ON!!!  And when the O’Jays began harmonizing “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh …Oh Oh…I love music” it was OVER!  I was flying! Depression GONE!  Don’t get me wrong, music didn’t solve all of my ills, but it did assist me with creating a more positive mindset for managing difficult situations.  With that said, music and I were now lifelong partners; traveling through space and time.   Together, we dealt with relationship issues, friendship issues, money issues, spiritual issues, issues of loss and anything else you might imagine.  In each case, I simply let music work its magic and all was well.

At any rate, when my children were born, I taught them to enjoy and appreciate all kinds of music.  I hoped that they would learn for themselves how it could magically dissipate or transmute negative thoughts, beliefs and feelings.  I secretly wished that they might also develop a lifelong partnership with music.

As for me, music and I are still together!  Rest assured, I will continue to take it with me everywhere I go.  So, if you see a forty-something year old lady dancing and singing The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” in the frozen aisle at Publix, smile and join me her; she just might be casting a magical spell!