This week Helen Espinosa has chosen Singer/Songwriter as Song Lyric Sunday’s theme. The name that immediately came to my mind was Carole King. (Click the link to read about her life and many ground-breaking awards and honors.)
Helen Espinosa chose Sex as this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. It doesn’t have to be graphic, but you can find out how to play along by clicking the link above.
I prefer something a little more subtle, but no less raw, so I’ve chosen a classic 1972 Eagles song — hey, sex, drugs, and rock and roll go together like Luke, Leia, and Han and Chewy, right? The “video” is a still, but the original album track has been remastered, so the quality is great.
Helen Espinosa chose an examination of anger as the Song Lyric Sunday theme this week.
I suspect love’s betrayal is the most common subject of anger in music. Carrie Underwood’s Louisville Slugger revenge song, Before He Cheats, came to my mind first, then Chicago’s murderous rage song, Cell Block Tango.
But I settled on another kind of anger altogether: alien megalomaniacal anger like Little Shop of Horrors’ Audrey II’s “fightin’ mad” song sung by the Four Tops.
Helen Espinosa, of This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, chose New to You as the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I admit I haven’t gone seeking new music to listen to because I find comfort in the music I grew up with, and I really only listen in the car. Of course, I couldn’t escape hearing the music my son grew up with as well, but mostly I stick to the Oldies and show tunes.
Enter Candice Louisa Daquin, an unpretentiously exquisite poet, honest, passionate, and brilliant. She introduced me to Tim Arnold and his music, and then asked if I knew Kate Bush. I did not. I went looking, and found an inexplicable, unique artist with a bizarrely appealing sense of fun. I was hooked. A link to the YouTube video from her 1978 Lionheart album is in the song title. I hope you are as intrigued as I was.
Helen Espinosa’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is missing someone you love. The person I miss the most is the little boy my son used to be. The little boy who kept every sparkly rock he found because it was “special”. The little boy who crawled underneath a big cardboard box, pretending it was his shell and he was a pet turtle named Secret. The little boy who used to write his mother checks for a million dollars so she’d be rich.
Helen Espinosa’s theme this week for Song Lyric Sunday is Your Favorite Song Featured in a Movie.
This was tough because I love musicals — America’s only contribution to theatrical genres. I could choose from hundreds, thousands of extraordinary songs. Inspirational?
Helen Espinosa’s Song Lyric Sunday theme this week is either protest songs or songs about “surviving this crazy thing called life.”
Before the British Invasion of bubble gummer rock, Folk music in America was hitting a more mature stride than The Four Preps and The Lettermen hit with their College Pop music style. Harking back to the social commentary of Woody Guthrie’s time, Bob Dylan and others — many others — tapped into America’s growing unrest toward the Vietnam War, racism, and the Civil Rights movement. He and the many others helped wake us up and motivate us to break out of that Dark Age.
Today, this song seems just as relevant as it was in 1964, like most of Dylan’s music seems to be. Maybe this can be the anthem for fighting our way out of the Dark Age we live in now.