Category: Sounds & Music
Music Compilation: 2000 -2010 Favourites
Keane – Everybody’s Changing (2004)
- Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
Jennifer Lopez – Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Atomic Kitten – Whole Again
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
Pusong Bato (Stone Heart) Aimee Torres 2003 (Philippines)
Dido – Here with Me
James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
Music Compilation: 90s Favourites
Below is a music compilation of my favourite 90s sound.
- The Drugs Don’t Work Anymore – The Verve I have to say this song is the true anthem during the sad days of the death of the Diana, the Princess of Wales. I was aghast when Elton John just recycled Candle in the Wind, an iconic song originally meant for another iconic woman, Marilyn Monroe sang during the funeral service of the PoW.
My Heart Will Go On • Celine Dion, theme from the film Titanic
- Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morissette 1995 Alanis ruled!
- Nothing Compares 2U – Sinéad O’Connor 1990 This song was written by Prince.
- Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice 1991
- Love… They Will Be Done – Martika 1991 This song is also written by Prince
- Genie In A Bottle – Christina Aguilera
Natalie Imbruglia – Torn (1997) This song actually was first released in 1993 by the band, Ednaswap.
True, Spandau Ballet were gods to me during the 80s.
I loved them so much. To Cut a Long Story Short I lost my mind!
I have to thank God that Duran Duran existed at the same time for my sister, Marilou. To be honest, I Don’t Need This Pressure On competing with my sister’s adoration of the same band. Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, John Keeble and Steve Norman of SB were mine. 🙂 My sister and I had a very good Communication. She told me news about Duran Duran and I told her about Spandau.
There are also times when she saw merchandise of SB, she would generously buy them for me. My sister was a Lifeline.
The 80s was Gold. The New Romantics were in. A lot of great bands were breeding in the UK and the US was producing the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.
Though Spandau Ballet did not make it really big in America, they were so popular in the Philippines. Highly Strung girls, like me, would scream our head off when one of their songs were played.
Sadly seeing Spandau Ballet nowadays would be Through The Barricade, this is from my point of view as a purist. Tony Hadley, the band’s vocalist has left the group, again. It’s going Round and Round. Who knows, Tony might rejoin again in the near future. This is my Instinction.
Music does bring out every imaginable feeling and reaction under the sun.
As H Purcell said :
“If music be the food of love,
sing on till I am fill’d with joy;
for then my list’ning soul you move
with pleasures that can never cloy,
your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare
that you are music ev’rywhere.”
Here are more quotes about Music, hope they may be of inspiration to you all:
Music is the medicine of an afflicted mind, a sweet sad measure is the balm of a wounded spirit; and joy is heightened by exultant strains.
Sweet music! sacred tongue of God.
—Charles G. Leland.
Music is the fourth great material want of our natures,—first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.
When griping grief the heart doth wound,
And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
Then music, with her silver sound,
With speedy help doth lend redress.
Some of the fathers went so far as to esteem the love of music a sign of predestination; as a thing divine, and reserved for the felicities of heaven itself.
—Sir W. Temple.
I think sometimes could I only have music on my own terms; could I live in a great city, and know where I could go whenever I wished the ablution and inundation of musical waves, that were a bath and a medicine.
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
O, pleasant is the welcome kiss
When day’s dull round is o’er;
And sweet the music of the step
That meets us at the door.
Not the rich viol, trump, cymbal, nor horn,
Guitar, nor cittern, nor the pining flute,
Are half so sweet as tender human words.
Is there a heart that music cannot melt?
Alas! how is that rugged heart forlorn.
Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
—Henry Ward Beecher.
Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners; she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.
Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Music is the child of prayer, the companion of religion.
Had I children, my utmost endeavors would be to make them musicians.
Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.
If you find a song that resonates with you and your love one, or if the song is memorable to you or inspire you, then please feel free to dedicate the song directly the comment section below it.
The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads
Over the next few weeks we will probably posting a lot of items such as pictures, stories and little tidbits about Liverpool.
We enjoyed our tour of Liverpool so much. A must see place, so much to see and experience. I advise to wear flats for a more convenient and healthier meandering of the city centre. I am pleased to report that most of the attractions are closed together.
The above statue ensemble of The Beatles was a popular tourists and visitors attraction. Many wanted to take photos, as we did, and also take selfies with Paul, George, Ringo and John.
We were busy photographing everything that we were late joining the ‘talk’ about The Beatles.
We heard though that Ringo Starr used to live at Liverpool 8, an area in Liverpool which used to be notorious for its poverty and vandalism.
Apparently Ringo when living in Liverpool never had an indoor toilet. He was from a very poor family.
It just goes to show that when Lady Luck smiles at you, she also grins and have a laugh. This is so true in Ringo’s case. He was a replacement drummer for the band originally occupied by Stuart Sutcliffe and even Pete Best. Ringo was not the best drummer in the world but he joined the band just before it took off stratospherically.
In an interview, Ringo said that he did not really miss anything in Liverpool. 🙂 However, he made used of Liverpool 8 and even made an album about it. The number 8 is inscribed in the heel of his shoe in his statue.
Regarding John Lennon, his statue is clasping a few acorns. It appears this has something to do with his and Yoko Ono’s hope for world peace.
Apparently John and Yoko sent a couple of acorns to each of the 123 world leaders in the spring of 1969. They hoped that the acorns are planted for world peace.
Our tour guide said that only two world leaders accepted the challenge. They were Golda Meir of Israel and Pierre Trudeau of Canada.
Please, Please Me, The Beatles first hit in England!
The bust opposite is that of Nita Resch, wife of the sculptor, Conrad Dressler. The bust is now proudly displayed at the V&A Museum.
I chose this art as the statement photo for this blog, because Nita looked like she was trying to listen to something. 🙂
Anyway back to the real topic of this blog; almost every time the original singer of the song or tune is the best one to give rendition to song, I supposed the producer choose a song that best suit the singer’s voice and personality that song and singer become one.
But once in a while some other artists can be as good or even surpass the original performer. Some songs are so great and melodious that it is rebooted over and over again in almost every generation.
Here are my choice of covers, which is a still a work in progress:
Excellent Covers of Original Songs
1001 Most Romantic Songs
This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.
Our list currently includes the following:
YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes
Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”
Charles Trenet – La Mer
Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover
hyun bin-that man lyrics (eng+korea sub) ost secret garden
Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)
All of Me – John Legend
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday
Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday.
During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.
Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a welcoming sight on their return home.
My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.
Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV. At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.
My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.
Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again
There are songs that makes you feel instinctively happy regardless of the lyrics. I think it has to do with the tempo of the song.
I felt a lightness of being.
Happy Song Collection
My list comprises of the following:
Day Dream Believer, the Monkees – this song always gets me clapping in tune with the music. Happy clappy indeed.
Blue, Eiffel 65