Turn Up the Volume (Discover Prompt Day 20: Music)

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The bride was radiant as she walked down the aisle on her proud father’s arm.  Together, they advanced, slowly and in step, to the sound of ….  nothing.  Pachelbel’s Canon had been silenced forever. Mendelssohn’s wedding march was like an old,  faded photograph in the world’s collective memory.

We have had to learn to live without many important things recently, but thankfully music is not one of them.  We can’t hug our grandchildren or our elderly parents. We can’t invite friends over for dinner or even casually run out to the store for a missing ingredient in a recipe.  It is making us all take a step back and reflect on just how important those things are to us.  But we still have music. I don’t know what could possibly happen to take it away from us. But then again, a few short weeks ago we never imagined that COVID19 would steal so much from us, including precious lives.

Thinking about a world without music  is surreal.  Leonard Cohen’s Halleljuah – gone. The Beatles? Just four guys who needed a haircut (like a lot of us right now). How strange would it be to see the opening credits of Friends without hearing the Rembrandts sing “I’ll Be There For You” or the The Big Bang Theory without the Bare Naked Ladies singing the theme?

Thankfully, music is alive and well. I can crank up Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to help me zip through housework. On Saturdays evenings, my husband and I can listen to a radio show featuring greats from the past like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, the Glen Miller Orchestra and more as we sip our wine and prepare dinner.

We shouldn’t wait until we are threatened with losing something before realizing how much it means to us.  So put on your favourite song, turn up the volume and enjoy!

#Song Lyric Sunday – Pearl

 

For today’s Song Lyric prompt – Diamond/Emerald/Jade/Pearl/Ruby/Sapphire – there was never any question that I would feature Janis Joplin’s album “Pearl“.  The album was released in 1971, three months after her death from an accidental heroin overdose.  It includes the song she is probably best known for:  Me and Bobby McGee, which rose to the top of the charts in March 1971.

I’m not sure why the album was called Pearl, because if there was a girl less likely to wear pearls, I can’t think of one.  Janis didn’t have what was considered the classic beauty of the 50s and she was bullied in high school for having acne, being overweight, etc.  She rebelled and tried to “own” who she was as shown in this excerpt from the Daily Texan, the campus newspaper of the university she briefly attended :

“She goes barefooted when she feels like it, wears Levis to class because they’re more comfortable, and carries her autoharp with her everywhere she goes so that in case she gets the urge to break into song, it will be handy. Her name is Janis Joplin.”

There is something raw, pure and a little heart-wrenching about Janis’ music that, despite her tough-girl attitude, breaks open her vulnerability. I think that’s why my favourite Janis song is “Piece of My Heart”. It isn’t on the Pearl album, but I’m including it in this post for your listening pleasure.   Happy Easter everyone!

Me & Bobby McGee
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the train
Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
Took us all the way to New Orleans
I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
I was blowin’ sad while Bobby sang the blues
With them windshield wipers slappin’ time and Bobby clappin’ hands
We finally sang off every song that driver knew
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’, but it’s free
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord when Bobby sang the blues
Feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee
From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Standin’ right beside me through everything I done
And every night she kept me from the cold
Then somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away
Lookin’ for the home I hope she’ll find
And I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday
Holdin’ Bobby’s next close to mine
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’, but it’s free
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues
Feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee
La-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la, me and Bobby McGee, yeah
La-la-la, la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la, la-la, me and Bobby McGee
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Fred L. Foster / Kris Kristofferson
Me and Bobby McGee lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Piece of My Heart
Oh, come on, come on, come on, come on!
Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man -yeah!
Didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can?
Honey, you know I did!
And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough,
But I’m gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.
I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it,
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Oh, oh, have a!
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
You know you got it if it makes you feel good,
Oh, yes indeed.
You’re out on the streets looking good,
And baby deep down in your heart I guess you know that it ain’t right,
Never, never, never, never, never, never hear me when I cry at night,
Babe, I cry all the time!
And each time I tell myself that I, well I can’t stand the pain,
But when you hold me in your arms, I’ll sing it once again.
I’ll say come on, come on, come on, come on and take it!
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a!
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good.
I need you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it,
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c’monnow.
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby.
You know you got it -whoahhhhh!!
Take it!
Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey,
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Jerry Ragovoy / Bert Berns
Piece Of My Heart lyrics © Unichappell Music Inc., Sony/atv Songs Llc, Livingsting Music, Scikron Music Publishing, Sloopy Ii Music Inc., Publisher Unknown

Song Lyric Sunday – Lost in This Moment

I thought “Lost in This Moment” by Big & Rich was the perfect song  for this week’s “Song Lyric Sunday” theme of Promises, Vows, Oaths.  None of those words are in the lyrics, but the whole song is about what goes through a young groom’s mind as his bride comes down the aisle. It’s one of my favourite ballads by a country band and I hope you enjoy it!

Lyrics Lost in This Moment
See your mama and the candles, and the tears and roses
I see your daddy walk his daughter down the aisle
And my knees start to tremble as I tell the preacher
Don’t she look beautiful tonight?
All the wonderful words in my head I’ve been thinking
Ya know I wanna say ’em all just right
I lift your veil and angels start singing
Such a heavenly sight
Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling’s so absolute
There’s no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you
I smell the jasmine floating in the air like a love song
Watch my words draw sweet tears from your eyes
Bow our heads while the preacher talks to Jesus
Please bless this brand new life, yeah
Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling’s so absolute
There’s no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you
Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling’s so absolute
There’s no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you
Lost in the moment
In this moment with you
Lost in the moment
Lost in the moment
In this moment with you
Lost in the moment
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John D. Rich / Keith Anderson / Rodney Clawson
Lost in This Moment lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc