Sunday Morning Music

Hi there,
and welcome
to another
Sunday Morning
Music Post !

Today we’re going
to sneak in a “Top Ten”
list along with our
regular selections….

— specifically,
“Muscleheaded’s Top
Ten Most Beautiful
Underrated Songs
In No Particular Order”.

Sure, it’s a long title,
but it’s a great list …

and every song on
the post today gets
frequent play on
my Ipod.

I’ll give you an example-
Here’s our number 10:

Carole King —
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow “.

And we’ll spread the other 9
in with more great music.

We do have a request, though –
– please let us know if you
have songs you think should
have been included in the
top ten – cause we’ll use them
for the next one.

Remember –
underrated
is the key to
this top 10.

Ok, so I know you’re
getting impatient,

so here’s number 9:
Anita Baker —
Sweet Love

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Steely Dan —
Almost Gothic

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k.d. lang —
Surrender

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Number 8 on our list is:
Beach Boys —
God Only Knows

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Number 7 is :
Eagles —
I Can’t Tell You Why

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Al Stewart —
Time Passages

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Billy Joel —
New York State Of Mind

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Number 6 is:
Lani Hall  —
Come Down In Time

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Number 5 is :
Leon Russell —
Lady Blue

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Lou Rawls —
Groovy People

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Stranglers —
Walk On By

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Number 5 1/2 is:
Gordon Lightfoot —
The Summer Side of Life

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Robin Trower —
” Tide of Confusion

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Khari Cabral —
Never In Your Sun

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Number 6 1/2 is:
Van Morrison —
Across The Bridge Where Angels Dwell

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Gregg Allman —
These Days

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Number 7 1/2 is:
Frank Sinatra :
All Or Nothing At All

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Michael Martin Murphy —
Wildfire

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Number 8 1/2 is :
Neil Diamond —
” Solitary Man

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Mighty Mighty Bosstones —
The Day He Didn’t Die

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Number 9 1/2 is:
Carpenters —
I Won’t Last A Day Without You

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!!! HOY !!!

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Sheiks and Shebas

sheikie It’s one of those
unique cultural
colloquialisms
that has completely
disappeared from
contemporary
language –

yet,
for a period
of about 25 years
centered around
the 1920’s, it was
part of the
every day
vernacular
of a flourishing
‘flapper’
subculture –

the ‘Sheik’
and the ‘Sheba’.

Although these
expressions had
already come into
use by 1919,
two movies at the
turn of the decade
were certainly
influential in these
terms gaining
wide-spread
popularity :

” The Queen of Sheba “,
a 1921 Fox production
starring a very scantily
clad Betty Blythe,
and
Paramount’s ” The Sheik “,
starring Rudolph Valentino,
from the same year.

Young people coming
of age in that era were
less inclined than
previous generations
to adhere to a rigid
social code, particularly
when it came down to
their relationships;

— but the use of these
terms not only implied
more liberality of
association, but of
lifestyle as well.

Sex appeal, open
-mindedness, and
a free-wheeling
nature was a must –

and no self
respecting Sheik
could expect his
Sheba to spend
a quiet evening
at home – when
there were parties
and nightlife –
prohibition
notwithstanding.

They didn’t call it
the ‘roaring 20’s’
for nothing, you know.

A ‘Sheba’ differed
from a ‘Flapper’ in
an important way –
although some
women enjoyed
the term being
applied to them
and took to using
it themselves, it was
generally a label
used by outsiders,
(pejoratively or
otherwise),
whereas ‘Sheba’
and ‘Sheik’ were
terms people
inside the subculture
would use to describe
themselves or their
friends.

The tensions, stresses,
and economic difficulties
of the Great Depression
and the darkening clouds
of war eventually put an
end to the light-hearted
spirit of the flapper and to
their patois, but traces of
it and them are still to be
found here on the
Muscleheaded Blog.

!!! HOY !!!

Betty Blythe in ” Queen Of Sheba ” , 1921

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Sunday Morning Music

musicHiya !

I know I say
this every week,
but you really
are welcome to
our Sunday
Morning Music
post !

I hope you
enjoy this
week’s post.

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Simply Red —music
Sunrise

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Shadowy Men On
A Shadowy Planet —
Rover and Rusty

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John Mellencamp —
” My Sweet Love

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Tina Turner —
“Private Dancer

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Robert Palmer —
Mercy Mercy Me

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Five Finger Death Punch —
” Bad Company

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Dave Mason —
Save Me

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Heart —
Alone

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John Waite —
Missing You

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Beach Boys —
Our Sweet Love

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Jazz Crusaders —
Way Back Home

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Seether —
Careless Whispers

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Tom Petty —
A Woman In Love

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Neil Young —
Campaigner

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Talking Heads —
“Good Thing”

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Gregg Allman —
It Ain’t No Use

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Rebel Pride —
“Slippin’Away”

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David Gilmour —
Comfortably Numb

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Swing Out Sister —
” Am I The Same Girl

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B-52’s
“Debbie

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Cyndi Lauper —
Kiss You “

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Cars —
” Wound Up

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Star Sailor
Silence Is Easy

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Al Jarreau —
Midnight Sun

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Neil Young —
One Of These Days

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Korgis —
Rover’s Return

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!!! HOY !!!

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James Bond’s Aston Martins

bondToday’s post is
another edition
of “Vintage Cars
of TV and Movies ”

A car that always
took my
breath away
in movies
belonged to 007 –
– James Bond.

Oh yeah.

Aston Martin DB-5 – “Goldfinger “

All those cool,
memorable
gadgets didn’t
come standard
with the car
from “Goldfinger”…

but it was still
a brilliant car –
-the Aston Martin
“DB-5”.

The “DB”
designation
represented the
initials of
David Brown,
who acquired
Aston Martin
after WW II,
and was a
performance
enthusiast.

Equipped with
an all aluminum
DOHC 4.0 liter
straight six engine
making 282 horsepower,
the DB-5’s top end was
somewhere around
145 MPH.

The “DB-5” is
the most
iconic of the
James Bond cars,
appearing in a
total of 9 films–
including:

Aston Martin Vanquish V-12

“Goldfinger”,
“Thunderball”,
“Golden Eye”,
“Tomorrow Never Dies”,
“The World Is Not Enough”,
“Casino Royale”,
“Skyfall”, and
“Spectre”.

It wasn’t the
only Aston Martin
to have appeared
in the Bond
films, however.

In “Die Another Day”,
the “V-12 Vanquish”
was featured;

Aston Martin DB-S

And the “DB-S”
made it into a
total of 4 films.

A project car called
the “DB-10”
(developed as a
promotional vehicle
for the Bond series)
was featured in the
2015 “Spectre” as well.

The current model
in the “DB” series
is the Aston Martin
DB-11, starting in
2016-

Aston Martin DB-11

– with the V-12
5.2 liter engine
it is capable of
speeds of over
200 MPH.

And I’m told that
the newest Bond film
will feature an
all-electric car
from Aston Martin
called the “Rapide-E”.

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!!! HOY !!!

The Incredible Laura Nyro

Popular music has always
had it’s prolific songwriters –

– and most of
the great ones,
Carole King, Jimmy Webb,
Dolly Parton, Tom Waits,
Joni Mitchell, etc, have etched
their names in the minds of
music lovers pretty solidly.

A few, though –
get little mention
in the music press
or in popular culture:

… one name that
seems all but
forgotten, not
only as a very
important songwriter
but as a performer
as well, was:
Laura Nyro.

Maybe I’m wrong ?

Maybe you’re a musician
who started playing in
the 1960’s or 1970’s ;

or maybe you have a keen
ear for creative, intricately
put together pop songs
with heart.

If so, then you
remember Miss Nyro’s
Music , and songs like :
” Eli’s Coming ”
” Save The Country ”
” Stoney End ”
” Sweet Blindness ”
” And When I Die ”
” Wedding Bell Blues ”
” Midnight Blue ”
” Mercy On Broadway ”
…… Etc.

For those who have not
been exposed to Miss Nyro’s
work, here’s a quick run-down
of her all-too-short career…

Born in New York in 1947,
she went without any
formal musical education,
though her father was a
trumpet player in the
Catskills Mountains,
and, inspired by the works
of Debussy and Ravel, she
taught herself to play
the piano at an early age:

” I’d created my own
little world, a world
of music, since I was
five years old “ said Nyro.

Her musical influences
also included Billie
Holiday, Nina Simone,
and she wrote her first
piece of original
music at age 8.

“When I Die “, sold
to Peter, Paul and Mary
in 1966, when she was 17,
netted her $5000, and was
her first chance to be
considered as a serious
songwriter:
this single song was
recorded by several
popular groups, but
is best remembered for
the “Blood Sweat & Tears
version – in 1968.

Around this time,
Laura obtained new
agent representation
from an influential
person by the name of
David Geffen –
(Asylum Records,
Geffen Records,
Dreamworks ) together
forming ‘Tuna Fish Music ‘.

Her songwriting soon
saw much more exposure:
the catalog of the pop
group ‘The Fifth Dimension’
was loaded with Nyro songs,
like “Wedding Bell Blues“,
“Stoned Soul Picnic “, etc.

Musical artists with styles
ranging from the Manhattan
Transfer, Barbra Streisand
to Maynard Ferguson and
Three Dog Night also
recorded hits from Laura
Nyro scores…..

And she not only wrote songs,
but had her own special
delivery in performing
other people’s work :

Witness :

It’s Gonna Take A Miracle

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or

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La La Means I Love You

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She did a piece with the
late, great Duane Allman
called ” Beads Of Sweat
that has become a blues
rock cult classic.

Unfortunately, she was
never comfortable with
performing live, and she
found maintaining the high
level of originality in her
songwriting a difficult
process, and by age 40
had largely retired from
the music business.

She died at the age of
50 of ovarian cancer.

She was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame posthumously,
in 2012.

A number of rock and
pop music celebrities
claim Laura Nyro as
an important influence,
including:

Elvis Costello
Joni Mitchell
Elton John
Jackson Browne
Cyndi Lauper
Carole King
Alice Cooper
Todd Rundgren
Melissa Manchester
etc.

!!! HOY !!!

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This Isn’t Nova – Or: Songs About Cars

Creative ideas
for this program
were provided
by :
my friend Jules.

( I see you watch
PBS, too, dontcha. )

For those who
remember
Mitch Miller,
you’ll be
relieved to hear that our
post today doesn’t ask
you to follow the
bouncing ball or
sing along off-pitch
with Mitch.

Ugh.

However, while
signing along with
the music in this post
is not at all required,
you may well find
yourself doing just
that – –
-I know I will be.

Hey, maybe you
think I’ve got my
calendar watch set
on the wrong day
( again ) –
since we usually do
music posts on
Sunday –
but it’s just me
throwing another
proverbial monkey
wrench into my own
stupid system …..

And I thought it
was just too good
a post idea to wait
for another
24 hours
to roll around.

Not to mention
that this way,
I can ask our readers
to do some of the work
providing music.

You see,
I never miss a game of
‘I’ll show you mine if
you’ll show me yours’
so, I’ll give you 5 or 6
of my favorite songs
about cars, and then
I want you to give me
yours.

In comments,
or in email,
either way
is groovy.

And I’ll add em to the
bottom of the post.

Get it?

Got it?

Good.

Let’s begin.

No post about
automobiles
and popular music
can really claim to
be so, without
certain inclusions,
I know that.

But, I’m gonna
leave several of
them off —

Maybe it’s just me
being contrary,
( typical )
or maybe I wanna
give our readers a chance
to come up with em.

This is one of the
must haves, though:

Beatles :
” Drive My Car

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A “Deuce Coupe” refers
to a ’32 Ford body with
a V-8 flathead engine;
considered by many car
enthusiasts to have been
the ultimate hot-rod car.

And of course, to have the
‘pink slip, daddy’ is the
only way to fly-
– it means you own it.

With that in mind:

Beach Boys —
Little Deuce Coupe” .

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My friend Carolyn gave me a couple of hers, too:

Fun Fun Fun – Beach Boys

First Kiss – Kid Rock

No Particular Place to Go – Mr. Chuck Berry

Diamonds On My Windshield — Mr. Tom Waits

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

And C’s oldest sister
would want me to add:
 

Paul Evans and The Curls —
Seven Little Girls (Sittin’ in the Backseat)

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I can’t help myself…
this song wouldn’t have
made any one elses top
five considering how
many great songs we’ve
got to choose from,
but I did have one of
these, and I did drive
my father crazy with it.

Commander Cody did a
passable version of it,
but I like this one
better.

Junior Brown :
Hot Rod Lincoln

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If I were to name the
top five rock and roll
drummers of all time,
I bet you wouldn’t be
all that surprised to
find that Neal Peart
(Rush) was right in
behind (or ahead of)
Ginger Baker at numbers
one and two.

But, since this is
a ‘Top Five Songs About
Cars’ post, I submit this
one for your approval.

Rush :
Red Barchetta

” Well-weathered leather
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware ” 

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Van Halen :
Panama

How can you lose
with lyrics like :

” Ain’t nothin’ like it,
her shiny machine
Got the feel for the wheel,
keep the moving parts clean
Hot shoe, burnin’ down the avenue
Got an on-ramp comin’
through my bedroom “

Oh sure, you may say that
it’s not about cars at all,
and is just an allegorical
reference to something else
entirely… but what isn’t ?

Jeeez,
how literal can ya get ?

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My friend Jules
suggested these:

Jan & Dean’s
“Little Deuce Coupe “–
which is a perfect
natural, as far as
I’m concerned.

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My friend Katie
out on the West Coast
requested a real vintage
piece that I’d almost
forgotten…..

Ok–

back to our list….

no allegorical anything
on this last one.

Recognize these lyrics?

” In cars, in cars, in cars
In my car, in my car,
in my car, in my car
In cars, in cars
In my car, in my car,
in my car, in my car
(I’ve been sittin’,
I’ve been sittin’,
I’ve been sittin’,
I’ve been sittin’) “

Gary Numan and
the Tubeway Army:
Cars

Oh, I see….
now, I’m too literal.

Alrighty —
well,
it’s time to
show me yours.

Sunday Morning Music

It’s Easter Sunday,
and our thoughts
here in the great
Southeast turn to
thoughts of springtime….

… never mind there was
a frost warning the day
before yesterday, and
it’s been lookin more
like February than
late April around here.

Damn it,
who ate my
chocolate bunny,
anyway?

Anyhoo….
despite all that,
we’re doing a
Springtime Music
theme on today’s
post.

I hope it’ll help to
get your Spring Sprung.

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Destroyer —
Kaputt

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U2 —
“Beautiful Day

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Iron Butterfly —
Flowers and Beads

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Carole King —
” I Feel The Earth Move

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Air–
Cherry Blossom Girl

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Audioslave —
“WideAwake”

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The Jacksons —
Can You Feel It

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Five Iron Frenzy —
All That Is Good

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Ella Fitzgerald
and Louis Armstrong —
“April In Paris “

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Jesse Colin Young —
Ridgetop

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Beach Boys —
Spring Vacation

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Eric Burdon and War–
Pretty Colors

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Michael Franks —
Why Spring Aint Here

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Mighty Mighty Bosstones —
Go Big

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ELO —
“Roll Over Beethoven”

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Gordon Lightfoot–
“When Spring Was
O’er The Land

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Boston —
“Peace Of Mind

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No Doubt —
” Just A Girl

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Steely Dan —
Reelin In The Years

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