Friday, September 30, 2011

Michael Jackson ~ This Is It


This Is It is a pop ballad co-written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka.  

The song begins with Jackson singing, “This is it, here I stand / I’m the light of the world, I feel grand / Got this love I can feel / And I know yes for sure it is real” and then he tenderly hits his signature high notes about a new lover he feels he’s known "since 1,000 years." Jackson's brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Randy (credited as The Jacksons) are featured as background vocals throughout the song.  

The song was featured as a track on the album, This Is It (2009), which accompanies the 2009 concert documentary Michael Jackson's This Is It. It was premiered worldwide on Jackson's official website on October 12, 2009.  According to Wikipedia, the song was never available for sale as a single.

This Is It was the first song to chart on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Chart for Michael in over seventeen years.  It became a top twenty hit on charts in Japan and Spain, and peaked at number 18 on bothBillboard's US Adult Contemporary and R&B/Hip-Hop song charts. In 2011, it received a Grammy Award nomination. The song was also accompanied by a music video, directed by Spike Lee, which consisted of footage of Jackson as a child, clips of him throughout his career, and footage of tributes from Jackson's fans around the world.

Source:  excerpts from Wikipedia


As I write this post, Michael Jackson's doctor is on trial for involuntary murder.  The facts coming out about his death all over the news have really disturbed me.  For me, the story of his life and death has to be the very saddest I have ever heard of.  Rather than have these thoughts in my head, I decided to go back to his music and remember him as the greatest entertainer of my lifetime.

I will always appreciate his entertainment genius!





Lyrics

This is it, here I stand
I’m the light of the world, I feel grand
Got this love I can feel
And I know yes for sure it is real
And it feels as though I’ve seen your face a thousand times
And you said you really know me too yourself
And I know that you have got addicted with your eyes
But you say you gonna live it for yourself.
I never heard a single word about you
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Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand
This is it, I can say,
I’m the light of the world, run away
We can feel, this is real
Every time I’m in love that I feel
And I feel as though I’ve known you since 1,000 years
And you tell me that you’ve seen my face before.
And you said to me you don’t want me hanging round
Many times, wanna do it here before
I never heard a single word about you
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand
This is it, I can feel
I’m the light of the world, this is real
Feel my song, we can say
And I tell you I feel that way
And I feel as though I’ve known you for a thousand years
And you said you want some of this yourself
And you said won’t you go with me, on a while
And I know that it’s really cool myself
I never heard a single word about you
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand
I never heard a single word about you
Falling in love wasn’t my plan
I never thought that I would be your lover
C’mon baby, just understand


Monday, September 19, 2011

Til There Was You ~ The Beatles ~ Paul McCartney



This song has to be one of my
 Top 10 favorite songs of all time!

In my opinion, there hasn't been another songwriting team to match the music genius of Lennon and McCartney . . . their music and lyrics are magical and timeless.  However, this song was written by Meredith Willson (who also wrote the song 76 Trombones) for the Broadway musical The Music Man.  It was the only Broadway musical The Beatles recorded.

The Beatles performed this song on their first appearance of The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 . . . Beatlemania was unleashed as the music for a new generation.  Little did we know back in the day that their music would prove to be timeless almost 50 years later.  Amazing and wonderful!

The song was included on their albums With The Beatles (UK release, 1963) and Meet The Beatles! (US release, 1964).

The Beatles remain one of my favorite groups of all time!

Of course the song holds many memories for me . . . the beginning of the musical roots for my generation.  It really made us kids mad when groups like The Dave Clark Five became popular . . . we referred to them as copycats, but as new groups emerged with the new sound of the British invasion, we grew to love them all.  However, The Beatles and Paul McCartney were always first in my heart.  I'm just sorry I never got to see them live in concert, but I was just a little girl . . . not even a teenager yet!

The song holds new meaning for me as new love blossomed in my life.  It reminds me of an awakening of perfect love for the wonderful man who is now my new husband.  We were married 3 weeks ago.

This post is dedicated to you my cute pirate ;)






Paul McCartney's version of the song




Lyrics:

There were bells on a hill
But I never heard them ringing
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was you

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
they tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No I never heard it at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
they tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you
Till there was you


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rock Me Amadeus ~ Falco


One of my favorite songs of all time!

Falco has the distinction of being the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a #1 hit in the United States with "Rock Me Amadeus".

The song "Rock Me Amadeus" became a worldwide hit in 1986, reaching #1 in the US and the UK and his album, Falco 3,  peaked at the number three position on the US Billboard album charts.

 Falco died of severe injuries received from an auto accident in 1998, just two weeks before his 41st birthday.

The song featured in my video is the extended version . . . the video is not complete, but the entire song is included.  I'll repost the final version when I finish the video.




Sunday, September 4, 2011

Madonna - Sticky & Sweet Tour



More of my favorite songs from
Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour!








My video tribute to Madonna . . .



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Do You Know Where You're Going To ~ Diana Ross


"Diana Ross is one of the most successful female music artists in history" . . . as declared by The Guinness Book of World Records in 1993.


She is one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one as a solo artist and another as a member of The Supremes.  Diana was named "Female Entertainer of the Century" in 1976 by Billboard Magazine.


The song Do You Know Where You're Going To, written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, is the theme to the 1975 film Mahogany . . . was a #1 hit on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Easy Listening charts and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.


Both Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey recorded covers of the song in the late 1990s.


As I was writing a post on my Peace, Love, Happiness blog about dreams, ambitions and "the big picture" of life, the inspirational lyrics of this song came to mind.  


The song takes me back to a time in my life when I should have been asking myself all those questions instead of charging full speed ahead without my life's map of where I was headed.  We live and learn through life's lessons! 






Lyrics

Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know
Do you get
What you're hoping for
When you look behind you
There's no open doors
What are you hoping for
Do you know
Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies
That filled our minds
You knew how I loved you
But my spirit was free
Laughin' at the questions
That you once asked of me
Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know
Now looking back at all we've planned
We let so many dreams
Just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long
Before we'll see
How sad the answers
To those questions can be
Do you know where you're going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know
Do you get
What you're hoping for
When you look behind you
There's no open doors
What are you hoping for
Do you know