“Song for the Asking.”

Songs in general seem to fall into the time frame of 3 to 4 minutes each, but then a really interesting 10 minute one gets my attention (Ultravox – “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”), and there are a number slightly under 10 minutes that I really like (Al Stewart – “Nostradamus”). Of course we can’t forget the 26 minute “Tubular Bells” of Mike Oldfield, any more than a host of classical pieces which exceed the 3 to 4 minute average. As a general rule, I prefer the longer songs/pieces because it gives me something to “get into”, and the more I “get into it” … the more I tend to get out of it!

Having said all that, there are also number of really short songs that I often play. I love Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bookends” at 1:21 and Gordon Giltrap’s “Candlelight Lady” at 1:32 for example. Below is a link to another one at a mere 1:50.

“To Know Him is to Love Him”

If you can remember hearing this song, then you are not young anymore! I believe it was released in 1958 and reached “No.1” in the US, and “No.2” in the UK. According to Wikipedia, it had an interesting life after The Teddy Bears had recorded it, in that it was recorded (albeit with a few word changes) by:

Dodie Stevens in 1961; Nancy Sinatra in 1962; The Shirelles in 1964; Peter & Gordon in 1965; Bobby Vinton in 1969; Jody Miller in 1972; Gary Glitter in 1973; Steeleye Span in 1974; David Bromberg in 1978; Dolly Parton/Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris in 1987 (as a trio); The Beatles recorded it a number times from 1962, until eventually released in 1994 and (believe it or not), quite a few others!

I think we can conclude that it was a very successful song!

Melodic recycling perhaps?

Carol has been sorting through some boxes of history, and came across the metal keys from a childhood Glockenspiel (Xylophone with metal keys instead of wood). Her recollections were that it sounded pretty bad and came to an untimely end however, she had decided a long time ago to keep the keys. They might be useful in the future … perhaps for wind chimes?

She has a 5 years old nephew who is pretty outgoing, and who loves the band Queen, and I have all kinds of scrap wood in our garden shed. Those two facts raised a question from Carol “Can you make a Glockenspiel out of your wood and with these keys for him?” Continue reading

“The Carnival is Over”

TheĀ  Seekers released “The Carnival is Over” in 1965 and, needless to say, it was very popular. What continually amazes me with many bands, is how they can perform their earlier hits with great success around 50 years later … as evidenced in this 2014 video of The Seekers performing “The Carnival is Over.” Continue reading