“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”

The¬† 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

“Dream With You”

Many (probably most) of you will know of Mike Oldfield¬† who is (to me) the king of “dreamscape” music. His music allows my mind to go pretty much anywhere. The only criteria is that I must have the time, and a comfortable place, to allow me to just “leave” for a while! More recently I came across Sally Oldfield, who is Mike’s sister and who has a wonderful depth of tone in her voice (checkout “Silver Dagger”) however, this Post is about Terry Oldfield! What a talented family! The link below goes to a 10 min track, but there appears to be some technical issues because the track ends at around 6:10. A new track then starts and ends abruptly around 10:00!

I am suggesting you experience Terry Oldfield in the 0-6:10 time frame. Enjoy!