November earworm round up

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my November earworms:

Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover

Dee Clark – Raindrops

Buckwheat Zydeco – Tee Nah Nah

Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero

John Hammond – 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six

Johnny Rivers – Poor Side of Town

k.d. lang – Miss Chatelaine

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

Tom Fogerty – Sick And Tired

Rickie Lee Jones – Young Blood

Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind

Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe

Bonnie Raitt – Something To Talk About

Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

Randy Newman – You’ve Got A Friend In Me

LuLu – To Sir With Love

Donna Fargo – The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA

Peter, Paul and Mary – Leaving on a Jet Plane

Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times

Kim Stockwood — She’s Not In Love

Luther Ingram – If lovin you is wrong I don’t wanna be right

Chilliwack – My Girl

Lavern Baker – I Cried a Tear

Clyde McPhatter – A Lover’s Question

Nina Gordon – Tonight And The Rest Of My Life

The Youngbloods – Statesboro Blues

Chic – Dance Dance Dance

RuPaul – Supermodel

Merle Travis – No Vacancy

Björk – Human Behavior

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She wrote the songs – Golden girl

Lotti Golden is a cult icon of the late 60s music scene. She was one of the creative women that began to demand that their share of the spotlight shine on the unique perspective of women, not just on women’s voices singing men’s words. I found her in my early 20s when I ended up with a record someone gave me. That record is lost. Sadly, she isn’t on iTunes (unless I’m doing something wrong) so she won’t be found by another generation of women. As my favour to you, I’m going to share her.

From her 1969 album Motor-cycle:

Gonna Fay’s

A Lot Like Lucifer

This is also a great song, from a 1971 album:

Staircase between the floors

Or this song also from 1971:

 Sock It To Me Baby-It’s Your Thing

In the 80s she moved into writer producer roles, and co-wrote some fabulous songs.

Brenda K. Starr ‎- Pickin’ Up Pieces

Warp 9 – Beat Wave 

Diana Ross – Dirty looks

E.G. Daily – Some People

I hope you enjoyed this little intro to an artist that isn’t in the spotlight anymore. See if you can find her music elsewhere. I know I’m going to keep looking for her in discount LP bins every chance I get. 

Songs worth remembering

There are many songs about war and peace. We’ve been singing about those two conflicting states since the dawn of time. 

November 11 is Remembrance Day.  In honour of that day, here are eleven of my favourites.

 

  1. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars
  2. Bobby Darin – Simple Song of Freedom
  3. Jackson Browne – The Drums Of War
  4. Paper Lace – Billy don’t be a Hero
  5. Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction
  6. Pink Floyd – The Gunner’s Dream
  7. Bob Dylan – Blowing In The Wind
  8. George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
  9. Queen – Hammer To Fall
  10. The Jam – Little Boy Soldiers
  11. The Original Caste – One Tin Soldier 

Baroque November

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named early (1550–99), middle (1600–49), and late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some November born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.

EARLY

Francesco Usper (real name Spongia or Sponga)

John Danyel (or John Daniel)

Samuel Scheidt

Tarquinio Merula

François Couperin, engraving by Jean Jacques Flipart.

MIDDLE

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

Jean-Baptiste Lully (born Giovanni Battista Lulli)

Nicolaus Adam Strungk

Andreas Werckmeister

LATE

Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (or Zachau)

Johann (Johannes) Speth

Attilio Ariosti (or Frate Ottavio)

François Couperin

Pierre Dumage (du Mage)

Jean-Baptiste Loeillet

Jean Baptiste Senaillé

Jan Josef Ignác Brentner (surname also spelled Brenntner, Brendner, Brendtner, or Prentner)

François Colin de Blamont

Charles Theodore Pachelbel (baptized Carl Theodorus, also spelled Karl Theodor)

Andrea Zani

Jan Zach (also called Johann Zach)