Musical

The WORD Is LOVE

Say The Word and You’ll Be Free…

Hard to believe that it was Thirty Seven Years Ago, Today, that we heard the news that John Lennon had been Murdered at his home in New York City.

John, the Most Radical and  Avant-Garde member of the “Fab Four”, was always persistent, teaching one Word to anyone that would listen and hear. LOVE.

It seems to me that John’s murder was the beginning of the “Make Me Famous” killings, soon followed by the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981, and the proliferation of senseless acts, that are far to common today. Some would say that it’s all about access to Guns. I believe it’s more about wanting to be famous and the Press following their “If It Bleeds, It Leads” philosophy.

On this sad day, let’s remember John’s message of Love & Peace; and let us work to put an end to Hate and Vitriol in ANY Form. After all, the Word Is Love!


Thank You Elvis

Way back when, in 1968; after the Beatles, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Turtles and The Sheep, had so greatly influenced my Life and Love of Music. Elvis decided to “Comeback” with a fantastic TV Extravaganza that was seen by Millions.

Most 13 year old kids, like me, had only known the Elvis on the radio. He was in that group of Oldie artists along with Buddy Holly, Ray Charles and Sinatra. While we respected what they did for music, we rarely listened to them. Then along comes this TV Special where we were all introduced to not only the music, but also to the man.

In that show, Elvis dedicated an entire segment to Gospel music. Something that my friends and I had never been exposed to growing up in Iowa.

Well, that night, Elvis taught us all that it was “Cool” to love God.

Thank you Elvis for taking that leap of Faith in “Prime Time TV” and for opening up my heart, my eyes and my ears to some of my favorite music!elvis68

 

 

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Waterloo Sunset’s Fine

Every Day I Look at the World from My Window,
But Chilly, Chilly is the Evening Time,
Waterloo Sunset’s Fine

For a very long time, Waterloo Sunset was my Favorite song by my Favorite band, the Kinks. That is, until I heard the “To The Bone” version of “Days” live that I posted earlier.

Lots of rumors abound pontificating on who/what Ray was writing about in this beautiful song. That it was about his Sister and boyfriend or about Terry, the cousin that was like a brother when Ray was growing up. (who he had fun with, unlike his pesty younger brother Dave)

“From sunrise to sunset, let the LORD’s name be praised!” Psalm 113:5

When listening to Waterloo Sunset, pictures of the amazing London Skyline with the River Thames flowing under, exploding in a wash of Oranges, Reds, Blues and Yellows as the Sun set on another London day. Much like this beautiful painting by the Master, Monet entitled: “Waterloo Bridge, London, at Sunset”. Ummmm?

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Thank You for the Days

Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me

My friends that know me well, know how much I love music and how music has impacted my entire life.

However, if asked, I’m sure that those friends would say The Beatles or perhaps someone like Harry Nilsson or Boz Scaggs were my All-Time favorite musicians. Truth be known I love them all. In fact, like my Dad taught me so many years ago. “I Love ALL Good Music.”

If stranded on a Desert Island, I’d probably be happy with any one of them as the only music that I could listen to. Perhaps, throw in some Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles or a myriad of some of my favorite Blues players, Clapton, Gary Moore and B.B. King come to mind. Maybe to soften things up add some of my girls; Eva Cassidy, Mandy Barnett, Katie Melua, JEM, Patsy, Rita Coolidge, Christine McVie or yes, even Cyndi Lauper.

As you can tell, I could go on, and on, and on, and on…. “I Love ALL Good Music.”

So, throw me on that Island and give me but One choice? Hands down. Only One band comes to mind. The Kinks. To those that know me, probably not a surprise. They had to be up there somewhere, Right?

Their music and story is too vast to cover in one posting. Please bear with me over the next few weeks as I post some of their story and the music, that for the most part, has gone un-noticed for a variety of reasons.

I’ll start today with a song that is probably my favorite by my favorite. 😊 “Days”. All I can say is give this song a listen, and I believe your appreciation for The Kinks will go up a couple of notches. “Thank You for the Days.”

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” – Luke 12:27

Days:

“Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me,
I’m thinking of the days,
I won’t forget a single day, believe me.
I bless the light,
I bless the light that lights on you believe me,
And though you’re gone,
You’re with me every single day, believe me.”

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The Word is LOVE

“Say the word and you’ll be free,
Say the word and be like me,
Say the word I’m thinking of,
Have you heard the word is love?”

This one has been rattling around in my head ever since I did our anniversary video.

It has always amazed me how John. Paul, George and Ringo tapped into Love. The message of Love permeated their music from “She Loves You” to their last song from their last album Called “The End”. In that song, the Four Lads from Liverpool say goodbye with this lyric echoing the commandment to Love One Another; “And in the End, the Love You Take, is Equal to the Love You Make.”

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” 

-1 John 4:18-19

“The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” 

-John 1:14

“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

-1 John 4:15-16

God is Love, the Word is Love and the Word became flesh in Jesus. Consider that as you listen to this composition written mostly by John.

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“Wonder Full” song and Lyrics by Stevie Wonder. Popped into my head today and can’t get it out. Tag, you’re it! 😉

As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving,
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May,
Just as hate knows love’s the cure,
You can rest your mind assure,
That I’ll be loving you always,
As now can’t reveal the mystery of tomorrow,
But in passing will grow older every day,
Just as all is born is new,
Do know what I say is true,
That I’ll be loving you always.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

-Psalm 19:1

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TRIVIA – Answer

The Beatles:

Okay… I have no will power to resist answering the Beatles Trivia question. Mainly because it’s pretty simple and a very cool lesson for anyone struggling to reach their dreams.

Going back to Liverpool in the 60’s, The Beatles were a very popular band around town. The Four Lads from Liverpool had a Great following already. One of the comments that people who worked with them would say; “they are very tight friends, and they don’t let anyone into the inner circle.” This was probably because of their agreement to only do something that All Four agreed on, unanimously.

Enter George Martin. A successful Producer of comedy albums with Peter Sellers and the Goons as well as Classic albums of all types, but no Pop or Rock.
George was twenty years older than The Beatles, and probably came across as a quasi-Father figure.

So, when the first thing George suggested was to bring in a new Drummer for the recordings, the boys brought in the Best Drummer in Liverpool. Their good friend known as Ringo.

There is no mistaking the Clarity that George Martin brought to The Beatles Music. And, there’s no mistaking that Beat! So, sometimes it’s good to tear down a wall or two.

I can just hear George saying to the Boys… “You call yourself The Beatles, but you don’t have one.” 😊

So, the “Overarching” answer is: George Martin. Second acceptable answer: Ringo, because he would not have been a Beatle without George Martin.

BTW, that was the only time The Beatles broke their unanimous rule until their very last decision as a group. But that’s trivia for another day.

Here’s a quick video to show you the story. Enjoy

 

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TRIVIA

The Beatles:

What’s the Main Difference Between these two versions of Money?

I’m not looking for “Nits” like John was Playing a Rickenbacker, or Paul was playing Piano.

Instead, I’m looking for an “Overarching” Difference between these two songs basically recorded by the same band, same year.

Enjoy! & Good Luck!

Money #1:
https://markmccuen.files.wordpress.com/2017/…/money-11.mp3
Money #2:
https://markmccuen.files.wordpress.com/2017/…/money-21.mp3

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Harry Nilsson:

Without Her

The One and Only Harry Nilsson shows off his Six Octave voice on his composition “Without Her”.
If you ever wondered what it might be like to mix John Lennon and Paul McCartney into one singer/composer/musician, check out Harry Nilsson. “The Beatles Favorite Band!

Walk Right Back/Let The Good Times Roll

Harry Nilsson – The Beatles “Favorite Band” shows off his Genius for Multiple Harmonies through his wonderful Split personalities.


Boz Scaggs & Drew Zingg:

 “Loan Me A Dime”

From Boz’s live DVD. The AMAZING Drew Zingg on lead guitar. https://www.youtube.com/user/dzinggdap

I was honored to be in the front row for this “once in a lifetime” show and will cherish the memory forever.


America:

Always Love!

“I Love You. I Would Rather DIE Than Hate You.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King