Life lessons you've learned from music

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 13:26

Here's one...While he's speaking specifically of the trap of Hollywood, you could also apply the lyrics to almost any endeavor where someone is trying to play mind games with you...This was Richard's first big hit here in the States, too...When I hear it, I think about a lot of things that "don't mean nothing" in the end...



As he says...

"...It don't mean nothin'
The words that they say
Don't mean nothin'
These games that people play
No, it don't mean nothin'
No victim, no crime
It don't mean nothin'
Till you sign it on the dotted line..."

A couple of interesting facts: Joe Walsh plays guitar on the song and his Eagle bandmates Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit are on background vocals!

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 13:32

When I'm not feeling OK, I think this song here applies to my situation aptly...Originally a Dave Mason song recorded by Traffic, Joe Cocker popularized it...



Of course, my favorite version is the one given an almost-gospel feel by Gladys Knight & The Pips...Too joyous to make you feel sad, despite the lyrics...



Of course, Miss Gladys can blow the roof off of any song she sings! 8) =D>

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 14:35

Wow! I found this funky b-side in the thrift store recently...Scherrie Payne was a member of Glass House and a former Supreme and this was her b-side to "V.I.P." on the Invictus label...A b-side that IMO tops the a-side and definitely a message that makes you think! :D



Oh...and YOU'RE WELCOME! 8)

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 15:28

Going back to the old-school smooth soul and funk again, sometimes you have to "be yourself", because in the end, you can't be nobody else! From Debra Laws' "Very Special" LP...

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 15:34

She knows all about family, too, as her siblings are singer Eloise Laws, jazzman Ronnie Laws and flautist Hubert Laws! 8)

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As Debra sings on her brother's tune here...

"When you think of your life and all that you have
Just what good would it be with no one to share
So let's care about friends
They mean more in the end
Than things you buy
Or things you try
Family..."


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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 15:44

Another group I really like from the 70's is the soulful and funky Seawind...Here's one from their "Light The Light" album, speaking of a freedom that never seems to come for some, but one many wish for...



"...As time stood still, my heart could see
That day of days, when all mankind
Would be free
Free, no more hatred no more lyin', free
Free, no more hunger no more dyin', free
Free, all the colors of the rainbow shinin', free..."

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 15:47

Or as Donny Hathaway once wrote...



A more honest song there never was! :)

...And don't let the spin get you down! Hold on tight and you will last! =D>

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 15:59

Remember, it don't pay to worry...I have to keep this in mind myself, for sure...


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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 16:20

When I think about today's kids, this line keeps popping into my head...

"Babies now a days
grow up too fast
they don't even have
the right tools for survival..."

Also recorded by Ian Matthews, this is the original from Canadian Marc Jordan...



In case you didn't know, Marc wrote Rod Stewart's big hit, "Rhythm Of My Heart"...Marc once said about THAT song...

"I wrote the song as a sort of folk song. It was an anti-war song about a soldier who goes to war and wonders. He is wondering whether all humanity is gone from the world. He wonders back home if people still fall in love and if love is alive somewhere back where he no longer is. He longs to be home to find some love again because, while he remembers love, where he is there is just carnage."

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 16:25

Somehow you just have to keep running the race, as hard as it is (and I know...I should talk!), but in the end, it's the long run...It's the finish that counts! =D>



This is one of my go-to songs for when I can't get through the days...I have a few days like that, if I'm being totally honest! :(

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 16:29

Which reminds me...Here's another one from their "Performance" album...They say the eyes are the mirror of the soul and you can't fake what you feel, because "it shows in the eyes"...


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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 16:56

Here's another inspiring tune from the pen of Marilyn Scott...If you want to create a smooth and jazzy 80's inspirational playlist, this song should be on it...


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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by JoeE SP9 » 21 May 2019 17:46

vinyl master wrote:
21 May 2019 15:44
Another group I really like from the 70's is the soulful and funky Seawind...Here's one from their "Light The Light" album, speaking of a freedom that never seems to come for some, but one many wish for...



"...As time stood still, my heart could see
That day of days, when all mankind
Would be free
Free, no more hatred no more lyin', free
Free, no more hunger no more dyin', free
Free, all the colors of the rainbow shinin', free..."
I have one Seawind LP. Their religious/gospel bent is mostly a turnoff for me.

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 21 May 2019 19:41

JoeE SP9 wrote:
21 May 2019 17:46
vinyl master wrote:
21 May 2019 15:44
Another group I really like from the 70's is the soulful and funky Seawind...Here's one from their "Light The Light" album, speaking of a freedom that never seems to come for some, but one many wish for...



"...As time stood still, my heart could see
That day of days, when all mankind
Would be free
Free, no more hatred no more lyin', free
Free, no more hunger no more dyin', free
Free, all the colors of the rainbow shinin', free..."
I have one Seawind LP. Their religious/gospel bent is mostly a turnoff for me.
As I've said before to people, my kind of jazz is not for everybody, but the interesting thing with Seawind is that they did pop, funk, disco, love songs and even instrumentals with the same passion as their more gospel-oriented stuff...If anyone didn't know, the great trumpeter Jerry Hey came out of The Seawind Horns (Larry Williams and Kim Hutchcroft were also members)...You can hear them on albums from Michael Jackson to George Benson to Earth, Wind & Fire and a ton of others! Just Jerry's resume alone is a "Who's Who" of performers! :wink:

I'll say it again as I say often...Read your liner notes, people, and you might be surprised at the names that pop up! :D

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Re: Life lessons you've learned from music

Post by vinyl master » 02 Jun 2019 05:37

Another one on my radar is this one from Jimmy Messina...No, money alone won't save us in the end, but it sure doesn't hurt sometimes...



Still, he sings...

"How does it feel to be on the wheel and running in the race?
I bet that you would like to rest but you're afraid to lose your place
Oh, long ago, someone said to me "I'll never work like you"
'Well, ain't it strange how money can change a man and his point of view?"

and...

"Ah, in this world of broad extremes outside of nature's gate
Lives the world of buy and sell (where money plays with fate)
Ah, some believe that money can buy most anything it sees
But it won't fit Mother Nature's look, money is not the key."

In a nutshell, you can't depend on money alone...

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