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1001 Most Romantic Songs

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) Hill Garden – Nr Hampstead Heath
Photo by PH Morton

1001 Most Romantic Songs

This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.

Our list currently includes the following:

YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes

Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”

Charles Trenet – La Mer

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover

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Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn

Giant projection slide of Vera Lynn on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th  Birthday.

During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.

Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs  “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a  welcoming sight on their return home.

My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.

Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV.  At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.

My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.

Vera

Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again

Happy Song Collection

flower meadow, photo by JMorton

There are songs that makes you feel instinctively happy regardless of the lyrics.  I think it has to do with the tempo of the song.

I felt a lightness of being.

Happy Song Collection

My list comprises of the following:

Day Dream Believer, the Monkees – this song always gets me clapping in tune with the music.   Happy clappy indeed.

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Gangnam Style, Psy

Blue, Eiffel 65

Hey Ya, Outcast

Where is the Love, The Black Eyed Peas

Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani

Push the Button, Sugababes

Mickey, Toni Basil

Girls Just Want to have Fun, Cyndi Lauper

Rasputin, Boney M

Numa Numa, Dragostea Din

Barbie Girl, Aqua

Nobody, Wonder Girls

Coming Around Again / Itsy Bitsy Spider – Carly Simon

Fugees & Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

Saddest Heartbreak Songs

Photo by PH Morton

Saddest Heartbreak Songs

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
—Beethoven.

Music can say a lot.  It can make you blissful, can be energising and can be heartbreaking.

Below is a list of my heartbreaking songs.  It is a work in progress because there are just too many songs out there that can melt your heart and brings tears to your eyes. hu hu hu! 🙁

The songs are not in any order of any significance 🙂 Clicking the song will bring you to youtube.

Please suggest a song to be added to the collection, thanks.

Wherever you Will Go – The Calling

Eric Carmen – Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (’76)

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Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton

Because of You – by Kelly Clarkson

The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

Don’t Cry Joni – Twitty Conway

I’m not In Love – 10CC

Harry Nilsson – Without You 1972 (HD)

I will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

RITA COOLIDGE We’re all alone (1977)

Old Shep – Elvis Presley

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) – Sue Thompson

The End of the World – Brenda Lee

All Alone Am I – Brenda Lee

Answer – Sarah McLachlan

How do I live – LeAnn Rhimes

Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey

You Don’t have to Say you Love Me – Elvis Presley

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

Every Breath You Take – The Police

Lovefool – The Cardigans

Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

Missing You – John Waite (Version with Allison Krauss)

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary McGregor

One Summer Night – Chelsea Chan

BOBBY GOLDSBORO =HONEY=

Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again (1974)

Dream Girl Band

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Dream Girl Band

I was doing tonnes of ironing today and to make it more fun and makes the task goes faster and easier, I always listen to Mariah Carey’s No 1 album.

I could always rely on good old Mariah to make my iron sing and glide silkily into pile of wrinkled cottons (ah I hate them).

Anyway, while mist from the vapour iron gently sprays the clothes and evaporate straight into my face, it sent me into my wonderful world of daydream. I thought if you can make a dream team from a football most capable players why not have my own dream team for a girl band.

It was not really hard to choose my squad my a a multitude of talents and utter gorgeousness because I can my girl band in my mind’s eye.

I can imagine Mariah and and Whitney outdoing each other for the high notes.  While Carly is full of humour and gumption.

Agnetha Folstog would be the blonde ice-queen, posing for her life.

Blondie is the coolest!

And JLO, she will be gyrating to the music like no one can!

Yes my squad will be like no other!


David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie

David Bowie,the legend had died yesterday at the age of 69, still relatively young and gone too soon by 21st Century norms.

David was a man of Past, Present & the Future.

You could say he was also  A Man for All Seasons.

His legacy will live on.

He was a London lad  like me and only nine years older.

I grew up to David”s music; from his beginings as a pop star to becoming a well respected world renowned culture icon.

He influenced modern music & videos, particularly the New Romantic era of the 1970s/1980s.

To see him on stage with another legend and musical genius Freddie Mercury was sublime.

My favourite songs of his were Space Oddity, Ashes to Ashes (cool video), Spiders From Mars and Jean Genie.( I sing terribly to my wife!)


He easily adopted new personas such as Ziggy Stardust, for which became famous for and much copied.

He was also a decent actor. I enjoyed his movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘ seeing it twice as well an 80s classic, The Labyrinth. 🙂

He cornered the market in style.

David was flamboyant and cleverly used androgyny in different personas he created with his music which influenced next generations of musicians and singers.

His final song and atmospheric video  Lazarus (the title says it all) released on his 69th Birthday showed how David wanted to go out of this world, say Goodbye…His way.

Magnificent. groundbreaking and unique all the way. His own epitaph, his own way.

The world is a little less colourful now that he is gone.

Farewell Major Tom & Thanks for the music and cool videos…and being you.

Enjoy the Great Gig in the Sky…Starman

Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

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Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.

Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it.  I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL

Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.

The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.

All seats were taken  ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.

I was  quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already.  We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!

It was very realistic.  the opening scenes was surprising,  seeing  women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.

It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing  live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.

I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol  Nice!

The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.

But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to  Jon Jon Briones.  He makes  Miss Saigon the hit it is.

His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him.  He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.

It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.

Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.

Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim),  has that vulnerability required for her role.  Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!

Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.

Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.

I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.

Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,

Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war .  Its theme  was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.

Meet the Rockabellas

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Meet the Rockabellas

Last Sunday, we were treated to a mini-concert by the Rockabellas, a 1940s tribute band a la Andrews’ Sister, et al.

Though it was 1940s songs, there was a  modern upbeat to the sounds which send children swaying and basically enthralled.  Our Nathan couldn’t help himself copying the clicking and finger snapping in time with the beat. A little girl in the audience adroitly kept up with the dancing and hand gesturing of the band. She was so entertaining as much as the band itself.

It was jazzy and Christmassy, though they were not signing Christmas songs but the whole atmosphere was one of joyous festive mood.

Such 1940s favourites like In the Mood, the  Chattanooga Choo Choo, Tuxedo Junction and Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree.

The three ladies were charming!

 

O Naraniag Nga Bulan (O Bright Moon)

Supermoon on 11 August 2014 Photo by PH Morton

Supermoon on 11 August 2014
Photo by PH Morton

O Naraniag Nga Bulan (O Bright Moon)

I absolutely love the Ilocano folksong O Naranyag Nga Bulan.  It is my favourite Ilocano song ever.  It is about a wish to the moon to shine on one’s life.  A life that is so dark, so sad.  A world so black that one can’t see one’s way through it.   The person making the wish was at the end of his tether that he was begging the moon to grant his wish with immediate effect as he was so bereft of any happiness and hope.

The song is so nostalgic for me, not because of the rather twee meaning of the lyrics, LOL, but because we used to sing it as children when we would be allowed to play for a few minutes outside in the garden when there was a full moon.  This was in Marag, a small barrio in the northern part of the Philippines.

Our view of the moon in our barrio was so amazing as there were no huge or tall buildings to obscure the full effect of a full moon and no pollution either as our barrio was a valley surrounded by virgin mountains.

Anyway the full view of the moon was really beautiful and we would  sing O Naranyag Nga Bulan without being prompted!   You just have to sing it as a homage.  There were also fireflies that would lit trees giving our surrounding a fairly land atmosphere.  It was so perfect, I’ve always thought.  I am so happy that I had this kind of childhood.  I would not exchange it for anything.

I remember reading that the late Patrick Moore said that the view of the moon from the Phillipines was beautiful.  Patrick Moore was a British icon, a self-taught amateur Astronomer and became expert on the moon.  His work on moon mapping was used by NASA as well as the Russian Space Agency.

Lyrics

O naraniag a bulan
Un-unnoyko indengam
Dayta naslag a silawmo
Dika kad ipaidam
O naraniag a bulan
Sangsangitko indengam
Toy nasipnget a lubongko
Inka kad silawan
Tapno diak mayyaw-awan

No inka nanglipaten
Karim kaniak nagibusen
Samsam-itek ni patay
O bulan ket aklunem
Nanglaylay ti ayatko
Inka kadin palasbangen
Un-unnoyko, darasem nga ikeddeng

No inka nanglipaten
Karim kaniak naumagen
Samsam-itek ni patay
O bulan ket aklunem
Nanglaylay ti ayatko
Inka kadin palasbangen
Un-unnoyko, darasem nga ikeddeng
Un-unnoyko, darasem nga ikeddeng

Autumn Leaves

As autumn grips us further into its depths, the leaves on trees are changing colours into vibrant pink, red, orange, purple, yellow and brown.

And then they start to fall.

Probably that is why autumn is also called the fall because leaves fall down into the ground. Doh!

There were plenty of fallen leaves that had been blown into our front garden that came from the avenue of trees in our street.

I was going to try to sweep them up today but the weather turned really nasty. It was so blowy and windy; it was not very pleasant to go out so I thought I should postpone my rather industrious idea of leaves clearing for another day, a more subdued day – weatherwise.

When we went to take our little Diesel for a walk, Peter and I noticed immediately that the front garden was amazingly clear of the leaves and any other debris.

It was the wind. It blew the leaves away from our garden, yey. And I was  moaning and griping too about the strong wind! huh!

Thank you wind!!!

Speaking of leaves, I remember that we used to play a game when I was still quite young in the Philippines. It was some sort of leaves snap, a matching game.

We would all go gather as many different leaves that we can get in secret and then we would sit around in circle and then try to match each other’s stock of leaves. The one that has the most unmatched leaves wins!

I know!!! It is so exciting!!! 😉 😉 😉 Beat any computer game! LOL

You should see the neighbours garden, it was like a swarm of ravenous caterpillars had a proper good feast!

Man-made or rather children-made fall/autumn does happen in the Philippines! LOL

We love the leaves of the gumamela (hibiscus) because you can pulp it and add a bit of water to it and you can have an organic blow bubbles syrup, no need to nick the washing liquid from the kitchen, but then again we do not have washing liquids then, at that time a long, long time ago in the Philippines,  we had bars of soap like Perla, Mr Clean, and Ajax for household cleaning while we used bars of Palmolive, Camay and Safeguard for bathing!  Having said that, it became a common knowledge that the laundry soap, Perla, was the best treatment for acne!  I did try Perla once or twice but thank goodness, I was really never prone to acne!  I can’t tell whether Perla worked but then again, probably it did because I did not get many blemishes! Hmmm

Sorry for this meandering nostalgia, I was supposed to talk about leaves, anyway I tried to youtube search a song about leaves and I was pleasantly surprise with this song by  the brilliant Eric Clapton.  He sings to us a very autumnly song called surprise, surprise ‘Autumn Leaves’

Have a lovely autumn everyone,wherever you may be!

Autumn Leaves

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