Susanne Scherer Shares a S&G Song

Preface: Bold font denotes paraphrased and quoted lyrical passages.

Susanne Scherer and Thomas Kolbin front MoonSun; which they describe as a Symphonic Power Metal Band.

Their usage of stunning orchestration and visuals further dramatize the dark, creeping, lyrical visions planted by Paul Simon within his composition, Sound of Silence; originally released back on 09/12/1965.

Simon emphasized / MoonSun reemphasizes how little good can ever come of a society when human rights (among them, freedom of speech) get sickened by a cancerous silence; when the people have “bowed and prayed to the neon god they made”; especially when that neon is a garish ORANGE!

 

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The Land of Broken Dreams

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser and James Dean, was recorded by Jimmy Ruffin and released on Motown Records’ Soul label back in the summer of 1966. It’s a passionate ballad, which stirs our universal memories of love lost.

Yet, it’s the lyric, “As I walk this land of broken dreams”… so applicable to our present-day, worldwide, civil unrest… which intimates a much deeper meaning… which requires a second interpretation of this soulful selection. How can true blue, stateside commoners, such as I, not equate this to the broken American dream?

This doth, indeed, beg an updated to 2020, situated to all troubled nations, question…

What becomes of the brokenhearted when the love each of us feels for our homeland is unrequited?

Give a listen to Grace Carter’s impassioned cover of this Motown classic.

 

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9/11’s Bravest

To honor the self-sacrificing first responders, who fought the hellish conflagrations nineteen 9/11s ago, this very morning, the Limeliters hauntingly cover Tom Paxton’s composition The Bravest.

As we listen to the strings, harmonica and harmonizing vocals of Mack Bailey, Gaylan Taylor and Andy Corwin, we must also keep in mind all the selfless firefighters / paramedics who have ever arrived / who will continue to arrive, just in the nick of time, to save humanity.

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Dumb Un-American / Smart Parody

To quote their mission statement, the members of Founders Sing…

“… are committed to justice, democracy and the restoration of frikkin’ sanity; in the US and elsewhere.”

In our clip, above, these creative geniuses, have served up yet another of their superb parodies… in this instance their cover of Young Americans… one of David Bowie’s signature songs.

Obviously, not every stateside citizen is a Dumb American… but… as my late father and mother used to remind (during my formative years)…

It is possible to be judged by the profligates, who surround you.

Not wanting that to ever happen doth tempt me to track down and don a T-shirt plastered with the image of Trump… naturally inclusive of this apt disclaimer…

I’m NOT with stupid!

Of course, if I ever dared to do so, it’d be highly advisable to steer clear of a major NYC thoroughfare… namely… 5th Avenue.

 

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Angelic Voices (August BlogCast)

 

Over the course of this past half year, worldwide events have certainly been doing their damnedest to establish the new abnormal / humble us / redefine who we are. Oddly enough, it’s also been six months since my last Interwebs BlogCast, so, the time did seem ripe to go for a restart. Perhaps, in the process, this will help you and me forget our troubles for awhile?

So, in pursuit of that goal, I’ve tracked down three related musical selections. How related are they?

Short answer: Angelic Voices.

Slightly longer answer: Always being on the lookout for new music, YouTube’s recommendations were ever-ready to indulge me… eager to introduce me to Aurora Aksnes’ Queendom. Within mere nanoseconds of hearing her mezzo-soprano vocal delivery… well… it was as if, somehow, she was channeling the late Dolores O’Riordan’s ever-lingering energy… which led me back to the Cranberries’ mega hit, Dreams… which led me to a cover version of Dreams, as performed by a socially distancing ensemble featuring Allie Sherlock plus 39 of her colleagues.

Enjoy.

 

Cranberries ~ Dreams

Aurora ~ Queendom

Allie Sherlock and 39 Colleagues cover Dreams

Thanks for listening. If you’ve enjoyed this BlogCast and would like to check out past casts, they’re within earshot… all neatly archived within both my BlogCast and Music categories.

 

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Would he be open to Kiana Ledé’s open letter?

Ms. Kiana Ledé sets up her music video…

“Through all the crying and pleading, all the protesting and donating, I wanted to do something that always makes me feel lighter — singing. I came across the song “Dear Mr. President” by P!nk and realized so many of the lyrics are STILL relevant today. This song was originally released 14 years ago. I hope this song drives people to VOTE because Trump is a symbol of racism and we are facing the impending doom of his re-election. In order for us to follow through, he needs to be replaced. All of mine and Republic Records’ proceeds from the song are being donated to the NAACP Empowerment Programs which fight against issues like police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, voter suppression, racial biased education and much more.”

She also encourages donations to Black Lives Matter and National Bailout
& urges Americans (18+) to register / check their voter registration status

 

 

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Teddy Joins “The Band”

When I was barely four years of age, Santa left a magical Teddy Bear under our Christmas Tree. Teddy’s special talent:

He can play Brahms’ Lullaby on his beneath his heart, internal music box… the off to his side wind-up key right beneath his rotating left arm. Throughout my earliest days… in sickness and in health… he never left my side. Furthermore, his having been born in the late 1950s (before built in obsolescence had become the unacceptable, accepted industry standard), he doth possess the right stuff to always look his very best / maintain his youthful appearance.

I wound up saving Teddy, in hopes that, someday, my own daughter or son would grow up cherishing him, too… and then hand him down to a daughter or son… and so on… and so on… and so on…

However, as I left my childhood behind, upon becoming increasingly aware of the unbecoming aspects of our world, I wound up declaring humanity’s home an unfit place for newborns (or for that matter, people of any age).

Alas, my original plan for that intergenerational change of ownership changed. Upon factoring in how Teddy might not pass modern toy safety standards, anyway, maybe his still hanging out in our shared lair is for the best, after all.

So, where’s this blog going? Glad you asked.

What happened, this mid-morning, may’ve simply been out of boredom and/or my hopes to reconnect to fuzzy childhood memories. Regardless of the cause(s), I wound up musing about something I’d never before considered.

First… I sat Teddy atop my piano and wound him up to determine his music box’s key signature. My not tuned since 2004, eighty-eights suggest he’s playing our favorite lullaby in Eb, which may finally explain why I tend to gravitate to popular music scored in that octave. You know what “they” say about young minds being impressionable and old habits dying hard, etc.

Next… we became a duet… his slowly rotating arm reminding me of an orchestra conductor’s gestures… all of which inspired our lento pace.

Then… towards the end, just like his mechanical energy began winding down, so did mine.

Which serves as a dual reminder.

• When left to our own devices, anything is possible.

• It now being half past high noon, it’s high time I prepare my lunch hour breakfast.

Hey, who the hell punches a time clock during a pandemic, right? Thanks for reading this post! The End.

 

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Street Level’s Virtual Saturday in the Park

While taking care of some business over the phone, yesterday, Angel, the customer service rep and I briefly chatted as she tapped away at her computer keyboard. Since it was the start of our homeland’s Independence Day, holiday weekend, she asked me if I had made any big plans to celebrate? My reply…

“Nope, I’ll be staying home and staying safe. There’ll be plenty more July 4ths in the future and, once this pandemic is over, there’ll be even more reason to celebrate them.”

Of course, seeing how there’s been this sudden, stateside resurgence of COVID-19, who the hell knows if that’ll be July 4, 2021… 22… 23…

Well let’s keep a good thought that it won’t drag out beyond 21.

Anyway, after hanging up the phone, I got to thinking about where I would’ve gone to celebrate. Seeing how I’m easy to please, I probably would’ve wound up visiting my favorite local park.

However, from what I’ve been hearing, there’s been this dramatic increase in foot traffic on my favorite nature trails, so, even though the odds of COVID-19 transmission are lower in the great outdoors… well… let’s just say I’ll be content to zone out on my blog ending clip’s content. Perhaps. it’ll prove therapeutic to you, too? Check it out…

As for our main clip, which tops off this post, we’ll be giving a listen to keyboardist Robert William Lamm’s composition, Saturday in the Park, which was originally recorded by his band, Chicago. His lyrical narrative will draw upon our communal, pleasant reveries of how, in better days, it was oh so easy to let the good times roll within sunshiny, fresh air, natural environs.

While I could’ve readily tracked down a Chicago studio or live performance, instead, I’ve opted, to showcase Street Level’s “Virtually Quarantined”, split screen, (figuratively and quite literally) out of this world, cover rendition.

To quote their YouTube set up blurb…

“Since we couldn’t play for you collectively during the quarantine, we got together individually to record this one for you. We thought it would be appropriate since, in 2020, Saturday actually does fall on the 4th of July! Also, it might be the first day we can actually perform again!”

Setting my sights way down the temporal road, I’m banking on Saturday, July 4, 2026, which will be our very next opportunity to live out this track’s lyrical sentiments.

Obviously, Lamm had not anticipated a global pandemic when he penned this song back in 1971. Nonetheless, the last lyric to his song’s bridge doth offer up… to us all… his most apropos, one liner, pep talk…

“Listen children all is not lost, all is not lost, oh no, no…”

 

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