August BlogCast ~ Forever Young x Three

 

My warm welcome to all WordPress bloggers, followers and visitors!

This time around, our monthly musical get-together features 3 different compositions with 3 similar sentiments and only 1 song title… Forever Young.

Oh… to be immortal… (long sigh)… or to at least remain forever young in one’s head and heart throughout our walk upon life’s path…

Suffice to say, I’m not the only human to have ever mulled over such notions… be that while traipsing through the real world or upon the world wide web… in my dream world or during my wide awake hours.

 

Oh… To Be Immortal

To timelessly dwell as a citizen of our universe

To freely pursue and fulfill one’s righteous passions

To seek, meet up with and warmly embrace one’s soul mate

To, hand in hand, walk the Earth through eternity

To set forth on an ambitious, grand goodwill tour

To rein in war, famine, affliction, discrimination and all suffering

To let reign our love, friendship and peaceful coexistence

 

That said… this amateur poet / mere opening act now yields the world stage to the professional Top Billers.

A few NoteWorthy items prior to tracking these tunes…

  1. I’ve supplied Wikipedia links to provide the backstory to each song.
  2. Fast Fun Fact: keenly aware that his “Forever Young” closely… perhaps too closely… resembled Bob Dylans’, Rod Stewart actually asked him if he’d have any problem with this. Ultimately, Dylan and Stewart agreed to share the song credit and royalties.
  3. Since it was tough to choose whether to feature Bob Dylan’s original or the Pretenders’ cover, I’ll leave it fully up to you… play either or both.
  4. Considering the frequent vanishing acts of YouTube vids, you’ll find complete lyrics to each song by blog’s end.
  5. I’d be remiss not to laud the fine YouTube videographers for so stunningly enhancing the music… and my BlogCasts.
  6. My apologies, in advance, if YouTube advertisements ruin these segues. I suppose this can best be summed up thusly… if one dances to the music one must pay the piper.

Let’s now let the music speak for itself… after a few words from our sponsors? ENJOY!

 

Bob Dylan ~ Forever Young

Wikipedia Backstory

Pretenders & Chrissie Hynde ~ Forever Young

Wikipedia Backstory

Rod Stewart ~ Forever Young

Wikipedia Backstory

Alphaville ~ Forever Young

Wikipedia Backstory

If you like what you’ve heard today, click back here on

Friday, September 1, 2017.

If you’d like to check out past BlogCasts, they’re all neatly filed away under both my BlogCast and Music categories.

 

 

Bob Dylan ~ Forever Young

(Bob Dylan) (01/1974)

 

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

 

May you grow up to be righteous

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

 

May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

And may your song always be sung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

 

Rod Stewart ~ Forever Young

(Jim Cregan/Kevin Savigar/Bob Dylan/Rod Stewart) (07/1988)

 

May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam.

And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you’re far from home.

And my you grow to be proud, dignified and true.

And do unto others as you’d have done to you.

Be courageous and be brave.

And in my heart you’ll always stay

 

Forever young. (Forever young)

Forever young. (Forever young)

Forever young. Forever young

 

May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong,

Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond.

And may you never love in vain.

And in my heart you will remain

 

Forever young. (Forever young)

Forever young. (Forever young)

Forever young. Forever young

 

And when you fin’lly fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well.

For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.

But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you win or lose,

 

Forever young. (Forever young)

Forever young. (Forever young)

Forever young. Forever young

For forever young

 

Alphaville ~ Forever Young

(Bernhard Lloyd/Marian Gold/Frank Mertens) (09/1984)

 

Let’s dance in style, let’s dance for a while

Heaven can wait, we’re only watching the skies

Hoping for the best but expecting the worst

Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

 

Let us die young or let us live forever

We don’t have the power but we never say never

Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip

The music’s for the sad men

 

Can you imagine when this race is won

Turn our golden faces into the sun

Praising our leaders, we’re getting in tune

The music’s played by the, the mad men

 

Forever young, I want to be forever young

Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?

Forever young, I want to be forever young

Do you really want to live forever? Forever young

 

Some are like water, some are like the heat

Some are a melody and some are the beat

Sooner or later, they all will be gone

Why don’t they stay young?

 

It’s so hard to get old without a cause

I don’t want to perish like a fading horse

Youth’s like diamonds in the sun

And diamonds are forever

 

So many adventures couldn’t happen today

So many songs we forgot to play

So many dreams swinging out of the blue

We let them come true

 

Forever young, I want to be forever young

Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?

Forever young, I want to be forever young

Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?

 

Forever young, I want to be forever young

Do you really want to live forever?

 

 

June Solstice Musical BlogCast

 

On this June ‘17 Solstice day, I’ve been mindful of how this BlogCast will likely be playing out to a worldwide audience… on a planet where two distinctly divergent seasons are also playing out.

As a nod to Ma Nature’s orderliness, I’ll be playing two Beach Boys selections. I’m dedicating Summer In Paradise to all who dwell in the northern hemisphere and, naturally, California Dreamin’ (on such a winter’s day) to all, who reside in the southern hemisphere. Sounds fair enough, right?

Before we get to the actual playback of this music, there are several noteworthy, song fun facts I’d like to toss in.

Firstly, the subject matter of Summer In Paradise does juxtapose fun in the sun surfing along with some sobering imagery related to how humankind is polluting our environment. We should take our cue from the Beach Boys to always honor our “Mother” by keeping her world clean and green. As the linked vintage TV commercial’s catchphrase warns…

“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”

Lastly, re California Dreamin’, this is the Beach Boys’ superb, 1986 cover of the Mamas and the Papas’ instantly recognizable, 1966 mega hit. The Beach Boys’ already phenomenal sound gets masterfully enhanced by former Byrd, Roger McGuinn’s jangly, signature, electric 12-string guitar… and if their combined musical talents don’t provide an emotional boost to all below the equator dwellers now experiencing winter… i.e. if you don’t feel inspired to go tripping off to warm, sunny California (well… at least in your minds)… if this song doesn’t put you in a summery state of mind… I don’t know what will.

Well, we’re now at the point in my blog, where I usually say, “It’s time to let the music speak for itself… Enjoy!”

 

Beach Boys ~ Summer In Paradise

Beach Boys ~ California Dreamin’

 

If you like what you heard on this day, don’t forget to click back on Saturday, July 1, 2017 for my regularly scheduled top of the month BlogCast.