Georgia On My Mind ~ 11/20 BlogCast

Although America’s future as a Democracy, in no small sense, now hinges upon the outcome of two January 2021 run-off elections within the Commonwealth of Georgia, I’m not here to talk politics in these predawn hours of this surreal November Thursday.

Even so, there can be little doubt that this political hot spot, as of late, has been on my mind, so much so, that the “prompt word”, Georgia, became my first waking thought. Upon factoring in my lifelong love of music and 10+ year YouTube addiction, it was only inevitable that I’d free associate three aptly titled songs, track ’em down and promptly post ’em, below.

Hope you enjoy, as much as I do, the following Great Performances…


Shaneequa Cook + Unity Youth Choir ~ Sweet Georgia Brown

Usher ~ Georgia On My Mind

Randy Crawford ~ Rainy Night In Georgia

Seeing how YouTube clips are often here today / gone tomorrow here are some alternate clips that could, someday, add to this BlogCast’s “shelf life”. But why wait for that someday? If you’ve got the time (and who doesn’t these days), why not give a listen to ’em now?

Sweet Georgia Brown ~ Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington
Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
Rainy Night In Georgia ~ Brook Benton


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Ella Really “Sells It” (Vid of the Day)

Ella Fitzgerald (a.k.a. the First Lady of Song / Queen of Jazz / Lady Ella) more than covers the Jackie DeShannon / Randy Myers / Jimmy Holiday composition Put A Little Love In Your Heart. Her interpretation offers up such unbridled passion, she nearly owns it. These are timeless, optimism inspiring, lyrical sentiments, which are precisely what our world needs on this day… and in all of our days ahead.






BlogCast: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve / Day?

Following Ella Fitzgerald’s fine, smooth, lead performance above, I now welcome you to my New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day BlogCast. Since each song title says it all, there’s no need for any special setup. So… let’s just keep on clicking onto those playback buttons…

B.B. King ~ Bringin’ In A Brand New Year

Naturally, you can check out our next vid (a two decades old, spirited B.B. King / David Gilmour performance) just for the pure enjoyment of it… BUT

It’s also possible for you to don your DJ cap and more actively participate. How so?

Well, first, you’ll need to find a timepiece that can tick off the seconds and, next, understand that approximately midway into this clip, the band will stop playing. As the Midnight Hour nears, everyone counts down the arrival of New Year’s Day 1998.

So, to properly synchronize the arrival of New Year’s Day 2018, simply hit the playback button when your clock tells you it’s precisely 11:55:42 p.m.

B.B. King & David Gilmour ~ Ring in New Year ‘98

There’ve got to be, literally, hundreds of recordings of Auld Lang Syne to choose from… BUT… it was our next video’s bagpipes accompanied by the breathtaking, eye-opening imagery, which caught far more than my ears and eyes.

You see, it’s the sights of Earth’s, fragile, natural beauty… in this case the Scottish Highlands… which remind us of what we all stand to lose if ignorant, petty, self-destructive, mentally ill world leaders maintain their chokehold… if they stay their collision course with disaster… one, which guarantees ecological and economic ruin and societal decay.

Never forget that bagpipers also frequently perform Amazing Grace at funerals. We must never allow foolish leaders and the foolish people they oft pander to to co-conspire… to bury our precious world.

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards ~ Auld Lang Syne

Now, just to prove that I’m not all doom and gloom… or more to the point… that I’ve not forgotten how to Rock in the New Year…

U2 ~ New Year’s Day


I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www on Thursday, February 1, 2018.


I now wish all of you… my listeners, readers and followers…

the happiest, healthiest, safest, sanest New Year 2018 possible!


FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 11

Even though, technically, it’s still late fall, two days ago, we Michiganders got our very first blast of wintry weather… a major snow event that dumped over seven inches in our neck of the woods. Such a flurry of activity required our daylong attention. After all, the shrewd strategy is to shovel smaller amounts several times rather than waiting till the bitter end… when the grand total could wind up in the knee deep range.

One thing for sure… snow removal requires far more muscle than brain power and, consequently, this shoveler’s mind did have plenty of time to zone out… i.e., free associate the real snow with snowfalls oft celebrated in story and song.

That’s when I decided to BlogCsst today’s track, Leroy Anderson’s 1948 composition, Sleigh Ride (lyrics penned by Mitchell Parish in 1950).

In particular, I’ve opted to feature the Ronettes cover, which appeared on the Phil Spector produced, various artists LP titled… A Christmas Gift For You (release date: November 22, 1963… the day of the horrific, John F. Kennedy assassination). It’s no big surprise that, with such unfortunate timing, it wasn’t until Apple reissued this album nine years later that it achieved it’s greatest popularity.

Sleigh Ride is the consummate feel good song. Despite it’s secular lyrics, it’s almost always associated with the Christmas season. Such sentiments do get further emphasized and enhanced by YouTube videographer Helen Kirkham’s cleverly edited Santa Claus imagery… my thanks to her for the above video.

Since I have other fave Sleigh Ride covers, I now offer you the opportunity to check them out as well…


Ella Fitzgerald (my thanks to videographer Athena Mats)

Arthur Fiedler’s Boston Pops (my thanks to videographer Bob Barry)


With my BlogCast Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas now at the halfway point, I thank you for spending your precious time listening to my musical mix featuring spiritual content, social commentary, secular and even some humorous elements. My plan is to get as many of us into the holiday spirit as is possible. Towards that future, I’ll continue presenting my selections… classics all… counting ‘em down one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.


So… be sure to stop back here again… if not daily… schedule your return visits as often as your time permits.

I’d also like to invite you to click back for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.


I wish you all Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!


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