Who was that masked man? (Vid of the Day)

To my much younger self, hearing the William Tell Overture, typically, coincided with the opening credits for each Lone Ranger adventure… the popular, episodic televised western, which, from 1949 to 57, showcased a heroic, crime fighting, masked (around the eyes) horseman, who’d ride into town, at breakneck speed, to save the day… to ward off evil men and thwart their wicked machinations… to make our world a better place to live in.

The LR would routinely get the job done in a non-violent manner… e.g. fire his sixshooter to warn not wound and, even better, oft hand off rather than fire off his trademark, calling card, silver bullets (his symbol of justice, law and order).

In a sense… in our pandemic stricken and sickened world, have not we… the now fighting off stir-craziness, social isolating souls… become masked (around the nose / mouth) heroes on a like-minded, stave off wickedness / save humanity mission?

Our Vid of the Day’s mood elevating, inspirational, instrumental selection could even become our anthem. The above clip features another hero of mine, guitarist extraordinaire, the late Glen Campbell, who will, at first, briefly reminisce about what the Lone Ranger means to him and, next, WOW us while we witness his nimble fingers practically setting his guitar strings ablaze as he unbridles his electrified rendition of the William Tell Overture.

To the best of my knowledge, no lyrics were ever written for this 1829 orchestral masterpiece, composed by maestro Gioachino Rossini, but just as well… only the most accomplished vocalists would ever be able to keep up with such a frenetic tempo.

“Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!”

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy! And also Stay On Board with medical professionals and legal authorities, who routinely back their health promoting, life saving advice to us with sound, time honored scientific / medical facts.

It is in everyone’s best interests to…

[1] Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds), [2] Cover coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] wear protective face masks [6] avoid large crowds, [7] socially isolate /  hunker down at home and [8] self-quarantine if you’re feeling ill.

 

 

 

 

 

No “Sooner” Said Than Done! (Sunday Song Series)

For Week #80 of our study of Sunday titled tracks, the late, legendary, country music artist Glen Campbell sings about the Sooner State… a.k.a. Oklahoma… via his noteworthy rendition of Oklahoma Sunday Morning (a Tony Macaulay / Albert Hammond / Lee Hazlewood composition).

I’ll be back seven days from now with our next Sunday song and I hope you’ll be back, too.

Stay healthy… everybody… everywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 8

The Little Drummer Boy, a.k.a. Carol of the Drum was composed by Katherine Kennicott Davis back in 1941. In the three score and sixteen years since then, there’ve been literal scores of musical scores… so many superb performances that, deciding on one over another… i.e., which one to give top billing for today’s BlogCast… was nearly impossible… uh… nearly being the operative word here.

While it had been tempting to go with the very first rendition I had ever heard (as a four-year-old boy)… performed by the Harry Simeone Chorale… that was not reason enough.

Well, as it turns out, my overall deciding factor was not so much the quality of the performance… after all, they are all winners. In the end, it all boiled down to the power of the unifying message. Hence my choice of the Alex Boye’ ft Genesis Choir (video above).

As for the other nine recording artists who I also “auditioned”, I’ve typed up a list of links to videos which showcase their great performances. And, btw, I do thank all the YouTube posters and videographers who’ve been applying an extra special, festive shine to all of my holiday BlogCasts. Obviously, none of what I do would be possible without you.

 

The “Little” Little Drummer Boy Menu

1951: Trapp Family Singers (the very first recording)
1958: Harry Simeone Chorale (this is the record I first heard as a 4-year-old “little drummer” boy)
1965: Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Christmas album)
1977: Bing Crosby & David Bowie (Bing’s final TV holiday special)
1987: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (Special Olympics Christmas Charity album)
1988: Mannheim Steamroller (A Fresh Aire Christmas album)
1993: Glen Campbell (Home For The Holiday’s album)
2004: Vanessa Williams (Silver & Gold album)
2006: Celtic Woman with Orla Fallon & Chloe Agnew (Christmas TV special)

 

I now thank you for your listenership and invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here 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.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

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September BlogCast ~ A Heartfelt Plea for Harmony

 

My greetings to all of my WordPress blogging colleagues, followers and visitors! If you’re just here to hear the music, scroll down and start clicking away… these four selections will amply communicate my intended sentiments, which I’ll now further expand on… i.e., should you choose to read onward…

Initially, I found it tough to set the proper mood for this installment of our monthly musical get-together. I had to scuttle my original “hot fun in the summertime” theme… deeming it insensitive and inappropriate in the wake of all the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey… considering how life may never fully return to normal for the millions of flooded out, uprooted survivors in Texas. My heartfelt condolences to folks who lost loved ones and hopes that you, who have survived, can restore your lives as much as possible and can find happiness again.

I’d have to ditto my mood barometer reading regarding all who were recently maimed and slaughtered during the eerily similar, vehicular ISIS terrorist attacks against Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain AND Nazis / Klansmen terrorist assaults against Charlottesville, Virginia. My wholehearted condolences to the all the good people who lost their loved ones and best wishes that the surviving victims recover speedily and as completely as possible. Hopefully, someday soon, happiness will be yours once more.

As if those meteorological and ideological storms weren’t bad enough, already, we, of good conscience, have also been deeply in mourning over the loss of the American presidency. And by saying “presidency” I’m referring to the monumental, leadership vacuum that’s been sucking the air out of the Oval Office… sucking the life force out of my homeland and our global community… all perpetrated by an ethically barren, morally bankrupt, avaricious and vicious, Orwellian, stick-figure figurehead.

In times of trouble, a nation’s citizenry should be able to count on their leader for a comforting pep talk… an FDR-esque, folksy fireside chat as it were… but… alas… long sigh…

Folks, it’s downright depressing and disgusting to observe the cannibalistic, parasitical, so-called prez…

  1. Feeding off the post-hurricane apocalypse’s human suffering… just to sate his voracious narcissistic hungers… just to erect a smokescreen to enshroud his nefarious, fascist political agenda.
  2. Feasting off the ISIS terrorist attacks in Spain just because that’ll wrongfully validate his flat-out hatred of all Muslims1. It is stunning how… practically in the same breath… he lavishes praise upon un-american [sic] Nazis and Klansmen… sucking up to them just so they’ll help reelect him in 2020.

Net effect, the so-called prez, has wildly emboldened these domestic terrorists. Left unchecked, these co-conspirators… the pathetic “prez” and his deplorable pals… will violently subvert all that the real America stands for. We’re likely witnessing the rebirth of Nazi Germany.

So what the hell does that make the so-called prez? An Adolf Hitler / David Duke hybrid? Did some nefarious, eager beaver recombinant DNA scientist mutate him? Did a psychotic psychosurgeon lobotomize / reprogram him? Or was he “merely” born and/or reared that way? Whatever the cause of his mental illness/illnesses, we can only wish him a speedy, complete and permanent recovery. In this modern medical era, no one should be condemned to live out one’s life bouncing off the rubberized walls… be they real or hallucinated.

The real America’s survival… indeed the survival of the whole world… depends on a sane presidency and sound minded leaders elsewhere, too. How else could we ever hope to see our global population live in harmony?

That plea for harmony is from where I now take my musical cue… set the tone for this month’s BlogCast.

Folks, I find the negativity of what I just blogged… to say the least… disturbing. What else can I conclude than negative leaders bring out the worst in me, indeed, in every like-minded, warmhearted, ethical patriot who truly gives a damn? And that has got to change… starting with the legal, orderly and peaceable ouster of such negative entities.

But, until the day that becomes reality… I believe the following music will provide an ear and eye opening… a mind expanding and mood elevating experience.

Accompanying only my sparse, supplemental commentary, I’ll now let the songwriters’ and singers’ sentiments speak for themselves.

Ray Stevens ~ Everything Is Beautiful

Admittedly, I would’ve preferred this track’s religious undercurrents to have been more inclusive of faiths other than Christianity… but… when we consider the less globalized era in which this song was first composed and recorded, would not genuine believers of all religious stripes be forgiving? Additionally, I sincerely believe one can also be agnostic and still be fully capable of concurring with the overall message of unity. Oh, btw, you can also give a listen to an alternate track featuring a duet performed by Ray Stevens and another of this month’s BlogCast featured artists, Glen Campbell.

The New Seekers ~ I’d Love To Teach The World To Sing

Many decades ago a slightly, lyrically modified, abridged version of this song became the soundtrack to a Coca Cola™ commercial, which you can view here.

Glen Campbell ~ Try A Little Kindness

I joyfully rediscovered this track just one week ago upon purchasing the late Mr. Campbell’s greatest hits CD… after finding it while grocery shopping at my local supermarket superstore. I first heard Campbell perform on the late Sixties era, “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” TV show… a program with a distinctly, politically progressive POV… from where I derived own liberal attitude. Campbell died just a few short weeks ago on August 8, 2017. You can access a video tribute.

Peter, Paul & Mary ~ Weave Me The Sunshine

Peter Yarrow will now introduce this BlogCast finale… thusly…

“‘Weave Me The Sunshine’  became a very big hit in South Africa and in Brazil and ultimately of course it’s a song that has found it’s way into many churches and synagogues.”

About all I could possibly add, here, (as is true with nearly all folk music) it’s nearly impossible not to sing along with this upbeat and uplifting tune. And I recommend that we all add our voices… sing it loudly… sing it proudly… trump all of those negative vibes. Let us all spread outward its unifying, harmonizing message (indeed, the messages from all four of these songs) to all four corners of our world.

Thank you for listening on this day. If you LIKE what you heard, click back here

for my next BlogCast on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Past programs are archived in my BlogCast and music categories.

 

 

 

1 We, who still can and do think clearly, fully realize that ISIS has mutilated and muddied true Islam and now exploits it just to justify their deadly, bloody attacks.