The last time a Friday the 13th Full Moon was visible within the United States was way back on October the 13th, 2000.
Our musical selection, Santana’s Full Moon, admittedly, doesn’t come anywhere near to playing into the triskaidekaphobic’s trepidation surrounding this somewhat rare, awe inspiring, celestial event… BUT… speaking now as both a professional pragmatist and amateur astronomer (who’s been around for many moons) let me assure everyone… knock on wood… that venturing forth into the great outdoors, to view a Friday the 13th Full Moon, is far, Far, FAR less threatening to our mental / emotional / physical well-being than attending a truly scary, Trump rally from HELL!
Welcome to my Thanksgiving Day BlogCast. My thanks to The Northmen for their too brief rendition / arrangement of Over the River and Through the Woods. Now, admittedly, while I am musically knowledgeable, finding other tunes tailor-made for this American holiday did prove to be a bit of a challenge. I realized that I was rapidly getting lost… deep in “those woods” as it were… and would need to come up with a new BlogCast theme.
So, free associating my thoughts wound up going along these lines…
Hmmm… Thanksgiving… what am I thankful for? Well I am thankful to my late, loving parents for having gone into debt to purchase a piano and pay for my music lessons and… hmmm… I am thankful that I had been born at just the right time to have eye and ear witnessed the birth of the Beatles and… hmmm… that band did provide the soundtrack to nearly my entire life and… hmmm… I do include dozens of Beatles songs in my keyboard repertoire and… well… that’s when everything suddenly fell into place!
Why not devote my entire monthly show to the Fab Four? However…
I then realized that this, too, could prove problematic. You see, mainly due to copyright issues, Beatles videos are too frequently yanked from YouTube. Yet, not being one to give up easily, I did find a cool way to circumvent this issue… namely… feature both big name and not so famous musicians’ superb covers of Beatles tracks.
About the only other comment I can add, here, is that the songwriting genius of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, as presented below, is not only timeless, it also leaves their compositions wide open to interpretation by a diverse community of musicians… all of which you will notice immediately as you click onto each of those play buttons.
So… the time has arrived to feast your ears and eyes on these music videos and have a Happy Turkey Day!
Stevie Wonder ~ We Can Work It Out
(Oh, BTW… Paul McCartney is in the audience)
Annarin ~ Revolution
Amy Winehouse ~ All My Lovin’
Santana ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Phil Collins / George Martin ~ Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End
If you LIKE what you heard here this day, click back here for my next BlogCast on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Past programs are archived in my BlogCast and Music categories.
This new day finds me in a DJ mood… perhaps spurred by some lingering REM phase dream (re the radio career I never had)? Regardless of what may’ve motivated me… my blog experiment is to feature a four track long musical set per week per post… for the next 13 weeks.
Don’t expect any in depth musical analysis because I present the selections you hear here purely for the enjoyment of great music.
I do realize that tapping into my vast musical library can involve genres, which cannot possibly please all the people all the time. So… if today’s selections are not your “cup of tea”… do click back again… you never can tell what you’ll be listening to next week.
Blog response will act as my Arbitron / Nielsen “radio ratings”… so… do tell me if you like this week’s program.
Pink Martini – Let’s Never Stop Falling In Love
Jose Feliciano – Billie Jean
Papas Fritas – Way You Walk
Santana – Evil Ways