Happy 2019! January BlogCast

Welcome to our first BlogCast of 2019! I extend outward my Happy New Year wishes to all who reside within the WordPress community and throughout our world.

Of course, merely wishing happiness does not make it so. And such happiness does not come easy considering how… year in / year out… far too many of my homeland’s and home world’s compatriots have been empowering leadership unwisely… or far worse yet… have little to no choice in the matter.

Even so, there’s still reason for hope. This post’s videos amply prove there are still plenty of us who do envision the possibility for a better day… a better world. And just knowing of their existence does act as my own mood elevator. Hopefully, once you experience the clarity of their minds and passion within their hearts… you’ll feel the same way, too?

 

Sheryl Crow covers Nick Lowe’s
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding

Broadway for Orlando covers Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s
What the World Needs Now is Love

(be sure to follow this link, too)

156 countries unite to cover John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s
All You Need is Love

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast… slated to hit the www during the first week of February 2019.

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

 

 

 

ADDENDUM: Corrections / clarifications to assign proper song accreditation were made on 01/01/19 (approximately 7 hours since the original posting time).

BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 10

On this occasion, once again, my BlogCast becomes more than a great venue for playing holiday music. It also affords us an appropriate forum to posthumously pay tribute to Rock ’n’ Roll pioneer, guitar virtuoso, cultural commentator / lyricist and recording artist, Chuck Berry, who at age 90, departed Wentzville, MO on 03/18/2017… soared upward to take center stage within that great spotlighted concert hall in the sky.

As mere mortals, we can only envision the journey he may’ve taken. He likely went into the light / attained the speed of light and, en route, whizzed way past NASA’s Voyager I and II space probes (which, at present, are cruising through interstellar space). As many of us know, thanks to the efforts of astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Berry’s recording, Johnny B. Goode, is aboard both of those spacecraft… among the multitude of tracks found on each of those Golden Records, titled: The Sounds of Earth.

As many of us easily recognize, Johnny B. Goode ties in well with this BlogCast’s holiday theme for it’s musically similar to Run Rudolph Run.

While ISO the perfect video to showcase Mr. Berry’s Christmas classic, I discovered oodles of BlogCast worthy musicians… both the famous and wannabe famous… who supplied their own unique interpretative covers of this track… inclusive of jolly ol’ St. Nick, himself.

Yep… Santa Clause sat in with the US Navy Fleet Forces Band during their 12/09/2016 holiday concert. Whatever our age may be, his kick-ass performance is sure to elicit our hearty, “HO! HO! HOs!” and bring out the kid in us all. Give ‘em a listen…

Since I found plenty of other BlogCast-worthy covers, I now offer you the option of checking them out as well…

Sheryl Crow
Abby Ahmad / Mark Marshall
Missy Lynn
Steady Rush

On a more somber note… in view of how our world’s present day, so-called leadership has become far, Far, FAR more politically and mentally unstable… more so than ever before… further considering the vast body of work Chuck Berry left behind and how that would not likely survive WW-III, it’s entirely possible the Voyager I and II Golden Records will afford him his best and only shot at living on through perpetuity.

We can only hope that whatever intelligent extraterrestrial lifeforms may exist out there, they’ll be sufficiently hip to make Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode and The Sounds of Earth… respectively… their number one recording artist, song and album of the year… in whatever year they first give ‘em a listen.

 

I now 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 all of you all the best throughout this Holiday Season… and Beyond.

 

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

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BlogCast Special: A 9/11 Soundtrack

 

This time around, our musical get-together doesn’t require much of a set up at all. In fact, my above headline says it all.

Simply scroll down, click away and, while listening, be sure to remember all the good people we lost or who got wounded on this day, sixteen years ago… all their surviving families and dear friends… all the victims who live on, forever physically scarred, challenged and disabled.

Remember, too, all who’ve met similar fates while fighting on the side of good during the subsequent wars on terror… as well as all the innocent bystanders residing in the vicinity of those battlefields.

And never forget that the ongoing, more recent terrorist attacks, still spread like raging cancers all over our world and are no less damaging and deadly.

 

Tom Paxton ~ The Bravest

Mary-Chapin Carpenter ~ Grand Central Station

Be sure to also check out MCC’s interview.

Sheryl Crow ~ God Bless This Mess

Eagles ~ Hole In the World Tonight

If you LIKE what you heard, click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Past programs are archived in my BlogCast and music categories.