Welcome to my monthly BlogCast.
To say the very least… back in the 19th Century, Great Britain’s poet laureate Alfred Tennyson observed…
“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
To say much more… to modernize that passage with some much needed inclusiveness… such an emotional state certainly does span the vast spectrum of gender identities and seasons.
On this fine May Day, there’s a smile on my face and feelings of renewal throughout my body. TMI? Well… uh… not really. Let me explain. You see, my Michigan compatriots and I have been freezing our butts off for the past, SIX LONG WEEKS (ever since the alleged vernal equinox). But now? WOW! With today’s temps predicted to soar into the 80° Fahrenheit / 27° Celsius range, at last, it’s safe to say that spring has sprung… even the trees and shrubs have finally started to leaf out.
But enough about meteorology. Instead, how about a merger of psychology with musicology? In other words… let’s blend our love of love into the musical mix.
My three featured selections, when segued in the presented order, below, do work out well on a multitude of levels.
Beyond the fact that all are Sixties era love songs, we find that, within the Temptations’ lead track, My Girl, songsmiths Smokey Robinson and Ronald White actually have given a lyrical nod to the “month of May”. Additionally, their musical arrangement calls for a concluding, key signature shift… in this instance… from C to D major… which means everything plays out with plenty of chords in common with Mercy’s Love Can Make You Happy and the Troggs’ Love Is All Around.
You’ll also discover that, while the Beats Per Minute do slow down after the lead track, there’s still a similar percussive style… most noticeable being the Troggs’ tick-tock quality.
Hmmm… having just said, “tick-tock”, that does remind me that it’s time to allow the music to speak for itself. So… start clicking onto those playback buttons and enjoy. Even if your weather may not be springlike wherever you may reside in our world, lest you’ve forgotten that apt Robinson / White lyric…
“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”
The Temptations ~ My Girl
Mercy ~ Love Can Make You Happy
Troggs ~ Love Is All Around
I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast, which typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into a variety of appealing themes. My next program is slated to hit the www during the first week of June 2018.
FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.
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