BlogCast: The Flip Side of Valentine’s Day

Two days ago, I posted a Valentine’s Day BlogCast… my twin spin presentation of Barry White’s symphonic interpretation of Amore… aptly titled Love’s Theme… along with Linda Ronstadt’s lyrical lamentations, among them, her rendering of songwriter Eric Kaz’s superbly crafted couplet…

“Love is blind…
And it cannot find me.”

Anyway… it was along about noontime, today, when a triple play of 1960s era, instrumental selections just kept on seguing in my head. The more I thought about them, the more I felt the need to BlogCast them onto www. To put this musical set’s common thread into DJ parlance, each song title ties together the flip side of love. And, as a whole, this Sunday BlogCast bookends Friday’s program.

To get this show on the road, we’ll be giving a listen to Maestro Paul Mauriat’s full blown symphonic Love is Blue, which will lead into American Hall of Fame pianist, Floyd Cramer’s country music twinged Last Date. And speaking of a Shakespearean magnitude last date, we’ll be concluding this set with Henry Mancini’s Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet.

 

Paul Mauriat ~ Love is Blue

Floyd Cramer ~ Last Date

Henry Mancini ~ Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet

If this has all seemed a bit too blue / pessimistic to suit you, be thankful I opted not to feature the J. Geils Band blasting forth their hard driving, saturated with cynicism, raucous rocker… Love Stinks.

Speaking of thankfulness…

My shout-out to YouTubers DocReepery and NANCYFLORESSANTOS, the latter videographer responsible for both the Cramer and Mancini clips.

My gratitude, too, to all of you… i.e., for spending precious moments out of your lives here.

And that said (depending on where and when you read this), Valentine’s Day weekend is either over or will soon be so. For all who had a grand time, thank your lucky stars and be sure not to ever take your soulmate for granted. For the rest of us… well… uh… maybe things will improve by next February?

If you’ve enjoyed this BlogCast and would like to check
out past “Casts”, they are all within earshot… all neatly
archived within both my BlogCast and Music categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlogCast: Saint Valentine’s Feast (or Famine)

To tap into the wisdom… as presented by “Saint Wiki”…

“Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.” [Read More Here]

As I now suggest two tracks to add to the above celeb’s playlist… and even echo one recommendation (Barry White)… I’ll also be presenting the two sides to this holiday, devoted to romance.

If you’ve found the love of your life, consider yourself the luckiest soul in the firmament… and be sure to profess your love for your soulmate… profusely, wholeheartedly and daily.

Undoubtedly, for you, the song found within your spinning head and beating heart… could easily meld with the upbeat, soaring musical mood set by Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra… aptly titled… Love’s Theme… his instrumental / orchestral arrangement, which became a Billboard Chart topper a scant five days shy of Valentine’s Day 1974.

For those of us, who’ve found love to be rather elusive… perhaps composer Eric Kaz is on to something, which might best explain away our situation. After all… his song, Blowing Away, does present what has got to be the all time best lyrical hook on the subject…

“Love is blind and it cannot find me”

Linda Ronstadt will now sing her heart out to cover Kaz’s sentiments. Follow The Link to give a listen to Kaz, too.

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Dual Valentine’s Day Messages

Excuse my lateness in posting my Valentine’s Day messages. For a reason that’ll soon be obvious, I was in no particular hurry.

To each of you who has found the love of your life… count your blessings… you have “The Song of Happiness” in your heart to accompany all that you do on this special day… throughout all your special days of togetherness ahead.

For each of us stumbling around this world while minus our soul mate… experiencing the unenviable pangs of loneliness on this day… I’m furnishing three different “roads” for us to travel down… i.e., to experience the flip side of “The Song of Happiness”… a.k.a. the J.D. Souther / Glenn Frey composition… Last In Love.

Why three paths? Well… hearing this song sung in both female and male voices is so apropos… after all… gender-wise… loneliness knows no bounds.

Since gender is not always an either/or prospect… and I was unable to locate any representative recording artists… well… at least not those who’ve recorded this particular, off the beaten path, musical selection… below my parting paragraph you’ll find the lyrics in text form.

However you wind up experiencing this track, the mood throughout will be unmistakably unsmiling. However… well… at least the way I’ve interpreted Souther and Frey’s sentiments… there still is a glimmer of hope found right within the song title itself. Last In Love does imply that a race is being run… the human race… and who knows… so long as we persevere (i.e., just keep on running it)… well… maybe… someday… we’ll wind up winners.

 

Last In Love
by J.D. Souther & Glenn Frey

Blues outside my door
I don’t even know if it’s raining
But I’ve been here before
And I don’t wanna be here again

Every now and then
Voices on the wind
Call me back to the first time
Far away and clear
You can hear the teardrops
Fallin’ for the last in love

If I let you down
All I can say is I’m sorry
Now it’s all over town
So I don’t wanna hear it from you

But please don’t look away
It’s hard enough to say
This could go on forever
When the night is clear,
I can hear the teardrops
Fallin’ for the last in love

Every now and then
I hear voices on the wind
I may love you always, always
Far away and clear
You can hear the teardrops
Falling for the last in love

Callin’ for the last in love
Will we always be the last in love?