Tag: music

Tell It Like It Is… My #1 throwback Song

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1960s Throwback – a convertible and a song
What’s your #1 Throwback song?

I always have a song in my head. A rhythm, melody or harmony I like (vocal or instrumental) that just pops and I sing!

It’s been that way since I was a little girl, recanting the 5 part harmony of my mom and her sisters and the deep and robust alto voice of my grandmother.

On any given day and time you were in the mist of any one of these ladies, you were hearing a tune, If not the lyrics, they were humming.

When the sisters came together in song… you clapped, dance or sang (quietly) as not to disturb the perfect  a cappella  rendition of the songs they sang for fun or as The Clark Sisters

Today the song that popped and stuck is “Tell it Like it Is”  by Arron Neville (1966).  It’s one of my all time singing favorites. I  know every word and note.

Remembering the times (1966) I recall the lyrics mirroring my life in many ways and I adopted the title and used it like my own…

I used the lyrics to this song like my Keds sneaker collection  I wore back then.  often changing the words to fit a circumstance, situation or decision – weird but true!

The words speak to honesty, love, desire and commitment,  the characteristics I embrace today for myself first…truth!

When I hear the song, the title, reminds me that success is an inside job and I sing… answering question for me.

it’s my way of checking if my thoughts and feelings are in sync with the “who” and “what” I’m pursuing.

 

“Tell It Like It Is”

If you want something to play with

Go and find yourself a toy
Baby, my time is too expensive
And I’m not a little boy

If you are serious
Don’t play with my heart, it makes me furious
But if want me to love you
Then, baby, I will, girl, you know I will

Tell it like it is
Don’t be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide
But I-I-I-I-I know deep down inside of me
I believe you love me, forget your foolish pride

Life is too short to have sorrow
You may be here today and gone tomorrow
You might as well get what you want
So go on and live, baby, go on and live

Songwriters: GEORGE DAVIS, LEE DIAMOND

 

Strings of Beauty

haywire_custom_guitars_red_335_stratMy granddaughter asked for a “real”guitar for Christmas and I asked why? She responded because I like the sound.  OK…I asked who did she know that played a guitar and she disappeared and returned with this picture and a list (below)… To my surprise many on the list I favor and all played Gibson guitars…I gotta ask you…How many of your favorite guitarist made the list?

*George Benson *Carlos Santana *Chuck Berry *Brian Robertson *Nikki Sixx *Cheryl Crow *Bob Dylan *Jerry Garcia *Grant Green *Jimmy Hendrix *Steve Howe *BB King *Peter Green *Tony Iommi *Joan Jett *Albert King *Lenny Kravitz *John Lennon  *Bob Marley *Paul McCartney *Elvis Presley *Keith Richards *Eddie Suggs *Frank Zappa *Eddie VanHalen.

Quite a few, right?! I bet you’re a baby boomer or a musician… I just love music and never realized how popular the brand is among the “greats”.

It’s a fact that all made significant contributions playing Gibson guitars and there’s twice as many guitarist where she gathered her research (smart kid -huh).

The list includes many veteran musicians with long careers, who have a history of faithful Gibson use. The particular instrument they used was unique or of historical importance.

Now I must admit that I didn’t realize the child had an interest in playing guitar or any other instrument, but I figure if she finds one that is as beautiful as the picture, it  will be a great conversation piece. I’ll also have a reason to strum a tune or two!