Song Lyric Sunday | “Better Days” – Dianne Reeves

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Best/Better/Good/Great.

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One of the things I love most about SLS is not just sharing great songs that match the weekly prompt, but also finding new artists and music! Many thanks to Amy at ailovemusic.net for last week’s Midas Hutch and Freeze, and Bee Halton at thebeewrites for Wiyaala and We Are Going and Village Sex! I’m following both artists on Spotify now! Also kudos to Irene at My Slice of Mexico for posting an additional video to show a closer look at a couple doing the traditional folk dance and tying a ribbon with their feet! 🙂 🙂

Known primarily as an award-winning jazz and scat singer, Dianne Reeves spent twelve weeks on Billboard Magazine’s R&B charts with Better Days, a moving recounting of experiences shared with her grandmother and how their relationship became a source of inner strength for Reeves.

Better Days came out of work I had been doing with another songwriter, Tony Lorrich, who coauthored it with me,” she explained. “My grandmother had passed away and so had his mother, so the song is about both of them. And people have even said to me that [‘Better Days’] reminded them of another special relative, maybe an uncle or an aunt.”

FUN FACTS:

  • Dianne Reeves was born into a musical family. Her father sang, her mother played trumpet, her uncle is bassist Charles Burrell, and her cousin is composer/sing-songwriter/producer George Duke.
  • She was a member of her high school band, and while performing at a convention in Chicago was noticed by trumpeter Clark Terry, who invited her to sing with him.
  • Dianne studied classical voice at the University of Colorado and has won five Grammy Awards during her career.

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Better Days

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Heat of the Moment” – After 7

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This week’s theme is  Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt.

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Heat of the Moment was one of those songs. When it was released as the lead single from the self-titled debut album of R&B group After 7 in August of 1989, it went all the way to #5 on the Billboard R&B charts but stalled at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the single re-entered the Hot 100 in late 1990 and went all the way to #19.

The song was co-written by singer/songwriter/record executives Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, founders of LaFace Records. Babyface is also the younger brother of After 7 members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds.

FUN FACTS:

  • Keith Mitchell, the third member of the group, was marketed as the cousin of L.A. Reid. The men were not related. Mitchell was a college buddy of Kevon Edmonds.
  • After 7’s debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA in November 1990.
  • After suffering a stroke in 2011, elder brother, Melvin, had been in poor health, but seemed to rebound in recent years, rejoining the group in 2016 for its comeback album, Timeless. But he died unexpectedly in May of 2019 at the age of 65.

With the temps in Tucson reaching triple digits everyday for over a week, I know how the women in the Heat of the Moment video feel. The guys are trying to hook up and the looks the ladies give them are hilarious!

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Heat of the Moment

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Song Lyric Sunday | “I Can’t Breathe” – Devin Marie

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Maria/Marie/Mary.

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This is not the song I had queued for this week’s prompt, but after hearing it on a friend’s blog a few days ago, I knew I had to post it. Thanks, Kim!

The haunting lyrics of Devin Marie’s I Can’t Breathe speak to a pain that isn’t new.

It isn’t rare.

It isn’t self-inflicted.

It isn’t justified.

It isn’t DESERVED.

It didn’t start with George Floyd,

but it needs to end now.

If we could stop the pain on our own, we would have centuries ago.

But we cannot do it alone.

It will take all of us,

because despite agendas being promoted,

the issue isn’t black vs. white,

it’s about doing what is right.

#BlackLivesMatter

 

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I Can’t Breathe

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” – Jackie DeShannon

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This week’s theme is  “Jack/John.

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Leave it to me to take the long route to this week’s prompt! 😀 Instead of title/lyrics, I used the prompt for the artist’s name! 😉

Riding the success of her 1965 hit, What the World Needs Now is Love, Jackie DeShannon released Put a Little Love in Your Heart in the summer of 1969 to a country still mired in Vietnam War protests and racial conflicts. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 by August of the same year and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, making it DeShannon’s highest charting release.

I was in grade school during the 60s and sang in my elementary school choir, the all-city elementary school choir and my church choir. EVERYBODY wanted to hear Put a Little Love in Your Heart. It seemed like I was singing it in one choir or another every week for a year!  One of my music teachers said despite the turmoil our country was going through, most people simply wanted peace and hearing a group of 8-10 year olds sing about love went a long way in soothing stressed out adults.

Our country is again steeped in conflict and controversy but I believe most of us simply want peace. Our leadership is failing us and we’ve wasted enough time waiting. To paraphrase another song from school choir, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…” and we can start by heeding Jackie’s lyrics from over half a century ago to “Put a little love in your heart.”

FUN FACTS:

  • Jackie co-wrote the song with her brother, Randy and R&B singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday.
  •  In late 1969, the song reached number one on South Africa’s hit parade.
  • Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged. The song reached number 9 in the US on the Hot 100 in January 1989 and climbed all the way to number 2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart.
  • Put a Little Love in Your Heart has been released by almost two dozen artists including Any Williams, Dolly Parton, the Isley Brothers, and Leonard Nimoy.

I found several videos of Jackie performing the song… all bad! 😀 Jackie never got the hang of lip-syncing but she loves to flash the peace sign! 😀  I also added the Annie Lennox/Al Green cover from Scrooged. Annie and Al have never looked more fab-u-lous!

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Beauty and the Beast” – Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion

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This week’s theme is  “Big/Large/Little/Small/Tall/Tiny.

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Reaching number nine on Billboards Hot 100, Beauty and the Beast, the theme song from the 1991 Disney animated movie of the same name, not only was an unexpected hit, but it returned the animation company to the pop charts after more than a thirty-year absence.

Disney first recruited solely Dion to record a radio-friendly version of it in order to promote the film. However, the studio was concerned that the then-newcomer would not attract a large enough audience in the United States on her own, so they hired the more prominent Bryson to be her duet partner.

Dion and Bryson’s recording session at The Power Station was filmed and later interpolated with various scenes from the film in order to create the music video.

FUN FACTS:

  • Dion was hesitant to record Beauty and the Beast because she had just recently been fired from recording the theme song of the animated film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991). Powerhouse Linda Ronstadt would get the job.
  • The song garnered the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 49th Golden Globe Awards in January 1992.
  • The American Film Institute ranked Beauty and the Beast 62nd on the organization’s list of the 100 greatest songs in film history. Beauty and the Beast is one of only four songs from Disney animated films to have appeared on the list.
  • Essentially, the song describes the relationship between its two main characters Belle and the Beast, specifically how the couple has learned to accept their differences and in turn change each other for the better. Additionally, the song’s lyrics imply that the feeling of love is as timeless and ageless as a “tale as old as time”.

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Beauty and the Beast

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies

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This week’s theme is  “Cinnamon/Mint/Parsley/Pepper/Rosemary/Sage/Salt/Thyme.

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If it isn’t spicy… it’s sweet, and I went in the other direction… because I’m me. 😀

Jeff Barry and Andy Kim wrote Sugar, Sugar with preschoolers in mind since that was the audience for the Saturday morning Archie TV show (Barry had children aged 3 and 4 at the time). The “You are my candy girl” line came from them thinking about what kids that age like (candy!). Still, they wanted the song to appeal to adults as well, so they included a line with some weight: “I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you.”

The song reached No. 1 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969, knocking Honky Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones out of the top spot and remained there for four weeks. It was also No.1 on the UK Singles chart in that same year for eight weeks.

Sugar, Sugar was the #1 song of 1969 in the US, according to Billboard’s year-end chart, beating out songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder. It logged more weeks on the Hot 100 (22) than any other song that year.

In addition to Barry and Kim, “The Archies” included session musicians Toni Wine, Ron Dante and Ellie Greenwich. Kim had a hit in 1974 with Rock Me Gently; Dante produced Mandy for Barry Manilow and Heartbreaker for Pat Benatar. Greenwich and Barry, who were married from 1962-1965, wrote many famous songs, including Be My Baby and Chapel Of Love; Toni Wine wrote the hit songs A Groovy Kind Of Love and Candida.

FUN FACTS:

  • The Archies group was put together by Don Kirshner, a prolific promoter and producer. Kirshner also created The Monkees, and wanted to do the same thing with cartoon characters because they are much easier to work with than people.
  • The line, “Pour a little sugar on me, baby” inspired the title for the 1987 Def Leppard hit Pour Some Sugar On Me.
  • R&B singer Wilson Pickett recorded a cover version of Sugar, Sugar in 1970 that reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 4 on the R&B chart. Pickett’s recording was later used in the 1997 film The Ice Storm.
  • Sugar, Sugar wasn’t the first Archies song. The “group” released several singles in 1968, including Bang-Shang-A-Lang, written by Jeff Barry, which went to #22. The follow-up to Sugar, Sugar was Jingle Jangle, which reached #10 and went Gold.

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Sugar, Sugar

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Over and Over” – Puff Johnson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “End/Finish/Over/Stop.

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As the first anniversary of my husband’s passing approaches next weekend, I’m just as surprised at how fast the year has gone as I am how far I’ve come.
On my worst days when I wanted to hide under the covers or veg out in a corner, I could hear Den saying, “Nope. That’s not an option. Get up and get moving, babe.”
There were days I was grateful for the push, but there were still times when I was resentful and angry. It was during those times, I seem to be more aware of Den’s presence, patient and practical, guiding me to do things over and over again to find a rhythm and my flow again… to get back to me.
I used Over and Over by Ewanya “Puff” Johnson in February of 2017 for the “hills and mountains” prompt, but I’ve been playing it daily for the last few months for its driving motivation to keep going. To live and not simply exist. It also makes me smile remembering how much Den teased me about playing it.

Sometimes memories are all we have, but they come to mind just when we need them the most.

Over and Over appeared on the soundtrack of The First Wives Club in 1996. Released as a single in Europe and Australia, it was a Top 20 hit on both continents.

FUN FACTS:

  • After finishing a tour in 2009, Puff stayed in South Africa for a year because of the nice treatment she received. Puff said she’d had never met people as friendly and welcoming as South Africans. She and her music are still popular there seven years after her death.
  • Puff toured Europe in 1997 as an opening act for Michael Jackson.
  • Her 1996 critically acclaimed debut album, Miracle, was produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol-fame.
  • This talented young artist’s life was cut short far too soon. The Detroit native died in 2013 after a seven-year battle with cervical cancer.

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Over and Over

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Nightshift” – Commodores

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal.

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Written as a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, both of whom died in 1984, the Commodores released Nightshift on January 31, 1985.
It was the first and biggest hit by the group after Lionel Richie’s departure, peaking at number three on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart, and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart.
Although the band was against the label’s decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group.
FUN FACTS:
  • The verse on Marvin Gaye mentions his song What’s Going On, while the verse on Jackie Wilson mentions his songs Baby Workout and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher.
  • The songwriter Franne Golde was brought in to help with the lyrics. She had recently seen the 1982 movie Night Shift (starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton; directed by Ron Howard), which gave her the idea for the title.
  • On March 16, 1985, Nightshift went to #1 on the R&B chart, where it stayed for four weeks. The song it replaced, Missing You by Diana Ross, was also a tribute to Marvin Gaye. That one was written by former Commodore Lionel Richie.
  • A revised version of the song was dedicated to Michael Jackson in 2010.

 

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Nightshift

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Song Lyric Sunday | “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Mom/Mother/Flowers.

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A Song For Mama is an ode to mothers everywhere and to everything they do for their children. As Boyz II Men’s last hit of the 90s, it serves as a heartwarming end of a great run. The song reached number one on the US R&B Charts and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.

It was the theme song for the 1997 film Soul Food, which depicts how much power a mother can have in holding her family together.

 

Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Song for Mama

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Hurt/Pain/Agony/Suffer.

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Bleeding Love is Leona Lewis’ first official single after winning the third season of The X Factor UK. It debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart and became the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide. It has reached #1 in 35 countries, making it the second song in history to do so after Elton John’s Candle In The Wind 1997.

The song is a mid-tempo ballad about opening oneself up to love after being jilted. Leona’s powerful and impressive vocals set it apart from being just another love song. Bleeding Love was critically acclaimed by most—others didn’t see what all the fuss was about. BBC America dubbed the single “dated,” comparing it to a “filler on some long-lost, late ‘90s Mariah Carey album.”

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The song was nominated for two Grammys—one for Record of the Year and one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She lost the latter to fellow newcomer Adele, who won for her breakout hit Chasing Pavements.
  • Bleeding Love was named the 17th most successful song in the US from 2000–2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
  • Though Bleeding Love was the lead single from her debut album, it was Lewis’s official second single, and followed A Moment Like This.
  • Bleeding Love has charted on the UK Singles Chart in three different years: in 2007 it peaked at number one; 2008 at number 76; and 2009 at number 97.

There are two music videos for Bleeding Love. The first video (UK) is set in a mock apartment block and features six storylines about couples in different stages of relationships: “The video is extremely emotional and shows everything from first love and unbridled passion to heartbreak, loss and anger.”

Lewis filmed a second video (US) in New York City for the US release of “Bleeding Love”. The treatment for the video was written by Ryan Tedder, and centres on a story line involving Lewis arguing with her boyfriend, played by model Nicholas Lemons.

The international version of the music video was nominated for Best UK Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The US version was number one on the VH1 Year-End Top 40.

And you get both versions for Song Lyric Sunday!

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Bleeding Love

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