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Just heard on the radio and now as a song of the day on my blog. It doesn’t happen often (mostly I’m hearing a song, writing it down and listening to it again later) but it may occur. Today Billy Paul is lucky that the song was nice enough and I’m in a mood for this type of music. It just makes me happy! Enjoy:
Billy Paul- Thanks For Saving My Life
Sometimes you forget songs for a few years, and then you hear them again. This was the case with this song. I actually haven’t heard it for two, three years. But yesterday evening, listening to the radio, I heard it again. And I thought: who was that? Searching the internet helped me with the name and nationality: he’s called Bertolf and is Dutch! It was a single from the debute album, and probably his only big hit, since I’ve not heard anything by the man since. He has made some other songs, but none of those were very big hits. Enjoy:
Bertolf- Another Day
Okay, today no difficult meanings of songs, no difficult lyrics, just music. And a few words, okay. But it’s not important to understand those, because it’s more about the happy feeling you get from the song. It makes you feel like you are in Rio De Janeiro, especially when it’s carnaval and they are playing such tunes as the samba. Try not to dance then. I guess you won’t succeed.
I don’t know for sure, but I thought Samba De Janeiro was the only song Bellini made. As far as I know, they made just one album, consisting of this song and several remixes of the song. After that, Bellini dissappeared…
Luckily, they made this hit which is song of the day!
Bellini- Samba De Janeiro
That’s clear, isn’t it? The biggest hit from the B-52’s is the song of the day. But, listening to this song, I always ask myself: where did it come from? Did it just fall out of the sky? No, of course not. Songs don’t fall from the skies. If it were that easy, we would have millions of song writers.
It is said the inspiration came from a cabin with a tin roof (from which the line Tin Roof… Rusted came), where the singer of the band, Kate Pierson lived.
They made a nice song around it, whcih sounds happy and is like summer: The Love Shack. Enjoy!
The B-52’s- Love Shack
I was thinking back to my first year of secondary school, my first year of lessons in German. My teacher was absolutely brilliant, and I was lucky to have her the three years after, too. She was the one who played this song for an assignment, and that was the day I thought: what a great song! We had to find out where it was about, so here it is:
Peter Fox is singing about a house by the lake where he wants to go to since he knows all in the city he lives in. He wants to go to the unknown, have a wife, 20 children and 100 grandchildren.
I don’t know if I’d be happy with 20 children and 100 grandchildren, but I am happy with his song! Enjoy:
Peter Fox- Haus Am See
There’s a very nice game which I sometimes play: search for a songtext, put it in Google-translate and then translate it (in my case to Dutch) and then play it. Of course it sometimes sounds stupid, but it is difficult to find out which song it is! This one was very difficult to guess, and I didn’t succeed… but it gave another view on the song. It sounds so happy, but it isn’t…
It is a song about someone who was in love with someone else, but this other person was never really interested. It was all a lie, and that’s why he’s wearing a black shirt.
I hope that I understood it correctly, because Google-translate is not always reliable…
It sounds happy, but it isn’t:
Juanes- La Camisa Negra
(If you speak Spanish, maybe you can react if I understood it correctly???)
Sometimes you hear a song which grabs you: you know that you find it very good, you want to know more! I had that one, two weeks ago when listening to the radio. I heard a (relatively) new song on the radio, it was the first time I heard it, and I thought: wow! This is it. This is going to be a hit, and I want his album. It stopped there, there was no album… not yet.
So you start googling around: more music by this artist, where does he get his inspiration from, etc, etc, etc.
I found his YouTube-channel, listened to the songs that were on there, and decided to buy his album as soon as it was there.
The strange thing about his music is that it is new, but it is familiar, too. It has to do with the influences. Jazz, blues, Nat King Cole, to mention a few.
Those are the things I know. Those are the things I like. And the saxophones in his songs, I like those, too.
To give him an extra impulse (which he maybe doesn’t need), I give the honour of the song of the day to his song Vandaag. Because it was the first thing I heard of him. And because I hope he will make a lot of good music in future. And that he will make a record on CD, since I don’t download…
A relaxed song today, just because temperatures are like summer! It gives me a good feeling if I pull open the curtains and the sun is shining! This song on the radio, what could a man ask for more?
And if it’s like this, you know: what a delight that it is summer! Yeah!
Need more information? Just play the song I would say, try my feeling and your whole day is good (no guarantee given)
Bill Withers- Lovely Day
A few days ago Nelson Mandela had his birthday. Firstly: congratulations and sorry that I’m so late!
His birthday made me think about a song which I had not heard for some time… but which is very happy.
Listening to it again made me think about the Dutch language and other countries. I came to a sad conclusion: there’s one word almost all people outside the Netherlands (and Belgium) know in Dutch. It is in the song, and it is negative: Apartheid. At such moments I regret speaking Dutch… but I can’t help it, since the word was there long before I was born.
Fortunately we should keep hope, and Eddy Grant wants that, too. This one is for you, Nelson Mandela!
Eddy Grant- Gimme Hope Jo’Anna