#WednesdayWisdom ‘If I Could Change…’ #1linewed #WWWBlogs #Tanka

If I could change the way I live my life today, I wouldn’t change a single thing.

“Change” is a song recorded by British singer Lisa Stansfield for her 1991 album, Real Love. It was written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris. More about Lisa Stansfield on her blog.

Change 

If I could change
The way I live my life today
I wouldn’t change a thing
Because if I changed my world
I wouldn’t be who I am 
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Basically, those 31 syllables say it all.
Everything I have ever seen, done, experienced, learnt, and everyone I have ever seen, heard, met, loved, or not, has brought me to this moment in time, and I wouldn’t change any of it.

But just to clarify, here are another 31 syllables.

Me

This is who I am,
All that is, was, and will be
Exists in this time,
Breathe it, live it, and love it,
There is no other moment. 

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More One Liner Wednesday here on Linda Hill’s Blog, join in!

#WritePhoto ‘Blackbird, Learn to Fly’ #Tanka

The following Tanka was written in response to Sue Vincent’s weekly photo prompt. Join in or read other entries here!

Sue’s picture prompt reminded me of the Beatles‘ song Blackbird, so here’s the Tanka inspired by both the song and the picture.

Blackbird, Learn to Fly

Crow perched on dry branch
Must mend broken wings to fly
All your life waiting
for this moment to be free
Longing to glide far away 

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#MarcosPlaylist ‘Just the Two of Us’ sung by Grover Washington, Bill Withers and Will Smith #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka #Spotify

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now sixteen-weeks old.

Today I’m featuring “Just the Two of Us“, a beautiful song with spellbinding lyrics and an unforgettable melody, written by the great Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald. It has been sung by many artists, but the most memorable are Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers.

It was first recorded by Grover Washington Jr. on the album, Winelight (1980). An edited version reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, The song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. 

Bill Withers included the edited version on the 1981 compilation Bill Withers’ Greatest Hits and many subsequent greatest hits collections. The following youtube video has over 33 million views!

Seventeen years after its first recording, Will Smith released a single in 1997 which includes some of the lyrics and his own interpretation, which focuses on the relationship between a father and son. It is performed it in rap.

I’m pleased to know I’m not the only person who thought of their son or grandson when they heard and sang the song!

Will Smith also wrote a children’s book with the same title and lyrics (I’ve checked and it’s out of print).

Today’s #Tanka for Marcos

Just the Two of Us

Spending time with you
Is like a crystal rainbow
Lighting up the sky,
Made of magic raindrops falling,
When the sun comes shining through.
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Marcos was just a week old in this picture!

#MarcosPlaylist ‘Hushabye Mountain’ sung by Pink Martini “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Dick van Dyke #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka #Spotify

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now fifteen-weeks old.

Today I’m featuring a real lullaby, a song from my favourite children’s film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which I hope to watch with Marcos, in a few years time.

The song is called Hushabye Mountain. It was written by Robert and Richard Sherman for the motion picture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Caractacus Potts played by the great Dick Van Dyke sings the song to his children.

We had the soundtrack album at home and I used to play it all the time. I danced around the house singing all the songs well into my teens!

I’ve sung it to all my grandchildren as I cradled them to sleep, and they’ve all loved it and fallen asleep to it, so it’s still a very special song for me, from a very special film, probably because my father was mostly absent in my childhood, and I fell in love with the wonderful, single-parent father in this film.

Here’s the scene from the film.

The version I have on Spotify is by a musical group I had never heard of, before I found the song there, called Pink Martini, a band formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Pink Martini is like a little orchestra with two lead vocalists, playing different styles, including classical, traditional and pop. Here’s their version of the song on spotify:

#Tanka Hushabye Mountain

A gentle breeze blows

Across Lullaby Bay, to

Hushabye Mountain,

Sailing your worries away,

Close your eyes, it’s time to sleep.

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Marcos was just a week old in this picture!

 

#MarcosPlaylist ‘Ain’t no Mountain High Enough’ sung by Marvin Gaye, Tammy Terrell, Diana Ross “Stepmom” #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka #Spotify

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now fifteen-weeks old.

Today I’m featuring Ain’t no Mountain High Enough, the song which has plenty of verions, was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 and became a hit in 1967, when Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, recorded it.

Later in 1970 it became a hit again thanks to Diana Ross’s  version which was her first solo number-one hit, nominated for a Grammay Award, after leaving the Supremes.

I vividly remember watching this scene in Stepmom (1998) with my own teenage daughters, now mothers with young children. We all cried our eyes out in this scene, when ‘the mother’, the wonderful, Susan Sarandon, sings the song with her young kids, because it is so emotional. No spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, watch it with a huge box of hankies. By the way, a very young, Julia Roberts, is the (not wicked) stepmom and Ed Harris, is the children’s father.

It’s such a comforting thought, that the person you love will be there when you need them. We can all relate to that need for safety, love and support. I really enjoyed singing this song to Marcos and I hope he’ll be able to count on his grandmother for many years to come! This Tanka is for him.

If you need my help,

Ain’t no mountain high enough,

To keep me away,

No matter how far you are,

I’ll find a way to your side.

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#MarcosPlaylist ‘Ain’t no Sunshine when she’s gone’ by Bill Withers and ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka #Halloween

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now fourteen-weeks old.

Today I’m featuring Ain’t no Sunshine when she’s gone, a song which has plenty of verions but it was written and originally sung by the great singer, songwriter and musician, who passed away last March (2020), Bill Withers, from his 1971 album, Just as I am. Withers was three-time Grammy award winner and wrote three of my favourite songs: Lovely Day, Just the Two of Us and Ain’t no Sunshine.

Withers reportedly wrote the song after watching the powerful and tragic drama about a couple’s battle with alcoholism, staring Lee Remmick and Jack Lemmon, Days of wine and Roses. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a classic, but make sure you have a box of hankies nearby.

Days of Wine and Roses (1962) — The Movie Database (TMDb)

Screenwriter JP Miller found the title in a poem by English poet and novelist Ernest Dowson (1867–1900) associated with the so-called Decadent movement, which included artists such as, my beloved, Beaudelaire.

I’ll never forget how impressed I was the first time I read Les Fleurs du Mal, while working as an au pair and studying French in Amiens, France. I remember thinking I was so glad and fortunate that I could read it in French:  ‘Je suis belle, ô mortels! comme un rêve de pierre,’  from his poem La Beauté, pure magic, but I digress…

When Bill Withers wrote the song, he was working in a factory making bathrooms. I love this tidbit of information, which just goes to show how inspiration knows no bounds. I can imagine Bill, wearing an overall, hammer in one hand, and bathroom sink in the other, humming ‘ain’t no sunchine when she’s gone…’

It proves that imagination and creativity is in our minds, and nowhere else!

Anyway, back to the song, my favourite version is Bill withers, but Daryl Hall is a close second.

Today’s a special and sad day. It’s Halloween, that means literally, All Hallows Eve, or the night before All Hallows 1st of November (All Saints Day), and All Souls Day, 2nd of November. During these three days many Christians, all over the world, myself included, remember, honour, and pray for, our deceased relatives. We often visit cemeteries, clean the headstones and put fresh flowers on tombs, while we say a prayer, which is what I did this morning. 

Today’s tanka is dedicated to my sister, Elsa, who passed away 31 years ago, but I miss her every single day. 

She’s been gone too long…

They are no longer,

Our days of wine and roses. 

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,

Summer days are overdue,

‘Cause she’s been gone too long.

 

#MarcosPlaylist ‘Night Birds’ by Shakatak #Spotify #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now thirteen-weeks old.

Today I’m featuring Night Birds, an Album and song by the English jazz-funk band Shakatak, founded in 1980. Both the album and the song released in 1982, reached the top ten.  All the songs in the album were written by keyboardist, Bill Sharpe and drummer, Roger Odell.

The group is still active, in fact they have just released a 3CD and DVD Boxset All Around the World 40th Anniversary.   

All Around the World (40th Anniversary Edition)

The song’s lyrics are short, seven lines and 33 words. The lyrics are evocative, but my favourite sequence of the song is the instrumental part, which is most of the over six, wonderful minutes the song lasts. What can I say? I love dancing around the house,  with Marcos in my arms, humming the tune and singing the song.  

Here’s the Spotify link: 

Here’s my Tanka inspired by the music and lyrics, dedicated to Marcos. 

Night Birds

Flying through the night,

Across blackened sky, cool breeze, 

City lights brighten heavens, 

Nightbirds flutter, piano plays,

Kiss the day goodbye. 

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Watch them sing the song live on YouTube from Tokio in 2016.

I hope you have a long, lazy Sunday, free to do whatever makes you happy.

I’m driving about 800 kilometers to visit my mother. Actually, my husband’s driving and I’m writing this post! I was over the top busy yesterday, packing etc. so this weeks’ #Saturdaysingalong is being posted on Sunday.  

what are you doing this weekend?

Do you have a special Spotify playlist or favourite song you’d like to share? Go ahead and tell us in the comments!

Stay safe, singalong, enjoy and have a great Sunday!

Image by Geralt at pixabay.com

 

#MarcosPlaylist ‘Easy (Like a Sunday Morning)’ by Commodores #Spotify #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now twelve-weeks old.

Today I’m featuring Easy (like a Sunday morning) a song written by the great, grammy-award-winning artist, Lionel Ritchie and made famous by Commodores, the popular soul, dance and funky group of which he was a member, until he launched his solo career in 1982.

Lionel Richie in 2017.jpg

Richie receiving the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors

Easy became a hit in 1977, when I was in my first year at Westfield College, such a long time ago, and yet it seems like yesterday! 

Here’s the youtube remasterised version. Don’t you just love the shiny costumes flickering all over the screen! It takes me right back to the Age of Glitter in Pop Culture in the seventies; David Cassidy, Marc Bolan, David Bowie, shiny icons, sparkling stars, I danced and sang-along with them all! Such glowing memories!

Free as summer sunbeams,

Easy like Sunday morning,

Loose like shooting star, 

Unchained, unfettered, serene,

Heart glittering in night sky. 

I hope you have a long, lazy Sunday, free to do whatever makes you happy.

I’m looking forward to mine, although I’ll be busy converting my basement into a playroom for my grandchildren. 
what are you doing this weekend?

Do you have a special Spotify playlist or favourite song you’d like to share? Go ahead and tell us in the comments!

Stay safe, singalong, enjoy and have a great Saturday and Sunday!

Image by Geralt at pixabay.com

 

 

#MarcosPlaylist ‘What the world needs now’ by Jackie DeShannnon #Spotify #Saturdaysingalong #Tanka

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down!

Today I’m featuring What the world needs now, a wonderful song composed by the great Burt Bacharach and made famous by the singer, Jackie DeShannon in 1965, when I was six years old! 

Jackie has recently launched a remasterised Anthology of her songs  including hits such as Lonely Girl. She’s also famous for composing Grammy Award Winning Song, Bette Davis Eyes, in 1974, although the song was made famous by singer, Kim Carnes.

 

Again, I love the calming rhythm and uplifting lyrics as I singalong with Marcos! Here’s the spotify link:

This post, tanka and playlist is dedicated to my now eleven-week old grandson, Marcos.

What the world needs now,

Is love, sweet love, honest love,

Like a mother’s love,

You don’t need to reach the stars,

Just enjoy and share the love.

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Do you have a special Spotify playlist or favourite song you’d like to share? Go ahead and tell us in the comments!

Stay safe, singalong, enjoy and have a great Saturday!

Image by Geralt at pixabay.com

 

#MarcosPlaylist ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Steve Wonder #Spotify #Saturdaysingalong #Haiku

Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down!

Today I’m featuring isn’t she lovely, once again by Stevie Wonder, well, I did tell you he’s one of my favourite singers. His songs are so feel-good. I love singing-along and dancing to his tunes. It perks me up no end! 

Stevie Wonder wrote isn’t she lovely to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha. I never tire of listening to this song, so full of love. Here’s a YouTube video in which he sings it with his grown-up daughter on stage

This post, haiku and playlist is dedicated to my now ten-week old grandson, Marcos.

Isn’t he precious,

Sent from heaven, made from love,

Wonderful Marcos.

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Which is your favourite Steve Wonder song? Let me know in the comments.

Do you have a special Spotify playlist you’d like to share? Go ahead and share in the comments.

Stay safe, singalong, enjoy and have a great Saturday!

Image by Geralt at pixabay.com