Sunday, July 10, 2016

Singing Like We Mean It...

  In church this morning I realized how important the way we sing can be. How various cantors I've known had an effect on me. Made the prayers come alive. (We can do that too by singing our we mean it - even if the voice is not perfect.)
  These quotes seem to fit my thoughts...

"The total person sings not just the vocal chords." -Esther Broner

“A song can be more than words and music ... when sung with soul a song carries you to another world, to a place where no matter how much pain you feel, you are never alone.” -Clay Aiken

Friday, May 20, 2016

STAND BY ME - Popular Song Info Moment and Video...
"Stand by Me" is a song originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King, written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. According to King, the song title is derived and was inspired by a spiritual composition by Sam Cooke called "Stand by Me Father" (although Mike Stoller has stated differently). This spiritual was sung by The Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. There have been over 400 recorded versions of "Stand by Me" performed by many artists. The song has been featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.
In 2012 it was estimated that the songs royalties had topped £17 million, making it the sixth highest earning song as of that time. 50% of the royalties were paid to King.[1]
In 2015, King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant",[2] just under five weeks before King's death. Later in the year the 2015 line up of The Drifters covered the song in tribute to King.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why Else?

"All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?"
-Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Rolling Stones to Trump: Stop Using Our Songs.

The Saw Lady (Natalia Paruz)

You'll find her playing like a concert violinist in many a subway station in NYC, except she isn't playing a violin, she's playing a saw. When asked what made her take up the 'saw' she said as soon as she heard someone playing it, she loved it and wanted to do it. She learned well. You can see her at her web site:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When You Hear Me...


"What would you give to remember everything?  I have this power.  I absorb your memories; when you hear me, you relive them. A first dance, a wedding.  The song that played when you got good news.  No other talent gives your life a soundtrack.  I am music. I mark time."

From: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

A Novel

by Mitch Albom

Wednesday, March 9, 2016