Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Grow Old Along With Me



It's kind of ironic that one of the last of John Lennon's songs was this lovely ballad, "Grow Old Along With Me" in which he prays "God bless our love."
  This is the same guy who wrote the anti-religion "Imagine".  One hopes John was able to work it all out with his maker at some point. That said, Grow Old is a very beautiful song. This version is by Mary Chapin Carpenter. The only versions we of of Lennon singing it, are some home recordings which suffer a little from the poorer quality of home recording equipment of the day. 

This is a beautiful song. Perfect for weddings. It's sad that Lennon was looking forward to growing old along with his wife and died very soon after he wrote it.

Tom

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Hand Song



My son, Micah introduced me to this Nickel Creek song. The lyrics are beautiful and this song always makes me mist up a little bit. I'm not sure even now, as many times as I've listened to it, that I could sing it all the way through without getting all choked up.  The Hand Song is one of those poignant folk songs that is beyond the typical murder ballad, folk hero song or the "I love her so much I want to lock her up inside a box and not let her out" sort of twisted love songs you find in mountain music.  This song is lyrical and beautiful.

© 2018 by Tom King

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Mississippi Squirrel Revival



This one is one of my favorite Ray Stevens songs and that's saying something given that he also wrote the hilarious Shriner's Convention.  We've all known a Sister-Bertha-Better'n-You in our time and the spectacle of her standing up in meetin' and confessing about her "love life" and "namin' names" is just too appealing an image. This thing is funny right here, I don't care who you are. This is also on my phone.



Tom

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Out of His Great Love


The first time I heard this song, my daughter and her friend performed this for a Sabbath morning service in Tyler. It's a driving Southern Gospel Number that makes you want to stand up and shout, "Hallelujah!"  I found out the original version of the song is done by The Martins, a family Southern Gospel group.  I looked them up on Youtube and got an Mp3 of them for my phone.  I only got half of the version my daughter sang on video, so I went with the Martins.




I just love this song.

Tom

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Space Oddity - Ground Control to Major Me

The first time I heard this David Bowie song, I felt like he was singing it to me. This was my song. I wanted to be an astronaut, but unfortunately being an astronaut is HAAAAAAARD!  That and God had other stuff for me to do so I've put off going into space for when we get carried off to heaven. If there's an orbital lab around the new Earth I plan to be on the construction crew - either that I want to be on the crew of a star ship.  I'm certain there will be stuff like that. After all, we are an exploring species and those of us who survive the old Earth should be trustworthy enough to turn loose to explore the stars and there are an awful lot of those out there, so we likely won't be bored with it all since we're living forever.

This is the coolest version of the song ever done. It's Canadian ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield singing with NASA footage in a monumentally marvelous music video. Hadfield has a really good voice too. So enjoy the first space-based music video with actual astronauts and footage shot in space. I still think they're singing my song, though.




"Major" Tom King

Thursday, January 25, 2018

V'la L'bon Vent - Lizzy Hoyt



I first heard this song back in college on a recording by folksingers Ian & Sylvia. The song was in French; an old voyageur song that used to be sung by early French traders in America and Canada. I'd been looking for a song to sing on long canoe trips. I wasn't able to memorize all of it, but I got enough of it to help me keep up my paddling rhythm on summer canoe trips with my canoe classes. It's a fun song with a driving rhythm and really odd words. But then folk songs are not noted for their Shakespearean intricacies.  Here's Miss Lizzy's version followed by the lyrics in both English and French.


V'la L'bon Vent
(Voyageur Paddling Song)

V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'appelle
V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'attend

Derrière chez nous y'a un étang,
Trois beaux canards y vont nageant

V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'appelle
V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'attend

Le fils du Roi y va chassant,
avec son beau fusil d'argent

V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'appelle
V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'attend

ô fils du Roi, tu es méchant
Visa le noir, tua le blanc,

V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'appelle
V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'attend 


V'la L'bon Vent
(Voyageur Paddling Song) 
Translation:

Chorus:
Here's the good wind, here's the pretty wind,
Here's the good wind!
My friend is calling me.
Here's the good wind, here's the pretty wind,
Here's the good wind!
My friend is waiting for me.

Behind our place there is a pond.
Behind our place there is a pond.
Three fine ducks are bathing there.


Chorus:

The king's son goes hunting there,
The king's son goes hunting there
With his big silver gun.


Chorus:

Aimed at the black one, killed the white,
Aimed at the black one, killed the white,
And all its feathers went with the wind.


Chorus:

There are three ladies picking them up.
There are three ladies picking them up.
And we will make a camp bed.


Chorus:

The two of us will sleep in it,
The two of us will sleep in it,
To have some little children there.

Chorus:

I need to learn the last two verses yet. I really like Lizzy's gentle version of the song. It's on my phone now so I should be able to practice it a little.

Enjoy.

Tom

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

YMCA - Minions Style



My wife says I'm just a big kid. Listening to my Mp3 list is probably evidence of that. It tends to lean heavily toward Disney songs and old folk music suitable for kids. I'm a big romantic. I've got a dozen or so Doris Day songs, some things from Aladdin, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Camelot and clips from Danny Kaye movies. This one I have no excuse for. I'm a six year old!




I just love these guys. I'll most likely post a whole bunch of these before it's over. Then there's this song from the wedding scene - "I Swear!"  It just brings tears to my eyes (I'm laughing so hard).



Tom