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Songs that would be good canvases for 'This Month' montages . . .


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[nobr]Have imagined the possibilities with these various musics in times past.[/nobr]

A wish list of sorts.

 

Deep Purple - Glenn Miller or similar instrumental version

Sombre Reptiles - Brian Eno

On Some Faraway Beach - Brian Eno

V2 Schneider - David Bowie

Crystal Japan - David Bowie

I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship - David Bowie

Underwater Love - Smoke City

Masquerade - Jack Hylton & His Orchestra version

Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

West Of Hollywood - Steely Dan

Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar

Available Space - Ry Cooder

Monte Adentro - Cooder & Galb?n version

Ride A White Horse - Goldfrapp

Lovely 2 CU - Goldfrapp

Wishing - Vera Lynn's 1939 version

When I'm Sixty-Four - The Beatles

Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles

Riders In The Sky - Vaughn Monroe version

Dancing Queen - Abba

Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel

Fuzzy Freaky - David Byrne

Beautiful World - Devo

Girl U Want - Devo

Lust For Life - Iggy Pop

"Murder" He Says - Dinah Shore version

Driver's Seat - Sniff 'N The Tears

One Of These Days - Pink Floyd

Livin' Thing - ELO

Peel Me A Grape - Diana Krall version

Western Stars - k.d. lang version

Black Coffee - Peggy Lee or Julie London versions

We Are All Made Of Stars - Moby

Midnight, The Stars and You - Ray Noble Orchestra version

 

Any others?

 

S A M

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Well, I am taking a more literal and timely approach to this idea by trying to find the right Harry Warren song that could be used for the "This Month" for the current month.

We've got Jean Arthur as Star Of The Month, Harry Warren as the spotlight salute and the premiere of "The Show" / YFC winner. With those visuals to work with, I was thinking of a contemporary version of one of these Harry Warren songs -

 

You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me

Ev'ry kiss, ev'ry hug

Seems to act just like a drug;

You're getting to be a habit with me.

Let me stay in your arms,

I'm addicted to your charms;

You're getting to be a habit with me.

I used to think your love was something that I

Could take or leave alone.

But now I couldn't do without my supply,

I need you for my own.

Oh, I can't break away,

I must have you ev'ry day,

As regularly as coffee or tea.

You've got me in your clutches and I can't get free,

You're getting to be a habit with me,

(Can't break it!)

You're getting to be a habit with me.

 

At Last

I was never spellbound by a starry sky,

What is there to moonglow when love has passed you by?

Then there came a midnight, and the world was new;

Now here am I so spellbound, darling,

Not by stars, but just by you;

Chorus:

At last my love has come along,

My lonely days are over,

And life is like a song.

At last the skies above are blue,

My heart was wrapped in clover

The night I looked at you.

I found a dream that I can speak to,

A dream that I can call my own;

I found a thrill to press my cheek to,

A thrill I've never known.

You smiled and then the spell was cast

And here we are in heaven,

For you are mine at last.

 

The More I See You

The more I see you, the more I want you,

Somehow, this feeling just grows and grows;

With ev'ry sigh I become more mad about you,

More lost without you,

And so it goes;

Can you imagine how much I'll love you,

The more I see you, as years go by?

I know the only one for me can only be you,

My arms won't free you,

My heart won't try.

 

Shadow Waltz

In the shadows, let me come and sing to you,

Let me dream a song that I can bring to you;

Take me in your arms and let me cling to you,

Let me linger long,

Let me live my song.

In the winter, let me bring the spring to you,

Let me feel that I mean ev'rything to you;

Love's old song will be new,

In the shadows, when I come and sing to you.

 

I Only Have Eyes For You

My love must be a kind of blind love,

I can't see anyone but you.

Chorus:

Are the stars out tonight?

I don't know if it's cloudy or bright,

I only have eyes for you, dear.

The moon may be high,

But I can't see a thing in the sky,

'Cause I only have eyes for you.

I don't know if we're in a garden

Or on a crowded avenue.

You are here, so am I,

Maybe millions of people go by,

But they all disappear from view,

And I only have eyes for you.

 

Now if we could only find a fun group/artist that may have covered these songs.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

(And why isn't there a "This Month" promo this month? Or have I just missed it?)

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Anyone remember a group called Ace Of Base? I guess this would be my nominee... I guess it's more for a classics in general, just a portion of it.

 

My Deja Vu...

 

I wanna hold you like I used to

I wanna feel you in my blood

I wonder why I do confess this

To myself all the time

I know the time is working against us

But I'll long for you the rest of my whole life

Like a prisoner of hope

 

My deja vu you're my obsession

My deja vu it's always you

 

I have tried to get to know you

To get you off my mind

It feels like going back in time

And snap, I see your finger once again

My deja vu everything is up to you

If you do want me you know where to search

 

My deja vu you're my obsession

My deja vu it's always you

My deja vu you're my obsession

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Sam and Kyle,

 

Another good one would be "Every Breath You Take" by the Police.

 

Every breath you take

Every move you make

Every bond you break

Every step you take

Ill be watching you

 

Every single day

Every word you say

Every game you play

Every night you stay

Ill be watching you

 

Oh, cant you see

You belong to me

How my poor heart aches

With every step you take

 

Every move you make

Every vow you break

Every smile you fake

Every claim you stake

Ill be watching you

 

Since youve gone I been lost without a trace

I dream at night I can only see your face

I look around but its you I cant replace

I feel so cold and I long for your embrace

I keep crying baby, baby, please...

 

Oh, cant you see

You belong to me

How my poor heart aches

With every breath you take

 

Every move you make

Every vow you break

Every smile you fake

Every claim you stake

Ill be watching you

 

Every move you make

Every step you take

Ill be watching you

 

Ill be watching you

Ill be watching you

Ill be watching you

Ill be watching you...

 

I've already got a half a dozen montages running in my head.

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I believe it was Rupert Holmes who wrote the lyrics to "Widescreen":

 

There are songs that sound like movies

There are themes that fill the screen

There are lines I say that sound as if they're written

There are looks I wear the theater should have seen

But though I've made my life a movie

The matinee must end by five

And I must stagger out into the blinding sunlight half alive

Wishing I were back inside the picture show

There where it's always night

Notice how the screen is wide

The second role I've said around too tight

Will I stay? Yes, I might

Oh widescreen wider on my eyes

Lie my mind with lies

Find the world like nothing that I've seen

Oh widescreen dreams are just my sighs

As we walk from out the movie

Are we acting out a scene

Does the orchestra play chords

When we start loving?

Do we move just like slow motion

On the screen?

Life's a constant disappointment

When you live on celluloid

But my movie expectations are a dream I can't avoid

Waiting for a man to say the things

That I heard in the film last night

But he doesn't want to play the role

And he can't pick his cues up right

Will I dream? Yes, I might!

Oh widescreen winding round my eyes

Blinding me with lies

Finding I've been fooled by what I've seen

No, widescreen dreams are more than you

How can lies be true?

All we have is life and mind

And love we find with a friend

Oh let the movie end...

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I can't see your song without thinking of the late great Allan Sherman. He "covered" that by doing "You're Getting to Be A Rabbit With Me."

 

Though you once were the best bunny at the Playboy club,

You're getting to be a rabbit with me.

I just sit there and stare as you hop from shrub to shrub

You're getting to be a rabbit with me.

 

When I proposed to you that evening last spring, you said you'd be my mate.

So I went out and bought a two carat ring and both of them you ate.

 

THen your ears grew an inch and your nose began to twitch

And I noticed your tail was attached permanently

So I keep you in the back yard in a wooden hutch,

'cause you're getting to be a little too much (like Bugs Bunny)

You're getting to be a rabbit with me.

 

I feel like something's switching, it's all so strange and new.

Egad, my nose is twitching I'm a rabbit too.

I'm getting to be a rabbit, hippity hop, I love,

I'm getting to be a rabbit like you.

Move over honey and pass the lettuce.

 

from the album "My Son, The Nut."

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These previous songs are all marvelous suggestions and I really hope that someone takes you up on it. I think that there are two songs that might be considered, since they'd give the talented crew in the editing department for TCM such alot of fun:

 

Makin' Whoopie by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn

(I'm partial to the Harry Nillson rendition of this one)

 

Another bride, another June

Another sunny honeymoon

Another season, another reason

For makin' whoopie

A lot of shoes, a lot of rice

The groom is nervous, he answers twice

It's really killin' that he's so willin'

To makin' whoopie.

 

Picture a little love nest

Down where the roses cling

Picture the same sweet love nest

Think what a year can bring.

 

He's washing dishes and baby clothes

He's so ambitious, he even sews

But don't forget folks, that's what you get folks

For makin' whoopie.

 

Another year or maybe less

What's this I hear, well can you guess

She feels neglected, and he's suspected

Of makin' whoopie.

 

She sits alone most every night

He doesn't phone her, he doesn't write

He says he's busy, but she says "is he?"

He's makin' whoopie.

 

He doesn't make much money

Only five thousand per

Some judge who thinks he's funny

says you'll pay six to her.

 

He says, "now judge suppose I fail?"

The judge says, "budge right into jail"

You'd better keep her, I think it's cheaper

Than makin' whoopie.

 

You'd better keep her, I think it's cheaper

Than makin' whoopie.

 

That's Life by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon.

(Of course, only Frank Sinatra should be singing this one)

 

That's life, that's what all the people say.

You're riding high in April,

Shot down in May

But I know I'm gonna change that tune,

When I'm back on top, back on top in June.

 

I said that's life, and as funny as it may seem

Some people get their kicks,

Stompin' on a dream

But I don't let it, let it get me down,

'Cause this fine ol' world it keeps spinning around.

 

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,

A poet, a pawn and a king.

I've been up and down and over and out

And I know one thing:

Each time I find myself, flat on my face,

I pick myself up and get back in the race.

 

That's life

I tell ya, I can't deny it,

I thought of quitting baby,

But my heart just ain't gonna buy it.

And if I didn't think it was worth one single try,

I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly.

 

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,

A poet, a pawn and a king.

I've been up and down and over and out

And I know one thing:

Each time I find myself laying flat on my face,

I just pick myself up and get back in the race.

 

That's life

That's life and I can't deny it

Many times I thought of cutting out

But my heart won't buy it

But if there's nothing shakin' come this here july

I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die

My, My.

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Great wish list, Sam! I would LOVE to hear Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love" over February/Valentine's Day (?) promo...

 

Satellite's gone up to the skies

Thing like that drive me out of my mind

 

I watched it for a little while

I like to watch things on TV

 

Satellite of love

Satellite of love

Satellite of love

Satellite of...

 

Satellite's gone way up to mars

Soon it will be filled with parking cars

 

I watch it for a little while

I love to watch things on TV

 

Satellite of love...

 

I've been told that you've been bold

With Harry, Mark and John

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, to Thursday

 

Satellite's gone up to the skies

Thing like that drive me out of my mind

 

I watched it for a little while

I like to watch things on TV

 

Satellite of love...

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[nobr]All these suggested songs sound (no pun intended) like they would indeed be quite apropos vis-?-vis the lyric contents.[/nobr]

 

Some of the ones I listed are instrumental tunes which I thought had the right sort of ambient quality to lay out a pace or mood for a montage.

 

Had forgotten about Satellite Of Love, ben, that would be a good one, too, for quick changes of footage, and what with the applicability of the lyric's surface content.

 

Realising that there would be the annoying licensing wrangling for some of the songs which have been cited, it still would be neato-keeno if some of our suggestions were taken.

 

S A M

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moirafinnie6 -

Ahh! A Little Touch Of Schmillson In The Night. What a great album. In the Seventies, it was one of my first exposures to standards. (That album, along with the soundtrack to "Manhattan" and it's extended b-side orchestral medley had me hooked for the rest of my life.) These two albums are up there with each of the Ella "songbook" albums. (And I have them all.)

 

I, too, like Harry's "Makin' Whoopee" but it has been supplanted in my heart with Dr. John's version. But Harry's "What'll I Do" is still pure joy that is yet to be surpassed.

 

Kyle InHollywood

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When I was growing up, my older sister had that Harry Nilsson album on 8 Track!!! I should look for it on cd...I was too young to really appreciate it back then.

 

Kyle, I'm jealous that you have all the Ella Songbook cd's! I only have the Rodgers and Hart one...I really love them all. My local library had the boxed set at one time.

 

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Hi Sandy K -

It's a great day when you are around these parts.

 

I wish I had all the Ella Songbooks on CD. Actually, I have them all on LP! I was an avid cutom tape maker years ago and loved making mix tapes for all occasions for friends. The Songbooks were used often.

 

Of all the Songbooks, the Gershwin set of five LPs is by far the most important to own. The Rodgers and Hart set you have along with the Harold Arlen set are only slightly below the perfection of the Gershwins. The still enjoyable - but somewhat less so - sets are the Cole Porter (I know that makes me a heathen to some folks but I am not a Cole Porter fan.), the Irving Berlin, the Johnny Mercer and the Jerome Kern collections. I will admit that I don't have a copy of the Duke Ellington set. I never really consider Ellington a "standards" composer.

 

I base my preferences on the songs and not so much the performances by Fitzgerald. I think she was wonderful with anything she did. But it is the combination of Ella Fitgerald and the Arranger/Orchestra Leader Nelson Riddle that makes the Gershwin set so special.

 

As to the Harry Nilsson CD, if you can find a copy for about ten dollars, grab it. I was generous when I said it was 40 odd minutes long. I don't think the cd even lasts 40 minutes. All of the selections are very short - keeping with the original material - but the arrangements by Gordon Jenkins are unique, lush and romantic. Just a wonderful set of standards.

 

And I am quite fond of Carly Simon's "Torch" album too.

 

I hope you are well and will be in and out of here with some more regularity. But that is the selfish side of me showing.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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[nobr]//Ahh! A Little Touch Of Schmillson In The Night. What a great album.//[/nobr]

 

Don't know that one, Kyle (et Moira): shall have to research it, for as you associate it with the 'Manhattan' soundtrack (which I too have a high regard for), it must be good.

 

Speaking of "Making Whoopee," how do you regard The Fabulous Baker Boys, Kyle?

 

//...each of the Ella "songbook" albums. (And I have them all.)//

Alright then . . . it's compare-libraries time and see what we can burn for one another then. ;)

 

S A M

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[nobr]After today . . .[/nobr]

 

Have decided that the Iggy Pop tune Lust For Life would not work.

 

Instead, The Passenger (from the same album) would be far better suited, both musically and lyrically.

 

And since it is seems en vogue, here's the lyrics:

I am the passenger and I ride and I ride

I ride through the city's backsides

I see the stars come out of the sky

Yeah, the bright and hollow sky

You know it looks so good tonight

 

I am the passenger

I stay under glass

I look through my window so bright

I see the stars come out tonight

I see the bright and hollow sky

Over the city's ripped backsides

And everything looks good tonight

Singing la la la la la.. lala la la, la la la la.. lala la la etc

 

Get into the car

We'll be the passenger

We'll ride through the city tonight

We'll see the city's ripped backsides

We'll see the bright and hollow sky

We'll see the stars that shine so bright

Stars made for us tonight

 

Oh, the passenger

How, how he rides

Oh, the passenger

He rides and he rides

He looks through his window

What does he see?

He sees the sign and hollow sky

He sees the stars come out tonight

He sees the city's ripped backsides

He sees the winding ocean drive

And everything was made for you and me

All of it was made for you and me

'Cause it just belongs to you and me

So let's take a ride and see what's mine

Singing la la la la.. lala la la

[x3]

 

Oh the passenger

He rides and he rides

He sees things from under glass

He looks through his window side

He sees the things that he knows are his

He sees the bright and hollow sky

He sees the city sleep at night

He sees the stars are out tonight

And all of it is yours and mine

And all of it is yours and mine

So let's ride and ride and ride and ride

Oh, oh, Singing la la la la lalalala

 

 

 

 

S A M

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SamTherapy -

The Harry Nilsson album is a wonderful suite of early standards - teens and twenties - all arranged in what seems to be one continuous medley. The genius of the recording is in the arrangements. A recording can't have too many strings, if you ask me. And the song selection is superb -

"Lullaby In Ragtime"

"It Had To Be You"

"Lazy Moon"

"Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)"

and a Gordon Jenkins song "This Is All I Ask" among others.

If you pick one up, I hope you enjoy it.

 

I never warmed to The Fabulous Baker Boys or its soundtrack recording.

 

And while I would love to engage in a little sharing of my library, I have a very out-dated computer and disk burning isn't something of which I am capable.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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I have a few suggestions.

 

-"Turn Back Time" by Aqua

-"The Downtown Lights" by The Blue Nile

-"Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen

"A Lotta Love" by Nicollete Larson (I think that that's the title)

-"Find The Time" by Five Star

-"Just For Money" by Paul Hardcastle

-"My Wildest Dreams" by Annie Haslam

-"Cool Places" by Sparks and Jane Wiedlin

-"Crush" by Jennifer Page

-"The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey (I think that, sooner or later, TCM will eventually dedicate a month to 80s movies. If they do, I think that they should use this song in a promo.)

 

 

For this year's TCM Remembers montage (Yes, I know I'm planning far ahead), I

think that the song "Remember Me This Way" by Jordan Hill would be a good pick.

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