Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Get Ready Mix

Ahhhh….. Well, well, well… here we are again.  I will SPAM you one more time to ask you to please go to the Red Bull Soundstage site to vote for our friends Those Mockingbirds.  The contest ends at 11:59:59 tonight (Eastern Time I think), and you can vote once a day, so even if you voted yesterday, you can still vote again.  Those Mockingbirds are hanging on in first place, but they need all the support they can get to hold off a late surge from that other so called band.   Here is the link.

 To the list…

Robin Gibb past away last week, and most of the posts I’ve seen referenced the band’s Saturday Night Fever era music. Many people, however, didn’t know that the brothers began performing together way back in 1958.  In their early days, they were primary a pop/folk act, and Robin’s vibrato voice was featured on many of their songs including our first track – I Don’t Think It’s Funny was on the band’s debut album, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs which was released only in Australia.  

 
Next  – no really, the next song is called Next it is another track from The End is Now by L.A. Symphony.  Check it out…
 
Finally, we continue to dig into The Ghost of John Henry by recent Sci-Fi Romance.  Steam Drill Blues  is about as gritty as it gets.  As the story moves forward, we find our hero, who represents mankind, facing the challenge of competing with machine in order to maintain his livelihood. We feel the pain and determination through the lyrics and the musical tapestry which weaves the simple with the complex, the quiet with the noisy. And we pull for John Henry even knowing how it all ends…
  
 Here is another track from the album…
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Affiliated Links:
Bee Gees Anthology Bee Gees Anthology
43 of their biggest hits, including: Bodyguard * How Deep Is Your Love * Lonely Days * Love You Inside Out * Night Fever * One * Stayin’ Alive * and more. Also includes discography and notes about the songs written by the band members.


Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of to Kill a Mockingbird Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of to Kill a Mockingbird
“To Kill a Mockingbird” may well be our national novel. It is the first adult novel that many of us remember reading, one book that millions of us have in common. It sells nearly a million copies a year, more than any other twentieth-century American classic. Harper Lee’s first and only novel, published in July 1960, is a beloved classic and touchstone in American literary and social history. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mary McDonagh Murphy reviews its history and examines how the novel has left its mark on a broad range of novelists, historians, journalists, and artists. In compelling interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, James McBride, Scott Turow, Wally Lamb, Andrew Young, Richard Russo, Adriana Trigiani, Rick Bragg, Jon Meacham, Allan Gurganus, Diane McWhorter, Lee Smith, Rosanne Cash, and others reflect on when they first read the novel, what it means to them–then and now–and how it has affected their lives and careers. “Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of “To Kill a Mockingbird”” is a lively appreciation of the many ways in which the novel has made–and continues to make–a difference to generations of readers. Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy’s reporting, research, and rare interviews with the author’s sister and friends stitch together a brief history of how the novel, as well as the acclaimed 1962 movie, came to be.


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