Song Challenge from A guy called Bloke

Rory, who’s blog, A Guy Called Bloke, is definitely one to add if you aren’t already aware of it, has posted a challenge. (actually it’s the third one, but I’ve been a bit lax). Click on the link to take part.

A song that you enjoy that isn’t in your own language?
Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
A great workout/exercise/activity song?
Jump by The Pointer Sisters

Although there’s something about they way they are dressed in the video that reminds me of when my Aunts used to get up and dance at a family wedding after a few glasses of wine!
A song that is almost hypnotic to listen to?
Albatross by Fleetwood Mac – (This probably works for the next question too) I find the repeating bass so hypnotic and relaxing.
A song about animals?
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens.
A really unusual song you love that isn’t well known by others?
Yma Sumac – Bo Mambo

Hope you enjoyed that mix.

Song Lyric Sunday – Up up and Away.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the challenge is Elevator Music. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I thought of this song by The 5th Dimension, Up, up and Away, which is really upbeat, uplifting and it may not be played in many elevators (or Lifts as I stubbornly still like to call them) but this song should be played in a lift, in fact it should be mandated by law!

The Song was written in 1967 by Jimmy Webb and recorded by The 5th Dimension.

Their version reached number 7 in the US charts and Number 1 in Australia and Canada, but it was a different version recorded by Johnny Mann Singers that charted in the UK reaching number 6.

[Verse 1]
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly (we can fly)

Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

[Verse 2]
The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly (we can fly)

Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under a twilight canopy
We’ll search the clouds for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us
We’ll keep the moon beside us

Sunday Songs from Yesteryear – Too Young

The Word of the day is Young and my brain instantly thought of a lovely old song sang by the great Nat King Cole, Too Young.

It’s a great song, originally released on the 6th of February 1951, so 69 years ago.

Many of you know that I love old songs, I hope you love this one too.


Superstition – A musical memory

The Word of the Day is Superstition and instantly that made me think of a brilliant song by Stevie Wonder of entitled ‘Superstition’.



A fantastic funky tune released in 1972, I think it was way ahead of its time and at the same time, timeless.

The Incongruous Overture – A Silly Poem

This was originally posted a year ago, but I thought it deserved another airing. 😉 

I hope you find it uplifting


At the Piano, he banged the keys

The audience fell to their knees

It was an Overture most grand

The most bravado piano playing

In all the land.

But something wasn’t quite

The way it should have been, that night.

For while the audience enjoyed the fuss

There was something quite incongruous.

The scene was electric, that’s all right,

But it was quite an awesome sight,

For while they wore scarves and hats,

They were all a bunch of alley cats,

And while it can be said, quite true

That alley cats like music too,

They don’t often like an overture,

There’s something else they much prefer,

Something Jazzy, Sassy, lots of beat,

Something to which they can move their feet.

But this lot sat and watched chief Pussy,

Playing Mendelsohn and then Debussy.

It all seemed like a glorious joke,

Then all of a sudden, I awoke

To the sound of my own cat’s scream,

It had all been a rather silly dream!

As if any cat would listen, acute!

They hate the piano, they prefer the flute.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14/December/2018

Some Groovy Music

The Word of the Day is Groovy and this made me think of a couple of songs.

  1. Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind of Love – this isn’t the original version but a cover of an older song. The tune itself is an old classical piece of music by composer Muzio Clementi.


2) 59th Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) Simon and Garfunkel.



I hope you enjoy listening to these songs and they put you in a groovy kind of mood.



Pop of Positivity – Animal Magic

I have been tagged by my good pal, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, in this great challenge.

Click on the link below to see Rory’s Post:

PoP – Goes the weasle … maybe not, but!


My good friend, Beckie, of Beckies Mental Mess, is the originator of this particular challenge, so here is her post and how she described the challenge:

“POP!” Pop of Positivity Share #6 Theme: Funny Scenes From a Movie of Animals or Humans Acting Like Animals


“What is “Pop!” – Pop of Positivity?”

“Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There’s a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day.  Taking time away from thinking about the negative and switch gears and think of the positive.  Perhaps,  we can all share some smiles along the way too.


Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).

I will, therefore, Tag Two Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.

You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: A Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).

You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.


Topic or Theme: Funny Movie Scenes of Animals or People Acting Like Animals 


So, here we go:

  1. Ylvis – The Fox (what does the fox say?)


2) Here is a scene from one of my favourite films as a child, Willow, where the evil queen Bathmorda (played by the wonderful Jean Marsh) turns the enemy forces into pigs. Gosh, I wish I had that power! Apparently, Val Kilmer was already a pig before the transformation…


3) Here are some animated animals, Ostriches dancing to the Dance of the Hours, courtesy of Disney’s Fantasia.


I hope you enjoyed that.


If you want to have a go, please consider yourself nominated. 🙂

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 29


Laura Venturini created this challenge, click on the link to see her post:

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 29

and my friend, Beckie of Beckie’s mental mess tagged me to take part:

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 29


  • Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate!


Well I love my music, and I have rather eclectic, old fashioned and some would say downright Bizarre taste in music, so here is my selection:

1. Post a video of a song that makes you think of time off from work.

Fiddler’s Dram – Day Trip to Bangor.

2. Post a video of a song that makes you think of Summer.


Texas – Summer Son

3. Post a video of a song that is about working.

Sam Cooke – Working on the Chain Gang.


Well, that was my choice of music. What do you think?

Fancy having a go? You’re Nominated. 🙂


Two Starry Songs

When I head the Word of the Day was ASTRAL two songs instantly came to mind because of their first lines. Astral being a reference to the stars.

Click on the link below to see the Word of the Day word challenge, why not have a go?

  1. Firstly – Starry, Starry Night.


“Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” – Don McLean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night

You took your life, as lovers often do
But I could’ve told you Vincent
This world was never meant for
One as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame-less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget

Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will


and Secondly, Dream a little Dream of Me.