A Song Challenge from Laura Venturini

Laura Venturini tagged me in this fun Song themed game, check out her post here:

Weekly Song Challenge-Round 9

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!

1. Post a music video of a song by an artist popular in the 80s.

Hall and Oates – I Can’t go for that.

2. Post a music video of a song that makes you wanna shake your groove thang!

Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing.

I used to dance just like that when I was in my Prime. 😉

3. Post a music video of an acoustic version of a popular song.

Gerry and the Pacemakers – Ferry Cross the Mersey (Well he’s playing the acoustic guitar, so hopefully that counts).


I will challenge:



No pressure, only if you’d like to take part.


FOWC with Fandango — Prime



Saturday Morning Music – Harmony

The Word of the Day is Harmony.

There are plenty of bands that were famous for their harmonies, here are three examples.

One of the best, in my view, was the Beach Boys – Good Vibrations.

Another excellent example of Harmony is Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Waters.


And here is one that you may not have heard. Peter and Gordon – World Without Love,

The song was written by Paul McCartney (of The Beatles) who was going out with Peter Asher’s Sister, Jane Asher at the time.

Some lovely harmonies on this one.


Happy Saturday everyone. 🙂



Friday Fictioneers – A Remnant of Grandeur.

PHOTO PROMPT © Anshu Bhojnagarwala


Walking down the street, the Piano merchant stopped and stared appalled.

A grand piano stood there, looking forlorn and in danger of falling apart. Someone had filled it with soil and various plants, mainly daisies and lavender.

It broke his heart to see this once impressive instrument that must have produced fine music, invoking a wonderful spirit of harmony and beauty, reduced to being a plant pot.

Moving closer, he saw above the keys what he knew would be there, the name ‘Erard’. It was on a Piano such as this that the great Beethoven and Liszt once played.

[99 words]


This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to take part, please click on the link below to see her post:

15 March 2019

I have also incorporated the following word prompts:


Today’s prompt: merchant, danger, lavender



A Music Challenge – How does my taste in music compare to yours?

I have been tagged by Laura Venturini, see her post here:

Weekly Song Challenge-3/11/19

The challenge is to post three song videos:

  1. A song by a band you think is underrated.
  2. A Song that gets on your nerves.
  3. A song by a Solo Artist who’s first name begins with a K.

1) I admit I struggled because I could think of a lots of bands who I think are overrated, but not many who are Underrated. All the bands I like seemed to have achieved the fame they deserved.

This is a Band that I saw live at the Hammersmith Apollo and are from Portland, Oregon. They are pretty amazing. The audience ranged from teenagers right through to senior citizens. This band has a broad appeal and while they are known, I think they deserve even greater fame.

Pink Martini –


2) Here you go, a song that is really irritating and it sticks in your head, torturing you for years.

Funky Town by Lipps Inc.


3) A song by an Artist who’s name begins with K. Well it had to be Kylie, and I mean Minogue, not JENNER!


Now, who shall I tag to have a go?

How about,

Kristian, from Life Lessons around the Dinner Table


Mel from Crushed Caramel



Rory, A Guy Called Bloke.

It’s A Brand New Day!



Sunday Tribute – Happy Sunday.

This week we heard of the death of Peter Talk (or was it last week, gosh the weeks go rolling by don’t they?) and in tribute to him and the fact that it’s Sunday, here are the Monkees singing Pleasant Valley Sunday.

If this link does work, it is rather a ‘Hissy’ recording but hey ho.

Have a great day.




My Top Songs – What I listened to in 2018

My Blogging Pal, Kristian, The other Kristian, of Life Lessons Around the Dinner Table,

has posted her top songs from 2018 from Spotify. Apparently, Spotify produces a list of the songs you listened to the most in 2018.

Here is Kristian’s post:



So here are my top songs. You will find nothing new or recent here, just some great songs from yesteryear. They all seem to be quite relaxing music. A few of them already appear on previous posts that I did about music I was listening to, see here:




Some of the songs are seldomly played nowadays, whereas others are established favourites.

  1. Bilitis – Francis Lai.

Apparently, this was written for a rather suggestive film, but I don’t know anything about that. The theme reminds me of that kind of electronic music of the late seventies and early ’80s like Vangelis Chariots of Fire.


2. Cavatina – John Williams – This was used as the Theme for the film Deerhunter. I have linked to this before.

3. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac – This is one of my favourite go-to songs for rest and relaxation and I have linked to it before.

4. Ballade Pour Adeline – Richard Clayderman.

5. The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals – Saint Saens.

6. Stranger on the Shore – Acker Bilk

7. Nocturne – Secret Garden

8. Liebestraum – Franz Liszt – This is pretty famous so I won’t link to it. It is a lovely piece of music and one often used in films or adverts.

9. Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone – This was used for a popular TV show in the early 80’s called the Life and Times of David Lloyd George. I recommend both the song and the programme.

10. Music Box Dancer – Richard Clayderman (performed by) Written by Frank Mills.



More Relaxing Mood Music

I have been sharing with you some music I like to listen to in order to keep me calm and relaxed. It is a tribute to some great composers who have harnessed the magic of music to change moods and minds.


  1. This is the Adagio from the Concierto De Aranjuez by  Joaquin Rodrigo. This piece really taps into the emotions, it is calm and yet also rouses passion. It also beautifully encapsulates the essence of Spain.

2. By Contrast, this is a beautiful relaxing piece of music by the composer George Butterworth that is quintessentially English – The Banks of Green Willow

3. And it wouldn’t be a relaxing playlist without Enya, – Only Time.


I hope you like my selection.


FOWC with Fandango — Tribute


More Mellow Music

I thought I would share with you a few more of my songs that I like to listen to when I need to keep calm and mellow. In this crazy world, the need for calm is a sentiment worth sharing.

  1. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun / Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune – Claude Debussy.

2. Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds.

3. Sailing – Christopher Cross.

I hope you enjoyed this selection. 🙂



Keeping calm – Music to relax to.

If you’ve read one of my previous posts, you’ll know that I am having a few health issues at the moment.


I have been experiencing random swellings, that can flare up without rhyme or reason.

I have been told by a medical expert that I trust, to take antihistamines and to keep calm.

So, I thought I would share with you some of the music I am listening to in order to achieve this sense of inner calm.

  1. Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

2. Cavatina, Theme from the Deerhunter by John Williams

3. Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone


And finally,

Caribbean Blue by Enya.


What music do you like to listen to when you need to keep calm?



FOWC with Fandango — Reason




A Musical Gimmick.

In Hindsight he wished he hadn’t bought it.

He only went into the shop to buy a present for his wife. The saleswoman had looked like such a nice lady, but she had pounced on him like a tiger at a tea party as if he was covered in whipped cream.

He emerged with a piano stool made of fine mahogany and richly upholstered in red velvet brocade. Carrying it down the narrow cobblestoned streets was tricky. He almost fell twice.

It was a bargain apparently. Just twenty pounds and it also came with a large pile of piano music from Haydn through Beethoven to Shostakovich. He realised he’d been taken in by the gimmick. How was he going to explain it to his wife?

They didn’t even own a piano.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 03/February/2019




FOWC with Fandango — Hindsight