Today’s Monday’s Music Moves Me hop theme happens to be “Color Me with Music”. This fits in nicely with the series I’ve been presenting these last few weeks so I am continuing on with my KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR SONGS SERIES, highlighting the color SILVER. The following playlist is my favorite songs with the color Silver in the title and includes information and fun facts about each “silver” song.
Silver, Blue & Gold by Bad Company – Silver, Blue & Gold is a song from “Run with the Pack,” the third studio album by the English supergroup Bad Company, written by Paul Rodgers. A fixture on rock radio for decades, Paul Rodgers has been the driving force behind countless rock ‘n’ roll classics. The bulk of his legacy, however, remains with Bad Company.
Co-founded in 1973 by Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople guitarist), Simon Kirke (drummer) and the late Boz Burrell (former King Crimson bassist & vocalist), Bad Company grew out of Free, which also featured Rodgers and Kirke. Over the next nine years, they released four platinum or multi-platinum albums together before Rodgers departed for a lengthy hiatus. During that period, he could be found bending the ears of music fans worldwide with the Firm (with Jimmy Page), the Law (with Who drummer Kenney Jones) and later even toured with the members of Queen.
“Silver, Blue & Gold” was released in January 1976 on the wildly successful “Run with The Pack” album, which was the band’s third consecutive platinum seller. It was recorded in France with The Rolling Stones Mobile Truck in September 1975 with engineer Ron Nevison and mixed in Los Angeles by Eddie Kramer.
Upon its release, the album soared to No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart. With three albums now to their credit, the central ingredient to the group’s remarkable success was their steady stream of first rate original material. Rodgers and Ralphs were the group’s composers. “I always thought it was important for the group to have more than one writer,” states Rodgers.
Coupled with the strength of the group’s song writing was the clarity and unmistakable power of Rodgers’ voice. Rodgers moved with ease among a wide range of emotions and musical styles. Rodgers “Silver, Blue & Gold” celebrated the group’s skills for ballads, highlighting a softer, more introspective vocal performance by Rodgers.
Although “Silver, Blue & Gold” remains one of the band’s most popular compositions, the song was never released as a single. “Silver, Blue and Gold” is a fan favorite and it’s one of Bad Company’s very best songs, artfully charting the oft-experienced tale of a love gone wrong and the aftermath as the spurned party seeks solace in silver, blue and gold–and the rainbow that’s long overdue.
Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac – “Silver Springs” is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by Fleetwood Mac. It was originally intended for the band’s 1977 album Rumours, but became a B-side to the song “Go Your Own Way”. A live version of “Silver Springs” was released as a single from the 1997 album The Dance; this live version of the song received a Grammy Award nomination.
Written by Stevie Nicks, “Silver Springs” was originally intended for the album Rumours. Years after the fact, Nicks commented that the song’s exclusion from the album marked a growing tension in the band. The track describes Nicks’ perspective on the ending of the romantic relationship between her and Lindsey Buckingham. She has said,
I wrote “Silver Springs” about Lindsey. And we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Spring, Maryland. And I loved the name … Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me. And, ‘You could be my silver springs…’, that’s just a whole symbolic thing of what you could have been to me.
According to Rolling Stone, “Nicks’ tender yet vengeful post-mortem on her breakup with Buckingham [became] an emotional lightning rod. The song would have behind-the-scenes repercussions for decades to come – nearly leading to the breakup of the band.” Due to the limited space available on the LP format of the time (and over strenuous objections from Nicks), the song was excluded from the Rumours album due to its length. It was bumped off the album by another song Nicks wrote called “I Don’t Want To Know,” which the rest of the band liked better and fit better on the album because it was shorter. Stevie was very upset with the decision and considered refusing to sing “I Don’t Want To Know” in protest.
In a 1997 documentary on the making of Rumours, Richard Dashut, the engineer and co-producer, called it “the best song that never made it to a record album”. The song was, however, released in late 1976 as the B-side of the “Go Your Own Way” single, the Buckingham-written song to which it is regarded as being a response.
Years later, the band went on a world tour to promote the Fleetwood Mac album Behind the Mask. After the tour concluded, Nicks left the group over a dispute with Mick Fleetwood, who would not allow her to release “Silver Springs” on her album Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks because of his plans to release it on a forthcoming Fleetwood Mac box set. The song did appear in the 1992 box set 25 Years – The Chain.
In 1997, the song got a second life on the reunion album The Dance. It hailed the return of the band’s most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks, who had not released an album together since 1987’s Tango in the Night a decade earlier.
During the filming of the reunion concert that brought Nicks and Buckingham back to the fold, “Silver Springs” was on the set list.
“Nicks has admitted that the fiery take on the song that appears in The Dance was ‘for posterity… I wanted people to stand back and really watch and understand what [the relationship with Lindsey] was.'”
During this song’s performance on Fleetwood Mac’s 1997 DVD The Dance, halfway through the song while singing, Stevie turns towards Lindsay and appears to be singing directly to him. It was as if she was reminding him who the song was about. Once they locked eyes, you could see and feel the emotions they must have felt many years ago when they dated and eventually broke up. A very intense moment.
The band earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals nomination for this live version from The Dance.
“I never thought that “Silver Springs” would ever be performed onstage [again],” [Nicks] reflected during a 1997 MTV interview. “My beautiful song just disappeared [20 years ago]. For it to come back around like this has really been special to me.”
In 2004, “Silver Springs” finally appeared where it was supposed to on the DVD-A (audio) re-issue release of Rumours. This is a 2-disc set which also includes a longer bonus version of the song.
The song also appeared on Nicks’ compilation album, Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks. She wrote in the album’s liner notes that the song was intended as a gift for her mother, who now refers to it as her “rainy day song”, and that the exclusion of the song from Rumours was a source of anger for many years.
FUN FACT: Stevie Nicks used to check into hotels on the road under the alias “Miss Silver Spring.”
FUN FACT: Stevie Nicks appeared on two episodes of the TV series American Horror Story: Coven, including the finale, where she performed “Seven Wonders” to open the show. Later in the episode, this song was used to underscore a scene where a witch was sent to burn at the stake.
Man on the Silver Mountain by Rainbow – “Man on the Silver Mountain” is the first single by Rainbow and the first track of their debut album, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Written by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer Ronnie James Dio, this song is, as Dio said, “a semi-religious one, a man on the silver mountain is a kind of God figure everyone is crying out to”. This track became one of Rainbow’s best-known tracks and was also a live favorite for any Rainbow line-up, and also for the band Dio. The words “The man on the silver mountain Ronnie James Dio” are inscribed on his grave.
According to the Ultimate Classic Rock site, “Man on the Silver Mountain” is a song that first codified Ritchie Blackmore’s creative vision for Rainbow and proved the group would be a force to be reckoned with for years to come: Though lacking somewhat in production punch, the song’s signature riff and evocative lyrics have gone down in heavy metal lore — even following Ronnie James Dio to the grave by being etched onto his tombstone. (See tombstone photo below)
“The Man on the Silver Mountain” was recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich in January and February, 1975. Interesting fact, the whole project, including the song, was supposed to be a solo album of Ritchie Blackmore; however in collaborating with Ronnie James Dio, it eventually ended up as a new band, Rainbow. Though, it was not Ritchie that got the most out of it, but rather Dio – his popularity and fan base reached the sky and he became one of the most influential and critically-acclaimed frontmen of all time. Later on, Ritchie was joking that this album should’ve been named “”Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio’s Rainbow”.
Rainbow’s music was partly inspired by classical music since Blackmore started playing cello to help him construct interesting chord progressions, and Dio wrote lyrics about medieval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads, and, according to Blackmore, “I felt shivers down my spine.” Although Dio never played a musical instrument on any Rainbow album, he is credited with writing and arranging the music with Blackmore, in addition to writing all the lyrics himself. Blackmore and Dio also found a common ground in their sense of humor.
Dio left Rainbow in 1979 and soon joined Black Sabbath, replacing the fired Ozzy Osbourne. On November 25, 2009, Dio’s wife Wendy Gaxiola (who also served as his manager) announced that Dio had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. On May 4, 2010, his then band Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s ill health. A statement made by Dio’s wife stated that Dio had died at 7:45 am (CDT) on May 16, 2010, of metastasized stomach cancer, according to official sources.
The words “The man on the silver mountain Ronnie James Dio” are inscribed on his tombstone.
FUN FACT: Regarding Ronnie James Dio: He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and was known for his medieval-themed lyrics.
According to Wikipedia’s page on the “metal horns”: Ronnie James Dio was known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal. He claimed his Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye (which is known in Southern Italy as malocchio). Dio began using the sign soon after joining the metal band Black Sabbath in 1979. The previous singer in the band, Ozzy Osbourne, was rather well known for using the “peace” sign at concerts, raising the index and middle finger in the form of a V. Dio, in an attempt to connect with the fans, wanted to similarly use a hand gesture. However, not wanting to copy Osbourne, he chose to use the sign his grandmother always made. The horns became famous in metal concerts very soon after Black Sabbath’s first tour with Dio. The sign would later be appropriated by heavy metal fans under the name “maloik”, a corruption of the original malocchio.
Terry “Geezer” Butler of Black Sabbath can be seen “raising the horns” in a photograph taken in 1971. The photograph is included in the CD booklet of the Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978 compilation album. This would indicate that there had been some association between the “horns” and heavy metal before Dio’s popularization of it.
When asked if he was the one who introduced the hand gesture to metal subculture, Dio said in a 2001 interview with Metal-Rules.com:
I doubt very much if I would be the first one who ever did that. That’s like saying I invented the wheel, I’m sure someone did that at some other point. I think you’d have to say that I made it fashionable. I used it so much and all the time and it had become my trademark until the Britney Spears audience decided to do it as well. So it kind of lost its meaning with that. But it was…. I was in Sabbath at the time. It was a symbol that I thought was reflective of what that band was supposed to be all about. It’s NOT the devil’s sign like we’re here with the devil. It’s an Italian thing I got from my Grandmother called the “Malocchio”. It’s to ward off the Evil Eye or to give the Evil Eye, depending on which way you do it. It’s just a symbol but it had magical incantations and attitudes to it and I felt it worked very well with Sabbath. So I became very noted for it and then everybody else started to pick up on it and away it went. But I would never say I take credit for being the first to do it. I say because I did it so much that it became the symbol of rock and roll of some kind.
Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS attempted to claim the “devil horns” hand gesture for his own. According to CBS News, “Simmons filed an application Friday, June 16, 2017 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the hand gesture he regularly uses during concerts and public appearances – thumb, index and pinky fingers extended, with the middle and ring fingers folded down. According to Simmons, this hand gesture was first used in commerce – by him – on Nov. 14, 1974. He is claiming the hand gesture should be trademarked for “entertainment, namely live performances by a musical artist [and] personal appearances by a musical artist.” Simmons abandoned this application on June 21, 2017.
Eyes of Silver by The Doobie Brothers – “Eyes of Silver” is a deep cut off the What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1974. This 4th studio album reached #4 on the Pop Albums chart in 1975.
Tom Johnston’s “Another Park, Another Sunday” was chosen to be the album’s first single. “It’s about losing a girl,” stated Johnston. “I wrote the chords and played it on acoustic, and then Ted [Templeman] had some ideas for it, like running the guitars through Leslie speakers.” The song did moderately well on the charts, peaking at #32.
The second single released was “Eyes of Silver”, another Johnston penned tune with a horn-driven funk sound. During this period and for several subsequent tours, the Doobies were often supported on-stage by Stax Records legends The Memphis Horns. According to Johnston, “Word-wise, that one really isn’t that spectacular. I wrote them at the last minute.” That song didn’t have much success on the charts either, reaching only #52. Grasping for chart action, Warner Brothers re-released the band’s first single, “Nobody”. This release was soon overshadowed when radio stations discovered “Black Water”. Other stations joined in and the song was officially released as a single that went on to sell over a million copies and became the Doobie Brothers’ first #1 hit. Ironically, “Black Water” had been featured as the B-side of “Another Park, Another Sunday” eight months earlier. (“Black Water will be featured when I do my Black edition of the Kaleidoscope of Color Songs Series).
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by the Beatles – “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” is a song by the Beatles, sung by Paul McCartney on their album Abbey Road. It was written by McCartney, though credited to Lennon–McCartney. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” is a pop song with dark, eccentric lyrics about a medical student named Maxwell Edison who commits three murders with his silver hammer. He murders his girlfriend Joann, his teacher, and a judge but it is never explained why. The lyrics are disguised by the upbeat, catchy, and rather “childlike” sound of the song.
Paul McCartney said of this song:
“It epitomizes the downfalls in life. Just when everything is going smoothly, Bang! Bang! Down comes Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and ruins everything.”
The song was written in October 1968, intended for the album The Beatles, but left off because of time constraints. It was rehearsed again three months later, in January 1969, at Twickenham film studios during the Get Back sessions but would not be recorded for another six months. The film features two brief rehearsal takes compiled together showing the band’s progress on the song up to that point. Lennon is shown to be participating on electric guitar despite not featuring on the recording for Abbey Road at all. Road manager and Beatles associate Mal Evans participates by providing the anvil hits.
Linda McCartney said that Paul had become interested in avant-garde theatre and had immersed himself in the writings of Alfred Jarry. This influence is reflected in the story and tone of the song, and also explains how Paul came across Jarry’s word “pataphysical”, which occurs in the lyrics.
Beatles guitarist George Harrison described the song in 1969 as “one of those instant whistle-along tunes which some people hate, and other people really like. It’s a fun song, but it’s kind of a drag because Maxwell keeps on destroying everyone like his girlfriend then the school teacher, and then, finally, the judge.” Lennon described it as “more of Paul’s granny music”.
In 1994, McCartney said that the song merely epitomizes the downfalls of life, being “my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life. I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer. I don’t know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell’s hammer. It was needed for scanning. We still use that expression now when something unexpected happens.”
Recording began at Abbey Road Studios on July 9, 1969. John Lennon, who had been absent from recording sessions for the previous eight days after being injured in a car crash, arrived to work on the song, accompanied by his wife, Yoko Ono, who, more badly hurt in the accident than Lennon, lay on a large double-bed in the studio. Sixteen takes of the rhythm track were made, followed by a series of guitar overdubs. The unused fifth take can be heard on Anthology 3. Over the following two days the group overdubbed vocals, piano, Hammond organ, anvil, and guitar. The song was completed on August 6, when McCartney recorded a solo on a Moog synthesiser.
The recording subsequently drew comment from the entire band; other than the composer (McCartney), none appear to have fond memories of their work on the song:
Lennon said “I was ill after the accident when they did most of that track, and it really ground George and Ringo into the ground recording it”, adding later “I hate it, ‘cos all I remember is the track … [Paul] did everything to make it into a single, and it never was and it never could have been.”
Harrison characterized the song as “fruity” and commented “we spent a hell of a lot of time on it”, and later “after a while, we did a good job on it”. Starr added retrospective input on the finished result in a Rolling Stone article from 2008: “The worst session ever was ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’ It was the worst track we ever had to record. It went on for fucking weeks. I thought it was mad.”
McCartney recalled: “The only arguments were about things like me spending three days on ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’ I remember George saying, ‘You’ve taken three days, it’s only a song.’ – ‘Yeah, but I want to get it right. I’ve got some thoughts on this one.’ It was early-days Moog work and it did take a bit of time”.
In his 1969 review of Abbey Road, John Mendelsohn of Rolling Stone magazine observed that in “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, McCartney “celebrates the joys of being able to bash in the heads of anyone threatening to bring you down. [He] puts it across perfectly with the coyest imaginable choir-boy innocence.” Robert Christgau referred to the song as “a McCartney crotchet.”
McCartney has never implied a specific inspiration for this song, but fans speculated that he was expressing his frustrations with certain people in the band’s inner circle, perhaps hoping that a figurative hammer would crash down on Yoko Ono or their manager, Allen Klein.
Just for Fun, since we’re talking about a song that talks of killing people and appears on the most controversial Beatles album ever, let’s explore Abbey Road for a minute:
The cover of the album fueled rumors that Paul McCartney was dead. The cover shows all four Beatles walking in a crosswalk of Abbey Road. John is leading, followed by Ringo, Paul, and finally George. According to the rumor, what they were wearing signified a funeral procession. John was dressed in white as if he was God, Ringo was dressed in a black suit as if he was a Preacher, and George was wearing grungy clothing, as if he was the grave digger. Paul was dressed in a dark-gray suit, was carrying a cigarette, and has his eyes closed. Also, he is the only one walking barefoot.
I very fondly remember when the rumor that “Paul is Dead” was running rampant around the world. “Paul is dead” is an urban legend and conspiracy theory alleging that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike.
In September 1969, American college students published articles claiming that clues to McCartney’s supposed death could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles’ recordings. Clue-hunting proved infectious and, within a few weeks, had become an international phenomenon.
How do I remember all the hoopla so well? It was in 1969. I was only 7 years old. One of my (young) school teachers was so fascinated with the rumor that she brought in a record player and tried playing the record backwards, all the time sharing with the class all these bizarre clues that supposedly point to the validity of the rumor. I remember as a class we were all enthralled. I’m sure I’m not the only child who excitedly brought it up at the dinner table that night! There is a plethora of info online about this whole subject but here’s a quick read from Biography.com: Paul is Dead: The Kooky Symbolism on the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” Album Cover
References to the legend are still occasionally made in popular culture. McCartney himself poked fun at it with his 1993 live album, entitling it Paul Is Live, with cover art parodying clues allegedly on the cover of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road.
Rumors declined after a contemporary interview with McCartney was published in Life magazine in November 1969.
Wasn’t that fun? I still get a kick out of it. Do you remember when the rumors about Paul’s alleged death and all the clues proving the theory were circulating? Were you captivated by it? Did any part of you ever fall for it, even just a little bit?? Do tell!
FUN FACT: McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” were sold at auction for $192,000.
Silver Bells by Bing Crosby – It’s the wrong time of year for this song but I just couldn’t do a Silver themed post without including “Silver Bells”. “Silver Bells” is a popular Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Among the many other hit records the duo have written are two Academy Award winning numbers, “Buttons and Bows” and “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”.
“Silver Bells” was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951:
The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards on September 8, 1950 with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and the Lee Gordon Singers which was released by Decca Records in October 1950. After the Crosby and Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to re-film a more elaborate production of the song.
“Silver Bells” started out as the questionable “Tinkle Bells.” Said Ray Evans, “We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his first wife said, ‘Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle means?'” Naturally she was referring to tinkle being the slang for urination.
This song’s inspiration has conflicting reports. Several periodicals and interviews cite the writer Jay Livingston stating that the song’s inspiration came from the bells used by sidewalk Santa Clauses and Salvation Army solicitors on New York City street corners. However, in an interview with NPR co-writer Ray Evans said that the song was inspired by a bell that sat on an office desk shared by Livingston and himself.
Livingston told American Songwriter Magazine July/August 1988 that this originally had a different title. He recalled:
“We wrote a song called ‘Tinkle Bell,’ about the tinkly bells you hear at Christmas from the Santa Clauses and the Salvation Army people. We said ‘this is it, this will work for the picture,’ so I took it home and played it for my wife. She said ‘you wrote a song called ‘Tinkle Bell’? Don’t you know that word has a bathroom connotation?’ So I went back to Ray the next day and told him we had to throw the song out, and we did.”
However as the duo continued to work on their assignment, they found themselves taking many of the lines and part of the melody from their “Tinkle Bell” song. In the end, they used the original song, except for substituting the word silver for tinkle, and the song became “Silver Bells.”
The song has been covered by a zillion artists over the years. Take your pick.
FUN FACT: The song charted in the UK for the first time in 2009 when a duet by BBC Radio 2 DJ Sir Terry Wogan and Welsh singer Aled Jones recorded for the Bandaged charity reached the Top 40, peaking at no. 27.
So that’s it for my favorite Silver songs! To close out this post, here is some cool information about the color Silver:
THE MEANING OF THE COLOR SILVER
Taken from the Bourn Creative’s Color Meaning Blog Series:
Silver, the metallic refined, distinguished color of riches, has cool properties like gray, but is more fun, lively, and playful. The color silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant.
Silver is a precious metal and, like gold, often symbolizes riches and wealth. Silver is believed to be a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us. As a gemstone silver represents hope, unconditional love, meditation, mystic visions, tenderness, kindness, sensitivities, and psychic abilities.
Silver affects the mind and body as a conductor and communicator that aids in public speaking and eloquence. Silver is believed to draw negative energy out of the body and replace it with positive energy.
Traditionally gray-haired seniors are viewed as just being old, while the phrase silver-haired traditionally describes a distinguished individual who is aging gracefully. Silver is the traditional twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift. Silver together with turquoise and brown is often used in Southwestern artwork.
Other meanings associated with the color silver:
- The phrase “silver screen” used in reference to movies and Hollywood.
- The saying “silver-tongued” is used to describe a witty and eloquent speaker.
- The term “pieces of silver” refers to money and coins.
- The expression “silver-tongued devil” refers to an articulate speaker who is insincere and possibly a liar.
- The phrase “silver spoon” is used as a descriptor for someone born wealthy who has never had to work for a living.
Additional words that represent different shades, tints, and values of the color silver: gun metal, gray, metallic grey.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Silver Edition of the Kaleidoscope of Color Songs Series. There are quite a few songs with silver in the title. My playlist features my favorites. What are your favorite Silver songs?
Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.
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Oh, WOW! You know I would’ve not thought about the color SILVER for song titles. This is just pawsome and you know what? The only song I know is “Silver Bells”. Incidentally, Bob Hope’s version is my FIL’s favorite. I thank you for the introduction of all the others. It was fun reading the backstory of each but what I really like is the portion of this post explaining the meaning of Silver. Thanks for sharing and for hitting the dance floor with the 4M gang, my friend. Have a colorific week!
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Thanks for coming by and being the first commenter Cathy! Wow, I’m glad to have introduced you to all those other Silver songs! Did you like them??
I’ll see you in a few days when Monday hits again… It’s just been so crazy. i’m having surgery on 4/2 and even though I’m dreading it, I’m actually looking forward to having a bit of a break! I’ll hit your BOTB soon, hopefully this weekend but for sure before the deadline…
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Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!
Michele, you covered silver songs extremely well. Having lived not very far from Silver Springs, Maryland, I was fascinated with the story surrounding the song of that name written by Stevie Nicks. It never ceases to amaze me how often personalities, egos, differences over musical style and direction and love affairs that sour lead to the break-up of successful bands. The live version of “Silver Springs” in which Stevie sings directly to Lindsey was indeed powerful. It was nice to see Fleetwood Mac back together again, setting aside their differences and pleasing fans. It was also gratifying to know that Stevie’s song which had been deleted from the album, was brought to the forefront and so well received. Stevie is one of my favorite artists, a witchy woman perfectly cast in AHS: Coven. I loved the late Ronnie James Dio, a little man with a big voice, and admire the contributions he made to Rainbow and Black Sabbath. In the mid 80s, when Dio was fronting his own band, I wrote and voiced promos for his live show at a local Tampa Bay arena and his music videos were heavily requested on our MTV style station. I enjoyed The Doobies’ “Eyes of Silver” and yet it sounds highly derivative of “Long Train Runnin’.” You were age 7 in 1969. I was 19 and attending college. I well remember how the “Paul is Dead” rumor spread like wildfire. We studied the Beatles in a mass media course I took and this infamous urban legend/conspiracy theory was discussed often in and out of class. Remember George Carlin’s joke about playing his Beatles album backward and screwing up his needle?
Thank you very much, dear friend, Michele, and have a wonderful week!
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Thanks so much for checking out my Silver song post! It’s taken me all week to get over here and respond to comments so thanks for your patience. So glad that you liked all the songs and backstories.
That’s cool that you voiced the promos for Dio’s live show in Tampa Bay!
You mentioned how unfortunate it is that souring love affairs and creative differences and power plays etc come to ruin great groups but as you know, music is full of passion and where there is passion there is danger!
I loved the live performance of Silver Springs! I lived near Silver Spring, MD too during my years in the Washington DC market and I had no idea until I started researching the song that passing through that part of MD is how Stevie came up with the name.
That George Carlin joke about ruining his needle when playing the Beatles album backward is funny! I saw Carlin live in Buffalo…or it may have been Niagara Falls now that i think about it…and he was hysterical. So glad I got to see him before his death…
The whole Paul is Dead rumor was very interesting and actually fun to talk about when it was going around. That’s really neat how your mass media class covered it.
As always, thanks for being such a loyal friend to me and Angels Bark. So appreciate your visits and comments! Have a good weekend…
It’s Sunday aftenoon and I just wanted to let you know that I just added some more info to the “Man on the Silver Mountain” blurb, in particular some new stuff and a fun fact about Dio that you might find interesting….plus a photo of him. Check it out when you get a chance…
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. I’m working on my post for tomorrow…
All the rest of the Spring Break dogs are getting picked up today and pretty soon it will just be me and “the boys” here… 🙂
What a wonderful job with songs and the facts behind them. Thanks for sharing.
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Aw, thanks Patrick, for saying that! I appreciate it. So glad you enjoyed it and got something out of it. It was fun putting it all together…
Have a great weekend
I don’t remember the first three on your list, but the last three I remembered after you reminded me. This seems like a tough color song prompt, but I did think of one:
“Silver Wheels” by Bruce Cockburn (one of my favorite singer songwriters)
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Thanks so much for turning me onto this Silver song by Bruce Cockburn. I really like it. Listening to it for a second time right now. I really dig the trumpet solo…
I appreciate your visit.
Will be heading over to check out your battle soon. Still busy with Spring Break dogs but everyone clears out on Sunday so I’ll have some quiet days next week…
Have a great weekend.
Good set here! I love the story of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” Paul could be a real jerk sometimes, and I wonder if the song would have even seen the light of day if John had been well. The quotes from George and Ringo are even funnier if you imagine their voices saying them. I’m surprised Paul didn’t just do the whole song by himself. I think he thought he was a better guitarist than George and a better drummer than Ringo.
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So…not a Paul McCartney fan, eh John?? Well, the other Beatles sure seemed displeased with Paul after Maxwell’s Silver Hammer…
They say he’s a perfectionist and perfectionists are hard to deal with and live with sometimes, that’s for sure…
Thanks for coming by and checking out my Silver set. Not sure yet what color I’m doing for Monday.
And I’ll be by to check out your battle probably over the weekend or early next week. I still have several Spring Break dogs here through Sunday so been busy…
Awww Silver. The color of several strands in my hair. I got those naturally, by the way 🙂 Have I told you lately just how much I am enjoying your color series? Great songs today!
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Oh yeah Girl, that’s not gray, it’s SILVER hair! Classy, rich, shiny… 🙂
Hey, thanks for saying that, that you’re enjoying my color series. I really appreciate that. I’m glad to hear that, I really am. I like when folks get something out of what I put out there. So thank you.
Hard to believe it’s going to be Monday again in 2 days. I don’t even know what color I’m going to do yet… Stress!!!
As I’ve mentioned to others, I’ll be stopping by your Jungle den to check out your battle within the next few days. The Spring Break dogs are winding down and so am I so i’ll have some quiet time after the weekend and can devote some time to blog-hopping…
“See” you soon…
Have a fun weekend.
You hit just about all the silver songs but Silver Threads and Golder Needles by Linda Ronstadt. Judging from the fine write-ups, you must have or are a music journalist.
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Hi Cathy. Thanks for stopping by! Hey, I never heard that song by Linda Ronstadt. I’m listening to it right now. It’s very country…which surprised me as soon as it started. I guess she’s multi-genre star. I looked up the song on Wikipedia and it was originally recorded by Wanda Jackson in 1956 but it was covered by a zillion artists. Linda Ronstadt did two versions of it and the second one became a Top 20 “country-crossover” hit in 1973.
Thanks for turning me onto it! Now I have a string of Linda Ronstadt songs going on in my headphones… 🙂
Oh, and what a nice compliment on my write-ups: music journalism sure sounds fun. Wish I could say I was that but I just enjoy doing research and digging out the stuff that I think is cool about the various songs and do a lot of copying and pasting… I do edit and rewrite a bunch and add some original content so there’s that. ha!
But that was fun to hear that. I actually went to journalism school back in 1979 and was a freelance feature writer for the Niagara Falls Gazette for a short while back in the early 80s. That was cool. But I opted to steer in a new direction and left journalism behind and went into advertising instead. I have often wondered what life would’ve been like had I followed that original course I was on…
hmm… Now that’s a good thought to ponder while I’m trying to get to sleep tonight… 🙂
Have a great weekend. Glad you’ve become a part of the 4M Gang…
Boy, you know you had me when you started playing silver bells! Woo Hoo I love it! Great job here and lots of work girlfriend! You’re the best. Love em’ all! hugs
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Thanks Marie! So Silver Bells got ya, huh? That’s no surprise, you being Xmas Dolly and all…
How did you ever come up with that name? I don’t think I ever asked you that…
If you look at my button we made it look like a snowglobe, but it’s actually a little doll that was my mother’s. My father sent it to her when he was in the Army. It came on top of a heartshaped candy box for Valentines day, but due it was in red mama always brought it out every Christmas and Valentines, but it was her Christmas Dolly and NO ONE was to touch it. I inherited and my daughter talked me into being a blogger after I retired & she said I had to come up with a name and I was thinking and mama little Dolly was sitting on my shelf… thus the name “XmasDolly”!!! It Was The New XmasDolly until I got a new blog and my own website. I thought of “My Christmas Dolly”, but it was too long I thought and I also looked up the story of Xmas due to somebody getting snotty with me. It’s really not what it seems. Go here… http://www.xmasdolly.com/2017/10/28/xmas-is-it-taking-christ-out-of-christmas-look-it-up-2/ and that’s only one of them I’ve put up a couple. ENJOY! BIG HUGS & THANKS FOR ASKING! Very sweet of you! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Nice choices. I had no idea there were so many songs with silver in them. I like all the information you give us with each song, I am too lazy too do that. Have a nice week.
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Thanks Ellen! Glad you enjoyed my silver post. Next Monday I’ll do another color…Not sure which one yet…
Have a fun weekend.
I recently read a book about Stevie Nicks where she talks about Silver Springs being a gift for her mother and being upset that it wasn’t on an album for so many years. She also talks about singing the song to Lindsay and how they were on stage was not how they were in real life. It was a very interesting read. Love silver better than gold! Thanks as always, Michele for your comprehensive tributes to each song!
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Hey Janet, thanks for checking out my silver songs post! Sounds like a great read, that book on Stevie Nicks. Do you remember the title of it? I didn’t know it was for her mother. That had to be a hard pill to swallow, the band (Lindsey) not letting Silver Springs on the album at the time. Took so many years to finally release. I hope her Mom enjoyed it…
Hey, stick around, you might like my Gold post when I do it. Not sure when I’ll get to it…I have no idea what color I’m doing on Monday…but I better get cracking, being that it’s already Saturday morning…
Have a great weekend!
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LOL the title of the book is Gold Dust Woman (?for the Gold post?). It is by Stephen Davis and it was very interesting. There were several things I learned about Stevie and the rest of the band that I did not know, and I thought I was a fan! It is a recent book, published in 2017 and while it is not an authorized biography, I do think it is pretty factual.
Wow! You’ve really done your homework. I saw Stevie Nicks in college. Great concert!
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Thanks for stopping by. Seeing Stevie Nicks while in college just sounds like a ton of fun! What year was it? What songs of hers were popular and charting at the time? Where did you go to college? 20 questions here…Sorry. 🙂
Have a good weekend.
I don’t go to too many concerts, but I saw Bad Company live once, and their Silver song is a favorite. Ronnie James Dio was local (grew up in Cortland, NY, about 40 miles from where I live) and was greatly admired in this area so of course I have to vote for him, too (but it wasn’t hard). As for “Paul is Dead”, I was in high school, and enjoyed every minute of it! Another mega-informative (of course) post!
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Bad Company was actually my very first concert ever! I saw them at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Kansas opened for them. I still remember where we sat. and I still have my ticket stub! The date was Friday, April 16, 1976. The price on the ticket stub was a whopping $6. SIX DOLLARS!!! Wow, am I old! 🙂
That’s neat that Ronnie J Dio was a local dude. I’m sure there was a ton of local tributes to him, especially around the time of his death.
The whole “Paul is Dead” thing is a riot, even to this day. I have bookmarked pages to read more when I have some time. It was just fascinating how people seemed to “discover” all those clues and how they attached convincing meaning and interpretations to them. It was surely an interesting case for sociological science. It’s still cool all these years later…
Thanks for coming by Alana. Have a great weekend…
I never even thought about silver for this musical color-go-round.
Silver Bells is terrific of course but so are all the other ones you picked. I love your fun facts and the one about “Paul is Dead” is funny to me. I was just a babe when that would have occurred. I am glad he is not dead yet! 🙂
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Hey Michelle, Thanks for stopping and checking out my Silver songs post. I’m glad you enjoyed some of the info I shared and I’m thrilled that you found the “Paul is Dead” story cool. There’s so much to read about it online and I did include a few links to dig more into it so be sure to click into the links if you really want to dive into the story a bit more. It’s especially wild to see all the various “clues” people found on their album covers, in their songs, etc, all that served to validate the premise that Paul was dead and the “Paul” that was appearing in concert and out in public was an imposter! It’s just a hoot. All these years later, I still find it fascinating and I have bookmarked some sites to do some further reading. It’s kinda fun to read that stuff now because I remember it so well from back then, as young as I was, it had an impact on me.
Thanks again for coming by and will look forward to checking out your next Monday’s Music post. Have a great weekend.
Some classic songs, I love it!
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Thanks Mike! Have a fun weekend!
Loving your take on the color theme! Who doesn’t love silver? 😉 GREAT song choices all around! Thanks so much for the dance!