Monday’s Music Moves Me: My Songs about Aging & Getting Old(er) Series – Part 2 of 4: REMINISCING

It’s Monday so it’s time for another Monday’s Music Moves Me. I’m especially excited because I am the honorary co-host for the month of October, which means I got to pick the two themes this month. Today is a Freebie week so we can choose to do our music post about anything. I’m using today’s Freebie to post the second of my four-part series Songs on Aging and Getting Old(er).

Before jumping into that, let me say Thanks to Cathy (Curious as a Cathy) for the warm welcome and thanks to the other full-time co-hosts of the 4M hop! I appreciate that very much. I hope you all like the themes I’ve chosen for my honorary Conductor duty. If you like to work ahead, you might want to put your planning hats on and get ready for my upcoming themes for this month: Next Monday 10/8 the theme will be Songs Featuring Hand-Claps or Finger-Snaps.  The next October theme will be on Monday 10/22: Songs Featuring Unique or Unusual Instruments. Today and the final Monday (10/29) are Freebies…although I’m sure some folks will be using a Halloween theme for that last Monday.

Alright, enough business talk. Let’s get down with some music!

Today’s post is PART 2 of my SONGS ABOUT AGING AND GETTING OLD(er) Series. If you missed last week’s Part 1, entitled Time Passages, you can check it out here.

Part 2 songs focus on:

REMINISCING

Anyone who knows even just a little bit about me knows I love the past! I love MY past… for the most part, that is. My growing up years, my coming of age years, my high school days and college years, my partying days (and nights), my early career years…they are all filled with fun and laughter and really great memories. Some folks like to daydream. I like to reminisce. Sometimes I sure would like to turn the clock and the calendar back. Do you feel that way?

Here are some of my favorite songs about reminiscing:

Yesterday by the Beatles (1965) – “Yesterday” is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and first released on the album Help! in the UK in August 1965. “Yesterday” was released as a single in the United States in September 1965.

McCartney’s vocal and acoustic guitar, together with a string quartet, essentially made for the first solo performance of the band. It remains popular today and is the most covered pop song of all time, with over 3,000 versions recorded according to The Guinness Book Of World Records. For years, it was also the song with the most radio plays, but in 1999 BMI music publishing reported that “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” had passed it. Still, at any given time, some version of “Yesterday” is probably being broadcast somewhere. That’s some pretty cool trivia there!

This is a rather gloomy song about a guy whose girl has left and gone away. Instead of moving on with his life, he dreams of yesterday, when they were still together. McCartney is the only member of the Beatles to appear on the recording.

“Yesterday” was voted the best song of the 20th century in a 1999 BBC Radio 2 poll of music experts and listeners and was also voted the No. 1 pop song of all time by MTV and Rolling Stone magazine the following year. In 1997, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

This was the first Beatles song to capture a mass adult market. Most of their fans were young people to this point, but this song gave the band a great deal of credibility among the older crowd. It also became one of their “Muzak” classics, as companies recorded instrumental versions as soothing background noise for shopping centers and elevators. Another Beatles song that lived on in this form is “Here Comes The Sun.”

Reminiscing by Little River Band (1978) – “Reminiscing” is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It remains their greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart. The song is about a couple reminiscing about the past, with certain music (such as Glenn Miller or Cole Porter tunes) reminding them of certain memories.

“Reminiscing” was given a BMI Five Million-Air award for five million plays on US radio—the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song.

FUN FACT: According to Albert Goldman’s biography, John Lennon named “Reminiscing” as one of his favorite songs. May Pang, erstwhile girlfriend of Lennon, said “Oddly, with all the fantastic music he wrote, “our song” was Reminiscing by the Little River Band.”

Dream On by Aerosmith (1973) – This was the first single Aerosmith released. Their manager had them share a house and concentrate on writing songs for their first album. Steven Tyler had been working on the song on and off for about six years, writing it in bits and pieces. He was able to complete it with the help of the rest of the band.

A breakthrough came when Tyler bought an RMI keyboard with money he found in a suitcase outside of where the band was staying. The “suitcase incident” became part of Aerosmith lore, as Tyler didn’t tell his bandmates that he took the money, and when gangsters came looking for it, he continued to play dumb.

Tyler’s father was a classically trained musician, and when Steven was 3 years old, he would lie underneath the piano and listen to his dad play. In his book, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You? Tyler writes, “That’s where I got that ‘Dream On’ chordage.” (BTW: Tyler played the piano on this song. It provided an interlude at concerts where he could sit behind a piano instead of running around on stage.)

Regarding the meaning of this song, Tyler explained:

“It’s about the hunger to be somebody: Dream until your dreams come true.” He added, “This song sums up the shit you put up with when you’re in a new band. Most of the critics panned our first album, and said we were ripping off the Stones. That’s a good barometer of my anger at the press, which I still have. ‘Dream On’ came of me playing the piano when I was about 17 or 18, and I didn’t know anything about writing a song. It was just this little sonnet that I started playing one day. I never thought that it would end up being a real song.”

FUN FACT: Aerosmith first performed this song at the Shaboo Inn in Willimantic, Connecticut in November 1971. They were paid $175 and a bottle of gin for the show, and as Steven Tyler recounts, he and Joe Perry stayed at the Inn that night. They picked up a couple of girls after the show and all slept in the same bed, resulting in a nasty case of crabs for Steven and Joe. (Haha. When will these rock stars learn: ya can’t trust a groupie!)

Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan (1980) – from the album Gaucho, the song “was about a middle-aged man’s disappointment with a young lover (“Hey Nineteen, that’s ‘Retha Franklin / She don’t remember the Queen of Soul / It’s hard times befallen the Soul Survivors / She thinks I’m crazy but I’m just growing old”).

Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin (1974) – As most of you know, Cat’s in the Cradle was one of the final contenders in the Ultimate Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament put on by me and Mary at Jingle Jangle Jungle. If you missed the tournament, go here and you can experience the whole crazy thing. (btw: the Cats won. Shhh! Don’t tell the Dogs!!)

“Cat’s in the Cradle” is a 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin from the album Verities & Balderdash. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974. As Chapin’s only No. 1 hit song, it became the best known of his work and a staple for folk rock music. Chapin’s recording of the song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.

This heartbreaking song tells of a father and son who can’t schedule time to be with each other, and it serves as a warning against putting one’s career before family. The verses start out with a natural harmony and depict the tale of a father with his newborn son. Although dad gets the necessities of child rearing accomplished, he doesn’t allow himself to put in quality time with his son because of his career. Initially, this seems like no big deal because of his hectic and oblivious life working and paying bills.

The recurring verse has the son saying, “I’m gonna be like you Dad, you know I’m gonna be like you…”

Over time, both father and son grow into a switching of life roles. The father realizes his son’s ambitions of college, grades, and driving, and wants to spend more time with him, yet slowly grasps the reality that now his son has no time for such things. In the last verse, Chapin illustrates that the son is all grown up with a fast-paced job and kids of his own. In a glaring twist of roles, we see that the son now has no time to spend with his father. With a heavy heart, dad realizes that his boy has become just like him.

It’s a very powerful and emotion-evoking song. I can totally understand how it won the Dog v Cat tournament.

7 Years by Lukas Graham (2015) – 7 Years” is a song by Danish soul-pop band Lukas Graham from their second studio album, Lukas Graham. Frontman Lukas Forchhammer described “7 Years” as a song about his life so far and what he hopes to achieve in the future. He said that the reason the lyrics go as far as the age of 60 is because his father died at 61 and he needed to “pass it to believe it.” He continued:

“It’s a song about growing older. I’m also coming to a realization that being a father is the most important thing. My biggest dream is not to be some negative old dude, but to have my kids’ friends say, ‘You’re going to visit your dad? Say hi! He’s awesome.’ I had a perfect father.”

Rock ‘n Roll Never Forgets by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (1976) – from Seger’s ninth studio album Night Moves (which is also his first album with the Silver Bullet Band). According to Seger, he wrote this song after attending a high school reunion. “I wanted to just write an honest appraisal of where I was at that moment in time,” he said. “I was 31 years old and I was damn glad to be here.” The song, accompanied by a mid-tempo sound and Seger’s signature raspy vocals, is about aging and the ongoing power of rock music. He wanted to write a song for middle-aged people to remember their youth. Seger was concerned that fans his own age were not coming to his concerts. This was meant to remind members of his generation that they could still enjoy rock and roll.

Against the Wind by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (1980) – The title track from the Against the Wind album, released in April 1980. Glenn Frey and Don Henley of The Eagles sang background vocals on this song.

There are some great lyric lines in this song. In particular, I like these:

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago…
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

Against the wind
We were runnin’ against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
against the wind

And the years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home…

Well those drifters days are past me now
I’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
Well I’m older now and still
Against the wind

 

In My Life by the Beatles (1965) – “In My Life” is a song by the Beatles released on the 1965 album Rubber Soul, written mainly by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Later news reports showed that John Lennon wrote the most of ‘In My Life.’ The song originated with John Lennon, but Paul McCartney and Lennon later disagreed over the extent of their respective contribution to that song, specifically the melody. George Martin (aka “the fifth Beatle” due to his extensive involvement in all of the Beatles original albums) contributed the piano solo bridge.

The lyrics evoke Lennon’s youth in Liverpool and reflect his nostalgia for a time before the onset of international fame. McCartney, who claimed to have written much of the melody, recalled that the song’s musical inspiration came from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. In author Johnathan Gould’s description, the song “owed a conscious debt” to the Miracles’ contemporary hit “The Tracks of My Tears” and thereby served as “the most recent installment in the lively cultural exchange between Motown’s Hitsville Studios and EMI’s Abbey Road”.

Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon (1975) – “Still Crazy After All These Years” begins with the singer singing that “I met my old lover on the street last night.” The “old lover” has been variously interpreted to be either Simon’s ex-wife Peggy Harper, from whom he was recently divorced, his former girlfriend from the 1960s Kathy Chitty, or even Simon’s former musical partner Art Garfunkel, who appears on the song that follows ‘Still Crazy After All These Years” on the album. After sharing a few beers, the singer and the old lover part ways again. The singer notes that he is “not the kind of man who tends to socialize” but rather leans “on old familiar ways” and is “still crazy after all these years.” The lyrics acknowledge a nostalgia for the past, but also subtly suggest that once the sweet nostalgia is gone, it is replaced by loneliness and even bitterness.

The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand (1974) – “The Way We Were” is a song recorded by American vocalist Barbra Streisand for her fifteenth studio album, The Way We Were (1974).

Its lyrics detail the melancholic relationship between the two main characters in the 1973 film of the same name. Its appeal was noted by several music critics, who felt its impact helped revive Streisand’s career. It also won two Academy Awards, which were credited to the songwriters of the track. The single was also a commercial success, topping the charts in both Canada and the United States, while peaking in the top 40 in Australia and the United Kingdom. Additionally, “The Way We Were” was 1974’s most successful recording in the United States, where it was placed at number one on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles list.

American composer and producer Marvin Hamlisch and Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote “The Way We Were” while Marty Paich handled its production. In particular, the lyrics detail the personal life of Katie Morosky, the character she portrays in the film. Specifically, her troubling relationship with Robert Redford’s Hubbell Gardiner is explained, “Memories light the corners of my mind / Misty watercolor memories of the way we were” and “Memories may be beautiful and yet”. Streisand sings, “What’s too painful to remember / We quickly choose to forget”, where she longs for nostalgia, which Rolling Stone’s Stephen Holden described as an implication that “resonate[s] in the current social malaise”. In the beginning of what seems to be a bridge, she whispers, “If we had the chance to do it all again / Tell me would we? Could we?”

The mass appeal of the single was labeled by Turner Classic Movies’s Andrea Passafiume as “one of the most recognizable songs in the world.” And the movie is fabulous! If you find yourself in the middle of a rainy Sunday and just want to hang out on the couch or in the recliner but can’t find anything on TV, rent or stream the academy award-winning film The Way We Were. You won’t be sorry.

Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days) by The Judds (1986) – I was just introduced to this song recently when the 4M theme was on Grandparents. Written by Jamie O’Hara and recorded by American country music duo The Judds, this song was released in January 1986 as the second single from the album Rockin’ with the Rhythm. It became The Judds’ sixth No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

Per Wikipedia: “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days” is a song about the decline and abandonment of traditional values, the hectic lifestyle of the day and how progressivism isn’t positive (“They call it progress/But I just don’t know”). The main refrain of the song reflects on the narrator as they expresses mournful doubt and discontent that past occurrences of traditional values really happened (did _____ really??), instead of what the singer has experienced during his/her lifetime; and the narrator wishes he/she could experience those past times now instead of experiencing the traditional values having been abandoned for their negative opposites, such as marriages staying intact for a lifetime, instead of broken marriage vows and broken marriage covenants and rampant infidelity–fathers maintaining their responsibilities to help raise children, instead of fatherless dysfunctional families with disobedient and disrespectful children that comes from it–families going to church and having Humility, instead of worshiping the bling of the world– promises being kept, instead of a lack of Personal Integrity–and how right and wrong were clearly defined and obeyed, instead of being ignored in order to make other people feel better about themselves.

Back When by Tim McGraw (2004) – Kickin’ it up a notch with another Country hit, “Back When” is a song written by Stan Lynch, Stephony Smith, and Jeff Stevens and recorded by American country music singer Tim McGraw. It was released in August 2004 as the second single from McGraw’s 2004 album Live Like You Were Dying. Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a positive rating. He stated that “Back When” is the only up-tempo song on the album that matches his ballads in quality. He also added that McGraw’s “vocal performance is just over-twanged enough to suggest he’s making fun of the sentimentality that he’s celebrating.”

The song was inspired by an incident when Smith went into the kitchen to make breakfast and saw a snake on the floor. The snake crawled into a tight space between the dishwasher and cabinets and she called Jeff Stevens and Stan Lynch to come and help her figure out how to get it out.

“We couldn’t find it,” she recalled to The Boot. “We go to the office, and we’re sitting there, and Jeff is real country, and he kinda started making fun of me for being a sissy about it. He said, “Back when ‘a hoe’ was a hoe, my mama woulda just chopped his head off.” And he kept right on talking. I was gasping, like, “That’s what we have to write today … you know, ‘Back when ‘a hoe’ was a hoe and ‘a coke’ was a Coke.'” They were like, ‘Oh, yeah, here we go.'”  This is a great song.

A Different World by Bucky Covington (2007) – “A Different World” is the title of a debut song recorded by American country music artist Bucky Covington. It was released in January 2007 as the lead single from his album Bucky Covington. It peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The song is a reminiscence of the narrator’s formative years, its lyrics describing how much the world has changed since his childhood. Covington sings during the chorus that it was “not just a different time, it was a different world.”

A music video was released in February 2007, and was directed by Trey Fanjoy. It begins with Covington as a child (J.D. Ironfield), sitting in front of an old television. On the T.V. is the adult version of Covington, who is on the patio of a house. Throughout the video, the young Covington watches his older counterpart on the TV as the adult version of him walks around a small town, supposedly like the town he grew up in. Certain children in the town are shown leading a simpler life than most do today, as the song’s lyrics describe. The video ends with the adult Covington entering the house where the young version of him is watching. It then shows him as an adult shutting off a modern-day television. I’ve included the music video in my playlist so be sure to check it out.

Photograph by Nickelback (2005) – “Photograph” is a song recorded by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It was released in September 2005 as the first single from their fifth studio album, All the Right Reasons.

The song is about reviewing the memories – missed and forgotten – from the band’s childhood in Hanna, Alberta (Canada). The lyrics are a chronicle of real events and personal landmarks lead singer Chad Kroeger recalled as he wrote it.

Speaking with CBC, he explained:

“It’s just nostalgia, growing up in a small town, and you can’t go back to your childhood. Saying goodbye to friends that you’ve drifted away from, where you grew up, where you went to school, who you hung out with and the dumb stuff you used to do as a kid, the first love – all of those things. Everyone has one or two of those memories that they are fond of, so this song is really just the bridge for all that.”

The music video was directed by Nigel Dick, who directed the first Britney Spears video, “Baby One More Time.” It was shot in the band’s hometown of Hanna, as the band revisits their old stomping grounds.

The photograph that Kroeger is holding in the video is the one that inspired the song: It’s a shot of him and their producer, Joey Moi, at a New Year’s Eve party. As for what’s on Joey’s head, that’s a chiller for champagne, as they were enjoying some adult beverages that evening.

Chad Kroeger sings of breaking into his high school. Asked by NME how many times he did so, he replied: “Well, I say I did it half a dozen times, but I was charged with 11 counts of breaking and entering… it didn’t rhyme though. ‘I must have done it, pause, 11 times’ doesn’t quite fit as well as half a dozen.” Lol. You can see the video in my playlist.

I Wanna Go Back by Eddie Money (1986) – “I Wanna Go Back” is a 1984 song by American rock band Billy Satellite, written by band members Monty Byrom, Danny Chauncey, and Ira Walker, that achieved major popularity when recorded by Eddie Money in 1986. Another version was recorded by former Santana/Journey keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie for his self-titled 1985 debut solo album.

American rock singer Eddie Money covered the song on his 1986 album Can’t Hold Back, and it was released as the follow-up single to the top-ten hit “Take Me Home Tonight”. It reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Album Rock Tracks chart in early 1987. Money’s version, which AllMusic‘s Mike DeGagne says has “sincere, semi-ballad charm,” still relies heavily on synthesizers but includes more guitar and adds saxophone in the intro, bridge, and outro, with backing vocals by Marilyn Martin. The music video to his version features Money revisiting a high school interspersed with him and his band playing before a concert audience.

I want to go back
And do it all over again
But I can’t go back I know
I want to go back
Cause I’m feeling so much older
But I can’t go back I know

My sentiments exactly!

Well that wraps up Part 2 of my Songs on Aging and Getting Old(er) series. I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my favorite songs about reminiscing. Which songs here did you like? What are your favorite reminiscing songs?

Be sure to come back for Part 3 on Monday, October 15th.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked Two other co-hosts recently joined the fun: Alana of Ramlin’ with AM and Naila Moon of Musings & Merriment with Michelle. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me: SONGS ABOUT AGING & GETTING OLD(er) – Part 1 of 4

September has been an extraordinarily busy month and I have missed almost all of this month’s 4Ms. (So Sorry to our honorary conductor Cathy of Curious As a Cathy blog!) One of Cathy’s themes was Songs on Aging and Getting Older and I really connected with that, especially because I just celebrated my 56th birthday earlier in the month. So I’m using this week’s assigned theme of Autumn and bending it to be more in line with the “September of My Years” where I’ll focus my songs on Aging & Getting Old(er) – because that’s what happens to me each and every Fall!

Like the four seasons, I have compiled four different playlists, each with an Aging/Getting Old(er) sub-theme. The first playlist is a blend of songs in what I call the TIME PASSAGES block. Next are songs in a playlist that focuses on remembering our years gone by with the REMINISCING block. The third playlist is simply titled AGING & GETTING OLD(ER). And we’ll wrap it up with a TIME TRAVEL playlist block.

This will be a 4-Part Series Part 1 today, Part 2 next Monday and Parts 3 and 4 on the subsequent Freebies that we have coming up.

Let’s get started with today’s Part 1:

TIME PASSAGES

 

Reflections of My Life by Marmalade (1969/70) – “Reflections of My Life” is a 1969 song by the Scottish band Marmalade. Often heralded as a Vietnam War anthem as so many soldiers were living the words of this song, it is a song that needs to be interpreted on a personal level.  The lyric line “Take me back to my own home” means something different to everyone.

Oh, my crying (Oh, my crying)
Feel I’m dying, dying
Take me back to my own home

Oh, my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home

My friends often hear me saying how much I miss home. The place, the people, the era. My youth.

Also doleful (but often true), the lyric “The world is a bad place, a bad place, a terrible place to live, but I don’t want to die” is another line that often packs a punch. I so often find myself saying, “In my next life, I want to be…” followed by whatever expression or dream of what I’m not now, as in: “In my next life I want to be wealthy and thin” or “In my next life I want to be pain-free” or “In my next life, I want to be a bird” (and sometimes I want to be a dog)…

But the other day I said something I don’t think I’ve ever said before and it kinda took me by surprise. I was about to say, for the umpteenth time, “In my next life, I want to be…” but instead I found myself saying (to God, I suppose) “In my next life, I don’t even want to come back.”  It stopped me in my tracks for a minute. Whoa. Really? And then I thought, “Yeah, just find something for me to do up there. I don’t want to come back here.”

Marmalade’s “Reflections of My Life”, like so many others of that era, moves me to ache for a time gone by. I imagine many hearing this song are probably moved in a similar way.

Although the song is a little bleak, there is a reference to a bit of hopefulness in the song:

I’m changing, arranging
I’m changing
I’m changing everything
Everything around me…

The song was Marmalade’s only U.S. hit.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (1975) – “Landslide” is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by British-American music group Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band’s self-titled 1975 album Fleetwood Mac. A live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The lyrics that speak to me about aging:

Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?…

Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too…

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison (1970) – written by George Harrison in 1968, the song was rejected by the Beatles for inclusion on their Let It Be album. It was then originally released by Billy Preston (1970, Encouraging Words album) before being released when Harrison went solo. The lyrics, inspired by Timothy Leary’s poem “All Things Pass”, is about the transient nature of human existence. The main message comes from these lyrics in the middle of the song:

All things must pass 
None of life’s strings can last 
So I must be on my way 
And face another day.

Time Passages by Al Stewart (1978) – Produced by Alan Parsons, this song is the title track to Al Stewart’s 1978 release of the Time Passages album. The single reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1978, and it also spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Easy Listening chart, the longest stay at number one on this chart in the 1970s. Billboard magazine also ranked “Time Passages” as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary single of 1979.

The song is also of note of having the highest note ever hit on an alto saxophone by Phil Kenzie on a studio recording as a lead into the sax solo as Peter White’s acoustic guitar solo was ending.

“Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight…” I can relate to that lyric. It’s a yearning to go back home, which I experience on a fairly regular basis.

Time by Pink Floyd (1973) – Written by Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, the lyrics deal with the passage of time – time can slip by, but many people do not realize it until it is too late. Waters got the idea when he realized he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but yet was right in the middle of it. He realized that life was not about preparing yourself for what happens next, but about grabbing control of your own destiny.

Musically, the song is noted for its long introductory passage of clocks chiming and alarms ringing, recorded as a quadrophonic test by Alan Parsons, not specifically for the album. Per David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s guitarist and co-lead vocalist: “He (Alan Parsons) had just recently before we did that album gone out with a whole set of equipment and had recorded all these clocks in a clock shop. And we were doing the song Time, and he said “Listen, I just did all these things, I did all these clocks,” and so we wheeled out his tape and listened to it and said “Great! Stick it on!” And that, actually, is Alan Parsons’ idea.”

Time by The Alan Parsons Project (1981) – This was the most popular song from the album The Turn of a Friendly Card, which has many songs from the perspective of a man in middle age contemplating both the content of his past and what is left of his future.

Borrowed Time by John Lennon (written in 1980 but released posthumously in 1984 on John & Yoko’s Milk & Honey album) – The song was inspired during Lennon’s 1980 sailing holiday from Newport Rhode Island to Bermuda. During the journey Lennon’s yacht encountered a prolonged severe storm resulting in most of the crew eventually succumbing to profound fatigue and seasickness, Lennon (free of seasickness) was eventually forced to take the yacht’s wheel alone for many hours. Lennon found this terrifying but invigorating with the effect of both renewing his confidence and making him contemplate the fragility of life (Lennon claimed his recovery from heroin addiction some years earlier had rendered him immune to seasickness). Once he arrived in Bermuda, Lennon heard the line ‘living on borrowed time’ from Bunny Wailer’s “Hallelujah Time” and was inspired by his recent experience to write the lyrics around that theme; Wailer was also the inspiration for the reggae feel of the music. Lennon commented that living on borrowed time was exactly what he was doing but then said, “come to think of it, it’s what we’re all doing, even though most of us don’t like to face it.” (Seaman, 1991, p159).

Old Man by Neil Young (1972) – The song was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970. The song compares a young man’s life to an old man’s and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals.

In the film Heart of Gold, Young introduces the song as follows:

“About that time when I wrote (“Heart of Gold”), and I was touring, I had also—just, you know, being a rich hippie for the first time—I had purchased a ranch, and I still live there today. And there was a couple living on it that were the caretakers, an old gentleman named Louis Avila and his wife Clara. And there was this old blue Jeep there, and Louis took me for a ride in this blue Jeep. He gets me up there on the top side of the place, and there’s this lake up there that fed all the pastures, and he says, “Well, tell me, how does a young man like yourself have enough money to buy a place like this?” And I said, “Well, just lucky, Louis, just real lucky.” And he said, “Well, that’s the darnedest thing I ever heard.” And I wrote this song for him.”

He tells a similar story when introducing the song at a February 23, 1971 performance broadcast by the BBC (in which he says that he purchased the ranch from “two lawyers”).

In 2018, a 72-year old Young said during a concert in Chicago: “It’s hard to do ‘Old Man’ now. It’s like, ‘Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like I am.”

Days Go By by The Offspring (2012) – “Days Go By” is a pop punk song by the American punk rock band The Offspring. The song was premiered on the Los Angeles, California rock station KROQ on April 27, 2012 and released on May 1, 2012. “Days Go By” was written by frontman and lyricist Dexter Holland.

As for the lyrics, Holland commented,

“It’s me observing that people have been going through a shitty time in the last few years, including myself. I just wanted to put some hope out there and say that no matter how bad it is, nobody’s going to pick you up. You’ve got to do it yourself and there is hope and you’re going to do it.”

“Days Go By” received positive response. Amy Sciarretto of Loudwire described it as “gimmick-free” and “a bit more contemplative, lyrically and comparatively speaking, as Holland ponders the then and the now. Overall, it has the bouncy rock vibe of a Foo Fighters tune with the added sprinkle of the Offspring’s American punk rock flavor.” The song received another positive review from Sylvie Lesas of Evigshed, who called it a “cool song, awesome sonic trip through the sounds of 90s and modern rock that rips and doesn’t disappoint.”

Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen (1984, and is one of seven Top 10 hits from the Born in the U.S.A. album) – In this song, Springsteen sings about a chance encounter with an old friend who was a star baseball player in high school. This fellow is Joe DePugh, and the encounter really did happen.

Springsteen and DePugh were classmates at St. Rose of Lima School in Freehold, New Jersey and played baseball together in the Babe Ruth League (ages 13-15). They were good friends, but drifted apart as Springsteen pursued music while DePugh took a shot at sports (he tried out for the Los Angeles Dodgers). In the summer of 1973, DePugh was walking in to a bar called the Headliner in Neptune, New Jersey while Springsteen was walking out. Bruce went back in, where he and his old friend talked about the good old days until the bar closed. When “Glory Days” was released, DePugh was living in Vermont, where word got out that he was the subject of the song. Springsteen confirmed the story at his 30th high school reunion in 1997, but DePugh wasn’t there; they finally met up again in 2005 when they met for lunch and once again relived their glory days. (Freehold historian Kevin Coyne sleuthed out this story, which was published in the New York Times).

Those Were the Days by Mary Hopkin (1968) – “Those Were the Days” is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put a new English lyric to the Russian romance song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”, literally “By the long road”), composed by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevsky. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.

Mary Hopkin’s 1968 version of the song, produced by Paul McCartney, became a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, behind McCartney’s own band The Beatles’ hit “Hey Jude”.

I LOVE this song! So in addition to Mary Hopkin’s version I’ve included the Russian version in my playlist as well. Be sure to check it out: the video is quite cool.

That’s it for TIME PASSAGES, Part 1 of my Aging and Getting Old(er) theme. Be sure to come back next Monday for Part 2, REMINISCING.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked Two other co-hosts recently joined the fun: Alana of Ramlin’ with AM and Naila Moon of Musings & Merriment with Michelle. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

DRUM ROLL PLEASE: AND THE WINNER IS…

The time has come to declare a winner in the Inaugural ULTIMATE DOG vs CAT BATTLE OF THE BANDS TOURNAMENT. The Championship Round took place on September 1st. The playoff winners and Championship Contenders were:

In this corner at Angels Bark, representing the DOGS, it was Led Zeppelin’s “BLACK DOG”

In the other corner at Jingle Jangle Jungle, representing the CATS, it was Harry Chapin’s “CATS IN THE CRADLE”

The votes have all been cast. They’ve been counted. And recounted. And although it was a nail-biter tournament, right down to the last trickle of votes coming in, there is indeed a winner.

But before we announce the Grand Champion, let me first give major props to my good friend Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle, my co-creator in this historical Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament. Mary has been a fun and fabulous partner in this tournament event. Not only that but she also created all the tournament graphics and status charts. So to my friend Mary: THANKS SO MUCH for making this such a fun and exciting endeavor. You Rock Sister! 

We had a blast doing this and for all those who might be wondering: WE WILL BE DOING IT AGAIN! This 2018 Tournament is our inaugural installment so look for more down the road. DOWWWWWN the road…Like next year sometime…

Okay, y’all ready for the results? I’ll start off by saying: BOTH songs were winners, in my book anyway. Both songs are incredible in their own right. They are both monumental hits, in the charts and in the hearts of fans worldwide. These two songs are also winners in this tournament, both figuratively and LITERALLY (which I’ll explain in a minute).

OVERALL THOUGH, the GRAND WINNER of the Ultimate Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament is…

CATS IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin! 

          Congratulations to the Cats!

 

 

Now for all those Led Zeppelin and Dog folks who may be disappointed, don’t be! Because BLACK DOG was in fact a winner HERE at Angels Bark!

Remember we had two blogs featuring this battle. Here at Angels Bark, Led Zeppelin’s BLACK DOG came rocking in with the win title and a vote tally of 11 to 6 (11 voted for Black Dog, 6 voted for Cats in the Cradle). That’s a pretty impressive win, yeah? It is.

So how then did Harry Chapin & Cats in the Cradle win the Tournament? Because Mary is a much better bigger blogger than I am (Say that three times…). Mary’s battle saw a total of 26 votes come in (nearly ten more than here at this blog) with a majority 19 votes cast for Cats in the Cradle (19 for Harry Chapin, 7 for Led Zeppelin; whereas Angels Bark’s 17 voters cast 11 for Zeppelin, 6 for Chapin).

When all the votes were combined and totaled, AND THE DUPLICATES REMOVED (we have friends in common and although our friends voted at both of our battles, in fairness they were each allotted only one vote in the tally), the FINAL FINAL PURE TOTAL TALLY WAS:

Cats in the Cradle  –  21 votes

Black Dog  –  16 votes

Indeed, a very close battle, well fought by two superstars.

In the end, I’m okay with this result. Harry Chapin’s poignant lyrics delivered a real punch to the gut and a jolt to the consciousness to many who heard –and felt– its very powerful message. The title of Grand Champion in the Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament is a well-deserved recognition for Cats in the Cradle.

Take a Victory Lap, Harry. Here’s a nice live performance with some touching comments from his wife and son:

So now what? I’m sure, for a little while anyway, we’ll be bombarded with cat arrogance and they’ll taunt the dogs with their uppity tail swishing….But you know how dogs are just so goofy and loving. In the end I think we’ll end up with a “C’mon, can’t we all just get along” camaraderie and live happily ever after…UNTIL THE NEXT DOG v CAT BATTLE TOURNAMENT~! Get ready kitty-kitties. We comin’ for ya next time ’round… mmm-hmm…you betcha…

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who played along these last several weeks! We really appreciated all the support and love!~

And now, I’ll just leave you with three fun and cool versions of Black Dog that I discovered over the course of this tournament:

A Japanese cover of Black Dog:

Maybe one of Zeppelin’s youngest fans: 10 year old Krizten Centino from Bradford (UK) covers ‘Black Dog’:

And finally, a lovely version of Black Dog with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss:

 

 

 

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS: Who will reign supreme, the Dog or the Cat??

This is the battle we’ve all been waiting for. To recap: My friend Mary (from Jingle Jangle Jungle) and I teamed up on putting together this fun Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament. It’s been so much fun and hopefully you’ve had a chance to check it out. But if not, no worries! You can still play in this very exciting AND HISTORICAL event!

After weeks of battles choosing best Dog songs and best Cat songs in the categories of Hard and Soft Rock, we had Playoffs to determine which song was going to Represent going into the Championship Battle. And now we are here with the exciting finish.

Last month’s mid-month battle of the bands was the Final Playoff to choose the Dog song going into the Superbowl of Championship Battles. And at Mary’s place (Jingle Jangle Jungle) was the Playoff to choose the Cat song to send to this Grand Finale.

Here voters had an opportunity to vote for either the hard-rock Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” or the soulful soft pop by Marvin Gaye, “I’ll Be Doggone”.

It was a super tight race and tied all the way up to the very end, when two votes came in, pushing Led Zeppelin over the finish line. The final playoff tally was 8-6. (FYI: I voted for Marvin Gaye’s song). So the NDC (National Dog Conference) is sending hard rock winner “BLACK DOG” to today’s big Battle Championship!

So just what Cat song is our Dog champ going up against? Mary’s NCC (National Cat Conference) Playoff winner is the beloved “CATS IN THE CRADLE” by Harry Chapin.

SO THIS IS IT! It’s time for the knock-down drag-out battle between CANINE and FELINE. Who will be the reigning victor of the first ever DOG v CAT BATTLE OF THE BANDS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP??

It’s in your hands People! Are you a dog person or a cat person? LET’S HEAR FROM YOU!!!

And now, without further ado, Let’s Battle!

BLACK DOG by Led Zeppelin

 

CATS IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin

 

PLACE YOUR VOTES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW. Being this is the Championship, both Mary and I have the same exact battles going today, using the exact same videos. We know that the regular BOTBers will be placing duplicate votes. Don’t worry about it; we’re going to take out the duplicates. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOU VISIT EACH OF US. Thank you so much! Thanks for playing along…

VOTING WILL BE OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10th!

And Don’t Forget to visit the other Battles today. First go to Mary’s Jingle Jangle Jungle Dog v Cat Championship battle post and place your vote there. There are links to all participants at BOTB Host Stephen McCarthy. 

For your convenience, I’ve also listed the other cool battles going on with our fun group so be sure to visit and vote on all these battles:

Stephen McCarthy Presents Battle of the Bands

Tossing It Out

The Doglady’s Den

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Curious as a Cathy

Mike’s Ramblings

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me – WELCOME TO MY BAR (Songs with Beverages in the Titles)

We are wrapping up August with a fun Monday’s Music Moves Me theme from this month’s Spotlight Conductor, Mary of Jingle Jangle Jungle. She’s challenged us to feature songs with beverages in the titles. Well, you know me, Bar Queen Extraordinaire. Although it was a while ago, my bar, the Pond Springs Saloon, was a cool beer & wine joint nestled in a northwest Austin neighborhood, complete with a few pool tables, three dart boards and a kickass jukebox, and was home to a bunch of Austin-area locals who liked to hang out in a laid-back establishment. A lot of folks would come in for our famous “fish-bowls,” huge frozen schooners iced in the freezer and filled to the brim with ice cold draft beer.

It was fun to fulfill a long-time dream of creating a neighborhood bar reminiscent of the Town of Niagara/Western New York and Pennsylvania bars and beer joints that I hung out in growing up, first when in tow with my parents who liked to stop and have a few beers with family and friends every now and again, and then when I was sowing my own wild oats in my late teens and early 20s. Although my place was in Texas, it definitely had that “Buffalo-feel”, not only in attitude but in decor too, as evidenced by the Buffalo Bills memorabilia that served not only to showcase my Buffalo pride but also to taunt the resident Dallas Cowboys fans.

Folks came in to hang with friends, to laugh and tell jokes, to share life’s trials and tribulations, to bitch and complain, to spout life philosophies, to boast and embellish life stories, to blow off a little steam, to flirt and try to hook up, to cry in their beers, to drink and sometimes often get drunk and act a fool…All that and other things that people like to do in their favorite home-away-from-home drinking establishment. They sought — and found — a place where everyone knew their names. [We even had our own resident “Norm” (a Cheers reference].

So in that spirit, I’ve opened a virtual bar here at Angels Bark. Here you’ll find a menu of great music categorized and tailored to your beverage of choice. Don’t forget your dollars for the jukebox! Let’s start with an introduction to the overall atmosphere where all kinds are welcome (well, almost all kinds. I’m keeping with the strict policy I had at my old bar: Sorry, no assholes allowed)…

WELCOME TO TRUHLIK’S TAVERN

This first playlist is just to get you in the mood, with some general drinking music, to be followed by a beverage-specific menu. Pull up a stool and hang out for a bit…

Roadhouse Blues by The Doors

Have a Drink on Me by AC/DC

One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer by George      Thorogood

I Drink Alone by George Thorogood

Drunk Americans by Toby Keith

Alcohol by Barenaked Ladies

Cheers theme song

 

Our bartenders are super friendly and aim to please.

WHAT CAN I GET FOR YA?   PICK YOUR POISON

BEER

Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers by ZZ Top

Beer for My Horses by Toby Keith & featuring Willie Nelson

Hold My Beer by Trace Adkins

I Like Girls That Drink Beer by Toby Keith

Hot Beer & Cold Women by Randy Houser

Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer by Billy Currington

A Dozen Roses & a Six-Pack by Cole Swindell

There’s a Tear in My Beer by Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.

 

WINE

Elderberry Wine by Elton John

White Lightning and Wine by Heart

Spill the Wine by Eric Burton and War

Red Wine (Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti) by Woody Guthrie

Red Red Wine by Neil Diamond

Red Red Wine by UB40

Old Red Wine by The Who

Sweet Cherry Wine by Tommy James & the Shondells

God of Wine by Third Eye Blind

Pass the Wine by The Rolling Stones

The Night the Band Got the Wine by Al Stewart

Water with the Wine by Joan Armatrading

Wine into Water by T. Graham Brown

Wine After Whiskey by Carrie Underwood

 

TEQUILA

Tequila Sunrise by the Eagles

Tequila Eyes by Randy Rogers Band

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off by Joe Nichols

Mas Tequila by Sammy Hagar

Mexico, Tequila and Me by Alan Jackson

You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney

Tequila Loves Me by Kenny Chesney

Tattoos & Tequila by Vince Neil

When the Tequila Runs Out by Dawes

My Favorite Wine is Tequila by Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

WHISKEY

Whiskey Rock-a-Roller by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Poison Whiskey by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman by Nazareth

Whiskey River by Willie Nelson (side note: last week I had a Basenji, one of my dog boarders, named ‘Whiskey River’. He was named after this Willie Nelson song and he was a real pistol!)

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) by The Doors

Ain’t Enough Whiskey by Kid Rock

Lace and Whiskey by Alice Cooper

Whiskey and Lace by Krystal Keith

Jack Daniels and Jesus by Chase Rice

Not Enough Whiskey by Keifer Sutherland

Weed, Whiskey and Willie by Brothers Osborne

What Whiskey Does by Randy Houser

Whiskey Girl by Toby Keith

Whiskey in My Water by Tyler Farr

Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy

White Lightning by Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts

Whiskey by Maroon 5 featuring A$AP Rocky

Sunshine and Whiskey by Frankie Ballard

Moonshine by Bruno Mars

Wine After Whiskey by Carrie Underwood

Whiskey Rock-a-Roller LIVE by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Poison Whiskey LIVE by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Whiskey River by Willie Nelson LIVE in Austin Texas on 9/13/1984

 

GIN

Cocaine & Gin by Kid Rock

Cold Gin by Kiss

Of All the Gin Joints in the World by Fall Out Boy

Gin & Juice by Snoop Dog

Gin, Smoke, Lie by Turnpike Troubadours

Gin Soaked Boy by Tom Waits

Gin Bottle Blues by Lightnin Hopkins

Gin Guzzlin’ Frenzy by Mojo Nixon

Gin and Money by Marcy Playground

Misery and Gin by Merle Haggard – Live from Austin Texas 1985

 

RUM

Rum is the Reason by Toby Keith

Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrew Sisters

A Rum Tale by Procol Harum

Rum by Brothers Osborne

Blame It On the Rum by Sunny Jim

Rum Jumbies by Sunny Jim

Haze of the Rum by Jesse Rice featuring Florida Georgia Line

Rum and Somethin’ by Donny Brewer

Rum Day by Cory Young

Rum Phonics by Gene Mitchell

Rummin’ and Chummin’ by John Friday

 

CHAMPAGNE

Champagne & Reefer by Muddy Waters

Champagne High by Sister Hazel

Champagne Kisses by Jessie Ware

Champagne Supernova by Oasis

Pink Champagne by Caitlin Rose

Champagne Life by Ne-Yo

 

SPECIALTY DRINKS

Strange Brew by Cream

(Escape) The Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet

One Mint Julep by Ray Charles

 

And for those Designated Drivers, be sure to head to the Coffee Bar:

COFFEE BAR & OTHER NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Black Coffee in Bed by Squeeze

Coffee Blues by Mississippi John Hurt

One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan

Tea for One by Led Zeppelin

Poprocks and Coke by Green Day

RC Cola and a Moon Pie by NRBQ

Orange Crush by R.E.M.

Apple Cider Reconstitution by Al Stewart

No Milk Today by Herman’s Hermits

Milk It by Nirvana

Milk and Alcohol by Dr. Feelgood

 

Well, it’s Last Call. And as I liked to say back in the day:

“Drink ’em up!

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!”

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked Two other co-hosts recently joined the fun: Alana of Ramlin’ with AM and Naila Moon of Musings & Merriment with Michelle. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below: