Mke’s Music Monday #24

1966 was a memorable year for many things, most notably for me, apart from my 12th birthday, was a certain World Cup final. ⚽  It was also the year that this song was released by the Elgins.  Wind forward 6 (or was it 5? 😉) years and whenever my older brother and I would go down to the local Bailey’s night club in Hull, this song was almost always playing as we walked in.   Whenever I hear it, I’m transported back to that circular dance floor and the coloured flashing lights!

It was only by chance that I found this video which begins with the white rose emblem of my beloved home county. 😁

 

Mike’s Music Monday #23

We come a little more up to date this week with a modern classic (in my view obviously) by M People.  It’s quite an inspirational song, so I thought I’d add the lyrics below.  Heather Small’s voice is simply incredible, but I love the saxophone pieces which run throughout.  These are played by a guy called “Snake” Davis, who I had the pleasure of watching live a few years ago now.  The man is a genius.

Sometimes the river flows but nothing breathes.
A train arrives but never leaves.
It’s a shame.
Oh life – like love that walks out of the door,
Of being rich or being poor.
Such a shame.
But it’s then, then that faith arrives
To make you feel at least alive.
And that’s why you should keep on aiming high,
Just seek yourself and you will shine.
You’ve go to search for the hero inside yourself,
Search for the secrets you hide.
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life.
In this life, long and hard though it may seem,
Live it as you’d live a dream.
Aim so high.
Just keep the flame of truth burning bright.
The missing treasure you must find
because you and only you alone
can build a bridge across the stream.
Weave your spell in life’s rich tapestry –
Your passport to a feel supreme.
You’ve go to search for the hero inside yourself,
Search for the secrets you hide.
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life.
Search inside yourself. (You’ve got to search)
Search inside yourself. (You’ve got to search)
Search inside yourself. (You’ve got to search)
You’ve go to search for the hero inside yourself,
Search for the secrets you hide.
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life.
You’ve go to search for the hero inside yourself,
Search for the secrets you hide.
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life.
You’ve got to.
(Search inside yourself)
You’ve got to.
(Search inside yourself)
You’ve got to.
(Search inside yourself)
Search.

Mike’s Music Monday #20

One of the more modern songs in my collection, is this one by Ann Lee, called 2 Times, which was released in March 1999.  It’s rather quirky but, for some reason, I like it.  And, I have to confess, I hadn’t seen this video until I created this post.  I think it detracts a little from the song, so you might like to just close your eyes and listen… 🙂

Mike’s Music Monday #19

It’s quite timely that I should have posted this picture of my two good friends Ian and Martin, as Joe Jackson was a particular favourite of Ian’s and the song always reminds me of a camping holiday that the three of us had in Guernsey in the summer of 1979.  We travelled over on the ferry when the infamous Fastnet storms were beginning.  The boat was pitching and rolling all the way.  Almost everyone on the ship was ill except the 3 of us, who could be found propping up the bar.

Martin played on the wing for York Rugby Union Football Club and was quick as well as strong and he decided to enter the Guernsey Open Athletics Championship.  He chose to compete in  the 100 metres and the Shot Putt event.  (Not many people attempt that ‘double’!)  Ian and I didn’t want to be left out so we recruited another 100m sprinter to form a 4x100m relay team.  We finished 4th out of 5, beating the team put together by the 1500m runners, who had finished their own race only about 20 minutes before!

It’s those sort of holidays that bond friendships for the rest of your life.  Even today, 40 years on, you may hear one of us say “Is she really going out with him?” 🤣

 

 

Mike’s Music Monday #18

We’re now into August and I’m guessing that many of you might be on vacation somewhere, so I thought a ‘holiday’ song might be appropriate.  (No it’s not Madonna this time).  Alternatively, if you’re still working, I hope this brightens up your day… (And, no, that’s not me in the straw hat part way through the video!)

 

Mike’s Music Monday #13

My favourite number is 13.  I was born on a 13th (not a Friday, unfortunately) but I’ve never been superstitious.  I deliberately walk under ladders.  So for number 13 on my hit list, I had to pick a song which is very special.  It’s been viewed over 75 million times on YouTube, so there must be a few people out there who will like this.

For a while, there was phenomenon going around called Rickrolling, where this song would be played in places where you would least expect it.  Well, this is not one of them, (but I reserve the right to pop in a link to it in future 😉).

Watch out for the barman doing a jump where he touches his hands with his feet.  Incredible – just like the song!

Mike’s Music Monday #12

This week we’re back to the early 80’s with a disco classic.  It’s certainly a flashback for me to the ‘good old days’ and many of you will need some imagination to enjoy it.  Certainly my friends (who I’m currently walking with in Northumberland) will hate this song.   So it’s just as well we may well be out of wifi range!