Gr8at: California Songs

The heat has been sweltering the last few days.  Seriously, seriously, hot. So following on from my recent Scorching Hot Weather Quiz I’ve chosen my eight favourite songs from a place that knows all about sunshine. Have you heard them all before? Feel free to share any songs about the Golden State you love or how you cope in such hot weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Line(s) of the Day #Dancinginthedark

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You can’t start a fire without a spark

Taken from the song Dancing in the Dark by New Jersey’s finest Bruce Springsteen, from the iconic Born in the USA album (1984). Who doesn’t love Bruce? My favourite song of his will always be Secret Garden (with a soft spot for Thunder Road too), but had to add this to the set. Especially as it has such a great sax solo.

Gr8at: Songs with rain

The weather here has been so bad lately, rain coming down hard and often, that I thought I’d use it as a good thing and post my favourite songs featuring rain in the title. With no particular order (and with apologies to Adele and Led Zeppelin), feel free to choose a favourite or any you want to add.

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Line(s) of the Day #Graceland

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She comes back to tell me she’s gone
As if I didn’t know that
As if I didn’t know my own bed
As if I’d never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead

And she said, “losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow”

Taken from the song Graceland from the album of the same name (1986). Though the song charted badly, it’s gorgeous sound and heartfelt lyrics have always been popular and the album is still considered to be one of the greatest ever.

Line(s) of the Day #AlwaysLookOnTheBrightSideOfLife

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If life seems jolly rotten,
There’s something you’ve forgotten!
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing,
When you’re feeling in the dumps,
Don’t be silly chumps,
Just purse your lips and whistle — that’s the thing!
And always look on the bright side of life.

Taken from the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, as memorably used in the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). The message of the song has become a British anthem, reached number three in the charts in 1991 and was even performed at the 2012 Olympics.

Line(s) of the Day #RocketMan

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And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.

Taken from the song Rocket Man by Elton John from his studio album Honky Château (1972), which is the title to the upcoming biopic of the phenomenally talented English musician. I’ve also posted Can you Feel the Love Tonight, which is my favourite. Feel free to share yours.

Line(s) of the Day #HeyJude

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Hey Jude, don’t make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Taken from the much-loved single Hey Jude by The Beatles in 1968, which unusually wasn’t on any studio album. It was their biggest hit in the US, spending nine weeks at number one, and topped the charts worldwide. It’s long been one of my favourite Beatles songs, along with Tomorrow Never Knows, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, In My Life and The End.

Photography #TearsForFears

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From the 02 arena on Wednesday, where I saw Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal live for the first time. Better known, as course, as Tears For Fears. I listened to them a lot during childhood and so was great to finally see them perform classics like Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Mad World and Head over Heals. Click below for a bonus image.

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Line(s) of the Day #SympathyForTheDevil

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Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul to waste

Taken from the song Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones, from their acclaimed studio album Beggar’s Banquet (1968). I just had to add in another post for the English rock band as I saw them live earlier this year, to add to the songs of Gimme Shelter, Paint it Black and Ruby Tuesday