Shweta’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt #43 (#6WSP). Travel is this week’s prompt.
Don’t look back. Never look back…
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Song Lyric Sunday 21 June • Mary Don’t you Weep. This week, Jim Adam’s prompt is Mary, Marie or Maria.
Not being his greatest fan, I just love Bruce Springsteen’s albums Born to Run and The Seeger Sessions Band Tour. Here’s his version of the old slave song Mary Don’t You Weep.
Well if I could I surely would Stand on the rock where Moses stood Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't you weep O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't you weep Well Mary wore 3 links of chain On every link was Jesus' name Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't you weep O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn O Mary don't weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep Well one of theses nights bout 12 o'clock This old world is gonna rock Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep Well Moses stood on the Red Sea shore And smote' the water with a two by four Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't weep, don't mourn O Mary don't weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep Well old Mr. Satan he got mad Missed that soul that he thought he had Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't you weep Brothers and sisters don't you cry They'll be good times by and by Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't weep, don't mourn O Mary don't weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't you weep God gave Noah the rainbow sign Said, "No more water but fire next time" Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn O Mary don't weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't weep, don't mourn O Mary don't weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't weep, don't mourn O Mary don't weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't weep O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn Pharaoh's army got drowned O Mary don't
This is what Wikipedia has to say about this song:
“Mary Don’t You Weep” (alternately titled “O Mary Don’t You Weep“, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn“, or variations thereof) is a Spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War – thus it is what scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.” It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals.
The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. Other narratives relate to The Exodus and the Passage of the Red Sea, with the chorus proclaiming Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded!, and to God’s rainbow covenant to Noah after the Great Flood. With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again becomes popular during the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, a song that explicitly chronicles the victories of the Civil Rights Movement, “If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus”, written by Charles Neblett of The Freedom Singers, was sung to this tune and became one of the most well-known songs of that movement.
In 2015 The Swan Silvertones‘s version of the song was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for the song’s “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy”.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102 • A Quiet Moment
Patti Moed is this week’s host. She’s challenging us to capture A Quiet Moment. The lockdown rules in the Netherlands have been relaxed considerably, hence the streets, squares, parks and beaches are filling up with people. Fortunately most of them practise social distancing.
Here’s a short movie that I posted before to give you an impression of what is was like at the height of the lockdown in the otherwise bustling Amsterdam.
Coming back to the challenge at hand, here are some photos that I took at the local tennis club, which is situated in the woods. Near the entrance there is this statue of man lost in thought.
Just opposite this statue is this clock that doesn’t work anymore. It is as if time stands still…
Inside the clubhouse this painting captures a sight seldom seen, three silent women.
So far for this entry in the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102.
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This lonely seat was found on the terrace of the house Al Capone had built in the 1920’s. It is located just west of Havana in Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba.
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Fandango’s Friday Flashback 19 June. Not having blogged that long, I’m re-posting this post from 19 December. To see the ‘rules’ for Fandango’s Friday Flashback, click here.
I just had to type this post as a response to Melissa Blake’s wonderful post on her excellent blog. While I disagree with the title of her post, ‘Forget Those “Best of 2019” Lists: Why 1999 Was Really the Best Year In Pop Culture’, almost just as much as I disagree with her choice of Christina Aguilera’s Genie In A Bottle as the best pop-song ever, I do so sympathize with her paragraph on what she experienced when she first heard this song, which I do find to be a bloody cool pop-song. And I can very much relate to the sentiment of this song scoring with (late) millennials.
While I do believe the whole notion of generation gap (especially when it comes to music) has been vastly overrated, there is an element of truth in it. I was born in the spring of 1959 and thus qualify as one of the last baby-boomers. According to cultural sociologists, who deem themselves worth their salt, the differences between boomers and millennials couldn’t be starker. They are right I guess, as long as they leave music out of the equation.
As of now, 2019 I mean, my all time favorite pop song is from a relatively obscure band called The Stereophonics that dates back to only 2003. It’s called Maybe tomorrow.
Written and produced by frontman Kelly Jones, it was used as the opening theme of the movie Wicker Park (2004) and was played during the credits at the end of the Academy Award-winning movie Crash (2004). Which is when I heard it first, in the Dolby Stereo equipped cinema after seeing that wonderful movie Crash.
I can be brutally brief about its impact, it was one of those rare songs that sent shivers down my spine. Much of the same experience Melissa had (and probably still has) for Genie in a bottle.
I went down the next morning to my favorite record shop and bought the CD… actually two of them. One for the car and the other for the home stereo. And I just hit the repeat button and played it at least twenty-five times.
Robert M. Pirsig, you know, the guy who wrote the classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance way back in the 70s, called this phenomena dynamic quality. But then, even while it might still be your all time favorite pop-song, bar none, you substitute it for another flavor of the month and shelve the CD. But you always remember where and why, this is after all your favorite song, ever. For the time being. The sense of dynamic quality has shifted towards one of static quality.
If there is something like brutally trying to kick in the proverbial open door, it must be saying that music evolves. But the point I’m trying to make here is that your taste in music can evolve too. It can become richer, more balanced, more in tune with the times. In my top 10 of all time favorite pop-songs definitely still is Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath, which dates back to 1971 when I was 12 or so.
For the puritans under you, this was the original single version, which I thought to be, during most of my teenage years to the best pop-song ever. If you’re thinking now this was just me as a 12-year-old rebelling against his classical music upbringing, you’re probably dead right. To a point. It still sits high on my list of all-time favorite pop-songs.
The song that has been on the top spot, in my book, longest is this one from 1972 which has much more of the jazzy soul-like qualities that I remember from my early teens in the Caribbean where I spent the happiest part of my childhood.
Although it stems from 1972, it only registered with me a decade later when I was completely smitten with Sade’s Smooth Operator.
Just goes to show that if you keep an open mind to wherever music goes (no matter how hard that is) you will stumble on new jewels the size off a rock. So please don’t get stuck only with the favorite pop-songs of when you were young.
As, the late, Herman Brood (of the Wild Romance) once famously said before he jumped off the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton: ‘Get your head out of your ass and look around. You just might discover a whole new world.’
It was late last night when I wrote this, and I completely forgot to mention Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain. Street-lengths ahead of any other famous song with an even more famous guitar solo (Led Zepp’s Stairway to Heaven, or Deep Purple’s Child in Time, or even the Eagles’ Hotel California). Just not possible I can hear some nay-sayers think, but first listen, then shiver and then finally you pass judgement.
Let me briefly explain how this song came about. George Clinton, the headman of Funkadelic, tripping on LSD, briefed the late Eddie Hazel to write him a guitar solo as if he’d heard his mother just died. And then he had to turn this solo into hearing the news if his mother wasn’t dead after all. Anyway, the original track was so vastly different from anything Funkadelic stood for that the record company didn’t dare to pt this on their latest album and added it in a nondescript sleeve to it. Or so the story goes…
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Thursday Doors 18 June • A Few Doors In The Same Street
In the previous post all the featured doors are located in the same street. I thought it would be fun to continue that theme.
These are largely the same doors, safe for the glass-in-lead decorations.
For Norm’s Thursday Doors 18 June.
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From my archives. some Classic Jaguar Windows as my entry in Ludwig Keck’s challenge Monday Window 15 June. To paraphrase an old cliché: they don’t make them like these anymore where style takes precedence over functionality.
I had the pleasure to take this cat out for a spin and I must admit, looking in the rear view mirror was akin like peering through a letterbox. But who cares in a Jag like this.
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