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  • As a student of song origins I was fascinated to find all the links you kindly provided and checked each one. What I find is that Mercedes Sosa

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    • Quincy Jones tells of the time when he was on Frank

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      • Hank Cochran died today. He nearly made it to his 75th birthday. Hank

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        • I know,

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          • Quote Originally Posted by Mark Blackburn
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            As a student of song origins I was fascinated to find all the links you kindly provided and checked each one. What I find is that Mercedes Sosa


            music and social stuff | The Forgotify Files | A Year of Songs | mutant pop on facebook | roots acoustic on facebook


            The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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            • Quick question: What does the word

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              • My Rifle, My Pony, and Me . . .



                Seven years before he wrote his Academy Award-winning words to Johnny Mandel

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                • My Rifle, My Pony, and Me . . .



                  One of my favorites. It's a top request when I sing to the kids at bedtime.



                  Thanks for your great posts Mark.



                  Shane

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                  • First, a big thank you to Shane. You made my day -- picturing you singing requests at bedtime: is there any better way to end the day?



                    I came here today to sing the praises of Carly Simon

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                    • You can't copyright a song title (you knew that) and Wikipedia lists at least eight songs with the same title, "STAY WITH ME." None of them the one I was looking for -- the one recorded by Frank Sinatra (at his vocal peak in 1963) and played earlier this hour on satellite radio by Rod McKuen.



                      And who is he? Well for the 30-somethings who (I

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                      • Thought I'd straighten out the layout to bring better light to this wonderful rhyme and cadence. Nice...



                        Though I grow and I blunder

                        And I
                        Thomas Jefferson said... "The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." hmmm...

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                        • Raquel Welch, the sexiest woman of my generation, (see p 4 of this thread) alluded, in a recent interview, to the

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                          • As if to say to me,

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                            • I think you need a blog, Mark.





                              music and social stuff | The Forgotify Files | A Year of Songs | mutant pop on facebook | roots acoustic on facebook


                              The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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                              • Frank made the remark midway through his "live" performance (in April 1987 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas) of his favorite Carolyn Leigh song -- WITCHCRAFT. Channel 75 satellite radio played it earlier this day. On another thread, someone asked "what's your favorite line" in a song?" This song, with words by Carolyn Leigh set to Cy Coleman's wonderful melody, contains several of my favorites. For those who never heard it before . . .



                                "Those fingers in my hair, that sly, 'come-hither' stare -- that strips my conscience bare -- it's Witchcraft. And I've got no defence for it, the heat is too intense for it, what good would common-sense for it, do?



                                'Cause it's witchcraft! crazy witchcraft -- and although, I know, it's strictly taboo . . .



                                [bridge]



                                When you arouse the need in me, my heart says, 'Yes, indeed!' in me; proceed, with what you're leading me to!



                                [At which point Sinatra interrupts himself with a laugh to say, "One of the dirtiest songs I ever heard!]



                                It's such an ancient pitch, but one I'd never switch! 'Cause there's no nicer witch . . . than YOU.



                                -- Carolyn Leigh (1957)

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