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Sing, Sing, Sing!

Wow, talk about some great music! Okay, the merits of Taylor Swift’s tunes may be arguable, but hearing a couple of characters perform “Shake It Off” in Sing got me hooked on this one. It is the most recent song on the whole list. Hmm, that could be taken as a commentary on a lot of modern music, could it not, readers?

Have fun dancing to the beat – and don’t forget to “Shake It Off”!

Later,

The Mithril Guardian

 

Wake Me Up, Before You Go-Go – Wham!

 

Under Pressure – Queen

 

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

 

I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner

 

Africa – Toto

 

Rosanna – Toto

 

Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper

 

Invincible – Pat Benatar

 

More Oldies But Goodies

Here are some more “oldies but goodies” for you to enjoy, readers! Is it just me, or is this stuff better than a lot of the newer music being produced by a lot of companies today?

Don’t get me wrong – I like several new artists very, very much. But they’re few and far between; music like this just strikes a better chord with me. (Pun intended, more or less.) There’s just something about these songs that makes them superior to a lot of the new noise being created now, in my opinion.

Anyway, here are some “retro” tunes to brighten your day, readers. Enjoy!

The Mithril Guardian

 

All Out of Love – Air Supply

 

Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply

 

It’s All Been Done – Barenaked Ladies

 

Better Not Look Down – BB King

 

The Tide Is High – Blondie

 

One Way or Another – Blondie

 

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Blood, Sweat, & Tears

 

Three Is a Magic Number – Bob Dorough

 

Right On My Way Home – Bob Dorough

 

You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

 

Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly

 

You Might Think – The Cars

 

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

Lights, Camera – ABBA!

Yes, I saw the film Mamma Mia! No, that is not where I first heard ABBA. Did you know ABBA was offered about a billion dollars to go on tour again, but they all turned the offer down? Talk about class!

Want to know something else interesting? Not one member of ABBA could speak English when they were originally performing. They memorized and sang the words for their songs, but they did not actually understand English. You would never know that when you heard them perform, though! 🙂

Okay, history lesson over. Go have fun thanking ABBA for the music!

The Mithril Guardian

 

Dancing Queen

 

Knowing Me, Knowing You

 

Take A Chance on Me

 

Mamma Mia

 

Lay All Your Love (On Me)

 

Super Trooper

 

I Have a Dream

 

S. O. S.

 

Fernando

 

Voulez-Vous

 

One of Us

 

The Name of the Game

 

Thank You for the Music

 

Waterloo

Brave-ly Done (More Disney Music)

Every child is influenced by the entertainment they are shown. I am fortunate in that I saw many Disney movies as a child. I do not like every Disney movie out there, but most of them are hard to dislike. After all, Walt Disney was not in the habit of writing trash. He was one of those rare entertainers who earned money as a reward for telling a good story, not telling any old story just to make a dollar. *Sigh.* We could use a few more storytellers like that these days!

Anyway, readers, here are some more Disney songs which I would like to share with you. I hope you enjoy them! After all, it’s…

“A Whole New World!”

The Mithril Guardian

Brave

Touch the Sky

Aladdin

Arabian Nights

One Jump Ahead

Friend Like Me

Prince Ali

A Whole New World

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

I’m Wishing

A Smile and a Song

Whistle While You Work

Heigh-Ho!

Scrub in the Tub

The Dance in the Dwarfs’ Cottage

 

Robin Hood

Ooo De Lally

Love Goes On

A Pox on that Phony King of England

Not In Nottingham

 

 

The Jungle Book

Elephant Patrol

Bare Necessities

I Want to Be Like You

That’s What Friends Are For

 

Mulan

You’ll Bring Honor to Us All

Reflection

I’ll Make a Man Out of You

A Girl Worth Fighting For

True to Your Heart

 

 

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

We Are One

Upendi

Not One of Us

Love Will Find A Way

 

(I know it’s not technically a Disney movie, but they are the ones who translated it into English, so….)

The Secret World of Arietty

The Pirates of Penzance

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Years ago, I met a group practicing for a play. It was a Gilbert and Sullivan play, but I did not know that at the time. I enjoyed the singing and the lyrics, and one of the friends with me at the time said that I had to see The Pirates of Penzance.

I was more amenable to the idea than I might normally have been. There was something in the practice session that hinted at a great story worth seeing, and so I readily agreed to watch a film of the play.

A film copy of the play was found soon after. Starring Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Angela Lansbury, George Rose, and several others, it promised to be a great deal of fun. And that, I soon discovered, was the understatement of the year. As the story started I began to smile. Within five minutes I was choking on giggles. In ten, I was laughing out loud.

For those of you who do not know, Gilbert and Sullivan were two playwrights who wrote comedies in the late nineteenth century. Both were knighted and neither of them could stand the other. They each had aspirations to be the greatest in their respective fields and this meant that neither of them wanted to write comedies, especially if it meant they had to work together all the time. This was in spite of the fact that they were making a veritable killing at this work. The weary duo ended their partnership some time before they died, to the dismay of their fans. Sullivan, who was the younger, died first.

The Pirates of Penzance is one of their best known plays, along with H. M. S. Pinafore and The Mikado. In Penzance we are introduced to a Pirate King (Kevin Kline) and his scurvy crew. The crew is having a celebration for their young apprentice, Frederic (Rex Smith), who turns twenty-two today and thus ends his indentured servitude to them. How did Frederic become indentured to a pirate gang?

It turns out that his nurse, Ruth (Angela Lansbury), misheard Frederic’s father when he gave her a commission. Frederic’s father wanted his son apprenticed to a pilot, but Ruth misheard him and thought he said pirate. So she accidentally indentured eight year old Frederic to the Pirate King’s crew!

Frederic does not hold this misunderstanding against Ruth – it is an easy mistake to make, after all. He has come to know the pirates aboard the ship over the years and likes them all individually. But the fact is that they are pirates, the scourge of the sea, the plague of merchantmen, the locusts of seaports. And so in a general way Frederic hates the pirates he grew up with as the vilest scum of the Earth. And in the abstract he cannot believe that he has been duty-bound to help them ply their terrible trade from the time he was eight years old.

The pirates do not hold this against him, though, since they cannot seem to “make piracy pay.” Frederic knows why this is; because they are orphans, the pirates give orphans a free pass. And word of this nobility on their part has gotten out. The last three ships they tried to take were all manned by orphans, so the pirates spared them.

If you are saying, “Yeah, right,” you would be correct. Frederic points out that everyone knows England does not recruit orphans to crew its merchantmen; they need men with families and titles to command the ships. But because the Pirates of Penzance are known to spare orphans, the crews for these ships pretended to be orphans in order to escape them.

Once the clock strikes noon, Frederic sets out from the pirate ship, taking Ruth with him. Ruth is an older lady by now, but she is the only woman Frederic has seen and known since he was eight. He expects to marry her, a prospect she very much likes, since otherwise she will die an old maid with no one to take care of her.

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But on pulling up to an English beach, Frederic espies a group of girls his own age come to the waterside to have a little fun. Finding Ruth has lied to him about her age and beauty, he casts her off before going to see if one of these young ladies will marry him.

His attempt almost ends in disaster. But one of the girls, Mabel (Linda Ronstadt), appears on the scene before all hope is lost in the young man’s heart. It seems that she lagged behind the other girls and only caught up with them to hear Frederic’s entreaty for a wife. She tells him to “take her heart,” and he is quite happy to do so…

Then the Pirates show up, and the fun kicks into high gear!

There is another version of The Pirates of Penzance which is worth a viewing as well. This one was performed in New York with Patricia Routledge, the lead actress in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, portraying Ruth. If you ever saw her as Hyacinth ‘Bucket’ Bouquet and thought she had a terrible voice, you will be surprised to hear her singing here. She pulled a fast one on those of us who watched Keeping Up Appearances, I can tell you!

Have fun with The Pirates of Penzance, readers!

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Songs of Laughter

We all need a laugh every once in a while. It literally adds years to our lives. The songs below are some of the funniest I have ever heard, so I am recommending them to you, readers. Here’s hoping you are rolling on the floor laughing by the time you finish this post!

Enjoy!

The Mithril Guardian

The Streak – Ray Stevens

I Love Rocky Road – Weird Al Yankovic

Ned Nostril – Ray Stevens

American Pie – Don McClean

The Saga Begins – Weird Al Yankovic

The Mississippi Squirrel Revival – Ray Stevens

The Truck Got Stuck – Corb Lund

Sports Song – Weird Al Yankovic

Sittin’ Up with the Dead – Ray Stevens

The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen

Erik the Awful – Ray Stevens                       

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens

Shriner’s Convention – Ray Stevens

Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina

Joggin’ – Ray Stevens

Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton

Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens – Ray Stevens

The Witch Doctor – Alvin & The Chipmunks

Ahab the Arab – Ray Stevens

Assorted Tunes – From Enya to Skillet

This post has an odd assortment of songs included.  Below you will find Enya songs rubbing elbows with Skillet tunes and one song by Hillary Scott.  Despite the strangeness of this collection, I hope you enjoy at least a couple of the songs.  If you do, then my work here is done.

‘Til next time!

The Mithril Guardian

The Humming by Enya

 

Echoes In Rain by Enya

 

So I Could Find My Way by Enya

 

Dark Sky Island by Enya

 

Aniron by Enya

(The theme for Aragorn and Arwen, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.)

 

May It Be by Enya

 

Thy Will Be Done by Hillary Scott

 

Lions by Skillet

 

Stars by Skillet