Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits From The Past – Week 37

Wake Me Up When It’s All Over

My greatest wish in life is that I could sing. I can’t. I have accepted that. It doesn’t stop me, however, when I hear a song I love. “Wake Me Up is one of those songs. The first version I heard was recorded by Avicii (Tim Bergling, a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer known professionally as Avicii). It was a major hit in 2013, hitting No. 1 in 103 countries. By March 2014, it was the most streamed song ever.

Avicii works with various musicians and singers. Aloe Blacc, the lead vocal in the Avicii’s “Wake Me Up track, later recorded an acoustic version. Blacc is an American musician, songwriter and singer; he wrote the lyrics as well as performing the song.  I like the Aloe Blacc acoustic version best.  How about you?

 

 

In 2013, Blacc released the music video for the acoustic track. Blacc collaborated with the immigrant rights group National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the ABC* Foundation’s Healing Power of Music Initiative. The cast included several real life immigrant activists.  Check out this 2014 interview with Blacc. Strangely enough, I first saw Aloe Blacc on the Graham Norton Show, a British talk show (and one of the best things on TV).

Avicii also recorded an instrumental version with classical crossover string trio Simply Three—no words but the music is pure and sweet. I prefer by music with words but sometimes the strings sing.

 

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Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 36

Censored At School

In 1968 I was in the 8th grade at a small Catholic school. There were only 13 students in my class, all girls because the three boys from our 7th grade escaped to the public school that year.  Yummy, Yummy I got Love in My Tummy was popular, at least the chorus, and kids would sing the chorus at recess. The nun who taught our class, the very strict Sister Mary Matthew, or one of the other nuns, decided the song must be about sex or pregnancy or something. We were told we were not allowed to sing it until someone provided the lyrics for inspection. I have no idea whether or not anyone ever submitted the lyrics—I doubt most of us knew anything except the chorus, which is repeated over and over and over. As with other pop one hit wonders, it faded from memory probably before the nuns stopped worrying about its impact on the morals of teenagers. It seems funny to me now because no matter what it meant it was such an innocuous song.

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The Last Time and The First Time

Johnny Mathis and Jane Oliver

Hugh’s post this week is about first time songs. I couldn’t find anything that really struck me as a first. But I love this hit by two of my favorite artists, Johnny Mathis and Jane Oliver. And if you listen to the lyrics, the last time was the first time.  From the movie Same Time, Next Year, this song was nominated for Best Song at the 1979 Oscars.

More Johnny (1973)

More Jane (1976)

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