So over the last couple of days my song hummingness has been a random soundtrack of life. I don’t even have a way to describe it other than crazily random. so, let me share my randomness with you!
- Michael Jackson- Will You Be There (Free Willy Sountrack 1993)
- Indiana Jones theme song (1981)
- Grenade- Bruno Mars (2010) Do Wop and the Hooligans
- Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud (2014)
Chris Rice was one of several artists I chose to listen to when I first started picking my own music. As such, his early songs, along with those of Michael W Smith, Crystal Lewis’ fearless CD, Steven Curtis Chapman, Plus One, True Vibe, and the Katinas hold a special place in my heart.
Today I found myself singing along to “Life Means So Much” from Chris Rice’s Smell the Color Nine CD. Released in 2002, this particular Chris Rice CD is my favorite because it is highly creative, very human, and just a little bit silly. It has a light sound, and leaves a bit of room for our imaginations to wander as it takes us on a musical journey. Definitely worth listening to.
The portion stuck in my head today is the following verse:
“Every day is a bank account
And time is our currency
So no one’s rich, nobody’s poor
We get twenty-four hours each
So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who’s under”
I grew up on Veggie Tales. This clip is adorable. Enjoy a little laugh at the silliness.
Frank Sinatra was actually not the first person to sing this song. It was written ten years before by Bart Howard, and sung the same year (1954) by Kaye Ballard. Sinatra’s version, however, is the better known for two reasons:
1-He is Sinatra: one of the most beloved Crooners of his time. There are many songs previously sung by others that are credited to him.
2- Sinatra’s version of the song, released in 1964, and originally known as “In other words”, was associated with the Apollo space program.
“Frank Sinatra’s 1964 recording of “Fly Me To The Moon” became closely associated with NASA’s Apollo space program. A copy of the song was played on the Apollo 10 mission which orbited the Moon. It became “the first music ever heard on the Moon” when played on a portable cassette player by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin after he stepped onto the Moon.The song’s association with Apollo 11 was reprized many years later when Diana Krall sang it at the mission’s 40th anniversary commemoration ceremony. She also sang a “slow and solemn version” in 2012 at the national memorial service for Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong“
As a lover of stargazing, I greatly enjoy this song. It carries me away on a cloud as my imagination soars, and my romantic side is fed. This has to be one of my favorite Sinatra works.
Released on October 10th 1994, by the husband and wife song group, Out of the Grey.
This song is one of nostalgia for me. I remember listening to it along with many other ‘contemporary christian’ works of the time. All I can say is “enjoy!”
I have had “Pure Imagination” from the classic movie Willy Wonka stuck in my head for two days now. Released in 1971, this movie tells the story of a young boy named Charlie, and his trip to the wonder filled chocolate factory which is the creation of willy wonka. Filled with funny quips and phrases, and nonsensical methods of candy making, this over the top movie was a hit with children, and continues to be so until this day.
The song itself brings out the childhood qualities of wonder and imagination even in many of the adults who watch the movie (adults like me.)
I don’t know what it is about this song, but it melts my heart. Maybe it is the sincerity with which it is sung, maybe it’s the simple thought of having someone love whole heatedly and without resolve: a never leave you, choose to never stop, type of love. Whatever it is, as Frank Sinatra’s voice echoes agian and again in my head today, “and if I’m gonna love you, it’s for sure I’m gonna love you all the way,” it melds with my own soul. I believe this is the only true kind of love: a forever love. Love that is not a feeling, but a choice. Yes, there are times of absolute enchantment, infatuation, head over heels love, but the steadfast, when-I’m-not-feeling-it-I-still-choose-to-love you… That love: That love is real. That love is my kind of love. That love resonates with my very being.
(i’ll add video later. no access to link currently)