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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Friday, March 18, 2016

Music and Words Award #MWA

My dear friends

Michele at Angels Bark,

Debbie the Doglady at

The Doglady's Den, and

Cathy at Curious as a Cathy,

along with my good buddy

Jeffrey at J.A. Scott,  

recently gave me the

Music & Words Award!

Thank you very much, Michele, Debbie, Cathy
and Jeffrey!  This award is quite an honor
and I deeply appreciate your kindness.

The Music & Words Award was created by
music fan Andrea aka Miss Andi for the
purpose of acknowledging and bringing
together music loving bloggers from
all over the world and sharing info
about artists and music of all genres.

No one is obligated to accept the MWA,
but those who do are asked to
follow these five steps:

1.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
2.) Answer the questions with words AND music.
3.) Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire
     you with their posts about music. Be sure to
     notify them about the award.
4.) Tag your post with #MWA for Music & Words
     Award so we can all find you down the line.
5.) Quote these 5 steps and display the award icon
     in your post and also on your sidebar if you wish.

THE Q & A:

Q1: What does music mean to you?

To me music is magic. Music is a miracle.
I learned to beat on drums but was never
very good at making music. Fortunately
I developed the capacity to appreciate
music that others make. Songs form the
soundtrack of my life. Each one triggers
memories of good times and bad. Some
music soothes and relaxes me. Some
music stimulates, inspires and
motivates me. Some music
tugs at my heartstrings.
My tastes in music are
eclectic to say the least.

Take for example this performance by
18 year old Deanna Durbin in the final
scene of her 1940 film It's a Date which
co-starred Kay Francis and Walter Pidgeon.
Deanna's glorious rendition of "Ave Maria,"
the masterpiece by Austrian composer
Franz Schubert, reduces me to tears.
Never in my life have I experienced
a performance more powerful or
more moving. Watch the whole
thing and let it get inside your
head, your heart and your soul.

"Ave Maria" - Deanna Durbin 
(scene from 1940 film It's a Date)

Close to the opposite end of the spectrum is one
of my favorite hard rock/blues rock recordings,
"Never in My Life," performed by Mountain,
a band from Long Island, NY, led by singer
and guitarist Leslie West and bassist/vocalist
Felix Pappalardi. These guys don't pussyfoot
around. They get right to the point!

When I wake up in the morning
You make me feel so good
Bringing me a shot of whisky
and a little bit of lovin' too

"Never In My Life" - Mountain
(from March 1970 album Climbing!)

Q2: What is your first music-related memory?

My very first music-related memory was
watching The Dinah Shore Show. The former
radio singing star's TV series made its debut
as I was turning two years of age and I
watched it every week with my parents.
Dinah's live show was sponsored by
Chevrolet and a highlight of every
broadcast (after 1952) was Dinah
singing the famous Chevy ad jingle
"See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet."

"See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet"
Dinah Shore (from a 1953 episode
of The Dinah Shore Show)

Q3: What was the first album you purchased yourself?

I credit my cousin with turning me on
to the sound of Johnny Rivers performing
live at the Whisky a Go Go niteclub on
the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

Johnny's live album
Here We a Go Go Again!
was the first LP I ever bought.

"Midnight Special" - Johnny Rivers
(Feb./Mar. 1965, highest chart position #20,
live on Mar. 9, 1965 episode of Hullabaloo)

Q4: What was the latest music you purchased?
(No online streaming or free downloads,
I’m talking about cash here!)

The latest music I purchased was the CD single
"Headlights," an international hit by German DJ
and producer Robin Schulz featuring the vocals
of California singer/songwriter Ilsey Juber.
Listen from the beginning to at least the
1:15 mark of the video and feel a wave
of ecstasy sweep over you!

"Headlights" - Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey
(Apr. 2015, h.c.p. #17 US Dance/Electronic,
#2 Australia and Austria, from
 Sept. 2015 album Sugar)

Q5: Which song did you listen to last?
(No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)

(That Q5 question is verbatim from Miss Andi's
rule book.) Dirty pleasures? I've got them up the
ying yang, but the good news is I am no longer
listening to heavy metal to the exclusion of
nearly everything else. The bad news is I
am now into K-pop, house and gangsta rap.

The last song I listened to before finishing
this post is performed by another exciting
act that I recently discovered - Marian Hill.
Marian Hill is not the name of a solo singer.
It's the name of a Philadelphia duo made up
of vocalist Samantha Gongol and electronic
production artist Jeremy Lloyd. The name
Marian Hill comes from characters in the
musical The Music Man: Harold Hill and
Marian Paroo. Rolling Stone describes
Marian Hill's style as "fused R&B, elec-
tronica and saxophone-heavy jazz
influences." Speaking of sax-heavy,
listen as Samantha and Jeremy are
accompanied by the extraordinary
playing of sax man Steve Davit
as the trio performs "Got It," a
song from Marian Hill's 2015
EP Sway and the soundtrack
of the musical fantasy drama
film Jem and the Holograms.
Marian Hill: minimal sound -
maximum impact!

"Got It" - Marian Hill
 (from Feb. 2015 EP Sway &
soundtrack of Oct. 2015 movie
Jem and the Holograms)


"If you go looking for a friend,

you're going to find they're very scarce.

If you go out to be a friend,

you'll find them everywhere."

- Zig Ziglar

I adopted Zig Ziglar's philosophy eight years ago
when I started blogging. The bloggers I have come
to admire most make it clear that they share Zig's
philosophy. I am passing this award along to five
such people. These five love music and present
it on their blogs. They are also loyal, faithful
friends who show up for me. Any or all of
them might already have been chosen
for this award by other bloggers.
 Nevertheless, I like to give
credit where it is due and
I wish to acknowledge
them as well.

Here are my 5 nominees for
the Music and Words Award:

Sherry Ellis at Mama Diaries.
Music is Sherry's middle name.
 (Mine is Danger.) A well known and
respected author of children's books,
Sherry is also a professional musician
who plays and teaches violin, viola
 and piano. (Meanwhile, I'm still
learning how to wave bye-bye.)
Sherry has become one of my
most faithful friends, one who
reminds me there is a world
of great music beyond the
narrow scope of pop and
rock, and that some of
it is being made by
Sherry herself!

Chris Martin at Tilting at Windmills. 
Chris and I have built a great friendship
based on a mutual love of music and an
abundance of shared humor. Chris and
I enjoy introducing new and different
artists to each other. We are the kind
of guys who appreciate the stats and
trivia related to the music. I always
learn a lot when I hop into Chris's
Friday Time Machine.

My dear Texas friend Holli presents a selection
of her favorite songs in nearly every post. I like
the way she describes how her favorite artists
and songs make her feel. I have a genuine
connection with Holli and I always learn
something new from her posts. Holli is a
loyal friend, a valued friend, and I am
deeply grateful to have her support!

A gifted poet and photographer, Abigail is also
an accomplished musician. She plays banjo to
beat the band but her musical interests extend
beyond country and bluegrass. Abigail shares
my eclectic taste and enjoys visiting SDMM
and learning about all types of music, past
and present. A devoted friend and follower
since the age of 17, Abigail is an inspiration
and a treasure to me. Abigail richly deserves
all the recognition she is getting and I wish
to share this award with her.

Jessica has proven herself to be a great friend.
I admire her for thinking outside the box and
having an extremely wide range of interests
that go far beyond music to include writing,
poetry, travel, fine dining, cooking and an
endless series of educational experiences.
Jessica isn't afraid to post rap and rock,
and that makes her a kindred spirit.

Michele Truhlik, Debbie the Doglady,
Cathy Kennedy and Jeffrey Scott
would all be included on the above list
had they not already tagged me for
this award. All four are what I call
"full service bloggers" and "full
service friends." They connect
with me by blog and by email
and take a genuine interest
in who I am and what I am
doing. Their taste in music
is very similar to mine which
is always a plus. I couldn't ask
for better friends in the blogging
community than Michele, Debbie,
Cathy and Jeffrey. Thank you again,
all four of you, for bestowing
this special honor on me!

Have a Shady day!


  1. Congratulations!

    I remember us watching that Deanna Durbin movie a few years ago. She was a precocious, world class operatic singer-- and her performance of "Ave Maria" is one of the greatest moments ever captured on film. I was not familiar with Mountain-- but they make my kind of rock. The Marian Hill electronic jazz combo is a very exciting discovery! I think they should permanently add the sax player to the act because he is sensational-- what a sound the three of them create!

    Congratulations again, Shady!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you very much! Needless to say, I was overjoyed when we watched that series of Deanna Durbin movies a few years ago and you gave Deanna's vocal performances a big thumbs up. I might add that she was a wonderful actress, too, and I'm sure you agree on that as well.

      I have always loved that track by Mountain. Bass player and singer Felix Pappalardi was also a record producer and famously worked with Cream on their second album Disraeli Gears. Sadly, Felix died at age 43, shot to death by his wife.

      I am thrilled that you recognize the greatness of that Philly duo turned trio, Marian Hill. I love their sparse sound. It reminds me of Timmy Thomas and his enthralling minimal-art hit "Why Can't We Live Together."

      Thank you again for joining me today, dear Kathryn. Let's have a great weekend!

  2. Congratulations! I love reading the answers to these and I knew yours would not disappoint!

    1. Hey, Mike!

      Thanks, good buddy! In this post I hope you found a couple of new artists that interest you. Check out the throaty sax work on "Got It" !!!

      Thanks again for coming over, good buddy Mike, and have a great weekend!

  3. Wow, friend, what a post. I throughout enjoy how you included the music/videos along with your post, instead of just making us look them up or open them in a new window. Thank you so much for the kind words and award notification/nomination! I am more than happy to receive this award and will have fun putting together the post.
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi, dear Abigail!

      Thank you for coming by to pick up your award, sweet friend. No one deserves it more than you. In the last two years you have opened up my ears to a whole new category of music appreciation - the banjo and bluegrass bands. For that I am grateful. For your faithful friendship I am also grateful!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the post, dear friend Abigail, and I look forward to yours. Please give Daisy a treat for me and enjoy your weekend!

  4. Congratulations, Shady. I remember Deanna, Dinah, & Johnny... good memories!

    I also enjoyed hearing "Headlights" - Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey. Such a quirky, but peppy voice!

    love this post!

    1. Hi, dear Dixie!

      It's always a pleasure to welcome you back here, dear friend, and I thank you for coming by to check out my answers and music picks.

      I am excited to know that you remember the oldest of these offerings and that you enjoyed Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey. Ilsey Juber is a gifted singer and songwriter. Here's another Ilsey recording I think you will enjoy, a song she co-wrote and recorded with Kaskade:

      Here's an interesting piece of trivia. According to Wiki, Ilsey's grandpa is Sherwood Schwartz, the TV producer behind Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch.

      Thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Dixie!

    2. Thanks for the song link. I'll check it out!

    3. I hope you like it, Dixie, and I hope Ilsey Juber continues to write, sing and record songs. I like her voice a lot!

      Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend!

  5. Great selection of songs and memories. I recently acquired a DVD called 1001 Classic TV Commercials. I'm amazed how many TV shows back in the day suddenly branched out into a full blown commercial, as the Dinah Shore video illustrated.

    The Marion Hill song was really good and got even better with the inclusion of the saxophone.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thank you for coming by, good buddy, and thank you again for sharing this award with me. I'm happy to know you enjoyed the post. That DVD of vintage TV commercials most likely includes many that I remember from boyhood. You're right. Radio and movie stars who landed their own TV series later in their careers were often required to do live commercials for the show's sponsors. Those commercials could run several minutes long, taking up a considerable block of air time. I'm glad you enjoyed the clip from The Dinah Shore Show. Another early childhood memory of mine is comedian Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, a carry-over from radio. As Wiki explains: "When the television version launched on June 8, 1948, Texaco also made sure its employees were featured prominently throughout the hour, usually appearing as smiling "guardian angels" performing good deeds of one or another kind, and a quartet of Texaco singers opened each week's show with the following theme song:

      "Oh, we're the men of Texaco
      We work from Maine to Mexico
      There's nothing like this Texaco of ours!

      Our show is very powerful
      We'll wow you with an hour full
      Of howls from a shower full of stars.

      We're the merry Texaco men
      Tonight we may be showmen
      Tomorrow we'll be servicing your cars! "

      I'm jazzed to know you enjoyed the Philly duo Marian Hill and the trio that included saxophonist Steve Davit.

      Thanks again for your visit, your comment, and for giving me the MWA, good buddy Jeffrey!

  6. I love vintage stuff. Speaking of which, make sure you stop by on Monday when I'll be 'revealing' something neat to everyone!!!
    The only clue I will give is it's song related but not song related.

    1. Hi again, Jeffrey!

      That's a baffling clue, for sure, good buddy. I can't wait until Monday to see what you have for us.

      Thanks again!

  7. Thank you for the nomination, dear friend! I am going to work on my entry now. :)

    How do I link my award on the side bar?

    1. Hi, dear Jessica!

      I'm happy that you are pleased to receive the MWA. You deserve it! I'm afraid I can't assist you in linking back to this site from yours. Maybe somebody else can.

      Anyway, I am eager to see your acceptance post, dear friend JM, and once again, congratulations!

  8. Okay, that Marian Hill is some of the oddest stuff I've listened to yet. I had no idea what K-pop was, so I looked it up and listened to a random selection- not bad, although the particular selection- performed by a group of schoolgirls in uniform- gave me a feeling like Aqualung, ifyaknowwhatImean.

    Of course, the biggest star of the post is the '53 Chevy! A hair before my time, but I definitely remember the jingle from somewhere. I learned much about the world before school from commercials, so that's not a huge surprise.

    Thank you for the great write-up! Everything's good when Johnny Rivers gets a mention!

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for dropping in to pick up your award trophy. Marian Hill has a sparse, minimal sound, but I think they're terrific, certainly not the same old formula you hear in much of today's pop music. I'm delighted to know you remember "See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet," probably the first song I ever memorized and sang as a tiny tot. Glad you dig Johnny Rivers, too.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Chris, and have a safe and scrappy weekend!

  9. Interesting selections - I expected nothing less. Not familiar with that Mountain song. And I do remember the Dinah Shore Show.
    Ironic that I'm a musician and no one has picked me yet. Perhaps they know my selections would scare them...

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! I'm surprised you aren't familiar with the Mountain band and their signature song "Never In My Life." I've been fond of it since I first heard it in college. The Dinah Shore Show was one of my mother's favorite TV shows. As you might recall and as Wiki reminds us: << She always ended her televised programs by throwing an enthusiastic kiss directly to the cameras (and viewers) and exclaiming "MWAH!" to the audience. >>

      I'm surprised you haven't been nominated for the MWA, Alex. Popular as you are, I think everybody assumed you would be and that's how you managed to slip through the cracks until now. My rationale in sharing this award was to pick people who aren't as well known in the blogging community and to give them some well deserved encouragement and recognition. I'm sure you can understand that.

      Thanks again for coming, good buddy Alex, and have a great weekend!

  10. Another wonderful post, my friend! Course, you had me at Johnny Rivers;-) I vaguely remember Dinah Shore but I really enjoyed that Chevy/America song! It made me want to jump in my jeep and go see something.
    Ave Maria, now there's an evocative classic. It's just one of those songs that whether you're reduced to tears or completely enchanted, you're undeniably awed. Well, at least I am :-)
    I couldn't open Mountain and truly did not know what to think about Marian Hill (very different than anything I normally prefer) but I can't ever resist a good saxophone;-)
    So glad for you receiving the award, can't think of anything more fitting for someone who never fails to amuse, amaze and entertain! Is forever too long to ask you to keep it up, dear Shady?

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for dropping by and for this masterpiece of a comment!

      I don't think there's a person alive who doesn't like the soulful singing of Johnny Rivers. I'm very thankful to my cousin Bill for turning me on to Johnny's three Whisky A Go Go albums. I'm sorry you couldn't get the Mountain video to play. Is Arizona considered a different country? :) Maybe you can find another video of it on YouTube. It's rock solid rock from 1970 - "Shady Dell - The College Years." I usually don't like jazz all that music but Marian Hill's electronic approach captured my imagination. I listen to "Got It" again and again and like it more every time.

      Thank you again for your visit and for your loyal friendship and support, dear friend Diedre. My next post one week from now is the My Life According To... Music Challenge. (I moved it up from May.) I hope you enjoy what I put together for you.

      Have a terrific weekend, dear friend!


  11. Class act, that Shady! You certainly deserve the award X4, (X100)!!!
    I really liked your last (listened to) song, "I got it"! It had a different sound.
    Keep up the quality blogging but most of all, that Shady humor!

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you very much for coming by to read and listen to my MWA acceptance post.

      I was betting that you would enjoy Marian Hill. They certainly do have a unique sound. I hope they soon release a CD album. I'll be first in line to buy it.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit this evening, dear friend Toni. I wish you a safe and happy weekend!

  12. Hello, Shady! Your award is well-deserved, my friend! Unfortunately I wasn't able to listen to any of your selections tonight - I just got the baby to sleep after 30 minutes of crying so I'm taking no chances!

    Congratulations on your grandson reaching 10 months! Time sure does fly when they're little, doesn't it?

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    P.S. If you don't mind, how 'bout changing the title of my blog that you have linked to over on the right-hand side of the page? No big deal, but I want to make sure it's actually redirecting anyone who clicks on it!

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thank you very much for the kind comments, dear friend! I hope you get a chance to listen to my music selections over the weekend and that you will find a tune or two to your liking.

      Yessum, today my grandson turned 10 months of age. I will be visiting him again later this month.

      I changed the name of your blog and saved the new data. I think it takes Blogger a day or so to catch up. I will keep any eye on it.

      Thank you again for your friendship and support, dear friend Ashton, and have a great weekend with Alexis!

  13. Congratulations, friend! Well-deserved. And congrats to your grandson. Or is it happy 10th month to him?


    1. Hi, dear Luxie!

      How are you, my friend in the Philippines? Thank you very much for the congratulatory greetings. Yessum, my grandson is now 10 months old as of yesterday.

      I know that Michael Jackson is your favorite artist. If you missed my previous post, I invite you to go back and listen to Francesco Yates, an artist who sounds a lot like The King of Pop.

      Thanks, Lux, and have a great weekend!

  14. Wow, Shady! What a fascinating post this is. K-pop, house and gangsta rap? You are full of surprises, my friend. ☺ Thanks for the mention and the kind words. Making good friends like you is the best part of blogging!

    Deanna Durbin sure had a powerful voice for a 16 year old. I vaguely remember Dinah Shore and the Chevy song. Johnny Rivers' version of "Midnight Special" was new to me. Good stuff! I always associated it with CCR. Marian Hill was unique but I think that's an acquired taste.

    It's no surprise you were nominated for this award several times, Shady. Well-deserved! Have a good weekend.

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you for dropping by this morning, dear friend, and thank you once again for picking me for this award. I agree with you. The opportunity to form genuine, long lasting friendships is the best part of blogging.

      Did you ever see the number that Deanna Durbin and Judy Garland performed together in the 1936 short film Every Sunday? The up-and-coming singing/acting stars were age 13 or 14 at the time:

      You might find this hard to believe, but I never heard CCR's traditional recording of "Midnight Special" until this morning. I did not own Willy And The Poor Boys or any other CCR album. From the time I started collecting records until the early 90s when CDs became popular, I was primarily a singles collector. I accumulated some 350 albums but missed many great albums and album tracks along the way.

      Thank you again for your visit, your kind comment, your friendship and for nominating me for the MWA. Enjoy your weekend, dear Debbie!

  15. Wow Shady, great post! Thanks so much for accepting the nomination and playing along. I really enjoyed reading your answers. Great song choices. I'm digging right now the sound of Marian Hill. Love the sax!
    And I got a real kick out of Dinah Shore singing the Chevrolet promo. I don't remember the show that far back but I do remember seeing her show when I was a kid.
    Robin Shultz has a fabulous sound. Thanks for the introduction!
    Johnny Rivers was a great performance. Gotta love those Go Go Girls!! They made me giggle. :)
    I never heard that Mountain song but it's so Mountain, isn't it?!
    The Ave Maria was beautiful. I can see how it can bring one to tears. So powerful.

    What a nice job you did in your nominations! I definitely want to go visit their blogs now. And thank you for the kind words about us who nominated you. I so enjoy our friendship!

    Happy Saturday!!
    Thanks again for accepting the nomination!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming over and listening to my long-winded MWA acceptance speech. :) Thank you once again for your kindness in sharing the award with me.

      I'm delighted to know you dig the saxy sound of Marian Hill. I love this duo-turned-trio, but several other readers were ambivalent about them. Robin and Isley represent the kind of music that I am enjoying most at the present time, the type of stuff that inspired my 12-part, year long series and my previous post on Francesco Yates. Don't you just love Johnny Rivers' good looks and swagger? I never sat down and thought about it, but it seems likely that Johnny Rivers would top my list of favorite male artists of the 60s. Glad you liked Deanna and Mountain, too.

      You seemed to find a lot to like in this post and that makes me very happy, Michele. Thank you again for nominating me. I hope you and your folks are having a great weekend!

    2. We are having a good weekend. We're sipping margaritas right now: Celebrating our day today: I took my mom grocery shopping and it was her first time out, besides one doctor appointment, since her Feb 11th surgery! She did good walking and her stamina was fairly good. She's whipped now but wanted a margarita so that's a good sign!
      I'm going to go get Scholtsky's sandwiches for dinner (do you have Schlotsky's there where you are??) and we're just going to kick back and watch a scary movie... It's really cool out with the wind today so we're spending the afternoon inside...
      Hope you and Mrs Shady are doing something fun today!

    3. Hi, again, Michele!

      I am so happy to learn that your mom is progressing and getting out and about. That's wonderful news! I never heard of Schlotsky's and needed to check their Florida locations. The closest to us would be the one in Gainesville, but that's a few hours away. I'm sure it won't be long before they have locations around the Tampa Bay area. I love watching scary movies. Let me know which one you watched today.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend Michele!

  16. They like you! They really like you! Congrats on your wonderful deserve it! I've learned a lot from your blog and you have given my ears a chance to appreciate different types of music I would pass by. I smiled at the Chevy ad because that vehicle was born the same year as me! I do remember that jingle because it was a classic for many years. Ave Maria did bring tears to my eyes. It wasn't only from this beautiful rendition. My sister-in-law wanted it sung at her funeral and it was beautiful there too. Thanks for a fun post and I hope you're having a great weekend down south! Congrats again dear friend!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you for making time for a visit on your weekend, dear friend! How's Chubbsie doing today? :)

      Yessum, as I gave my mock acceptance speech, I felt like Sally Field. :) Thank you for your kind comments.

      It's good to know you remember the Chevrolet jingle made even more famous on the Chevy-sponsored Dinah Shore Show. I admired Deanna Durbin tremendously, both as a singer and a fine actress. Hers is one of the oddest stories in show business. Deanna retired from show biz at the peak of her popularity and at a very early age and lived the rest of her life in seclusion in Europe. Thank you for sharing your personal story about the song "Ave Maria." I can imagine its impact sung at a funeral.

      I'm very happy to know you had fun experiencing my post, dear friend YaYa. Storms are rolling through my part of Florida this weekend, but locals welcome the moisture and relief from the heat.

      Thank you again, dear friend yaYa, and God bless!

  17. Kudos on the well deserved award, Shady.
    Love Johnny Rivers.

    1. Hi, Sandra!

      Thank you very much, dear friend! As I told another reader, I never met anyone who doesn't like Johnny Rivers. His recordings and live performances are enjoyed by men and women alike.

      Thanks again for coming, dear Sandra, and enjoy your Sunday!

  18. Sorry for my delay here. I have had issues with my mom this past week. Due to her strong nature, she is refusing baths and refusing to get anyone to look at her toenails which are now, to put it mildly, disgusting. I have had to deal with the feelings of being a bad daughter. Enough about that, I love that you chose Deanna Durbin whose voice is one from the Angels. You have such a eclectic range of music that it just shows how open you are to all styles. This was fun reading

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down this evening. I completely understand the type of family matters you described. I am very sorry to learn that you have been placed in an awkward position. I'm sure you are a wonderful daughter and your mom would be the first to candidly say so.

      Yessum, I was hoping you'd read this post and view that clip from It's a Date starring three of the top names in films - Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis and Walter Pidgeon. I agree that Deanna's voice was angelic. I'm sure she is singing with a heavenly choir now.

      Thank you again for being here to experience this special award post, dear friend BB. I wish you a safe and happy spring week ahead!

    2. I enjoyed this post so much. My mom's toes are cut much to her dismay but they are done. Have a beautiful Easter weekend

    3. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Your return visits mean a lot to me, dear friend. Thank you! I'm glad your mother got her toenails cleaned up. (My mother's birthday is today. She would have been 98!)

      Happy Easter to you as well, dear friend BB!

  19. You really do deserve this music award, Shady. I've learned so much about music from you.

    I may have told you before that as a young girl I loved Deanna Durbin. I thought she was so cute and then could sing beautifully. I enjoyed hearing her sing, "Ave Maria."

    I used to watch Dinah Shore with my parents too. Her show was great. It was fun growing up when variety shows were on TV. We got to see the great singers of the day every week.

    I always love Johnny Rivers. I loved the songs, 'Headlights' and 'Got it'. So original and fun. Not too crazy about Mountain, but it was okay. Thanks for all the fun and I loved hearing about your first and last album. The latest CD I bought was Enya - her greatest hits or something. I just love it.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you for staying up late to join me for more music and memories, dear friend!

      You and I are only four months apart in age and it stands to reason that we share memories of Deanna Durbin and Dinah Shore. My mother was also a big fan of Judy Garland. Did you ever see this clip of Judy and Deanna singing side by side (in contrasting styles) in their 1936 short film Every Sunday?

      Yessum, music variety shows were the order of the day when we were growing up. My parents and I also watched the TV shows of Ed Sullivan, Sid Caesar, Perry Como, Garry Moore, George Gobel, Red Skelton, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Lawrence Welk, John Davidson, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and others.

      I'm excited to learn that you enjoyed most of the artists and songs in this post, including "Headlights" and "Got It." At least one reviewer of the "Headlights" video concluded that the people in it are ghosts come back to haunt an abandoned public swimming pool where they spent happy times when they were living.

      I'm always happy to see you, dear friend Belle, and especially happy when I know you had fun visiting SDMM for a few minutes. Enjoy the week ahead.

      God bless!

  20. You summed it up nice when you said Music is Magic:)
    Happy Monday, Shady.

    1. Thank you, dear Sandra!

      I look forward to your series about kitty kats! :)

  21. Excellent responses to the questions. You and I have similar music journeys and have a number of common preferences.

    I too watched Dinah Shore and remember her singing the Chevy song. In fact just last night I got to thinking about that show and as blogging irony will often arise today I find you mentioning it.

    "Ave Maria" is another favorite of mine. You've juxtaposed it nicely with the Mountain pick. I can remember many times when I was home alone cranking up that album--great stuff!

    Music is indeed special and your post demonstrates why.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thank you very much for coming over to listen to my filibuster (MWA acceptance speech :)

      Please understand, good buddy, that the only reason why your name did not top my nominees list was because I noticed that you had already been tapped by another blogger or bloggers, and because I wanted to share the award with a few friends who could use more followers and recognition.

      It's cool that our minds were in sync about Dinosaur... uh... I mean Dinah Shore this week. I'm happy to know you enjoyed Deanna Durbin's operatic vocal performance.

      Questions: Did you buy that Mountain album thru Columbia Record Club? :) Did you see the recent record club episode of The Goldbergs?

      Hey, thank you very much for your visit and kind comment, good buddy Lee. Have a great week!

    2. Actually I don't recall if I bought the album through the club. In fact, thinking about that album, I don't think I ever bought my own copy until I got the CD's. Back in the 70's I used to listen to copies that friends had. I just know I listened to those albums a lot.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

    3. I owned another album you mentioned recently, James Gang Rides Again, and probably bought it from the Columbia Record Club. "Choose any 100 albums for a penny!" :)

      Thanks again, Lee!

    4. James Gang I do remember getting the record from the Columbia Record Club. To this day I remember answering the door and the postman delivered it into my hands, which was somewhat unusual for him to do. I guess he came to the door because the package didn't fit in the mailbox.

      And now you've got me really thinking that maybe that Mountain album did come from the record club. Now I recall looking at the cover often and listening to the album in my parents' basement. In about 1974 I think it was I went to see Mountain on a triple concert bill that if I remember correctly included sets by Carlos Santana and another artist that I can't remember right now.

      Mountain was a great band that I still listen to occasionally. One of my favorite songs by them was "Nantucket Sleighride"--loved the little sailor's reel incorporated into the song.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

    5. I didn't own the Nantucket Sleighride album and never heard the title track until just now on Y/T. It's a pretty song. Thanks, Lee! The Mountain men had a tough climb ahead of them. Felix was gunned down by his wife and died at age 43. Leslie suffered from diabetes and needed to have his lower leg surgically removed.

      Thanks again, Lee!

  22. Tom, you did a fabulous job pulling this award off, like I knew that you would. Your name should be Mr. Music. :D Ava Marie is a powerful song and I don't there's a version of this that I do not like. You got me thinking about music memories when you threw out Dinah Shore (BTW, she use to live in Knoxville, did you know that?). Of course, I do remember watching that program in the late 60s or early 70s as my mom loved it. I also remember tuning in for the Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show, too. There were a lot of musical type programs in my childhood years through early adulthood. I really enjoyed reading your answers and listening to your music selections. Thanks for playing along and for the kind words sent this way, my friend. You rock!

    1. Hi, dear Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over today and for the sweet words of kindness and support you always generously offer. I am delighted to know that these old old old oldies by Deanna Durbin and Dinah Shore resonated with you. No, I didn't realize that Dinah lived in Knoxville. I always enjoyed her Tennessee accent. Thanks for reminding me about the Tony Orlando & Dawn Show. If you read my reply to Belle (above) I listed some other music variety TV series of the era. I might also add to that list the Donny & Marie show.

      Thank you again, my special friend, for your kind visit and excellent comment. Have a great week, Cathy!

  23. The Ave Maria clip is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi, Sandra!

      I'm glad you enjoyed Deanna Durbin's performance. She was one of my favorite singers and actresses.

      Happy Tuesday to you, dear friend!

  24. First, thank you so much for nominating me for this award! Yes, music is my middle name. I'm going to have fun answering these questions. (You are the perfect recipient for this award, so I can see why you were selected multiple times. Very nice job on your answers!)

    I loved the Ave Maria! I have never seen that movie, so I'm glad you shared it with us. Ave Maria is one of my favorite pieces to play on both the violin and viola. In fact, I may be playing it in church, soon.

    Thank you for sharing all of your musical memories. Have a fantastic week, dear friend!

    1. Hi, dear Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming over to pick up your MWA trophy, dear friend! No one is more deserving of it than you. :)

      I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed my post and that I was able to introduce you to Deanna Durbin's incredible performance of "Ave Maria" in the 1940 film It's a Date. I would love to hear you play it on the violin or viola. I'm sure it would bring tears to my eyes as did Deanna's vocals.

      Busy as I know you are these days, I thank you once again for making time to visit, read, listen and learn. It's always a great pleasure to have you over, Sherry. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

  25. Mountain certainly takes me back to my party days:)
    Happy Wacky Wednesday, Shady:)

    1. Hi again, dear Sandra!

      You listened to hard rock bands like Mountain? That surprises me, dear friend. Thanks for sharing that tidbit with me.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear Sandra!

    2. Again back in the day:) Though I do prefer soft rock. My all time favorite rocker was Seger. I think he probably crossed back and forth between hard and soft.
      And on the other end of the spectrum
      See The USA was popular for many, many years wasn't it?

    3. Hi dear Sandra!

      Thanks for the return visit. I know very little about you. For that reason I appreciate longer comments like this one that give me a chance to learn more about your tastes and your coming-of-age years. Yessum, the Chevy ad jingle was popular for many years, starting in 1949, the year I was born. It was first sung by the husband and wife duo of Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, then by Dinah, and by Pat Boone on his Chevy sponsored TV series from 1957 to 1960.

      Thanks again, dear friend Sandra!

  26. Shady Shady MCShadestar, Thank you Thank you for the nomination. It genuinely made me so happy. I am So blessed beyond measure by our blogging friendship.
    That Ava Maria version was amazing. It was a little hard to get thru because it was sung at my Dad's funeral. There is a young lady that is dear friends of the family. She is the most incredible singer and sings at my parents church. Ironically, 13 years ago she sang Ava Maria at my stepsister's wedding. Then full circle, she sang it again at Daddy's funeral. Such a beautiful song.
    I remember watching Dinah Shore on TV when I was a kid. Didn't she also date Burt Reynolds?
    My 15 year old niece introduced me to K-Pop last year. That was the first time I had heard about it. I liked the songs I got it and Headlights. First time to hear either one of those so thank you for the introductions. Now I need to start thinking about my post for this nomination. Hmmmmm
    Have I said Thank you again for this? xoxo

    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! I was traveling and this is the first time I checked and found your comment on this post. I'm very happy to know you didn't miss the chance to pick up your trophy. Your award is richly deserved. It makes me happy to know that I made you happy with this simple gesture.

      Gosh, it's a small world afterall. Imagine the song I picked for this post, "Ave Maria," being a big part of your life, sung at a happy occasion and recently at a solemn one.

      Yessum, I had forgotten all about it, but Dinah Shore had a well publicized romance with Burt Reynolds that lasted several years.

      I'm happy to know you got an introduction to K-Pop recently and that you enjoyed Ilsey Juber's "Headlights" and Marian Hill's "Got It," two of my new favorite songs for 2016.

      I am very pleased to know that you will consider publishing an award acceptance post. I think it will do you good to focus your attention on creating that post and I can't wait to read it.

      Thank you again for coming, dear Holli. I feel equally blessed to have you as a friend!


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