Song Lyric Sunday | “Brandy” – Looking Glass

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.

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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

A barmaid in a busy seaport harbor town which serves “a hundred ships a day” is the subject of Brandy, a 1972 one-hit wonder by the group Looking Glass. Though lonely sailors flirt with her, she pines for the one who has long since left her because he claimed his life, his love, and his lady, was “the sea.”

The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts, remaining in the top position for one week. It reached number two on the former chart for four weeks, stuck behind Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again (Naturally), before reaching number one.

FUN FACT:

  • Songwriter Elliot Lurie denies the song is about Mary Ellis (1750–1828), a spinster in New Brunswick, New Jersey. According to oral tradition, Mary was seduced by a sea captain who vowed to return to marry her. He never returned and she would come to the spot where her grave now stands, each day, to look for his ship in the Raritan River in New Brunswick.
  • Barry Manilow’s 1974 Mandy was a cover of a song originally titled Brandy, released in February 1972 by Scott English; however, Manilow changed the title following the success of the Looking Glass single, so as not to get the two songs confused.
  • Following the song’s release in 1972, Brandy increased in popularity as a girl’s name in the United States. According to data from the Social Security Administration, drawn from “Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States,” Brandy was the 353rd most popular name in 1971, 140th in 1972, and, in 1973 (the first full year after the song’s popularity), 82nd.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “One of Us” – Joan Osborne

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Truck and Bus Songs.

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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

I was more than a little surprised to find this week’s SLS selection on the one-hit wonder list.

In her 1995 hit One of Us, Joan Osborne invites listeners to consider various aspects of belief in God and how one might relate to God, if he was, in fact, just a slob like one of us, just a stranger on the bus, tryin’ to make his way home?

One of Us reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was also a major success worldwide, topping the charts of Australia, Canada, Flemish Belgium and Sweden, reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart, and becoming a top-twenty hit in at least thirteen other counties.

FUN FACT:

  • The album version starts off with the first four lines of a recording titled The Aeroplane Ride, made on October 27, 1937, by American folklorist Alan Lomax and his wife Elizabeth for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.
  • The song received Grammy nominations in 1996 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.
  • One of Us was the theme song for the American television series Joan of Arcadia.

The video was mainly shot on Coney Island, with various attractions like roller-coasters, Ferris wheels and the New York Aquarium shown, interchanged with the vintage-looking shots in sepia and Joan singing in front of the camera.

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#BookBirthday “In the Best Interest of the Child” by Felicia Denise

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Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes Best Interest 9another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

NOTE: This book is intended for mature readers – 18+.

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What Readers are saying…

“Each page left you wanting to read more to find out what would happen next.” -Kotrish W., Amazon review

“I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or contemporary fiction.” -Kathy G., Amazon review

“I can’t wait to read the next installment, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.” -A.C.M., Amazon review

Best Int 5 Stars

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EXCERPT

Olivia was far from an innocent.

She’d had her share of relationships… if you wanted to call them that. To her, they’d always been ‘friends with benefits’ situations, purely sexual. Starting out as casual meetings once or twice a week, she’d undoubtedly begin to hear words like ‘exclusive’ and ‘permanent’ creep into after-sex pillow talk, and she knew it was time to move on. Most of the men took it in stride—a couple became angry and accused her of using them. To which she would state the obvious. They had used each other. She had asked nothing more of them. The only exception was Kenny—Kenneth Lane Connors.

Olivia tried to break things off with him after he told her he was tired of meeting in hotels and wanted her to come to his home, but he would not be deterred. Olivia never felt threatened by Kenny, but he came pretty close to crossing the line from persistent suitor to stalker. She’d find him: standing next to her car when she left her office; sitting on the front stoop when she got home at night; standing in her favorite coffee shop, holding a cup of her special dark roast blend. Olivia finally acquiesced, more from the ennui of the situation, and agreed to trial dating.

She didn’t last two weeks.

At the end of their first week as a couple, Kenny surprised Olivia with tickets to sunny Miami, for a getaway weekend. She was genuinely touched, until Kenny mentioned that while they were there, the two of them would stop in and see Vonnetta and Kenneth, Sr.—his parents. Olivia not only flatly refused to even go to Florida she grabbed her bag, told him to never call her again, and stormed out.

While a few times Olivia felt as though she was being watched, she never saw Kenny again. And she was okay with it. There was no remorse, or heartache due to missing him. What she did have was even more resolve to not allow any man get close, her new unspoken rule was no man got more than three dates, period. No exceptions.

And then along comes Bruce Bellamy.

She had seen Bruce a total of three times, and each time, he’d left her speechless, flustered… and smiling.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Party Train” – Gap Band

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Train Songs.

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Though they retired as a group after forty-three years in 2010, brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson own a spot in music history as the Gap Band.

They ruled the 80s dance charts with songs like Yearning for Your Love, Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me), Early in the Morning , You Dropped a Bomb on Me, and Outstanding, but it’s their #3 R&B hit from 1983, Party Train that appears in this week’s SLS.

FUN FACT:

  • The Gap Band was named after streets (Greenwood, Archer, and Pine) in the historic Greenwood neighborhood in the brothers’ hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened its name to The Gap Band in 1973.
  • Party Train is from the group’s seventh album, Gap Band V: Jammin’.
  • On August 26, 2005, The Gap Band was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Urban Awards. The honor is given to a creator who has been “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers”. Outstanding alone remains one of the most sampled songs in history and has, astonishingly, been used by over 150 artists.
  • Robert Wilson died of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, California on August 15, 2010, at the age of 53.

The song’s music video starts with the three Wilson brothers driving onto a crowded boardwalk. It then cuts to random people dancing in a boxing ring. During this segment, it periodically cuts back to other people on the boardwalk and beach dancing, including Charlie wading in the ocean water in a speedo. The video ends with an unidentified person filling in a giant yellow ballot (which says “fill in the gap” at the bottom) and selecting “Gap Party” over “Democratic Party” and “Republican Party”. Charlie is then tackled and falls into the water.

Enjoy!

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One-Hit Wonder Day!

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On September 25th, National One-Hit Wonder Day brings back memories while turning up the volume. We honor all the musical artists and chart-topping songs that make them memorable.

A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

Believe it or not, there have been hundreds of one-hit wonders in the music world. Below I’ve complied a list of a few that were one hit wonders in my lifetime in descending order from 2010.

Cali Swag District – “Teach Me How to Dougie” (2010)

Macy Gray – “I Try” (2000)

BBMak – “Back Here” (2000)

Wheatus – “Teenage Dirtbag” (2000)

Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out?” (2000)

Blu Cantrell – “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” (2001)

Joan Osborne – “One of Us” (1996)

95 South – “Whoot, There It Is” (1993)

Tag Team – “Whoomp! (There It Is)” (1993)

Blind Melon – “No Rain” (1993)

Haddaway – “What Is Love” (1993)

Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy” (1992)

Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back” (1992)

Kris Kross – “Jump” (1992)

Deee-Lite – “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)

Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)

Thomas Dolby – “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)

After the Fire – “Der Kommisar” (1982)

Patrice Rushen – “Forget Me Nots” (1982)

Modern English – “I Melt with You” (1982)

Dexys Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen” (1982)

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – “Genius Rap” (1982)

Madness – “Our House” (1982)

Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” (1982)

Haircut One Hundred – “Love Plus One” (1982)

Men Without Hats – “The Safety Dance” (1982)

Grover Washington, Jr. – “Just the Two of Us” (1981)

Tommy Tutone – “867-5309/Jenny” (1981)

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” (1981)

Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo” (1981)

Quarterflash – “Harden My Heart” (1981)

Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love” (1981)

Devo – “Whip It” (1980)

The Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1980)

Lipps Inc. – “Funkytown” (1980)

The Boomtown Rats – “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1980)

Gary Numan – “Cars” (1980)

The Vapors – “Turning Japanese” (1980)

Robbie Dupree – “Steal Away” (1980)

Billy Paul – “Me and Mrs. Jones” (1972)

Jean Knight – “Mr. Big Stuff” (1971)

Five Stairsteps – “O-o-h Child” (1970)

Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky” (1970)

The Singing Nun – “Dominique” (1963)

Doris Troy – “Just One Look” (1963)

The Exciters – “Tell Him” (1962)

Can you think of any #OneHitWonders? 😀

Compiled from Wikipedia and National Day Calendar.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie.

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Still going with the theme in the group’s name instead of the song because who doesn’t love Men Without Hats?

The Canadian group had already enjoyed success in Canada with The Safety Dance when it was released in the U.S.  in March of 1982. It became an even bigger hit in the U.S. spending four weeks at its peak position of number 3 in September and October 1983, and staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks.  It also reached number 1 on Cash Box, as well as number 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

FUN FACT:

  • One of the theme words, hats, is actually used in the song in the second verse – “And we can dress real neat, from our hats to our feet…”
  • The song was written by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for Pogo dancing. (A  dance in which the dancers jump up and down, while either remaining on the spot or moving around; the dance takes its name from its resemblance to the use of a pogo stick, especially in a common version of the dance, where an individual keeps their torso stiff, their arms rigid, and their legs close together. People sometimes got injured when pogoing, but, more often than not, pogoers who fall to the ground are helped up instead of getting trampled.

The music video is notable for its English folk revival imagery, featuring Morris dancers, Mummers, Punch and Judy and a maypole. It was filmed in the village of West Kington, in Wiltshire, England. Ivan Doroschuk is the only member of the band actually to perform in the video. Doroschuk, and others in the video, can be seen repeatedly forming an “S” sign by jerking both arms into a stiff pose, one arm in an upward curve and the other in a downward curve, apparently referring to the first letter in “safety”. The Morris dancers seen in the video were the Chippenham Town Morris Men, performing a dance called Monkton Park. The dwarf actor is Mike Edmonds, whose T-shirt in the video shows the Rhythm of Youth album cover. The identity of the young blonde woman by the name of Jenny seen dancing in the video remained unknown until 2013, when she was identified as Louise Court, a journalist who served as editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan and became a director at Hearst Magazines UK in 2015.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “No Parking on the Dance Floor” – Midnight Star

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

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Party time! 😀

Back in my clubs days…last century…this was a song that would pack the dance floor. It wasn’t time to look cute or cool when Midnight Star’s No Parking on the Dance Floor was played.  It was time to dance!

The title track from the group’s fourth and most successful album of the same name in 1983,  the song reached number 43 on the R&B chart, number 44 on the dance chart, and number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100.

FUN FACT:

  • The song has been sampled by several artists since its 1983 release, including Sugar Ray’s song from 2003, Mr. Bartender (It’s So Easy). The basic melody was sampled by the Bar-Kays in their 1984 hit Freakshow on the Dance Floor.

It’s a fun video, very 80s with lots of Jheri curls, shoulder pads, and leather!

Enjoy!

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