Song Lyric Sunday | “Miss You Like Crazy” – Natalie Cole

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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 Crazy.

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Many thanks to my daughter, Lindsey, visiting for the holidays with her husband, Erik, from Fort Riley, for choosing this selection for SLS.

Released March 15, 1989 from her album Good to Be Back, Miss You Like Crazy was a huge hit for Natalie Cole, becoming her fifth Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the song peaked at number 7. The song also topped both the R&B and adult contemporary charts in 1989.

The song is a moving ballad in which the singer describes how she is feeling lonely and is longing for the one she misses “like crazy” (or, in other words, very much).

FUN FACTS

    • Miss You Like Crazy is ranked as the 67th biggest US hit of 1989.
    •  In the 1990s, Natalie sang traditional pop by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable… with Love, which sold over seven million copies and won her seven Grammy Awards.
    • Cole’s debut album, Inseparable, had songs that reminded some listeners of Aretha Franklin. The media’s billing of Cole as the “new Aretha Franklin” started a rivalry between the two singers. The feud boiled over at the 1976 Grammy Awards when Cole beat Franklin in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category, a category which Franklin had won eight times before losing to Cole.
    • Natalie Cole recorded 23 studio albums, 2 live albums, received 21 Grammy nominations–winning 9–and sold more than 30 million records worldwide before her death from congestive heart failure at the age of 65 December 31, 2015.

The video is the official video for Miss You Like Crazy.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Miss You Like Crazy

by Natalie Cole

Songwriters: Preston W Glass / Gerry Goffin / Michael Masser

 

Even though it’s been so long, my love for you keeps going strong
I remember the things that we used to do
A kiss in the rain till the sun shined through
I tried to deny it, but I’m still in love with you
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away, every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I say or do, there’s just no getting over you
I can see the love shining in your eyes
And it comes as such a sweet surprise
It seems believing is worth the wait
So hold me and tell me it’s not too late
We’re so good together, we’re starting forever now
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away, every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you, baby
Love like ours will never end, just touch me and we’re there again
Just one night, and we’ll have to find the feelings like we used to do
Hold on tight, and whatever comes our way, we’re gonna make it through
It seems to believing is worth the wait
So hold me and tell me it’s not too late
We’re so good together, we’re starting forever now
And I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I say or do, there’s just no getting over you
And I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy

 

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “That’s Christmas to Me” – Pentatonix

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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 Christmas/Holiday/Snowman.

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It wasn’t that long ago the a cappela group, Pentatonix, was posting YouTube videos all over the internet building a following–which included my three children. Of course, now they’re Grammy-Award winning, international artists whose concerts sell out even with tickets that cost up to $400!

The heartwarming song, That’s Christmas to Me, celebrates the spirit of a traditional holiday. The title track of Pentatonix’s second holiday release is the only original tune on the collection.
Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola told Billboard magazine why they recorded an original song for the album. “We just wanted a song that focuses on the nostalgia of Christmas,” he said. “For us, we are gone so much on the road. The only time we get to spend with family is during Christmas. So we wanted to write a song that kind of focuses on that.”
That’s Christmas to Me peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 in 2014.  The album is also the highest charting holiday album by a group since 1962 and has sold 1,900,000 copies in the US as of December 2016.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Who wrote this song? Katy Lou Clark and Penny Lea Clark of the bluegrass trio, Purple Hulls, are given credit on some lyric sites, but the album credits group members Scott and Kevin.
    • The a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, first garnered attention on the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, where their talent for creating unique vocal arrangements of existing pop songs earned them the grand prize of $200,000 and a Sony recording contract.
    • Maldonado, Hoying, and Grassi were high school friends who formed a vocal trio to compete in a radio competition for the chance to meet the cast of Glee. Their rendition of Lady Gaga’s Telephone didn’t take the top prize, but it did earn them a following on YouTube.
    • Hoying met Kaplan at the University of South Carolina and persuaded him to join the group to help meet the five-person minimum for The Sing-Off. Olusola’s future band-mates found him on YouTube, where he was famous for “celloboxing” – beat-boxing and playing the cello simultaneously.
    • Their name is taken from the five-note Pentatonic scale, with an ‘x’ added for flare.

Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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That’s Christmas to Me

by Pentatonix

Songwriters: Scott Hoying / Kevin Oluwole Olusola

The fireplace is burning bright, shining all on me
I see the presents underneath the good old Christmas tree
And I wait all night ’til Santa comes to wake me from my dreams
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I see the children play outside, like angels in the snow
While mom and daddy share a kiss under the mistletoe
And we’ll cherish all these simple things wherever we may be
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I listen for the thud of reindeer walking on the roof
As I fall asleep to lullabies, the morning’s coming soon
The only gift I’ll ever need is the joy of family
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart (song in my heart)
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

Oh
Oh

Oh, all the joy that fills our hearts and makes us see
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
And then for years to come we’ll always know one thing
That’s the love that Christmas can bring
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Always Be My Baby” – Mariah Carey

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Baby.

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For me, Mariah Carey has two distinct sounds I like to call Old Mariah and New Mariah. I’m not a fan of New Mariah, who started showing up with the release of Carey’s tenth album, E=MC² in 2008. To me, she chose image over sound and her subsequent releases didn’t do justice to that powerful voice that put her squarely in music history.

But up to that point? WOW!

Released in early 1995, Always Be My Baby became Mariah Carey’s eleventh chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying her with Madonna and Whitney Houston for most number-one singles for a female artist at the time.

A mid-tempo song, its lyrics describe the feeling of attachment and unity the singer feels towards her estranged lover, even though they are no longer together, she says he will always be a part of her and will “always be her baby” even after they move on.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Always Be My Baby spent two weeks at number one and also became Carey’s eighth chart-topper on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart.
    • Mariah Carey directed the music video for Always Be My Baby.
    • Most scenes from the video were filmed at The Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah, named after Carey for her generous support and dedication to Fresh Air Fund children.
    • Carey is Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register.

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Always Be My Baby

by Mariah Carey

Songwriters: Jermaine Dupri / Manuel Lonnie Seal / Mariah Carey
We were as one babe
For a moment in time
And it seemed everlasting
That you would always be mine
Now you wanna be free
So I’m letting you fly
‘Cause I know in my heart babe
Our love will never die, no
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me?
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
I ain’t gonna cry no
And I won’t beg you to stay
If you’re determined to leave boy
I will not stand in your way
But inevitably
You’ll be back again
‘Cause you know in your heart babe
Our love will never end, no
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
I know that you’ll be back boy
When your days and your nights get a little bit colder
I know that you’ll be right back baby
Oh baby believe me it’s only a matter of time, time
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
You and I will always be
No way you’re never gonna shake me
No way you’re never gonna shake me
You and I will always be

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Love So Right” – Bee Gees

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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 Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

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Always glad to feature this group, even if it’s only because of one word! 😀

Before they ruled the disco music era, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb had success with pop ballads like Love So Right, from their 1976 album, Children of the World.

Love So Right reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number fourteen on the Adult Contemporary chart and number thirty-seven on the Black Singles .

 

FUN FACTS

    • Love So Right was the second consecutive Bee Gees single (following You Should Be Dancing) to feature Barry Gibb’s falsetto exclusively for lead vocals.
    • Barry later stated that the song’s R&B influence was inspired by the group “trying to be The Delfonics.”
    • The Bee Gees have sold more than 120 million records worldwide and are the third most successful band in Billboard charts history after The Beatles and The Supremes.
    • In addition to being a successful band, the Bee Gees were also highly sought after songwriters and producers. More than 2500 artists have recorded their music.
    • During a nine-month period beginning in the Christmas season of 1977, seven songs written by the brothers held the No. 1 position on the US charts for 27 of 37 consecutive weeks: three of their own releases, two for brother Andy Gibb, the Yvonne Elliman single, and Grease, performed by Frankie Valli.
    • In March 1978, the Bee Gees held the top two positions on the US charts with Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive, the first time this had happened since the Beatles.
    • All three brothers (including Maurice, posthumously) were invested as Commanders of the Order of the British Empire in December 2001 with the ceremony taking place at Buckingham Palace on 27 May 2004.
    • On June 27,  2018, Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, was knighted by Prince Charles after being named on the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
    • In 1958, performing as Wee Johnny Hayes and the Blue Cats, the brothers had their named changed by disc jockey Bill Gates and promoter Bill Goode to the BGs (later changed to “Bee Gees”) after his, Goode’s and Barry Gibb’s initials. The name was not specifically a reference to “Brothers Gibb”, despite popular belief.

In the video, Love So Right plays over a compilation of appearances and performances by the brothers.

As a bonus, I included the video from the brothers’ 1999 Sydney, Australia concert for bookmarking purposes. If you’re a fan like me, you’ll enjoy streaming the hour and twenty-four minute show through your big screen. It’s full of pre and post disco music, with a wonderful tribute to younger brother, Andy, who died in 1988. It’s not the Gibb Brothers last performance together–before Maurice’s passing in 2003 and Robin’s in 2012–but it’s a fun, energetic concert by the brothers, who by that point, had been performing together for forty years.

 

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Love So Right

by the Bee Gees

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb
She came on like the night and she held on tight
And the world was right when she made love to me
We were free
She moved in like a friend started loving me
And I thought I’d found my heaven in her arms
But the morning when I woke up
I was here and she was gone
Now I’m hanging on
Maybe you can tell me how a love so right can turn out to be so wrong
Where did she go when I need her close to me
And the perfect story ended at the start
I thought you came forever and you came to break my heart
Now I’m hanging on, on the chance that you’ll come back to me
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
I could take it in my stride
Start living for the moment
Maybe half the things we sought were never there
Simply open up our eyes and break it down to size
It isn’t really fair
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling

Song Lyric Sunday | “Sara Smile” – Hall & Oates

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Chin/Ears/Eyes/Face/Mouth/Nose.

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I took the collective prompt of facial beauty to go with something that enhances a person’s beauty… the smile.

While a smile can add to facial beauty, a genuine smile also bolsters inner beauty, self-esteem and it’s even good for your health–mental and physical!

So smile like Sara in Hall & Oates very first top ten hit, Sara Smile.

I know SLS’ers of a certain age aren’t ready for this but the single that was released when many of us were teenagers will be FORTY-FOUR years old next month! Yeah, ain’t that a kick in the pants? Sara Smile was played several times at my Sweet Sixteen birthday party.

But you know what? The song that reached #4 on Billboard Hot 100 and was ranked #11 for 1976 is still a smooth classic that  gets airplay on R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Pop stations and satellite radio.

FUN FACTS

    • Sara Smile was written about Hall’s then-girlfriend, Sara Allen. The couple were together for almost 30 years before breaking up in 2001.
    • Following the success of Sara Smile, the Atlantic Records label re-released the duo’s previous single, She’s Gone, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1973, but went all the way to #7 behind the success of Sara Smile.
    • The album’s cover photo by Mick Jagger’s makeup designer Pierre LaRoche is a glitzy shot of Hall and Oates in heavy makeup. John Oates talked about the eye-catching image in Nick Tosches’ biography Dangerous Dances: “We decided that if we were going to put our faces on an album cover for the first time we wanted to do it in a big way. Pierre said, in that French accent of his, ‘I will immortalize you!’ And he just did. To this day it’s the only album cover that people ask us about.”

 

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Sara Smile

by Hall & Oates

Songwriters: Daryl Hall / John Oates
Baby hair with a woman’s eyes
I can feel you watching in the night
All alone with me and we’re waiting for the sunlight
When I feel cold, you warm me
And when I feel I can’t go on, you come and hold me
It’s you and me forever
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
If you feel like leaving, you know you can go
But why don’t you stay until tomorrow?
If you want to be free, you know, all you got to do is say so
And when you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me forever
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Oh smile a while, won’t you laugh Sara
Make me feel like a man not keeping me crazy crazy
Smile a while
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