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 Birthday/Cake/Gift/Party/Surprise.

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Yes, I did use this song in September of last year for the “train” prompt, but it’s also a great party song, so here we are! 😀

The Gap Band 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 again 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.

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National School Librarian Day!

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Because of the coVID19 pandemic, most schools around the country (and the world) have ended their school year. But, I’d still like to acknowledge school librarians for National School Librarian Day.

On April 4th each year, National School Librarian Day recognizes the professionals who keep the school library in working order. School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized. They’re also dedicated to helping children find the resources they need to keep learning. School librarians are the people who create an environment where students can learn every day of the year. Their work is an impressive accomplishment.

The school librarians provide guidance and expose our youth not only to texts, print media, and literature but to digital resources and the technology, too. These resources connect them to libraries around the world. A school librarian’s ability to manage scores of media and a library full of students with numerous projects and schedules astounds us.

We’re not able to stop by our local school libraries and say thank you to the research specialists who taught us to use resources materials… and maybe even the Dewey Decimal System and nurtured our love of reading, but consider stopping by the website or Facebook page of the school you or your children attended and leave a post of thanks for the school librarian with the hashtag #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay. These unsung heroes deserve our thanks, our support, and so much more!

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Librarians on the job!

 

Photos from Google

 

Read more about it at  NationalDayCalendar.com.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Made to Love You” – Gerald Levert

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Touch/Feel.

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Eddie Levert is known for more than his sixty-plus year career with the legendary R&B group, The O’Jays.  He’s also known for his talented sons, Gerald and Sean, two of the three-member R&B/New Jack Swing group, Levert, popular in the 80s.

After seven studio albums and songs like the top five pop hit, Casanova, Gerald embarked on a solo career in 1991. He enjoyed much success with hits like I’d Give Anything (To Fall in Love) and the R&B chart-topping duet with his father, Baby Hold On To Me.

But it was on his 2001 album, Gerald’s World, that the single Made To Love You appeared. It didn’t receive a wide release, but still stands the test of time as an anthem for holding steadfast to your relationship, especially through the bad times.

FUN FACTS

    • Gerald wrote and produced songs for other artists such as Patti LaBelle, Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, James Ingram, Freddie Jackson, The Rude Boys, and New Edition.
    • In 1997, Levert teamed up again with fellow singers Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, to form the supergroup, LSG. The trio released the album Levert-Sweat-Gill the same year, selling over two million copies.
    • On November 10, 2006, Gerald Levert was found dead in his bed at his Cleveland, Ohio home when his cousin tried to wake him. Initial reports stated that Levert had died of an apparent heart attack. In February 2007, an autopsy report conducted by the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office concluded that Levert’s death was caused by a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs. He was 40 years old.

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Made to Love You

by Gerald Levert

Songwriters: Edward Berkeley / Harold Lilly Jr / Harold Spencer Jr Lilly

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I recall when we first met, a long time ago
How could I forget they way I felt
When I first laid eyes on you
I remember saying to my friends
There is my future wife and then
I took the step to need
Someone who would change my life
It had to be my destiny
‘Cause I was made to love you
My hands, to touch you
My arms, to hold ya, my legs to stand
My time, to spend with ya forever
I was made, made to love ya
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you, my legs to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
My life, together I was made
Made to love you
Made to love you
I remember out first date
Our first arguments
Our very first breakup
And makeup that got us to this moment
And every girlfriend and every one night stand
Every heartbreak and every heartache led me to you
It brought me to and made me better
Better, sooner for you
It had to be my destiny
I was made to love ya
My hands, to touch ya
My arms, to hold ya
My legs, to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips, to kiss you
My eyes, to see you, my legs to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
My life, together
I was made, made to love you
Made to love you
Made to love you
My hands, to touch ya
My arms, to hold ya
My legs, to stand
My time, to spend with ya forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you my legs to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
My life, together
I was made, made to love you
It had to be my destiny
I was made to love you
My hands to touch ya
My arms to hold ya
My legs to stand
My time to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you
My legs to stand
My time to spend
With you forever
My life together
I was made, made to love you
Made to love you
My hands to touch ya
My arms to hold ya
My legs to stand
My time to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you
My legs to stand
My time to spend
With you forever
My life together
I was made, made to love you
Made to love you
My hands to touch ya
My arms to hold ya
My legs to stand
And my time to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers

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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 Promise/Oath/Vow.

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The music world lost one of its brightest stars on March 20, 2020.

Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers passed away under hospice care of natural causes. He was 81.

In a career which spanned more than sixty years, Kenny moved from teenage rock’n’roll through psychedelic rock to become a hit country-pop crossover artist of the 1970s and 1980s. His songs appeared in top-selling motion pictures and television movies, including movies based on some of his songs and, in which he starred.

The multi-award winner was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He worked with some of the biggest names in the record industry, charted more than 60 top 40 hit singles (including two number ones—Lady and Islands in the Stream), and sold more than 165 million records.

My love for Kenny Rogers goes all the way back to 1967 when he was with the First Edition and had hits like Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town… and my age was in single digits. 😀  He recorded songs that were special to me in every decade after that, especially the 80s when I met and married my late husband.

None of the words of this week’s prompt actually appear in the title or lyrics of 1981’s Through the Years, but it was a very special song for us. The song looks back at a relationship “Through The Years” and mentions the ups and downs, but the singer proclaims to his loved one: I’m so glad I stayed right here with you / Through the years.

Rest in peace, Kenny, and thank you for the music through the years.

FUN FACTS

    • Kenny Rogers topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone.
    • Rogers was the fourth of eight children and is said to be of Irish and Native American heritage.
    • On his 50th anniversary TV special, Rogers performed a version of Through the Years with his two friends Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton which also included archive footage of him working with both on various projects through the years.
    • Through the Years reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1982, remaining in the Top 40 for eleven weeks and went to number one on the adult contemporary chart, becoming Rogers’ fifth single to top this chart.

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Through the Years

by Kenny Rogers

Songwriters: Martin Panzer / Stephen Hartley Dorff

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I can’t remember when you weren’t there
When I didn’t care for anyone but you
I swear we’ve been through everything there is
Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed
Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do
Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
I’ve never been afraid
I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed
Right here with you
Through the years
I can’t remember what I used to do
Who I trusted whom, I listened to before
I swear you’ve taught me everything I know
Can’t imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more
Through the years
Through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had
I’ve always been so glad
To be with you
Through the years
It’s better everyday
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay
I’ll stay with you
Through the years
Through the years
When everything went wrong
Together we were strong
I know that I belonged
Right here with you
Through the years
I never had a doubt
We’d always work things out
I’ve learned what love’s about
By loving you
Through the years
Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
It’s better everyday
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay
I’ll stay with you
Through the years

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Give It Away” – Chi Lites

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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 Give/Get/Take/Receive/Send.

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Released in 1969 on the Brunswick label, Give It Away is the debut album by American soul group The Chi-Lites.

Seven of the album’s eleven songs are originals, including the title cut. It reached #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on R&B chart, making it the group’s first top ten hit.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Four of the songs on Give It Away were Motown standards and one was a song made popular by Johnny Mathis, The Twelfth of Never.
    •  Led by lead singer, Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974.
    • The group was formed at Hyde Park High School in Chicago in the late 1950s as the “Chanteurs”. The original members were Eugene Record, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson. This quartet introduced themselves at the Hyde Park High School “Senior Varieties” talent show. They later recruited Marshall Thompson and Creadel “Red” Jones from the Desideros to form the Hi-lites.  Noting that the name Hi-lites was already in use and wanting to honor their home town they changed their name to “The Chi-Lites” in 1964.
    • Eugene Record was the musical group’s sole songwriter and lead singer. Record never collaborated with members outside his singing group.

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Give It Away

by Chi Lites

Songwriters: Clifford Smith / Collin W. York / Lynford Marshall

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Give it away
Ooh, hoo, give it away
Give it away
Ooh, hoo, give it away
What’s the sense in giving you love
When you’re gonna give it away
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
And what’s sense in giving you kisses
When you’re gonna give it away
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
You say you have nothing to live for
Baby, baby, I’m here knockin? at your door
Give it away, it?s all right (You can do what you wanna)
Give it away, it?s all right (?Cause I know you’re gonna)
Give it away, give it away
What’s the sense in having my love
When I’m gonna give it to you [Give it away]
Give it straight to you, baby [Give it away]
And I don’t mean maybe
What’s sense denying I love you
When you’re mad and I’m proud of you [Give it away]
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
Baby, love was made for two
I know, I know, I know it?s meant for me and you
Give it away, it?s all right (You can do what you wanna)
Give it away, it?s all right (?Cause I know you’re gonna)
Give it away, give it away
I love you no matter what you do
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Ah… ah… ah… ah… ah…
It’s alright
It’s alright
Baby, love was made for two
I know, I know, I know it?s meant for me and you
Oh, what’s the sense in having my love [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When I’m gonna give it to you
And what’s sense in giving you kisses [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When it’s you I’m gonna be missin’
And what’s sense in giving you honey [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When you’re takin’ away my money
Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
Yeah, yeah
What’s the sense in giving you love [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
What’s the sense in giving you money

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Whole Lotta Woman” – Kelly Clarkson

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is North/South/East/West.

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As a female pop singer, Kelly Clarkson has expressed frustration that for years her appearance, particularly her weight, has been a constant topic of discussion. This led her to write a song that said “Yeah, you’re right, I am a whole lot of woman, and it’s okay. I came with a brain, and I came with drive and passion and sensuality, and these things that are awesome. If you can’t handle it, that’s totally cool, but you’re not tall enough to ride this ride, then move along. It’s fine.”

Clarkson, who grew up in Texas, remarked in a profile on The New York Times that the song’s inspiration came from the challenges of being a financially secure woman looking for a man after internalizing the paradoxes of growing up in the South. Clarkson says that in the South women are told, “We want to educate you and we want you to be intelligent, but not too intelligent to where you’re intimidating; we want you to be beautiful, but not too sexy to where you’re a slut; we want you to be successful but not so successful that you make someone feel uncomfortable.”

After a conversation Clarkson had with the NOVA Wav duo–Denisia Andrews and Brittany Coney–in a session in Los Angeles, the anthem Whole Lotta Woman was penned.

Whole Lotta Woman is from Kelly’s eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, and to promote the album’s release, Clarkson debuted Whole Lotta Woman in a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 31, 2017.

FUN FACTS

    • The song lyrics allude to the size of Clarkson’s waistline, her attitude, her self-worth, and her mouth using references to Southern cooking and singer Tina Turner.
    • Members of the American soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, led by bass player Verdine White, were invited by Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman to play on the track.
    • Critical reception of the song was mixed. It reached number 142 on Billboard’s US Digital Songs chart.

Alas, I was incapable of choosing a favorite video, so I posted THREE! 😀 😀 😀 No harm, no foul though. They’re all live performances from 1) a Nashville studio session, 2) the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, and 3) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch one or watch all three…they’re all amazing!

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Whole Lotta Woman

by Kelly Clarkson

Songwriters: Kelly Clarkson / Denisia Andrews / Brittany Chi Coney

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You ain’t know? Texas women do it bigger
(What? Say it ain’t so)
In the SOUTH, it don’t get realer, baby
Pot full of grits, I’m hotter than your mama’s supper, boy
Better get with it
Better watch your mouth, I might burn you, boy
You goin’, uh, downtown, gonna work
Good love I deserve
If you’re scared, go to church
Woo-woo! I’m a lover
Hold on tight, little country boy
I ain’t no girl, I’m a boss with orders
All I’m needin’ is a baby love me
Like a warm biscuit on a Sunday morning
I got what you want, I’m aiming to please
I got what it takes, I sure got the means
I got what you want, sugar, honey, iced tea
All eyes on me, oh, oh, baby
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence, yeah
One time for the green
And rolling like Tina
Loving heart ain’t easy
Whoo-whoo, if you mean it
Hold on tight, little country boy
I ain’t no girl, I’m a boss with orders
All I’m needin’ is a baby love me
Like a warm biscuit on a Sunday morning
I got what you want, I’m aiming to please
I got what it takes, I sure got the means
I got what you want, sugar, honey, iced tea
All eyes on me, oh, oh, baby
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I said I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence
Ain’t no competition, babe
It’s just can you keep up with me?
I can’t do a thing about my wicked ways with gravity
Higher than the leaves, they fall from trees like D-O-double-Gs
I reside in Tennessee, but Texas still flows deep in me
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I said I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence

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