Monday’s Music Moves Me
The musical theme this week is Musicians born in March. A quick search reveals that there are plenty to choose from, regardless of your musical preferences. I am going to go into the “Wayback Machine” and pull out a couple of oldies. I was barely a teenager when some of these artists were popular which means several of you probably were not born yet. First on the list is Lloyd Price.
Lloyd Price was one of the early rock ‘n roll artists that brought a R&B influence into pop music. Several artists covered this song later but my first recollection of “Stagger Lee” was this 1958 recording. Price was born Mrach 9, 1933. Lloyd Price had several R&B hits make it on to the pop charts and he is a member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
Shifting gears and genres, brings me to the incomparable James Taylor. The folk rock era of the late early ’70’s was lead by James Taylor, Carol King, and Gordon Lightfoot among others. Sweet Baby James is one of the best folk rock albums of all time. James Taylor was born March 12, 1948. Taylor’s first hit was “Fire and Rain”, followed by “You’ve Got a Friend”. Fire and Rain is a song about his early battle with depression, drug addiction and the suicide of his friend. James Taylor’s career has spanned five decades and he is still performing limited engagements.
Slipping back into R&B brings me to Mr. Wilson Pickett. Wilson was born March 18, 1941. The high water mark of his career was from 1965-74 and his biggest hit was none other than Mustang Sally…ride Sally ride. I have a personal affection for this song because I owned a ’68 Mustang and it remains one of my favorite cars to this day.
Closing out the March birthday celebs is Ms. Carrie Underwood. Everybody knows that Carrie burst onto the music scene as a contestant on American Idol. I remember watching her audition and thinking, this girl can win it all…which is exactly what she did. One of the reasons I was pulling for Carrie to win AI is that we are both from Oklahoma. To date she is still the biggest star to come from American Idol and now she is an established country music superstar. The song I’ve picked is “Mama’s Song”. It speaks to how fast our children grow up and how soon they leave the nest. The same is true for the grand kids. It seems like only yesterday that we were attending our oldest grand daughter’s U8 soccer matches. This past December she got married and now has her own life and career. Next week she celebrates her 23rd birthday. Hold them close cherish every moment with your little ones. They will be adults long before you are ready to let them go. Have a blessed week.