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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

♫Melody is Memory♫

Every day is a day of music. Whether a song makes the charts as a No.1 hit, a new song is released or recordings take place for future announcements, music is in the air. Today is no exception as we span five decades from the 40s through the 80s.

Today in Music History: April 28 

1946 Perry Como's "Prisoner Of Love" hits #1.
1958 "Witch Doctor" by David Seville topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks.
1979 "Heart of Glass" by Blondie topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
1987 The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett becomes the first album to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.
1964 Elvis Presley, "Viva Las Vegas"
1967 Elvis Presley, "Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)"
1969 Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago I)

1940 Glenn Miller, "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

1960 Elvis Presley: "Big Boots," "What's She Really Like?," "Pocketful of Rainbows," "Wooden Heart"

1966 The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby"


And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oh, my! Pie! Pie! Pie!

My! My! My! It's Pie! Pie! Pie! Not just any pie but this pie is filled with blueberries, or star berries as the Native Americans called them. The humble blueberry is one of few blue foods, one of nature’s super foods, and one that is native to the Americas. The state of Maine is the larger producer of blueberries in the world with more than 60,000 acres being farmed. In the United States and Canada, harvesting season can run from early May in the warmer portions to the end of August in the northern-most area.

April 28 is...
National Blueberry Pie Day
OMG! That looks good!

What could be more enjoyable than a slice of, delicious, Blueberry Pie? 

Wild Maine Blueberries in Greenfield, MA
Blueberries are packed with rich flavor, high in antioxidants, are known to improve memory function and can reduce the effects of aging. The chemicals found in blueberries may contribute to fighting diseases and prevention against certain cancers. Of course, it is widely known the blueberry pie is one of the best pies ever, second only to strawberry! It is no wonder we should have a special day, National Blueberry Pie Day, in which to celebrate and eat all the pie we want!

Americans have been enjoying blueberry pies since colonial times and there is no shortage of scrumptious recipes. Why not have your own blueberry pie celebration by making a pie, or blueberry themed dishes? As well as using traditional blueberry pie recipes, why not experiment with some new ones? Adding ricotta cheese to the filling, will add a creamy twist to the pie or adding black pepper, combined with warm spices, will give your pie a real kick! Add a little extra zing with a teaspoon of lemon zest in the pie crust dough!

Recipe of the Day...


Don't want to bake a whole pie?


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How about a blueberry pie cupcake?

 Lemony Blueberry Pie Cupcake Recipe

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

♫ Song of Many Versions♫

A song that has followed us from the 60s onward, been featured in motion picture films, cast as a love song and gospel tune, sung in a chorus and orchestrated, been a hit in multiple languages, has quite a history behind the scenes. The song - Which title, 'Chariot'? or 'I Will Follow Him'? The recording artist - Which one?

More for Today in Music History: April 27, 1963

As with any research, there are always discrepancies in who recorded first and when. This time it even began as a different title, 'Chariot', but  same tune. The music was written by Franck Pourcel (using the pseudonym J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (using the pseudonym Del Roma). It was adapted by Arthur Altman. The English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel.

Here are the versions that I found...

'Chariot' was first recorded by Paola Neri but she lost out in a sales war to rival versions from Britain’s Petula Clark (of "Downtown" fame), Italy’s Betty Curtis and France’s Franck Pourcel. America’s Little Peggy March as a high school freshman scored an international hit with the English version, 'I Will Follow Him'. Peggy's version hit the #1 spot on the U.S. pop charts on April 27, 1963. (For a comparison of the two songs, go HERE!)

Paola Neri
[Unable to locate Paola's version of 'I Will Follow Him'.
This recording provides a sampling of her beautiful voice.]

Since its inception 'I Will Follow Him' has been recorded
and re-recorded by renowned and new artists and has
appeared in numerous films.

Whoopie Goldberg - 'I Will Follow Him' in
the movie Sister Act

My favorite...
Andre Rieu - 'I Will Follow Him'
Violinist, conductor & composer with his Johann Strauss Orchestra

Now, I challenge you to go to be tonight and NOT have this song ringing in your head! Hey, could be a worse melody...

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

♫Music with Meaning♫

Today's History Lesson...in Music

History is made every single day. In fact, by the moment. A word said. A deed done. It's history. A song written. A song sung. It's music history. Today's history lesson is not American history, nor European history but rather world history...in music, that is, which rings with global meaning.
"A great song lasts for eternity," says Quincy Jones, who produced the track. "I guarantee you that if you travel anywhere on the planet today and start humming the first few bars of that tune, people will immediately know that song."
Today in Music History: April 27, 1985

'We Are The World' was originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985 as a charity single. It was written jointly by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.

Specifically USA for Africa was a benefit single for victims of famine in Africa. It raised over $60 million, which was distributed to Ethiopia, Sudan and other impoverished countries.

1985 USA for Africa started a three-week run at No.1 on the US chart with 'We Are The World'. The US artists' answer to Band Aid (charity supergroup) had an all-star cast including in order, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Logins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Michael Jackson (again), Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, and Kim Carnes. Bob Dylan and Ray Charles were also featured on the song and given close-ups in the video. Singers in the chorus who did not get solos include Belafonte, Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, The Pointer Sisters, LaToya Jackson, Bob Geldof, Sheila E., and Waylon Jennings. Read MORE...
Tidbit of Trivia...

How do you suppose all of the participating recording artists were able to get together at this critical time?
The song was recorded on January 28, 1985, the day of the American Music Awards. Since the artists were all in town for the awards it was much easier to get them together to record the single.

Grammy Awards

'We Are The World' went on to win three Grammy Awards:

~Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner: Quincy Jones
~Record of the Year - Winner: Quincy Jones
~Song of the Year/New Song of the Year - Lionel Richie / Michael Jackson

"We Are the World" is sung from a first person viewpoint, allowing the audience to "internalize" the message by singing the word we together. It has been described as "an appeal to human compassion. The first lines in the song's repetitive chorus proclaim, "We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving". [Source: en.wikipedia.org]

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Sultan of Swat, aka King of Swing

Today's History Lesson & Celebration

On April 27, 1947, the Yankees hosted Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. The event was held to honor the ailing baseball star, who was nearing the end of his life because of a malignant tumor. Babe Ruth, the legendary “Sultan of Swat,” "King of Swing," died a year later at age 53. 

April 27 is...


History connects our past events to the present and sets the precedence for the future. As with any historical account, emotions control the day as we recall, remember and reflect upon both happy and sorrowful times. It is through history that all is not lost...the memories remain.

This Day in History: April 27, 1947

Babe Ruth was bigger than life when it came to America. On this day in 1947, more than 58,000 fans gathered in Yankee Stadium, New York, to honor one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Youngsters lend an ear to Babe Ruth as he tells them stories of his life from orphanage to baseball fame, Nov. 29, 1924. (AP Photo) Click HERE...
Born February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland Ruth's birth parents, George Sr. and Kate, named him George Herman Ruth, Jr. During his baseball career, he would acquire different nicknames, such as "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat," "The King of Swing," but the one which would endure the sands of time was "Babe."
Click HERE!
You might be wondering why a man of such strong statue would acquire a nickname such as Babe. Having been discovered at the age of 19 by Jack Dunn, owner and manager of the then minor-league Baltimore Orioles, the other Oriole players dubbed Ruth "Jack Dunn's baby" thus prompting the nickname Babe, which would follow him the rest of his life.

The Roaring Twenties did more than roar as jazz music blossomed and the flapper monopolized the scene. The sports highlight of this gin-soaked, jazz-syncopated, frivolous time era was baseball and at the top of the list was Babe Ruth's career with the New York Yankees.

Many athletes have left their mark in baseball history but few as indelible as Babe Ruth. He will long be remembered and revered not only as a baseball champion but also a champion of hearts. His athletic prowess and fun-loving personality dominated the Jazz Age.

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat. All that can be asked of you is to give it your best." ~Babe Ruth
Are you like the Babe? Do you give it your best?

Babe Ruth epitomizes the America Classics!

Lifehot dogs and baseball
Hot apple pie topped with ice cream
Ah-h-h-h! Those American classics
Sad day had their visions not been seen!