EXPLORING MELBOURNE’S COFFEE CULTURE
By Jayne Gorman
“Blowin’ in the Wind” is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released as a single and on his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war, and freedom. The refrain “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind” has been described as “impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind”.
Blowin’ in the Wind” has been recorded by hundreds of artists. The most commercially successful version is by folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, who released the song in June 1963, three weeks after The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was issued. Albert Grossman, then managing both Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, brought the trio the song which they promptly recorded (on a single take) and released. The trio’s version, which was the title track of their third album, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts. The group’s version also went to number one on the Middle-Road charts for five weeks.
Other notable recordings include those by Sielun Veljet, who released it as a single, and Stevie Wonder, whose version became a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. The Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ version appears on their album Blow in the Wind, a play on the title of the song. Marlene Dietrich recorded a German version of the song (titled Die Antwort Weiss Ganz Allein Der Wind”) which peak at #32 in Germany charts.
Tore Lagergren wrote lyrics in Swedish, “Och vinden ger svar” (“and the wind gives answer”), which charted at Svensktoppen for two weeks in 1963, first as recorded by Otto, Berndt och Beppo, peaking at number 8 on October 12, and by Lars Lönndahl during November 9–15 with sixth & seventh position. Both were released on single A-es in 1963. This version was also recorded by Sven-Ingvars as the B-side of the single “Du ska tro på mej”, released in March 1967. With these lyrics, the song also charted at Svensktoppen in 1970, with Michael med Salt och peppar.
Glen Campbell recorded an instrumental version of the song for his 1964 album The Astounding 12-String Guitar of Glen Campbell.
Neil Young recorded an electric version of the song for his 1991 live album Weld_(album).
Dolly Parton recorded the song for her 2005 covers album Those Were the Days.
Steve Alaimo recorded the song in 1965. Despite his national presence on Where the Action Is, his version failed to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. It did however reach #139 on Cashbox charts.
In some live performances, Pete Seeger includes an additional verse as a spoof which criticizes Dylan’s use of over-extended metaphors and wordiness. The verse is usually sung as follows,
“How many words can be written on a page, before they begin to bleed? How many books can one man own, before he has learned to read? How many meanings can he give to a phrase, before, from his lexicon he’s freed?”
Never Knew Love Like This Before” is a song written and produced by songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas for American R&B recording artist Stephanie Mills’ second studio album Sweet Sensation (1980). The song became Mills’ biggest hit on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 6, outperforming her previously highest charting single, “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'”, which peaked at No. 22. The single was also successful on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at No. 12 and No. 5, respectively. It was a bigger success in the UK where it peaked in the top five (#4). The record won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1981 Grammy Awards.
When you are half asleep, it means you are not fully awake. It also means you are still in your comfort zone, a state of splendor and ecstasy. On this realm of relaxation, you might find yourself wearing pajamas, a gown or a nightie. Yes in this frame of mind, you can dream BIG and venture anywhere!…
Just to fill your tummy with a plate of huge pancakes, you might find your way through a forest where an enchanted, happy tree directs you into the porous entries of his rooted trunk. When inside, the enchanted tree transforms into an exciting treehouse restaurant.
There you see lots of patrons. Oh, and there is an aroma of hot pancakes. They smell so good! It is so entertaining to watch jolly cooks batter and platter the fruited herb filled pancakes. Rhythmically they run to and fro mixing, flipping and serving them hot in tall stacks.
When a waitress walks over with a huge stack, you assume they are for you. With your arms stretched out reaching for the pancakes, you follow her. But then your eyes meet the patron who ordered that stack of pancakes. He gives you a daring look, to “Back off”!
Some dreams are so connected that when one realm closes, the door to another opens up. You could find yourself peering upon a castle and then suddenly your inside.
Breakfast is just what your heart desires. You are now inside of a castle restaurant with big bottles of syrups scattered about the tables. There seems to be so many flavors… Apricot, maple, assorted berry flavors and peach. It’s so weird, but everyone is dressed in sleepwear and eating huge pancakes. No problem, because you too are in your sleepwear. And, you are a perfect blend with this crowd because just like you, everyone appears to be half asleep or in their own world.
As soon as you sit down, a waitress comes over takes your order for pancakes. After ten minutes of anxiously waiting, the waitress serves you one, big… GIANT buttery, cinnamon-covered pancake in a plate. But, each time you reach for the tasty bread of love, the pancake, like a mirage, just keeps disappearing.
The most unfortunate place to wander while not fully awake is to a haunted mansion.
It looks eerie on the outside but you believe you are smelling Buttermilk pancakes. So, you take your chances and head inside. The interior is dark and dreary, and there is no one in sight. But the kitchen looks as though “breakfast” is about to happen, because all about are the fixn’s for a huge breakfast. You call out “hello, hello! Is there anyone home”? You repeat this callout three, four and five times… and still you get no answer.
Who could imagine the many bottles of syrups, buckets of dripping butter and a huge pot of coffee percolating and yet, there is not a soul in sight? What is also strange is a rectangled table with plates and cups has been neatly set. But then you hear hissing, sizzling sounds.
Slowly, you follow the sounds into the cooking area of the kitchen. And there upon a grill, giant Buttermilk pancakes are being cooked. You don’t know who is doing the cooking, because, still, there is no one in sight.
Breakfast will be a waste if the pancakes burn. So you take on the job to rescue the pancakes and struggle to flip them. Incredible! You handle the huge pancakes and put them into a delicious stack on a plate. But then suddenly, out of nowhere, a transparent figure of a young lady appeared and grabbed the plate of pancakes and began eating them.
(You are awakened by the musical sounds from your phone device. It is 7a.m.)
(you pickup and answer) Hello
(It is your cousin Allen)
“Trace!” (he says) “–you won’t believe this, but I had the most crazy dream about you.
(he chuckles and continues) I dreamt you were stealing food from restaurants. Everything in the dream seemed so real.”
(there is a long pause and then he continues) “I hope everything is okay with you, Trace. How about us going out for a pancake breakfast?”
(there is a long span of dead silence. You observe that your feet and sleepwear are filthy dirty)
Story originally posted on: AmericaOnCoffee ©2018 Doro Dancer (AmericaOnCoffee/AOC)
Funky Broadway” is a song written by Arlester “Dyke” Christian. It was originally recorded by his band, Dyke & the Blazers, in 1967, and was made into a hit by Wilson Pickett that same year.
Giving You the Best That I Got is the third album by the American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker. It was Baker’s first and only #1 Pop album in the US, the second #1 R&B Album, and was certified 3x platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.
The title track was released as the first single from the album and became Baker’s highest charting single in the US, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album also earned Baker three Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.
The Four Seasons were at one point more popular than the Beatles and began their run in the 1960’s and 70’s, and their hit song Walk Like A Man kind of proved it. Before taking the name that would get them known and ultimately seal their fame they were known as The Four Lovers, a name that many people today probably don’t know about. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and their sound has been appearing ever since on TV shows, movies, and even in video games. They’re sound is one that a person really has to get into but is otherwise quite nice. They’ve gone through their fair share of members through the years and are still performing today..