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In Your Arms (loving flowers on a Monday morning)

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if i turn my back from you
and set my sight away
displeasure as the field of view
take the mood of a bitter day

if i go there on the hill
and alienate myself
is it against your will
if i say goodbye, farewell

but as i touch the local color
of breaking off the knot
it’s you  i see in every corner
i wont let the feelings to rot

i have to be in touch again
with you, my love i still remain
‘though i’ve sang  my  farewell song
in your arms i’m back where i belong


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“Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips. (Part 2)”

“Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips. (Part 2)”

Fingertips” is a 1963 hit single recorded live by “Little” Stevie Wonder for Motown‘s then Tamla label. Wonder’s first hit single, “Fingertips” was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley‘s 1952 comic monologue “It’s in the Book written and composed by Wonder’s mentors, Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, “Fingertips” was originally a jazz instrumental recorded for Wonder’s first studio album, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie. The live version of the song was recorded in June 1962 during a Motortown Revue performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Containing only a few stanzas of improvised lyrics, “Fingertips” is essentially an instrumental piece, meant to showcase Wonder’s talents on the bongosand the harmonica.

“Part 2” of “Fingertips” is when Wonder shouts “Everybody say ‘yeah!'”, initiating a call and response exchange with the audience. After a couple of sung verses, each followed by Wonder’s brief harmonica playing (solos accompanied only by the audience’s rhythmic clapping), Wonder appears to bring things to a conclusion. On the night of the recording, Wonder, as usual started to leave the stage and the band went into the exit music, as comedian Bill Murray (known professionally as Winehead Willie) exhorted the crowd to “give him a hand”; however, Stevie unexpectedly changed his mind, returning to sing the “goodbye” encore. The other musicians were caught out, and the bass players had changed over to prepare for the next act on the bill, usually slated as The Marvelettes. As Wonder moves into his impromptu encore, the new bass player, Joe Swift, having replaced Larry Moses, can be heard on the recording, yelling out, “What key? What key?”


The live version of “Fingertips” was released on May 21, 1963 as a two-part single, with Part 2 (with the encore) as the B-side. The 707 mono features “Sunset” and “Contract on Love”. By August, the single B-side had reached the top of both the Billboard Pop Singles and R&B Singles charts.

“Fingertips” was Motown’s second number-one pop hit (following The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman”), and launched the then 13-year-old Wonder into the pop music stratosphere. The single’s success helped Wonder’s live album, Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius, reach number-one on the Billboard Pop Albumschart, making him the youngest artist to accomplish that feat. Because of Part 2’s success, it would later feature on various compilation albums just as the full recording.

Both the studio and live versions of the song featured drumming by Marvin Gaye, who had been playing drums for Wonder and other Motown artists in 1960 before becoming a famous hitmaker in his own right.


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“Are you sure you can cure me of my leg cramps?” 

image: Sam Gross

French words and the expression of the Day:

Cooking the frog is a matter of “Les carottes sont cuites”.  It literally means the carrots are cooked, but we ( in English) say run quickly because the speaker means that the outcome of the situation cannot be changed.

Frog legs are one of the better-known delicacies of the French cuisine. Frog legs or cuisses de grenouille are a traditional dish particularly found in the region of the Dombes (département of Ain).”

The Dombes (ArpitanDomba) is an area in southeastern France, once an independent municipality, formerly part of the province of Burgundy, and now a district comprised in the department of Ain, and bounded on the west by the Saône River, by the Rhône, on the east by the Ain and on the north by the district of Bresse.[1]

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“Martin Zarzar – Moliendo Cafe/Grinding Coffee” 

“Martin Zarzar – Moliendo Cafe/Grinding Coffee” 

Pink Martini’s percussionist Martin Zarzar sings Moliendo Café, a song by popular Venezuelan composer Hugo Blanco (September 25, 1940 – June 14, 2015). From his solo album named “Two Dollars to Ride the Train” which released in 2012.

Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Members of the band call it a little orchestra that crosses the genres of classical music, classic pop, Latin music, and jazz.[1] The co-lead vocalists for Pink Martini are China Forbes[2]and Storm Large.

Moliendo Café” is a Venezuelan song that has become popular around the world. The authorship of the song is disputed between Hugo Blanco and his maternal uncle, Jose Manzo Perroni. According to Hugo Blanco, he composed the song in 1958, and since he was not of age (he was 17 years old), he asked his uncle to register the work for him at SACVEN (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Venezuela). A few years later, Jose Manzo Perroni sued his nephew for appropriating the work, claiming that it was he who composed the song, and that his nephew had stolen the melody. The first to record “Moliendo Café” was Mario Suárez in 1958; Hugo Blanco did not record it himself until 1961. Blanco’s version hit #1 in Argentina and Japan in 1961.[1][2]

Cuban singer Xiomara Alfaro‘s Spanish-language version peaked at #1 in Peru.[3] Lucho Gatica‘s version of the song peaked at #3 in Spain.[4] Mina‘s version topped the Italian singles chart and was the #11 track on the end-of-year chart.[5] At present, the song has more than 800 versions in many languages. In Japan, the song’s title is “Coffe Rumba”. In Indonesia, the song is titled “Kopi Dangdut” and was a hit in that country in 1991. Ricardo Montaner performed a cover of the song on his 2001 album Sueño Repetido.

“Moliendo Café” has become a popular chant for soccer fans around the world. The chant is widely known as “Dale Cavese” and has the same tune as the song.

“Martin Zarzar – Moliendo Cafe/Grinding Coffee” – Lyrics….
This song is by Mina and appears on the album Moliendo Café (1962).
When the afternoon languishes and the shadows are reborn And it is the stillness of the coffee plantations again feel
This sad song of love of the old mill
That in the lethargy of the night you hear moaning. A pain of love, a sadness He carries the zambo Manuel and in his bitterness
Spend the night grinding coffee.
When the afternoon languishes and the shadows are reborn
And it is the stillness of the coffee plantations again feel
This sad song of love of the old mill
That in the lethargy of the night you hear moaning

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds[1] for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title “Mbube“. Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s and ’60s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing. The pop group Tight Fit had a number one hit in the UK with the song in 1982.



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“Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart”

When Springsteen met Joey Ramone in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Ramone asked him to write a song for The Ramones. Springsteen composed “Hungry Heart” that night, but decided to keep it for himself on the advice of his producer and manager, Jon Landau. Previously, upbeat and catchy Springsteen songs such as “Blinded by the Light”, “Because the Night”, and “Fire” had been given away and become hits for others, and Landau preferred the trend not continue.

The title is drawn from a line in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem “Ulysses”: “For always roaming with a hungry heart”.

Springsteen’s voice was slightly sped up on the recording, producing a higher-pitched vocal. (Dire Straits had done the same thing on 1978’s “Setting Me Up”.) Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles sang backup. The mix of songwriting and production techniques was successful, and “Hungry Heart” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1980 and was his biggest hit until “Dancing in the Dark” hit #2 in 1984. In the subsequent Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll, “Hungry Heart” was voted Best Single for the year.

“Hungry Heart” was used on several movie soundtracks over the years; including the obscure 1982 Israeli film Kvish L’Lo Motzah(a.k.a. Dead End Street, which was actually the very first motion picture ever to feature Springsteen music), the 1983 Tom Cruise hit movie Risky Business, the 1992 dramedy Peter’s Friends, and the 1998 Adam Sandlercomedy The Wedding Singer. In 2000 the song was used in the film The Perfect Storm as well as in 2013 in Warm Bodies.

The single was not a hit in the United Kingdom when first released, reaching only #44 on the UK Singles Chart. It did better in 1995 when it was reissued in conjunction with his Greatest Hits album; this time, it reached #28.

On the day of his murder in December 1980, John Lennon said he thought “Hungry Heart” was “a great record” and even compared it to his single “(Just Like) Starting Over”,[2] which was actually released three days after “Hungry Heart”.

The “Everybody’s Got A Hungry Heart” episode of Japanese anime series Battle B-Daman is named after the lyric in the song. Weezermentions the song in their 2008 song “Heart Songs” on their album Weezer (“The Red Album”). A video was released in conjunction with this re-release (see below).

The aggregation of critics’ lists at rated this song as the #38 song of 1980, as well as #341 of the 1980s and #1870 all time.[3] The song has also been listed as the #1 single of 1980 byDave Marsh and Kevin Stein and as one of the 7500 most important songs from 1944 through 2000 by Bruce Pollock.[3][4] It was also listed as #625 on Marsh’s list of the 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.


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George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad To The Bone”

Bad to the Bone is the fifth studio album by American Blues-Rock band George Thorogood& The Destroyers. It was released in 1982 by the label EMI America Records and contains their best known song, “Bad to the Bone“. The album also features The Rolling Stones side-man Ian Stewart on keyboards. A special edition of this album was released in 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of the album’s original release.



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