by Chiron O'Keefe
Oh, how I cherish Saturday night.
Every week, I count the days. We either whip up a special meal or slip out and let others prepare tasty delights as we sip a fine cabernet. The guitars are tuned, the microphone clicks on, and we begin an evening filled with music. Eventually, our fingertips sting and we reluctantly admit growing a bit weary. Usually by 1:00 a.m., we coil up the cords and flick off the amps, but we're still too wired from playing to call it a night. That's when we settle in front of the PC's widescreen monitor and turn to the slice of musical heaven known as YouTube.
This month, I'm sharing a typical Saturday night session, with a fun mixture of older songs and current hits. Music lovers might want to bookmark this page for a more leisurely viewing when the mood strikes. Ready to rock?
I first caught Eric Hutchinson's song during a typical errand-running Friday. Struggling to find pen, I dashed down whatever lyrics I could remember whenever I hit a stop-sign or red light. Catchy tunes and evocative lyrics always please me. Here's "Rock & Roll":
Hubby and I were working up the song, "I Wish It Would Rain," which naturally led to us wanting to catch the tune on video. Sometimes, during these forays magic happens. By divine accident, I stumble upon something incredibly cool. So it went when I discovered this amazing version from 1992 from Whoopi Golderg's show, featuring Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Richard Street, Ron Tyson, and Ali Ollie Woodson. For lovers of sweet harmonies, you're in for a real treat. Here's the Temptations singing "I Wish It Would Rain":
Followed by the same wonderful voices crooning "My Girl":
Maroon 5 was one of the many bands conjuring up tasty renditions of Beatles' songs, which led me to checking out their originals. My favorite (so far) is an upbeat melody that is simply irresistible. I loved it so much that I searched out the chords, printed them out, grabbed my acoustic and began working on it immediately. Love this song! Here's "Won't Go Home Without You."
We then went searching for alternate versions of an old song we love to perform, "Heart of Stone". What we found was not the same song performed by the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello, this is an original but the video is so astonishing I couldn't tear my eyes away. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo are the Danish musicians that create the unique Raveonettes sound. Here's their original, "Heart of Stone":
Ever heard of the Noisettes? My husband first shared with me their hit tune, "Never Forget You" which reminded me of the 60's and 70's soul music I still cherish. While searching for that particular song, I found this absolute gem. No idea what it's called, the title simply reads, "Noisettes: Acoustic".
Just a few songs left for our Saturday Night Concert. Recently, I discovered the joy of satellite radio. On the Sirius station called "Coffeehouse", a sweet song flowed over me like a summer breeze. Again, I scribbled down the title and the duo singing. Hope you enjoy this beautiful tune called, "This I Know", by Sam & Ruby:
I grew up crooning along with 60's and 70's soul music. Loved the show Tower of Power, The Spinners.
Here they are, performing an old favorite, "It's A Shame":
Bobby McFerrin is a brilliant musician. He pioneered the concept of voice as instrument, performing with such luminaries as YoYo Ma and Chick Corea.
He performs here with McNally Smith Faculty member Judi Donaghy. Here's "I Can See Clearly Now."
Maybe it's because I grew up with the Beatles, Beach Boys, and the Motown hits, that I love dance songs that just feel good. We close this Saturday Night Session with a favorite tune that always lifts my spirit high. Dance with me to the marvelous music of Michael Franti
This one goes out to you and yours worldwide
I say hey I be gone today
But I be back around the way
Seems like everywhere I go
The more I see
the less I know
But I know one thing
That I love you...
I love you, I love you, I love you!
Hope you enjoyed this peek into our Saturday Night Sessions, another fun glimpse of the treasures available through the magic of YouTube!
I must say, often when we're devouring cool videos, we immediately think of one or two we just have to see next. How about you? What should be the next video to watch? Do share!
Until next time,
Chiron O'Keefe is a writer, musician, singer and dedicated dreamer who believes in magic, whether in song, word, or movement. She's been published in American Astrologer, wrote a column for a local paper, was an opening act for Timothy Leary during her songwriter days, co-wrote and performed comedy in South Lake Tahoe, played Prospero in The Tempest, won first place in a lip synch contest dressed as Mick Jagger, and is now focusing on writing mystery suspense. You can read numerous motivational essays at The Write Soul and connect with her on Facebook.