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Songs on Saturday ~ Billy Joel

people disappoint, passion is ephemeral, pasta is eternal

A long, long time ago, I can still remember when this music used to make me smile.  That was before I started wearing Italian suits, dated an Italian girl, bought an Italian car, and almost married into the Jacionelli Family.  Suit Ferragamo, Shoes Gucci, Car Alpha Romeo, Girl Sophia, Ice Cream Jacionelli.

Some say that you can’t ever truly know a woman until you’ve taken her out for dinner to your favorite little Italian Restaurant.  And that you will never what she’s going to look like when she’s older until you’ve met her mother.  All I know is that I’d rather have an Alpha Romeo sports car than a Morris Oxford.

History may be repeating itself ~ as history does

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

beautiful, expensive, temperamental

Butterfly

just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly

This post is inspired by my friend Paula Light and her Thursday prompt; Butterfly.  If you’re not familiar with this French song and very cool singer, then why not take the time now.  If, like me, your French isn’t quite up to understanding all the nuances, then just enjoy the video and warmth of this guy’s voice.

This song is also for a very close friend of mine.

Please listen with the joy of life in your heart.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

you are too beautiful

for any ending to end you

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Royal Air Force

today is Battle of Britain Day

On September 15th 1940 the Nazi Luftwaffe met the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force over the skies of southern England.  By the end of the day the Luftwaffe had lost twice as many aircraft as had the RAF.  The Luftwaffe was broken and Hitler called off Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of England.  Democracy had been saved for the world.

Churchill called the 2,927 pilots who had taken part ‘The Few’, and 510 perished during the battle.  Only one of The Few is still alive today; 101 years old John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

during the battle the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German aircraft than did the Supermarine Spitfire.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

the bigger the storm, the brighter your rainbow

Face it, we’re all facing pretty big storm-clouds , and it doesn’t look as though they’re going to blow over any time soon.  So let’s all look for the silver lining, and hope that we find a rainbow shining through.  It’s either a nightmare, or a dream ~ you choose.

A change from Judy Garland, and I like this version of the classic song.

Please listen with a smile on your face.

With thanks to my friend Paula Light for the inspiration.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pretty lucky

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Lionel Richie

I can’t dance, don’t ask me

As a matter of a fact I can’t sing much, some would say that I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I can dance.  A dancing fool for the right woman.

Please listen and feel happy.

If you need to move your feet, then that’s happy too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a better car than the one in the clip

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Ben Taylor

ask not what your country can do for you
ask what you can do for your country

This song is not what I had intended to post this afternoon, but earlier today, for some reason, my random music player chose to play this track from the thousands it holds in memory.  It’s appropriate.  Even from here in England I can see that America is hurting.  At least know that one Englishman is praying for you.

Please listen with national pride.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Semper Fidelis

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Sinatra

people don’t go to New York to get a good night’s sleep

I’ve worked in London, Paris, Milan, Frankfurt, Amsterdam…  But the very first time I went to Manhattan, got out of the town car on 5th, I knew that the City that Never Sleeps is something special.  New York is suffering and bleeding right now.  So this song is for her.

And, if you’ve never been to the Big Apple, do it before you see Paris and die.

Please listen and think of dancing at the top of the Flatiron Building.

And, I made it there.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the movie reference

Bell, Book, and Candle

Songs on Saturday ~ Sugar Me

You catch more monkeys with sugar than with vinegar.

Following the Archies and Sugar, Sugar this morning, I thought I could repost Sugar Me from Lynsey De Paul.  This song takes me all the way back to my staid and honest younger days.  Sadly, I never did have a misspent youth ~ not even in swinging 70’s London.  Perhaps I am making up for it now.  Maybe.

Lynsey wrote this song for Peter Noone, and only recorded it herself at the urging of her then boyfriend Dudley Moore.  Back in the day Lynsey was very much part of the swinging London scene ~ minis and all.

With appreciation and thanks to Paula Light.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the all-conquering mini cooper

all most as much fun as a girl in a mini

Songs on Saturday ~ Sugar, Sugar

we all know sugar is bad for us ~ this is worse

Back here in good old Blighty, we never had the Archies cartoon series, but I well remember their song featuring on Top Of The Pops.  That was back in the day when the good old BBC made decent TV programmes.

I couldn’t bear to post their original video.  What the hell, maybe I can.  I like it better anyhow.

Please listen without wetting yourself.

With thanks to Paula Light.

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jack collier

jacklcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Joe Cool

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Chris Rea

home isn’t always where the heart is

Back at home after a sunshine vacation.  All of which was good, except for the sick flight home.  I thought I was looking for the summer ~ seems the truth is, I was trying to fill an empty place in my heart.

Today, here in England it’s cold, wet, grey.  My friends are acting strangely.  I’ve been as sick as a dog for a week.

I’m beginning to wonder if coming home was such a good idea.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

time I found a way to fly away

 

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