A bit more upbeat than the rest of this week’s songs, here’s Save the Last Dance for Me. It was first recorded by Ben E. King and The Drifters in 1960, then by Dolly Parton in 1983 and by Michael Bublé in 2006. My version is a bit more Bublé than Ben E. King! It would have been nice to be backed by a full band and brass section, but I hope you enjoy this solo version!
Today’s song is Abba’s Hasta Mañana. This song was almost chosen as their 1974 Eurovision entry in favour of Waterloo as it was thought that Waterloo may be too risky and Hasta Mañana represented more the style of Eurovision. Waterloo won out in the end and the rest was history! This seems like a simple song, but I think the chord pattern is pretty sophisticated. It’s definitely not a three-chord song! In my E major version the chorus goes like this: E – G#m – C#m – C#7 – F#m B – F# – B – E – G#m – C#7 – F#m – A – Am – E – C#7 – F#m – B – E. So if you want to strum along you’ll be fine. At least until the modulation but that’s what capos are for!
Today’s song is One Direction’s debut single from 2011, What Makes You Beautiful. This song won the 2012 BRIT Award for Best British Single and the music video is apparently the 18th most watched music video in history according to YouTube. It was covered in 2012 by the Piano Guys with a very clever performance involving a lot of grand-piano-string-plucking. I suppose my version is probably a bit more Piano Guys than One Direction!
I thought of this song last night when I was trying a long exposure to photograph the lovely starry sky (see below) but I figured that I’d probably already played it in my last 365 Songs challenge. However, it turns out that I didn’t play Stars first time round, so here’s the powerful song from Les Misérables today. I hope you enjoy this (and the photo below!)
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And the tree, and the fish, and the bird, and the bell…
I decided to play this Michael Marra song today when I heard that some friends were going to be involved in a new recording of the song to raise funds for those affected by the George Square bin lorry tragedy. There’s more information about this here and the new recording featuring Tom Urie and the Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra will be available in February. The first time I heard the song was on the Hue and Cry Bitter Suite album. Here’s a video of Hue and Cry performing the song in 1990. I hope you enjoy my version of Mother Glasgow.
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This Jason Mraz song is another great track which has been released since my 2010 challenge. It was released as the first single from the 2012 album Love is a Four Letter Word. Talking in Billboard about the song, he said:
“For me, the true meaning exists in the bridge saying ‘I don’t want to be someone who walks away so easily, I’m here to stay and make a difference.’ That is for all of us. We all have something that we’re fighting for or that we’re striving for. Whether we want to coach our soccer team to victory or lose five pounds in a month, whatever it is, there’s nothing too small worth fighting for and there’s nothing too big worth going after.”
Wise words. I hope you enjoy this song. If it’s your first time here, you can find out more about the 365 Songs project here.