Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Blue and Green

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is Van Morrison’s “Blue and Green”

Van Morrison has composed some amazing songs over the years, including “Crazy Love” and “Tupelo Honey”.

This one is such simple lyric, yet it stands out because nobody ever thought of it. That is, until Van Morrison was inspired to compose it. It is like Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. It’s one of those songs that feels like it’s always been.

It takes a lyricist with a lot of moxie to personalize colors the way he has with this song. After listening to this one, I never think of colors the way I did before. Colors are living breathing things.

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Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Rise

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is for all those who have been suffering from Hurricane Harvey. Know that we are thinking of you. You are our brothers and our sisters and our prayers go out for you.

This week’s Spotlight Song is Thea Gilmore with “Rise” on her new album, “Counterweight”:

Boy, did Thea hit the ball out of the park with this one.

Rise
by Thea Gilmore

Are you lost
Are you tired
Is the road ahead unmade
Are you worn
Did the storm
Tear up every stone you laid

Are you alone
Is your home
Past the point of no return
Did those days
Just erase
Everything you thought you’d learned

Come on reach, you’ll see
The river’s not that wide
Now reach for me
And bridge that dark divide
Come on and rise
Come on and rise

Is there a voice
In the air
Just screaming that you’re wrong
Is that noise
Too much to bear
Drowning out your cradle song

Are you scared
That you’ll be
Just one drop in the wave
Has your heart
Twisted apart
From too long being brave

Come on reach, you’ll see
The river’s not that wide
Now reach for me
And bridge that dark divide
Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise

And I know you’re lonely
I know you’re aching
But that next step’s the one worth taking
There’s a hand, darling
There’s a shoulder
There are arms
That just want to hold you

Come on reach, you’ll see
We can sail out come high tide
Now reach for me
Don’t let them say you never tried

Now reach, you’ll see
The river’s not that wide
Now reach for me
And bridge that dark divide

Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise

I know you’re lonely
I know you’re aching
But that next step’s the one worth taking

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Perfect Day

Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such celebrates his fourth year bloggerversary with this week’s Spotlight Song, Lou Reed’sPerfect Day“:

There are some songs you just want to hear again and again. “Perfect Day” is one of those songs. And the version I prefer is the one by its song writer, Lou Reed. This is one of those songs I listen to when I am really bummed out at the world.

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Red Sun

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song: “Red Sun” by Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie:

My gosh, can these two write and record a great song. Thanks, Lindsey and Christine.

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is George Harrison’s beautiful “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”:

Cirque du soleil’s interpretation.

And here’s Carlos Santana’s lovely rendition:

When someone asks me “Who is your favorite Beatle”, I tell them the Beatles are my favorite Beatle. But deep down I know that is not true. It’s George I saw in concert. It’s George whose albums I bought. It’s George I listened to in The Traveling Wilburys with his buds, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Sure, I listen to John when I want to let my intellectual and political side out. I listen to Paul if I go dancing. I listen to Ringo just for the fun of it. But it’s George that most appeals to me. Especially the post-Beatles George. Among my DVDs, I have the “Concert for George”, performed one year after George’s death by many of his friends including his best bud, Eric Clapton.

“While my Guitar Gently Weeps” is among my all-time Beatles favs. It tops the list that includes “Norwegian Wood”, “Help”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “You’re Gonna Lose that Girl”, “Nowhere Man”, “Michelle”, “Lady Madonna”, “Girl”, “Things We Said Today”, “I Feel Fine”, “Get Back”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko”, “A Day in the Life”, “She’s Leaving Home” and “Fool on the Hill”.