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Top 5 “Sunshine” Songs

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Sunshine of Your Love might be my favourite Cream track.

It’s not my favourite song with a prominent lyric featuring “Sunshine” (that might be Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz), nor my daughter’s (that might be Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling, frequently requested as Sunshine in My Pocket).

And the lads in Cream don’t pronounce “Sunshine” quite as creatively as Liam Gallagher (son-she-eye-nnn).

But it’s still among the Top Sunshine-titled tracks at least, enjoy!

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5. Donovan, Sunshine Superman
Would likely make an appearance on a Top 5 Superman list as well.

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4. Bill Withers, Ain’t No Sunshine
Likely the saddest of the Sunshine tracks.
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3. Frank Turner, You Are My Sunshine
One of the many fine versions of the tune.

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2. Cream, Sunshine of Your Love
Terrific riff.

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1. The Beatles, Good Day Sunshine
That descending left-hand piano part brightens my day every time.

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Verbalize the Positive

Loving the Spring weather this week, lots of son-she-eye-nnn!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #16

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Marianne Faithfull last week.

Here are the results after 15 quizzes:

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Ready for Quiz #16?

I’ve been waiting so long!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #16
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..This short-lived British band from the 60s shares their name with a Prince hit from 1991

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400 points………………..Speaking of shared names, the band has a 1967 hit single that shares a name with a 1983 Canadian comedy film starring Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas

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300 points…………………The guitarist of this group also played the guest guitar solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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200 points………………….Their lone album on the 1001 list is named Disraeli Gears

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100 points………………..The artist is C_______.

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Answer: دسم
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I had to add a ‘y’ when using google translate – otherwise the band name translated back from Arabic to English as ‘generous,’ which I may like even better than the original band name!

Marianne Faithfull – Broken English (1979)

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[Album 533/1001]

A formal, proper English review of this Marianne Faithfull album didn’t feel like right format this week.

So instead, an informal, bullet-point review of Broken English.

Using, as Michael Scott would say, PowerPoint, PowerPoint, PowerPoint!

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to YouTube (and YouTube people) for having specific Office clips so readily available!

Top 5 Mary &/or Anne songs

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To celebrate Marianne Faithful week, a Top 5 Mary &/or Anne songs.

Enjoy!

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5. The WhoMary Anne With the Shaky Hand
How about that percussion!

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4. Pavement, Ann Don’t Cry
Don’t you cry Ann.

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3. Supergrass, Mary
I like to listen to this track on a basis daily.

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2. Alice Cooper, Mary Ann
Splendid piano work.

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1. Leonard Cohen, So Long Marianne
It doesn’t hurt that he was last week’s artist of the week…and I suppose bonus marks for the correct first name spelling of this week’s artist!

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Verbalize the Positive

I’m sure this list only scratches the surface of great Mary &/or Anne tunes, which is a nice problem to have!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #15

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Leonard Cohen last week.

Here are the results after 14 quizzes:

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after 14

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Ready for Quiz #15?

Nifty!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #15
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Owner of a 1978 solo album from the 1001 list, this English singer/songwriter/actress was born December 29, 1946

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400 points………………..She shares her first name with a 1967 Leonard Cohen song and her last name with a 1998 Pearl Jam song

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300 points…………………Her version of As Tears Go By helped launch her singing career

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200 points………………….Her aforementioned 1978 album is Broken English

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100 points………………..The artist is M_____ F______

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Answer: ماريان المؤمنين
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to 4-day weekends!

I’m Not Your Man (yet)

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“I’m not through with you yet”
– Sloan, I’m Not Through With You Yet

I had wonderful intentions of reviewing the 3 remaining Leonard Cohen albums this week…and I managed to complete 1.

If 2 outta 3 ain’t bad, how ’bout 1 outta 3?

Now excuses don’t explain (and explanations don’t excuse) but I think part of the reason is that I’m not ready to close the door on Leonard Cohen reviews just yet.

I recognize I’m not obliged to review albums from the 1001 list exclusively and I could listen recreationally whenever I feel so moved.

But with 469 albums to go, I want to save some albums that I’m looking forward to revisiting & reviewing, to help me with motivation when I inevitably hit the proverbial wall.

I have a feeling that when I’m dreading reviews at some point in the next few years, Leonard will be one of those artists that will help me get my groove back.

Which may be my way of saying that he’s a special artist.

By putting off reviews of Songs of Love and Hate & I’m Your Man, I think I’ll be able to do a better job at conveying that at a later date.

I know Mr. Cohen means a lot to a lot of you as well.

Feel free to share your thoughts on why he’s your man in the comments below!

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy Easter to all!

Top 5 “Top of the Mind” Leonards

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Something a little different for today’s Top 5.

In fact, I practically insist you play along!

Step 1: Acquire a pencil & paper

Step 2: Write down the names of the first 5 people named “Leonard” that come to mind.

Step 3: Share your Leonards in the comments below

Ready, Set, Go!

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As for my Top 5 “Top of the Mind” Leonards?

5. Leonard from the Big Bang Theory
The last name alas did not immediately spring to mind

4. Leonard Maltin, The Movie Critic
I always enjoyed his yearly movie guides

3. Leonard Bernstein, Composer/Conductor/etc.
As shouted by R.E.M.!

2. Leonard Nimoy
Though admittedly I pictured him on The Simpsons, specifically the timeless Monorail episode

1. Leonard Cohen
Well, it is his week after all.

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Verbalize the Positive

In that monorail episode, Leonard Nimoy delivered the ever-quotable line, “No, the world needs laughter.”

And I’ve been laughing about that episode for decades now, my thanks!