I Want to Fall In Love- Larry Hovis

It’s no secret that Hogan’s Heroes is one of my favorite TV shows, but once I found out that Larry Hovis, aka Sgt. Andrew Carter, was also a singer, I instantly fell in love with his voice.  He recorded a solo album in 1959 titled “My Heart Belongs to Only You.”  He also made recordings with The Bill Gannon Trio and The Mascots.  

(Oddly enough, this was posted on Sweetest Day 2015)

Larry Hovis

A video of this featured song is below the lyrics. 

I Want To Fall In Love – Written and Performed by Larry Hovis

Here I am with my heart in my hand,

and I want to fall in love.

Here I am thinking, it would be grand

if I just would fall in love.

I’m tired of being, all alone.

No one to call my very own.

So here I am, hoping you’ll understand

why I want to fall in love.

I want to fall in love.

I’m tired of being all alone.

No one to call my very own.

So here I am, hoping you’ll understand

Why I want to fall in love.

I want to fall in love.

I want to fall in love.  

Catalogue- Heywood Banks

The other day I was browsing on Pinterest…. gazing at all the pictures of couples having fun, getting engaged and the wedding ideas.  I pin them thinking, ‘One day…. That’ll be me on day.  I’ll have that kind of fun.’  Then I thought about the song Heywood Banks wrote called Catalogue.

This time, I couldn’t find a video on YouTube for you to listen along so I decided to make one myself.  I used Power Point to put it together and Wondershare to convert it.  Unfortunately, in the conversion it is about 1.5 seconds fast so all the pictures don’t match that well.  I still had fun making it.  It look about a week too.  Here’s my video and Heywood’s lyrics below.  

Also visit his website to see more videos, order merchandise etc.  

Catalogue- written and performed by Heywood Banks

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Giggle up in the warm summer breeze
Butter-cotton jersey
Periwinkle silk

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Chase the dog on the beach
Showin’ my teeth
Hand-crafted
Simple pleasure

Well I’d like to place an order please
I’d like to be eternally
Young and pretty and never broke
It can’t be on back order
I need overnight delivery
Happy and laughing at an inside joke

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Got no boss, got no bills, sleepin’ late
Hand-combed pair available
Khaki, oatmeal and stone

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Holdin’ hands on the dock at the compound
Small only
Not available in stores

Well I’d like to place an order please
I’d like to be eternally
Young and pretty and never broke
It can’t be on back order
I need overnight delivery
Happy and laughing at an inside joke

(What do you mean my card’s declined?)

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Have fun like they do in the catalogue
Have fun like they do in the catalogue
Have fun like they do in the catalogue

Belleau Wood- Garth Brooks

One of my all time favorite Christmas song is not a traditional carol.  It’s also one song that always makes me cry. That being said, it should be no surprise then that it is a song with historical significance.  The Christmas Truce of WWI is a piece of history that has always intrigued me.  I was looking up exactly which countries took part in the truce and just realized that this is the 100th anniversary.    The Guardian published photos of the re-inactment on this anniversary 

The History channel has some nice information as well.  

and if you want to see a full length movie, I recommend, Joyeux Noel.  I have the movie on DVD, but could only find it for free on You Tube in sections. 

The video at the bottom has some very nice photos.  I chose this instead of the live version of Garth Brooks singing it.  

 Belleau Wood  

Written by Garth Brooks and Joe Henry

Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence
Over Belleau Wood that night
For a Christmas truce had been declared
By both sides of the fight
As we lay there in our trenches
The silence broke in two
By a German soldier singing
A song that we all knew

Though I did not know the language
The song was “Silent Night”

Then I heard my buddy whisper,
“All is calm and all is bright”
Then the fear and doubt surrounded me
‘Cause I’d die if I was wrong
But I stood up in my trench
And I began to sing along

Then across the frozen battlefield
Another’s voice joined in
Until one by one each man became
A singer of the hymn

Then I thought that I was dreaming
For right there in my sight
Stood the German soldier
‘Neath the falling flakes of white
And he raised his hand and smiled at me
As if he seemed to say
Here’s hoping we both live
To see us find a better way

Then the devil’s clock struck midnight
And the skies lit up again
And the battlefield where heaven stood
Was blown to hell again

But for just one fleeting moment
The answer seemed so clear
Heaven’s not beyond the clouds
It’s just beyond the fear

No, heaven’s not beyond the clouds
It’s for us to find it here

 

GI Jive- Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan is my favorite Jazz singer.  I was thinking about him today and one of my favorite songs.

GI Jive

This is the G. I. Jive

Man alive
It starts with the bugler blowin’ reveille over your bed when you arrive
Jack, that’s the G. I. Jive

Roodley-toot
Jump in your suit
Make a salute
Boot!!

After you wash and dress
More or less
You go get your breakfast in a beautiful little caf they call “The Mess”
Jack, when you convalesce

Outta your seat
Into the street
Make with the feet
Reet!!

If you’re a P-V-T, your duty
Is to salute to L-I-E-U-T
But if you brush the L-I-E-U-T
The M-P makes you K-P on the Q-T

This is the G. I. Jive
Man alive
They give you a private tank that features a little device called “fluid drive”
Hey Jack, after you revive

Chuck all your junk
Back in the trunk
Fall on your bunk
Clunk!!

This is the G. I. Jive
Man alive
They give you a private tank that features a little device called “fluid drive”
Hey Jack, after you still survive
Chuck all your junk
Back in the trunk
Fall on your bunk
Clunk!!

Water on Mars – ShyBoy

I don’t keep up with much popular music.  It usually happens that someone gives me a song or cd to introduce me to it and I like it that way, but I don’t listen on a regular basis, so I’ll admit that I don’t know what’s hot, whose it, etc. 

I was listening to some Bob Crane on Soundcloud so maybe that’s why they had suggested a song called Marion Crane (similar name- also a good song inspired by Alfred Hitchcock).  Well because of that suggestion, I found a new artist that I like.  His name is ShyBoy and his debut album Water on Mars was released in late 2013.  Water on Mars is one of my favorite songs.  Here are the lyrics (as interpreted by me) and below is a YouTube video. 

Water On Mars by ShyBoy.

Written by Jason Arnold, Wendy Waldman, Abe Parker & Mark Nubar

Gotta get out 
But there’s nowhere to go
 
At least on this earth
 
Nothing left for me to know
 
They found water on mars
 
Tell em I’m here & I’m ready to go

I’ll leave here today 
I’ll fly away

Blast me off on a rocket 
Let me sail into space
 
Take me away
 
Let me start a brand new day
 
Away from the hatred
 
And the greed
 
And the violence
 
They all seem to need
 
Blast me off on a rocket
 
My new life awaits

A brand new start 
If there’s water on mars
 
There’s more life than this
 
Out there in the infinite dark
 
A new life in space
 
Beyond the moon & the stars

I’ll fly away 
I’ll leave here today
 
I’ll find my way

Leave all the noise on the streets 
And the killing disease
 
With the kids & thier guns
 
The unfortunate ones
 
All the sadness & pain
 
Never see them again
 
All I want is a new place to be

Take me away 
I want sail into space
 
I’ll fly away
 
Start a brand new day
 
Away from the voices
 
In my head
 
Away from the life
 
I lead
 
Blast me off on a rocket
 
My new life awaits

I’m leaving today 
My new life awaits

Gaelic Storm

 

I have a sizeable autograph collection. So many that you’d think I’d be a pro at getting them in person without getting nervous or hysterical deafness. I guess just because of my naturally shy and quiet persona, whether I’m nervous or very calm, I just can’t seem to get it together when I’m standing in front of a famous person. So many things are running through my head and I can’t get them to connect to my mouth- and another opportunity is always lost.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to meet my 2nd favorite music group, Gaelic Storm. (yea 2nd….sorry guys, but no one goes in front of The Monkees). They were performing all weekend at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. I look forward to this weekend all year. Milwaukee has a lot of popular and fun ethnic festivals along the shore of Lake Michigan during the summer that I enjoy, but there’s something about being around “your people” that makes it more fun.   I’m 49% Irish with 1% French from one side of my family and the other is 49% Polish, 0.5% Russian, and 0.5% German. I love to hear all the bagpipes and tapping and seeing my favorite color green, eating the stereotypical potatoes and stew, tossing Wellies down the yard and dressing like Leprechauns.   All that being said, it’s not what drew me to Gaelic Storm.

Several years ago, I had purchased a new MP3 player and their song Scalliwag was pre-loaded on to it as sample music. I liked the song and decided to investigate the band some more and I’ve been hooked ever since. Gaelic Storm is Patrick Murphy, Steve Twigger, Peter Purvis, Ryan Lacey and Kiana Weber.

Last year, they came out with a new CD called “The Boathouse.” All of the songs are arrangements of traditional songs, except Watery Grave, which was written by Steven Twigger.  Available for purchase at live concerts and on gaelicstorm.com, this CD is part of their small batch sessions. The Boathouse was reportedly recorded in only a week in close to 14 hour sessions and was done in a makeshift studio on a friend’s boathouse in Maryland. Wonderful place for inspiration for this group of songs! Kiana writes more about the production of the CD here. http://kianajuneweber.com/the-boathouse/  

I truly like all of Gaelic Storm’s albums with their comedic lyrics and energetic instrumentals, but so far the Boathouse CD is my favorite. I have an inclination to pick out the songs they have about boats and sailing and pirates as my favorites.  (I love being by the water, so much so I’m even a submarine tour guide.)  Scattered throughout the band’s CD catalog, you can find similar songs that feel like they would fit in to that old time seafaring genre such as, Devil Down Below, Lover’s Wreck, Turn This Ship Around, Whichever Way The Wind Blows, and the afore mentioned Scalliwag just to name a few.

I was inspired by The Boathouse CD insert to put together a collage in a frame to get autographed. I worked hard the past two weeks on coming up with the perfect design, knowing that I had a deadline of this Saturday. I used my nautical rubber stamp collection and distressing techniques to create pieces that would complement the mounted CD insert. I chose a grey wood frame that reminded me of an old rotting boat. Also working on a time crunch I had to figure out which photographs I had taken from the concert the night before that I would print in sepia tone and also integrate into the collage. Being that I was not very close to the stage last night I spent the entire concert trying to get at least one photo of each of the band members that wasn’t blurry. (Hard task to complete when everyone is jumping around next to you)

With barely an hour to spare, I completed the collage and headed off to Irish Fest to get it autographed. When it was my turn in line and was standing in front of them, I wanted to tell them some of what I have said here, but I was just too nervous. I couldn’t even tell Steve how I had sort of made this with him in mind and had hoped he would like it. I think they did. It’s one of my favorite autographs, and I will always treasure it.  

Here are some close-up photos of the finished, autographed frame.

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