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Groovy Sunday Jams: Favorite Bill Withers’ songs

I grew up listening to the music of my father. That means Otis Redding, Al Green, Percy Sledge, and of course, Michael Jackson. Later on, I’ll adopt Ben E. King (The Drifters) and Bill Withers as favorites. They don’t make voices like these anymore. Mr. Withers passed away on March 30, 2020, from heart complications, but his golden voice lives on through his music. 

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Bill served in the army for 9 years. During this time, he overcame his stutter and got into songwriting and singing. These are my favorite songs from him:

Lovely Day

This timeless masterpiece will always be a favorite of mine! Bill’s voice and ridiculous note holding towards the end (almost 19 seconds!) of the song grabbed my intention when I first heard it. This song helped me through some bad times and I knew God was talking to me, telling me that I should be more appreciative of the days He has gifted me with for no matter how many challenges I face, I’ll always have Him by my side (which brings me to the other song below). It’s the perfect song for a Sunday morning. 

Worship Jesus and every day will be a lovely day. 

 

Lean On Me

This song always brings a smile to my face. It also reminds me of another favorite song of mine, “Will You Be There” by MJ. God didn’t create us to be alone. We’re meant to be in communication with others (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). The central focus of this song is friendship and putting away pride when it comes to asking for help for at some point in our lives, we might just need help and it’s okay to ask for it because one day, I might be the one who needs someone to be there for me. 

In these trying times, we need someone to lean on. We can always count on and lean on Jesus no matter how difficult a trial we might be facing.

 

BONUS: Ain’t No Sunshine

It’s not exactly an upbeat song, but I love Bill’s voice on this track. This was the song that made me recognize Bill. The lyrics are there for interpretation, but it seems like it’s about an older man in love with a younger woman. I don’t exactly like cover songs, but if it’s done right, I’ll appreciate it and I did just that when I heard MJ’s version.

There’ll be always sunshine even if it’s dark and gloomy if we walk with the Sun of Righteousness. 

 

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away

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Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone, Bill Withers. Thank you for all of the lovely days and the good music.

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Day 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

There is only one song and it’s my favorite song of all time: ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ by The Drifters. Ben E. King’s smooth vocals did justice to the lyrics! I love the story behind the song as well for it came from a personal experience. Doc Pomus found a wedding invitation in a hatbox and it reminded him of his wedding in which he sat in his wheelchair and watch his brother dance with his (Promus) new wife. Promus had polio.

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After that memory assaulted him (three years later after his marriage), he stayed up all night writing the words to this song on the back of the invitation. When the song was being recorded, Ben E. King was told that the song was inspired by Pomus watching his lovely bride dance with another man and King’s emotional vocal was history. This song was the band’s only #1 hit.

They don’t make music like this anymore. 

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Laugh and sing
But while we’re apart
Don’t give your heart
To anyone

But don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me

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Day 2: 20 Facts About You

20 facts? I don’t know if I can get up to 20, but let’s try.

1. I dislike talking about myself.

2. I love God so much that words can’t describe the feeling.

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3. I write. A lot. Hence the reason why I have a lot of incomplete stories as far back as 2009. Or maybe it was from 2007? Eh, who’s counting anyway!

4. My favorite number is 4.

5. I’ve never worn make-up and don’t intend to start anytime soon or later.

6. I am a child of the Most High.

7. I love cheese pizza… topped with pineapple, green peppers, and onions!

8. I have a little reminder (a bump) on my right leg from when I fell off the bunk bed ladder. I was about ten or less. Eh, stuff happens when you play too much. But it was worth it!

9. I’m a nerd. 

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10. I am in love with languages! 

11. My favorite song of all time is ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’ by Ben E. King.

12. My favorite sport to watch is football. Go Les Bleus!

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13. I’m mixed, but for the most part, I’m Indian.

14. I like Shah Rukh Khan, Mattew Gray Gubler, and Will Yun Lee, but my all-time favorite actor is Tom Cruise… even when he’s throwing things in anger.

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15. Tyler is a pseudonym.

16. I don’t have a dream car.

17. I once wanted to be a lawyer.

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18. I like ice cream, just not Häagen-Dazs.

19. I love blue eyes.

20. I want to live in France one day. If that does not work out, Los Angeles can call my name on her lips.

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And that’s it. Nothing tabloid juicy. 😆 I scheduled some posts for this weekend and for the rest of the month. I also scheduled the rest of this challenge. I’ll see you guys sometime next week God’s willing. Take care and God bless. 💙

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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 1

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Challenge: Your favorite song

Whenever I say ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’ by The Drifters is my UTMOST favorite song of all time, my friends used to look at me funny and go, ‘But isn’t Michael Jackson your favorite musician?’

‘Save the Last Dance For Me’ is a song that speaks of obsessive love, fear, sadness, or jealousy, depending on how one may look at it, but the smooth caress of Ben E. King’s vocals on this track offers nothing but affectionate romance. There was a story back then about the origin of the song. Writer Doc Pomus was stricken with polio as a child. He said he got the idea for the song at his 1957 wedding. Imagine just seeing your newly wedded bride dancing with everyone and you can’t dance with her because of your polio. You feel a sense of sadness. That maybe, just maybe, you’re not good enough for her, that you although you have her you don’t really have her. Yet, you’re hoping that at the end of the night that she’ll remember you. Remember who she’s coming home to.

You can also look at it from this perspective: He is telling her that she is free to dance and flirt, but he’ll be there for the dance that really counts: the last dance. And this is how I choose to look at it.

Pomus and his bride divorced five years later.

The song went on to be covered by other various artists including Michael Bublé and Dolly Parton, but those versions are not as electrifying as the original.

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You can dance
Every dance with the guy
Who gave you the eye
Let him hold you tight

You can smile
Every smile for the man
Who held your hand
‘Neath the pale moonlight

But don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me, mmm

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