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My Love is True – The Royal Halos

Reminiscing about summer with a doo wop song from the BEGINNING of the summer….. Why does summer have to end?

Source: My Love is True – The Royal Halos

Come on Little Angel – The Belmonts

Come on Little Angel – The Belmonts.

“Round and a round and a up and down, ohhhh round and a round and a up and down…” Finally, a doo wop song to dance to!!

Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka

“Put your head on my shoulder, hold me in your arms… BABYYYYYYY. Squeeze me oh so tight, SHOW MEEEEE, that you love me tooo..” Gorgeous doo wop song by Paul Anka!!

Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka.

The Closer You Are – The Channels

The Closer You Are – The Channels.

Reflecting on a beautiful doo wop song and a beautiful day at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise!!! Cruise on, Detroit!!

My Own True Love – The Duprees

My Own True Love – The Duprees.

A doo wop song based on “Tara’s Theme” from Gone With the Wind! Just fabulous!!

There She Goes – The Paramours

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So much passion conveyed via the voice and very few REAL instruments! Incredible song!

Originally posted on doowopdoowah:

The lead singer of this great song may sound familiar. His name is Bill Medley, who just so happened to sing in the duo group called the Righteous Brothers. The Righteous Brothers sang the gorgeous song “Unchained Melody” most known from the film Ghost starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Before the Righteous Brothers became the Righteous Brothers, they sang in this group of four called the Paramours. Their song, “There She Goes” from 1962 is quite different from the other songs I shared recently. Most notably, this song is not as romantic. It is more direct, concrete. There is no talk of stars or the sky or night or spring. Our lead singer soulfully pours out his feelings about a girl that has left him, or IS LEAVING him. Note the present tense of this song! It’s incredibly forthright, as though we are experiencing the situation as…

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New Blog!!! Check it out!!

Hello Readers!

I’ve recently started a new site here on WordPress!! Yay!!

The new site is linked to liveloveyourlife in that it is solely dedicated to something that I love very much, something that makes my life way more enjoyable. The new site is a music blog which celebrates the great doo wop music of the 1950s and 1960s. Many of you are probably like, “oh dear, not the doo wop stuff again!!” As you might have noticed, my original blog sort of evolved into a music-type blog, where I shared quite a few old songs and “analyzed” them. My intention was never really to start a music blog, heck, I don’t even think I had a clear intention when I started liveloveyourlife 4 or 5 years ago. However, over these past few years while writing on here very sporadically, I’ve learned that liveloveyourlife was really a direct message to me. It was me telling myself to liveloveMYlife. Now that I’m halfway through college and I reflect back on this blog, I’ve realized that much of what I posted on here is what makes my life more enjoyable. These things are things that I love, things that make living life way more… fun (for lack of better terms!!)!!

I realize that I do not blog on liveloveyourlife much anymore, and I also realize that the viewing traffic on here is mostly contingent. However, I know that people from many places do see this blog for many different reasons. The new blog (or site, whatever you want to call it) is certainly not for everyone. I realize that doo wop music was “popular” many years ago. And I also realize that many people probably have no idea what doo wop even is!! But just because something was popular a long time ago, does not mean that it’s still not charming or beautiful. More importantly, I think the key to creating beautiful music in the future is to listen to the beautiful music from the past. Ultimately, the new site is meant to start some conversations about this music. I realize you can go on Youtube and start conversations in the comments area, but this new blog aims to sort of look at the music on a deeper level. It sort of seeks to define doo wop music in a more profound way, not just based on certain music conventions or technicalities.

Whether or not you’re into doo wop music, check it out and maybe listen to a few songs here and there. And please pass the site along to anyone who may be interested!!

https://doowopdoowahhh.wordpress.com

Thanks for reading!!

-Live and love your life!

Winter Reverie

It’s so dreary outside today. Everything feels so heavy. Just looking at the foot of snow we received last week, and watching it sag from the rain. Navigating through the slushy mess on the driveway, in the street, on the sidewalk. It’s warmer today, but still so heavy. The sky is all gray. The most gray I’ve seen it in a long time. It seems impossible for the poor sun to break through the thickness and reflect upon the snow and ice. The backyard seems lonely – the pool empty, the porch still, no movement whatsoever, not even that of blowing snow. Just snow, being weighted down by the heaviness of the air and the gloom of the sky. The entire house is gray and is weighted down by the sky too. And everything in the house is so slow and droopy. I struggle to keep my eyes open, as they are weighted down by the gray that invades through the windows. It’s warmer in the house, but the warmth only makes everything droop more. The room illuminates slightly, and as I glance out the window, I see a yellow/white shadow peeking through the deep gray of the sky. Will it leave? I hope not. My eyes droop closed, but the yellow/white shadow remains, penetrating through my closed eyelids. I feel warmth. Warmth that does not weigh me down, but warmth that embraces me. I am somewhere else. A nap seems to be the only remedy to conquer the heaviness of today.

The song I’ve shared, “What The World Needs Now is Love”, is a song that conveys the heaviness not through its lyrics, but through the music. Note the up-and-down movement of the trombone introduction. It’s sort of hopeless, just trying to get by the best it can. The melody with the chorus follows the same movement, “What the world (UP) needs now (DOWN), is love (UP), sweet love (DOWN),” always ending with the DOWN, as if it’s being pulled down. It lacks stability.

The song seems to create its own reverie by its unstable chorus of UPs and DOWNs and also its upward-moving force. A force that seems to allow the song to constantly build, perhaps the only stable factor of this song. The first verse, “Lord, we don’t need another mountain… Enough mountains and hillsides to climb… Enough oceans and rivers to cross until the end of time…” seems to plateau at the beginning, but only builds into the chorus (ironic that we’re climbing mountains and crossing oceans as the music is building?). The next verse, “Lord, we don’t need another meadow… Cornfields and wheat fields and sunbeams and moonbeams enough to grow and shine” again seems to plateau, but these vast, seemingly metaphysical images only build into the chorus (ironic that the vastness is accompanied by these airy, wispy, dreamy violins?). The chorus then relaxes, sinks back down into reality, the hopeless trombone even appears again – is the song ending? Not quite yet. The chorus then builds up again, the violins come back in, and we’re in our other dimension. The song finally ends by coming full circle, as the trombone reappears and plays the melody just as it did in the beginning. And back in reality we are.

Jackie DeShannon’s hit certainly sounds like that typical “rainy-day-song”, but by creating this daydream-like atmosphere, the song is almost like a temporary escape from the world with not enough love (in the song’s context) and also from a dismal wintry, rainy, cloudy day. Just another way to look at it I suppose.

Happy January! Embrace the sun!!

-Live and love your life!

Farewell 2013

Well, on this eve of the New Year, I cannot help but think about how enlightening and dynamic 2013 was for me. It was a year filled with much change, some good, some bad. It was a year filled with more insight on life. It was a year filled with new experiences that I will never forget, experiences that brought the insight, and in many ways bolstered it. These experiences reminded me that life is not something to be mastered, like one would master some job routine or exercise routine. Life is something to be lived – no mastery required. Of course, there are healthy ways to live life, and unhealthy ways to live life. Furthermore, the latter of the two seems to be a failed attempt at “living life.” However, are there really failed attempts? After all, we’re all living. We’re breathing. We’re interacting. We’re learning. We’re writing. We’re listening to music. We’re working. We’re making money.

Okay, so perhaps we might perform these “tasks” in an unhealthy way. Breathing – smoking whatever, inhaling whatever, etc. etc. Interacting – walking into public places with guns and wreaking havoc. Learning – allowing five years olds to listen to rap, and absorb the language and the many inappropriate references. Writing – posting statuses and “tweets” on social media about “how ugly so and so’s sweater was”, or “how terrible my mom is because she refuses to allow me to have my twenty year old boyfriend over when I am only fifteen.” Listening to music – (rap certainly does not belong here because it is not music) celebrating “musicians” for mere aesthetic purposes, i.e. I want to see Miley Cyrus in concert because she has great effects, like the wreaking ball, and the twerking, etc. Working – performing any job, whether you hate it or love it, and not knowing your purpose. Making money – forgetting to appreciate yourself for being able to make ends meet.

Stated above are not criticisms, but rather truths. Just a few truths that I experienced in 2013. To me, unhealthy ways to perform those “tasks.” However, none of those suggest failed attempts at living life. They suggest ignorance, misunderstanding, confusion, perhaps mystification. Many people breathe and feel lucky to be alive. Many people stop in the midst of their busy days and take deep breaths, centering their minds, relaxing their muscles, exercising their lungs. These same people go out and teach others these techniques. They write books. They record meditation exercises and post them on YouTube, interacting with, giving to their fellow man. Those impacted by gun violence go out and fight for gun laws and for safer schools and for better emergency procedures, interacting with others to make the world a better, and safer place. More importantly, not only a safer place for themselves but for others. At the same time, children are learning gratitude and empathy. They are learning healthy ways to express their emotions. They are learning to understand their emotions. And many of us adults try very hard to cultivate these experiences by reading and writing with our kids, by making them feel safe at home and at school, and by providing them with wholesome, cerebral experiences from which they can learn and glean insight. With this, perhaps many of our kids will think more about what they post online. At that moment of dissing mom on twitter, maybe I will stop before I hit the “submit” button and think about how my mom would feel if she read that “tweet.” Or maybe before hitting that button, I’ll think about the “girl with the ugly sweater” and how she would feel upon reading that tweet. Instead of airing my feelings to the world, maybe I’ll formally write them down in a journal or turn them into a story or into a melody.

Many of us listen to music and appreciate the sounds and how the sounds parallel to the words. We try to understand the message. We search for the message. We share good music with each other, with our kids, our partners, our friends. We keep an open-mind. But moreover, we appreciate what we hear. And if we hear something so stimulating, and so touching that we grow to fall in love with it, then we appreciate the artist for creating it, not for his/her aesthetic appeal on tv or on the stage. These same artists will recognize that appreciation, and moreover, will recognize their purpose. Why are they making this money? Well, they are creating beautiful, honest music that people appreciate and connect with on a deeper level. The rest of us, whether we are CEOs of major companies or McDonald’s crew members, also recognize that we serve some purpose. The drive-thru attendant at McDonald’s, working ten-hour shifts to make ends meet at home, smiles at a customer and warmly greets her, complementing her nail color, as she pays for her iced tea. The woman is like any other paying customer. However, she is mourning the loss of her son who was killed a year before in combat overseas. The drive-thru attendant had no idea – the woman did not share this with the attendant. Instead, the woman smiled back at the attendant and thanked her. The attendant’s kindness made getting through the day a little easier for the woman. The drive-thru attendant was really just doing her job, but doing it with a purpose. She works hard for her money. She respects herself for working hard.

These are also truths. To me, healthy ways of performing those “tasks.” The fun part of life, is recognizing that we can make healthy choices or unhealthy choices. Our final decision, whether we choose the healthy choice or the unhealthy, depends on our experience. If we choose the unhealthy way, it does not mean that we have failed at life, it simply means that we made a choice, and perhaps it wasn’t the best choice. The even more fun part about life, is that over time, we learn. Next year upon making a choice, we’ll choose the healthier alternative. Did we master life? I don’t think so. We just made a better choice. The best part is that this dichotomy between healthy choices and unhealthy choices is never-ending and is not as binary as I am making it sound. We make healthy choices and we make unhealthy choices at the same time. Also, everything is subjective. Healthy to one person might be unhealthy to another person and vice versa. However, we can still teach other and learn from each other. We can still share our opinions. We’re getting through life together. We’re not doing it wrong. We’re not doing it right. We’re just doing it, and along the way, we’re making choices that impact, in some way, everything around us.

So here’s to 2014….. A year filled with awareness of the choices we make, the things we impact. For me, a year filled with more music, writing, reading, learning, understanding, and even more insight. God bless. Happy New Year!

-Live and love your life!

Tribute to JFK

On this 50 year anniversary, we remember a man so distinguished in American politics. A man who saved this country from the brink of nuclear war. A man who made Civil Rights even more possible for African Americans. A man, who more often than not, asked “what he could do for his country.” JFK.
In this clip, we see the brilliant Leonard Bernstein, dear friend to the Kennedy family, direct the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony – “Resurrection” to honor JFK. This is one of the many ways over the last 50 years that our brilliant, late JFK has been honored.

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