Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day: "Dr Zhivago" was a great story in the middle of the Russian revolution




Like many of you, I've had a great interest in Russian history.

This is a great story about Russia right after World War I and before the revolution that brought the communists to power.   

It's a love story based on a book banned in the old USSR.   In fact, all of that great scenes were filmed in Spain.   

I've viewed it several times and always pick up something new,  I love the period of history in this movie each time:




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Happy Valentine's Day: Agustin Lara was a great composer of Spanish love songs




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In the 1940's, Agustin Lara wrote some great Spanish love songs, such as "Solamente una vez".    

I heard his songs on my parents' turntable.   Some of the best versions were recorded by Los Panchos, the legendary trio of that golden age of tropical music.

His music is still heard today.   In fact, some young performers have issued LP's of his songs, such as Luis Miguel in the 1990's.

One of my favorites was "Farolito":




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Happy Valentine's Day: "Love is blue" was # 1 this week in 1968




Paul Mauriat had the # 1 song this week in 1968.  It was on top for 5 weeks and one of the biggest instrumentals of the pop era:



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Peter Paul & Mary: "Kisses sweeter than wine" for your Valentine's Day playlist



Today, we say "Happy Valentine's Day" to all of our friends.   Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year so my guess is that most couples will celebrate this weekend.

Enjoy your day because it comes around once a year.  

By the way, Valentine's Day is expected to be a $17 billion day.   Furthermore, men will spend a lot more money than women.

Here is a great song for your day.  It is "Kisses sweeter than wine" by Peter Paul and Mary:



"When I was a young man and never been kissed
I got to thinking it over what I had missed.
I got me a girl, I kissed her and then
Oh Lord, I kissed her again.
Oh, kisses sweeter than wine, Oh, kisses sweeter than wine
I asked her to marry and be my sweet wife,
And we would be so happy the rest of our lives.
I begged and I pleaded like a natural man,
And then, Oh Lord, she gave me her hand.....
oh kisses sweeter than wine
I worked mighty hard and so did my wife,
Workin' hand in hand to make a good life.
With corn in the field and wheat in the bins,
I was, Oh Lord, the father of twins.....
oh kisses sweeter than wine 
Our children they numbered just about four,
They all had sweethearts knockin' at the door.
They all got married and they didn't hesitate;
I was, Oh Lord, the grandmother of eight.....
oh kisses sweeter than wine 
Now that we're old, and ready to go,
We get to thinkin' what happened a long time ago.
We had a lot of kids, trouble and pain,
But then Oh Lord, We'd do it again....
oh kisses sweeter than wine".

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Happy Valentine's Day: Barry White and "Love's theme" was # 1 this week in 1974




Barry White had huge hits in the 1970s.   His voice and sound fit the decade of disco.   His career started with "Love's theme",  a great instrumental that was # 1 this week in 1974.     It is now available in a digital format.





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