Welcome to Musical Monday! Music has been known to affect our emotions. Listening to music can make us happy or sad, relaxed or motivated, put us to sleep or make us want to dance. Music absolutely plucks at our heartstrings bringing to the surface a multitude of emotions.
Someone once described music to me as a time machine. When we listen it often transports us back to a place in time. A certain song can bring back feelings of someone we loved, our wedding day, someone who died, or any of the many important times in our lives.
Music has always been a big part of my life. When I am sad listening to a sad song often allows me to release that sadness. Happy songs tend to take away my sadness. It has helped motivate me to do housework. Yep, just crank up the radio or a music television station and I’m good to go. Warning: Be careful not to turn your music up too loud though. I have actually blown out the speakers in a television once doing this.
I have been known to start singing in a store when a song that I like comes on, I tend to sing along with songs while I am driving, and it isn’t unusual to see me moving to the music in my computer chair as I sit and listen to music.
This week I am posting Tribute Songs To Those Who Have Died. Please leave your favorite Tribute Song(s)To Those Who Have Died in the comments below. You may see your song posted in upcoming blog posts. If you have enjoyed this blog post don’t forget to sign up to follow my blog so you’ll never miss a Musical Monday post. Follow buttons can be found on the right side of this blog. Thank you!
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According to Sarah McLachlan the song Angel is about Jonathan Melvoin who was a keyboard player for Smashing Pumpkins. He died from a heroin overdose in 1996.
Eric Clapton wrote Tears In Heaven as a tribute to his son Conor who died in 1991 at the age of 4 when he fell out a 53rd story window. The song was used in the movie, Rush, about two police officers who become drug addicts.
In 1974 the Righteous Brothers released Rock and Roll Heaven, a tribute to singers who had passed away. That version included Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jim Morrison, Bobby Darin, and Jim Croce.
In 1981 The Righteous Brothers added more deceased singers….Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Keith Moon.
In 1991 the lyrics were once again rewritten to add Roy Orbison, Jackie Wilson, Ricky Nelson, Dennis Wilson, Marvin Gay, Sam Cooke, Cass Elliot and Steve Ray Vaughan.
Better On The Other Side is a song that was written and dedicated to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The song was recorded on the day of his demise, June 25, 2009, after hearing that Jackson had died. Recording artists are Diddy, Boyz II Men, Usher, The Game, Chris Brown, DJ Khalil, Mario Winans and Polow da Don.
One of my all time favorite songs! Sung by Dion, Abraham, Martin and John is a tribute to four assassinated men who fought for civil rights. The song mentions Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, John F. Kennedy and close to the end of the song acknowledges Robert (Bobby)Kennedy.
Michael Stipe, the lead singer in R.E.M. paid tribute to the late comedian Andy Kaufman with the song, Man On The Moon.
The Day The Music Died is referenced in the song American Pie. This tribute to February 3, 1959 when music greats Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash is sung by Don McLean.
Elton John’s Candle In The Wind was originally written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe in 1973.
In 1997 with the death of Diana, the Princess of Wales he rewrote the lyrics and Good-bye England’s Rose was a song in honor of her.
The song Happy Birthday sung by Stevie Wonder is a tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.