March On, March On

Well, I’ve had enough Spring for one day

With the weather we have been having lately, that cartoon somehow seems appropriate to begin my review of the past month on my blog. As usual, I’m giving you a reminder of what you may or may not have seen here, and a chance to catch up on anything you missed, or perhaps want to read again if you are sufficiently bored.

My March featured nine posts. There were five Tuesdays in the month, which were matched by Tuesday Tunes posts, and I also gave you three more musical offerings, one which comprised both music and dance, and the previous monthly review. Let’s start with that one, shall we, though chronologically it came second in the month: it was February Seven, which as always gave you a full run down of the preceding month, plus a video of the song which gave the piece its title. This was a wonderful song by The Avett Brothers, which was a perfect fit to match February’s seven posts.

As usual, the bulk of my blogging month was Tuesday Tunes. The five posts began on March 1st with Tuesday Tunes 93: Run which was themed as a nod in the direction of how I had been suffering the previous week. The music came from Jackson Browne, Dax, Bryan Adams, The Wandering Hearts, The Beatles, Soul Asylum, Thunder And Rain, and Tom Petty. I always like to mix up the familiar with the less well-known!

March 8th was International Women’s Day, and I marked the event with Tuesday Tunes 94: IWD. In this piece I gave you songs by bands with a female lead vocalist, which seemed fitting to me. The tunes were provided by Pat Benatar, Heart, Fairport Convention, Rilo Kiley, The Pretenders, The Cardigans, 10,000 Maniacs, and Evanescence.

Next up was a piece prompted by an offering I gave you the weekend prior (which I’ll come back to shortly). This was Tuesday Tunes 95: Dance, Part One. I had amassed such a long list of possible songs for the dance theme that I already knew there would be more than one post for it! This first set included music by Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, The Hooters, Thin Lizzy, John Mellencamp, Scissor Sisters, and The Drifters.

The week of March 22nd saw the second anniversary of the beginning of my Tuesday Tunes series, and I chose a suitable theme for it: Tuesday Tunes 96: Two. An easy decision, I think! The tunes were by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Beatles (second appearance this month), Richard Thompson, Cowboy Junkies, The Deep Dark Woods, Def Leppard with Taylor Swift, Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, and Dire Straits. In this one I deliberately went for songs I thought might not be familiar to many, and from the comments I think I achieved that!

For the final Tuesday in March I gave you a second selection of dance songs, in the imaginatively entitled Tuesday Tunes 97: Dance, Part Two. This post actually featured nine songs, as I wanted to include an extra by way of tribute to Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters’ drummer, who died a few days before. I began the piece with this: a song on which Taylor sang lead vocal, from the album the band released for last year’s Record Store Day under the name of The Dee Gees – yes, it was a set of Gibb brothers covers! The regular weekly set of eight tunes then followed, featuring Lady Gaga, Don Henley, Orleans, Xander And The Peace Pirates, Elton John, Wang Chung, Van Morrison, and Men Without Hats. How many of those did you know?

In addition to these, there were three further posts last month. The first of these was one which had been prompted by a YouTube recommendation, which got me going down the rabbit hole and discovering quite a few similar pieces. These were videos in which movie clips had been aligned with more recent music: the first was Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth dancing to one of my favourite Led Zeppelin songs: I wasn’t going to miss out on that, was I! The piece was called Through The Medium Of Dance, a phrase I borrowed from one of the regular characters in the sketch show Little Britain, and I helpfully included a brief video to show where it came from. There was also another clip of Fred Astaire with Led Zeppelin, a wider selection of clips backed by Fine Young Cannibals, a wonderful short video of a senior gentleman putting us all to shame, and I closed the piece with the original performance of Riverdance at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. As the starting point for a phenomenon I think it is hard to beat, especially as it was so unexpected amongst all the rubbish that is the usual fare of that show.

The second musical offering was my annual excuse to indulge my love of Irish music, with ☘️St Patrick’s Day Tunes☘️. The music came from The Chieftains with Van Morrison, The Dubliners, The Pogues with The Dubliners, Horslips, and Sharon Shannon with Mundy and a cast of thousands. A joyous ending to a post that celebrated a happy day for so many around the world.

I also gave you an extra piece that had been prompted by one of the Tuesday Tunes posts – #96, to be precise. In compiling that one I came across the American TV show CMT Crossroads, which provided the tune I shared with Def Leppard and Taylor Swift. This intrigued me, and I sought more information on it. You can read all about it in the post I titled after it, CMT Crossroads, but suffice to say here it is a blend of country music artists with those from other musical genres. Some of these collaborations are amazing, and I gave you another song from the Def Leppard/Taylor Swift show, plus a couple of songs each from Martina McBride and Pat Benatar, James Taylor and The Chicks, and Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show. All are superb, and I may well return to this series at some future date.

So, that was my blogging March. All that remains is to give you the song whose title I borrowed for this post. This may well be another unfamiliar one for you, as to the best of my knowledge it has yet to appear on a record. This is a live performance by Vince Gill of a new song he wrote last year:

As Vince is American that song is written from the American viewpoint, but I think its lyrics speak to many more beyond those shores, pertinent though it is for that country:

Get on board children / We’re runnin’ outta time / The world needs changin’ / Both yours and mine / Need to cause good trouble / Peaceful like John / The day we’re all equal / The struggle will be gone. 

Chorus:
Preach on brothers / Sisters stay strong / Hearts are changing / March on, march on / 400 years of history / Couldn’t be more wrong / A reckoning is coming / March on, march on.

If you want to know more about that, and to see the full lyrics, you can find it here.

That seems to be a good point at which to leave you, with something to think about. Take care, and I’ll see you again soon (I’ll be back on Tuesday, as ever).

21 thoughts on “March On, March On

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  2. A great song. Vince Gill has changed a lot but is ageing well. A smile can make a huge difference. The cartoon made me think of our walk with the dogs along the beach today. It was only 11C and a bit windy. The sun was out though and an older couple were suntanning. I guess they thought, we paid all this money to come to Spain and we’re going to get our money’s worth! It made us cold looking at them.

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