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  •  I hope you had a lovely weekend, Diana in NoVa. (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Diana in NoVa

    So I poked awhile on bing and YouTube, but I couldn't find a version by either the Ray Conniff Singers or the Percy Faith Chorus.

    Just reading the lyrics, I'd say they're effectively sentimental, not mawkish: "Through my window I can see the moon glow
    Painting silver shadows on a rose coloured land" casts a nice picture and mood.

    I listened to the English Congregation's version, and found the first verse enchanting, reminiscent of services back in Canterbury Cathedral. Then it got all rocky in the second verse, and I felt it spoiled the mood they'd created.

    It's very hard to separate lyrics from music, once we know them together - they feed each other, and the music echoes in our mind as we read the lyrics. This is especially true of songs that had a strong impact on us in our youth, whose emotional spell reaches far beyond our conscious measurement of their surface meanings.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue May 28, 2013 at 02:13:40 PM PDT

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    •  Brecht, you have nailed my feelings EXACTLY (2+ / 0-)
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      I listened to the English Congregation's version, and found the first verse enchanting, reminiscent of services back in Canterbury Cathedral. Then it got all rocky in the second verse, and I felt it spoiled the mood they'd created.
      I felt the same way! That's why I preferred the choral version.  Well, I'm sure that version is long gone.  The radio station went out of business. Too bad, a lot of people really liked it, including me.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Tue May 28, 2013 at 07:00:35 PM PDT

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      •  I looked for a 'Softly Whispering I Love You' (1+ / 0-)
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        that seemed to fit how you described it. But I think The English Congregation ruined the song - all six other versions I found had the same dynamics. I found Paul Young's version charming, but it's mostly solo voice, and it gets rather rocky. I'm sure it's far from what you first heard.

        But I thought I'd share some poetry with you, in a song that blends rock, jazz and classical. Here's Van Morrison with Sweet Thing:

        And I will stroll the merry way
        And jump the hedges first
        And I will drink the clear clean water
        For to quench my thirst

        And I shall watch the ferry boats
        And they'll get high.. on a bluer ocean
        Against tomorrow's sky
        And I will never grow so old again

        And I will walk and talk
        In gardens all wet with rain

        Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
        My, my, my, my, my sweet thing

        And I shall drive my chariot
        Down your streets and cry
        Hey it's me, I'm dynamite
        And I don't know why

        And you shall take me strongly
        In your arms again
        And I will not remember
        That I ever felt the pain

        We shall walk and talk
        In gardens all misty wet, misty wet with rain down
        And I will never, never, grow so old again

        Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
        Oh oh sweet thing...
        My, my, my, my, my

        And I will raise my hand up
        Into the night time sky
        And count the stars
        That's shining in your eye

        Just to dig it all an' not to wonder
        That's just fine.. and I'll be satisfied
        Not to read in between the lines

        Yeah and I will walk and talk
        In gardens all wet with rain
        And I will never, ever, ever, ever grow so old again

        Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
        Oh oh sugar baby
        Sugar baby, sugar baby with your champagne eyes

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue May 28, 2013 at 08:58:56 PM PDT

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