Season 587

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(or How I met my wife, husband, lover or significant other...)

Hi there and welcome to Season 587,

As in my last hosting, the theme for this week was inspired by the number of the Season. In my case the number "87" has a huge significance for me, since it was in 1987 that I met "la company de la meva vida" (my life partner) Carmen with whom I have shared my life ever since.

So, inspired by that, the theme this week is meeting that special someone who, at least for an extended period, becomes the object of your love. I want songs that describe how the couple met and what happened then. (Examples: "I met him at the Candy Store... " (The Leader of the Pack); "The First Time ever I saw your Face", etc.

Obviously, I'd prefer it if the relationship from then on would last for ages, but I recognise that life doesn't always gift us such contentment. Often the love that cupid's arrow sparked at that meeting may be unrequited. The most famous example being Dante's obsessive love for Beatrice which started when he was nine and she was eight and they met for the first time. That love was never consolidated since the next time they met, nine years later, she spurned him and married someone else, then died at 24. However, without that experience "La Divina Commedia" would probably not have been written.

In my own case I had my own Beatrice as outlined in this song submitted to SOTU 532
I also learned that femme fatales could simply want you as a number in their little black book... as outlined in this song, submitted for SOTU 431

Now, when I was teaching English I often set as an essay title "How my parents met". This was often a question that students had to ask their parents about and some fun or curious stories would emerge. I would use the tales produced in response to the prompt to point out how nearly everyone of us is born from a chance encounter and if only one small incident had occurred before that fateful meeting, then we would not be here.

So to recap, I want the story of the meeting and its consequences, even if the passion was short lived.
Songwriters? I would prefer it if you tell a true story from your own lives in song, but if I won't send in the truth police, if you choose to not do so. Maybe you might be inspired by the circumstances of your parent's meeting...

Anyway, that's quite enough from me for now...

Usual Rules apply:

Ukulele visible and dominant, but feel free to add other instruments as you see fit.
Collaborations welcome, originals especially welcome.
Please post only new recordings made for this week (with the usual exemptions).
Please say, either in the video or description on YouTube, that you recorded it for Season 587.
For covers, please put the title and original artist/composer in the post or the description. Give credit where it's due!

Please keep to one song a day (or seven songs in the week). I want to ensure I can give every song my fullest attention.

Please listen and comment on the other submissions! There is nothing like seeing your song has had a number of listens and some feedback.

You can post any time from 00:00:00 Sunday May 14th, Hawaiian time, right up to 23:59:59 on Sunday May 21st Hawaiian time. You can check the time in Hawaii here:

Here is the PLAYLIST ... I hope

Enjoy!
 
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American folk musician Bill Staines wrote this sweet tune about how a couple met at a fair and fell in love. Then British poet imp Les Barker came along and wrote an alternate ending. I've included both, so you can choose your favorite. Feel free to express your preference in the YouTube comments. (You can probably guess mine ... if you don't already know me, then by the sheer fact that I chose to include it.)

It's raining today, so the usual chorus of Queensland birds are on the soundtrack but not appearing visually in my customary horse farm verandah backdrop. I had to use the indoor office today.



EDIT: For some inexplicable reason, I found myself wondering this evening whether Bill Staines and Les Barker might be close in age. I learned from Wikipedia that they were in fact born a week apart. I also discovered that Les died in January, two weeks shy of his 76th birthday, alone in his car after attending a football match, of an apparent heart attack; he was discovered the next morning by a parking attendant. I'm so sad I'll never see him again, he was such a delightful and clever man. Many of his prolific works are on YouTube - so at least we still have that. (PS, Bill Staines died a year earlier.)
 
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Hi Berni! Here's a song about a couple who met at a rock and roll show. I know it as a They Might Be Giants song, but the original is by Vancouver based indie band Cub.

 
To get you in the mood...
Rory McLeod sings about how his Mum and Daddy made him.
I used to be friends with Rory. He and I both worked the Albion Fayres. He is such a genuinely great bloke. We're still in touch via Facebook, but we haven't been in each other's presence for decades now.
 
This was an easy question, so since I have the day to do whatever I want today (Mother's Day), I recorded this song. It is related to how I met my husband because we met square dancing and we have round danced to this as well (round dancing is like ballroom with a cuer telling you what to do),

 
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My apologies for the interruption, Berni ... just to say that the Wrap for 585 is now up. Please carry on!
 
i got together with my girlfriend Jane when she was standing next to me at the bar and i paid for her drink as she was having difficulty with the bar's card reader reading her debitcard ...
(apologies to John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

 
I want to join in this, but mine are all dark songs about a guy I just dumped.

I don't do relationships. Me and my eight limbs just want something to eat. You know how I mean that...I can't use explicit language on here so I'm going for a nature metaphor :D
 
Screw it I'll join in.

How'd I meet this guy? I...walked into it accidentally like an idiot. Exactly like when you blunder a vital piece when playing chess. At least that's the metaphor that came to me...oops I walked into that one like a complete idiot, what was I thinking?



Lyrics:

His eyes met mine across the black and white tiles
How do I navigate these many-headed, vicious intrigues?!

He said 'I'd swim across the ocean for you'

Rooks poised high on the seventh rank
Fazed by the harsh white lights, I blunder

The white queen swooped low and threatened to pierce my defenses
I moved a black knight high and took her, I thought I was wise

He said 'I'd swim across the ocean for you'

Rooks poised high on the seventh rank
Fazed by the harsh white lights, I blunder

He said 'I'd swim across the ocean for you'
I didn't mean to make him think we were joined by such binds!

Rooks poised high on the seventh rank
Fazed by the harsh white lights, I blunder

Rooks poised high on the seventh rank
Fazed by the harsh white lights, I blunder
 
I used to be friends with Rory. He and I both worked the Albion Fayres. He is such a genuinely great bloke. We're still in touch via Facebook, but we haven't been in each other's presence for decades now.
He is the only tap dancing harmonica play that I have seen😁😀
 
By my reckoning I have done this song three times, but I like this one the best because I allow my Scottish accent to colour the song.
 
A fine 36 hours worth of contributions. Thanks to you all. I have commented on each song on YouTube. It's quite a varied selection from one I suggested sung beautifully by Rob through a mystical one from Voran (the Seasons answer to Joannna Newsome) to a fun take on a Beatles classic with lots of interesting things in between. Keep them coming!
 
I know Aldi is throughout Europe..not sure about US. Since retiring and living on my savings I've become a cheapskate hence doing my grocery shopping at Aldi as it's cheaper. The interesting part of Aldi is the middle section where they have an always changing display of weird gadgets, gee gaws and assorted consumer flotsam and jetsam. last weekend there was a clarinet next to an Wood lathe next to a selection of 6XL jeans for the larger gent.,
This song is about attraction in and of The Middle Aisles. Sometimes my originals get called a bit "Dylanesque"..I think this one is a little "Armstrongesque" :)
 
"When true lovers meet in Mayfair..."

 
This was an easy question, so since I have the day to do whatever I want today (Mother's Day), I recorded this song. It is related to how I met my husband because we met square dancing and we have round danced to this as well (round dancing is like ballroom with a cuer telling you what to do),
Ah, the Round Dance national anthem. Apart point, and give cus94 a Yellow Rock!
 
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Hello, Berni and thanks for hosting. This one fits the bill, although its sentiments are horribly late Fifties/early Sixties! Wendy did it a few years ago, complete with a dance demonstration. I don't "do" dancing ... the only time I ever took any dance lessons, the ceiling fell down in the dance studio. Anyway, I bring you ...

Actually, I don't bring you anything ... the media thingy seems to have disappeared! HELP!!!
 
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