Share Your World — 05/01/2023

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her SYW questions for this week.

1. The First of May is a Bee Gees Song.
Do you like the Bee Gees and if so, what is your favorite track?

Yes, I like The Bee Gees and they had a lot big hits, but the one I most closely associate with them is this one…

2. What was the first record (single or album) you bought?

I can’t remember for sure, but I know that this was one of my favorites and I know I bought this record…

3. Do you know what was top of the charts the day you were born?
(You can check it out here source)

This is the first time I’m hearing this song.

4. Do you and your partner have a ‘special tune’?

If you read this post, you’ll understand why it’s this song.


I agree with what Di said about music.

18 thoughts on “Share Your World — 05/01/2023

  1. Marleen May 1, 2023 / 9:46 am

    My partner and I have (or maybe I have) — rather than a song — two albums. One of the two albums is Buckingham and Nicks. The other is with Jon Anderson (in a side project not as Yes) singing and a world-famous Greek progressive or, really art or ambiance rock, musician on at least most of the instrumentation; released in 1980. And then I myself “have” yet another album with Jon Anderson singing (EarthMotherEarth).

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    • Marleen May 1, 2023 / 5:55 pm

      Despite its commercial performance, critical response to Short Stories, both upon release and in retrospect, has been mixed. A Smash Hits journalist put the blame entirely on Anderson for making the album “entirely unlistenable”; he jokingly described his lyrics as “the kind of ‘cosmic’ drivel that gets hippies a bad name”, and felt that the “tuneless” melodies were written by just coming up with notes and pitches at random.[5] Billboard Magazine observer noted that Anderson’s “clear voice” and his lyrics fit well with the structure of the compositions based on “swirling keyboard work”.[6] In a retrospective review, AllMusic reviewer Dave Connolly called the record “underwhelming”, saying that it had very few “nearly memorable moments”; he criticized it for being more focused on melody than making the arrangements less “amorphous” and “paper-thin”[..].[4] Gary Graff, who wrote a mixed review for The Beaver County Times, mainly criticized Vangelis’ musical work on the record, feeling it was much more of a Vangelis album than a collaborative LP between him and Anderson and would have been more commercially successful if only he was credited on it.[7] Although he called it one of Vangelis’ better releases so far, he also named it Anderson’s worst to date.[7] As for the latter’s involvement, he praised his “strong” vocal performance, calling it far better than how he sang on Tormato, but opined he focused too much on word play that caused his lyrics to be too complex for average listeners.[7] The more-than-five-minute lengths of each song was also panned in Graff’s review, writing that listeners could lose interest in a track after only three minutes.[7] He also wrote that it would garner fans of the works of bands such as Pink Floyd and King Crimson but backfire Anderson and Vangelis’ plan of increasing attention from the Yes fan base.[7]

      In more favorable reviews, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Madeleine d’Haeye called Short Stories “an innovative, pleasing combination of two highly talent musicians exploring new horizons”, highlighting Anderson’s “beautiful clarity of tone” when singing high pitches and Vangelis “finely matched” accompaniments.[8]

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    • Marleen May 3, 2023 / 9:56 am

      I gotta give Stevie her due props. This isn’t something I would’ve done, but she was so dedicated to the artistry in her boyfriend that she was a waitress to barely support them both so he could lie around and play his guitar all day. That’s some freakin’ dedication.

      Long Distance Winner

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      • Marleen May 4, 2023 / 9:49 am

        I’ve never understood why this album didn’t take off or at least get a successful single. But Mick Fleetwood was no dummy.

        Races Are Run

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          • Marleen May 4, 2023 / 6:39 pm

            It’s interesting how the guy was the get. But Buckingham returned the consideration of himself by Stevie and wouldn’t join up without her. That picture is iconic with some people. There’s a photo of two singers in a later era (two men with long hair) that I’m sure was an homage (as the two had likewise been roommates but not known as a couple). It seems to have been scrubbed from the internet (or most access points where it used to be readily available).

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  2. Marleen May 1, 2023 / 9:55 am

    Nice song… from the year you were born🙂

    And I remember your great concert story🙂

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  3. bushboy May 1, 2023 / 10:13 am

    Good ones Fandango. Your birthday song is really good, the only one I didn’t know. The clarinet part is so subtle and Marjorie has a lovely voice for big band

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  4. pensitivity101 May 1, 2023 / 10:29 am

    Thanks for joining in Fandango and sharing your world. Your Bee Gee choice is a classic. Great Del Shannon clip too……… the keyboard player was having a ball!

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong May 1, 2023 / 5:21 pm

    By the time disco and the Bee Gees were big, I was a mother, working at Doubleday, and getting ready to leave the U.S. and move to Israel. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them, but they weren’t “important” to me the way the Stones, Beatles and other groups were.

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    • Fandango May 1, 2023 / 9:47 pm

      I liked many of their songs, but they definitely weren’t on the same level as the Beatles or the Stones.


  6. leigha66 May 22, 2023 / 6:33 pm

    One of the earliest records I remember getting was a K-tel Looney Tunes or Silly Songs or something like that… some classic Dr. Demento hits there.

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