Thursday 4 April 2013

D Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge

So much more than moons and Junes
  • Today it's D
  • Scroll down for two lyric snippets to set you thinking... and commenting!

1960s:           Dancing in the Street - Martha and the Vandellas

1970s:          Don't go Breaking my Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee

1980s:           Do They Know it's Christmas? - Band Aid

1990s:           Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - George Michael and Elton John

Dancing in the Street

Mickey Stevenson and Marvin Gaye knew when they wrote this song that everyone needs to let their hair down sometimes.

'...Summer's here and the time is right for dancing in the street...'

I saw this song performed live at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, in a Motown Magic nostalgia show sometime around 2001. The four of us, with a combined age of about 200, left the concert hall and literally danced down the street to the car park. The music was that good.

Has music ever got you dancing in the street?

Do They Know it's Christmas?

In 1984 Bob Geldof and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup, Live Aid, to raise money for famine-ridden Ethiopia. They wrote Do They Know it's Christmas and organised  the Live Aid concert, something that the UK music industry can be proud of.

'...Say a prayer, 
Prayer for the other ones
At Christmas time it's hard
But when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears...

...Do they know it's Christmas time at all.
Feed the world...'

These words helped to raise awareness of the terrible suffering in Ethiopia and raised a lot of money. We're now used to this type of charity event but in the 1980s it was breaking new ground and I remember the huge impression it made on me.

Do you remember the Live Aid concert?
Do you think that these huge charity concerts and telethons are invaluable or do they take money away from small local charities?

If you have a favourite song from one of these decades that says something to you, something more than just ‘moons and Junes’, then let me know, along with your blog link if you have one, and I’ll include it if I can.