Saturday, July 23, 2011

So Many Dreams

In keeping with the trend of listing tracks from some of my mix tapes, I'd like to offer you this mix from circa 1992. It is a fun album and it features something I don't do very often - cover art drawn by me. The picture is of Ginger from "Gilligan's Island" and Grover from "Sesame Street" enjoying a sunny day in the enchanted forest. Of course. Neither Ginger, Grover nor the enchanted forest actually perform on this album, but it's a cool picture anyway. (Although if they WERE to sing a song, they could probably sing the "two g sounds" song from the alphabet album, since their names have both sounds. . .but I digress). The picture is here reproduced so that all my die-hard fans can enjoy it.

It's my blog. Let me dream.

On a day of jury duty not long after this tape was finished, I found myself writing out the lyrics to EVERY song on side one of the album. Yes, I was bored. But it demonstrates how much "into" the album I was at the time.

The album title comes from a lyric in the famous song "You Light Up My Life", which is of course on the album. It is true that the lyrics to my mix tapes are somewhat important to me. I don't like to put songs on them that I find objectionable. It's a rare problem, but I have sometimes had "fights" with myself over songs that I felt were OK musically but wrong for an album of mine due to lyric content.

1. If - Bread
2. Losing my religion - R.E.M.
3. A Teenager in Love - Dion and the Belmonts
4. Island of Dreams - The Seekers
5. I Started a Joke - The Bee Gees
6. Caribbean Amphibian - Kermit the Frog
7. You Light up my Life - Debby Boone
8. World where you live - Crowded House
9. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
10. California Dreamin' - The Mamas and the Papas
11. Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
12. Bless this House - Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
13. Evening Falls. . . - Enya
14. River - Enya
15. If I were - Kermit the Frog
16. We can work it out - Beatles
17. Perhaps Love - John Denver and Placido Domingo
18. Someday My Prince will Come / Finale - Snow White soundtrack

Looking over the list, I can identify the trend of putting a few songs on from the same album. (Enya's "Watermark"; Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration; Snow White soundtrack). I can also ID some cassette singles from the time that were purchased (R.E.M.; Dion). Yes, this was before CDs were the big thing in our house, and everything is from an LP or a tape.
Listening to this again today, I still love it a lot. The songs are fun and full of emotion and often full of longing, and the finale to Snow White is a symphonic masterpiece. It's hard to believe I did this almost 20 years ago. "Boy, you old."

The version of the finale to Snow White on this tape is the one from the Disneyland LP, which is slightly different from the version made available on CD. Read more about that here:

Ginger's fans can read more about her here:


EAT YOUR HEART OUT, MAPQUEST: We are finally able to answer one of the greatest geographical questions of all time. "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?"
According to the 1971 Year Book of the World Book Encyclopedia, in article on page 485 by Allan Davidson, "Sesame Street is near 104th Street and Second Avenue in New York City's East Harlem." He then goes on to say that it not a "real" street (no way!) and talk about the show, which at that time was quite a force in the TV world. So now we have a much better general idea than we've ever had before. I feel like I've discovered a boat on Mount Ararrat.


ON YOUTUBE: DARTH VADER'S VISIT TO DISNEYLAND. Friend Jenny pointed out this video recently & I thought it would be fun to add it to my page as well. The new Star Tours is here, and this video from Disney Parks explains exactly why good things come to those who wait and have knowledge of the force. A fun and funny video that you can watch on my Youtube page in my favorites folder.