Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Air” Songs

I’m writing this last Monday, because X-Mas Dolly (a/k/a Marie) has already added the theme to her page. It comes to us from an anonymous source, and here it is:

“Band/Artist name or Song title with the word ‘Air’.”

It was as though the songs just came flying at me, and I also immediately thought of everyone’s favorite band, Air Supply! Here’s “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.”

So, now that we have that out of the way….

In 1974, the year I graduated from high school, my favorite band, Chicago, who for years had been called a “jazz/rock” band, released their seventh album (called, not surprisingly, Chicago VII), in which they attempted to do a little more of the jazz than they had done on the previous two albums. They started the album off with an excursion into odd time signatures, “Aire,” to which they added a prelude, oddly named “Prelude to ‘Aire’.” Here are both songs.

Back in the late Sixties (Peace, Love, Dope!), a couple of hippie radicals named James Rado and Gerome Ragni decided to write themselves a musical dedicated to the free-love, freewheelin’ times, and enlisted a square named Galt McDermott to write the music for a musical they called Hair. Buried amongst all the songs about free love, dope, nudity, and living in the great outdoors was a song called “Air,” which discussed all the extra stuff besides nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon in Earth’s atmosphere. From the original Broadway cast album, here’s that song.

You know how you remember a song but can’t remember what its name was, or who did it? I had one of those moments today, when all I could remember was “ooo-ooo, have another HIT! Of fresh air!” Well, I Googled it (actually, Duck Duck Go‘ed it) and discovered that the name of the song was “Fresh Air,” and the band who had a hit with it in 1970 was a band from the Haight-Ashbury days of San Francisco, Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Long as we’re stuck in the late Sixties… in 1968, Arthur Hailey wrote a book called Airport. If you’ve never read it, whether or not you’ve seen the 1970 film based on the book, starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, and the late, great George Kennedy, find a copy of it, sit down and read it. It’s that good a book, and made Arthur Hailey one of my favorite authors. Of course, the book didn’t come with a soundtrack, but the movie did, written by Alfred Newman (no relation to the Mad magazine kid). The “Love Theme from Airport” was recorded by session guitarist and electronic effects guru Vinnie Bell in 1970, and it reached #31 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

I came up with two more, one of which was just too easy (“The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies). The other? You’ll have to wait until Wednesday’s Battle of the Bands to hear it.

And that is Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 13, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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