Monday, January 10, 2011

lyrical music

I consider my musical interests very eclectic and a good song doesn’t even need lyrics.

Do you find meaning in the lyrics? For example consider “My Sharona”.

M-m-m-my Sharona

This inspirational song was written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre. Doug Fieger died at the early age of 57 from cancer. The girl who Doug created this certified gold song for, Sharona Alperin now sells real estate to celebrities. (her site) Sharona says the song’s success gave her an “ability to understand the entertainer's mind”. Doug and her remained friends through his life.

Sharona even graced the picture sleeve for the single. (for you kids out there, singles were released on 45s that came in a record sleeve)


Fieger has been quoted saying, "She had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy."

Is it just a matter of time, Sharona?
Is it d-d-destiny, d-destiny
Or is it just a game in my mind, Sharona?

The song brings back memories of when a girl could make a guy stutter and be speechless. Sorta like take your breath away, but that’s a subject for another post.

Even if you don’t care for lyrics the song has a great beat and some good guitar riffs.

It even sounds OK on the accordion -- (warning the following could make you hungry)

21 comments:

joaniemack said...

I hope John doesn't see this! He'll be singing Weird Al songs all week and drive me crazy.

lisleman said...

so he becomes weird john for a bit?

Kristina P. said...

Now I have this song stuck in my head!

savannah said...

i'll be humming this for the rest of the night, sugar! LOL xoxoxox

42N said...

I love this song (the original.) I found the early workup of My Sharona on the web last year. Its pretty cool to hear how it started out and remained true to te 45. Do a YouTube search on the song and you'll see it performed over the years up until last year. Such a great performer and song

Barbara said...

I love this song (agree about the good beat) but never knew the back story - thank you!! I love, love, love Weird Al!

lisleman said...

Hey thanks for stopping over here and sharing a comment. I think you have commented here before but I typically read your comments over at Mrs. 4444's blog. I did search a little on youtube and the song sure has been covered a lot.

lisleman said...

humming in Savannah - sounds good to me.

lisleman said...

I found that a stuck song can be replaced by another one but that really doesn't solve the problem but you give your brain some variety that way.

Ocean Girl said...

My son listens to Weird Al. But of course, he is an 80s ardent fan. He said he was born at the wrong time and missed the 80s.

TechnoBabe said...

Work it, Sharona, work it. If her association with Doug helped her reach a successful career, then okey dokey. She was probably a motivated teenager.

Thisstopwilloughby said...

Did the Knack ever have another hit? I don't think they did, but My Sharona was certainly a catchy tune! I have to admit, I never really thought much about the lyrics and what they meant.

Every now and then, I'll notice that a song I like and have listened to hundreds of times has an obscure meaning or makes no sense at all. My favorites, though, are the songs where the lyrics are commonly misunderstood. There are a bunch of websites dedicated to this topic and they'll make you laugh until you cry!

lisleman said...

You are so right about those web sites on misunderstood lyrics.
My favorite is http://www.kissthisguy.com/
The "My Sharona" lyrics are not your "deep thought" type. The message is pretty much a guy's lust for a girl.

unknownmami said...

I used to play the accordion when I was in elemenatry school. I got to play onstage with Lawrence Welk for an accordion convention. It wasn't just me, it was our band practice and him.

lisleman said...

do you still have one? it would make a great video of you playing with a bag on your head - IMHO You could do without the bag but then the mystery would be gone. Accordions and banjos are fun instruments.
thanks for sharing

Charlie Callahan said...

Balone-E for thought (learn to pronounce it, Al):

Does anyone play the xylophone anymore?

I love the song, "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer weenie . . ."

lisleman said...

artistic license on the pronunciation. Xylophone - that's like special effects for an orchestra. Your question reminds me of watching the Raleigh Ringers. http://www.rr.org/

Kristin_The_Goat said...

I love this. I may be one of the few that likes the original song. I can't imagine anyone not liking the Weird Al version though, but maybe it is an acquired taste lol

lisleman said...

You are not one of the few. Even George Bush had it on his Ipod. I enjoy most everything Weird Al has done.
thanks

secret agent woman said...

I've never cared for music without lyrics. How the song sounds is important, of course, but I always pay attention to what it's saying.

joaniemack said...

Yes! And I'm not a Weird Al fan!

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