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Friday Song Of The Day – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

It has been since March that I posted a Friday Song Of The Day, so I figured I’d kick off this Christmas season with a Christmas tune. John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) seemed apropos to both the season of the year and our country.

Happy Christmas Kyoko
Happy Christmas Julian

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas (War is over)
For weak and for strong (If you want it)
For rich and the poor ones (War is over)
The road is so long (Now)
And so Happy Christmas (War is over)
For black and for white (If you want it)
For yellow and red ones (War is over)
Let’s stop all the fight (Now)

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

So this is Christmas (War is over)
And what have we done (If you want it)
Another year over (War is over)
And a new one just begun (Now)
And so Happy Christmas (War is over)
We hope you have fun (If you want it)
The near and the dear one (War is over)
The old and the young (Now)

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

War is over if you want it
War is over now

Here is a YouTube video with the music and some pictures.

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Friday Song(s) Of The Day – Naturally 7

This “a ccapella” group called Naturally Seven records music using no musical instruments except what the Lord gave them; their hands, mouths, feet, etc. All of the sounds (drums, synthesizers, etc) are all created by them vocally. Very impressive.

Here is Feel It (In The Air Tonight)

Here is Wall of Sound (Embedding has been disabled so you’ll have to make the trek to YouTube to see that one. It’s worth it!)

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** Sorry, no lyrics today

Friday Song Of The Day – Kyrie

Today’s Friday Song of the Day is a blast from the 80s that cause many any adolescent to stop and say, “what the heck is that guy saying?!” This is Kyrie by Mr. Mister from their album Welcome to the Real World.

Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison, kyrie

The wind blows hard
Against this mountainside
Across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide
Setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old
It holds my memories
My body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between
The soul and soft machine
Is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison
Where I’m going, will you follow
Kyrie eleison
On a highway in the light

When I was young
I thought of growing old
Of what my life
Would mean to me

Would I have followed
Down my chosen road
Or only wished
What I could be

Kyrie eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison
Where I’m going, will you follow
Kyrie eleison
On a highway in the light

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh

Kyrie eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison
Where I’m going, will you follow
Kyrie eleison
On a highway in the light

Quoted from LyricWiki.org

And finally, here is a little music video goodness for you on this fine Friday!

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Reason 4 + Virtual MIDI Driver + 64bit Vista

I’ve been a user of Propellerhead Reason in the past, but recently I wanted to dust off my chops and try to create some tunes again. My problem is that I don’t have a MIDI interface to attach my keyboard to this PC (yet). So I figured I’d install a software keyboard and hook it up through a virtual MIDI driver. Easy, right?

The propellerhead site pointed me to a software keyboard called Bome’s Mouse Keyboard, which actually had a page dedicated to hooking it up to Reason. Well, I started going down the list of drivers they had listed on that site and each failed in turn. Why? Because I’m running 64bit Vista and none of the drivers were built for 64bit OS. That is … all except one called MIDI Yoke. This one had an install program which ran fine and did not complain. So here are the steps to getting it up and working:

  1. Download and install Bome’s Mouse Keyboard
  2. Download and install MIDI Yoke
  3. Reboot
  4. Get coffee (depending on the speed of your machine)
  5. Launch Bome’s Mouse Keyboard and configure it’s MIDI Output by selecting one of the Out To MIDI Yoke: X settings from the Midi Out file menu.
    bomesmidiout
  6. Open Reason (I’m using version 4) (hopefully you already have this installed)
  7. Select Edit -> Preferences then select the Keyboards and Control Surfaces page.
    keyboardsandsurfaces
  8. Click the Add button under the Attached Surfaces box.
  9. You will now be presented with the Control Surface dialog box.
  10. From the Manufacturer drop-down select <Other>.
  11. From the Model drop-down select MIDI Control Keyboard.
  12. Enter a name in the Name text box (I used Bome’s Mouse Keyboard as the name).
  13. From the MIDI Input drop-down select In From MIDI Yoke: X where X matches the channel number that you selected for the MIDI Out of the software keyboard. I used 1 in both cases.
    controlsurface
  14. Now just click the OK button and close the Preferences dialog and you should be ready to go!

Well, I hope this help someone out. When I was going through the pain of trying to find a Virtual MIDI Driver that would run on a 64bit OS I found nothing but complaints and forum postings of users who could not get it to work… but no solutions. Well, hopefully that has changed now and there is a FREE virtual MIDI driver that will run on 64bit OS. Enjoy!

Friday Song Of The Day – 25 Miles

Today I bring you a 60s soul classic for the Friday Song Of The Day. This is Twenty Five Miles by Edwin Starr which can be found on 20th Century Masters: The Best of Edwin Starr (Millennium Collection).

Twenty-five miles from home, girl
My feet are hurtin’ mighty bad
Now I’ve been walkin’ for three days
And two lonely nights
You know that I’m mighty bad
But I got a girl waitin’ for me
That’s gonna make this trip worthwhile
You see, she’s got the kind
Of lovin’ and kissin’
Make a boy go stone wild

I got to keep on walkin’
Oh I got to walk on
Let me tell you, y’all
I’m so tired
But I just can’t lose my stride

I got fifteen miles to go now
And I can hear my baby callin’ my name
It’s as if, as though
I’m standin’ at her front door
And I can hear that doggone thing
Now I’ll be so glad to see my baby
And hold her in my arms one more time
And when I kiss her lips
I turn backward flip
And I forget about these feet of mine

I got to keep on walkin’

Oh I got to walk on
Let me tell you, y’all
I’m so tired
But I just can’t lose my stride

Yeah I got to walk on
Let me tell you, y’all
Hope my feet don’t fail me now
I got five more miles to go
I got nine, eight, seven
Six, oh six

I got five more miles to go now
Over the hills just around the bend
Although my feet are tired
I can’t lose my stride
I got to get my baby back again

I got to keep on walkin’
I got to walk on
Let me tell y’all
I’m so tired now
But I just can’t lose my stride
Oh, I got to walk on
Let me tell you now
I’m so tired
But I just can’t lose my stride
I got to walk on

Quoted from LyricWiki.org

Here is a really old video of Edwin Starr singing his major hit.

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Friday Song Of The Day – You Be Illin’

Last week I posted on a comical song in the country song. This week is another funny song, from da old school! This is You Be Illin’ by Run D.M.C. from their album, Raising Hell.

Verse 1

(One) day when I was chillin’ in Kentucky Fried Chicken
Just mindin’ my business, eatin’ food and finger lickin’
This dude walked in lookin’ strange and kind of funny
Went up to the front with a menu and his money
He didn’t walk straight, kind of side to side
He asked this old lady, “Yo, yo, um…is this Kentucky Fried?”
The lady said “Yeah”, smiled and he smiled back
He gave a quarter and his order, small fries, Big Mac!
You be illin’

Verse 2

(To)day you won a ticket to see Doctor J
Front row seat (in free!) no pay
Radio in hand, snacks by feet
Game’s about to start, you kickin’ popcorn to the beat
You finally wake up, Doc’s gone to town
Round his back, through the hoop, then you scream “Touchdown!”
You be illin’

Verse 3

The other day around the way I seen you illin’ at a party
Drunk as skunk you illin’ punk and in your left hand was Bacardi
You went up to this fly girl and said “Yo, yo, can I get this dance?”
She smelt your breath and then she left you standin’ in your illin’
stance
You be illin’

Verse 4

(For) dinner, you ate it, there is none left
It was salty, with butter and it was def
You proceeded to eat it cos you was in the mood
But holmes you did not read it was a can of dog food!
You be illin’

* Quoted from LyricWiki.org

I couldn’t find a music video for it, but this just has the album cover with the song playing in the background. At least you can listen along!

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Friday Song Of The Day – Ticks

Brad Paisley has been a hot commodity in the country music scene for a number of years. I listen to him on occassion, but I hadn’t heard this song until my brother in law introduced me to it this week. Very funny. This is Ticks from his 5th Gear album.

Every time you take a sip
In this smoky atmosphere
You press that bottle to your lips
And I wish I was your beer
In the small there of your back
Your jeans are playing peekaboo
I’d like to see the other half of your butterfly tattoo.

Hey that gives me an idea
Let’s get out of this bar
Drive out into the country
And find a place to park.

‘Cause I’d like to see you out in the moonlight
I’d like to kiss you way back in the sticks
I’d like to walk you through a field of wildflowers
And I’d like to check you for ticks.

I know the perfect little path
Out in these woods I used to hunt
Don’t worry babe I’ve got your back
And I’ve also got your front
Now, I’d hate to waste a night like this
I’ll keep you safe you wait and see
The only thing allowed to crawl all over you when we get there is me.

You know every guy in here tonight
Would like to take you home
But I’ve got way more class than them
Babe that ain’t what I want.

‘Cause I’d like to see you out in the moonlight
I’d like to kiss you way back in the sticks
I’d like to walk you through a field of wildflowers
And I’d like to check you for ticks.

You never know where one might be
There’s lots of places that are hard to reach
I gotcha.

I’d like to see you out in the moonlight
I’d like to kiss you baby way back in the sticks
I’d like to walk you through a field of wildflowers
And I’d like to check you for ticks.

I’d sure like to check you for ticks…

* Quoted from LyricWiki.org

The music videos for this song are all blocked on YouTube for embedding, so here is just a video that shows the lyrics scrolling Star Wars style. If you want to see Brad in action you can go to YouTube to view this video.

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