"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: R......


..... is for the Rolling Stones, The Righteous Brothers, Randy Crawford & Rod Stewart

Lots of "arrrs" to get through so let's get started.

Is there anybody alive who doesn't have the Rolling Stones in their music collection? Somewhere? Hidden maybe? At least one song? I guess there would be - my Mum for one. But not me, because they too are a part of my all-important-teenage-music-formative years.

These guys started performing together before I was born, and they're still going. Not quite as strong as they once were, of course, but they do apparently have UK tours planned for this year! Mick Jagger is turning 75, so really that's pretty impressive, don't you agree?

As a child in the 60s, I was totally oblivious to the youthful and rebellious counter-culture that was swirling probably everywhere except in my little country town in Tasmania. But I'm not sorry I missed all that anti-establishment and revolutionary tension, not to mention the whole psychedelic drug experimentation stuff. I had my little teenage rebellion a few years later, but pretty tame by comparison, I'm glad to say.

It's hard to pick just one Rolling Stones song, after all there would be hundreds over such a long career, and there are some I wouldn't inflict on anyone anymore, so for the sake of propriety I've decided to play it safe and choose this beautiful and classic song, "Angie".


Anyone who's seen the movie "Top Gun" will have heard The Righteous Brothers, whose song "You've Lost that Loving Feeling" is featured in the scene where "Mav" (Tom Cruise), with the help of his wingman "Goose", serenades "Charlie" (Kelly McGillis) in the bar. Unsuccessfully. Down in flames in fact (but only temporarily). It's a great feel-good scene.

The other one that has gone down in movie history, is, of course, "Unchained Melody" featured in the movie "Ghost" in that classic, romantic (umm, arguably erotic.....) scene with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Aside from the infamous midnight pottery scene, the song itself is lovely.


Randy Crawford holds a place on my "cruisy jazz and blues" playlist, and rightly so. I love her laid back sound on songs like "Secret Combination", "You Might Need Somebody", "One Day I'll Fly Away", and this one, "Rainy Night in Georgia".


Rod Stewart, with his signature vocal fry, is in my vinyl collection, my CD collection and my iTunes library. As a teenager I played his "Blondes Have More Fun (or do they?)" album over and over, to the chagrin of my parents. The more annoyed they got, the more I repeated "Do You Think I'm Sexy". Ah, that was part of my teenage musical rebellion (against all that endless classical music).

But if I had to pick my favourite of Rod Stewart's songs now, I would definitely choose his more cruisy offerings, such as "The First Cut is the Deepest", "I Don't Wanna Talk About It", "You're In My Heart", "Mandolin Wind" and "I Was Only Joking". However, my pick for Rod for this post is the first song I ever heard, from a compilation album I had at the time that I think was called something like "Hot Hits of the 70s" and had a bare buttock (showing through ripped short shorts) on the cover. Very risqué at the time (or so I thought). Rod Stewart's classic "Maggie May" was on this album.

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  1. I love Unchained Melody and Rod Stewart is also a big favourite of mine from my younger days - loved his later hit "Sailing" too. My husband hates Maggie May because it has very a unedifying story to it - I don't get affected by lyrics as much as he does, but I can see his point (he also hates "Afternoon Delight" and I love it!)

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    R for Remember Silence

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    1. Oh my goodness, how does your husband even know this stuff Leanne?? I never knew that tacky little fact, but then I think my music collection would be extremely small if I delved into the potential dirt on each and every song. There are some I definitely have deleted from my collection over the years because of more explicit, overly smutty or otherwise unsavoury lyrics, but I think if I have to do a Google search to find out the story then I'm okay with not knowing, lol. (And nothing wrong with "Afternoon Delight" in my opinion..........)

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