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Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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'Tis the Season to be Jolly

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Awakenings touched on the Sights and Smells of Christmas so it is logical to follow up with the sounds of Christmas. Jolliness naturally accompanies Christmas Time mainly because of the music ever present on the scene...along the sidewalks, down the city streets, ringing from church steeples, within the comfort of our own homes, permeating the air like the aroma of freshly baked bread or cinnamon-laced apple pies.
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As you listen to some of the ageless Christmas songs of the past, see how many you recognize and perhaps include in your own Christmas music collection. Then, compare the classics with the more modern Christmas tunes and decide which of the newer ones you think will be remembered in future decades. Will they last through the century?
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♫Reality of Music♫

♫Reality of Music♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Every song competes with the music of the past, present and future. Within the world of song is competition that extends itself worldwide. Each country sports its own special events tapping into raw, new talent. Winning entrants, as well as many runner-ups, go on to special contracts, further competitions and/or entertainment positions around the globe. Not all recording artists begin with a competition. Some talented musicians just happen to be at the right place at the right time while others continue to struggle in hopes of reaching the top of the Billboard charts. Or, there just comes along the right song, maybe a new song or one recorded decades earlier to once again soar to the top.

Today in Music History: October 22
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Today's music & trivia from Sandie Shaw, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Phil Collins, The Beatles, ABBA, Sir Paul McCartney
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♫Still Going Strong♫

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First we are going to step back to yesterday's big music news for you do not want to miss out on the 'grits' incident, especially if you are from the South. To a Southerner, eating grits is practically a religion with breakfast without grits being unthinkable. If you are a Southern gal, then you are one of the true GRITS - Girls Raised In The South. Throughout history, the South has relished its grits, making them a symbol of its diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality. They have been epitomized in film, song and catch phrases but one of the most bizarre incidents happened in 1974.

Today in Music History: October 18 Music Incident
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The second spotlight on this day in music history shines on a true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million. Cyndi Lauper is still going strong and continues to reach new heights as a career artist.
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♫The Life of Music♫

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Music is soulfully individual. It can bounce off the walls leaving your head pounding as though you were a rock at the bottom of a waterfall. OR it can touch softly on your heart like butterfly wings leaving you basking in the glow of serenity. Regardless of your music passion, with each year songs come and songs go. Some remain ingrained in your mind to be relived over and over again while others you hope you never hear again. Such is the life of music!
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Relive US hits from 1964 - Manfred Mann, 1970 - The Jackson Five, 1981 - Christopher Cross, 1998 Canadian rock band - The Barenaked Ladies!
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♫In the Spotlight♫

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With many musicians, the spotlight shines not on just one single hit or album. Of course, there are those whose fate tossed them into the 'one-hit wonders' category but often times that one was enough. Today's spotlight shines on many who have already been welcomed into the Awakenings spotlight and now shine within the light on center stage one more time.

Today in Music History: October 5
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Spotlight on...Beatles Come to America!, A Raw, Stripped-down Sound, Blue Wild Angel, From 'Good' Girl to Vixen, 'Pet' Sounds, Guns N' Roses, & Pushing the Limits.
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♫Tidbits of Trivia♫

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"The term music encompasses the songs written to specific melody and harmony, instruments necessary to play the music, record companies that produce the music, gizmos and gear that determine the way we listen to the music and so much more. Then, there are the stories behind the music and lots of unusual, humorous, bizarre happenin's known as...Music Trivia.

Today in Music History: October 3"

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Tidbits of trivia today cast the spotlight on Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Aerosmith, M.C. Hammer, Michael Jackson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sinead O'Connor, Queen, & The Beatles again.
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♫Eventful Music♫

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There is service to country and service to others. Within the music industry are moments accountable, as well as unaccountable, but what we hold dear to our hearts are the events that make humanitarian connections. Often live performances are directed toward a specific and immediate crisis. Objectives are multi-fold: raising awareness about a specific issue, uplifting a nation after disaster, raising funds, which all fall under volunteering to a greater cause.

Today in Music History: September 22
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Featuring Elvis Presley (50s), The Springfields & Herman's Hermits (60s), The Rolling Stones & Gary Numan (70s), John Waite (80s), Garth Brooks & Bryan Adams (90s) plus tidbits of music trivia for fun!
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♫Teenybopper Sensations♫

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"The Beatles dominated the music industry of the 60s. It is not surprising that many bands tried to fashion themselves after the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. One such band appeared for a brief but fervent period (nicknamed "Rollermania") in the 70s. They were worldwide teen idols. According to the BBC they sold 70 million records.

Today in Music History: September 20

Welcome into the Spotlight...The Bay City Rollers"

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As an enormous heartthrob phenomenon in the UK, the Bay City Rollers had their audience mesmerized. Scotland's tartan-clad teeny bopper sensations every move was greeted with the same hype as that which was encountered during the days of Beatlemania.
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♫The Rhythm of Life♫

♫The Rhythm of Life♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
The rhythm of life is music in its own right. Different rhythms compose our dance through life. Moody tempos may reflect boogie-woogie, tango or a slow waltz. While we may not be on the dance floor swaying back and forth to the rhythms of a live band, our thoughts and emotions still dance to the music.

Today in Music History: September 19
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When life is sizzling and upbeat, it's time to Rock 'n' Roll! No time to fantasize, just energize! Put some pep in your step and get rockin'!
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♫a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!♫

♫a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
A musician often finds himself or herself in roles other than playing a musical instrument or variety of instruments. In addition, their voices are not only for vocalizing in harmony for the chart topper melodious tunes. This latter is especially noted in animated films or cartoons. The characters speak, even the animals, but what about the voices? Robotic, digitized voices are unnatural. Our cartoon and furry friends of television and movies need voices unique to their character. Also, there are opportunities where a musician turns actor or actress. This may require the speaking voice, as well as the singing voice. In other words, in the life of a musician, versatility rocks 'n' rolls. Such is the case for today's spotlight who also left the music business for five years to go into ministry.

Today in Music History: September 14
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With his blood-pumping piano playing and suggestive lyrics, Little Richard, along with the likes of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, established rock as a real musical form and inspired others, most notably the Beatles, to make a go of it.
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Awakenings: ♫Music to Lift & Move Us♫

Awakenings: ♫Music to Lift & Move Us♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
This day in music history would have been 10 on the 10th, except the hits exceeded that number! Looks like the number 10 has lived up to its expectations as being at the top of the list. As usual, the 60s produced hit after hit but it didn't stop there as the songs move well into the new millennium. The lyrics and music tell the tales of the times and there are always stories behind the music.

Today in Music History: September 10
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No.1 hit on this day include The Kinks, Rod Stewart, The Byrds, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Sembello, Michael Sembello, Phil Collins, Nirvana, Modjo, Scissor Sisters, Girls Aloud and music trivia on Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers and The Beatles.
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Awakenings: ♫Master of Love Songs & Ballads♫

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"Spotlight on...Engelbert Humperdinck! This self-described dreamer and loner was born Arnold George Dorsey on May 2, 1936 in Madras, India. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and after a stint doing National Service in Germany, he began singing in men's clubs. At this time he sang under the name of Gerry Dorsey barely scraping by financially. Under advice of his manager (who also worked with Tom Jones), the stage name of Englebert Humperdink was adopted, the same name as the late 19th century German composer and creator of the opera Hansel and Gretel.

Today in Music History: September 6"

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1967 Engelbert Humperdinck was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Last Waltz', the singers second UK No.1, selling over 1.17 million copies. In the US, 'The Last Waltz' reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and made the top ten of the easy listening chart. It was the standard closing anthem at discos and dance halls for many years. Humperdinck won a Golden Globe in 1988 as Entertainer of the Year.
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Awakenings: ♫Music Imagery♫

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Every time a song is heard, the melodies trigger mental images stored in the scrapbook of the mind. The imagery appears as vivid as though the events happened only yesterday. The song may be one by the original artist or perhaps a cover but the words and melodies are for the most part the same. Often, rhythms change with the times but old memories remain as new memories evolve.

Today in Music History: September 3
 
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You don't want to miss the music trivia on UB40, bootleg music, Fats Domino and Madonna!
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♫From Dream to Reality...♫

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Out of numerous pop stars who emerged in the 60s, most will contribute their inspiration on becoming acclaimed musicians to seeing Elvis Presley perform on TV in the 50s. After all, Elvis had become the 'King' of rock 'n' roll! The group in today's spotlight had quite a different perspective basing their dream on the music of Benny Goodman, the 'King' of Swing. The vision of the leader of this group shone brightly on having a rock band with a horn section.

Today in Music History: October 23, 1976
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Chicago: One of the most successful rock bands in America!  Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, Chicago is among the Top Ten best-selling US musical groups of all time. The band's name capitalizes on the city of Chicago, which has served as the nurturer of numerous talented musicians, as well as becoming a magnet that continues to draw upon the best musical talent from across the nation. It all started with a dream.
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♫Fm Swing thru Hip Hop♫

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"With each decade comes a change in music...style, beat, melody, rhythm. Music from one decade often influences music of another as has been witnessed into the 21st century. Many songs from the 50s all the way through the 90s are still popular. Of course, it was by way of the 20s, 30s and 40s that music has evolved into a passion relative to survival as many listeners would so declare today. 


Number One Songs On... October 20 by Decade

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Each decade has offered its own unique genres of music. Below are the #1 hits in the US on October 20 of each decade from the 1940s to 2010. Check out the tunes @Awakenings to see what memories might be revived!
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♫Is the music still 'music'?♫

♫Is the music still 'music'?♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Music Memories @Awakenings help you identify with your own special kind of music as you visit Music Through the Centuries. No.1 hits have been featured with legendary musicians being in the spotlight, especially through the decades of the Spirit of the 60s, Groovy Times Stuck in the 70s, 80s Music Mania and Into the 90s. By some accounts Music into the 21st Century lacks creativity and substance with less emphasis being placed on melody and rhythm; instead, it is all about showmanship. Make your own decision as you listen and remember some of the songs that hit No.1 on October 18, 2000 - 2016. Click the year for a list of all songs that hit No.1 that year.

No.1 Songs On... October 18
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What do you think of the music in the 21st Century? Will any of these join the ranks of the classics, icons of the century? Is the music of the 21st century still 'music'?
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