Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”

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Who else loved Tom Jones and his groovy song, “It’s Not Unusual”?… This song made you want to get up and dance! SO…..Let’s get up off of the couch and sing and dance!!!! 🙂


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“It’s Not Unusual”

It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone
It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone
But when I see you hanging about with anyone
It’s not unusual to see me cry
Oh I wanna’ die

It’s not unusual to go out at any time
But when I see you out and about it’s such a crime
If you should ever want to be loved by anyone
It’s not unusual

It happens every day
No matter what you say
You find it happens all the time
Love will never do what you want it to
Why can’t this crazy love be mine

It’s not unusual, to be mad with anyone
It’s not unusual, to be sad with anyone
But if I ever find that you’ve changed at anytime
It’s not unusual to find out that I’m in love with you
Whoa oh oh oh oh

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Tom Jones is most well-known for his sultry voice and good looks.

His first big hit, “It’s Not Unusual,” graced the ears of music fans everywhere in 1965. From that point on, Tom has been a household name and has even, once again, hit the TV screens, this time as a judge on The Voice UK. His songs topped the charts in both America and the U.K. at the height of the British Invasion. Jones used this song as the theme for his late 1960s-early 1970s television musical variety series This Is Tom Jones. It has since become Jones’ signature song.

Find out the scoop behind Tom Jones and his recording of “It’s Not Unusual”. The truth may surprise you!!

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Tootsie Pop

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How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

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The Best Of Broadway – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music

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As a kid growing up in NYC, I was fortunate to have gone to a lot of Broadway shows. But nothing was more incredible then hearing the spine-tingling compositions of one of the most gifted Musical Theater composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber. In honor of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthday (March 22, 1948), I felt like sharing a few of my personal favorite songs from a handful of his critically acclaimed musicals.

Thank you for the memories. Happy Birthday Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber!

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“The Music of the Night” From The Phantom Of The Opera

Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses

Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your face away from cold, unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

Close you eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you’ll live as you’ve never lived before

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Let your mind start a journey through a strange, new world
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to go
Only then can you belong to me

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the harmony which dreams alone can write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night

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“All I Ask Of You” From Phantom Of The Opera

No more talk of darkness,
Forget these wide-eyed fears;
I’m here, nothing can harm you,
My words will warm and calm you.

Let me be your freedom,
Let daylight dry your tears;
I’m here, with you, beside you,
To guard you and to guide you.

Say you love me every waking moment,
Turn my head with talk of summertime.
Say you need me with you now and always;
Promise me that all you say is true,
That’s all I ask of you.

Let me be your shelter,
Let me be your light;
You’re safe, no one will find you,
Your fears are far behind you.

All I want is freedom,
A world with no more night;
And you, always beside me,
To hold me and to hide me.

Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime;
Let me lead you from your solitude.
Say you need me with you, here beside you,
Anywhere you go, let me go too,
Christine, that’s all I ask of you

Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime;
Say the word and I will follow you.

Share each day with me,
Each night, each morning.

Say you love me! You know I do.

Anywhere you go, let me go to
Love me, that’s all I ask of you.

 

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“Memory” From Cats

Midnight
Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory
All alone in the moonlight
I can smile happy your days (I can dream of the old days)
Life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Every street lamp seems to beat
A fatalistic warning
Someone mutters and the street lamp gutters
And soon it will be morning
Daylight
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I mustn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The still cold smell of morning
A street lamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning
Touch me,
It is so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me,
You’ll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day has begun

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“Any Dream Will Do” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar

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“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” From Evita

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your love after all that I’ve done
You won’t believe me, all you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she’s dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you
I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn’t stay all my life down at heel

Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun
So I chose freedom, running around trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to

Don’t cry for me, Argentina
The truth is, I never left you
All through my wild days, my mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
They are illusions, they’re not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you, and hope you love me
Don’t cry for me, Argentina

Don’t cry for me, Argentina
The truth is, I never left you
All through my wild days, my mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance
Have I said too much?
There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true

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“You Must Love Me” From Evita

Where do we go from here?
This isn’t where we intended to be
We had it all
You believed in me, I believed in you
Certainties disappear
What do we do? For our dream to survive?
How do we keep, all our passions alive
As we used to do?

Deep in my heart, I’m concealing
Things that I’m longing to say
Scared to confess, what I’m feeling
Frightened you’ll slip away
You must love me, you must love me
You must love me

Why are you at my side?
How can I be, any use to you now?
Give me a chance, and I’ll let you see how
Nothing has changed

Deep in my heart, I’m concealing
Things that I’m longing to say
Scared to confess, what I’m feeling
Frightened you’ll slip away
You must love me, you must love me
You must love me

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CLICK HERE TO READ BIOGRAPHY OF SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

In 2001 the New York Times referred to him as “the most commercially successful composer in history”. Ranked the “fifth most powerful person in British culture” by The Telegraph in 2008, the lyricist Don Black stated “Andrew more or less single-handedly reinvented the musical.

He currently has four shows on Broadway… Andrew Lloyd Webber On Broadway

 

 

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Stephen Sondheim – March 22, 1930 – Life Lessons From A Legend

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Stephen Sondheim is one of the most renowned composers of our time, an American composer and lyricist known for more than a half-century of contributions to musical theatre. Sondheim has received an Academy Award; eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer, including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre); eight Grammy Awards; a Pulitzer Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He has been described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater.” His best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

Sondheim’s even written film music, contributing “Goodbye for Now” to Warren Beatty’s 1981 Reds. He wrote five songs for 1990’s Dick Tracy, including “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Song.

That said the man inspires those who do not normally enjoy musicals. That said, here are a few life lessons from Stephen Sondheim to celebrate his 86th birthday.

Into the woods to find there’s hope of getting through the journey.” ― Into The Woods “

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There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature to make you feel better about life. Maybe it’s the breeze hugging your face or feeling the grass underneath your feet. One thing’s for sure – you can always find peace in nature.

Work is what you do for others, liebchen. “Art is what you do for yourself.” ― Sunday in the Park With George

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Where you spend 40+ hours a week is nothing compared to the hours of your life. Remember that your job does not have to define you. Whether you like to sing in the shower or paint in your spare time, art is what you do for yourself and yourself only.

They hear drums, we hear music.” ― Passion: A New Musical : Vocal Score

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. What you think is beautiful might not have the same reaction from someone else. Never underestimate your inner voice. Be respectful towards those with opinions different from yours.

How many times do you get to be 35? Eleven” ― Company: A Musical Comedy

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This quote is not meant to be taken literally, although you can. If you believe you’re a kid at a heart, you will never age. Embrace who you are always. 

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That Used to Cost What? in 1965

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PLAY ANOTHER GAME

PLAY MORE GAMES

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Remembering Fire Drills In School

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When we were in school, all grades of school, Fire Drills were a common practice. Those red domed bells would ring loud and clear and we were told to calmly, yet quickly, go outside single file and stand in a line away from the school building. Those bells, back in the day, were startling. And in those narrow halls, echoed them, making them completely deafening.

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Depending on what class we were in, would determine which doors we would exit. Sometimes we stood at the flagpole, other times the parking lot, and in elementary school, it was always the playground.

I recall the rebel kids pulling the alarms in order to get out of class. But when I was a kid, it was easy to set off the alarm. It was just the pull of a handle or taking a unlocked plastic cover off a red button and wham!

I’m not going to lie, I actually pulled a false alarm once so I could skip out of class as well.  It was Senior year and it was a dare, which I proudly accepted. If I hadn’t done it right before the summer recess and had already been accepted into college, I would have been in BIG trouble. Detention would have been the nominal punishment. And suspension could have been the worser punishment.

For most of us, it was always nice to get a break from class! It was like recess. An absurd highlight of our school day(s). But, we weren’t supposed to talk so it was lots of loud whispers. We were supposed pay attention for directions and face one direction. Something else we never really did.

There were those beautiful days we wished we could stay out there forever, or at least for the rest of our class. But they weren’t always timed like that. The winter and rainy day drills were the worst! We always froze because we were outside without jackets, gloves, hats or scarves and getting wet or cold was inevitable. There were certain instances, during the winter or inclement weather days, we’d stay indoors for the drills, gathering in the same form, but in the auditorium or gymnasium.


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For us, it was a fun time because we never thought of a real fire but rather a chance to meet our friends outside of the class room and to get a break from our lessons. We walked out in whatever we were wearing. There was no time to stop at our lockers and/or grab a coat or anything else we thought we needed. We would stand out there, along with our classmates, for however long it took until the teachers and principle gave us an “all clear”.

Fire drills were alarming, but never scary. At least not in my experiences. The scariest thing was when that ‘ding-ding-ding-ding’ from those bright red bells. You jumped in your seats and then jumped up to get ready to parade out to the school yard or wherever directed. What a nostalgic time.

Looking back, I do  think Fire Drills are a great way to prepare for an actual fire or emergency. However, I remember as a kid thinking, that a Fire Drill is only practice and there will never be a fire. It was a very calculated practice that timed our evacuation and measured and evaluated the procedures necessary in case there were ever a true emergency. Looking back, these drills are definitely things that have made me astute to real life situations and how I might handle myself in one. I am thankful that I personally have never had to utilize any of the drills (from fire, bomb, nuclear, duck and covers, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, lock down drills, etc…) we learned in school, but there are those that I am sure have had to and I am glad this, as well as all the others, got this mandatory training for whatever obstacles might come our way.

What do you have that you can contribute to this story? Please share your comments, stories and memories in the comment section below.

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