THE VOGUES – “FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD!”

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You just gotta love this song and the way the Vogues belted each note out. This is another song that signifies the ’60s and I hold near and dear to my heart. There’s just something to be said about the song writers of that era and the amazing groups of people who had the opportunity to bring these songs to life through their strong vocals, plus this is just a fun song to listen to because so many people can relate to the lyrics!
The Drew Carey show aired on ABC from September 13, 1195 to September 08, 2004. What a great idea it was to use this song as the shows opening theme song. I can look at the old videos and still laugh to no end at Drew Carey screaming because it’s time to get up and go to work!
“Five O’clock World (also known as “5 O’clock World“) is a song written by Allen Reynolds and recorded by American vocal group The Vogues. It reached # 1 on WLS on 17 December 1965 and 7 January 1966, # 1 in Canada on the RPM singles chart on 10 January 1966 (their first of two chart-toppers there that year, followed by “Magic Town” in April), and number 4 in the U.S. on the Hot 100 on 15–22 January 1966 and is one of The Vogues’ best-known hits, along with “You’re The One”.

Arrangement

The Vogues recording begins with a repeating modal figure on 12-string acoustic guitar (the sound reminiscent of medieval chanson, or contemporaries The Byrds), and swings into stride with a low brass drone, and work-song shouts drenched in reverb. The baritone lead vocal by Bill Burkette is punctuated by counter-melodies and harmonies from the group and rises to a lilting yodel after the chorus, with crescendoing string instruments throughout, in anticipation of the after-work freedom promised in the lyric. The sound of a piano is heard, descending the scale, during the yodel. The sound of the other members of the Vogues can be heard repeating the word “hey!”. The instrumental track was a demo brought in by producer Tony Moon, cut at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The vocal was then overdubbed in Pittsburgh at Co & Ce studios, with label co-head Nick Cenci. Cenci and the group were unhappy with the drum track, and it was re-recorded using a local band’s (The Grains of Sand) drummer, Rich Engler (later to become half of Di Cesare-Engler Productions, local concert promoters in Pittsburgh). by arranger Ernie Freeman) overdubbed onto the original Co & Ce master.

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Lyrics –

Up every morning just to keep a job (up!)
I gotta fight my way through the hustling mob (up!)
Sounds of the city pounding in my brain (up!)
While another day goes down the drain (up!)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah) but it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows
No-one owns a piece of my time
And there’s a five o’clock me inside my clothes
Thinking that the world looks fine, yeah
A-da-lay-ee-ee (up, up, up!)
Trading my time for the pay I get (up!)
Living on money that I ain’t made yet (up!)
Gotta keep goin’ gotta make my way (up!)
But I live for the end of the day (up!)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah) ’cause it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows
No-one owns a piece of my time
And there’s a long-haired girl who waits, I know
To ease my troubled mind, yeah!
A-da-lay-ee-ee (up, up, up!)
In the shelter of her arms everything’s okay (yeah-yeah) (up!)
She talks and the world goes slipping away (it slips away) (up!)
And I know the reason I can still go on
When every other reason is gone
(Yeah, yeah, yeah) in my five o’clock world she waits for me
Nothing else matters at all
‘Cause every time my baby smiles at me
I know that it’s all worthwhile, yeah
A-da-lay-ee-ee (up, up, up!)
A-da-lay-ee-ee (up, up, up!)

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Songwriters: Allen Reynolds
Five O’Clock World lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

song credit: https://youtu.be/M4EqeRenFwY

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THE SUPREMES – “LOVE CHILD!”

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The year was 1968 and The Supremes had the Billboard lit!  The songwriters kept writing and the Supremes kept belting them out.  This is one of my favorite songs of theirs. These songs bring back so many memories, although I was only 5 years old when this song was released, it was the same then as it is today. This great music was still being played on the record players in many households, the radio stations were still playing it and It still lives on and is played on radio stations today.  The music of yester-year is my way of escaping to a place where times were a little more simple, although it still had it’s flaws!

“Love Child is a 1968 song released by the Motown label for Diana Ross & the Supremes. The second single and title track from their album Love Child, it became the Supremes’ 11th (and penultimate) number-one single in the United States. Their 1969 song, “I’m Living In Shame,” is a sequel to their 1968 hit, “Love Child.” And was also inspired by the 1959 movie, “Imitation of Life,” starring Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee and Susan Kohner.

The record took just three weeks to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, which it then topped for two weeks, November 30—December 7, 1968, before being dethroned by an even bigger Motown single, Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. “Love Child” also performed well on the soul chart — where it spent three weeks at number two (stuck behind Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love”) — and paved new ground for a major pop hit with its then-controversial subject matter of illegitimacy It is also the single that finally knocked the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” off the top spot in the United States after its nine-week run. The Supremes debuted the dynamic and intense song on the season premiere of the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 29, 1968.  In Billboard’s special 2015 chart of the Top 40 Biggest Girl Groups of All Time on the Billboard Hot 100, “Love Child” ranked highest among the Supremes’ six entries.

Recording – 

In 1967, Diana Ross & the Supremes dropped Florence Ballard, acquired new member Cindy Birdsong and added Ross’ name to the billing. Following this string of changes, the Supremes had mixed success on the pop charts. “Reflections” peaked at number 2 on the Billboard pop charts and “In and out of Love” peaked at 9, but the group’s next two singles did not make the pop top twenty.

This prompted Motown label chief Berry Gordy to hold a special meeting in a room at the Pontchartrain Hotel in Detroit, which was attended by a team of writers and producers at the label, including R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, Deke Richards, and Henry Cosby. The group, who named themselves The Clan, set to work on a hit single for Diana Ross & the Supremes. Instead of composing another love-based song, the team decided to craft a tune about a woman who is asking her boyfriend not to pressure her into sleeping with him, for fear they would conceive a “love child.” The woman, portrayed on the record by Diana Ross, is herself a love child, and, besides not having a father at home, had to endure wearing rags to school and growing up in an “old, cold, run-down tenement slum.” The background vocals echo this sentiment, asking the boyfriend to please “wait/wait won’t you wait now/hold on/wait/just a little bit longer.”

As was nearly always the case on singles released under the “Diana Ross & the Supremes” name, Supremes members Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong do not perform on the record; Motown session singers The Andantes performed the background vocals. All lead vocals were by Diana Ross, who would leave the group in a year for a solo career.

Reaction and response – 

The public responded immediately to “Love Child” when it was released as a single on September 30, 1968, rising to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the third biggest selling Supremes’ single behind “Baby Love” and “Someday We’ll Be Together.” The feat was repeated in Canada, where it also reached number one in the RPM 100 national singles chart. In the UK singles chart, the song peaked at number 15, and number three in Australia. “Love Child” became the title track of Diana Ross & the Supremes’ Love Child album, released on November 13, 1968.

 

Love Child – Song Lyrics

You think that I don’t feel love,
What I feel for you is real love.
In other’s eyes I see reflected a hurt, scorned, rejected.
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, born in poverty,
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, take a look at me.
I started my life in an old, cold, rundown tenement slum.
My father left, he never even married Mom.
I shared the guilt my mama knew,
So afraid that others knew I had no name.
This love we’re contemplating, is worth the pain of waiting.
We’ll only end up hating the child we may be creating.
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, by society,
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, diff’rent from the rest.
Hold on, Whoa.
I started school in a worn, torn, dress that somebody threw out.
I knew…

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“TRUTH COMING OUT OF HER WELL!” WARNING: The following photo contains nudity.00

Truth coming out of her well. Credit: Jean-Leon Gerome

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvelous day today”! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: “The water is very nice, let’s take a bath together!” The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbors no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.
The world-famous painting– “The Truth coming out of the well” Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.

Jean-Léon Gérôme – French Painter and Sculptor!”

Jean-Léon Gérôme Photo
Photo and biography credit: https://www.theartstory.org/artist/gerome-jean-leon/life-and-legacy

During my reading of various poets, writers & artists, I happened upon this artist and sculptor. I read his biography and thought to myself, wow, where did this man get energy to do all the things he did and accomplished.   He was intelligent and knew what he wanted to do in life and hit the pavement running!

Jean- Léon Gérôme – The son of a goldsmith and jeweler, Jean-Léon Gérôme was born in the French provincial town of Vesoul in 1824. An intelligent, studious child, he studied Latin, Greek and history at high school. He was taught drawing by Claude Basil Cariage, a Neoclassical painter and former student of Jean-August-Dominique Ingres. Indeed, a young Gérôme showed an impressive talent for art, and his teacher instructed him to learn from plaster casts and models which he had brought to Vesoul from Paris. In 1938 Gérôme won his first prize for drawing, and his work caught the eye of a friend of the French historical painter Paul Delaroche.

Early Training

By the age of 16, Gérôme had obtained his baccalaureate and he left his hometown for Paris, where he went to study in Delaroche’s studio, whom he adored. However, Gérôme had gone against his father’s wishes in the move, and struggling to survive, he was forced by circumstance to paint religious cards which he sold on the steps of churches to scratch out a living. For three years Gérôme followed a strict routine; studying from casts in the morning, while painting or sketching en plain air in the afternoon. He was also encouraged to copy engravings and Old Masters in the Louvre and to attend classes at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts. His dedication and ability eventually earned his father’s approval, who, pleased with his son’s rapid progress, gave him a generous allowance of 1,200 francs a year (which Gérôme often shared amongst his friends).

In 1843 Gérôme and Delaroche traveled to Italy; visiting Rome, Venice and Naples. The young artist wrote in his diaries: “This year is one of the happiest and fullest in my life, and at this time I have made many major progresses.” Through Delaroche’s connections, he met several young artists and burgeoning photographers, including Henri Le Secq, Charles Nègre and Gustave Le Gray. These new acquaintances would go on to influence the cinematographic look of much of his work. Indeed, in 1856, the French poet and novelist Théophile Gautier had championed photography as a means of enabling artists like Gérôme to paint images that were truly faithful to the real world. Gérôme had in fact returned from his first excursion to the Middle East with over a hundred photographs, and though he allowed his imagination to inform his artworks, Gérôme’s highly detailed paintings drew on these photographs to represent his own vision of the colorful region.

On his return to Paris, Gérôme studied under Swiss artist Charles Gleyre (Gleyre had taken over Delaroche’s studio). Gleyre taught Gérôme how to improve his drawing and to purify his forms. It was under Gleyre’s influence indeed that he matured his skill for genre paining and, in 1846, the brotherhood of the “Néo-Grecs” was established. Led by Gérôme (who became the brotherhood’s de facto leader following the positive reception of his painting The Cock Fight at the 1847 Salon) and comprising of Gleyre’s other students Jean-Louis Hamon, Henri-Pierre Picou and Gustave Boulange, the Neo-Grecs shared a house (“Le Chalet”) on 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris. Gérôme remembered the atmosphere of the Neo Grec community thus: “it was the meeting place for all our friends, and there were musicians too. We enjoyed ourselves in a spirit of total harmony.”

Mature Period

Photo of Gérôme by his friend Nadar, published in 1900

In 1856, Gérôme embarked upon his first trip to Egypt and the Middle East. He traveled the Nile, visited Cairo, crossed the Sinai Peninsula and explored the Holy Land, including visits to Jerusalem and Damascus. He took inspiration from the North African landscape and its people, producing his first Orientalist works.

Three years later, Gérôme captured the imagination of the American public when two of his paintings were exhibited in New York. As art historian Mary G Morton explained: “During the first half of the nineteenth century, Americans focused on native, morally instructive art, but the crisis and loss of national confidence during the Civil War period led to an emphatic turning outward.” This drew critics and collectors back to the Old World, and for a time Gérôme’s Orientalism came to represent high art in America. However, his success was also his critical downfall; the more popular his art became, the more derided he became as a progressive artist. Morton added: “He was idealized for his professionalism, his cosmopolitan Frenchness, his intellectualism, erudition and refined technical training. But he was also disdained as overly commercial, and suspected of a characteristically French moral degeneracy that some Americans sought to escape in the reconstruction of their national identity.” Despite this criticism, Gérôme could command fantastic prices for his canvasses, and his works were selling for ten to a hundred times more than his (certainly more avant-garde) Impressionist contemporaries.

<i>Portrait of a Lady</i> is Gérôme's portrait of his young bride (c. 1865)

In 1863, Gérôme married Marie Goupil, the daughter of successful international art dealer Aldophe Goupil, who he had been working with for four years. He described his 21-year-old bride as “a young woman of rare beauty and charming grace.” They moved to a townhouse at 6 rue de Bruxelles, near the music hall the Folies Bergère, (immortalized by Édouard Manet’s painting of the forlorn bar woman). Their first child, Jeanne, was born that year, and they would go on to have three more daughters and one son. His good fortune continued when, in 1864, he took up a post at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts, becoming one of the school’s most respected teachers.

Gérôme’s professional relationship with Aldophe Goupil – known as “the international powerhouse of contemporary art dealers” – was crucial to the artist’s success. Goupil sold photographs and photogravures of modern paintings through offices in New York, London, and Berlin and Gérôme became his most reproduced artist.

Gérôme's art was seen by risqué by some, and downright iniquitous by others. The artist's detractors argued that <i>The Dance of the Almeh</i> (1863) was too immoral to be shown at the Salon

Gérôme, meanwhile, travelled throughout the Europe and the Middle East, visiting Spain, Greece, Turkey, Jerusalem, and Syria. He visited Egypt no less than six times in his life and his tours inspired some spectacular, shocking and provocative paintings, including pictures of slaves waiting to be sold at market, women luxuriating in Turkish baths, a belly dancer entertaining soldiers at rest and severed heads hanging from hooks outside a mosque. He was widely dismissed by intellectuals as a fantasist whose work served only salacious and commercial ends. Indeed, the French writer Émile Zola lambasted Gérôme at Paris’s Exposition Universelle of 1897, accusing him of being a “cynical manufacturer of anecdotal images for mass reproduction and popular consumption.”

As art historian Mary G Morton said “Gérôme (pictured here in his studio) possessed not only the credentials of artistic success, but also the look of the 'French master': urbane and cultured, witty, fashionably sharp and delicately handsome.”

Gérôme was 55-years-old when he discovered sculpture though he tackled it “with all the passion and seriousness of a young artist”, according to writer Édouard Papet. By this time Gérôme had also made a name for himself as a vehement anti-Impressionist. In 1884, he fought the École des Beaux-Arts when it staged the posthumous exhibition of Édouard Manet. Gérôme said Manet “was the apostle of a decadent manner, of a piecemeal art” and while he (Gérôme) had been “assigned by the Nation to teach young people the grammar of art” he did not think his students “should be presented with the model of highly willful and lurid art by a man who never developed the rare qualities with which he was endowed.”

Around the same time, Gérôme fell from grace in the US; denounced as a corrupting influence on American art. An article in the New York Evening Post in 1882 claimed that Gérôme was an exemplar of the current trend of artists painting purely for popular appeal to attain high prices. The Barbizon School began to take over, and collectors opted instead for the works of artists likes of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet.

Late Period

<i>Sculptor working</i> (1891) by Fernand Cormon

By 1898 Gérôme was nominated Grand Officer, the penultimate rank in the Légion d’honneur and a rare distinction for an artist. He has been described as a man fascinated with appearances – both others’ and his own. He dressed well, was proud of his bushy mane and enjoyed being photographed. The Art Journal said Gérôme’s look was “peculiar” before adding that “his head, with its deep-set, large eyes, wild masses of grey hair, and pointed grey mustache is eminently picturesque. He is as thin as a shadow, and is distinguished for extreme industry, excessive irritability and extreme dislike of visitors.” In the catalogue that accompanied a 2010 Getty exhibition revisiting the Salon painter’s work, The Spectacular Art of Jean-Leon Gérôme, Laurence des Cars, Dominique de Font-Reaulx and Edoard Papet stated: “This concern for his appearance certainly reflected a refusal to let himself go, a determination to retain control that was also expressed through his fierce loyalty to scrupulous, meticulous, artistic craft.”

 In 1891 tragedy hit when his only son Jean died. That year he carved a sculpture entitled <i>Sorrow</i>, which stood at his tomb at the cemetery in Montmatre.

Gérôme’s concern with his own appearance seemingly informed his own death in 1904, when he died neatly and without fuss in his studio at the age of 80, in front of a portrait of Rembrandt. French writer Albert Soubies wrote that he had succumbed “to death suddenly, in full stride and full energy, without a preliminary period of gradual physical decline. Barely one week ago he could be seen, slim and upright like an officer in civilian clothing.” His rank as Legion of Honor entitled him to a funeral of military pageant, but he left instructions for a simpler affair. He was buried in the Montmartre Cemetery in front of his own sculpture, Sorrow. It is estimated that he produced some 600 canvases, sixty sculptures and hundreds of drawings and studies during his lifetime.

The Legacy of Jean-Léon Gérôme

This work, produced by the artist's son in law, Aimé Morot shows Gérôme on the left as he works on on of his <i>Gladiators</i> sculptures.

Gérôme’s career ran parallel with another French artist, William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The latter’s beautifully executed Neoclassical nudes, religious and genre paintings were also hugely popular with the public, but, like Gérôme, Bouguereau divided opinion due in part to his disdain for Impressionism. And, like Bouguereau (and like two more contemporaries, Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier), Gérôme fell into critical disrepute after his death. Despite the fact that his work is held in collections by the Louvre Museum and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery in London (amongst others), Gérôme’s relevance, especially in recent decades, has been questioned; his bitter opposition to modern art not helping matters (Gérôme became known in fact as the “anti- Monet”). As art critic Christopher Knight noted, “From Manet to Cézanne, every artist we revere today was on the other side of [the] Gérôme fight.”

The authors of The Spectacular Art suggested meanwhile that history had relegated Gérôme to the status of illustrator in that his art “survived primarily, and increasingly anonymously, in the form of pictures that embellished dictionaries, encyclopedias and history textbooks.” Gérôme’s art was dealt yet another blow with the publication of Edward W. Said’s seminal text Orientalism (1978) which railed against the European fetishization of Eastern culture.

Those criticisms notwithstanding, Gérôme’s influence can be seen in the work of American artist Thomas Eakins, from whom he learnt the science of observation and Gérôme’s heightened sense of realism. Another American artist, Jon Swihart, stated that he was “genuinely obsessed” with Gérôme’s “different, exotic, strange, photographic [and] perverse [art].” Even more recently, the 2010 Getty Center’s retrospective claimed to reconsider “the variety and complexity of Gérôme’s masterful oeuvre” with curator Scott Allan adding that Gérôme had been “one of the most influential art teachers of the nineteenth century [whose] pedagogical reach extended to thousands of students from the United States to the Ottoman Empire.” His pupils included the prolific Swiss realist painter Eugene Burnand, the American Impressionist Dennis Miller Bunker, the French academic painter Delphin Enjolras and the famous Russian war artist, Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin. He has also been admired for his epic panoramas with his paintings of battling Roman gladiators cited by producer Walter Parkes and director Ridley Scott as reference points for their 2001 Oscar winning film, Gladiator.

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“Believe”

I choose to believe that all things are possible, not only for some but for all including me.

I believe in faith, strength, courage, wisdom, and being honest and humble.

This coffee mug is one of several that I have that I drink my morning coffee from as I brainstorm and go over in my mind what I am going to write about.

When we BELIEVE, we open doors that once seemed sealed from top to bottom, we develop an inner strength that engulfs us in love as it empowers us to do be, move forward and close old chapters in our lives and not look back.

I choose to BELIEVE in myself, my inner strength, my loving heart and my willingness to continue helping others find their peace!

Congratulations to all 16 Nominees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020!

Hi everyone –

I know it’s been a few days since I blogged anything, but my full time job has been keeping me busy and run down. I have missed communicating with each of you and will catch up on the great things you all have been posting soon.

I can’t tell you all how happy I was to see the list of these nominees and find Thin Lizzy’s name on the list!!  It’s been a long time coming, but we still have to wait until January to find out if they are one of the 2020 Inductees. There are so many great artists and bands on this list that should have been nominated long ago!

Congratulations to each and everyone of them for just getting the nomination. Now, let’s all cast our vote and see who will actually be inducted in 2020!

Take a look at this incredible list of fabulous people.  Some no longer with us today, but their music lives on in each of our hearts.

 

  • Pat Benatar
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Motörhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy
Credit: https://www.rockhall.com/2020-nominees