Sleep Induced Music, My own SIM Card

Over the years I’ve found I need less and less sleep. Sometimes I don’t even get to bed and might nod off over my keyboard (hopefully not using it) and wake 2 hours later with a crick in my neck. Some nights I do go to bed but find my leg won’t stop itching so it’s a battle to stop me scritching. Oft times it’s the whirling of my mind that won’t let me sleep and sometimes on those occasions I try and break up my thoughts with music. The music chooses me not the other way round. On a Monday night I very often don’t get to sleep at all as I travel to another Country (an hour and a half on the bus with an escort) the bus is at 6.30 am then I sit in a cafe until my daughter arrives with the grandchildren on their way to school. I have chocolate for the kids and then wait for Yvonne to come back to join me for coffee. This may well be a whirling thoughts and worry night. I’ll share some of the most recent pieces of music. The first is one that got stuck like an ear worm for most of the night. Sarah Brightman was invited to sing this with Andrea Bocelli in Paris 1996. Unforgettable.

Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli. Time to say GOODBYR 1996

This next one is from a Scottish singer who’s led a varied life and who had to wait until 1978 for a big hit and here it is.

Frankie Miller, Darlin 1978

Now, strap yourselves in while I do a big U-turn all the way back to 1959. A group that were a big part of the do-wap sound . This one jumps uninvited into my mind in the hopes of a singalong, which I usually succumb to. I’m hated by cats and neighbours.

Coasters- Poison Ivy 1959

An Artiste from 1988 now. A man who performs in a number of genres but this is probably the only track I know. It’s catchy Steve Earle, Copperhead Road.

The last record is from 1969. I’m sort of cheating as it’s a follow up to one from last week. For some reason it didn’t do as well in the UK making just 28 (it did get to No2 in the Netherlands) but the group never made inroads into the American market. In 1970 they split up and Graham Bonnet went solo for a while before joining Rainbow then a variety of other groups. Great Voice.

Marbles- The Walls Fell Down. 1969

Have a Fantastic Weekend If you meet someone who needs a Hug make sure you’re carrying a spare or two. Big rewards for small efforts.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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55 Responses to Sleep Induced Music, My own SIM Card

  1. I laughed that you say you are hated by cats and neighbors. My cat hated the time I tried to learn to play the trumpet.

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  2. Suzassippi says:

    Pretty sure I only recall Darlin’ and Poison Ivy. In fact, Rando and I were singing Poison Ivy just the other day, because I have to double glove up and get it off the fence. I find mindfulness and breath focus are the things that get me through those nights. it works for me. Big mindful hug to you, and thanks for the music. Good night/morning!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Sneaky stuff poison ivy, I’m glad you double gloved to get it down. Funny, I thought for sure you’d know the Steve Earle one, him being so popular.
      Humongous Hugs, and from me a Good Morning at 6.15 am.

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  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I only had heard two of the five before, David. (Poison Ivy and Copperhead Road). Of the new ones, I like the Frankie Miller song best.

    By the way, I don’t seem to need much sleep either. 4-5 hours per night is not uncommon for me.

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  4. My sleep patterns vary. I’m usually in bed 9-10 PM and have no trouble sleeping. But I will often wake up at 2-3 AM. Especially if I have a story on my mind, that sleep inspires me and I will often get up and write. That time of day is great just for dumping from my head onto paper, although I will edit later.
    I’ll never listen to music because my wife is normally asleep, and in any case my preferred mode is silence.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I usually come through to work on emails about 9.00 pm and as I have breakfast between 2.00 am-3.00 am (don’t ask) there’s no point in going to bed before then. When breakfast is done, I’ll have another half an hour or so on the computer and then try for sleep. I’m usually awake for 6.00 am – 7.00 am. That used to be a good time to write for me but now it’s just more mail. Nowadays I will try to listen to music when I’m doing the music posts to get the best copy I can and it helps dredge up memories of when my wife and I would discuss the differences between our musical taste- her ZZTop and my Motown.
      Hugs

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  5. merrildsmith says:

    My cat is very aware of music–I don’t know how he’d feel about your singing though. 😀
    I was thinking about you, David, the other day when listening to the NPR show, Fresh Air. She’s been looking back on interviews of artists involved with “the summer of soul.”
    Here’s the one I heard with Mavis Staples and Gladys Knight: https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2021/09/06/1033697714/fresh-air-for-sept-6-2021-mavis-staples-gladys-knight?showDate=2021-09-06

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  6. Clive says:

    I remember all of these, David, with differing degrees of pleasure! The stand out for me, by a country mile, is Steve Earle (see what I did there?). He is also thought of as rock or Americana, but I just prefer ‘singer-songwriter’ as a genre definition. As you may have seen from my blog I’m a big fan of his. This is the title track from what is still my favourite of his albums – if you like catchy tunes, I suggest you try Johnny Come Lately from the same album. It’s a good example of wrapping a serious point into an insanely happy sounding song.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Not much would get past you Clive. I’m not surprised Steve Earle is your fave of the bunch. Singer-songwriter is fine by me. I’m sorry, I can’t recall seeing him on your blog but I have the memory of a goldfish. I’ll look that one p.
      Enjoy the weekend
      Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        I think it was a predictable choice! I featured this same song and video as a Tuesday Tune several months ago, and I know I’ve written another post around one of his songs. Definitely a favourite of mine.

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  7. Suzassippi says:

    Call me late to the party, but I just now realized the clever little witticism of your title. 🙂

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  8. Great selections, David. You have a gift.

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  9. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    I was caught up with ‘things’ today so late in my visit to David Prosser’s weekly music post so since the subject is sleep and I am about to do just that… I am leaving you with some great tracks and those of you who still have half a day ahead of you can boogie….

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  10. You can’t go wrong with Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, David. And I’d never heard of Steve Earle. I enjoyed the song, lots of energy. Thanks for sharing part of your playlist! Hugs 😀

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  11. Another wonderful collection, David! Thank you for sharing. The first song with Brigtman and Bocelli has a somewhat negative connotation, here in our region. It was played too often at funerals. Since you talked about cats’ affinity for music. We once had a cat that couldn’t hear children’s choirs singing. Lol Have a nice rest of the weekend! xx Michael

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    A couple here I don’t know – I must have missed the Marbles. Yes on Poison Ivy, though!

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m guessing the Brightman/Bocelli is thhe first which might be a little obscure. I don’t know if thay succeeded in America with this one. I know The Marbles didn’t break into the American Market as had the earlier Brit invasion but I did rate the song a lot.
      Huge Hugs

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Oh yes David, sleep – a luxurious commodity indeed. Love your music shares, especially since many of them I’d never heard. Massive hugs xoxo

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    • davidprosser says:

      I hope the lack of sleep isn’t something you suffer from a lot Debby, it can damage your health. Thank you for the kind words. I love doing it and enjoy the memories as I go along.
      If you haven’t heard a lot before I hope some at least are a pleasant surprise.
      Gigantic Hugs

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  14. CarolCooks2 says:

    A very young Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli but so delightful I am a big fan…somehow I missed this version of Darlin when I was writing Saturday Snippets but I like this one..Luckily I have no cat so could safely sing along although the geckos did a runner…sigh…Hugs x

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    • davidprosser says:

      Yes, fairly young Carol but even so, they’d both had quite a musical career before this point. There are other versions of this song now but I still find this the best and most charming one. I’m so glad you like Frankie Millers version of Darlin’ I must have a look at others I wasn’t aware of. I’m sure the geckos did what geckos do without there being any music playing , and singing along, they’re not known critics are they?
      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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  15. inavukic says:

    Stealing moments with grandkids is what I found the Covid restrictions have brought upon us. Good to know you get to see yours on the way to their school David. We are still in severe lockdown Down Under so Facetime is a big hit and once a week a day spent with me as mum, my daughter, needs to do something so needs child care, which is permitted. You know, I used to be able to escape with my thoughts by the help of music especially my favourite – that’s getting harder as I get older, I mean – smarter :)))) Hugs and keep up the good fight!

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    • davidprosser says:

      One day a week for 5 or 10 minutes doesn’t seem enough for me though Ina. .Maybe I should try to steal a little more using Skype. I’m sorry you’re still in severe lockdown there. I hope that eases soon for you, there’s been a good uptake of vaccine in Australia hasn’t there? I hope a time will come again when you can escape with your thoughts to music as I read this last week that music helps keep the nasties like Alzheimer’s at bay. That has to help us get ‘smarter’.
      Gigantic Hugs

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  16. acflory says:

    I’m sorry that your sleep is getting worse, but thank you for Andrea Bocelli. He is one of my all time favourite tenors. -hugs-

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thanks. It’s fine as long as I can find things to do. Listening to my songs seems to be my No 1 pastime. Once you’ve run out of any of the original Three Tenors, Bocelli would be the Natural replacement ie Pavarotti, but the only time I’ve seen anything under that title
      since Pavarotti’s death, they had 3 young men performing. I turned over thinking they lacked warmth.
      Massive Hugs

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  17. I enjoyed listening to all of these. A good range of styles!

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  18. Sleep is overrated anyway 🙂

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  19. alexcraigie says:

    Loved the sentiment in the last two lines. 😀

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  20. My mother gave me a choice about taking piano lessons. Did you hate the violin? How long did you take lessons?

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  21. Oh, David, you hit the spot here! I’m a Sarah Brightman fan to the point of obsession. This duet was one of her best and they repeated it a few times (I have a later version) but there is so much emotion in that voice! Grand Opera depth from a form that shouldn’t be capable of more than a thin amp-assisted soprano. She seems to spend a large amount of her time in S. America now, so we don’t hear enough from her. Love that song!

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