It's time to hand the turntables over to Mini Moose. Inspired by true events that happened at Mooseville’s annual arts retreat, here are her seven picks for July.
SONG OF THE monDAY
M Squad was a crime drama television series that ran from 1957 - 1960 on NBC. Sponsored by Pall Mall and starring Lee Marvin, the show follows Detective Frank Ballinger as a member of the M Squad, a special police unit in Chicago created to help fight organized crime, corruption, and violent crimes widespread throughout the city. The theme for season one was composed by Stanley Wilson, but Count Basie composed the theme that was used for season two and three, which can be found on the 1968 album, Basic Basie.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
Paperback Writer is the eleventh single by the Beatles. Released in 1966, it topped the charts in seven countries. Paul McCartney wrote it after his aunt asked him to write a song that wasn’t about love. He chose books. The lyrics are a letter to a publisher from an aspiring author. John Lennon said Paperback Writer was son to his song Day Tripper.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
Witchy Woman was written by guitarist Bernie Leadon while he was a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers. After joining the Eagles, Leadon and Don Henley finished the song. Released from the album, Eagles, in 1972, it landed at No. 9 on Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the first songs written by the Eagles and the first commercially-successful song written by Don Henley. Together with Take It Easy, Witchy Woman is one of the most-performed songs at the Eagles’ concerts.
SONG OF THE thursDAY
Singapore Cowboy was written by Matthew Tan in 1975 while living in Nashville. After returning home to Singapore, he recorded it for the 1978 album Matthew and the Mandarins. A copy of that record was sent to organizers for the Tulsa International Festival, and the band was invited to Oklahoma to perform. Though they have another hit, Let's Put The Sing In Singapore from the album II (1979), Singapore Cowboy remains their most-popular. In 2004, Tan received an Asia-Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award for the song at the Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival.
SONG OF THE friDAY
Edge of Seventeen was written by Stevie Nicks and released as the third single from her 1981 debut solo album, Bella Donna. Just missing the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at No. 11 but landed at No. 4 on Billboard Mainstream Rock. The song features a 16th-note guitar riff, played by Waddy Wachtel, and was inspired by the death of her uncle and the murder of John Lennon, both happening in the same week. According to Nicks, the ‘white winged dove’ represents the spirit leaving the body and the title came from a conversation Nicks had with Jane Petty, Tom Petty’s first wife. Jane said the two had met ‘at the age of seventeen’ but Nicks heard ‘edge of seventeen’.
SONG OF THE saturDAY
Written by Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig, Campus is by Vampire Weekend from their 2008 album, Vampire Weekend. Though the album was a success, Campus was never released as a single. Many speculate about the lyrics, but we just think it's a good jam, whatever the meaning.
SONG OF THE sunDAY
The Dragon’s Heartbeat was composed by Randy Edelman as the theme for the 1993 film, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. On July 20, 1973, Bruce Lee slipped into a mysterious coma and died at the age of 32. We usually play this song on that day, but we were off in the woods at the annual arts festival. We had a moment of silence on that day, but today, we’d like to officially pay tribute to Sai Fon, Sai Fung, Little Dragon, Mo Si Ting, or just Bruce. Whatever the name, he’s an all-around bad-ass and one of our biggest heroes. RIP, Little Phoenix. We will never forget you.