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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

♫Breaking the Sound of Silence♫

"Where there is music, there's life! Where there is life, there's music!" 

There is absolutely no separation. From the sound of the first morning yawn to night's last sigh, music is in the air, everywhere. It is the chirping cricket, a kitten's soft purr-r-r-r-r, a newborn baby's cry, the kitchen all a whir-r-r-r-r! When chores are to be done, the radio is on keeping everything in balance breaking the sound of silence.

It is the songs of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Music = Life, Life = Music

Today in Music History: May 24

 1967 Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a No.1 hit. 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top of the Pops TV show. The band subsequently made another video. Check out the Music Memories on this song in 1971!

 1968 Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with 'Bookends'. The album featured four US singles: 'A Hazy Shade of Winter', 'At the Zoo', 'Fakin' It' and 'Mrs Robinson'.

1985 Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Brothers In Arms', also No.1 in the US and 24 other countries. 'Brothers In Arms' was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

1991 Mariah Carey scored her fourth US No.1 single with 'I Don't Wanna Cry', not a hit in the UK.
Tidbit of music trivia...

1997 A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world's bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million (£1.76 million).

 2003 50 Cent started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '21 Questions', the rapper's second US No.1.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...