Monday, February 13, 2012

Music Monday ~ Elusive Valentines

Another V-Day will be upon us in less than 24 hours. The attendant flurry of commercialism has been around since stores cleared away the tinsel of Christmas, but the concept of a day to honour love can never be totally spoiled by all that money-grubbing.

For this Music Monday I've been digging around in the far recesses of memory and found a couple of songs which, in years too long gone, always had a very Valentine-ish feel for me. Bob Lind's Elusive Butterfly, and, oddly enough another "elusive" one: My Elusive Dreams. Maybe, back in those days, I tended to look on love as being an ever-elusive entity.

These songs still do appeal to me, both have simple attractive melodies, the first for a certain delicacy of feel - almost like a pretty watercolour painting; the second for its celebration of loyalty and love in the face of difficulties. Love isn't all beer and skittles, cakes and ale, fluff and fancy. It can be hard work, overcoming disillusion to find a diamond beneath the mud; and it can be heart-breakingly tragic.

On any day other than Valentine's Day (or in this case V-eve) these two songs might draw a caustic response, even from me: "Too sugary, too sentimental, too mawkish", but for today, and mainly for tomorrow, they'll fit my mood.

Bob Lind sings Elusive Butterfly, his self-penned Top 5 hit from 1966 (nobody does it better). Bob, by the way has Sun/Venus conjoined in Sagittarius with Mercury and Mars nextdoor in Scorpio. Moon in either Gemini or Cancer - either would fit. Cancer excels when it comes to sentimentality. Gemini would be a match too, for Bob wrote numerous songs for other artists and, after leaving the music business for some years, wrote several novels. He's back on the music scene again though - possibly appealing to a niche audience who "get" his particular brand of thoughtful poetry set to music.

A snip from the lyrics:

You might wake up some mornin'
To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind
And if you're quick enough to rise
You'll catch a fleeting glimpse of someone's fading shadow
Out on the new horizon
You may see the floating motion of a distant pair of wings
And if the sleep has left your ears
You might hear footsteps running through an open meadow
Don't be concerned, it will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love

My Elusive Dreams was written by Curly Putnam and Billy Sherrill. Astro notes ~ Similar astro flavour to Bob Lind's as it happens. Sherrill has Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius. Putnam has Sun in late Scorpio, Venus and Mercury in early Sagittarius, Moon in either Sagittarius or Scorpio.

My Elusive Dreams , a #1 hit from 1967 was performed, as one might expect, mainly by country music artists: Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Charlie Rich, Marty Robbins, Bobbie Gentry et al. I've chosen a version with a little less "twang" by a fellow-countryman of mine: Tom Jones ~~~

A snip from the last verse:

And now all we have is each other and a little memory
To cling to and still you won't let me go on alone.
I know you're tired of following
My elusive dreams and schemes
For they're only fleeting things,
My elusive dreams.

All three songwriters have a distinct Sagittarius/Scorpio blend in their natal charts. The deeply emotional factor in both songs connects to Scorpio and the element of Water, while Sagittarius and the element Fire connect to a feel of movement and of freedom - differently expressed by the songs, but present in both.

Very sadly, we've lost two wonderful voices this year, already.

Etta James 25 January 1938 - 20 January 2012
Whitney Houston 9 August 1963 - 11 February 2012


R J Adams said...

"Too sugary, too sentimental, too mawkish" - perhaps, Twilight, but still two of my old time favorites.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and Anyjazz.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~~ Good! And I wish the same for yourself and Mrs. RJ. :-)