Friday, August 5, 2011

Musical Stories 6: War

Before I get on with today's musical stories, I want to say thank you to all of you who took the time to comment on my last post. I really feel like I'm starting to belong in this community now. I also feel like I should quit whining and start writing something – anything – so that's exactly what I'm going to do, and that's down to you lot for reminding me that I can. So big hugs to you all.

This week's musical genre is War. Surprisingly I ended up with about eight songs to choose from, so I found it quite tough. I hope you like the three that made the cut.

Number one is from a band I love. I was about eleven when I first heard this and when I found out what it was based on, I went to the library and looked up the details. No internet in those dark ages! I discovered that the jaunty song I'd been singing along to was about the aircraft, Enola Gay, that dropped the first atomic bomb, (codenamed Little Boy), in a wartime situation. I remember that every time I hear this song.

Number two – well, what can I say about this one? A story of one woman's loss during a war. The same story multiplied millions of times over the years. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Number three is one of those times where I cheat slightly. It's not exactly a story, but it is about war and the video has an awful lot of shots of Sean Bean, so I'm sure at least some of you will forgive me!

Next week's genre is Fantasy, in three different forms, (unless I change my mind about one of the choices in which case it'll be three songs, two forms).


  1. Gosh, I remember "Billy, Don't Be a Hero"! Wow. Blast from the past. And now an earworm. Thanks a lot. *grin*

    And yay for knuckling down to your writing. :)

  2. War, an interesting choice for a theme, but the music is great!

  3. 'Billy Don't be a Hero' is fantastic. Great choices.


  4. Great choices again, especially 'Over the hills...'.

    For me, '19' by Paul Hardcastle (?) always sends a shiver down my spine.

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  6. I like the choices you made for War! :)

  7. I remember those as well. Great choices. :O)

  8. Should I admit that I don't know any of these songs? Eep!

  9. Whoa! I really like your song choices. :)

  10. Good choices. One of my personal favorite songs about war is John Fogerty's "Deja Vu All Over Again".

  11. "Billy, don't be a hero" reminds us that in war there are too many dead heroes and too few survivors. Great post, Roland

  12. I'm surprised...I never heard "Billy, don't be hero" before. However I loved Sharpe's Rifles and the theme song (not to mention Sean Bean....)

  13. Okay commenting first--awesome! Now off to listen!

  14. Linda - I'd totally forgotten about this song until it came up when I was searching for something else :)

    Claudia - I was surprised at how many songs I found for it.

    L'Aussie - It is isn't it, and I love the video.

    Annalisa - 19 made it to number 4 on my list but got bumped off by Sharpe :)

    Krista - thank you honey :)

    The Golden Eagle - Thank you!

    Madeleine - I will only admit to being 'very small' when Billy, don't be a hero came out :)

    Talli - you're far too young of course ;-)

    Andressa - thank you and welcome to you.

    AA - thank you, hope you liked Sean Bean too :)

    Life 101 - will look that one up, thanks.

    Roland - Indeed, something we should always remember.

    Bish - Sharpe was brilliant (and Sean, yummy!)

    Christina - hope you enjoyed them :-)

  15. <3 when music and blogging combine.

    From a new follower :)

  16. NICE choices! I'm looking forward to more posts :)

  17. I haven't heard any of these before, so thank you for sharing!

  18. Can't wait to see what you come up with for Fantasy.

  19. Sorry I'm late! Yes, you'll find this community is awesome and very supportive.
    I can think of a lot of war songs, like Metallica's "One."

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  21. "Billy Don't be a Hero" there's one that brings back MAJOR memories.

  22. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

  23. Interesting choice and great videos :-)

  24. Kelley - me too, and hello :)

    Laura - thank you!

    Medeia - Hope you found one you liked :)

    SBJones - I'm still deciding between two!

    Alex - I think that might be one my daughter plays a lot. And yes, I love this community :)

    Jen - Well, so are you, so there ;-)

    Mohamed- that seems to be the popular one this week! Welcome to you.

    Amish Stories - and to you too :)

    Geezer - thank you :)


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