“Tossin’ & Turning”  

I couldn’t sleep at all last night
Got to thinkin’ of you
Baby things weren’t right
Well I was tossin’ and turnin’
Turnin’ and tossin’
a-tossin’ and turnin’ all night

I kicked the blankets on the floor
Turned my pillow upside down
I never never did before
’cause I was tossin’ and turnin’
Turnin’ and tossin’
a-tossin’ and turnin’ all night

Jumped out of bed
Turned on the light
I pulled down the shade
Went to the kitchen for a bite
Rolled up the shade
Turned off the light
I jumped back into bed
It was the middle of the night

The clock downstairs was strikin’ four
Couldn’t get you off my mind
I heard the milkman at the door
’cause I was tossin’ and turnin’
Turnin’ and tossin’
a-tossin’ and turnin’ all night

Jumped out of bed
Turned on the light
I pulled down the shade
Went to the kitchen for a bite
Rolled up the shade
Turned off the light
I jumped back into bed
It was the middle of the night

The clock downstairs was strikin’ four
Couldn’t get you off my mind
I heard the milkman at the door
’cause I was tossin’ and turnin’
Turnin’ and tossin’
a-tossin’ and turnin’ all, yay, yay, yay
I was a-tossin’ and turnin’

The Sunny Side of the Street  

The sunny side is always so much better than the shaded side.

sunny

Seen the carnival at Rome
Had the women and I had the booze
All that I can remember now
Is little kids without no shoes

So, I saw that train and I got on it
With a heart full of hate and a lust for vomit
Now I’m walking on the Sunnyside of the street

Stepped over bodies in Bombay
Tried to make it to the USA
Ended up in Nepal
Up on the roof with nothing at all

And I knew that day
I was gonna stay right where I am
On the sunnyside of the street

Been in a palace, I’ve been in a jail
I just don’t want to be reborn a snail
I just want to spend eternity
Right where I am, on the sunnyside of the street

As my mother wept, it was then I swore
To take my life as I would a whore
I know I’m better than before
I will not be reconstructed
Just wanna stay right here
On the sunnyside of the street

The sunnyside of the street
The sunnyside of the street
The sunnyside of the street

Conductor Goes Wild

NYC guest orchestra conductor goes viral for energetic ‘Sleigh Ride’ performance

Tim Schultheis wows crowd after winning Chelsea Symphony Orchestra raffle

A New York City man has gone viral after his rousing performance as a guest conductor for the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra was captured on video.

Tim Schultheis, an audience member at the musical group’s holiday concert last Friday, won a raffle to be a guest conductor for a song that night, according to TMX News.

Schultheis was seen waving the conductor’s baton and dancing with energy as the orchestra played the Leroy Anderson holiday classic “Sleigh Ride.”

The Ronettes make an Encore

The Ronettes were an American girl group from Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City. The group consisted of lead singer Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector), her older sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. They had sung together since they were teenagers, then known as “The Darling Sisters”. Signed first by Colpix Records in 1961, they moved to Phil Spector’s Philles Records in March 1963 and changed their name to “The Ronettes”.

The Ronettes placed nine songs on the Billboard Hot 100, six of which became Top 40 hits. Among their hit songs are “Be My Baby”, which peaked at No. 2, their only contemporary top 10 hit, “Baby, I Love You”, “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up” and “Walking in the Rain”. In 1964, the group released their only studio album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica. That year, the Rolling Stones were their opening act when they toured the UK. The Ronettes opened for the Beatles on their 1966 US tour, becoming the only girl group to tour with them, before splitting up in 1967. In the 1970s, the group was briefly revived as Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes.

The Ronettes in 1966 (l–r): Talley, Spector, and Bennett

An Irish priest wows wedding guests with his version of ‘Hallelujah.’ Now he has a record contract.

When Father Ray Kelly stepped to the lecturn at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Oldcastle, Ireland, he sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s well-known song “Hallelujah” for newly married Chris and Leah O’Kane.

As a gift to the couple, he changed the lyrics to suit their wedding. Little did Kelly know the excitement his gift to the couple would unleash.

“After it went up on You Tube there were requests to fly me out to South Africa, all over the States, Poland, Croatia, all over the place,” he says. “People just wanted me to come out and perform a wedding. And sometimes it wasn’t even to perform a wedding, but to sing ‘Hallelujah.’”

Kelly admits that reworking “Hallelujah,” which has become a kind of ubiquitous anthem over the past three decades, was first brought to his attention at another wedding he officiated seven or eight years ago.

“This little girl — she was a bridesmaid — was about 10 and she started singing Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ with the words changed to suit the bride and groom,” he says. “At the end of the service I went over to her and asked for a copy of the words and she gave me a copy. And, as I found out afterwards, she actually wrote the words herself for that particular wedding with the help of her mom and dad.”

So it was that 10-year-old girl and Leonard Cohen who helped launch Kelly’s singing career. The 61-year-old priest has signed a deal with a major American label, Universal Music Group, which just released his debut CD. And yes, it includes that new version of Hallelujah.