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Sunday's Song 6: "Solitaire"

     One of my most favorite songs to hear Clay perform live is "Solitaire." Those notes sound great anytime and anywhere, but it isn't the same as the live performance.

Card deck via Photofunia

                           "Solitaire" was composed by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody.  Several singers recorded the song, including; The Carpenters, Neil Sedaka, Andy Williams, and Elvis.  Andy Williams requested his own version of the song, but Karen Carpenter's recording is probably the most popular.
 Sedaka was a guest judge when Clay performed the song on American Idol.

Neil Sedaka

Andy Williams

The Carpenters

Clay Aiken- American Idol

Full Studio Version-Clay Aiken

                      Hope you have enjoyed this series. There will be one more post in this series. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Here is the link to the Spotify playlist; 

Sunday's Songs Playlist on Spotify

Taking a Break

I have a terrible earache, so I'm forced to take a break from the Sunday's Song series and blogging for a few days. Meanwhile, 'talk amongst yourselves' but don't forget to check us out later. While you are here, please check out some of my older posts.

Sunday's Song 5: "Unchained Melody"

       Whenever I hear the song "Unchained Melody," I think of a certain movie scene of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore at the pottery wheel in Ghost.  I imagine that you do, too.

       This song was recorded in 1955 for a movie called Unchained. Alex North and Hy Zaret were the songwriters. Todd Duncan was the first to record it, but many others-including Clay- have performed and recorded it since then. One of the most popular versions was recorded by The Righteous Brothers. There are about 500 recordings of the song, but not all were successful.   You can get Clay's version on his Tried and True Album. It and the Righteous Brothers can be found in the videos below and on this photo link to the Sunday's Song playlist on Spotify.

Sunday's Songs Playlist on Spotify

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Clay Aiken- American Idol- Unchained Melody

Clay Aiken "Unchained Melody" T&T - Waukegan

Righteous Brothers-Ghost Soundtrack

Here are the links to the rest of the #sundayssong series ; 
 Sunday's Song:"I Believe We Can" , Sunday's Song # 2 : "Build Me Up Buttercup" , 
Sunday's Song # 3: "Always and Forever" and Sunday's Song # 4: "This Is The Night".

Sunday's Song # 4: "This Is The Night"

           "This Is The Night" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was Clay Aiken's first single during American Idol. It is still available at Itunes in the link above. While "This Is The Night" is Clay's top song on Google, it is not Clay's most viewed song on YouTube. That honor goes to "Unchained Melody."  The song was composed by 3 people; Gary Burr, Chris Braide, and
Aldo Nova , they are also performers. Gary Burr is in a band with Kenny Loggins and 
Georgia Middleman that is called Blue Sky Riders.  Chris Braide sings and plays piano, but is probably more well-known for writing and producing songs for Sia, Lana Del Grey, Selena Gomez, David Guetta, and many more musical artists.  Aldo Nova became a popular heavy metal musician during the 80's and 90's.

        I and other listeners may think of this song as a wedding song, but one of the songwriters was  inspired by September 11th (see Songfacts for more info.... ). Please let me know what you think of this post an the blog series in the comments below.

                                          The first time that I heard Clay sing this song I wanted it to be part of my wedding music, but that wedding has not happened yet and I'm almost 50.  Now that I know that part of the song was inspired by 9/11- it really changes how you think about it. I think everyone tried to contact their loved ones that day to see if they were okay.  

           How about you, what did you think of the song the first time you heard it? I remember the excitement of Clay beginning his music career, the release of the EP and the video. Those were fun times.   

 This Is The Night Official- Clay Aiken

This is The Night-Chris Braide

Blue Sky Raiders- Little Victories

Aldo Nova- Fantasy (different one from the song Clay performed on American Idol)

               So what do you think about the song and this post? Did you learn something new? To see the other posts in this  #sundayssong series, click the following links;Sunday's Song: "I Believe We Can" Sunday's Song # 2 : "Build Me Up Buttercup" , and Sunday's Song # 3 : "Always and Forever"

         In addition, here is the photo link to the Spotify playlist;

Sunday's Songs Playlist on Spotify