The Feb. 9th musical prompt for Love is in Da Blog is ‘a love song for the planet’.
Other than ‘We are the World” and “This Land is Your Land” (which is specific to the U.S. and not the planet/world), an applicable song for this prompt has eluded me since Day 1 when I first read the list of daily prompts. I didn’t want to go with either of those songs, so I played a word association game to see if that would lead me to an out-of-the-ordinary love song for the planet. I wanted a song that was on a more personal level…a people song for the planet…a song that everyone on the planet (well…hopefully), at some point in their lives can relate to.
This is how my not so logical word associations went:
Holst’s The Planets.
People on the planet.
AT&T’s old jingle ‘Reach out and touch someone’.
Imagine all the people.
Dvořák’s New World Symphony.
Sitting on top of the world.
We are the world.
Everybody wants to rule the world.
All over the world…
And there it was—a personal love song for the world: There’s a Kind of Hush by Herman’s Hermits.
There’s a kind of hush
All over the world tonight
All over the world
You can hear the sound
Of lovers in love…
Herman’s Hermits were in the right musical place at the right musical time in January 1967 to cover There’s A Kind of Hush while it was still fresh and popular from the previous year (by two other groups). Herman Hermits’ rendition made it to the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 in three weeks and peaked at #4. This gave them a US Top Ten hit that went Gold in April.
Until next time,
writing through history one romance upon a time