Yes! Another Friday!
This weekend, pandemic restrictions will loosen significantly in my province, Manitoba, Canada. While I’m grateful we are closer to having family gatherings (at least outdoors, like the latest one we had in September 2020), I do think some of the measures the government will implement are once again too much, too soon, but I guess we will see…
But, on to the song for today. The Australian band, The Easybeats, released their original composition “Friday on My Mind” as a single in 1966, and it gained praise and worldwide commercial success. It also appears on their 1967 record, Good Friday.
In 1973, David Bowie (1947-2016) recorded “Friday on My Mind” for his all-covers album, Pin Ups. He was accompanied on the album by two of the three musicians from his Spiders from Mars backing band: Mick Ronson (1946-1993) on guitar, piano and backing vocals, and Trevor Bolder (1950-2013) on bass guitar; Aynsley Dunbar had replaced Mick “Woody” Woodmansey on the drum kit.
This is only the second cover by Bowie I am sharing on this blog; the first was “Wild Is the Wind” which, as I mention in that post, I had always assumed was a Bowie composition.
The verses in “Friday on My Mind” depict the grind of the workweek and rise to a celebratory tone of the chorus. It’s an excellent song to usher in the weekend.
I also want to let you know that My Song of the Day for Today — A Daily Dose of Music for Your Soul is taking a vacation! After posting for nearly 540 days in a row, I wouldn’t say it’s a grind, but I do feel it’s time to take a break. So I will not be posting in July and August while I focus on savouring our brief summer: cycling (of course), day trips to the beach, reading or generally hanging out in the summer porch, hopefully visiting in-person with family and friends, and occasionally helping my sweety with her amazing garden. I’ll be taking notes of summer fun and the music associated with it to share with you when the blog resumes in September.
But there is still almost a week left in June, so I’ll be in touch for a few more days before hitting “pause.”
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, have a great weekend, and please enjoy the song.
Here’s the audio for the song from the official David Bowie YouTube channel:
Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com. Warning: they contain cuss-words!