One more kick at magic…

As with most musical themes, the subject of magic could go on for multitudinous posts… but it is enough to say that it is referenced regularly by lyricists.  Today we’ll cast a fairly wide net to capture a few other examples.

I. Magic Time  Van Morrison

It would indeed be surprising if Van Morrison didn’t weave a little magic into his Celtic-flavoured repertoire.  The song’s theme is a searching of the past in order to capture a magic moment almost lost to memory.  Magic Time is also the title of the album, released in 2005…Morrison’s 31st studio album (!) and one of his most successful.  Here it is as a live performance during the BBC Four Sessions…

And… speaking of magic moments…

II.  This Magic Moment   Jay and the Americans

Although the group’s fame peaked in the early/mid 60’s with songs like Cara Mia and Come a Little Bit Closer, they managed to another top ten placement (#9) in 1969 with their remake of the 1960 hit by The Drifters.

III. Make a Little Magic  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has enjoyed a longevity in popular (country) music that is doubtless envied by many other performers.  Make a Little Magic (the song and the album of the same name) was released in 1980.  In Canada the album reached a very respectable #12 (RPM) on the country charts.

IV.  Magic   Coldplay

Chris Martin and bandmates released this song in 2014 as the lead single from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.  Even in today’s fragmented chart categories, Magic could be regarded as an international hit, achieving Top 30 status in many countries (including #1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Adult chart [US] and #2 on the Italian and Netherlands Top 40 Charts).  The “official video” is an intriguing interpretation of the song, paying tribute to silent movies and showcasing an old-time magic show.  The onscreen “magic” is performed without the use of camera tricks.

 

V.  Magic Town   The Vogues

Yes, we’ve been here before… in an earlier post showcasing the songwriters in New York’s famed Brill Building.  The song, written by  Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and recorded by The Vogues, reached a respectable #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1966.  In looking back at the original post, I notice that Youtube (ethereal thing that it is) no longer hosts that particular video… so I’ve “re-sourced” the song and offer it as my final selection today…

 

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