S is for Strange Magic #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

S is for “Strange Magic” by Electric Light Orchestra. It was released in 1975 on their Face the Music album. It was written by Jeff Lynne, co-founder of ELO. When the single was released in the U.S., it was an edited version. The the original album version minus the orchestral intro was released in the UK. The edited U.S. version appears on the rereleased version of the album Face the Music that came out in 2006.

In its original release, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 14.

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

N is for Neon Magic

O is for Olivia Newton-John (Magic)

Q is for Queen (A Kind of Magic)

R is for Ramble On

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R is for Ramble On #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

R is for “Ramble On” by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It appeared on their 1969 album, Led Zeppelin II. It was co-written by guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant. While the song was not released as a single, parts of it have been played at Led Zeppelin concerts but the whole song was not played in concert until 2007. Also in 2007, the song peaked at number 66 on Canada’s Billboard Hot Digital Singles chart.

The song’s lyrics were inspired by The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and mentions both Gollum and Mordor.

How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air
‘T was in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair
But Gollum, and the evil one
crept up and slipped away with her

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

N is for Neon Magic

O is for Olivia Newton-John (Magic)

P is for Puff the Magic Dragon

Q is for Queen (A Kind of Magic)

Q is for Queen #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.) If you are here for my Novel Writing Series, it is on hold for the month and will return May 3rd. 

Q is for Queen’s song “A Kind of Magic.” This is the title track off an album by the same name. This 1986 album is also the “unofficial” soundtrack to the movie Highlander (six of the nine songs appear in the movie).

The song was written by the band’s drummer Roger Taylor. He based the song on a phrase from the movie. The main character, Connor McCloud, uses “a kind of magic” to describe his immortality. Other references to the film included in the lyrics include the lines “one prize, one goal,” “no mortal man,” and “there can be only one.”

This song and this album are one of my favorites by Queen.

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

N is for Neon Magic

O is for Olivia Newton-John (Magic)

P is for Puff the Magic Dragon

P is for Puff the Magic Dragon #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

P is for “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary. Peter Yarrow wrote the song based on a poem by Leonard Lipton. Lipton wrote the poem in 1959 while he was in college. The lyrics tell the story of a dragon (Puff) and his playmate (Jackie Paper).

The song was released in January 1963 and reached number two on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

Many people have speculated that the song is about drugs – specifically smoking marijuana, but the song writers (Lipton and Yarrow) have denied that they intended any of it to be drug related.

The song also appears on the children’s album Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too, which came out in 1993.

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

N is for Neon Magic

O is for Olivia Newton-John (Magic)

O is for Olivia Newton-John #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

O is for Olivia Newton-John’s song “Magic.” This song is part of the soundtrack to the 1980’s film Xanadu. The song was written by John Farrar. While the movie was a flop, the soundtrack was a huge success.  The song “Magic” was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. (It was Olivia Newton-John’s biggest hit until “Physical,” which was released the next year.)

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

N is for Neon Magic

N is for Neon Magic #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

N is for “Neon Magic” by the English progressive rock band Camel. This song appears on their seventh studio album, I Can See Your House From Here, that was released in 1979.  It was written by founding member Andrew Latimer and Jan Schelhaas. This short song appeared on the “B” side of the album and was never released as a single.

Though magic appears in the title, this song has nothing to do with incantations or spells. It appears to be more about the neon lights of the streets where people are hanging out.

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9

M is for Magic (by Pilot, The Cars & Coldplay)

M is for Magic #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

M is for “Magic.” There are many songs titled “Magic.” Since I was having a hard time just picking one, I decided to feature three songs today.

The first is “Magic” by the Scottish rock group Pilot. “Magic,” their first hit single, was released in 1974. It was written by band members Billy Lyall and David Paton. It appeared on their debut album, From the Album of the Same Name.

It hit number one on the charts in Canada, number eleven on the UK Singles Charts and number five in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

The second song “Magic” is by the American rock band The Cars. The song was written by Ric Ocasek, lead singer for The Cars. It was included on their fifth studio album, Heartbeat City, which was released in 1984.

Their song reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100.

The third song “Magic” is by British rock band Coldplay. The song was written by the band – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin for their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, which came out in 2014.

It peaked at fourteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number ten on the UK Singles Chart. It made it to number one on the US Adult Alternative Songs Chart.

(You can also see Olivia Newton-John’s song “Magic” from the movie Xanadu when I get to the letter O.)

Here are videos for each of the songs.

“Magic” by Pilot

“Magic” by The Cars

“Magic” by Coldplay

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

C is for Could it be Magic

D is for Do you Believe in Magic

E is for Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

F is for Five Magics

G is for Gwen Stefani (The Magic’s in the Makeup)

H is for Honky Tonk Magic

I is for I Put a Spell on You

J is for Justin Timberlake (Love Sex Magic)

K is for Katy Perry (Dark Horse)

L is for Love Potion No. 9