Olivia’s Music Monday Motivation

In 1971, when I was 9 years old, i was outside in my yard playing by myself. The television was on inside the living room and I heard the most beautiful voice eminating from the black and white TV. I ran inside to see who was the angel singing and saw a blond woman in a white frilly dress singing what sounded like a country song.

I was not at that age yet when boys start liking girls at that time, and so I know it was her voice that i fell in love with. My mother worked as a manager at a radio station, which also owned the TV station I was watching, so like any responsible 9 year old, I picked up the telephone and called my mother at work, told her secretary it was very important, and told my mother that I needed to know who that woman was that was singing on the TV. My mother came through for me and by the end of the day I knew the name Olivia Newton John, and that name has been with me almost every single day of my life since then.

I pestered my mother to please get me what ever tapes of her music she could get, and since then I have owned almost every single piece of music that she has ever put out. As of today, not counting Christmas songs, I have 187 songs by Olivia on my iPhone

Over the years, I have listened to her music almost every single day, and her music has essentialy been the soundtrack to my life. Through good times and bad, I have listenedd to her music, and many a time the lyrics of her music, accompanied by that amazing voice, has gotten me through some very tough times.

I will now have a feature on my blog where I will put up one of her songs, along with the lyrics and how exactly that particular song has motivated me.

And now, this is the exact video and song that I heard and saw the very first time at the age of nine in 1971. “If not for you” is so very appropriate as my first post, in that I sometimes feel that if it was not for you and your music Olivia, the winter would hold no spring.

  • This was Olivia Newton-John’s first major hit on an international scale, and put her on the map in the all-important United States market for the first time, where the song went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Newton-John herself disliked the song and resisted recording it, doing so only grudgingly at the urging of her managers and fiancé
  • Olivia Newton-John’s songwriter John Farrar suggested that she cover this Bob Dylan song for her first UK release. Olivia said in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, “I wasn’t keen on that song at all, but I’m so glad John chose it because it’s not one that I would have picked. I didn’t think I sang it well, so when it was a hit you know I had to really say it was my management, and Bruce Welch and John Farrar who produced it, that were really the ones that thought that was a good record for me cause in those days I loved singing those big dramatic ballads, you know, talk about being sentimental.”
  • Olivia Newton-John had her dog in the recording booth with her and at one point during the session he got up and knocked over a music stand. The sound can still be heard in the recording today, just after the instrumental bridge.

Lyrics

“If Not For You”

If not for you
Babe I couldn’t even find the door
I couldn’t even see the floor
I’d be sad and blue
If not for you

If not for you
Babe the night would see me wide awake
The day would surely have to break
And it would not be new
If not for you

If not for you my sky would fall
Rain would gather too
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
I’d be lost if not for you

If not for you
The winter would hold no spring
Couldn’t hear a robin sing
I just wouldn’t have a clue
It not for you

If not for you my sky would fall
Rain would gather too
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
I’d be lost if not for you

If not for you
The winter would hold no spring
You couldn’t hear a robin sing
I just wouldn’t have a clue
It not for you
If not for you

2 Comments Add yours

  1. She seems like a good artist.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Basil René says:

      Yes. Yes she is. 😁

      Like

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