Evolution of Paradise
Paradise is best described in a song. No I won't sing it. It's already been done. Let's take a minute and go through the history of paradise in music.
The 1920s began with the Spanish Flu and ended with the October 1929 stock market crash leading to the Great Depression. This song was recorded in November 1929 by Leo Reisman & His Orchestra for the Motion Picture, "Chasing Rainbows".
The music tells of a celebration of the happy days of the past. Perhaps a celebration of the First World War and the roaring twenties. People so much wanted to carry that celebration into the 30s. This song even became the campaign song for Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1932 presidential election. Everybody wanted those "Happy Days" but what they got was the "Great Depression".
A couple years later comes the Paradise waltz by Nacio Brown and Gordon Clifford. It's played on a very different key and tempo, much slower. Here paradise is not about happy days, but paradise is about the person you are with now.
The first recorded version by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra is actually sung by a woman and makes me feel that paradise is oh so romantic with "a heavenly kiss as he dims the light. He takes me to paradise." This paradise kept many couples going even through the times of the Depression.
Now let's move up ten more years to 1944. The grip of the Great Depression was still felt and then stories of fascism in Europe were frightening. At that time right before World War 2, Woodie Guthrie recorded, "This Land is your land".
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
Saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me
He saw paradise as the land right below our feet and the sky above our head and there was no one gonna take that land away from us. It was made for me and you. He even made it clear that this song was written for everyone to sing.
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do.
Ten years later World War 2 was over and the Korean war was over. Don Julian & The Meadowlarks recorded "Heaven and Paradise" in 1955. Just looking at those boys sing together gives me hope for paradise.
It must have been unheard of for an interracial band to sing together but they were doing it. The song gives hope again for people to find paradise in love.
It was the time of the baby boomers and the beatniks. In the 1960s people were still looking for Paradise. Here the Ronettes sing of paradise as a wonderland they can find when they are taken away.
The song is dreamy like a wish they hope will happen but not certain if it ever will. This was a turning point in the 1960s after the Cuban missile crises and after John F Kennedy's assassination. The world was changing and things were about to get worse.
Music changed a lot in that five years from 1965 to 1970. People were disillusioned by the Vietnam war and a world that was seemingly falling apart. Joni Mitchell recorded "Big Yellow Taxi" in 1970 and in a very cool way expresses what is happening to paradise. This is the problem:
"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."
The message was "Paradise is here" so enjoy it and savor every moment of it because there is no guarantee it will be here long.
More years of Vietnam, Watergate and Nixon's impeachment, the world just gets more disillusioned until you get music like Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". This 1977 song is a passionate rock drama of a couple looking for paradise.
It turns out that the boy and girl have a different picture of paradise. She want's love and commitment. He wants to sleep on it. He ends with "It was long ago and it was far away and it was so much better than it is today." In 1977, paradise was a passionate rock drama and the battle of the sexes.
This brings us some years later to 1984, the age of the yuppies. Many of the baby boomers were now finished with college and well into their professional careers. It was the time when everyone had a house, 2 cars and 2.5 children. The problem is that not everyone in the world was living like that.
Phil Collin sings "Another Day in Paradise" shedding light on social issues. He highlights the contrast between the rich and poor in the world with the warning, "Think twice". We don't think of our life as another day in paradise, but if we look at those suffering around us we can see that our jobs and our standard of living is like paradise.
Even today first world countries protest for their freedom of choice to do this or that. But seriously many countries have no freedom of choice because those amenities are not available.
"It's another day day for you and me in paradise..."
OK, who was not in a mosh pit in the 90's? It was the age of Depeche Mode and Nirvana, Anthrax and Metallica. Green Day is kind of a mixture of all of them. It's like a whinny punk band. They came up with this Paradise song in 1994.
They are not even pretending this world is a paradise. The song is pure sarcasm. Even their description of Paradise is whining. They say, "Welcome to Paradise" sarcastically in an empty and lonely world. I'm not sure what made the 90's this lost decade. Maybe it was too many N2O whippets.
Ten years after 9.11, Cold Play challenges the concept of Paradise once again. This time the song is very personal. The song begins with a girl who dreamed of paradise. She expected the world, but it just flew away. Life was not what she wanted it to be. She was drenched in sorrow and tears, but when she sleeps she dreams of paradise. She hopes this could be paradise.
Maybe people were hopeful at this time in the world because the song seems to imply that paradise could be restored if only in our dreams. Like this little girl we all had dreams of how the world could be. After some years we see it for what it really is. We are despaired. Yet in our deep heart never lose the dream.
This could be paradise.
The song is upbeat like a journey. It is the journey of a relationship. It comes at a time when much of the world is cut off. International travel is restricted. Even travel within cities is restricted because of social distancing regulations. Masks are required in many areas. At the same time racial and social tensions have increased.
At this time the Italian producer Meduza comes up with "Paradise" using the Irish singer Dermot Kennedy. The music is about bridging the difference. He sings, "There is a thousand miles between you and I." Then he sings, "There's a thousand miles between me and paradise."
There are so many barriers of fear that keep people apart. This song is about overcoming fear and bringing people together.
We're all scared to fly, still we try
Learn to be brave, see the other side
Won't you lead me there? Have no fear
Close your eyes, find paradise
Perhaps paradise is not so far away.
If I've learned anything through looking at these songs it is that the world will be difficult. There will be even more challenging times. But in these times we can find paradise. It's not a person or place. It is not an idealistic society. It is right there inside you. It is the peace that overcomes fear and it is the dream of a child that lasts the years.
Maybe Milton was right. We really have to get back to the garden.
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Truly. I was forced to play this one and I didn't regret it hehe. Sounds like a lullaby, may as well try using it on rainy days when I need to catch some good sleep (bookmarked)
Paradise is a feeling, it's within, it may not really be physically seen, and yea, Nacio Brown and Gordon Clifford are not quite far from the truth with their record proposing paradise to be the person you're with.
I mean we all have that special someone we feel so comfortable around, a sense of peace is felt in their presence and embrace, and that's the key definition of a Paradise
Well I think among all the paradise songs that is the one with the most covers... even Frank Sinatra. It is a lullaby looking for a moment of peace.
Thanks for listening and getting a glimpse of my grandma's paradise.
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i am not done reading and listening but I find this refreshing. The best creative effort I have seen in a long time. I envy your piece. i can't remember the last time I put in this amount of effort into a piece.
so far, I like the Don Julian & The Meadowlarks "Heaven and Paradise" song.
Now I know the origin of this phrase used in most pop and dancehall songs... very enchanting. on repeat
oh my God this post is so nostalgic. i love love the phil jones song 'think twice' ( I think brandy make a refix in the early 90's with ray jay)
Thanks for reading,
I have some confessions:
The song from Phil Collins " Another Day in Paradise" is also a memory for me. There are a lot of songs that got stuck in my head from the 80s like Guns and Roses "Take me down to Paradise City" and Belinda Carlisle "Heaven is a place on earth". But I hated those songs and don't think they have anything to do with the history of the era.
I tried to provide originals from the writer or the first recording of each song. Some of these have been remade several times. Joni Mitchell ("You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone") is a talented artist and still alive today. She is active on Twitter but she is ill. Not many months more and she will be gone.
(Oh... posts like this get higher rankings on Alexa but they don't write themselves.)
Thanks a lot for this collection of songs. I was stock in ''Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land.'' I knew the song, but I wasn't thinking that deep when I was listening to it. It's even in my playlist for a long time. I even cried a bit. I know what's going on to the world, and how the ''Paradise'' is harder and harder to achieve. Humanity is going crazy and maybe the best ''Paradise'' for this earth when there will be no people on it. The nature is suffering, animals are killed, now people are attacked by big pharma, and governments. Maybe I'm a bit negative about all this, but I would say that I'm glad living in this time because I feel awake now. And more and more people are opening their eyes to the world, and maybe that's the last chance for humanity to build the perfect Paradise.
I meant this song for those who are reading this :
Thanks a lot. I understand now why @onealfa promoted and upvoted this. This is really touchy, beautiful and inspiring !
This song has many remakes. If you have time @clixmoney, look more into the life of Woody Guthrie and the history of this song.
Woody was blacklisted by the FBI in 1944 for writing a newspaper column for the Sunday Worker. In the sixties he was suffering from Huntington's disease. Somehow Bob Dylan had a way of searching out people suffering from injustice. Here is how he found Woody. https://www.woodyguthrie.org/merchandise/oklahomagazette.htm
My head hurts thinking about the next 100 years, but that's the most obvious inference coming to my mind after reading. Not, "how screwed is music gonna be?" but "how screwed is this world going to be?" Today I can breathe and drink water and smile. I'm just gonna call that paradise.
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I swear I so much love this post it's make me remember years back about this song called paradise,it was so interesting,it gave me joy when I listen to the song,if the world could go back again when songs were song.
The Paradise Waltz song from 1931 is really pure and beautiful.
Frank Sinatra remade the song about 20 years later, but it's not the same.
What a wonderful job you did @mineopoly!
Thanks for reading @aiuna,
I bet you know a song about paradise.
What a lovely music, paradise...you so much remind me of my grandparents music 🎶,they loved it
I remember my grandma singing like it was yesterday. The last time I saw her she was singing,
Now she is in paradise.
The most beautiful paradise one can ever experience in within, there you can see how well life has been good too you no matter the circumstances.
These are great thoughts and history of paradise in the musical world, and I am happy to read through especially the older versions, it painted some pictures of how people imagined paradise to be back then.
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Music! A love of my life.
I'll say that again.
Music a love of my life😂!
You said it^^
Music! A love of my life.
Almost paradise... sometimes just listening to good music brings us into a paradise in our mind. What kind of music would you like to hear if you could?
I'd go for rnb anyday anytime
rnb itself has evolved
Sadly it has. I still prefer the ones made in the olden days tho
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Music comes from the environment around us the dreams inside us. I never want that dream of paradise to go away.
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Oh My God: Great, amazing. I love what you have done with all these videos and songs. Phill Collins, I love you!
I was just starting my entry for word of the week, but it's definitely hard to beat this.
Thank you @sindetalles for reading and enjoying this,
There are so many ways you could express the word paradise. The topic is very broad. None of these singers or songwriters knew that their song would make some mark in the evolution of paradise in music. Probably they just had an idea in their heart and made it come out in the best way they knew how. Have fun with it. Most curators like posts that are easy to read, fun and enlightening. Every once and a while all three are rolled up in one.
I like that people can be both serious and free. Phil Collins doesn't have to play what the world tells him to play. I admire that.
My favorite Phil Collins picture.
Wow! Just wow...
This is absolutely one of the best posts I have seen in almost five years on this gig!
After reflecting on this for a bit, perhaps "paradise" isn't really a thing, but a utopic ideal that keeps us questing to always reach for something better... in a sense, one of the definitions of hope. And maybe it demonstrates the old truism that "it's not the DESTINATION that matters, so much as the JOURNEY."
Thank you @curatorcat.leo for your kind comment,
I'm glad you came by and read this and I'm glad to see you are still active and reading posts after five years. That just goes to show we are looking for paradise.
The fact that you or any human being would question or doubt "paradise" just provides more evidence to me that there may be something there. But we are not in 1929 or 1989 or in some afterlife dream. We are living in 2021. We might as well make the best of it before it is gone.
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Music connects people together, i love music
That's right @iamchuks,
It is a little bit of paradise.
Hmmmmmmm. I can only imagine the energy you put into creating this piece. You took us through history and I walked down right there with you. I saw people's hope and imagination of a better world being expressed in rhythms through all ages.
As someone that have a thing for music, I took my time to appreciate the evolution of sounds and tones.
In that sarcastic song by Green day, it was the drummer for me, his skills took me to paradise.
Then the vocals of Phil Collins.... Simply magnificent. I know that particular song way back, in my mid teen, that was around around late 2000s, I could sing that Phil Collins song word to word, I just realized the message behind those lyrics.
Then your observations at the end.
Truly times will be hard but we can always find paradise, within those hard times cos truly, happiness lies within.
Amazing piece. @mineopoly, it was worth the read.
If I'm to rehearse the different facets of effect this post had on me, it might end up being longer than the post itself. Lol.
So lemme stop here.