Nobody Does It Better “Nobody Does It Better” is a power ballad and the theme song for the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977). Composed by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, the song was an inescapable worldwide hit performed by Carly Simon. The other night I re-watched (once again!) the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’, in which the theme song was written and performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys (itself a very cool song). Since my last blog was on the 1961 movie theme “Town Without Pity – blog, song”, I thought I’d continue the trend and skip ahead 16 years to 1977, and also because today (October 14) was Roger Moore’s birthday. Even though I personally prefer Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, Roger and I did experience seven exciting cinematic adventures together (whew)- and it also fits in with my ‘On This Day’ theme. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked it the third-greatest James Bond theme song, while Billboard ranked it the second-greatest. In 2021, USA Today crowned “Nobody Does it Better” the greatest James Bond Theme Song. In addition to Carly Simon’s unforgettable rendition, the song has also been performed live by such varied artists as […]
Many of you have asked me “What’s with all the music, Dr. Weiss?” Well, as I’ve told some of you:
I personally call every surgery patient on the evening of surgery just to make sure they are doing well and have no questions that need answering. Occasionally, I would be at the piano and play a song that we had listened to that day. I gradually realized that I wanted to go through all the music that I had played during my life and at least start making a list of the songs that I had recently played.
Well, there are now about 600 songs on the list and I realized that it in a way it represented the ‘soundtrack of my life’! And that’s how I got the idea to record these songs and share them with my patients, friends and family. After I record them they will reside here, for easy access.
Music is truth. It’s honest. It’s really the first social media, where in a way, people could share their souls directly. And isn’t that what the purpose of social media is and why it’s so popular - trying to share who you really are, as completely and directly as possible?
Finally, it has been (and will continue to be) a genuine pleasure sharing these different songs with you and I really appreciate all of your positive feedback!!
August 7, 2023
It’s Over Words and Music by Rick Weiss Illustration: Rick and Dall-E This music blog is all about sharing, so let me share this song I wrote years ago about suddenly realizing that a love affair is over. Although I feel the music stands on its own, I’d love to hear it sung properly. However, my limited voice is not well suited for this song. Anyone who wants to try recording a vocal please contact me and we could see what develops. In the meantime, enjoy. Dr. Weiss LYRICS Verse 1 It’s over, all the love that we shared as two Believing, that ours was a love to last forever Not knowing, just how quickly it all could end In a glance, and we both knew It’s the end, of our love true But I know, that we’ll find I’ll be strong, I’ll go on Cause it’s over Chorus Until you I never knew the true meaning of love before The touch of your hand In the still of the night and the robe you wore Now that you’re gone I can hardly get used to it That your look and your love and your smile’s not for me… Now you’re gone […]
May 22, 2023
The Secret Life of Plants Words and Music by Stevie Wonder with an introduction by Debussy I came upon this song that I recorded about 5 years ago and it was so beautiful that I thought I’d share it again. The music is haunting and evocative of a secret communication between plants that we may be unaware of. And as always, Stevie’s words say it all: And what we think as insignificant, provides the purest air we breathe… But if you ask yourself where would you be, without them you will find, you would not So please join me in marveling at the wonders of nature, and take a break from all of our worldly concerns, for at least a few minutes (3:42 to be exact.) Enjoy, Dr. Weiss PS For the story behind my arrangement: click here PSS Plant lovers might enjoy a book that a patient of mine turned me on to: The Overstory by Richard Powers, which was heavily inspired by the life and work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard. Simard is best known for her research on how fungi and roots facilitate communication and interaction between trees and plants, and her own book about her research being ridiculed before it was vindicated is also fascinating, Finding The […]
December 12, 2022
That’s Life In Memory of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra was born on this day (December 12) in 1915. I guess I gotta actually sing this one! My father took my brother and me and some friends to see Sinatra at Resorts International Casino, the first casino that opened in Atlantic City, at one of the first shows, if not the first. I’m from Philadelphia, and we spent our summers in Atlantic City, so my father had some good connections. We had a table literally adjacent to the stage and carte blanche! It was all very exciting, and I’ll never forget the look of satisfaction on my Dad’s face because he was able to take us all out in such a manner! And in the casino itself, it was like there was electricity in the air. Here’s to a great singer and bon vivant! Happy Birthday, Frank! Enjoy Dr. Weiss Related Posts: The Things We Did Last Summer – my attempt at a ‘trumpet’ solo (I love this song!) (Or enter https://youtu.be/gHWa2CjyZFg in your browser, if you don’t like clicking on hyperlinks) All The Way – dedicated to my dear friend Pat D, who danced with Sinatra at her wedding! ( or enter https://youtu.be/Nyh4bOAXJEg in […]
December 7, 2021
On The Good Ship Lollipop Tribute to Shirley Temple What can I say about Shirley Temple (who passed away today – December 7 – at age 85)? I will miss her but never forget her spirit. Thanks for all your smiles! We should all slow down and watch a Shirley Temple movie soon! In the meantime… Enjoy, Dr. Weiss Dedicated to Josh and Lana
September 18, 2021
We’ve Only Just Begun This is a double tribute to the composers of ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’. Paul Williams was born on September 19, 1940 (age 80) and Roger Nichols was born on September 17, 1940 (also age 80)! I don’t know why I started humming this song in particular in the shower last month except to say that it is definitely part of the soundtrack of my life. It is also peaceful and optimistic, something that we all need right about now. This song has an interesting story behind it. It debuted within a wedding-themed television commercial for Crocker National Bank in California in the winter of 1970, with Paul Williams on vocals. The song played over footage of a couple getting married and just starting out. Richard Carpenter (of the Carpenter’s) recognized Williams as the vocalist and after running into him in a back lot, asked if he had another version of the song to record. And the rest is history, contributing to the Carpenter’s selling more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Could this be the best song for a first dance at a wedding? This rendition is dedicated to Marcy W, a […]