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Rita Coolidge – (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher

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(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” is an R&B song written by Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, and Carl Smith. It was originally recorded by Jackie Wilson for his album Higher and Higher (1967), produced by Carl Davis, and became a Top 10 pop and number one R&B hit.[2]

Rita Coolidge remade the song as “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” for her album Anytime…Anywhere (1977). Her version has a more moderate tempo than that of the uptempo original, and largely omits the chorus which is evidenced only in the background vocals sung under the repetition of the first verse with which she closes the song. Coolidge and her sister Priscilla Coolidge had sung background on a version of the song for a prospective album by Priscilla’s husband Booker T. Jones; when that album was shelved, Coolidge asked him if she could cut the song using his arrangement.

Released as a single, Coolidge’s version became her first major hit in nine years of recording: the track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was kept from the No. 1 spot by “Best of My Love” by The Emotions.[26]Cash Box ranked it at No. 1.[27][28] “Higher and Higher” also reached No. 1 in Canada. Both the song and a subsequent release, “We’re All Alone“, earned Coolidge gold records for each selling a million copies.


The Full Harvest Moon: September 12, 2:27 A.M. Las Vegas time

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Full Moon
Full Moon

The Moon will be 100% Full Monday * September 12, 2011 * 2:27 A.M. Las Vegas time.

From Western Washington University
“American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here are titles most closely associated with calendar months.”

Two Native tribes are mentioned here – click the WWU link to access more information.

Mohawk, Eastern Woodlands
The Mohawk term for September’s Moon is “seskhoko:wa” or “time of much freshness.”

Mohawk Basket
Mohawk Basket

Kalapuya, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
The Kalapuya term for September’s Moon is “atchiutchutin” or “after harvest.”

Kalapuya wooden carving
Kalapuya wooden carving

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
“Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons.”

“Each full Moon name was applied to the entire month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.”

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, September’s Moon is called: Full Corn Moon “This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.”

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. It can occur in either September or October. At this time, crops such as corn, pumpkins, squash, and wild rice are ready for gathering.”

Notable Native American daughter’s
“Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American vocalist. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard’s Pop, Country, Adult Contemporary and Jazz charts.” more from WIKI

Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennessee. She is of Scottish and Cherokee Native American ancestry.

American Pop singer Rita Coolidge
American Pop singer Rita Coolidge

“In 1997, Coolidge was one of the founding members of Walela, a Native American music trio, that also includes Coolidge’s sister Priscilla and Priscilla’s daughter Laura Satterfield. The trio released studio albums in 1997 (Walela) and 2000 (Unbearable Love), a live album and DVD (Live in Concert) in 2004 and a compilation album (The Best of Walela) in 2007.[7] Walela means hummingbird in Cherokee.” WIKI

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