Reflections on Rain, Part 2

Well, yesterday was sunny, and now it’s pouring again. (Sigh.) Of course, it made me think of  “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”

I thought this video was cute.

 

 

I haven’t heard “Rainy Night in Georgia” in years. I recalled it today as I was staring out the window:

 

 

Now, onto another theme….

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I’m Already There –Lonestar

My assistant was humming this song this morning. When her daughter was young, she used to sing it to her. I was glad for the reminder. Here is background on what inspired the songwriters. I always enjoyed hearing it on the radio.

 

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is another Bach favorite. I’ve heard it many times in my life, but never could keep the title in my head until recently. Inspired by a Jacquie Lawson Easter e-card where it was the musical accompaniment, I like it even better now. It always makes me think of new days to start over in, hope rising,  peacefulness, and early mornings.

Here’s the orchestral version:

And the piano version:

And one with vocals:

“Sleepers Wake”

Over the past months, I have been listening to a lot of Bach now and again because I have been enjoying the journey of reading John Eliot Gardiner’s totally awesome biography, Music in the Castle of Heaven. This is the very familiar Sleepers Wake, one of my favorites. naturally, I heard this one morning as I was waking up, still yawning and stretching, but ready to face the day.

Enjoy!

 

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Songs for a Monday that Didn’t Go Well….

I had a fall today, and everything hurts. That’s all I’ll say regarding the incident. I tried to make myself laugh so it wouldn’t hurt as much, but it didn’t work. I thought of the “Only When I Laugh” routine. Today also reminded me of “The Bricklayer’s Lament.” The Corries performed a version years ago. But I also like this one that includes the lyrics.

Here’s Gerard Hoffnung‘s spoken-word version:

Years ago, a former co-worker always sang “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” when she was joking about a frustrating day. I sing this (badly) sometimes as well. Here’s Louis Armstrong’s version:

Armstrong deserves his own separate entry one of these days.

Finally, here’s “We Are Bangor” a song for everyone who’s experienced someone getting their own name, city, or town wrong. Great job, guys! This made me smile. Seen originally on NBC Nightly News. I’m also sending a shout-out to everyone in Bangor, Maine. I’d love to visit sometime!

When You Can’t Help But Sing Along….

Okay, this isn’t a classic, but it’s fun. A Dover police officer sings along in his car to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Priceless! And we can all relate. Who hasn’t gotten carried away and sung or danced to a favorite song on the radio when the thought no one was looking? Good for him! And Taylor got a kick out of it as well.

A few years ago, when we went to see South Pacific at Arena Stage, the announcer intoned before the overture: “Now, remember, no matter how much you love the song, please don’t sing along.”  The audience roared with laughter. It was a great production.

Here are my top three songs to sing along with and dance to. I got quite a bit of ribbing for each.

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen:

 

“Beat It” by Michael Jackson:

 

Amy Grant’s cover of “Big Yellow Taxi.” This one is also good for pretending I’m one of Amy’s backup singers:

 

Some years ago, when Mary Cliff’s “Traditions” folk music show was on one Saturday, she played “Michael.” I was really belting it out, and must have sounded awful. Later, my aunt said, “I could hear you all the way upstairs.” That wasn’t a criticism; she was just glad that I sang.

Here is the version as sung by The Highwaymen:

 

The Sounds of Sickness

Everyone in my household is coming down with something. I don’t have it as bad as described in the following song, but I have been trying to laugh to keep my spirits up while keeping warm, drinking tea, and grabbing for nearby Kleenex. I never liked Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” but I thoroughly enjoyed this NPR parody from “A Prairie Home Companion” several years ago. Stay well, everyone, and enjoy.

 

The Sound of Sickness lyrics
Saturday, December 1, 2007

Hello darkness, my old friend
I have gone to bed again
Because a virus came in to me
And I’m feeling tired and gloomy
And my head hurts and I’m achy and I’m hot
And full of snot
I hear the sound of sickness

(SICKNESS)

I have a fever and I ache
Because I made a big mistake
When I taught my class in Sunday school
And those kids began to sniff and drool
While I was teaching them the parables of Jesus
I heard their sneezes
And all the sounds of sickness

(SFX)

I came home and went to bed
And felt a throbbing in my head
And I’m getting the idea
I will soon have diarhhea
And I can’t go out for fear I might explode
And drop a load
And hear the sound of sickness

And in the drugstore light I saw,
Ten thousand people maybe more.
People shivering in their V-necks
Buying Benadryl and Kleenex.
And Vapo-rub and aspirin (AH CHOO)
God bless you.
It is the sound of sickness.

(SFX)

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
How it feels to be laid low
Why am I the one who’s fated
To be so awfully nauseated
And something like silent raindrops fell
And what a smell
I hear the sounds of sickness

(SFX)

And the people bowed and prayed
For relief and for first aid
For they had it without question
Awful nasal congestion
And fatigue and achiness, the whole bit
They felt like crap
And heard the sounds of sickness

(SFX)

And heard the sounds of sickness.

FN (PLUGGED UP): This is Fred Newman. I’m not going to make it in to work today.

And heard the sound of sickness.

The Sound of Sickness
—originally: “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon © 1964 Paul Simon
—new lyrics: Garrison Keillor © 2007 Maia Maia Music (BMI)

 

New Year’s Day, 2015

Happy New Year from Google!

Happy New Year, everyone! May you all make some great days in 2015..

As you can see, I admire Google’s New Year’s Google Doodle. Here’s a celebratory jigsaw puzzle as well.

Here’s a list of popular songs for New Year’s 2015.

And if you’re not in the mood for rock or pop, here’s something from the world of classical music. Andre Rieu’s New Tear’s in Vienna:

 

 

 

I Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night

Several days ago, I was watching a rerun of Hawaii Five-O.  Carol Burnett guest-starred. At the end of the show, she sang, “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning.” I loved her rendition of it. It’s also special to me because my aunt used to sing it to me at various times when I was a kid . I think she’d still remember the melody even if she doesn’t remember the words anymore. We’d pretend we were performers at what we called “The Stardust Ballroom.” She was always the best singer–and still is, when she feels like doing it.

I couldn’t find a YouTube clip with Carol Burnett singing the song, so I found one with Doris Day’s recording of it. Incidentally, Doris Day was one of my aunt’s favorite actresses and singers when she was young. But that is best left to a separate post.

Irving Berlin wrote it. The song was made famous in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

I Got The Sun In The Morning Lyrics

Taking stock of what I have and what I haven’t
What do I find?
The things I got will keep me satisfied
Checking up on what I have and what I haven’t
What do I find?
A healthy balance on the credit side
Got no diamond
Got no pearl
Still I think I’m a lucky girl
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Got no mansion
Got no yacht
Still I’m happy with what I got
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no checkbooks
Got no banks
Still I’d like to express my thanks
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I’m all right
[2]
Got no mansion
Got no yacht
Still I’m happy with what I got
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Got no silver
Got no gold
What I got can’t be bought or sold
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no checkbooks
Got no banks
Still I’d like to express my thanks
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I’m all right
[3]
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no heirlooms
For my kin
Made no will but when I cash in
I leave the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening they’re all right

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

On Tuesday, November 4, I voted. By the time I started back home it was dark, and I was having trouble adjusting to the time change. I happened to look up, and i saw a full moon. That made me think of the “Moonlight Sonata.” Here is that recording in full:

As one YouTube commenter suggested, it’s very tempting to turn the stereo all the way up. Enjoy!

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