Thursday, August 6, 2009

Songs I love

Ok so this week's Girl Talk Thursday has perplexed me all week. It's what songs I love and why.

Wow. I don't even know where to start. I'm partially nervous because I put out a tweet last night in response to the Mamavation Mom Maria's video of her kids singing to ABBA. The video was adorable but I was like "who's ABBA?" Ok, well, I got thrashed. Seriously I never know band names!! Unless it's the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, and now the Imagination Movers or Laurie Berkner, I have no idea. My husband says all the time, "Do you like this song?" And I say I don't know and once I hear it I do know it. So yes, I now *remember* that ABBA sings Dancing Queen, a song I danced to at my very own wedding... but let's just say that I didn't know the name of the band back then either, even though I loved that song.

So here are a a few of my favs but this isn't a complete list. I know that for the next week or so I'll come up with about a hundred *favorite* songs.

The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkel: In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him 'til he cried out in his anger and his shame "I am leaving, I am leaving but the fighter still remains." I feel like these words sum up me. Beat me down, hurt me, shame me, I will persevere. I may cry a little while but I get back up and I go on. I have an easy, wonderful life, but I carry my heart on my sleeve and people just think it's ok to smack me around because it's fun to get a reaction. Kiss off. That's all I have to say about that.

At Last, Etta James: This was my wedding song. I loved it then. I love it now. At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over. And life is like a song. I love you babe!

Sunshine On My Shoulders, John Denver: My father used to sing this song to me when I was a little girl. It is something I have always remembered him doing and when it came time to pick a song for him and I to dance to at my wedding, this is the song I chose.

The Leader of the Band, Dan Fogelberg: My mother's sister Priscilla (My Godmother) sang this song (and played the guitar) after my Grandfather died. It always, always, always makes me think of my mom's family and is probably one of my favorite songs to sing.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Your Are My Sunshine: I sang the first to Bug when he was a baby and the second to my Bear.

When You Dream, Barenaked Ladies: My husband sang this song to our children when they were small and it will still bring tears to my eyes thinking about him rocking our boys, walking, pacing, swaying as he cradled their little bodies and tried to calm the fussiness. If you've never heard it, it's a wonderful song. Any parent should add this to the list of lullabies to sing.

Let it Be, The Beatles: When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary's comforts me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be... This song gives me chills. I love it. That is all.

Don't Stop Me Know, Queen: One of my favorite running songs on my MP3 player. I have this track mixed in later in the run to give me a boost of energy.

Angel, Sarah MacLachlan: This song was sort of ruined for me for reasons not mentioned here, but when I go back to it, I love it. I sing it to my boys a lot. It's a beautiful song. Other favs by Sarah include: Push, Answer, Perfect Girl, Hold On, Ice Cream... I love Sarah. She announced a new Lillith Fair tour for next summer. I can not wait to see her live in concert.

Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber: Um, yes I really can sing every song from these three musicals, most without help from the soundrack. I have actually worn out 2 Les Mis CDs from playing them too much.

I fear the backlash from this list. So far I haven't listed a modern song at all.

So here are a few songs I can totally sing & jam to. Some of them have great rhythm, others great stories, others awesome, awesome musicality. I'll change my sort to do it by artist now and not song title.

Ben Folds: Effington, You Don't Know Me (sung with Regina Spektor), Still Fighting It, Frown Song, Brick

Jukebox The Ghost: Hold it In, Under My Skin

Smashing Pumpkins: Today

Regina Spektor: Hotel Song

Anna Nalick: Wreck of the Day, Driving away from the wreck of the day and it's finally quiet in my head. I'm driving alone, finally on my way home to the comfort of my bed. Hello who hasn't felt like this at some point?

Billy Joel: And So It Goes, This Is The Time... ok there really aren't many songs by him that I don't like.

Leona Lewis: Bleeding Love - ever since I saw it on So You Think You Can Dance I've loved it. This is also a favorite in my running list.

Norah Jones: Nightingale, Lonestar, Sunrise, Shoot The Moon, Creepin' In

Rock Band: Can I just say that there are a SLEW of songs on this game that I love, love, love to play and sing but I can not remember the song names, nor can I remember who sings them. (see above first paragraph immediately after the Girl Talk Thursday bling please)

Music is amazing. Some country singer (yep, not remembering WHO again) sang a lyric I will always remember and it sums up my love for music.

Ain't it funny how a melody can bring back a memory, take you to another place and time, completely change your state of mind.


Kimberly Wright August 7, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

My mother used to sing Sunshine on My Shoulder to me when I was a baby. Its always been a favorite of mine. It was no.1 I believe the week I was born.

Anonymous August 7, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

Those lyrics are from Clint Black ;-)

And I'm in agreement with about 75% of your list. Sweet!

Now off to write my post...

Diane August 7, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

It's funny that you're bad with band names, because I'm TERRIBLE with song titles. I hardly ever know the name of a song. I was all set to say what a big Sarah McLachlan fan I am, and I realized I couldn't actually, er, NAME any of the songs I love. It's because I put the albums on repeat and just get lost in it. I could probably sing the whole of Mirrorball from memory, though.

I like Anna Nalick, too, but Breathe (2AM) is my favorite from her. There is a lot I can relate to in that one.

Love so much of your list!

Maria Melee August 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

I LOVE Wreck of the Day.