Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day Nine - A Song That Makes You Hopeful

I was trying to think of songs that make me hopeful, and there's quite a number. But I think this is a song that really resonates with me. There really are so many blessings that outweigh whatever trials I'm going through.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day Eight - A Song That Reminds You of Your "First Love"

It took me a while to decide who would be defined as my "first love," and after much thought, I think it came down to my dad. :) I adored my Dad from the beginning.

When we were little, Mom and Dad used to let us watch movies on their date nights. (So exciting!) One of the movies Dad introduced us to was "The Great Race." This song will forever remind me of my "first love."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day Seven - A Song That Reminds You of the Past Summer

Most of my family is pretty musical and it's fun to see the talent growing in the new generation. We usually have talent shows when family gets together. This past summer, one of my nieces showed off her impressive fiddling skills. [The song starts at about 0:35.]

Monday, October 28, 2013

Day Six - A Song That Reminds You of a Best Friend

My best friend sings this when there is a lull in the conversation:

I think that is very cultured of her. :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day Five - A Song That Is Often Stuck in Your Head

The first time I heard this song, I laughed. And then it got stuck in my head. For years. It was my default in my head for a loooong time. So I'm going to share it with you. It's very cute. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Day Four - A Song That Calms You Down

I ran into this song several years ago and immediately fell in love. Barbara Bonney has such a warm voice, which is pleasant. Also, the fact that the song has no words is soothing. There's not so much for me to focus on. I can just let the music wash over me. Very calming.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Day Three - A Song That Reminds You of One/Both of Your Parents

For some reason, I've always thought of "Bicycle Built for Two" as a lullaby. It wasn't until I was in college that my mom told me she sang that to me when I was a baby. So anytime I hear "Daisy, Daisy," I think of my mom.

I used to play the piano for hours every Sunday afternoon when I was a teenager. Dad would often come join in and sing. One of the songs we loved to sing together was "The Music of the Night." I was introduced to a lot of Broadway tunes by Dad.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day Two - A Song That Reminds You of Your Most Recent Ex-Boyfriend

Another name for my most recent ex-boyfriend is my husband, so here's a song that reminds me of when we were boyfriend/girlfriend: (You can stop around 2:35.)

The reason this reminds me of him is that on our first date, we went to "Pirates of Penzance." This is Morgan's favorite song from the show. The production is hilarious and we enjoyed it so much together we decided to get married. Or something like that. :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Day One - A Song from My Childhood

I'm challenging myself to post every day for 25 days. I found a list called 25 Days, 25 Songs, which I will be following. Today's post is a song from my childhood.

I wanted to put up some Power Tunes, but they're not on YouTube, so no dice. However, I highly recommend them. I'm not sure if you can even find the music any more, but I bet I could still sing every song to you. :)

Then I thought of putting something from Standin' Tall. However, they did not have any single songs on YouTube, so... Same problem. :) I would probably have put up something from "Dependability." Seth and I put on a puppet show for that one that particularly stands out in my mind.

So third choice:

I listened to a lot of Disney songs as a kid, but I picked this one for several reasons. Like many Disney soundtracks, I had the music from "The Lion King" memorized before I ever saw the movie. The music was gorgeous and really caught my attention - especially the background music. Now I know the name "Hans Zimmer" and appreciate why I loved the music so much. (Innate good taste.) :)

I also learned how to sign this song in an ASL class. When my middle school chorus sang a medley of songs from "The Lion King," I was asked to sign this song. (That was an intensely embarrassing experience. Why I told the teacher I knew how to sign it is beyond me.)

Every time I hear music from "The Lion King," it reminds me of my childhood.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A little Danny

Danny Kaye of course. You may remember this gorgeous lullaby from "The Court Jester."

But of course, YouTube always starts a journey of fun. Did you know that Danny Kaye was the Swedish Chef's uncle?

Or that he sang with Louis Armstrong?

That's a lot of composers, by the way. :)

And just for kicks, one of my favorite scenes from "White Christmas."

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I attended a funeral in a small town earlier this year. At each turn in the road, this is what we saw. It was moving to see the respect the policemen showed a mourning family.